Give a book, and give your friends and family the gift of hours of creative fun! Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself, by Mark Frauenfelder Perfect for both the seasoned maker and the person who’s just starting to get tempted to tinker, the story of Mark’s travels through a year of living the DIY life is sure to inspire, amuse, and make you think twice about moving to an isolated island! You can also get the hardcover over at the Maker Shed. Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight, by Brett Bara Simple, beautiful, and easy to follow, Brett Bara’s book is a gentle yet stylish introduction to everything you need to know to start sewing your own modern wearables and home decor. You can also check out the book review and project excerpt on CRAFT. The Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day, by Laurie Henzel and Debbie Stoller From DIY finger waves to building a terrarium, this book contains a wealth of ideas and instructions for just about any occasion that you can imagine. It’s perfect for your mom, your teen sister, your BFF, and any other gal who always has a new project going! Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, by Ken Denmead Have a great dad (or uncle, or big brother) on your list? This book is full of ideas for fun, nerdy projects that will let them completely geek out with the kids!
The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques, by Ann d’Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris An awesome guide for anyone looking to get started in printmaking, this book includes histories, detailed how-tos, and troubleshooting tips for just about any kind of print you’d ever want to make. Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects from the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In, by Joan Tapper, Gale Zucker Whether you’re shopping for a yarn bomber, community activist, or your favorite domestic rebel, this book is sure to please! You can also check out the project excerpt on CRAFT. The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist, by Emily Martin Beautiful, odd, and a whole lot of fun, the offbeat paper crafter is sure to appreciate this book’s detail, whimsy, and playful spirit! The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution, by Alice Waters For the foodies in your life, it doesn’t get much better that this book. You’ll fill their bellies with the recipes and feed their minds with the history and stories behind them. How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew, by Erin Bried A fantastic reference guide for gal who’s handy around the house, this book is packed with skills that you never knew you needed. Warning: After you flip through this book, you’ll probably feel inspired to call your grandma and tell her how impressed you are, then get a sudden urge to go darn a sock. Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat, by Kaori Tsutaya For the quirky crafter on your list, it really doesn’t get much stranger than this. But, I can tell you from experience, once you get over the initial aversion to working with cat hair, the projects in the book are fun to make and totally adorable! Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures, by Amanda Blake Soule Perfect for the crafty moms on your list, this shows you how to turn something old into something wonderful to share with your family!