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2011 gift guide: for DIY lovers

by Kate Pruitt


DIY lovers are some of my favorite people to shop for, and it’s not just because they sometimes give me the things they make :) It’s because most of the avid DIYers I know are always looking to learn a new skill, try a new craft or experiment with a new tool, and this makes them remarkably easy to shop for. In my research for this gift guide, I found many amazing art supplies, tools, books and kits that fall well within a reasonable budget. I hope you find something here for all the DIYers, makers, artists and curious creatives on your list. And remember — if you’re the DIY lover, you can always buy the kit or tool and make the gift yourself! Enjoy :) — Kate

Images above: 1. Stones Hat Knit Kit by Wool & The Gang, $59; 2. Genki Coasters Sashiko Embroidery Kit; $25; 3. Yellow Owl Workshop Winter Stamp Set, $24.50; 4. Sunprint Kit, $6; 5. DIY Music Box Kit, $15; 6. Stuffed Log Kit, $25; 7. Pinhole Art DIY Combo, $50; 8. Yellow Owl Workshop Mixtape Stamp Activity Kit, $19; 9. Woolly Pocket Garden “Wally 3” Set, $100; 10. DIY Embroidery iPhone 4/4S Case, $18; 11. Donna Wilson Make-Your-Own-Magpie Kit, $28


Images above: 1. Leather Writing Case, $120; 2. Organic Cotton/Hemp Denim Apron, $65; 3. EDC Keychain Kit, $42; 4. Dovo Household Scissors, $59; 5. Liberty of London Fabric Masking Tape (similar to shown), $16 for 2; 6. Sugru Hacking Putty, $18; 7. Mopha Tool Roll, $44; 8. Düller 36-Colors Pencil Set + Sketchbook, $66; 9. Navajo Printed Canvas/Suede Pouch, $52; 10. Small Teak Jar, $26; 11. Silver and Gold Metallic Twine, $20 for both (limited-time offer); 12. Schoolhouse Fabric-Covered Extension Cord, $36

See the rest of the gift guide after the jump!

Images above: 1. Fresh Cheese Kit (similar to shown), $29; 2. Everyday IPA Beer Kit, $65; 3. Ceramic Fermentation Jar, $90; 4. Hot-Pot Barbecue Grill, $62.50 (on sale); 5. Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden, $20; 6. Weck Canning Jars, $25 for a six pack of 1/5 liter size (shown); 7. Herb Pot Trio, $52; 8. Kenyon’s Stone Ground Corn Bread & Muffin Mix, $8; 9. Cuddle Up Cider and Lavender Sachets, $8 each; 10. Camano Coffee Mill, $60

 

Images above: 1.  Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Sheikatsu Sha, $16; 2. The Liberty Book of Home Sewing by Liberty of London, $19; 3. Vintage Craft Workshop by Cathy Callahan, $20; 4. Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt, $20 (signed copy); 5. MicroCrafts by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar and Katie Hatz, $12; 6. Paper + Craft by Minhee and Truman Cho, $20; 7. Crafting a Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo-Ilasco, $20; 8. DIY Furniture by Christopher Stuart, $26; 9. P.S. I Made This by Erica Domesek, $13; 10. Mobile Art by Ayako Akazawa and Michelle Clair, $20

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