One of the areas it's easiest to go over budget, from my experience at least, is giving gifts to kids and teens. When children are little it's a bit easier to find cheaper things - but then they're all so cute! Clothes are cute to buy, but we know they'd love a toy, so we'll add that in...and all of a sudden, it's not so inexpensive.
Then kids get older and you think gift cards are the only answer (and sometimes they are), but you can't give a $5 gift card and $10 often seems too small, right? Yet that is our budget goal for kids at the holidays ($15 for birthdays). What to do?
If you're able to monetarily bless the kids in your lives with a great gift, that's terrific, but if not, here are some truly wonderful handmade gift ideas for kids and teens. I've continually been surprised at the response from my nieces and nephews to handmade gifts - most of the time they are truly loved since they are unique! Never assume, right?
Here's a few Kid-Teen Gift Ideas from AOC:
Thrift Painting to Word Art (use teen's favorite song, quote, or verse)
And a LOT more handmade gift ideas for kids of all ages from other talented crafters: (please pin any of these ideas from the original site)
Initial Notebooks @ Everything Etsy
Winter Flower Hair Ties @ We All Sew
Headband Refashion @ Skip To My Lou
T-Shirt Yarn Headband @ Sugar Bee Crafts
17 Embroidery Thread Friendship Bracelet Patterns @ The Spruce Crafts
DIY Lip Balms @ Martha Stewart
Glass Tile Pendants @ Sugar Bee Crafts
Crochet Skateboarder Beanie @ Chie Crochet & Knits
Knitted Hats for Everyone @ Purl Bee
Personalized Gift Mugs @ Pennywise Cook
T-shirt Art @ At Home With The Barkers
T-Shirt Pillows @ Ruffles and Stuff
Superhero Comic Book Magnets @ Crafts By Amanda
Onesie Cupcake Gift @ Creative Ramblings
Best Burp Cloths @ Made By Rae
Art Display From Repurposed Laminate @ DIY Danielle
DIY Car Caddy @ Robby Gurls Creations
What gifts have you given to kids and teens that have been well received?