DIY Watercolor Mug Kit at The With Love Shop Shop: DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY holiday gifts from the kids are among our favorites to track down. Whether they’re making gifts for their siblings, cousins, classmates, or parents and grandparents, we think there are so many neat ideas here. Who knows, one may end up being your favorite treasured keepsake gift of all time.

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DIY Watercolor Mug Kit

While there are tutorials on the web to get this done by gathering all the parts yourself, there’s something cool about this kit that has it all ready to go for you. It even makes a nifty gift in itself if you’re shopping for a bunch of kids together.

$15.27, The With Love Shop Shop

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DIY Glittery Pom Pom Photo Ornament tutorial at She Knows : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Glittery Pom Pom Photo Ornament

Glitter. Pom poms. Photo of themselves. What could wouldn’t jump at that?

Tutorial, She Knows

DIY Candy Cane Popcorn Treat Boxes tutorial at Julep : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Candy Cane Popcorn Treat Boxes

Two of our favorite things together: Candy canes + popcorn. Yum!

Tutorial, Julep

DIY Brush Wreath Christmas Cards tutorial at Crafty Morning : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Brush Wreath Christmas Cards

This is a great DIY holiday gift idea from kids too small to work with a lot of detail. Great for preschoolers and toddlers with some help, though our older kids would be into it too.

Tutorial, Crafty Morning

DIY Handprint Keychain tutorial at Grey House Harbor : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Handprint Keychain

Change up the colors and the design on the handprint, and this could be perfect for Christmas, Hanukkah, or just general holiday wishes for anyone in the family.

Tutorial, Grey House Harbor

DIY Gingerbread House Kit tutorial at the 36th Avenue : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Gingerbread House Kit

What a fun DIY gift idea to get you baking together with your kids, and a perfect gift for teachers, coaches and neighbors.

Tutorial, the 36th Avenue

DIY Stitched Paper Ornaments tutorial at Bloesem Blog : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Stitched Paper Ornaments

Like old fashioned lacing cards, only for the tree. Cute!

Tutorial, Bloesem Blog

DIY Potpourri Simmer Pouches tutorial at Domino : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Potpourri Simmer Pouches

Nice DIY gift idea from the kids for grandparents, teachers, or any adult who could use a little break. Maybe from the kids?

Tutorial, Domino

Christmas Finger Puppets Sewing Patterns at Precious Patterns : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Christmas Finger Puppets Sewing Patterns

Grab these patterns and some felt and thread and spend a day with your older kids making finger puppets for friends, siblings, cousins. You could even have them stage a holiday finger puppet show and film it to send to far-off relatives. They’d love it!

$4.99, Precious Patterns

 

For more cool ideas forDIY holiday gifts that won’t end up in the back of the closet visit our 2015 guide!

DIY Yarn Star Ornaments tutorial at Domino : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Yarn Star Ornaments

We love how colorful and festive these are! But you could also go minimalist with two-color stars all in coordinating shades. Ombre perhaps?

Tutorial, Domino

Snowman Soup Hot Chocolate Gift Pack printable at Oh My Creative : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Snowman Soup Hot Chocolate Gift Pack

Yes, it’s really just a pack of hot chocolate and some trimmings but what an adorably clever way to package it up! Find the free printable on her site to help you put this together.

DIY and Printable Xmas Pack, Oh My Creative

DIY Personalized Initial Ornaments tutorial at Julep Blog : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Personalized Initial Ornaments

Really cool DIY holiday gift from kids with a steadier hand — who you trust with a Sharpie!

Tutorial, Julep Blog

DIY Washi Tape Menorah Card | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide

DIY Washi Tape Menorah Card

Love this DIY Hannukah card that could even be framed for family. Kids love playing with washi tape, and hey, no glitter to clean up!

Tutorial, Creekside Learning

Printable Paper Nativity Playset to Color in at Made by Joel : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Printable Paper Nativity Playset to Color in

This is such a cute DIY for kids to give to their own friends — they can print and cut out the pieces and package them up for their friends to color. Or, color all the pieces themselves.

Printable, Made by Joel

DIY Candy Cane Cookies recipe at Betty Crocker : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Candy Cane Cookies

For an alternative to gingerbread men without a lot of fuss, check out these cute candy cane cookies that kids will love to twist together, before handing out to friends and teachers.

Recipe, Betty Crocker

DIY Q-Tip Tree Cards tutorial at Make and Takes : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Q-Tip Tree Cards

Another clever holiday craft that could be turned into art or a traditional Christmas card. You could even photograph it, to print onto a photo gift like coasters, custom photo chocolates, or pillows — it’s just that cute!

Tutorial, Make and Takes

DIY Chocolate Dipped Christmas Pretzel Rods recipe at Chocolate Chocolate and More : DIY gifts from the kids | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016

DIY Chocolate Dipped Christmas Pretzel Rods

So fun and easy! If you’re going for Christmas, use red and green sprinkles, or swap in blue and white for Hanukkah. Either way, this is one DIY holiday gift from the kids we wouldn’t mind getting at all.

Recipe, Chocolate Chocolate and More