While Drew Barrymore admits she’ll never be the kind of master-crafter who can make a bird house of Popsicle sticks, she adores putting together personalized gifts — that’s why she encourages her daughters, Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2½, to do so, as well.
“Instead of buying them toys, because I’m obviously cautious and don’t want to spoil them, I buy them lots of arts and crafts. They’re more inclined to share, it’s more communal, they make stuff,” she tells PEOPLE Home. “And I think it’s very perspective-appropriate, because they’re making things. A made thing is the best gift always.”
And Barrymore is humble enough to admit that her two daughters with ex-husband Will Kopelman are far more gifted at the art than she is.
“They’re much craftier than I am,” she says.
The actress, who designed a new holiday line for Shutterfly, is already looking forward to everything that the holidays entails, including Snoopy advent calendars, “Vince Guaraldi on loop,” stockings and, her favorite, gift-giving.
“I think giving gifts that feel personalized is really the key, not making it feel like that last minute mad dash when you’re just grabbing something to get something for people. When you put their name on it, or put a picture on it, or make it personal, you know that person thought of you early,” she says. “And it really means a lot.”
As excited as she is for Christmas, which she’ll be spending with her ex and two daughters on an “adventure,” she’s going to refrain from buying a tree until after Thanksgiving.
“[I’ll get one] right when they’re everywhere and in your face that you need to get your tree. I’m not organized about it,” she says. “I see them on the street and am like, ‘You gotta get a tree.'” The best part of the tree, of course, is the ornaments, which Barrymore says is her favorite part of the holidays.
“For me when I saw Christmas ornaments as a kid, it immediately brought me back to a certain — it was like a heightened senses moment,” she says. “That cliché brown box in the garage that says with Sharpie ‘Christmas ornaments.'”