After we had kids, Christmas became a big gift occasion. Like the kids would get loads of presents. We felt like we (the kids) were getting so much stuff and offering nothing in return. We started making tokens as a way of saying thanks for getting spoilt. When Esther and Ellamay were about 18 months old we had them draw pictures (scribbles) on paper and used it to wrap blocks of chocolate for everyone. It took a few days of drawing to get enough for all the chocolate but we got there. The girls were so excited to give everyone a present in return for theirs. We went with the picture wrapped chocolate until a couple of years ago.
The girls were a bit more advanced in what they could do so we made these reindeer treat cups. The girls were able to paint the cups and although I prepared a lot of it, they had fun putting them together. We made up little cellophane bags of lollies and chocolates and put them inside.
These are the cute choir people we made for family presents last year. You can find this craft here. We used paper cups instead of the cardboard tubes but they turned out just as cute I think. I used cheap red felt for the hats. I still had to help a lot with this one last year but the three girls all enjoyed it - especially the giving part.
I haven't found what to do for this years treats. The girls are now old enough that they are probably wanting to make their own ideas. Eek! Who knows what they might come up with. I will let you know what we end up doing. What ever we decide to do, we will have to get on with it soon! It is almost a month until Christmas. How am I going to get everything done in time?