11 Creative Gifts for DIY Crafting — 2018 Gift Guides

You know that old saying: If you give a crafter a gift they’re amused for a day. If you give them supplies they’ll develop a whole new hobby and might even turn it into a side hustle. Is that not how it goes?! Oh well. Point is, these craft and do-it-yourself kits will provide hours of fun and creation. And you might even be the recipient of some of their handiwork.

Take a look at some of our favorite kits and tools below.

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For your favorite embroidery-loving activist, pretty much any of these patterns from Badass Cross Stitch will be a welcome gift. Not only are they affordable—perfect for a stocking stuffer—they feature feminist icons like RBG and Malala Yousafzai.

Consider this for the all-star DIYer (you know, the person who you think will be the next Martha Stewart) in your life. The crafting possibilities are endless—it’s great for sewing, woodworking, and cutting vinyl (and that’s just to name a few). Not only does the latest model cut and score paper, but it can also handle fabrics, leather, and even balsa wood with precision. It’s guaranteed to be the centerpiece of anyone’s craft corner!

Making scented candles is so easy. In fact the hardest part is just rounding up all the ingredients you need. This kit makes it so easy and the end result are three scented lavender scented candles. Aromatherapy and ambiance? It’s an unbeatable combination.

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A retro wall hanging looks even cooler when you’ve made it yourself. A dreamy color palette and nubby textures make this kit feel more custom than the rest. The beauty of this present? You can opt for just the loom if you’d like but you can also include their yarn. You decide based on your budget.

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Blush pink yarn, wooden knitting needles, and a pattern for a pretty snood you’ll be wearing all winter, this set provides hours of relaxation with an awesome end result. I mean how many of your craft projects go that well with your entire winter wardrobe?

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All of the beauty of succulents with none of the stress of keeping them alive! And the lucky recipient doesn’t even need to be that crafty. Thanks to pre-cut leaves and petals it’s really easy to put together. This gem will hang around for several seasons at least.

There are few things more soothing than hand lettering, plus it’s endlessly useful and easy to learn with a few simple supplies. This kit gives you everything you need to get started. Don’t be surprised when you get a thank you card from the lucky recipient that’s done in calligraphy.

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Minimal yet classic, who wouldn’t love to make one of the leather wallets for themselves? Pre-punched leather means the hard part is done for you; all they have to do is sew it together. Their hard work will really pay off!

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Feeling a little doubtful about what fragrance to pick for someone with discerning tastes? Have them make their own instead of buying something off the shelf. They’ll end up with a personalized perfume and a new hobby.

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Self-care never looked so pretty, or so inexpensive. Bath bombs are easy to make and fun to use—even adults love to watch the fizz away. With all of the ingredients you need to make and scent 15 to 25 tablets, this is a gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays.

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Paint-by-numbers doesn’t have to just be of landscapes or cute animals. And while you won’t be recreating fine art or actually learning how to paint, there’s something so enjoyable about watching one of these kits come together. A fun twist? The subjects are a little more unique: Mr. Rogers and RBG.

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