If you want to give your kiddo a gift that money can’t buy, the answer is to DIY!
Perfect for those bigger items, a pressie made by hand comes at fraction of the price of a store-bought piece and is guaranteed to be one of a kind.
So grab your toolkit and hatch a plan! Here are 17 homemade big-ticket gift ideas the kids will love.
Home, sweet, home
This cardboard design makes it easy to build a doll’s house. Whether you keep things simple or blow the budget filling it with gorgeous furniture, put out the welcome mat for this mini-home. (instructions via Cakies)
A kids’ tool bench will be a big hit – literally. To tap into this idea, grab an old wooden cabinet, a peg board, a few bits and bobs, a lick of paint and some tools of your own. (instructions via Grillo Designs)
Switch to a black and white focus with this five panel DIY teepee. Throw in a sheepskin and pillow, then good luck luring tots out for lunch! (via Nalle’s House)
Beach in a box
A sandpit is a summery gift for little Australians and this backyard sandbox provides a big splash of colour and fun. Or else, an upcycled colour block sandbox is the perfect size for small spaces and small people. (via Made Everyday)
Ka-pow! It’s a supercar
Room for vrooooom!
The race is on to create a backyard track before the big day! Whether you put a pit stop in the lawn or build a downhill track like this one, this gift gets pole position. (via View From the Fridge)
Open wide, come inside
If you’re handy with a hammer, then this wooden doll’s house is sublime. With a front that opens up and a ‘basement’ drawer for storage, it’s a brilliant build for kids. And if a doll’s house renovation is more your style, then get some inspo here. (via Running with Scissors)
Up and hooray
This seesaw is both cheap (built for under $30) and cheerful (hello postbox red), so it makes a fun gift for the backyard. Oh, and the kids! (via Classy Clutter)
A swing is a beautiful thing. Whether you make a sweet pinwheel rope swing or go extreme with a skateboard swing, it’s a thrilling DIY. And these outdoor playspaces are a barrel of fun too. (via Bower Power and Little Bit Funky)
Tyred and happy
The one-storey cubbyhouse