Keepsake Gifts from Kids: 10 Easy Ideas


In the spirit of keeping things simple this holiday season, I’ve been thinking about inexpensive and homemade gift ideas my kids can make. Being a busy mom of two young boys and a former English and Special Education teacher, I wanted to find a super simple and sentimental present that somehow involved writing.  

After some considerable trial and error, I had my list. Here are my suggestions for ten easy written gifts for the special people in your child’s life. 

Coupon Book

Does anyone else remember creating a coupon book back in the day? This was probably my go-to gift in the late 80s and it’s time to bring it back. To start, have your child think of tasks that they can do on their own for the present receiver. The tasks can be anything from making their bed to feeding the pets. Create coupons by using card stock and art supplies, encouraging your child to write and illustrate each one. To complete, attach together using a hole punch and festive ribbons. 

Things I Love About You Book

Help your child write their very own book to gift to someone special. Brainstorm all the things they love about that person, including things they love to do together. Write them down in simple sentences, illustrate the pages, laminate, and then secure with some colorful bows.

Photo Memory Book 

My kids’ grandparents are always asking for updated photos, so this is their request with a touching twist. Help your kiddo select and print out their favorite photos from the year and arrange them in a small photo book. Next, show your child how to caption each picture, writing next to the photos or on the back. Don’t forget to include a short written dedication in the front of the book. 

Hand Printed Recipe 

There’s nothing like reading a handwritten family recipe from a loved one to make you feel all warm and fuzzy during the holiday season. Help your child select a food they love to eat and then copy the recipe in their own handwriting. You can use a decorated recipe card, index card, or any special paper that you have. Laminating the recipe when it’s finished will ensure it stands the test of time.

If you’d rather have the recipe printed on an object or material, there are many reasonable options to be found online. And if you’re in need of some new recipe inspiration, check out Misa’s Clean Kitchen for some wonderful and healthy ideas.

Homemade Bookmark

So easy to make, just have your kids cut strips of cardstock, decorate, and then laminate. You can suggest  different design themes, such as books they love, literature quotes, or things that remind them of their loved one. When they’re finished, their gift receiver will have a special keepsake to use with all their future reading. 


All you need to create this gift is a ceramic mug, a dishwasher safe pen, and an oven. Have your child decorate the mug and include their own handwriting. The written words can be as simple as ‘I Love You’ printed on the mug. Next, let the creation dry and then bake in an oven at 300˚F for 35 minutes. Important tips – put the mug into the oven while it’s preheating so it doesn’t warm up too quickly. And when it’s finished, let the mug cool down to room temperature inside the oven to prevent it from breaking. 

Handwritten Print

This present will look very sweet displayed in a loved one’s home. Simply find an interesting frame and have your child write some words down on paper, any kind or color will do. Depending on their age, the phrase can be as basic as ‘I love you, Gramma’. Have your child decorate the paper and then wrap up their surprise. 

Poem or Story

Do you have an older child who loves to write? Encourage them to create an original poem or short story and dedicate it to someone they love. If a younger kiddo wants to create one as well, help them keep it simple and include their own illustrations. 

Scribble Stone or Shell 

Has your child ever read the story of the scribble stones? This adorable book is bound to inspire creativity in your kids. Bundle up and search a local seacoast beach for stones and shells, and then bring your treasures home to decorate with paint. If your child is just learning how to write, encourage them to print the letters in their name. For an older child, special quotes or phrases would be the perfect words to include. 


I have a keychain that my oldest made for me and it’s truly one of my favorite gifts. Help your child plan and design their present, making sure to also include words in their own handwriting. You can use materials from a craft store, or order a more durable keychain kit from a website like this. If you would like to have their design printed, check out this inexpensive option. 

Which of these gifts will my kiddos be creating this year? Our relatives will just have to wait and find out! Will you try some of these ideas at home this holiday season? 

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I’m a Maine native and after a long stretch of time living in Chicago, I feel lucky to again call the Seacoast my home. I currently live in Kennebunk with my husband, two sons, and a spaniel mix who truly believes he is a furry big brother to our boys. I hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Maine and as a certified English and Special Education teacher, a passion of mine has always been helping students and connecting them to reading and writing. Free time is best spent in the sunshine with family and friends, curled up with a good book, eating my husband’s incredible cooking, or creatively writing for the kids in my life. Being a mom is the most challenging and amazing job I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.