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Ok, these have to be my very favorite way for kids to paint. EVER. As a former art teacher, I almost always dreaded pulling out the paints because...mess! These have effectively solved the mess problem. No need to get out cups of water only to have them slosh all over the table drenching the papers nearby. Simply setting these paints out on the table begs kids to begin creating. Oh, and they are now available at Target. Or you can order them online. My kids were excited to receive the metallix and neons sets from the Kwik Stix company to test just for this post. I was more than happy to include them in this gift guide since we already owned the original 12 set of colors from a previous review.
Gift card to craft store--Michael's, Hobby Lobby
Because what creative kid wouldn't love a shopping spree to their favorite craft store? My hand is raised here too! This one is especially appropriate if you don't know exactly which craft supplies they need. Choose a gift card and they can help themselves. I really prefer to give a gift though, so a gift card is usually a last resort (or last minute) for me.
Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. Purchase a subscription box and every month the recipient will receive a new kit based on their own likes. And since subscription boxes are so popular now, you can choose from almost any theme, from make up, to science experiments, to art projects, it seems like the sky is the limit here!
Any budding sewer would love to have their own sewing machine. It doesn't need to be a fancy machine. A simple, easy to use machine would be perfect for someone just learning the basics. I recommend this Janome machine for beginners. Don't forget to include a little sewing kit or some new scissors. A gift card to buy some fabric would be welcome too!
Craftsy class voucher
Craftsy happens to be my favorite online learning platform. There are so very many classes to choose from in all different craft areas including photography, sewing, and cake decorating, but you also should check out their offerings for woodworking, crochet, and general cooking classes. I have taken several classes and found that the teaching is so excellent. That reminds me, I have a crochet project that I should pull out now that the weather is turning cooler. That's a project that can keep you warm while you work on it!
OK I will admit that at first I wasn't super excited about Creativebug, but now that I've really dug into it, I love it! There are so many how to videos available and the membership site is definitely worth the $5 cost per month. Also you get to choose one class to keep each month--even if you cancel your membership. It's worth it. Of course the classes are shorter than other similar sites, but the instruction is excellent. One of my favorite classes that I watched was about making your own beauty products.
Books about sewing
What would you add to this list?