6 Creative Christmas Gifts For Kids

DIY Modern Art For Kids

Inspire creativity this Christmas with these 6 inspiring, hands-on gifts for kids!

Creativity with a Capital C, that’s one of the things I love about this time of year. Wherever you look people are decorating their homes, prettying up windows, and lighting up the town—it’s quite magical, really.  And then, of course, there’s the Christmas gifts— the exciting quest for the perfect present and equally special wrapping paper. That’s fun!

My three children are all very artsy so I always have a wonderful time looking for gifts to encourage and develop their creativity. There are so many great ideas out there, I’d love to share a few recent finds with you today!

Creative T-Shirt Kit

Creative T-Shirt Kits
available for $53 from Pret A Jouer

Kids’ fashion can be inspiring! Italian company Pret A Jouer has come up with a smart range of tees that children can redesign themselves. They’re 100 percent made in Italy with fair trade organic cotton and each kit contains a number of felt pieces, shapes, and buttons that your budding fashion designers can rearrange at will. Thanks Ta Ta Unconventional Design for pointing these out—I like these!

Mobile Lole Wooden Car

Mobile Lole Wooden Toy
available for $25 from Watermelon Cat Company on Etsy

The Watermelon Cat Company has done it again! If you look closely, you will see that this construction kit lacks the car body. Each set contains 2 axes, 4 wheels, and a driver’s head—it’s up to your children to find an empty plastic bottle, milk carton, or small cardboard box to form the car. An intelligent way to teach kids about recycling through play, reminiscent of Martine Camillieri’s Recycled Bottle Trucks—love!

Chalkboard Spinning Top Art

Chalkboard Spinning Top Art Set
available for $34 on Dawanda

I have to say, German company Wunderholz makes some pretty impressive toys. I’ve had my eye on its Tensegri set for a long time, and now I’m in love with this brilliant spinning top coated with chalkboard paint. Watch this short video to see the beautiful patterns and effects kids can create with colored chalks as the toy turns. It’s super!

Chalk By Number Dala House

Chalk-By-Number Dala Horse
available for $65 from Dirtsa Studio on Etsy

Dala Horses are a classic favorite of young and old alike, aren’t they? I can also remember loving my paint-by-number sets in the 70s, so Becky’s modern reusable chalk-by-number idea is brilliant! It’s a wall hanging that your kids will be proud to create, display, and wipe clean, over and over again.

Crocheted Toys Inspired By Kids Drawings

Crocheted Toys Inspired By Your Children’s Drawings
available from $55 and upward at Yarn Ball Stories on Etsy

Admittedly, it’s most probably too late to order these for this Christmas, but I still had to share these inspiring soft toys based on children’s artwork. I’ve seen many other similar products on the market but never crocheted. Time to start saving those little masterpieces for next year or for a birthday present perhaps?

Pictured at the top of this post: I’ll leave it up to you to explain to your children how their old plastic toys ended up in a frame with a fresh coat of paint on Christmas day … but what a clever way of upcycling all those much-loved playthings lying around at home! I bet even teens will love this DIY modern art for kids by Cirkus Blo.

  • jen mullen

    I ordered GoldieBlox for my granddaughter. Can’t wait to see how she reacts to her Christmas gift.

  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

    There are so many great ideas here! I’m not at a point in my life where I have any kids to buy for, but these would be at the top of my list of ideas if I did have any to buy for!

  • Courtney

    My baby girl is just nearly 2, but these are helping me be a LITTLE bit more excited about the fact she’s getting older. Such fun, unique gifts to give her as she grows.

  • http://www.thispicturebooklife.com/ Danielle

    Such great ideas! That DIY rearrange your own shirt is fantastic.

  • t.potts

    I adore the idea of turning your kids art into dolls. Each of my kiddos have had a special way they draw people…what an amazing keepsake.

  • t.potts

    Seriously! I love open ended activities. I would like to get the same kit for each of my girls and see how differently they turn out.

  • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com/ Deborah Beau

    I’m glad you all liked these finds. There’s sooo much good stuff out there, this really is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Filippa

    Thank you Deborah and Charlotte for showing my DIY.
    Merry christmas to the both of you :)

  • tatakidsdesign

    you are welcome Deborah! Merry Xmas!