I like to get my children an ornament every year and then I put their initials and the year on it. My mother-in-law did that for her children, and we have a lovely set of ornaments from my husband's childhood. For the first time, I made the ornaments! It was fun, relatively quick, and the children were charmed to find these in their stockings.
I also made a busy book for Phoebe, which is never something I thought I would mess with. However, my nephew has a busy book made out of felt and it was so simple, I really wanted to copy it for Phoebe.
A few weeks before Christmas, Phoebe began unzipping any zipper she could find and also trying to undo my belt buckle during diaper changes. She would unsnap her dollie's sleeper and beg to have it snapped up again so she could unsnap it. Over and over and over again.
I was thrilled to give her the busy book on Christmas morning and yes, it has gotten a real work out. In fact, one of the grommets is gone, and a zipper seam is loosening; I dearly hope this book can stand up to Phoebe's enthusiasm.