Cool craft kits for creative kids who want to make their own gifts


We love DIY holiday gifts. And we love crafty gifts that bring out the creativity in our kids.

So this year we thought we’d put them together, and round up some of the most wonderful craft kits for kids who craft it forward this holiday.

(Is that a thing? We’re making it a thing.)

All picks have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion in this guide. 

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For more up-to-date discounts and gift ideas, please visit our 2019 holiday gift guide or 2020 small business holiday gift guide


Organic Gingerbread Family Kit

We love the certified organic, wholesome baking mixes from Foodstirs and the gingerbread cookie mix is perfection for the holidays!
It now comes part of a subscription box, so junior bakers can get a new pack of goodies to make every other month.

$18.99/kit, FoodStirs
Discounts for longer subscriptions

Easy Friendship Bracelet Kit

You can always gift a rainbow of embroidery floss, but these kits are just so gifty and cool, letting you make 5-12 bracelets.

$19, Purl Soho


Beaded Snowflake Ornament Kit

This craft kit lets kids create 6 snowflake ornaments, but with hundreds of beads, don’t be surprised if they come up with something creative to do with the extras.

$21.98 on sale, Amazon


Felt Dove Sewing Kit

For more advanced crafters, Purl offers an amazing array of felt animal kits from Cynthia Treen. But the dove is just so perfect for the holidays and includes everything you need, right down to the needle.

$22, Purl Soho


Jackson Pollack Style Action Painting Kit

If the kids have parents or grandparents on their list who love handmade art, this is a seriously awesome gift.

$25, MoMA


Origami Holiday Decorations Book

25 adorable project instructions have them covered for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

$7.38, Amazon


DIY Bath Fizzies Craft Kit

Our kid are beyond obsessed with DIY bath bombs these days and while it’s not all that hard to make your own, this kit from STMT will light up their faces. It’s recommended for teens, but with an adult’s help we think tweens will be just fine.

$16.99, Target


Make Your Own Holiday Snow Globes Craft Kit

So cute, your kids may have trouble giving them away.

$19.97, Amazon


Lulu Jr Comic Making Kit

Their book making kit is one of the most popular gifts ever in our ultimate birthday party gift guide
and we’re so happy to discover the comic making kit! What a cool gift to make for a friend. (Or you know, keep.)

$28.95, Amazon


Paint Your Own Trinket Trays Craft Kit

This kit from Craftivity lets kids paint and decorate 3 seriously cute little trays for stashing special treasures.

$19.97, Amazon


Painted Mug Kit

Yes, that’s the real price!
To make it more fun for the kids, add in some festive holiday stencil sheets and stenciling sponges.

$1.99, Michael’s; stencils and other supplies separate


$25, Purl Soho


Painted Silk Scarf Craft Kit

Perfect for a mother, grandmother, aunt, or special teacher.

$32.95, Oompa


Acrylic Paint Set and 12-pack of Canvases

There’s no telling what a kid can do with a dozen blank canvases! Add a 10-piece paint brush set for under 5 bucks.

$10.99, $11.99, Amazon


Little Loving Hands Craft Subscription Kit for a Cause

We love these monthly boxes that contain what kids need to create a different craft each month — then send it off to a different organization in need, from nursing homes to children’s hospitals. Now that’s the spirit of the holiday season.

$25/mo Gift Subscription

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.