HEATHER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Gifts for kids

HEATHER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Gifts for kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

The following holiday gift guide (gifts for kids) contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product from one of these links, I may receive a small commission from the supplier. As always, all opinions and weirdo children are my own. 

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I’ve written before about how to find out what your kids want for Christmas, and one of the ways is by figuring out what’s “trending” right now in their little worlds. It’s not to say that they’ll only want something because it’s popular, but it can be a good indication that you’re getting a gift they’ll love.

I’ve done the research — i.e. talked to my children and their friends, and spent 92% of my waking hours on the internet — and here’s what I’ve come up with …

1. A bath toy that isn’t for babies.

You guys have seen our MASSIVE Playmobil collection (and awesome DIY storage/play shelves), so we were pumped when our friends at PLAYMOBIL sent us the Drago Ship from Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon. My favourite part is the cage, and the kids looked at me strangely when I suggested we put people in it. “It’s for a DRAGON, Mom.” Oh.

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D had the whole thing snapped together in about four minutes, and begged in the middle of the afternoon to get into the tub to play with it! He spent an hour in there acting out scenes with the characters, and it was the cutest thing to listen to. Although his buddy did think he was LOCO when he came to the door at 3 p.m. and I explained D was in the bath. 😉

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HEATHER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Gifts for the home

HEATHER’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Gifts for kids {Heather's Handmade Life}

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Today I’m sharing a gift guide for the HOME — full of items that would make a great gift for basically ANY adult. Ready to dive in?

1. A custom address stamper.

You know the person’s address, right? Type it in carefully, choose a fun design, and you can get them a self-inking custom address stamper that will make sending Christmas cards (and birth announcements, invitations, cards, etc.) soooooo much easier. I got mine five years ago from my mom, and it’s one of my all-time favourite (and USEFUL) gifts.

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DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage

DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

How to build the craft table of your dreams

Do you know one of my very favourite things to buy at a building supply store? Not wood or paint — although they’re top contenders — but huge sheets of smooth, shiny, white melamine.

They may not look like much, but melamine panels are super affordable (about $33 for a massive rectangle), crisp, easy to clean and perfect for work surfaces. We used them in my home office to build a custom Lshaped desk (which later morphed into a U-shaped desk), and again in our son’s room to build Lego counters.

DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

So when we moved my home office into a larger space in our basement, I knew I wanted more melamine panels (give me all the melamine!) to create an even larger work surface for paper crafts, cutting fabric and hosting crafty get-togethers.

DIY rolling craft table with hidden storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
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Here’s what we bought to create the rolling craft table of my dreams:

  • (1) 4x 8-foot sheet of white melamine ($33)
  • (7) 8-foot-2 inchx4-inch boards ($30)
  • (4) 2-inch casters ($30)
  • (4) 8-foot white shelf edging ($10)
  • (50) 3-inch screws ($7)
  • (1) package corner braces ($5)

(And, of course, we used my RYOBI miter saw, RYOBI ONE+ drill, and RYOBI ONE+ orbital jig saw.)

Since I needed a table I could store things underneath, we had the building store cut the 4x 8 sheet of melamine down the middle — giving us two 4x 4 squares: a table top and a shelf for beneath it …

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