12 DIY Craft Kits That Make Great Gifts

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Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.

Because of the pandemic, people have returned to their creative roots and picked up crafting. If your friends and family are among the many who are experimenting with everything from crochet to paper-mâché, you can take advantage of the art project trend for holiday gifting.

With quality materials and user-friendly instructions, craft kits make the perfect present. They provide both an activity and a handmade item, so they're really a win-win. From a Learn to Knit Kit to a DIY Candle Kit, here are the best crafts to gift this year.

1. Dannijo Luxe Vintage DIY Bead Kit, $195

Summer camp-style jewelry making gets an upgrade with this box of 1,000 vintage African beads that were handpicked by the Dannijo founders. It comes with two rolls of elastic, cutters, and letter beads for personalization.

2. The Green Vase Hibiscus Kit, $25

Flowers last forever when they're made of paper. This kit shows you how to fashion an eternal bouquet of your own using crepe and tissue papers, wire, and tape. You'll never need to go to the florist again.

3. The Love of Colour Natural Dye Kit, $62.95

The tie-dye craze gets a natural twist with this earthy kit. Ingredients like alum, gallnut, cochineal, madder root, logwood chips, and osage sawdust enable you to add psychedelic shades of pink, yellow, orange, and purple to clothing and linens.

4. Modern Macramé DIY Plant Hanger Kit, $36

Try your hand at a variety of knotting techniques with this macramé plant hanger kit that includes a bundle of rope, a solid brass ring, three wooden beads, and an S-hook. The photographic instructions will lead the way.

5. Natural Life Pom-Pom and Tassel Kit, $30

Pom-poms and tassels bring joy and so does this kit that helps you make them yourself. The set supplies you with 12 vibrant colors of yarn and a wooden llama tool that you use for wrapping.

6. Petitfelts DIY Felted Animal Kit, $32

While felting may look tricky, this whimsical kit makes it easy to fabricate an adorable animal using just barbed needles and wool fibers. A detailed, illustrated booklet will walk you through the craft.

7. Purl Soho Learn to Knit Kit, $67

An ideal introduction for first-time knitters, this kit offers a step-by-step guide to creating a simple Merino wool scarf. You can choose from one of three basic stitches to learn on your inaugural attempt.

8. Sculpd Pottery Kit, $59

The best thing about Sculpd's home pottery kit is the air-dry clay that doesn't require any kiln firing. To start, the material is soft and malleable. Once you're done sculpting, it hardens with a smooth surface that's well-suited for painting.

9. Stitch Happy Retro Daisies Embroidery Kit, $38

Vintage-inspired daisies are the focus of this beautiful embroidery kit that's designed for beginners. The organic cotton fabric and five-inch wood hoop are a lovely, rustic background for the rich-hued thread.

10. Urban Outfitters DIY Candle Kit, $50

For candle lovers, this soy wax candle kit is the ultimate treat. It includes two jars, three wicks, and a plain wax allowing you to add whatever essential oils you'd like to curate your preferred aesthetic.

11. We Are Knitters Holbox Basket Crochet Kit, $63

Master the crochet hook with this engaging kit that teaches you how to make a pima cotton basket. The end product is an instant decor piece that can hold fruit, blankets, sweatshirts, and more.

12. Wool and the Gang Mrs. Jones Cardigan Advanced Knitting Kit, from $110

Your favorite advanced knitter will appreciate the challenge of this festive cardigan kit. The color block pattern and boxy shape require serious skill and determination, but the result is totally worth it.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.

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