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Ready-made DIY kits for the do-it-yourselfers on your list

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 18, 2012 02:54 PM

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It's hard to shop for the crafty guy or gal who prefers to do everything themselves. Whether the DIYer on your list is into sewing or cooking, is an adult or a kid, one of these ready-made kits is sure to get their creative juices flowing.

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SEWING, EMBROIDERY, & KNITTING:
DIY Embroidery iPhone Case, $18
For the tech-savvy crafter, switch out a ho-hum case for a customized one. With so many downloadable patterns, you can stitch a sweet case for every season.

Learn to Knit Kit, $62
Purl Soho sends you everything you need to learn the basics of knitting: yarn, needles, and a project guide, all in a cute package.

Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit, $25
We love this minimalist calendar, and the added constellation embroidery adds some educational fun. Get stitching, and the go stargazing.

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FOOD:
Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom Kit, $25
How fun would it be to host a dinner party and say you grew the mushrooms yourself? Get your favorite gourmand this mushroom kit, and expect an invite over.

Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit, $22
Making your own mouthwatering mozzarella is surprisingly straightforward. Just grab a gallon of milk and this kit at area Whole Foods (or on Amazon) and get cheesy.

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HOME:
DIY Terrarium Kit, $45
Terrariums are everywhere right now. Gift your trendy friend the latest in home décor must-haves that they can put together themselves, courtesy of Twig Terrariums.

DIY Bath Salts Kit, $40
For the friend or spouse that's always on the go, give her some time to relax with this bath salts kit. The fizzy properties and lavender scent will are sure to soothe.

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KIDS:
Make Your Own Monster Kit, $28
What kid wouldn't be excited to make their own monster? Get their crafty side and imagination flowing with this inventive kit.

Needle Felting Kit, $25
We love the trend of needle felting, so much so that we included Bear Creek Design's kits in our Shop Local Gift Guide for North Dakota. Wool is matted and condensed to form cute shapes, like this smiley snowman.

The Costume Box, $10
For the parents who want to get involved in kids' crafts, there's Craftsy's Costume Box, a set of online tutorials on how to make a wardrobe of outfits for theatrical youngsters.

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SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES:
For the Makers Monthly Project Box, $29
We love the trend of nouveau "of-the-month" clubs where you can get anything and everything delivered to your doorstep. For the Makers ships monthly boxes to subscribers that contain materials for 3-5 projects each, from necklaces to wine stoppers.

DIY Starter Kit, $30 and up
For the Pinterest-obsessed friend who hasn't yet dipped her toe into the DIY world, here's everything she'll need to get started. Available with or without a subscription to monthly kits, it's the perfect push down the rabbit hole.

Have a favorite ready-made DIY kit? Share it in the comments or tweet at us at @DIYBoston!

~Tara

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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