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Handmade Gifts for Kids
There are so many handmade gift options for children, where does one even begin? Here are just a few things for the youngsters on your list... some practical, some just plain fun.
Steve Baldwin owns Baldwin Toys and has been making handcrafted wooden toys for decades. His heirloom toys are a perfect first gift for kids, and safe and sturdy enough to last a lifetime. For older children (and kids at heart), Baldwin also makes classic cars, trains, and more that are built as puzzles and can be taken apart and reassembled.
For a purely practical gift, these handmade slippers and booties by Sarah Lora of Ball Hank n' Skein are simply too cute. She creates felted and crocheted slippers and booties for toddlers and young kids - perfect for those post-snowman-making hours, when it's time to snuggle up.
Need a cute stocking stuffer? Try one (or several) of Shu Ning's amigurumi rings. I first fell in love with the black and white sheep, but the duck and fruits are just as fun. Perfect for putting on a little impromptu puppet show or just showing off on fingers.
If you're looking for older kids on your list, why not grab one of these incredible handmade kaleidoscopes by Steve and Peggy Kittelson of Woodland Design. Since 1986 the couple has been creating their unique scopes, which are sure to mesmerize teens and beyond.
This holiday season we're rounding up the perfect handmade crafts for the people in your life - foodies, hosts, entertainers, men, stylish girlfriends, kids, jewelry junkies, and those who love to learn. Check out all of our handmade gift ideas.