Tis the season for giving– but stumped on what to give? Consider something homemade. Nothing expresses how much a person means to you than investing time and energy into making a gift, and it’s a perfect way to get kids involved during the holidays. This is a great way to show them that giving from the heart is what the season is about.
Whether you go savory or sweet, kids will learn about the importance of gratitude when you involve them in making homemade gifts. Click To Tweet
Make Your List
Sit down with your children and start them thinking about the people they want to gift this holiday season.
Help kids focus by starting with the obvious-family! After that, they can expand their circle to include friends, classmates, teachers and group leaders. Get them thinking deeply about all the people who support them daily.
At the same time, create your own list of special people you want to give a holiday gift to, including friends, co-workers, neighbors, and community members. When you go homemade, you can also go wide knowing that a single batch of cookies can yield multiple gifts. So, add in those special people who help with the carpool or make your life a little bit easier.
Turn Up the Heat
Food is love. As famed chef Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” So why not honor the best people in your life with the gift of food. The farm families of Cabot have created plenty of recipes with simple steps that kids can help with.
Or you can also go savory and make a batch of golden dollars and wrap them in yellow cellophane. Go with cheddar crackers, and use your holiday cookie cutters to make them festive shapes. Even try your hand at a very simple cheese ball that can be tailored to fit every taste.
Don’t Forget Furry Friends
When you’re making your list, don’t forget about your four-legged friends! From your own pooch to the puppy next door, kids will delight in baking our simple dog treats in holiday shapes.
These are just a few ideas to make your holiday gifts meaningful. And a special way to make your gratitude extra delicious this holiday season.