Sometimes a simple idea, like shaping strands of beads into ornaments, is all it takes to check off most of the people on your child's gift list.
Twist together the ends of two pipe cleaners for a longer strand, or attach short beaded lengths to add a striker to a bell or holly berries to a wreath.
Bend an end of a pipe cleaner into a 90-degree angle. Have your child thread on beads from the opposite end, stopping a half inch from the tip.
Twist together the two ends, and the strand is ready to shape into a star, a candy cane, or another festive object.