Giving craft kits is a go-to for creative and curious people. And, while they’re an excellent and appreciated gift idea, they might be a little too amateur for the maker in your life. If you’re stuck on what to give your ultra-crafty friend this holiday season, you’re in the right spot. As an artist and maker with experience in metalworking, sewing, crocheting, pottery, and painting, I spend virtually all of my free time researching (and collecting) craft supplies. Gift-giving also happens to be my love language, and I am obsessed with finding the best crafting gifts for friends and family.
When you give the crafty person in your life a gift that contributes to their projects and passions (even if it’s in a small way), you do more than add to their supplies — you make them feel seen and loved. After all, crafting can feel very personal and sentimental.
When shopping for craft gifts, Klara Nilsson, founder of Knitting Knowledge, says to focus on one particular craft. “Speak to the person you’re gifting and find out their favorite craft, or at least which one they are focused on at the moment,” she explains. “While some gifts can apply to lots of different skill sets [like a fresh pair of sharp scissors], you’ll make someone extra happy if you find a tool, accessory, or pattern that helps them with the project they’re working on at the moment,” she adds.
Meet the Experts
Klara Nilsson is the founder of Knitting Knowledge, a brand specializing in knitting patterns, starter kits, and supplies.
Mariana Leung is a maker who competed on HGTV's Holiday Crafters Gone Wild.
Samantha Midolo is a member of the JOANN merchandising team.
From organization to high-tech craft devices, here are the best craft gifts to give the makers in your life.
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