Hot off the press, here’s my 2021 gift guide for all the makers, creators, builders, and DIYers in your life! This year, I’m trying to cover all the DIY bases with guides for tools, gadgets, crafts, kids’ projects, and even cooking. You won’t find slippers or coffee mugs here, but if you’re shopping for someone who often says, “Oh, I could make that,” you’re in the right place! And yes, I do realize it is only November 2nd. However, supply chain delays are hitting hard across industries, so don’t miss your chance to snag a great gift.
Gift Guides in This Post
Gift Guide for Home Improvement DIYers
Here are some of our favorite hand tools for DIY projects around the house. They could make great stocking stuffers or fill a toolbox, if you’re helping someone build a collection. This short-handle paintbrush is my all-time favorite brush – it has a flexible handle that is so comfortable in your hand, especially for trim work.
These switch-grip pliers are the ones we reach for first; flip easily between the two tips and the handles are comfortable to grip. Last, I know many of us have multiple tape measures, but does your DIYer have a magnetic tape… which (sometimes) eliminates the need for a volunteer to hold the tape in place. I also found some fun T-shirts for builders and handy folks. Scroll to the right to see more options.
Crafters and Creators Gift Guide
I had a little too much fun putting this list together. It’s probably time to buy myself the “I Just Wanna Stay Home and Craft” t-shirt. Ha! I added notes below the grid, to expand on a few ideas. Scroll to the right to see more options.
It’s hard to find a decent kit for soap-making or candles on Amazon. The issue is that the ingredients are really too cheap in those kits, unless you buy a DIY book and just source the ingredients separately. However, the options for a soap kit and a candle kit from Etsy get great reviews and appear to have higher-quality ingredients. You could also look into kits from Bramble Berry, which is a fantastic online store for soap-making and related crafts. I’m not able to put their links in my grid, but I highly recommend them.
If you want to give a gift to a knitter/crocheter, a gift card so they can buy more yarn is ALWAYS appreciated. If you can, support an LYS (knitter-speak for local yarn shop). Good online options: Purl Soho is a fabulous high-end shop and Knit Picks sells great products at affordable prices. For a beginner, I found these cute starter kits to knit or crochet a dishcloth from KnitPicks, also in the collection above.
Gift Guide for Creative Kids
I debated splitting this section into younger and older kids, but I’ll just let you use your own judgment. Many of the items on this list are must-haves at our house, which I’ll explain a bit below. Scroll to the right to see more options.
These are some samples from the vast Klutz book series, which are usually great. We love this mini eraser kit. Here’s proof – my son made this cute little cactus eraser, one of the projects in the book:
My kids go through so much Model Magic clay that I actually buy this “classpack” box of small, individual packs of the same 4 basic colors. That way, we can ration the packs and not dry out a larger bag, and they love blending clay to make new colors.
Fair warning: I am not sure how washable the fancier set of watercolor paints truly is, so use caution there, if you live with a messy artist. Crayola is always a safe bet though, and we fly through this watercolor paper.
One last note: friendship bracelets are back and they’re a fun craft for older kids/teens. When I made these with my mom, many moons ago, we realized that this twisted embroidery thread is much easier to work with than regular embroidery floss. Michael’s carries a vast assortment of colors in smaller amounts than the pack I found for the gift idea roundup.
BOARD GAMES + PUZZLES
I think puzzles and games are an extension of the maker/builder/crafter gift genre. Here are our top picks.
- PreK-K – Hoot Owl Hoot, Sequence Kids, Zingo, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game, Memory, Go Fish (colors), these floor puzzles
- K-2nd – Uno, Monopoly Junior, Guess in 10, Sorry, Outfoxed, Scrabble Jr, chess, jigsaw puzzles
- 2nd-5th+ (favorites + highly reviewed) – Monopoly, Catan Jr, Catan (base game), Scrabble, Battleship, Clue, Yahtzee, Mastermind, Rummikub, Dragonwood, Sequence, and we love these jigsaw puzzles (best prices are on their website)
Gift Guide for DIYers Who Cook + Bake
Cooks and bakers definitely fall under the DIY umbrella. Here are some ideas for folks who love to be creative in the kitchen. Plus a few highly-rated gadgets to try!
Here are some great gadgets and nice linens to gift someone. Schitt’s Creek fans, don’t miss the kitchen tea towels!
Do you have any suggestions for DIYers that I should add to this guide? Please let me know! Hope you’re able to grab everything you’ve got on the list for family and friends!