I hope you all had a happy, peaceful Thanksgiving! We spent the day with our kids, which always makes for a good day. We also put up the Christmas decorations, a little early, so my son could enjoy them for a while before he leaves for the Navy. We’re throwing a going away party for him tomorrow, and celebrating Christmas with him the day after that, so things are pretty busy around here! Before we get into this week’s favorites, I’d like to quickly share with you what’s happening in my Etsy shop for this Black Friday weekend. Rather than one sale or discount for the entire weekend, I decided to do something a little different this year and have a unique sale each day – and they’re big ones! If you’d like a reminder so you don’t miss the discount you’re interested in, you can sign up for my newsletter. Happy shopping!
Now, on to those Friday Favorites! In some ways, I think kids are some of the easiest people to make gifts for. They’re still open to creativity and love to play. That leaves a world of options for makers like you. In fact, it’s particularly difficult for me to narrow the list down every year. Since good ideas don’t expire, here’s the collections from 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 for you as well!
I love sewing cards, simply because they start kids on a path to learning a valuable life skill. Add in photos of friends and family members, like these Lacing Cards from Skunk Boy, and you have one of those situations where they’re having so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning at all.
This Busy Board from Millionayres would have kept my kids busy for hours…and my husband would have LOVED making it.
I love that these Baby Blocks in a Box from Love to Color my World come with their own container. As they get older, it would actually become something like a puzzle for the little one to work at getting the blocks into the box.
I don’t see any patterns for this Felt Doctor’s Play Set from Sew Can Do, but it seems like it would be pretty easy to figure out from the photos.
I love every single thing about these sweet Mermaid Plush Dolls from A Beautiful Mess, right down to their little star button bikini tops.
These pillows made using some of Dad’s old shirts would be a great gift for any kid, but especially those that might be missing him. Check out the tutorial from Ducklings in a Row.
With coloring books all the rage right now, this Washable Fabric Drawing Pad from Addie K doesn’t necessarily have to be confined to the little ones.
For the kid who has everything: a Raindrop Softie from We Are Scout. So cute!
This is the right time of year for these Upcycled Glovosaurs from Cucicucicoo, as gloves are everywhere.
It’s possible this Hand Tied Snuggly from Made by Chrissie D caught my attention because it’s made with Poky Little Puppy fabric, one of my favorite books as a kid. Still, I’m pretty sure any kid would love one of these.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!