Still trying to wrap up your Christmas shopping? I’m nearly done, but I know it can be hard to buy for the makers, designers and crafters in your life. After all, what could you give them that they couldn’t just make themselves? My guide has 7 places to get gifts sure to please any crafty person (including me).
I just discovered this shop this week, and it’s a regular valhalla for makers. Can’t decide whether your crafty friends would prefer powerless illuminating tubing or a giant hunk of aluminum foam? Get ’em an Inventables gift certificate for any amount you want, and let them choose for themselves.
Moo prints cards and stickers on demand from your own images — you can make all 100 of your business cards look the same, or you can go for Printfinity and put a different picture on every single one of them. Crazy, right? Give a friend a gift card (available in denominations of $10, $20, $30, $50, $70 and $100), and print away!
Temporary tattoos have never looked so good. Big-name designers lend their visions to these just-add-water wonders. Tattly’s got a few curated $25 gift boxes that look real sweet. You can also give a gift card in any amount you like, or give a Tattly subscription and keep your friends in temporary tattoos for six months.
American Science & Surplus
This is a well-kept crafty secret, like a Big Lots for nerds. (And I love that along with every product photo they also have a hand-drawn version of the item.) American Science & Surplus is all amazing deals on things you didn’t know you ever wanted: glass test tubes, fallout shelter signs, donut magnets and “robot partz.” SciPlus doesn’t do gift cards, but you’ve got about a week left to place orders to arrive before Christmas.
If you’re sweating a gift for a shutterbug friend, stop right here. Photojojo sells amazing smartphone accessories and camera accoutrements, like recycled film roll magnets and Holga iPhone lenses. Gift cards come in denominations of $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200, and if you pick an amount of $25 or over, you can get it mailed with a free tiny camera keychain.
I actually had to unsubscribe myself from Fab’s email newsletters because there were just too many things I wanted to buy! It’s just ludicrous how many well-designed things can live in one online shop. Fab just started offering gift cards — you can get them in denominations of $25 and up.
Oh, I love these Futura-heavy notebooks so much — I have two in my bag at this very moment. Grab a bunch of the original kraft-covered Field Notes, or select one of the limited edition color packs. You can also get a subscription for $97 that’ll keep you in notebooks all year. And by “you” I mean whoever you’re getting a gift for. (You.)
The biggest handmade marketplace just started offering gift cards this year, in denominations of $25, $50, $100 or $250. They can be used in any U.S. Etsy shop that accepts direct checkout payments, and you can have the gift cards emailed or print them out at home. I’d be happy to get an Etsy gift card, but as a seller, I’m also really excited for everybody else to get Etsy gift cards so I have a strong sales month in January! :)
Edited to add: I just received a subscription to Whimseybox, which is a great addition to this list! It’s like Birchbox for crafters, or Pinterest in your mailbox. Every month you’ll get a reusable box with a DIY project, instructions and an art print. You can send a friend (or yourself) a gift subscription for 3 months ($45), 6 months ($90) or a year ($165).
Etsy sellers and buyers: In case you were wondering what the hot new craft trends for 2011 were, here you go:
Finished writing my book yesterday at 2:30 p.m. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to be done. Well, you know, done aside from the rounds of editing coming over the next few months. Hurrah!
Current word count: 27,818 (out of 30,000)
Trying not to freak out too much about the fact that my book is due in less than a MONTH. I’m starting to break down the remaining stuff to do into manageable chunks. I made up a calendar with weekly goals written on it, for example, my goal for this weekend is to polish up the introduction and first chapter and get the appendix done.
I’m taking a few days off of work in the next month to give myself more time to work on the book. I’m also trying not to completely get cut off from the rest of the world. (Sorry, friends!)
One big problem in getting done with the book is that I keep finding more people I want to talk to! Gotta stop that… After next week, promise.
PS: I’m not writing recaps of books I read for now, but I am still updating my list.
Current word count: 25,035 (out of 30,000)
A little more than a month left until my manuscript deadline, and I have reached my Jan. 1 goal of 25,000 words a few days early! It’s incredible to see the progress I’ve made. The book still has some holes and placeholders, but my to-do list is manageable, and the end is in sight. Of course, after I turn in the manuscript in February, there’s still a few months of editing to come. :)
Talked to more awesome crafters, and after copying and pasting integrating their quotes, I am very near my Dec. 1 goal of 20,000 words!
Current word count: 19,843 (out of 30,000)
My to-do list is still very long, but I feel positive about where the book’s going as the deadline creeps ever nearer. The manuscript is due Feb. 10, and ideally I’d like to be able to turn in something in really good shape, so maybe I’ll aim to hit 30,000 words by January 1 so I have a few weeks to revise and edit.
Probably the biggest thing on my list is contacting the organizers of major indie craft shows. I’d been waiting on that because craft show season is in full tilt right now. But if I wait too long, I’ll be hitting the holiday season when (presumably) people aren’t going to want to be doing interviews. Conundrum!
Crafty Superstar: Turn Your Crafts into Extra Cash, Keep Your Day Job, and Basically Have It All will be released in November 2009! And I have even more exciting news:
Current word count: 14,953 (out of 30,000)
I powered through today, integrating tons of quotes from interviews to try to hit my goal of 15,000 this weekend, and it worked! After hitting the halfway point, I just have to write about 5,000 words in November, December and January to hit my manuscript deadline (with a week or two for revisions in there, too).
I’ve been talking to so many amazing people for this book, and my list of crafters I want to talk to still keeps growing! If you happen to know a biz-savvy part-time crafter, let me know. :)