Hurry! While your favorite DIY’er is hunched over his/her latest project, peruse our holiday gift guide, which features the best gifts for the crafty/handy person in your life. From conditioning soaps for brushes to notebooks that will help anyone map their way out of artist’s block, we’ve thought of everything so you won’t have to.
A beginner friendly kit! Just cut out the pattern pieces, stencil the canvas, and then sew this fully lined bag together. There are two interior pockets for cell phone and keys, and a snap to close the top. The instructions are hand-illustrated and carefully written, designed and tested. Buy online at etsy.com.
No messing around now – these guys will cut through paper, vinyl, cardstock, fabric, heat-transfer material. With the Silhouette Studio software, the DIY’er will be able to create and cut his/her own designs and use the fonts already installed on his/her computer. Buy online at silhouetteamerica.com.
Expensive, delicate paintbrushes need proper care. This chemical-free soap is 100% pure vegetable-based, and will prevent brushes from losing their interlocking quality and from becoming dry and brittle. Buy online at dickblick.com.
This lamp allows you to position the teardrop-shaped light head and round magnifier to suit the task at hand. Six powerful LEDs cast a crisp white, no-glare light. The optical-grade magnifying lens doubles image size. Plug in the included AC adapter for uninterrupted power. Buy online at mightybright.com.
5. For the I’ve-Got-Artist’s-Block DIY’er: Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing at Home, at Work & in Your Studio
Can’t get the creative juices flowing? Unstuck features 52 simple, creativity-generating projects that can fit into any lifestyle. Arranged in order of time commitment, from 30 seconds to several hours. Also included are 12 artist profiles that illuminate what other successful creative people do to stay inspired and productive, along with blank journaling pages to sketch, scribble, and jot down experiences and ideas. Buy online at indiebound.org.
These bins are a colorful, playful choice for storing supplies; the pail-style design makes it easy to tote from room to room at clean-up time. Buy online at containerstore.com.
They’ve got ideas, many ideas that could change the world. You can help them jot their inspirations down before they forget. 3 books for the price of 1, full of 100% recycled paper, and printed with graph paper for easy writing. Buy online at poketo.com.
This apron can be worn in the workshop, to hold pencils and hammers alike, but it also works well for a crafty gardener. The uniquely simple grommet tie for the waist and neck allows—whether the receiver is man or woman—for adjustment to the perfect fit. Buy online at bestmade.com.
9. For the Heavyweight Champion DIY’er: Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit
This drill speaks a language all its own: The LXFD01CW is engineered for a range of drilling and driving applications and is ideal for HVAC, electrical, remodeling, and woodworking. At only 7-9/16 inches long and 3.3 pounds, it has a compact and ergonomic design for reduced operator fatigue and a new rubberized soft grip for increased comfort on the job. The built-in LED light illuminates the job area for applications in low-light conditions and close quarters. Buy online at amazon.com.
Traditionally used by sailors on-board ship, the Ditty Bag has outside pockets, a hand-spliced rope handle and sturdy brass eyelets – perfect for gardening tools, artists materials, or any collection of bits and bobs in need of a home. Buy online at marinerssupply.co.uk.