Being a new aunt (my nieces are 2 years and 6 months, respectively) I've had to become a child-friendly present buyer for the holidays, but sometimes its difficult to find something unique and fun to give when every other relative seems to be purchasing the same thing. Honestly, how many stuffed animals can two kids have? Taking a creative approach - and one that's neither hard to do OR expensive - you can come up with cute little gifts for any young relatives, without worrying about giving a gift that's already been given.
If you go to Target or Payless you can find plain white sneakers (Keds or any other brand will do) for under $10; then head over to any other craft store and purchase a jar of glitter glue and a bottle of glitter of any color (Martha Stewart products are my preferred brand and are available at Michael's), each of which should cost about $3. Return home, clear yourself a work space, and set to work.
As you can see, I decided on gold for my color of choice. I painted the shoes yellow in order to have the color "pop" better, but that's an unnecessary step. Then you simply apply the glue & glitter a section at a time, and voila! Adorable and unique little shoes that should only cost you about $15. They're also comfortable, as I made adult-size pairs for myself & two friends for Halloween:
Make sure you seal the glitter by adding a fews sprays of acrylic gloss or some other clear sealant, though these shoes aren't really made to last. But they are fun, decorative, and thoughtful little gifts perfect for any child this holiday season.