DIYers are the easiest people to shop for, and I’m not just saying this because I am one. Does anyone remember the scene in Splash (Am I dating myself here? Oh well.) when Tom Hanks gives Daryl Hannah a wrapped gift, and she spends a few minutes petting and admiring the box, thinking it’s the actual present? Silly mermaids, so unschooled in the ways of gift giving. But seriously, for DIY fans, a beautiful box or a pretty ribbon IS a great gift in itself, because it’s an exciting material and a challenge to create something unexpected.
If you have a DIY lover in your life, you can really have some fun with gift giving. Try putting together a little materials kit based on their style: organic natural materials like birch and twine; a bunch of brightly colored tapes and papers; or a collection of fine fabrics, yarn and thread. DIYers also love learning new skills, so it’s a great opportunity to introduce them to a new craft: pair a printing book with a linocut tool, or a macramé book with some beautiful colored cord. If collecting a few items feels overwhelming, you can never go wrong with a beautiful tool, like a brass ruler, wooden storage box or smart-looking apron. These are items that we makers always admire but rarely splurge on for ourselves. Trust me, if you buy a DIY lover a beautiful pair of good scissors, you’ve made a friend for life — and don’t be surprised if you see them save the packaging for a future project. We DIYers just can’t help ourselves. Enjoy! —
Image above, clockwise from top left: , $14 | , $140 | , $40 | , $25 | , $24 | , $62 | , $16.95 | , $350 | $20| , $55 | (polar bears also available), $25.25
Image above, clockwise from top left: , $10 | , $29 | , $20 | , $10 | , $4.50 | , $38 | , $10 | , $10 | , $53 | , $27.30 | , $12
More great gifts for DIY lovers after the jump . . .
Image above, clockwise from top left: , $169 | , $84 | , $44 | , $79.99 | , $36 | , $49 | , $13.79 | , $58 | , $12 | , $8 each | , $11.38 | , $14–$35
Image above, clockwise from top left: , $14.63 | , $13.60 | , $24.95 | , $15.63 | , $2–6 | , $12 | , $74 | , $23.95 | , $27.50 | , $16.47
Image above: , $20
Image above, from left: , $99 | , $40