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Not only does Santa have to bring gifts to your house, but you’ve got some gift-giving to do when it comes to other people’s kids. There are cousins, friends and the occasional holiday party to bring presents to.
Every year my son and I donate a gift basket to our karate school’s holiday party auction. Honestly, I usually don’t put a huge amount of thought into it. There’s so, so, so, so much else to do. What happens? I stuff a basket with a few various scented lotions and shower gels, and call it a ‘pampering yourself’ basket. This year I decided to do something a little different.
I put together a few of my favorite kids’ art supplies. Ok, so I have more than a few favorites. That said, I couldn’t possibly fit them all into one gift basket. Even though I didn’t want to cheap-out on the basket, I also didn’t want to spend a crazy amount on it either. What did I do? Here are a few suggestions for putting together an arts and crafts materials basket for kids:
1. Go with the basics. Instead of stocking the gift with ultra-fancy artsy stuff that are a bit out of your price range, opt for simple materials that most kids know (and love). This means crayons, tempera paints, clay or colored pencils.
2. Add a few tools. I added paintbrushes, but you could also include clay tools or even pencil sharpeners.
3. Highlight one ‘special’ item. I picked out a set of glitter glue pens.
4. Pack a variety. You could pop in one paintbrush, or even a set of them. Or, you could get an array. I chose different sizes of brushes, along with sponge-tipped versions.
5. Give the gift recipient ideas on how to use the supplies! You can include an index card with a few art projects or print some out. I made these art activity printables to include in my gift basket. You can download it, print it and add it as well. The parents (especially those who aren’t particularly arts-inclined will appreciate the ideas). You can print out one or pick and choose depending on what types of materials you include.