You know how the birthday party run goes. Wake up. Hustle kid to shower, dress, brush hair and teeth. Race to store and buy some $20 lump of plastic with “Future Landfill” written all over it. Get the shop assistant to slap on some garish wrapping paper and shove it in some eye-searingly uncool bag. Sigh. Sure, that’s the best you can do at the time, but with a little forward thinking it is possible to give beautiful, hip, lovingly hand-crafted birthday presents—without spending any more.
Here, my picks of affordable handmade birthday gifts for kids guaranteed to be a hit: