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We have a holiday tradition of making our children at least one homemade gift, usually one from mom, one from dad. Last year I made everyone a pair of PJs. This year David is building a large schoolhouse chalkboard for the younger 4 children and I am sewing the 4yrDD a mermaid doll. But I'm looking for ideas for my 10yr old DD. While she will use the chalkboard, it is really more of a gift for the younger ones. Past homemade gifts she has gotten: her own mermaid doll, sweater (couldn't knit something new right now), clothes for her lovey bear, walking blocks, balance beam, etc. The only thing I can think of is to make her her own cookbook, but that seems a bit lame....any suggestions? She is an artsy, very phyiscal kid.
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How about instead of actually 'making' the item you give her the supplies and set aside time to teach her to knit/crochet?   Get her some yarn in fun colors and some decent knitting needles and possibly a kid/teen knitting book.  She is at the point where the supplies are going to be more fun because she gets to direct the outcome!

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I like that idea of a craft set and you two can learn together.


My 10yo DD has been asking my dh to make her a wooden table and some stools for her doll house. 


I used to LOVE it when my grandma made me a whole tin of magic bars just for me.


Maybe you repaint her dresser or desk custom to her room or her likes or favorite colors. 

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I think this is a great family tradition. My husband and I made something for our kids when they were born, but to do it each year at Christmas sounds so wonderful. Thanks for the idea. I also like your cookbook idea, especially if you were able to compile a few recipes that had been in the family for a long time from relatives or something. Anyway, without knowing your daughter at all, here are some suggestions.


A decorated picture frame with a picture of the two of you or of the family.


A homemade sewn reusable shopping bag in a pattern that she would like.


If you have access to carpentry tools, maybe a homemade wooden "treasure box" or a simple easel.


A friendship bracelet along with extra supplies so she can make some herself.


A photo album, or mini scrap book, celebrating her first decade (maybe would have been a better as a birthday gift).


A no-sew fleece blanket. Basically two pieces of fleece with different designs (usually one patterned, one solid color) with the fringe tied together. They seem pretty easy to make and I love the one someone made me.


A sewn apron or maybe an artist's smock with pockets if she likes to paint.


Good luck!

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