DIYers are the easiest people to shop for, and I’m not just saying this because I am one. Does anyone remember the scene in Splash (Am I dating myself here? Oh well.) when Tom Hanks gives Daryl Hannah a wrapped gift, and she spends a few minutes petting and admiring the box, thinking it’s the actual present? Silly mermaids, so unschooled in the ways of gift giving. But seriously, for DIY fans, a beautiful box or a pretty ribbon IS a great gift in itself, because it’s an exciting material and a challenge to create something unexpected.
If you have a DIY lover in your life, you can really have some fun with gift giving. Try putting together a little materials kit based on their style: organic natural materials like birch and twine; a bunch of brightly colored tapes and papers; or a collection of fine fabrics, yarn and thread. DIYers also love learning new skills, so it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to a new craft: pair a printing book with a linocut tool, or a macramé book with some beautiful colored cord. If collecting a few items feels overwhelming, you can never go wrong with a beautiful tool, like a brass ruler, wooden storage box or smart-looking apron. These are items that we makers always admire but rarely splurge on for ourselves. Trust me, if you buy a DIY lover a beautiful pair of good scissors, you’ve made a friend for life — and don’t be surprised if you see them save the packaging for a future project. We DIYers just can’t help ourselves. Enjoy! — Kate
Image above, clockwise from top left: Field Notes Dry Transfer Limited Edition Set, $14 | Wool & the Gang Lula Slope Scarf Kit, $140 | DIY Lip Balm Kit, $40 | Original Camp Stool Kit, $25 | Stitch the Stars 2013 Calendar, $24 | Purl Soho Learn to Knit Kit, $62 | Shimmery Magnolia Paper Flower Kit, $16.95 | Souix Teepee, $350 | World’s Smallest Postal Service Tiny Mail Stationary Kit $20| Pyramid Air Terrarium Kit, $55 | Sunfelt Handicraft Felt Animal Kit (polar bears also available), $25.25
Image above, clockwise from top left: Black & White Wired Linen Ribbon (5yds), $10 | Triangular Colored Pencil Set, $29 | Typewriter Stamp Kit, $20 | Rainbow Rope Spool, $10 | 100% Wool Felt Roll in Cappuccino (other colors available), $4.50 | Washi Tape Set, $38 | Birch Bark Strips, $10 | Knot & Bow Metallic Glitter Twine, $10 | Student Plant Press, $53 | Knit Collage Sister Yarn in Jaipur Rose, $27.30 | Brooks Wrapping Paper, $12
More great gifts for DIY lovers after the jump . . .
Image above, clockwise from top left: Makita 18V Cordless Drill Set, $169 | Nunabee Oblong Color Chip Box, $84 | Mopha Tool Roll, $44 | Dremel Rotary Tool Kit, $79.99 | Solid Brass 12″ Ruler, $36 | Estwing Hammer, $49 | Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment, $13.79 | Best Made Co. Hickory Stripe Apron, $58 | Scissors, $12 | French Days Wooden Mechanical Pencils, $8 each | Martha Stewart Crafts Knife, $11.38 | Wire Baskets (various sizes available), $14–$35
Image above, clockwise from top left: Making an Impression: Design & Creating Artful Stamps, $14.63 | Decorative Fusion Knots: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to New and Unusual Ornamental Knots, $13.60 | The Little Book of Screen Printing, $24.95 | The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple, Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room, $15.63 | Macramé: Creative Knot-Tying (vintage/used), $2–6 | Handyman in Your Pocket, $12 | Family Creative Workshop Series (vintage/used), $74 | The Cut-Out Craft Book II, $23.95 | Wary Meyers Tossed & Found, $27.50 | Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started, $16.47
Image above: Miniature Rhino Mini Arrow Embroidery Kit, $20