I don’t make all of our Christmas gifts. There are some years I don’t make any. When I do make them, it tends to happen in mass production, because it’s easier and cheaper that way, as many craft supplies are sold in multipacks.
Here is one of my favorites:
Art of the Month Club
I made a wooden plaque for each of the 4 grandparents. I got this at Hobby Lobby in a week where the wood stuff was 50% off. I painted them and put a nice piece of scrapbook paper in it, then added chipbook letters and some 3D embellishments.
It was accompanied by a certificate that said
Merry Christmas! Your gift this year is one that you will continue to receive all year long~ This certificate entitles [Grandparent’s name] to a one year subscription in the [last name] Family Art-of-the-Month Club. Each month, for the entire year of 20xx, you will receive an Original piece of artwork for you to display on your custom-made Art-of-the-month Club frame. Included with your gift is a bonus piece of art to display in December 20xx. These Originals are made by such well-known artists as [child’s name] and [other child’s name].
It has definitely been one of my better ideas. The grandparents love getting art from the kids every month. And the kids are doing tons of crafts anyway, so I feel like these can be shared and I don’t have to throw them away. The plaques themselves cost about $12 total (to make 4), so my only cost has been postage throughout the year.