6 Gifts Girls Can Make to Give to Their Friends

My daughters love to create things. They are constantly crafting, using one medium or another. One week they’ll be making bracelets and next they’ll move on to food for their American Girl dolls.

Luckily, they have a bunch of friends who also love to craft, so they are always constructing things for each other.

They make gifts all year for their friends, but they especially enjoy creating them during the holiday season. I love this because handmade presents are cheaper than store bought ones and much more personal.

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With the holidays quickly approaching, we have started putting together the list of things the girls want to create.

If the girl in your life likes to craft like mine, hopefully our list will inspire her to surprise her friends with some fun gifts. And not just for the holiday, but all year long!

1.  Rainbow Loom bracelets

These bracelets are definitely all the rage right now. Abigail had been admiring them for a couple of months, but had no idea how to make them.

You can imagine how excited she was to receive this loom for her birthday!

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She has been making bracelets for everyone ever since. With this kit and the endless band colors, she can make dozens of patterns, in little time.

2.  Duct Tape Flower Pen

Both of my children LOVE duct tape. We regularly have a large selection of patterned duct tape in our house that they use for various creations.

One of their favorite projects is making flowers to add to the end of their pens.

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This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to complete one of the popular flower styles.

3.  Marbled Paper Bookmarks

Remember when I shared about making marbled autumn leaves? Well, I was determined to figure out the process so we could use it to make some beautiful bookmarks for our friends.

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I let my girls each choose three acrylic paint colors to swirl, as well as a roll of coordinating ribbon for the tassel. Then we added some beads to the end of the ribbon.

4.  Flower and Gem Hair Clip

Buying these in the store can be very expensive. That’s why I was so thankful when a friend, who makes these for her daughter, shared her process with me.

It’s very easy, which I always appreciate!

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Marianna loves to wear these flower clips, but to be honest, I think one of her favorite parts is the big gem in the middle!

5.  Charm Bracelet

While doing some research for a co-op class, I came upon these charm bracelets. We think they are cute, so we eagerly added them to our list this year.

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I used buttons from my large button tin so all we had to purchase were charms and cording. Simple and inexpensive!!

6.  American Girl Backpack

My daughters have wanted a backpack for their dolls for quite a while. After making an Afikomen bag with the girls for one of our American Girl clubs, I figured I could turn it in to a backpack by adding straps, like this backpack.

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This is an easy no-sew project when you use hot glue.

I cut these dimensions out of felt:

  • backpack – 1 piece 5 1/2″ W x 10″ L
  • straps – 2 pieces 1″ W x 11 1/2″ L

I glued the sides of the backpack, leaving about a 2″ fold over for the flap. Then the straps went on the back, evenly spaced. I attached a button to the front flap, using glue.

Even though I offered to add some Velcro to the bag to keep it shut, my girls wanted to keep it open.

I hope my list has encouraged you to start thinking about gifts your girls can make for their friends. I’m regularly adding crafts for older kids to my Holiday Craft Pinterest Board, so make sure you follow along for some holiday inspiration!

What kinds of gifts do your children like to make to give to friends and family during the holidays?

If you want even more Christmas gift inspiration, check out our friends at iHN.

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Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
Megan Zechman
Megan Zechman


  1. Love these ideas. My daughter is working on some finger-knit scarves as gifts right now but I’m saving your ideas. We always love handmade gifts.

    • Thank you Tonia! I’ve been enjoying your website. Mine have done some finger knitting – I was thinking of having them use that process to make scarves for their AG dolls. We love them too.

  2. Cute ideas! And easy, too. My 12 year old is making big flower hair-bobs for her niece and is sewing AG doll clothes for her sister. Love the marbled paper, we just might try that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you Linda! My girls have just started learning to sew, so I’m still sewing their AG doll clothes. Their dolls make out quite well at Christmas! I’m glad I was able to inspire you. One tip on the marbled paper – you don’t need a ton of shaving cream or paint and make sure you use a squeegee that is as wide as your paper. I used something smaller at first and it didn’t work at all.

  3. Such sweet ideas, Megan! I love these.

  4. I love these ideas, and know my girls will, too. Especially the duct tape flower–how cute!

    • Thank you Gin. My girls LOVE duct tape. They have made so many crafts out of it. They also love to make stuff for their AG dolls with duct tape. I love the flowers too. Luckily there are so many flower variations you can make, so you should never get bored.

  5. Love these ideas! I’ve added a rainbow loom kit to my daughter’s Amazon wish list!

    • Thanks Aadel! She will LOVE it. I can’t tell you how many bracelets my girls have made with that thing since October. They are insanely popular and very easy to make with the loom and style book. I have a feeling they will be under many trees this year.

  6. Great ideas! My 7 year old is also about Rainbow Loom, and she made several presents with it already. I think the backpack for American Doll is a great idea!

  7. Great collection of crafts! Thanks for linking up!


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