Never give a creator a gift they could have made themselves. Instead, try giving something that will enable their bad habit for craft. Here are seven gifts for people who just can't help but create things.
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Here's an interesting material for creators who love to sculpt or just people who are curious enough to experiment with unique new materials. Foam clay is just what it sounds like — sculptable clay that air-dries into a lightweight foam material. While you can find types of foam clay in your local Target or Kmart in the kid's section, the version stocked by Lumin's Workshop is designed for creators and comes in flat black or white.
Rotary tools like the Dremel are an important addition to any workshop, no matter what materials you're working with. The Dremel Micro is a cordless version that's also much smaller and easier to maneuver than the full version. It's perfect for people who need something to do fine detail with, or just for a creator who's only just building up their collection of power tools.
Not all creators work in low-tech materials. If you've got a friend who loves to tinker in all things electronic, get them a Raspberry Pi and see what magic they can create. If you want to pass on some inspiration, check out these twelve awesome projects that use a Raspberry Pi for the guts.
For a creator who's looking to learn a new skill, this beginner's leather set is perfect. The set includes tools, leather and instructions to make a few simple projects, and is enough to set a newbie leatherworker up with what they need to move onto harder projects.
Price: $46 (Hardcover)
For those who are looking to get back to basics, The Unplugged Woodshop focuses on woodworking with simple hand tools, no electricity required. You can even combine the gift of the book with a couple of nice quality tools to get them started on their journey to crafting beautiful wooden items by hand.
If you're buying for someone who already has all the tools they could ever need, why not get them something to help them organise those tools instead? Try this trade-standard leather toolbelt from Buckaroo, made solidly in leather. It's a gift that'll last them long into the future, and is able to be customised as their tool collection grows.
If you're willing to splash out for a big present, or something that can be shared between a group, you can't go past a 3D printer to blow your creative friend/relative/colleague's mind. The CR-10 is a good little machine for the price, and will suit keen DIYers who are willing to tinker with the base model to upgrade it for their own needs. It's the perfect time to get into 3D printers as a hobbyist — the community is growing and there are so many resources out there for people whose 3D modelling skills up to creating their own printing files yet.
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