Disclosure: Products marked with an * were sent for inclusion in this gift guide, however all opinions are my own.
We’re a crafty family with several projects on the go at once. Our dining room table is always covered in half finished projects and we like nothing better than making something. Whilst I love my sewing and craft projects, my daughter loves baking, my son drawing and my husband designs things for his 3D printer. Our house is full of homemade and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The benefits of crafting are well known and I want my children to know how things are made, rather than just think anything can be ordered next day from Amazon! Christmas is a homemade affair for us, and as well as giving homemade gifts, I also love to give crafty gifts which I know we will get enjoyment from for a long time. The more sustainable the better. My final Gift Guide features a selection of gift ideas for crafters – crafty children, crafty adults and crafty families.
Christmas gift guide for crafters
Christmas gifts for crafty kids
Lots of Lovely Art Box
The first gift for crafty kids has to be a LOLA box, these are magical monthly art boxes for children of all ages, bringing a regular experience of art and artists into their lives through their letterbox. My 10 year old loves art so I knew he would enjoy crafting one of these boxes with me.
I bought the Upcycled Christmas box because I loved the sound of it. In preparation for Christmas this year make your own beautiful decorations, wrapping paper, cards, and lots and lots of gifts for your loved ones! In this limited edition Christmas box, create some gorgeous recycled wreaths inspired by Andy Warhol’s love of Christmas, and cardboard gingerbread houses inspired by the Museum of Architecture’s yearly gingerbread city exhibition. Boxes cost £27
Draw With Rob at Christmas book
My kids love following along with the weekly drawing tutorials from illustrator Rob Biddulph. We loved his first book and I’ve secretly bought copies of his new book for the kids to open on December 1st.
Join Rob and learn to draw your favourite Christmas characters – from Polar Bears to Elves and from Father Christmas to a Snowman, this perfect present is packed with arts, crafts and festive fun. Draw With Rob at Christmas is priced £6.99.
**Pop on over to my review for your chance to win a copy**
Dr Zigs Make Giant Bubbles! My Giant Bubble Kit*
My First Giant Bubble Kit contains everything needed for hours of bubbling fun. There is enough bubble mix to make over 1000 giant bubbles. Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit (priced £19.99) includes:
- 1 x 100ml 10 x concentrate (makes 1 litre) of Dragon Bubble Mix
- 1 x Giant rope on 25cm Wands
- Sheet of Dr Zigs Dragon Bubbles Tips, Tricks and Instructions
Mysteries in Time sub box for kids
Mysteries in Time is an exciting history subscription box for kids aged 7-11. I actually won a 3 month subscription which my children really enjoyed. Each box includes a story book, a history book, puzzles, craft, stickers and more!
Topics include the Elizabethan Era, Evacuees in the Second World War, Ancient Greece, Wild West, Aztecs, Ancient Rome, Victorians, Vikings, Ancient China, Space and The Stuarts. Prices start at £6.95 a month.
ST&G’s Amazingly Adventure-Filled Great British Map of Wonders*
There are so many amazingly adventure-filled things to do here in Britain that it’s hard to understand them all without a ginormous map.
On this ginormous map, you’ll find 1,000 of the funnest things to do and places to go around Britain. And that’s not all – there are great games to play, tick boxes and notes sections to fill in, and even a huge colouring-in map on the back. Folds out to 100 cm x 89 cm (but could expand your horizons considerably further). Perfect for ages 6 years and up.
ST&G’s Amazingly Adventure-Filled Great British Map of Wonders is available now at marvellousmaps.com, priced at £14.99 for the double-sided fold-out version.
Christmas gifts for crafty grown ups
Christmas Wreath Kit from I Do Handmade
I love a craft kit and was excited to collaborate with I Do Handmade recently who make a variety of creative kits. Created by mother and daughter team Becky and Wendy, I Do Handmade is on a mission to encourage everyone to give the gift of creativity this season. All kits are designed to help people switch off from the world and give busy lives a dose of calm by getting creative.
I love their Christmas Wreath Kit. For those thinking about trying mindful new projects in the New Year, I Do Handmade also offers all-year-round creativity kits including crochet, macrame and block printing kits. The Christmas Wreath Kit from I Do Handmade costs £20, take a look at their website for this and all their other craft kits.
Brass Himmeli Star craft kit
This was another craft kit I bought myself and really enjoyed making. Craft kits are a great way to try a new craft without investing in lots of equipment.
Tap into the Scandi trend with this geometric brass himmeli star kit. Himmeli are traditional Finnish decorations in geometric shapes made from straight reeds or tubes. The Brass Himmeli Star craft kit was fun to make and will look fantastic on my Christmas tree. I bought my kit from Cosy Craft Club and they are still available priced £22.00.
The Nautical Puzzle book*
The Nautical Puzzle Book by Dr Gareth Moore is packed to the brim with over 100 puzzles inspired by the National Maritime Museum’s objects and their stories.
Inside this book you’ll find a fiendish mix of word games, codewords, trivia, picture puzzles, word scrambles, anagrams, crosswords and much more. It’s a chance to learn all about epic explorers, history makers, record breakers, myths, legends, seafaring traditions and life at sea.
By the time you reach the end you’ll have navigated centuries of history, crossed thousands of miles of ocean, and made countless discoveries – so batten down the hatches and set sail! Priced £14.99 and available from Royal Museums Greenwich online shop.
Limited edition BIC Christmas pens
There is no age to start a collection! Fans will be delighted to discover these new BIC 4 Colours limited edition Christmas pens. Find the unbeatable BIC 4 Colours available in 5 colourful festive designs (including a cute gingerbread design!).
The activity box has been designed especially for the occasion and turns into a small collectible and self-assembled character to decorate your desk. Priced £13.99 and available only from the BIC website.
Make at home fused glass kit*
Twice Fired kindly gifted us one of their Make at home fused glass kits. From fused glass works of art to carefully crafted glass jewellery, homeware and giftware, the Twice Fired team also host fused glass classes and workshops.
The kit includes everything you need to make a real fused glass item, return stamps and address label and full instructions. They make great gifts, for family activity time, lockdown Christmas treats, or for some mindfulness time.
When you’ve completed your design you follow the instructions and return the kit to the studio, who then fire it in their kilns and return your finished item to you. The Christmas Tree 4 pack I tried is priced at £50.00 and available from Twice Fired.
Macrame Kit from Ellame Designs*
Ellame Designs crafts and created handmade macrame homeware, from guitar mounts to ukulele hangers to bespoke wall art. We were kindly gifted the DIY beginners plant hanger kit to try at home.
Available in three colours this DIY kit comes in a gorgeous pink cardboard box and includes 1 wooden ring, 6 pieces of 100% cotton rope to construct your hanger, 2 two pieces of 100% cotton rope to create your wrap knots and a booklet of helpful, easy-to-use instructions which also includes a bonus ‘tips’ section to enable you to take your designs to the next level. Available from Ellame Designs priced £15.00.
Cashmere fingerless gloves
Turtle Doves team specialises in turning pre-loved cashmere jumpers into practical and gorgeously soft new accessories. I couldn’t resist a pair to keep me warm at work and when I take the dog for a walk.
Cashmere is super soft and I picked up one of their Make Do and Mend boxes which included slightly marked cashmere fingerless gloves and off-cuts to customise them.
52 nature craft projects by Barbora Kurcova
Take a leaf out of this book and combine connecting with nature with crafting at home. Using materials foraged sustainably from the great outdoors, Barbora Kurcova shows you how to create beautiful, visually inspiring art, gifts, and home accents and accessories.
This collection of clever ideas is packed with small, no-fuss projects that are demonstrated using step-by-step photography, with one engaging project for each week of the year all of which are easily achievable and great for family crafting. Priced £12.99 from SearchPress.
Christmas gifts for crafty families
Build Your Own Marble Run
The Build Your Own Marble Run kit comes in a smart cardboard box with all the 153 pieces pre-printed for you and a packet of 10 marbles. It’s made using sustainable cardboards and minimal plastics, so is environmentally responsible.
Once built, you wind the handle and collect a marble which goes up the marble elevator, then you can watch it pass through one of the 3 neon runs, through the fun vortex cone to the finish line.
This would make a great gift if you’re looking for something which is both sustainable and will stretch your brain and problem solving skills as you build. Priced £22.99 and available from BuildYourOwn.
Lego Wreath Kit
The whole family enjoys Lego so we couldn’t resist the awesome Lego Wreath Kit.
Count down to Christmas with this customisable Lego Iconic Christmas Wreath 2-in-1 set, featuring buildable red bows, 4 brick-built candles, representing the four weeks of Advent, plus leaf and berry elements. Priced £30.99 and available from The Lego Store.
I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for crafty gifts to give this Christmas.
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