Everyone knows a super-crafty DIY-er (even if it you!!!), and it is always a struggle for me to know what to get that person as a gift, because I know everything I buy them, they can probably make themselves! But here is your ultimate gift guide for the people in your life that can do and make everything themselves!
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great gift for someone who loves to make DIY beauty, cleaning, and health products. Essential oils have such a wide variety of uses, and most don’t lose their potency for a few years at the earliest, so the gift will never go bad!
2. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
The same person who would love to get a kit of essential oils would also love to get a book full of recipes and uses for essential oils! This is the “essential oils ultimate resource” and a dream gift for any DIY-er.
3. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
I have several of Rosemary’s books of herbal recipes, and this one is my favorite. It has so many recipes for so many various things, it explains everything in detail, as well as giving details on all the specific herbs and ingredients, so you can use the knowledge to create your own recipes. Every DIY-er needs to have this in their arsenal.
4. Raw Cocoa Butter
Smells divine. Tastes yummy. Skin nourishing. Basis for most homemade lotion/cream recipes. A DIY-er can never have enough.
5. Raw Beeswax
Used in candles, beauty products, and countless other applications, beeswax appeals to a variety of DIY-ers. Pastilles are the best way to purchase because it is a pain in the rear to grate beeswax, and it has such a high melting point that a big hunk of it takes a century to melt! Trust me as someone who has bought the bars of beeswax and had to spend a lifetime grating them… buy the pastilles.
6. Raw Organic Shea Butter
Another staple of the homemade lotion and beauty product recipe, shea butter is exotic, luxurious, and perfect for most skin applications. It has vitamin E, A, F, and K, as well as a variety of other vitamins. It can be used in hair applications, too! Great DIY gift!
7. Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is the most popular of carrier oils, and for good reason. Almond Oil is easily absorbed and won’t clog pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin. It can be used all over the entire body, in hair, and is a perfect carrier oil for essential oils, massage oils, skin creams, and lotions. You can never have too much sweet almond oil.
8. Glass Mason Jars
Glass mason jars are the ultimate gift for a DIY-er. More uses than a ziploc bag, re-usable, healthy alternative to plastic, decor piece, and a million other uses I can’t think of, but Pinterest could be your best friend for finding out! They come in a variety of sizes. My favorite for gifting/lotions is the small 4 oz size, the half-gallon for making kombucha or infusions, and pint size for making herbal tinctures and vanilla, peppermint, or stevia extracts. You can’t pick a bad size mason jar.
9. The Art of Fermentation
If your friend is a fan of Weston A. Price and a real foodie or traditional eater, this is a great buy. Most WAPF-ers already have a copy of the WAPF Bible (Nourishing Traditions – which is also a best gift to get!), but fermenting tends to be an intimidating thing for traditional eaters, even for a DIY-er! This book could be the nudge your friend needs to get started on fermenting – or it just could be a great gift for someone who already ferments and wants more recipes and tips!
10. Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
This is known as the canning and food preserving Bible. DIY-ers love to can, or (if you are like me) dream of becoming a master canner, and this book will walk you through exactly how to do it, and has over 400 recipes to try!
11. Food Grinder
If your DIY friend is a friend to herbs, a food grinder is a great gift option – you can use it for grinding herbs for making herbal recipes and salves and pastes! You want a dedicated grinder for herbs because if you use your regular coffee grinder, your herbs will end up with coffee taste/grounds in them and you want to avoid that!
12. Craft Organizer
Craft organizers are great because crafty DIY-ers always have too much stuff, and not enough space for storage! Whether your friend is a jewelry maker, a scrapbooker, a stamper, or just a general crafter, you can be guaranteed that she/he has too much stuff and not enough storage space. This particular organizer has the benefit of being portable, too!
I have more yarn than I know what to do with. And I love it all. And I use it for so many thing – more than just crocheting and knitting, let me tell you that! It has so many crafty and DIY uses that everyone needs yarn. I don’t have a specific one that I am linking to, just go search for yarn and pick some that looks pretty and soft!
14. Rotary Cutter & Mat
Rotary cutters are sooooo useful! My husband was making a leather wallet the other day and he needed my rotary cutter and mat to make straight cuts. I use it when I sew, when I’m making mason jar gifts, and for endless other DIY uses. Everyone needs this. It makes life easy.
15. Sewing Machine
This just so happens to be the number 1 most gifted sewing machine on Amazon, so I am linking to it, but my particular machine was my great-aunt’s, is solid steel, at least 60 years old, and will never die. I use it constantly. This past three weeks I have hemmed 12 pairs of pants (I’m short!), made a reversible tree skirt, three Christmas pillow covers, a wallet, a Christmas kitchen hanging towel, a clutch, and a zippered purse bag to hold essentials. Oh, and taken in 15 sweaters (I’ve lost a lot of weight this year and all my sweaters from last year were too big!)!! Sewing machines are terrific gifts, and every DIY-er wants one.