If you’re looking for gifts to fill the stocking of a crafty person or someone who’s constantly working on some big DIY project, you can’t go wrong with art supplies, small tools, or necessities they’ll never want to run out of, like glue or sharp sewing needles. The trick, however, is finding versions of these things that feel truly special and gift-worthy. Maybe they come in a vibrant color or were recommended by a famous person. Or maybe they’re special because they’re just for fun. To help you curate a truly satisfying stocking full of excellent and affordable gifts, we scoured the Strategist archive for crafty bits and bobs and trinkets sure to delight any DIY enthusiast.
If they make their own greeting cards
Illustrator Alex Testere uses this travel-friendly watercolor set to make paintings en plein air and has even used it while flying from New York to Chicago.
If they sometimes forget which cup is paint water and which is drinking water
If they’re currently knitting winter hats for their whole family
If their roommate keeps stealing their scissors
If they love making sweaters but are tired of knitting them
Help them change it up with this sweater-shaped cookie cutter.
If their phone is covered in flour and bread dough
If gardening is their passion but they live in Maine
A microgreens kit in their kitchen window will help them get through the winter.
If they have the best roses on the block
This extra-long pair of pruning gloves from our list of gardening essentials are sure to be a hit.
If they’re a future handyman
Kid-sized leather work gloves will protect their little hands from scrapes and make them feel like a big kid.
If they’ve always got something fermenting
Here’s a fizzy kombucha gift they can enjoy without all the work.
If they dream of becoming a famous candle artist
If they drink cold brew year-round
They’ll appreciate this kit, which comes with 12 premeasured coffee sachets. That’s almost six weeks’ worth of cold brew.
If their Christmas tree is covered in paper cranes
Give them a year’s worth of new origami challenges.