20 Gifts to Inspire Makers, Crafters + DIYers
Make! That is our one-word motto here at Brit + Co. Whether we’re making a color wheel cake, a beautiful wedding website builder, or turning zippers into bracelets, we can’t stop figuring out how we can make making things more fun. And because we know you love to make as much as we do, or at least know someone who does, we’ve rounded up 20 great gifts for the makers on your list.
1. DIY Kaleidoscope Set ($37): Remember making those homespun kaleidoscopes in grade school? Turns out the DIY kaleidoscope has come a long way. This set is a great way to relive old memories, especially with new youngsters.
2. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution ($13 and up): Required reading here at Brit + Co, Chris Anderson’s Makers investigates and celebrates the new revolution of how and why we make.
4. Brit Kits Subscription ($20-$220): Speaking of our shop, a gift subscription to Brit Kits really is the give that keeps on giving. You’ve got a few more days to sign up for December, so get on it!
5. Wool and the Gang Kits ($50 and up): Confession: Part of the reason we’re obsessed with Wool and the Gang is definitely the name. They make beautiful kits for knitters featuring hard to find patterns and wools.
6. iPhone Cross Stitch Kit ($7): You’ve probably seen this old thing before here on Brit.co. We love it! Only available for iPhone 4 and 4s but we’ve got our fingers crossed more are coming soon.
7. Kidrobot Mini Munny ($10): Stocking stuffer alert! Everyone loves the robotic charm of a Munny.
9. Cube 3D Printer ($1,299): If you dream it (and design it), you can print it! Ready to take your friend or family member’s love of 3D printing to the next level? Get ’em a cube. Definitely a high ticket item, but a good one to share among your entire family.
10. Do What You Love Tee ($26): Words to live by.
11. Fuse Die Cut and Letterpress Starter Set ($200): For dabbling in letterpress and die cut projects, this gadget by Fiskars is a great little tool.
13. Maker’s Notebook ($20): If someone you know is getting into the 3D design and electronics thing, this notebook is a must.
15. Speedball Screen Printing Starter Kit ($40): This surprisingly full-fledged kit includes photo emulsion, drawing fluid, screen filler method, a 10×14 screen frame, 9 inch squeegee, 3 jars of ink, remover, and instructions for how it all works!
16. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things ($10): Become a real life MacGyver with this handy how-to book.
17. Makey Makey Invention Kit ($40): Turn strawberries into computer keys! This is great way to dabble with robotics and electronics with just a few key tools.
18. Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine ($170): This incredible tools helps you create custom cutouts with any design you can come up with or choose from. It’s amazing and we need one (hint, hint)!
19. DIY Electronics Design Kit ($50): Another one for the electronics dabbler, this has everything you need to start tinkering around.
20. Plant Press ($53): And finally, for those who love their flora. This simple press makes it easy to gather flowers and press in a cinch. (Also great for pressing watercolor paintings flat!)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!