This post was originally published on December 1, 2011. It was updated on April 2, 2020.
Christmas this year will be celebrated with family in the traditional way of celebrating on Dec.25th. Michael and I hope to begin a new tradition of celebrating presents and stockings on St. Nicholas Day next year, when we can celebrate in our own home. However this year, I am on the hunt for frugal, handmade Christmas stockings for Naomi. Last year for Christmas, I knitted her a lovely stocking. I’m excited to fill it with some delicious treats and trinkets for little hands.
6 Frugal Homemade Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
A Homemade Apron in A Cute Print
I likely won’t be getting to my sewing machine before Christmas, but I would like for Naomi to have a pretty little girl’s apron to use in our kitchen. So if I find the right t-shirt, I might try out this tutorial for making one out of an old t-shirt. I save all my old stained t-shirts for just such occasions!
Cookies are a sweet, homemade treat that can be specialized to meet a child’s dietary needs. I can avoid any trigger foods by simply baking her some delicious treats for her stockings. A simple shortbread or chocolate chip cookie recipe would do the trick nicely. I just have to be sure they don’t become breakfast!
Felted Wool Balls
Another interesting little toy would be several pretty felted wool balls in different colors and sizes. Next time I am at my favorite secondhand store I will pick up some wool and make some. These are great for little hands, for tossing around (without damaging anything), could be strung on a string for necklaces, etc. Oh! And I found this great idea from Meg at Mega•Crafty on how to make them without getting your hands dirty!
Little feet get cold quickly. So a comfy pair of knitted slippers are great, especially ones that are easy to put on and off. These pocketbook slippers are a favorite I’ve knitted several times. Just be careful to put some puff paint on the very bottoms to prevent slipping and sliding! Tumbles are no fun at Christmas.
Homemade Soap Crayons
To make bathtime more fun, homemade soap crayons are a great idea too. I like the idea that I can use a natural soap on Naomi, as well as use natural food colorings, rather than anything with ingredients I cannot pronounce. I like this technique because it’s pretty simple.
Homemade Finger Paints
If my apron is a success, I might venture into the realm of homemade finger paints. Poor Michael might have a stroke, but I know Naomi would absolutely love to try finger painting (though this might be restricted to the walls of the tub before bath time). This recipe from Tiffany at Easie Peasie seems to be really popular!
Do you have any suggestions for frugal, homemade stocking stuffers? If so, please share! I’d love to hear about them!