There are so many reasons to shop small businesses this year. But the biggest reason is one you probably haven’t thought of! Aside from feeling good about giving back to help support small businesses that have likely taken a huge hit in revenue due to the global climate we are in; there’s a mental benefit for the recipient as well!
What do I mean by this?
Well, crafting has known benefits that helps release that happy chemical in your brain called serotonin. Yep, it’s true! You can read all about it HERE! With that in mind I thought it was only fitting to round up a few inspiring fellow makers for the ‘Ultimate Makers Gift Guide’! Below are 10 curated Etsy shops offering handmade/DIY kits to add little magic, mental goodness and originality to your gifting this year.
No. 1: Folkway Culture Kits
Select your favorite color combination and make your very own coiled basketry craft! Use it as a catch-all or display on your wall or shelf as art. You’ll find mine filled with keys, pens, coins and other pocket size goodies.
No. 2: WeMakeBooks
Have you wanted to start journaling? Or maybe you just love a good to-do list and need somewhere to jot all those thoughts down. You can bind you own book with this special book binding kit. This would also make a special gift for the book-lover in your life!
No. 3: PerfectHoneyCompany
Go green this holiday season and make your own Food Wrap, a great alternative to plastic wrap! These blocks are carefully hand blended from a tried and tested combination of beeswax made from family hives, pine tree resin and organic coconut oil. They are ideal for wrapping fruit, vegetable, sandwiches and more!
No. 4: Waxing Moonshine
There is something about lighting a candle that can set the whole mood for a room. This candle making set would be a fun activity to do as a family and then light as you are winding down for the night.
No. 5: Fawn and Bramble
Ornaments are so special to us in our family. Each one holds a special memory and as a mom I cherish all of the homemade ones from my littles. This kit, to make your own felt ornaments would be a great way to make new memories with your family and hang on your own tree!
No. 6 : Jill Makes
This kit would be perfect for a pre-teen or teen girl! Okay fine, I want one for myself but most likely will have to share with my 14 year old. She can let her creativity flow and her personality shine as she creates jewelry that is 100% her!
No. 7: OodleBaDoodle
It’s no secret that tie-dye has been all the rage this year. This kit provides easy to follow instructions and all the materials (including links to videos) you need to tie-dye just about anything! There’s enough to dye 3-5 t-shirts, several napkins, skeins of yarn, or any other project that’s less than 5 yards.
No. 8: My Little Wish Shop
Macrame is beautiful no matter what time of year, but especially in the form of Christmas decor! Grab your kids and make something that you can display to decorate their room or favorite spot in the house!
No. 9 Hoffelt and Hooper Co.
If your teen daughter is into boho style decor, she is going to love this! Not only is it therapeutic to embroider, but it’s also a great way to create decor for her room.
No. 10: c o t t o n r o o t s
My one shameless plug a year! When you love something so much, it’s hard not to share!!
You don’t have to be “crafty” to punch needle. This starter kit gives you everything you need to start punch needling today! A great stress reliever for kids and adults. Let your brain rest as your hands do all the work to create something beautiful!