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Looking for clever – and affordable – gift ideas for kids? Then, skip the store, and try one of these homemade gift ideas:

1. Crayons

Homemade Crayons
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Have a bunch of crayon stubs that are too small for your kids to hold onto? Don't throw them out! Instead, recycle them into big, chunky crayons that are just the right size for little hands. Pair them with a coloring book, and you've got a complete gift for $1.

2. Playdough

Playdough
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Treat your favorite shortie to a fresh batch of playdough in your choice of color and scent.

3. Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk
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Fill a bucket with chunky sticks of homemade sidewalk chalk – the more colors the better.

4. Denim Pocket Purse

Denim Pocket Purse
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
The back pockets are often the prettiest part of a pair of jeans, sporting intricate embroidery and sometimes even delicate sequins and beads. Use them to create a denim pocket purse for a lucky little girl.

5. Felt Board

Felt Board
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Felt boards sell for big bucks, but they don't cost much at all to make. Round up a bit of felt and cardboard, and create a homemade felt board in thirty minutes or less. You can even create a felt person that resembles the recipient – too fun!

6. Treasure Soap

Treasure Soap
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Surprises are big fun when you're little. Hide a small trinket inside a bar of homemade treasure soap, and you've got a cheap and memorable gift that'll be fun to the last wash.

7. Popsicle Soap

Popsicle Soap
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Popsicle-shaped soap is kid-cool and cheap too. Pick up a pound of glycerin soap, and melt your way to the perfect gift.

8. Soap on a Rope

Soap on a Rope
Photo © David Fisher
Introduce a new generation to the wonder that is soap on a rope. It couldn't be easier to make.

9. Soap Scrubbies

Soap Scrubbies
Photo © David Fisher
It's one part soap; it's one part scrubbie; and it's 100% fun. Stock up on dollar store scrubbies and make a soap scrubbie for every kid that you know.

10. Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath
Photo © Flickr user Cyron

Make a batch of bubble bath, and give the gift of raisin fingers.

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