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Great Gifts for People Who Love Crafting

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Holiday gift trends may come and go, but crafting never goes out of style. Time-honored pursuits like needlepoint, crocheting, even paint-by-numbers do more than pass the hours, they engage your brain, keep your fine motor skills sharp, and may offer other health benefits, too. We've rounded up a slew of awesome old-school crafts and project kits, all of them for the creative crafters on your gift list.

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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

$19 from Amazon
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TV star, comedian, author, house rabbit enthusiast. Amy Sedaris (sister of humorist David Sedaris) does it all. She's also a passionate crafter, something her book makes plain. Learn how to use everything from acorns to yesterday's newspaper to create clever and kitchy crafts, get the inside scoop on building the perfect crafting room, and much more.

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Felt Succulents Kit

$20 from Uncommon Goods
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Know a crafty someone who doesn't have much luck with houseplants? Then get 'em this felt succulent kit, and they'll never have to worry about killing another plant ever again. Each kit comes with enough precut felt to create 18 "succulents," plus pastels for adding highlights and details, rubber bands, and a paperboard frame for the finished project.

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Vintage Milk Bottle Terrarium Kit

$50 from Simply Succulents
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If your crafty pal prefers real plants to felt, then this terrarium kit may just be the perfect gift. Each kit comes with a vintage 1940s milk bottle, growing compound, succulent cuttings, stones, and mosses to create a beautiful, living work of art.

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Hotoolme Wood Burning Kit

$30 from Amazon
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Practice the art of pyrography, using the different hot blades and embossing tips to embellish wood, leather, paper, and fabric crafts. A kit like this one will get any beginner going with all the hardware, plus an instruction book and carbon paper for creating your first designs. Just don't burn your fingers.

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Mosaic Mirror Kit

$15 and up from Etsy
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The art of mosaic making stretches back centuries. Join that artistic tradition with this kit, which includes everything you need to make a mirrored mosaic, including glass, grout, paint for the frame, and step-by-step instructions. Available in four sizes.

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Paxcoo Jewelry Making Kit

$20 at Amazon
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Once you've mastered simple plastic beadwork, you may get hooked on jewelry making and want to graduate to something more professional. There are plenty of places to look for beads, gemstones, and the like, but you'll need a decent toolkit first. Look for one that contains must-have tools like beading pliers, awls, scissors, and hardware like clasps, jump rings, beading wire, and so on.

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Embroidery Starter Kit

$20 from Amazon
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The great thing about needlepoint, as actress and needlepoint devotee Parker Posey says, is that you're just making the same stitch repeatedly. A kit like this one comes with everything you could possibly need to start your first project: embroidery hoops, thread, needles, plastic grids, and more. Just add your own inspiration.

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Sunflower String Art Kit

$65 from Etsy
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Create a colorful '60s pop-art sunflower wall hanging using nothing but string? Yes you can with this kit. which includes string, nails, pattern template, and hand-stained 16-by-12-inch wood base. 

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Roylco Child's First Stencil Set

$30 from Michaels
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Stencils are a cheap and easy way to apply a little flair to just about any flat surface. These cute forms are simple enough for little ones to learn the basics. From there, you can move on to more elaborate stencil kits (characters, numbers, letters) or even create your own.

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Hearts and Crafts DIY Candle Making Supplies

$23 from Amazon
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If you can boil water, you can make simple votive candles to decorate your home, give as gifts, or put to good use in case the power goes out. Basic kits like this one include soy wax chips, wicks, and holders to center them. Practice the basics, then expand your repertoire by using different colored waxes, adding scented essential oils, and making new shapes.

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Jumbo Confetti Crayon

$7 from Letterfolk
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Looking for an unusual gift for a creative kiddo? This 8-inch-long jumbo crayon is both fun-looking and fun to play with. It features 15 vibrant colors that'll come in handy for creating unique art work. 

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A Paint by Numbers Project

$14 from Amazon
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Before there were color books for grown-ups, there were paint-by-numbers kits. From simple to elaborate, these kits are a great way to pass an afternoon and create artwork worth hanging on the wall. Prices range from less than $10 to $30 or more, with paints and brushes included (though you may want to invest in a higher-quality set of brushes if you get really hooked on this hobby).

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CraftZee DIY Melt & Pour Shea Butter Soap Making

$49 from Amazon
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Making soap is a hobby that's both beautiful and practical, and this kit includes everything you'll need to make colorful, scented shea-butter soaps — even gift boxes. Who knows? You may just have the makings of a new at-home business.

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Discover Leathercraft Kit by ArtMinds

$25 from Michaels
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Here's a truly old-school craft, one that's practical as it is beautiful. A beginner's kit like this one includes four small projects — luggage tag, bracelet, small pouch, and visor — with the leather already cut and shaped. All you need to do is add your personal stamp (pun intended) by embellishing them with the included tools.

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Elemental Tools 9-Piece Wood Carving Set

$30 from Amazon
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Whittling a piece of wood is a time-honored way to pass the time, but it can be a practical craft, too. Basic woodworking kits like these include knives for shaping and detail work, as well as safety gloves, a smoothing stone, and your first project: a basswood spoon.

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Boye I Taught Myself to Knit Kit

$13 at Michaels
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Knitting is more than a practical pastime, it's been shown to improve mental well being, too. A decent beginner kit will get you started with knitting needles, stitch holders, and instructions for basic projects. All you need to do is add the yarn (and picking out yarn is always the fun part).

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Origami Extravaganza!

$14 from Amazon
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People have been practicing the art of folding paper for centuries. Learn how to fold everything from a simple swan to an elaborate dragon and more. Paper and instructions are included.

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WooCrafts Large-Eye Blunt Needles Crochet Set

$12 from Amazon
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If you've already given knitting a shot or want to try your hands at similar craft, crocheting is a great alternative. This beginner's kit comes with hooks, needles, and stitch markers. Instructions are extra, but you can find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube.

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Beginner Macrame Kit

$28 from Etsy
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Some people may argue that macrame — the craft of knotting ropes or other fibers together — should have been left in the '70s. But macrame is no hippie hobby; it has its roots in the practical knot-tying of sailing. No boat needed for a project like this, though. All you need is several hours and a little manual dexterity to create a beautiful (if fuzzy) wall hanging.

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Mont Marte 33-Piece Calligraphy Set

$26 from Amazon
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Before smartphones and computers and typewriters did the writing for us, good penmanship was something everyone needed to practice. Impress friends and family with elaborately addressed cards, carefully scripted letters, and more. Look for a kit like this one, which contains multiple nibs and inks, for an artistic array of options.

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Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit

$38 from Michaels
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Outline your illustration on the included rubber printing block, then carve it out, slap some ink on it, and leave your mark on paper, fabric, or any flat surface. Create cute stamps for your scrapbook, press patterns onto sewing projects, or design an elaborate illustration to frame and hang on the wall.

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Alex Toys Kids' Scrapbook Kit

$19 from Amazon
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The cool thing about scrapbooking is that you can put anything into your books — including some of the other crafty creations in this slide show. You don't need to buy any special supplies, of course; any blank journal will do. But a kit like this one that includes fun stuff like stickers, ribbon, colored pencils, and basic tools makes a great gift for a bored-at-home kiddo or grownup.

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Super Wikki Stix

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Creative kids and adults alike will get a kick out of Wikki Stix, a molding toy made from knitting yarn and non-toxic wax that can be shaped into just about anything. The set includes 48 3-foot neon pieces in an array of colors.

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