Agreed. So why not have them draw you a picture instead. Draw a shape roughly the size of your wooden utensil and then have them draw you something inside. It could be instructed, like their name or a picture of them and then you lovingly take that small drawing and using a piece of charcoal paper, transfer the design to the utensil.
Everyone wins, it doesn't break the bank and it's completely heartfelt. Plus, each time your kids help Grandma make cookies with the spoon they made, it will be a sweet little moment. If you're not into making them yourself, head on over to Tigerlillystudio on Etsy where they're ready to custom make any spoon you so desire! Score!
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