41 thoughtful DIY gifts anyone would love

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During a year when stay-at-home orders have kept everyone either binge-watching TV shows or doom-scrolling on social media, hobbyists have had a chance to shine. With nothing but time to kill, knitting projects were finally completed, paintings finished and loaves of bread baked.

This winter is poised to be more of the same, so we’ve rounded up the best DIY gifts for amateur (or ambitious) makers to give to their loved ones. Or, if you know an enthusiastic crafter who enjoys the process themselves, these kits also make great gifts on their own—no assembly required. (Looking for something more pre-made? We’ve got you covered there too.)

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1. For the friend who has a gallery wall: Sunflower String Art Kit

Brighten up any dreary space with a happy sunflower design from StringoftheArt. The Etsy bestseller takes less than a day to complete and reviewers have noted how easy it is to assemble. If you can wrap a piece of string around a nail, you can make wall-worthy art in no time. Even still, it comes with step-by-step instructions and a template.

Get the Sunflower String Art Kit from Etsy for $64.95

2. For the fashionista: Tulip Tie Dye Party Kit

Tie-dying has been a huge trend in 2020, with everyone from celebrities to your boss rocking hand-dyed sweatshirts and tees on Zoom calls. Make sure the fashionista in your life isn’t left behind by gifting one-of-a-kind clothing you can create in your backyard. This kit features 14 different colors of dye and enough stock for 36 projects or, at the very least, everyone on your shopping list.

Get the Tulip Tie Dye Party Kit from Joann for $22.49

3. For the gourmand: Hot Sauce Kit

Add some spice to your giftee’s life by whipping up your own signature hot sauce. This highly rated kit features natural, GMO-free ingredients like chipotle, habanero and ghost peppers, as well as bottles and a bottling funnel for the finishing touch. Don’t trust your own palate? Recipes and a flavor guide are also included.

Get the Hot Sauce Kit from Amazon for $54.95

4. For the one who needs a spa day: Bath Bomb Mold Set

Give your loved one the gift of relaxation this holiday season with these bath bombs they can use to transform their own bathroom into a spa. Made of stain-free dye, these soaps can turn an ordinary bath into a color explosion thanks to 12 different dyes like lemon and lavender that are vegan and gentle on skin. Ten molds help you shape the soaps and the included shrink wrap bags make them easy to gift.

Get the Bath Bomb Mold Set from Amazon for $18.99

5. For the one who’s obsessed with The Mandalorian: Baby Yoda Cross-Stitch Kit

The Child (or, as he’s more commonly known, Baby Yoda) transcends the Star Wars fandom—even those of us who don’t watch The Mandalorian have fallen in love with the pint-sized puppet. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who won’t go gaga over this beginner-friendly Baby Yoda cross-stitch kit that measures 8 inches in diameter upon completion. (Speaking of which, a finished version is also available to purchase. Your secret’s safe with us.) 

Get the Baby Yoda Cross-Stitch Kit from Etsy for $29.90

6. For the one who always loses their keys: Macramé Key Ring Making Kit

If you’re hesitant to commit to a large DIY project, consider something that would work as a stocking stuffer. This DIY macramé-making kit lets you start small, following step-by-step instructions (with a link to a video), to create a keychain in one of 10 dusty pastel colors. It’s perfect for the person in your life who can use extra help finding them at the bottom of their bag. The kit also includes a cute drawstring bag that’s perfect for gifting.

Get the Macramé Key Ring Making Kit from Etsy for $24.90

7. For the friend who loves a Netflix binge: Medea Blanket

Knitting may seem intimidating, but this beginner-friendly yarn kit and pattern makes it easy (and seriously impressive) to give something cozy to your favorite TV buddy. We Are Knitters prides itself on producing quality products that are easy to learn (a claim we’ve proven in our own testing), so this Medea blanket should be no exception. Choose from 13 different colors of natural wool, language for instructions (English or Spanish) and you’re off. They even include the knitting needles and embroidered tags you can sew in to give the blanket a professional look.

Get the Medea Blanket from We Are Knitters for $185

8. For the one who appreciates a good scent: Yinuo Light Scented Candle Making Kit

Whether they’re store-bought or hand-poured, candles make a great gift. They’re pretty, thoughtful and can really refresh a room—something we all can appreciate this year when our living rooms have doubled as both home offices and schools. This highly rated kit has everything you need to make your own: six Pollock-esque candle tins, candle dyes, fragrance oils, beeswax and more. Plus, after your giftee uses up the candle itself, the tin doubles as a vessel for succulents or other knickknacks. 

Get the Yinuo Light Scented Candle Making Kit from Amazon for $39.99

9. For the comic fiend: Create Your Own Comic Book Kit

This may be one DIY gift you want to hold off on completing yourself. Instead, think about how much fun the kiddo in your life will have creating their very own comic book. This kit features templated pages, inspiration and helpful tips and a set of markers. The best part? Send the creation back using the prepaid envelope and receive a bound copy of the book, complete with an author page starring your artist.

Get the Create Your Own Comic Book Kit from Uncommon Goods for $30

10. For the amateur mixologist: Gin Making Kit

Anyone missing cocktail hour at their neighborhood watering hole will appreciate a chance to play bartender in their own kitchen. Help them out by gifting them some holiday spirits infused with the 12 botanicals included in this bestselling Etsy kit. It also features two glass bottles and a funnel for easy pouring. You just supply the alcohol (either vodka or gin works) and the creativity to concoct a one-of-a-kind botanical blend they’ll love.

Get the Gin Making Kit from Etsy for $49.90

11. For the family member with deep roots: Family Tree Fill-in-the-Blank Poster

The person in your life who appreciates family history will adore this family tree art illustration from FreshRetroGallery that creatively displays ancestry branches back six generations. When filling it out, you may have to do a little sleuthing to unearth historical basics, like maiden names, birth, marriage and death dates and place of residency, but once compiled, it presents a stunning, vintage-style vision of a family’s history. (Pro tip: Ancestry can help!) Each order includes two 19-by-13-inch prints in natural or white parchment-style paper. Roll it up with a ribbon or have it framed.

Get the Family Tree Fill-in-the-Blank Poster from Etsy for $16.55

12. For the one with a jewelry collection: Bead Crochet Kit

Friendship bracelets are always a great way to show someone you care, but you don’t have to use the same summer camp methods you learned as a kid. This highly rated DIY kit helps elevate your jewelry-making game with bead crocheting, a technique that features tiny, brilliant Japanese seed beads. This kit is best for those who have tried bead crocheting before, but the seller also offers a DIY tutorial video for any beginners who need some help getting started.

Get the Bead Crochet Kit from Etsy for $16

13. For the one with rustic taste: Wood Burning Tool Kit

The friend who enjoys incorporating nature into their home décor will appreciate the work you can produce with this wood burning tool kit. Using the included burning pen and wood rounds, create custom coasters or plaques following one of the kit’s templates or by creating your own design. If you can use a pen, you can (safely) etch burns into wood for a gift that screams “made with love.”

Get the Wood Burning Tool Kit from Etsy for $36.97

14. For the friend who has a tendency to break things: DIY Kintsugi Kit

Let the clumsy friend in your life know there is beauty in mistakes with this bestselling DIY Kintsugi kit. Honoring the Japanese art form, this kit allows you to meld broken porcelain, glass, wood and even hard plastic back together to form an even more beautiful piece. Salvage something already broken or buy an inexpensive plate or mug for an exercise in stress relief; then enhance its appearance with one of six epoxy colors. 

Get the DIY Kintsugi Kit from Etsy for $29.60

15. For the musical one: Mechanical Music Box Set

This highly rated kit helps you create a vintage-inspired music box that plays the song of your choice. The kit includes blank music strips, a hole punch and instructions to help you turn any tune (a first dance, perhaps?) into one that can be played with the turn of a crank. Reviewers love how sentimental it is—and your giftee is sure to agree.

Get the Mechanical Music Box Set from Uncommon Goods for $22

16. For the one who enjoys a good read: I Wrote a Book About You

If you’re looking for a way to express your feelings to a loved one, but have a bit of writer’s block, I Wrote a Book About You is a perfect starting point. Complete with prompts like, “If I had to create a sandwich for you, here’s what would be on it,” and “If I could give you a trophy, it would be for,” you’ll be filling up the pages in no time.

Get I Wrote a Book About You from Amazon for $12.12

17. For the one who likes being cozy: Beginner Punch Needle Kit

No, it’s not a blanket, but there’s something so positively homey about the soothing blues and fuzzy pattern of this punch needle art, it almost gives you the same warm feeling to look at it. Your loved one who has a penchant for the soft and cuddly will appreciate the whimsical design and the fact that you made it yourself. Reviewers of the bestselling kit say they were total beginners and had no problem whipping up a stunning piece of art.

Get the Beginner Punch Needle Kit from Etsy for $42.30

19. For the one with the high score at the arcade: Build Your Own Pinball Game

You’ll earn the top score with this gift that allows the giftee to create their very own pinball game, using marbles, rivets and rubber bands, as well as supplies you or the recipient may have on-hand. (Of course, you could also do it yourself, but this may be another one that’s more fun to share.)

Get the Build Your Own Pinball Game from Uncommon Goods for $49.95

20. For the nature lover: Cyanotype Kit

Intimidated by some of these DIY projects? Fear not—this bestselling cyanotype kit lets the sun do all the work. Simply use the included chemical compounds to prepare a surface like paper or fabric, lay down some flowers and leaves with interesting shapes and let the UV rays of the sun do the rest. You’ll wind up with vibrant blue-and-white images that your nature-loving friend will adore.

Get the Cyanotype Kit from Etsy starting at $26.96

21. For the one who’s into hygge: Weaving Loom Kit

Anyone who likes to cultivate a cozy home space will appreciate the addition of the hanging tapestry you can create with this weaving loom kit. Choose from 10 different color schemes that range from “meadow” to “electric” to, even, “millennial” to find the perfect wool hue for your giftee. The wooden loom and step-by-step instructions are also included.

Get the Weaving Loom Kit from Etsy starting at $41.50

22. For the nostalgic one: Explosion Gift Box Set

If you’ve been missing a special someone during the pandemic, send them a reminder of all the fun times you’ve shared together. This Explosion Gift Box Set looks like a simple black box at first glance, but it expands to feature four layers of photos and cards you add yourself. There’s even a place in the very center to fit a small gift. The kit also includes stickers, paper flowers and double-sided tape to help you bring your creation to life.

Get the Explosion Gift Box Set from Amazon for $24.99

23. For the plant parent: Plants Transparent Embroidery Kit

Your friend who has been exercising their green thumb during quarantine will appreciate this token that celebrates the flowers and plants in their life. As delicate as it may look, this bestselling embroidery kit is great for beginners and is sure to wow. Choose from baby’s breath, dandelions and more for patterns or opt to make all four for a complete set.

Get the Plants Transparent Embroidery Kit from Etsy starting at $13.59

24. For the animal-lover: Beginner Crochet Penguin Kit

These adorable crocheted penguins are a perfect stocking stuffer: cute, tiny and easy to make. Reviewers who had never tried crochet before rave about how simple the instructions are (they even demonstrate the best technique for holding the crochet hook in the first place). You’ll have the hang of it in no time and a tiny little penguin friend shortly after. 

Get the Beginner Crochet Penguin Kit from Etsy starting at $20

25. For the friend who has their hands full: DIY Keychain Painting Kit

This DIY kit is more than just a keychain. Included with the painting supplies to decorate the wooden initial of your giftee, there are also materials to add tassels and even a bangle—perfect for the parent who’s trying to juggle kids and bags and not lose their keys. Decorate it with some of their favorite colors and they’ll be proud to wear it on their wrist and feel great knowing it won’t get lost in the shuffle.

Get the DIY Keychain Painting Kit from Etsy for $35

26. For the one with retro tastes: Create Your Own Reel Viewer

It’s easy to see why this custom reel viewer has nearly 500 glowing reviews online. Purchase the red plastic toy and redeem the included code to create one custom photo reel of seven 3-D pictures. Commemorate the birth of a child, a wedding day or even just an afternoon making a snowman with the kids. With this reel viewer, your loved one will cherish the memories for years to come. 

Get the Create Your Own Reel Viewer from Uncommon Goods starting at $14.95

27. For the one who started making their own coffee at home: DIY Doodle Plates and Mugs

Do you know someone who gave up a Starbucks habit to make coffee at home? If they’re still bummed about missing out on their daily latte, you can cheer them up with their very own custom mug designed by you. This DIY Doodle Mug kit features markers to draw with—the ink sets once the mug is baked in the oven. The finished product is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe and there are even matching DIY Doodle Plates for a complete set. 

28. For the one who appreciates art: Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit

Painting may be fun, but it takes real talent to create something worthy of hanging on a friend’s wall. With this Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, you can make a beautiful vintage-style still life of flowers in a vase in just three to five hours—no painting expertise required. Reviewers love how relaxing the process is and how the brushes and paints are high quality. Finish your gift off with a nice frame that makes it pop.

Get the Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit from Uncommon Goods for $35

29. For the one who has more succulents than pots: Couples Pottery at Home Kit

Get your hands dirty with this pottery kit that helps you create any type of vessel you can dream up—perhaps a vase or pot for the succulents your friend has been accumulating throughout quarantine. The kit includes all the tools you’ll need, including air dry clay and step-by-step instructions. Your giftee will love the personal touches you’re able to add.

Get the Couples Pottery at Home Kit from Etsy starting at $69.20

30. For the one into cottagecore: Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit

This needle felting kit is made for anyone whose aesthetic revolves around woodland creatures like these cute hedgehogs. Perfect for beginners, this step-by-step kit includes everything you need to make two or three fuzzy hedgehogs, depending on how large you opt to make them. The finished product is a cute stocking stuffer that will look good on a shelf or keep your loved one company on their desk as they work from home. 

Get the Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit from Uncommon Goods for $20

31. For the one who loves bath time: Dinosaur Soap Making Kit

Clean up in the gift-giving department this year with this kit that allows you to mold a colorful T-rex, brontosaurus, triceratops and more out of goat’s milk soap. Select one of nine colors (or a combo) and 17 fragrances, like strawberry guava, tangerine or vanilla; then, melt down the soap to fill the reusable molds. Each kit makes six dinosaurs.

Get the Dinosaur Soap Making Kit from Etsy starting at $27.99

32. For the pit master: Make Your Own BBQ Sauce Kit

Chances are the pit master in your life doesn’t need yet another set of tongs or an apron that says “king of the grill.” Instead, give them something truly unique this holiday season with this Make Your Own BBQ Sauce Kit. The highly rated kit contains spices, vinegars, liquid smoke and the bottles themselves, so you can whip up something yummy. Get creative or follow one of the included recipes.

Get the Make Your Own BBQ Sauce Kit from Uncommon Goods for $40

33. For the one who loves flowers: Hand Embroidery Kit

If you’re not able to hand-deliver a fresh bouquet of flowers, consider hand-stitching one instead. The rich, vibrant colors of this flower embroidery kit are sure to stun and reviewers say the step-by-step instructions are easy enough for a complete embroidery novice to follow. 

Get the Hand Embroidery Kit from Etsy starting at $50

34. For the amateur entomologist: 3-D DIY Decorative Insects

Not everyone will jump at the chance to decorate their home with bugs, except perhaps when they come from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. These vibrant, eye-catching, 3-D paper insects can be assembled quickly for hanging on any wall, and they’re just plain cool.

Get the 3-D DIY Decorative Insects from MoMA Design Store for $10

35. For the daydreamer: Yarn Unicorn Kit

The person in your life who loves unicorns and rainbows will appreciate these handcrafted figurines, which are super easy to make—simply wrap yarn around the unicorn-shaped cardboard skeletons and you have a couple of mystical animals ready for holiday magic.

Get the Yarn Unicorn Kit from Uncommon Goods for $20

36. For the one having a milestone year: Custom Photo Book

If you’re missing out on a particularly special holiday this year, consider sending a custom photo book from Shutterfly in your place. Since I couldn’t be at my mother’s 60th birthday this year in person, I created a Shutterfly photo book for her. It was exceedingly simple to make and impressive to see all bound together with a leather cover. Whether it’s a baby’s first Christmas or a couple’s first Hanukkah together in a new home, this gift can remind them that friends and family are always close at heart.

Get a Custom Photo Book from Shutterfly starting at $29.98

37. For the one who’s gotten into hiking: Desert Trail Needle Felting Kit

Bring the outdoors in with this Desert Trail Needle Felting Kit. Beginner-friendly, it features video tutorials to walk even complete novices through the process of needle felting, can take about three to four hours. Create scenes full of mountains, streams and cacti for everyone on your list.

Get the Desert Trail Needle Felting Kit from Etsy for $34.99

38. For the one trying to get organized: Woven Rope Basket Making Kit 

If your giftee has been on a cleaning and organization spree to fill the time, consider gifting them a hand-woven rope basket to help control the chaos. These gorgeous containers can stand on their own (choose the rope and twine colors that best match their home décor), but they’re practical enough to become a permanent home to keys, jewelry or even freshly laundered masks. 

Get the Woven Rope Basket Making Kit from Etsy for $22.04

39. For the one who likes displaying their treasures: Shadow Box Kit

If you know someone exceedingly proud of a collection or a found object of some kind, consider putting it permanently on display for them using this Shadow Box Kit. It has everything you need (seriously, the number of crafting supplies in this kit is impressive) to pay homage to that special something. Also consider that this may be one gift they’ll enjoy completing on their own.

Get the Shadow Box Kit from MoMA Design Store for $25

40. For the one who loves fairy tales: Wire Fairy Starter Kit

Whether your giftee loves fairy tales or has their very own fairy garden outside, they’ll love this handmade fairy to add to their collection. This wire kit includes wire, pliers and instructions to help you twist and turn a fairy out of thin air. Pre-formed wire skeletons are included to help give you a jump start.

Get the Wire Fairy Starter Kit from Etsy starting at $91.30

41. For the tree hugger: Yarn Tree Kit

We’ve saved potentially the easiest DIY gift for last. This highly rated kit features a pre-assembled wire tree and all the yarn you’ll need to wrap it up in bright colors—but the design is entirely up to you. It is easy to complete and your loved one will appreciate the fact that they have a new tree for hanging jewelry or brightening up a bookcase.

Get the Yarn Tree Kit from Uncommon Goods for $30

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