I’m lucky for a lot of reasons (more than I whinily admit to most of the time) and one huge one is my child’s caregiver. I could say babysitter but caregiver describes this wonderful person far better.
I never, for a second, worry about my child when I’m at work. I miss her, think about her…but never worry. Wee one is cuddled, read to, talked to and loved by this amazing woman.
So what do you get someone like that for Christmas. We’ve chatted a fair amount about our ideal Christmas’ (no presents? just seeing people we love) and our dismay over the scary buy, buy, buy mentality that seems to seize people this time of year so I knew that I really wanted to do something that was just nice.
How about a kiddo produced ornament and some homemade treats.
Off to pinterest I went to find a recipe for salt dough. Got my best helper into the game and went to town.
We made trees, handprints and stars. What I loved about this activity was that I had the dough made and we had everything ready to go into the oven in a short enough time period that the kiddo was still interested. Important to remember; if you want to hang these you need to poke the holes in them prior to baking.
A couple of days later we ‘painted’. Note: you don’t have to wait a few days to paint. I just ran out of time until then.
Tada!!! I know it is a bit of a hodge podge but I love the idea that we’re making a couple of things that capture this particular kiddo time period.
This was so much fun that I decided that we would do similar care packages to our fantastic, next door neighbour and a couple of close friends. To go with the ornaments I made a big batch of quinoa granola for Christmas morning.
and cocoa almonds
I also had wee one go crazy with her crayons on paper bags.
Hiding from view are homemade pannetone which I’ll show you how to make tomorrow 🙂
Popped everything into a pretty bag and we were ready to deliver.
I made you a 250×150 button for my blog if you would like to swap this next month…just email me…xoxo
The UDG said:
What a fun idea! I keep kicking around the notion of doing salt dough ornaments with our dogs' paw prints but never get around to it.
They are so crazily quick to do. I have another project in mind using them for next month. The kiddo wants to do them each night :-)Ginger, just drop me the code for your button and I'll happily add it right away. I have mine on my sidebar and hope to do a new one up in the next little while.
ok so Im not a crazy blogger…i just mixed up your comment with someone else…lol There was someone who needed one…sorry. But i did make one for you by mistake so if you wanna swap we can….this christmas hurry is making me crazy! 🙂
I am LOVD said:
I bet kiddo was so proud to deliver those gifts – how sweet!
I LOVE homemade presents. Some of the best (and most cherished) gifts we have gotten from our wee ones (nieces and nephews). I am checking out that quinoa granola now!!! Have a blessed holiday!