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DIY kits are amazing, especially when they're given to someone who wants to do them with you. A good DIY kit isn't just a pile of goods and instructions; it's an experience that teaches you a new skill or hours of fun doing something you already love.
With trends continuing to encourage a do-it-yourself attitude, it's not surprising that there are so many awesome DIY kits hitting shelves. Of course, there's good and great kits — and that's why we made a list of the best DIY kits to give as gifts to the maker in your life.
Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit by littleBits
Ever wonder how young Anakin was able to build C-3PO and other droids? Well, maybe the Force was with him...or maybe he had the littleBits Star Wards Droid Inventor Kit. This kit allows you to build your own droid from scratch and control it via a phone app.
Fans of Star Wars that want to feel like they're part of the Galaxy Far, Far Away will tell you that this is one of the coolest DIY kits to give as gifts — especially for the aspiring STEM student with a sci-fi hobby.
Makey Makey by Makey Makey
Makey Makey is one of the most unusual DIY kits to give as gifts, primarily because it turns anything into a touchpad for your Mac or PC. All you have to do is plug, clip, and play for more interaction than ever before.
Use a banana as a touchpad? Doable. Use a skateboard as a game piece? Also possible. No programming knowledge is needed — just your imagination.
70 Model Building Set by K'nex
Much like LEGO, K'nex is often seen as a stepping stone for young kids who might want to become engineers. This model building set gives you more options than standard LEGO blocks do. It comes with moving parts, and has an instruction booklet that kids can use to make their own toys from the petite blocks.
Give this to the kid in your life, and you'll watch them have hours of educational fun.
California Poppy Origami Flower Kit by Nikki Cross Applesauce
If you're looking for affordable DIY kits to give as gifts, nothing is quite as smart a choice than an origami kit. This particular kit by Nikki Cross Applesauce shows you how to make a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers.
This kit comes with step-by-step instructions, enough paper to make a bouquet, and wire stems. Just add glue and a little bit of creativity, and you're good to go.
Scrappy the Dog DIY Kit by Josh Title
Everyone has at least one friend who is a plushie collector, and that's why this is one of the coolest DIY kits to give as gifts. Scrappy the Dog is a plushie you can make, all out of recycled scraps.
He needs a little help getting put together, but after a few easy stitches, Scrappy will be ready to come home with you. Since he's all reclaimed wool, no two Scrappy pups will be alike. You can make him as unique as you are by adding extras, too!
DIY Hot Sauce Kit by Josh Williams and Eric Prum
This DIY kit is as hot as it gets — literally! This handy kit shows you how to make your own hot sauce using fresh ingredients, stylish tools, and absolutely delicious recipes. For the pepper fan in your fam, this DIY kit will be one of the best experiences they'll have in the kitchen.
Sunflower Grow Kit by Urban Agriculture
Some people are naturally born with a green thumb — and then, there's the rest of us. After finding out you have too little space or too little skill, it's easy to walk away from the fun that's gardening. That's why Urban Agriculture has put together some of the most garden-friendly DIY kits to give as gifts and encourage others to get growing.
This simple grow kit shows you how to grow your own sun flowers with minimal skill and space. As long as you have a little sunlight in your apartment, you'll be able to work with mother nature to create a batch of healthy sunflowers, just for you.
That being said, this is one growing kit RA's will be okay with finding in your college dorm.
DIY Lip Balm Kit by Karen Lee and Mary Kearns
There are plenty of fun DIY kits that are safe for the environment and made with care. But, this takes that globally-friendly vibe to a brand new level. This is one of the fun craft kits that helps you look good, feel good, and help others feel GREAT!
This DIY Lip Balm Kit teaches you how to make your own lip balm using fair trade products. Every purchase helps women in transitional housing learn important life skills and gain work experience. Good karma? Absolutely.
DIY Absinthe Making Kit by Bootleg Botanicals
Absinthe is no joke. It's one of the strongest liquors ever made, and purportedly has hallucinogenic traits that have caused people to go a little bit crazy. Vincent Van Gough, Edgar Allen Poe, and Ernest Hemingway all were known for enjoying absinthe — and now, you can try it, too.
Without a doubt, this Absinthe Making Kit is one of the best DIY kits to give as gifts to people who love liquor, famous writers, and the Green Fairy herself. Each kit comes with botanical ingredients, instructions, and a pinch of awesome.
Lion King Cave Art Kit by Disney
You can't wait to be king, but you might want to take your time with this super-fun cave art kit. Disney's Lion King magic is alive and well with this awesome little craft kit. Paint designs on clay you get to mold yourself, and show off your stencil skills with ease!
This makes for one of the cutest DIY kits to give as gifts to young kids, and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Merlot Wine Making Kit by Uncommon Goods
Wine is basically what some of us run on, which is why this is one of the best DIY kits to give as gifts. This surprisingly easy to use kit comes with real merlot grapes from Chile, a wine brewing kit, and of course, easy instructions.
If you've ever wanted to have wine that's literally fresh from the jar, this kit will be a godsend. We suggest this for anyone who loves red wine, red wine sangrias, or just learning about brewing beer and other beverages too.