Some of the best play involves making things - it's fun, educational, encourages creativity and can be empowering. Here are nine gift ideas for makers and doers; even if these exact gifts aren't a match, we hope they inspire you to think along these lines this holiday season.
2 DIY Craft Kit- Friendship Bracelets, $10.00 from Camp Smartypants: In case you've forgotten how to make these, pass on the tradition with this kit including embroidery floss, instructions and a 'Friends Forever' card for the ultimate recipient.
3 Potholder Loom Deluxe, $26.95 from Harrisville Designs: Kids have been making potholders like this for generations, but the quality of these materials (100% cotton) is far superior to what you find in most stores.
4 Made By Me 4 Vehicle Kit, $15 from Fat Brain Toys: kids assemble a train, tugboat, tractor, and truck with a little glue and hammer and then can decorate them however they like.
5 Symphony Bead Kit, $24.95 from Metropolitan Museum of Art: young jewelry lovers can put their creativity in play to make their own jewelry or gifts for friends.
6 Yeti Superstar Latch Hook Rug Kit, $40 from Cheryl Cambras: I made a latch hook rug when I was young (great winter activity), but it was about a thousand times cooler than this design.
7 Seedling Build Your Own Kaleidoscope, $24 from Amazon: kaleidoscopes are truly a toy that spans many age groups (including adults) and can be enjoyed indoors, outdoors and on the go. Making your own just adds to the fun.
8 Build a Birdhouse Kit, $15.29 from Wild Birds Etc.: Here's a great activity to do together and enjoy year round as you watch local birds come and go.
9 Owl & Cat Sewing Kit, $31 from Owl & Cat Designs: young kids with an interest in sewing can build confidence with these adorable sewing projects.
10 Crewel Embroidery DIY Kit, $30 from Tako Fibers: crewel is new again with these modern, kid-friendly designs (check out more including a fox, owl, and rainbow). The kit includes all the materials needed.