My kids always ask me what I want, for Christmas and I much prefer something they make, rather than an attempt to go out shopping. Right now, there is a big book of drawings in the works as well as a poem, but here's a beautiful canvas/collage from my five-year old son a few years ago.
I like making photo books and calendars as gifts using blurb, shutterfly or snapfish. They have easy to use templates that can showcase all those photos that permanently live in your computer!
Food gifts are unique, delicious and special. Try the Holiday Spiced Nuts, Homemade Granola or, of course, COOKIES - from a simple, yet versatile cut-out cookie for the kids to decorate, to spicy gingerbread.
Homemade gifts do take time, but are so much more meaningful and valuable.