Every year I struggle a bit to come up with a good Christmas gift idea for my children’s birth mom. I want it to be sentimental and unique. Ideally, I’d like some component of it to have been made by my children themselves, though that’s not always the case. Occasionally they have ideas on what they want to give their birth family, but most often they look to me to figure out the plan. We are still trying to come up with a fun idea for this year, but here are a few things we have done in years passed.
Pack of Pictures from the year
Okay, we actually do this one every year and send it along with another gift. Because we adopted through foster care, we don’t have any kind of open adoption agreement stating how often to send photos. I’ve found sending a big pack of pictures at Christmastime from the entire year works best for me. I used to try and send pictures intermittently through out the year, but I was always forgetting my start and end date. I’d end up sending Birthday pictures twice or forgetting Halloween pictures entirely. I was constantly asking “Did I send you those pictures of…?” When I send photos at Christmas it’s easier for me to gather everything from the entire year and make sure it all gets included.
Salt Dough Ornaments
These are super easy to make, just mix 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup warm water. Mix and mold like play dough, then allow to try over night. Once dry, paint or decorate.
Shutterfly always has great deals on all things picture. The only thing we have done ourselves is the photo calendar, but they have lots of cool ways to personalize a photo gift (mugs, paperweights, vases galore).
Framed Art Work
I absolutely adore kid artwork, and I feel pretty confident that most moms do. Ikea has great little frames that are perfect for kid art projects. They are also basic enough that your child could decorate the frame (we wrapped this one in wrapping paper for a little pizzazz). You could also try uploading art to a place like Kids Kreations, which makes personalized gifts from children’s art work. I’m super partial to their bracelet charm, and feel like it’s a pretty unique gift idea.
I totally wore out the handprint train when my kids were younger. This is technically Violet’s, but we made many a hand print project for James and Mariyah’s birth family when they were younger.
The tried and true.
If anyone has any suggestions of things that have done or would recommend doing in the future, I am all ears! I’m finding it a little harder to come up with ideas as my kids age.
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