With so many artists, crafters and DIY'ers amongst the ranks at Re-Nest, I wanted to give a broad range of mostly useful, sometimes amusing, but not always painfully practical gifts for the fellow creatives in your lives. It's easy to fall back on books (and I've included a few), but going beyond the expected for something they probably wouldn't buy for themselves, but will love.
1 Gifts for the Artist, Crafter, or DIY'er
2 Unstuck, $12.17 - $17.99 from Your Local Bookstore: Unstuck takes you through various exercises to unblock that pesky artists block.
3 Remarkable Recycled Artists Case, £4.24 from Ethical Super Store: a great little pouch made of recycled tires to carry pencils, erasers and other sketching implement around easily.
4 Vusion2 LED Craft Light, $39.99 from Mighty Bright: The bulbs in this LED lamp are listed to last 100,000 hours. That's a lot of crafting! It comes with two brightness settings and a magnifying glass.
5 Crafting With Cat Hair, $9.58 from Amazon: If your friend is crafty, loves cats and also has a good sense of humor, this book is for him or her. The ultimate in recycling!
6 Large Knitting Needle or Art Tool Case, $29.95 from lenabrowndesigns on Etsy: Owls aren't the only pattern on these clever cases, but they're definitely my favorite. The case has room for 30 needles, pencils or whatever else you can fit inside.
7 Oblique Strategies Cards, £30 from Eno Shop: The original Oblique Strategies cards were created in 1975 by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt to help them become unstuck in their creative pursuits as artists and musicians.
8 Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts, $24.99 from Random House: From the editors at Martha Stewart comes a book that will keep you crafting year-round.
9 India Jane Artist Smock, $70 from thefloweroflife on Etsy: A great way to keep paint, ink and glue off your clothing is this fantastic handmade artists smock.
10 Da Vinci All-Natural Brush Soap, $5.99 from Dick Blick: take care of your expensive paint brushes with this all-natural conditioning soap. Would make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite painter.
11 Gift Rocket Gift Cards for Any Business, price varies from Gift Rocket: Does your loved one have a favorite art or craft store but you either live in another city or the business doesn't have their own gift cards? Problem solved with Gift Rocket. You can buy it for any business!
2011 Green Gift Guides (search for "2011 Green Gift Guide" tag on the site to find guides that have already been posted)
• 10 Green Gifts for Green Thumbs
• Green Gift Guide For the Home Renovator
• Green Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20
• Green Gift Guide: Best Gifts Under $75
• Green Gift Guide For Kids
• Green Gift Guide For Design Lovers
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