10 Gifts for the Artist, Crafter or DIY'er

2010 Green Gift Guide

Shopping for your favorite artist, crafter or DIY'er this holiday season? Take a peek at our Gift Guide for presents that will sharpen their skills, keep them organized and inspire them all-year-long.

TOP ROW
1 Paint Deck: A paint deck from YOLO Colorhouse, Mythic Paint, or Benjamin Moore Aura will endlessly inspire any DIY'er to successfully complete any home-improvement project.
2 Books & Magazines: Reference books and design magazines are a great way to inspire creativity or a new project—they are gifts that keep on giving. Crafters and DIY'ers often keep reference materials for years. A few ideas include: Home Improvement 1-2-3 from Home Depot; Lotta Jansdotter's Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style; Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.
3 Gift Card: A gift card from a favorite craft or DIY supplier—Home Depot, FLAX Art & Design, Pearl Fine Art Supplies (just to name a few)—is always a much-appreciated gift!

MIDDLE ROW
4 Task Light: Long hours spent hovered over a latest creation can cause eye strain and fatigue. Help your crafter stay on task with the Koncept Z-BAR LED Desk Lamp in Red. Available from YLighting in Warm or Daylight for $169.95.
5 Colored Pencils: Prismacolor Art Stix (eco-friendly woodless colored pencils), available individually or in sets of 12, 24, 36, or 48 from Utrecht.
6 Pantone Storage Boxes: Stackable and a fun addition to any space, these Pantone Metal Storage Boxes are reasonably priced at $19.99 each from BLICK Art Materials.

BOTTOM ROW
7 X-Acto Basic Knife Set: A sharp and handy Xacto knife is priceless in that moment of need—it's a must-have for any artist, crafter or DIY'er. Keep your loved one supplied with an X-Acto Basic Knife Set from BLICK Art Materials.
8 Alvin Cutting Mat: If you've ever worked with an X-Acto knife, then you know how many magazines and pieces of mat board you can quickly destroy if you've got a lot of precise cutting to do. Help save your table tops with a self-healing Alvin Cutting Board. Available in various sizes and colors from BLICK Art Materials.
9 Jig Saw: Attention to everyone who is shopping for DIY lovers: Ryobi's JS451L Jig Saw offers users a laser and LED to help them make "the most accurate cuts even along the most difficult lines." Available from Home Depot for just $49, this jig saw is a great value.

ALSO CONSIDER
10 Sewing, Painting, Pottery or DIY Lessons: Help the artist, crafter or DIY'er in your life improve upon their already outstanding skills by giving them a lesson or two from a local craft and sewing center or hardware store.

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Landis is a ceramic artist who hand-makes heirloom-quality pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She writes about tabletop design and entertaining for The Kitchn and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and toddler.

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