10 Gifts for the Artist, Crafter or DIY'er

10 Gifts for the Artist, Crafter or DIY'er

Landis Carey
Dec 8, 2010

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Our 2010 Green Gift Guide:

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