12.06.09

Homemade Christmas Gifts for Baby and Children

Posted in baby gifts, burp cloths at 11:48 am by Administrator

Like many others in this country, I drug myself out of bed really early on Black Friday to check out the sales. After my annual trip to JoAnn Fabrics for their flannel at $1.49/yard, I made my way to some of the other large box stores in my community. Walking up and down the aisles looking at all of the plastic, computerized toys I thought to myself how much things have changed over the years and how gift giving has become so emotionless and commercialized.

When I was a child, my family did not have alot of money and our gifts were often ones of necessity like socks, clothes, pens and pencils. The gifts from my Aunt Cathy were often handmade by her. Over the years, I have come to cherish her gifts as I know they truely came from her heart.

I believe the gifts we give our child should be ones that challenge their imagination and let them expore and learn. Children will be bombarded with electronics at an early and become dependent on computers to do their thinking for them. I encourage parents to find a balance with their child’s play. Encourage them to play with building blocks and put puzzles together. Give your baby a soft tag blanket with lots of different textures and colors or a soft block to play with. This types of toys build their imagination.

I encourage each of you to think about thinking about having a homemade Christmas. Have each member of the family make something handcrafted for someone else. I think you will be surprised at how creative your children can be and the experience will stimulate parts of the brain that a computer just cannot.

I hope each of you have a very Merry Handmade Christmas.

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