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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.
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.
Origami Holiday Decorations Book
25 adorable project instructions have them covered for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
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.
Make Your Own Holiday Snow Globes Craft Kit
So cute, your kids may have trouble giving them away.
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.)
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.
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
Painted Silk Scarf Craft Kit
Perfect for a mother, grandmother, aunt, or special teacher.
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
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See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here
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