17 Gift Kits for Friends + Family Who Have a Passion
At Brit + Co we're always looking to inspire people to follow their passion, whether it's through our classes (you can score an all-access pass now for just $10/month) or our Selfmade online business course, where we support both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs to rise to the next level. After all, life is too short *not* to follow your passion, right? Here are 17 gifts to get the people you love back to doing what they love. From baking to knitting to watch-making (!) and working out, here's to a healthy and happy and inspiring new year!
The Beginner Knitter
For the knitter who's ready to go beyond the purl 1/purl 2 scarf, this beginner-level sweater kit with wool skeins, needles, and pattern is just the thing to take them through winter, and comes in a slew of colors!
The Cake Decorator
Cake decorators have a real knack for showing their creativity with icing. Here are eight stainless steel piping tips to decorate everything from a simple swirl to a full-on rosette, plus an instruction sheet, standard coupler, and eight cake decorating bags.
The Chocolate Lover
The budding chocolatier will enjoy this easy-to-use kit that will have them whipping up melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles at home — sweet!
The Self Care Junkie
Etsy Self-Care Box ($40)
Your pal who loves to self-care can bring the spa home with this kit filled with soaps, salts, lotions, balms and more.
The Tea Drinker
These small batch products will have tea lovers savoring the little things: pistachio shortbread and raspberry cookies, two different kinds of tea, and honey made by a family in Tennessee.
The Coffee Drinker
Driftaway Coffee Subscription ($44 for three months)
This sustainability-focused coffee roaster starts with a taste test with four delicious bags of coffee so you don't have to guess your giftee's coffee preferences. From there, they can customize the monthly subscription service to their liking.
The Embroidery Dabbler
There are few things as calming and meditative as embroidery and this kit offers personalization in the form of a monogram in colorful floss. Hoop and needles included!
Bakers, big and small, can have fun in the kitchen making and eating with these rainbow-hued push pops, designed by the always-colorful Flour Shop bakery founder Amirah Kassem.
The Old-School Letter Writer
We are big on letter writing these days and this kit makes our most heartfelt notes super pretty with a how-to booklet, writing tools, paper and even a tea bag so you can enjoy a cuppa while you write, all packaged in an eco-friendly postal box.
The Tarot Believer
We can all use a positive reading going into 2021 and this beautifully illustrated book and card set by Jerico Mandybur is the way to go for actionable exercises that you can incorporate into your self-care practice.
The Weaving Curious
This kit for making a simple 7" wide x 12" tall wall hanging serves double-duty as a fun DIY and a beautiful piece of art to spruce up your walls. Order one in a bunch of colors (blush shown).
The Aspiring Watercolorist
You can gift Jenna Rainey's amazing and approachable watercolor class ($39) with this colorful set of watercolor notepad, brushes and paint.
The Whiskey Connoisseur
Whiskey lovers can host their own personal tasting at home with NYC-made Kings County Bourbon, Peated Bourbon, and Single Malt Whiskey.
The Paint-By-Number Enthusiast
This isn't your old-school paint-by-numbers kit — we love this one for it's modern design and you can still say "I painted it myself!"
The Workout Obsessed
This little pouch packs a punch with workout essentials like deodorant towelettes, earbuds, earbud cord wrapper, blister and lip balms, pain reliever, two adhesive bandages, electrolytes, breath drops, comb, safety pin, nail clipper, hand lotion and an extra pair of socks!
The Wellness Seeker
This wellness box includes 30 days free of self-improvement workshops, the book There I am: The Journey from Helplessness to Hopefulness by Ruthie Lindsey, a wellness playlist created by platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina, Thistle Farms Essential Oil Roll-on curated by Cassie Kelley, a daily wellness journal/planner from Whitney English, a soy candle, and more. Proceeds from the box support The Onsite Foundation.
The Eco Groomer
Men's Ayurvedic Gift Set ($46)
This ayurvedic gift set comes with organic essential oils and handmade products including a hand sanitizer, patchouli shaving soap, charcoal soap, cologne soap, and after shave lotion, wrapped in a recycled wood box with biodegradable plastic made from plant extracts.
Watch-Making Kit ($180)
Instead of gifting your boo a new watch, get them a kit to make their own! Even better if they tend to run late!;) Kit includes two different sets of dials, hands, and straps so they can pick and choose, and the self-winding watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters.
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Theresa Gonzalez is a content creator based in San Francisco and the author of Sunday Sews. She's a lover of all things design and spends most of her days momming her little one Matilda.
The idea of home took on a whole new meaning as soon as sheltering in place and lockdowns became a regular thing in 2020. And it wasn't all bad. We got back to cooking at home, bonding with our partners/families/housemates and pets, and we did a bit of redecorating. In fact, home decor and furniture sites saw huge growth (more than a billion global visits in March 2020 alone) as a result of the pandemic.
The New Hygge<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4NDU0MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDc3NzY4NH0.b5mMkAr53ylATx1FegOBQ82rORssRzwzb5mnDnh9v2I/img.jpg?width=980" id="018a4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="83ebde83c7fe24dc26f3daaa7b1af7b2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1100" data-height="1650" /><p>"2021 will be about creating connections to each other, to ourselves, to nature," says Etsy's trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. "We're embracing <em>friluftsliv</em>, the Norweigan concept of getting outdoors – think of it as the new hygge." That means turning your home into a nature haven, with <a href="https://www.brit.co/easy-to-care-for-indoor-plants/" target="_blank">indoor plants</a> that clear the air, provide peace of mind, and hint to the great outdoors, especially giving us a boost during grey winter days.</p>
Spaces Reimagined<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4NzkxNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODU5Mjc5Nn0.WgkbktVSlXqGCnNT2UhoIliWO5XiIcre48caYgoPK1Y/img.jpg?width=980" id="76852" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ca514cb2b31357e78a497bda001dcb12" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="3200" data-height="4800" /><p>"We added workspaces to our living rooms, classrooms into our kitchens, and gyms to our bedrooms," says Isom Johnson.This year, she says we're reimagining our homes and incorporate pieces that help restore balance to our multi-functional spaces. (On Etsy, there has been a 399 percent increase in searches for wall or foldable desks, a 159 percent increase in searches for Murphy beds, and a 134 percent increase in searches for room dividers.)</p><p>"Halls and entrances now have a new function: sanitize ourselves before entering the rest of the house, plus a place to store loose items we don't want to bring into our clean areas," says Alexa Backal, head of design for <a href="https://casai.com/en?currency=USD" target="_blank">Casai</a>, a boutique travel rental company, which brings us to a new Covid-era of design.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SHOP FOR THE HOME</strong></p>
Grandmillennial<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4OTc1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTQwMTY5Nn0.nZqEgs6NFRmJrw9e-dos53XWsY423940LmI9iMSxV6A/img.jpg?width=980" id="9fa52" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a65d79167844cfcb8385749390e443f2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1920" data-height="1440" /><p>From cottage-core to crochet to neoclassical design, millennials are feeling nostalgia for (and coveting) their granny's decor in what some are calling <em>Grandmillennial</em> style. "I think Grandmillennials and sustainability actually go hand in hand. This trend is all about younger generations who love design and decor that we might culturally view as "old lady" or grandma-ish," says Alessandra Wood, VP of Style at online interior design service <a href="http://modsy.com/" target="_blank">Modsy</a>. That means ruffles, Victorian wallpaper like William Morris prints and antiques, anything you'll find at a flea market or your grandma's garage!</p>
Art Deco<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MDc1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMjQ3NjMwM30.RvCyBBpv0YcYWCM-6Zwr3tPOEAG7QHTdSz3UzhgimSg/img.jpg?width=980" id="31b79" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0ad097073d69d3108491bb37d1a39c80" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="5087" data-height="3634" />
Photo: Marius Chira<p>"Art deco is here to stay in 2021," says <a href="https://nylonconsulting-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=13SlMtNZ76DV52bZyncUCPPsHCtfpzs3A1r9yZk0xJSo-831740962&key=YAMMID-22079569&link=https%3A%2F%2Falexanderdohertydesign.com%2F" target="_blank">Alexander Doherty</a>, interior designer based in NYC and Paris. "Art deco design works very well in contemporary decors because of its sleek minimalism and the quality that comes from the pureness of lines. It is the mixture of what is old and new that gives a space character." After all, it is the roaring '20s!<br></p>
Joyful Botanicals<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MTAxNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzkxMTg1N30.p669TTpFJHTRZqoemHVmQKRjW2s2VAfjHgWXmARn7JM/img.jpg?width=980" id="b257d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="34ccde6398e515c833739e0b86c8cf37" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2400" data-height="2833" /><h1></h1><p>Get ready to embrace blooms in winter and beyond. Botanical walls, bedding, upholstery and more are making a big comeback. Barbara Karpf, founder and president of DecoratorsBest, says wallpaper like this <a href="https://www.decoratorsbest.com/products/york-garden-party-mural-ri5190m-wallpaper" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">York Garden Party Mural</a> ($128) are an affordable way to add drama to your home. "Murals are art in their own right. They cover the wall and provide unique art at the same time," she says.</p>
Flexible Design<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTE4MTI1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjEwMTY0Mn0.8FFkw5ekcndjbALUND8nW-vcKMqjjAFMJcjtFu4WVVk/img.jpg?width=980" id="2a5e4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1cc77c1b0fcce3a4f67d32cbaf8d158b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="3000" data-height="4500" />
Photo: George Ross<p>"I am seeing a lot of enclosed kitchen spaces as opposed to large family room/ kitchen areas that are open to the rest of the home," says CEO and cabinet designer <a href="https://nylonconsulting-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=13SlMtNZ76DV52bZyncUCPPsHCtfpzs3A1r9yZk0xJSo-831740962&key=YAMMID-22079569&link=https%3A%2F%2Fpeacockhome.com%2F" target="_blank">Christopher Peacock</a>. But within the closed kitchens are more open plans and less built-in cabinetry. "An eclectic organic feel of mixed textures and materials is very welcoming and bistro like, and this is certainly popular," says Peacock.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>SHOP FOR THE HOME</strong></p>