22 Helpful & Handy Gift Ideas for the Crafter, Maker & Artist

22 Helpful & Handy Gift Ideas for the Crafter, Maker & Artist

If you know someone who loves to make things — rejoice! — because shopping for crafty types is so easy. They need books, and they need tools, and they need endless quantities of both. To really make your craftiest loved one's holiday great, pair up the two: an upholstering book and a brad nailer, a modern crochet book with a travel crochet kit, or a gorgeous weaving book and an equally gorgeous pair of scissors. And while gift giving is all about generosity and selflessness, with these gifts there's always the chance the recipient will make you a little something, too!

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Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design at Amazon, $26

This super-thorough book will allow makeover mavens to become reupholstering masters in no time, and the projects are contemporary yet timeless.

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Knitting Without Needles at Amazon, $16

Packed with modern, covetable designs, the projects in this book, as mentioned, don't require needles. Pro tip: stick a little Post-It on your favorite project ::wink : especially if your birthday is coming up soon.

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Modern Weaving at Amazon, $17

Help your weaving-inclined pal (you know the type) to create heirloom-quality, swoon-worthy wall hangings.



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Crochet Home: 20 Vintage Modern Projects for the Home at Amazon, $14

The projects in this book have all the charm we associate with crochet, without any of the fussiness or mustiness. The colors are bright and poppy, and the designs are sweet yet streamlined.

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BOSTITCH Smart Point 18GA Brad Nailer Kit at Amazon, $89

Got a crafter who craves power tools? This little beauty packs a lot of power in a 3lb package. It allows craftspeople to easily and instantly drive brad nails (up to 2 ⅛ inches!) without marring the surface of whatever they happen to be nailing.

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Dailylike Washi Tape 36 Banana Tree at Amazon, $9

If it's possible for tape to be sophisticated and adorable all at once, this is. Give your favorite crafter their new signature tape. Everyone needs a signature tape.

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CCR Heavy Duty 10.5 Inch Gold Scissors at Amazon, $20

Strong, sharp scissors are a must, and if they also happen to be glam and gold? An ABSOLUTE MUST. The bonus set of teeny, folding scissors will let the crafting continue in the friendly skies.

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YYaaloa Set of 18 13.8" Bamboo Knitting Needles 2.0MM-10.0MM at Amazon, $14

Bamboo knitting needles are primarily prized because they're oh-so-quiet (no more of that metal-on-metal clacking), but they're also lightweight and generally easier for beginners to use.

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South Shore Crea Collection Craft Table at Amazon, $250

Every serious maker needs a work table, and this one has two drawers, five shelves, and seven cubbies for maximum organizational flexibility. Now you just need to surreptitiously measure your loved one's craft room.

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SUCK UK Cross Stitch Map at Amazon, $36

Your favorite crossstitcher can commemorate their travels in style, thanks to this fabric map. (Seriously, check out the rest of the images to see all the amazing ways this map can be adorned.)

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Damero Crochet Hooks Set at Amazon, $12

Consider this crochet set that has everything: crochet hooks, ruler, stitch markers, cable knitting and sewing needles, stitch holders, scissors, measuring tape, and row counter, all suitable for air travel and corralled in the adorable case of your choice.

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Brother ScanNCut 2 Home & Hobby Cutting Machine at Amazon, $299

For the devoted scrapbooker in your life: Give the gift of letting them create exactly what they envision for their scrapbooks and other projects, without having to be tied to the offerings in the sticker and adornment aisle of the craft store.

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Singer 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine at Amazon, $171

Perhaps one of the most recognizable names in sewing, this beauty has been rated 5 stars by 1,846 reviewers (73% of total reviewers), and you KNOW how particular sewing types are.

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DIY Print Shop Table Top Screen Printing Kit at Amazon, $100

Print aficionados have been waiting impatiently for a replacement to the dearly departed Print Gocco—is this it, at last? This compact kit has a reusable screen and wooden frame and squeegee, so that's a great start.

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YKL-LEAD Adjustable Swing Arm Table Lamp at Amazon, $28

The key to crafting greatness is good lighting, especially during the dark winter months ahead. This heavy-duty lamp is made of solid wood, iron and tons of Scandinavian style.

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The Quilt Design Coloring Workbook at Amazon, $11

Perfect for a quilter on the go who can't get their sew on on, say, the subway, or for someone who loves the aesthetic of quilts but isn't so hot on sewing.

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SAMYO Wax Stamp Letter Set at Amazon, $15

It's a beautiful moment in correspondence history, when you can send endless gifs and wax-sealed letters.

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Wild and Wolf Gentlemen's Heavy Duty Metal Tool Box at Amazon, $52

Give this beautiful tool box to your friend (of any gender) who both dresses like Paul F. Tompkins and aspires to handiness.

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Art Adventure Wood Art Box Easel Paint Set at Amazon, $31

A wooden travel kit will allow your painterly friends to be the Bob Ross of the break room. Perhaps they'll make you a thank-you painting!

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Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit at Amazon, $42

You'll definitely get a thank-you pint if you give this to your most microbrew-loving pal. This kit is also available in five other beer flavors (varietals?), in case IPAs aren't your favorite—uh, your friend's favorite!

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Energup 6-Piece Gardening Tool Set at Amazon, $22

Any green thumb will love this kit six-piece set. It has everything the gardeners you love need—except for the precise amounts of sun and rain that they're hoping for at any particular moment.

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Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit at Amazon, $60

This is the perfect present for the person on your list who loves fresh herbs, but doesn't happen to be a hardcore gardener and landowner. This minimal grow kit will look amazing in a modern kitchen!

*Note: All prices were accurate during the editing process, but may have fluctuated since then. If they have, hopefully the items are less expensive and not more expensive!

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