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38 Gifts For Anyone Who Wants To Learn Something New

We found moss wall hanging kits, DIY drip paintings, metal stamp sets, and more hands-on gifts that'll engross anyone who loves trying out new and unique creative outlets.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Hey! While we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time for Christmas, shipping times are especially tricky this year and can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. Shop early and be sure to double check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for the 25th!)

1. A natural dye kit that'll color up to 5 pounds of fabric, giving your fashion-forward friend's wardrobe a personalized touch with some snazzy hand-dyed statement pieces they made all on their own!

Graham Keegan

This kit includes a bandana, clamps, a cotton cord, protective gloves, illustrated instructions, vat activating chemicals, and natural indigo from plants.

Get it from Graham Keegan on Etsy for $46.

2. A daaarling bath bomb box with information on what ingredients are soothing for joints and senses, customizable aromas, essential oils, and more. This teaching kit is here for making their bathtime so much fun (even if they don't have a rubber ducky).

Packaging with all ingredients to make bath bombs on display

Each kit is made in California with locally sourced ingredients and includes eeeverything you need to make 15 all-natural bath bombs. The ingredients come pre-measured for a no mess cleanup, and the instructions will leave users confident in creating their own bath bombs after the kit has been used.

Promising review: "We LOVED making these bath bombs. And it was so easy. Everything comes pre-measured and the scents are great. A+!" —Brandonn

Get it from Amazon for $32.95.

3. A metal stamp set with every letter in the alphabet so they can learn how to personalize jewelry and trinkets to their heart's content! And then maybe give you a piece they make. Re-gifting just got redefined.


This 27-piece letter stamp set includes a hammer, metal stamping block, nine metal charms, a key ring, 21 jump rings, earring wire set, four chains, four lobster clasps, mini pliers, and instructions.

Promising review: "This is a beautiful kit. I purchased it for my eldest daughter who loves escapes from technology. This is best suited for a teenager or older. The hammer and chain nose pliers are great quality and can be used for many more projects." —Baby Boomer

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

4. A customizable rope rainbow kit for those who treat Pinterest like a religion and thus, love discovering new DIY decor trends. This complete kit is great ~weather~ they like classic rainbow colors or prefer a less traditional palette.

Rope rainbow with natural tassels
Grey Snail Baby

You'll get rope, wire, yarn, an embroidery needle, and embroidery floss with this kit.

Get it from Grey Snail Baby on Etsy for $33 (available in seven color patterns).

5. A hand-crank, wooden music box build set that'll help your pastel goth pal ~tune~ into a new (incredibly cute) creative outlet.


This is designed with pre-painted laser-cut pieces. Each piece is numbered, so you can confidently work your way through every wheel and cog. Once finished, you'll have a beautiful, hand-cranked music box.

Promising review: "I got this for myself because I was curious about the difficulty. All in all it took me six hours and a bottle of wine to put it together. The wine may have made it take longer. The directions were super easy to follow and the pieces are wood and fit together perfectly. What threw me off was the quality of the music box. It is so much better than I expected! The sound is absolutely beautiful!!!! Once I had it all together and saw the motion with the tune I am in love with this!!! I definitely recommend this product." —Nicole Petriskie

Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in six styles).

6. A DIY cocktail kit – a tantalizing kit sure to help any friends stuck in a PBR rut add some sophistication to their palate. I guess cubeb pepper is a real life thing and apparently it belongs in your gin.

Kit with funnel, two bottles, and ingredients
Do Your Gin

Just buy the alcohol (750 ml neutral alcohol, like vodka) and your kit will do the rest! This comes with twelve glass cylinders of spices, two empty glass bottles, a funnel, and three pre-selected recipe suggestions. The spices include green cardamom, hibiscus flowers, coriander seeds, cubeb pepper, lavender flowers, laurel leafs, orange peel, pink pepper, licorice root, and juniper berries.

Get it from Do Your Gin on Etsy for $59.90.

7. A Rosetta Stone subscription, the famed "immersion method" language app, is gonna help them learn a new language after they've fumbled through TikTok and realize they no longer understand high school slang. Dutch will have to do.

Rosette Stone lesson screen on an iPhone
Rosetta Stone

You can get a12-month, 24-month, or Lifetime "Unlimited" subscription to learn from any of the 25 different language options. Choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Get it from Rosetta Stone for $11.99 / month (available in several subscriptions).

8. Eat Like You Give A Fork, a step-by-step cookbook (designed to retrain your tastebuds, rather than restrict what you eat) that'll be the daily go-to for anyone interested in gaining more confidence in the kitchen.

Book cover with burger patties and dessert on front

I got this book after eating delivery for literally months during quarantine. The way this book talks about retraining your tastebuds really peaked my interest, and as I've been cooking through the book I've seen myself really learn to appreciate foods I was neglecting. I physically feel better and have far more confidence in the kitchen thanks to these recipes. For real.

Promising review: "I LOVE this book! From the very first page you can tell Mareya has put her heart into this book so we can all eat to THRIVE!!!!! Not only are there a TON of delicious recipes inside but she also teaches us how to retrain your taste buds, how to stock your kitchen with amazing real fresh foods, how to make greens more of a thing in your life, how we can eat carbs and that they have an important place in our diet, about the 411 on good fats, about the 90/10, rule and how to make eating fun! Oh and her Meal Prep Power Hour is the bomb!

For real – this book is so forkin good! Mareya is a great teacher with so much expertise in nutrition and food! Her voice, personality, and huge heart shines through on every page! I love that there are recipes for the whole family – delicious ones that also are nutritious! Win win!" —Molly Richards

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

9. A DIY coiled rope basket your crafty friends are ~knot~ gonna believe you got them, considering you usually go with a coupon for free hugs every year.

Mountain Thread Co.

This kit includes 20 yards of cotton rope, a sturdy sewing machine needle, and instructions. You need your own sewing machine to finish this craft.

Get it from Mountain Thread Co. on Etsy for $42.

10. A DIY kimchee kit for making probiotic-rich kimchee at home. After their first batch, the tools are there for them every time they get a hankering for some delectable sour cabbage.

Full jar of DIY kimchee
Kimchee Rules

The kit includes a half-gallon glass fermenting jar, a pair of rubber gloves, brining sea salt, an airlock, two airtight lids, one jar of kimchee paste, and instructions.

Get it from Kimchee Rules for $45 (available in three flavors).

11. A massive ship model for landlubbers who wanna make waves with their newfound building skills.


Each set has a different number of pieces that fit together to create the final product — no glue needed.

Promising review: "This ship is amazing, it’s a heavy duty cardboard puzzle with over 200 pieces. If you follow the instructions EXACTLY it is fairly easy to assemble. For the most part you do not need to glue these pieces together to get them to stay put, except for the sails. The sails will not stay on unless they are glued. This piece looks amazing and the quality and attention to detail is remarkable, I would say it’s comparable to a model ship in the way it looks. If you have the patience and time this is a wonderful puzzle and I would buy it again." —Mallory

Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in eight styles).

12. A complete embroidery kit for the teenager in your life. Not only will this get them off their phone for a bit, it's sure to look ~otterly~ adorable when they finish it!


The kit includes cotton, ink, kraft, embroidery floss, DMC, and the screen print. It was physically painful for me to chose between all these daarling kits, so be sure to check out all the level one, level two, and level three options!

Get it from Kiriki on Etsy for $26.

13. A mozzarella and ricotta DIY cheese kit that'll help bring out your favorite chef's ~cheesy~ side when they're keen on fixin' up a new side dish.

Williams Sonoma

This includes 1 ounce of vegetarian rennet, 3 ounces citric acid, 3 ounces cheese salt, a metal cooking thermometer, fine cheesecloth, and two instruction/recipe books.

Promising review: "My wife and I were inspired by a recent visit to an Italian restaurant that served mozzarella cheese made in the restaurant. Online recipes were a bit daunting and required up to four hours to complete. This kit seemed tailor-made to introduce us to the process and the instructions made it incredibly easy. Good fun to do with kids, especially the quick transformation after you add the rennet." —BiscardiCreative

Get it from Williams Sonoma for $34.95.

14. A stained glass startup kit put together with top-quality tools for bold doers who take new hobbies to the next level.

Person using tool to create stained glass piece

The kit includes tools, glass, instructions, a full-size pattern, and everything else needed to create a full mosaic piece. The tools help with cutting, shaping, and soldering.

Promising review: "I got back into stained glass after 15 years in January. I started with this kit and now it’s just out of control. There are so many accessories and SO MUCH GLASS. This kit is a great place to begin and a good value. You can go wild buying more stuff, but if you just want to try it out, this will more than get the job done. Everything included is great quality." —Kathy

Get it from Amazon for $347.49.

15. A complete DIY beeswax wrap kit – a practical and eco-friendly gift that'll teach them new ways to avoid plastic and give them a finished product they can use every dang day. Reviewers agree, this kit is simply the bee's knees!

A product shot of printed packaging wrapped in twine with three fabric scraps and three cubes of wax
Prairie Minimalist

This kit includes 75 grams of wax blend, one pre-cut 8 inch fabric, one pre-cut 10 inch fabric, instructions, and one XS pre-made wrap. The fabric is sent at random and may not be what you see in the picture above.

Promising review: "This is a lovely item. It came quickly and it was fun and easy to create the reusable cloths." —Michelle

Get it from Prairie Minimalist on Etsy for $25.79.

16. Mini Money Origami, a brilliant book that'll teach them such satisfying party tricks you'll know this was worth every penny.


The booklet includes instructions on making 40 different shapes, five faux dollar bills, and a real-life DVD — for nostalgia reasons, I'm pretty sure. If you're a little more advanced, grab this Star Wars version and make some stuff that is out of this world.

Promising review: "Rather than give plastic toys that get shoved into a corner one week later, I gave this money origami kit to a 9-year-old. He loved it! This is active, nonelectronic, nonplastic fun." —Deni Lee

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

17. Or Toilet Paper Origami, a necessary purchase if your parents have stockpiled TP over the last couple of months and now need to give those valuable rolls the respect they deserve.

Toilet Paper Origami, on a Roll

Promising review: "This is a delightful and fun book. If you've ever been to someone's home where their toilet paper is embellished, you would be thinking "how do they do that?' This is a fun, inexpensive way to spend some time relaxing and learning toilet paper origami. Who knew? My daughter and granddaughters love it as a craft. Don't bash it 'til you've tried it! You can even leave cute rolls of spare tissue around the bathroom." —Kindle Customer BGCW

Get it from Amazon for $15.07.

18. A cyanotype print kit – it's gonna get your kids outside and help them discover a new art form while they're at it. Honestly, gathering plants and leaves while making these is gonna be so much fun your kids may end up talking about it botanic-all the time.

Blue prints with leaves and flowers shaded on from the sun
Elemental Leaf

This has everything you need to make multiple prints; with a video tutorial, recycled paper, and other eco-friendly materials.

Get it from Elemental Leaf on Etsy for $17.58+ (available in several package options).

19. A Cricut Maker (the actual holy grail of crafting tools) that's sure to cut, write, and score far faster than the crafter in your life ever could on their own. Plus, after learning how to use this, they'll be able to work on materials like leather, balsa wood, and even sparkly iron-ons.

A Cricut Maker on a table covered in vinyl fabric, leather, burlap, twine, and paper goods

Promising review: "This has made me into a sewist. I wouldn't have said that about myself a few months ago, but I'm hooked! The machine cuts all of the tiny pieces out for me and I get to do the fun part — sew those pieces together. The best thing about this maker is that it can also cut all of the amazing things like cut cards, iron-on, and vinyl projects. It is truly the ultimate cutting machine because I can sit down and make anything that I want." —Johnson Family

Get the Cricut Maker from Amazon for $369 (available in five colors).

20. A teaching chess set with a standard chess board, 32 chessman pieces, and a deck of 56 action cards that'll teach dedicated pupils how to truly become a chess master.

Reviewer photo of chess board and instructional cards on table

Promising Review: "Have always wanted to learn how to play chess but was just too intimidated by how complicated it appeared. I figured there was no better time than being stuck inside so much due to COVID-19. This card game system makes it SUPER easy to learn. Absolutely love this game and I am starting to research the more advanced strategies. I wish I had found this 10 years ago! I will hold onto this set to teach my son when he's older, and friends once this pandemic is over! " —Amazon reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

21. A moss wall art kit for particular folks who like things just so, so you know they're gonna love a gift they learn how to create themselves.

Square frame filled with preserved moss
Mossy Moss By Olia

This includes a wooden box frame, multiple types of preserved moss, ferns, and flowers, and a wall hook.

Get it from Mossy Moss By Olia on Etsy for $38+ (available in four sizes).

22. Or a bottle cutter sure to help them create imaginative pieces of decor worth drinking to!


The accessories included with the cutter are a pair of gloves, six fixing rubber rings, two pieces of matte paper, and one cleaning sponge.

Promising review: "This product is awesome. It's safe and easy to use. When you open the bottle you will have the glass cutter along with a pair of resistant gloves and sandpaper, which is very considerate. I’ve had a great time working with it. It takes practice, but overall it's a very good product." —Yansong Liu

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

23. A pack of 31 leather sewing tools that'll make creating gorgeous leather bags and decor ~sew~ easy and efficient!

A shot of several tools, threads, and files included in the kit

This includes two pressure cloth tooth tools, waxed thread, an adjustable groover, a needle, thumb ring, scissors, two finger cots, a frosted strip, three wool daubers, one short-V shaped groover, one leather edge wood slicker burnishes, one soft tape measure, and a leather glue tool.

Promising review: "This is precisely what I was looking for to start a few small projects in leather. It's inexpensive, but the tools and thread can get me going making some small covers for my carving knives. Sure, there are more expensive tools and materials available, but this kit offers less expensive items that actually do the work." —Jeff

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

24. A calligraphy guidebook that's sure to be the ~write~ way to entertain your BFF when they're in the mood to learn a new skill.


Be sure to grab some brush pens to add some texture with your new calligraphy skills!

Promising review: "I LOVE this book!! It's soo great for beginners! I’ve wanted to improve my penmanship and learn modern calligraphy and lettering for a long time. I thought I’d give this book a try and I’m so confident in my lettering now. I’m excited to create my own projects and show off my new skills!!" —KHenderson

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

25. A kombucha starter kit with pH test strips, starter, sugar, looseleaf tea, and a lovely glass jar perfect for showing off their beautiful DIY brew.

A large jar of kombucha with a fabric lid

Promising review: "I've been wanting to try my hand at making kombucha for a few years now but was afraid of making it wrong and becoming deathly ill. One of the blogs I follow recently reviewed this kit and I decided to go for it (and besides, paying upwards of $3.50 per bottle at the store was getting ridiculous). I am so happy I bought this kit! I'm currently brewing my second batch as my first batch came out awesome! I made a ginger/orange flavor and a strawberry/lemonade flavor from that first batch and they taste even better than what I can buy at the store. I actually enjoy looking at it daily to see what new changes have occurred overnight. I think its safe to say I will never buy store bought kombucha again!" —Cheflene

Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

26. A complete embroidery kit to teach the seamstress in your family that modern patterns are just as satisfying as '90s holiday cross-stitches.

Create The Culture

This comes with a printed pattern on linen fabric, a 6-inch embroidery hoop, a range of DMC embroidery thread, embroidery needles, and instructions — all packed in a cardboard box.

Promising review: "This shop has good customer service and I had an overall good experience. I would recommend this and will most likely be a repeat customer (their apparel is also so cute)." —Kristina

Get it from Create The Culture on Etsy for $40.

27. A mosaic coaster kit for people who love their coffee table enough to adorn it with some handmade decor. Plus, learning how to design with sea glass sounds like a soothing activity we all deserve after this year.

Two coasters with rough pieces of sea glass
Montet Mosaics

This kit comes with grout, a plywood coaster, and blue and green sea glass pieces.

Get it from Montet Mosaics on Etsy for $30.27.

28. A rainbow explosion cake kit that comes packaged in a daaaarling paint can. This is gonna be the perfect gift for adventurous souls who would love taking dessert to the next level.

Williams Sonoma

To get those perf perf layers, be sure to grab this 6'' cake tray set!

Promising review: "This gives you a bakery quality cake at home. This cake took some time to prepare. The directions were very clear. It took the better part of a day to prepare but it is quite beautiful." —Pekingesepuppy

Get it from Williams Sonoma for $59.95.

29. A bonsai starter kit to finally get your family in love with plants as much as you are. Even if they're brand-new to planting, they won't beleaf how easy this starter kit is!

A flat lay image of the soil, nipping tools, twin, plants, and other products that come with the kit

This kit includes four types of organic seeds (Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Black Poui, Norway Spruce, and Flame Tree) stored in seed-safe vials for better germination, four biodegradable growing pots, four expanding-soil discs, four bamboo plant markers, one bonsai clipper, and an instruction booklet.

Promising review: "I love this. My bonsai has already sprouted and it's coming along nicely. The best thing about this product is the customer service. They actually take an interest in how things are going and are willing to help you through anything. They respond personally, no form letters, and they give heartfelt responses to your questions and comments. This is definitely one of my best purchases." —G Eckberg

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

30. A Dala horse carving kit, because not enough people have ever carved something by hand, so this is gonna be a ~cut~ above any other gift. We're not horsing around, this kit is awesome!


This comes with everything you need to complete the carving and painting of a Dala horse, including a video tutorial.

Promising review: "This is a great learner's package, with everything you need to create a decorative carving. The knife is sharp and comes in a shape that makes easy carving. The wood was good quality with a nice, even grain, making it easy for the novice to make consistent cuts. I would recommend this package to anyone interested in picking up a knife and learning the skills of carving." —KD Jennings

Get it from Amazon for $35.95.

31. A Home Chef membership designed with step-by-step cooking instructions – a gift for folks who are ready to embrace home cooking, as long as they have a meal service holding their hand while they do it.

Steak and mushroom meal
Home Chef

Home Chef uses basic ingredients and creates clever twists with their recipes, so you can make new foods without being intimidated by ingredients. And there's no need to worry about time, each meal takes 30 minutes or less to make!

Get it from Home Chef for $6.99+ a meal (available in multiple memberships).

32. A 2000s Trivia game by BuzzFeed that'll test your own knowledge of the early '00s aaand have those youngling friends of yours learn a thing or two about the glory days of the flip phone.


This has more than 400 questions and game challenges to test (and boost!) your knowledge of the 2000s, including fashion trends, movies, music, and fads from the times. To play, divide into teams for head-to-head battles, drawing, image cards, double or nothing, and more. There's even a Spotify playlist specifically for the game. Necessary.

Promising review: "This has some really cool ways to ask questions. It uses drawing challenges, numbers, and pictures. A fun trivia game." —Anon

Get it from Target for $14.99.

33. An ocean waves drip painting kit – grab a set for everyone in your family and enjoy a memorable (and only a little bit messy) night of at-home art class family fun!

Blue and white drip painting on square canvas

You'll get a canvas, acrylic paint, pouring medium, pouring cups, and a connection activity card with this set.

Get it from Maizen on Etsy for $39.99.

34. A DIY string art pick – a gift that'll give them a new skill they'll be hooked on from the minute they start!

A person using pegs and string to create a pineapple image within a wooden frame

There's no need to shop for supplies! This kit comes with everything you need!

Promising review: "These instructions are easy to follow — I finished it in two hours. This was so much fun and I love my finished results! It looks so beautiful. It was a gift for my friend. I would buy it again and recommend it to others." —yuyantan

Get it from Amazon for $32.88 (available in 10 styles).

35. A dry brush set you can get if you know they've dipped their toes into skincare TikTok and are finally ready to dive deep into a luxurious exfoliating bathing routine.

Small brush, hand brush, exfoliating gloves, and extension handle

This set includes two rough bristled brushes, a small one for hands, face, neck, and feet and a larger one for the rest of the body. It includes exfoliating gloves and a handle extension to brush hard-to-reach areas.

Promising review: "I have used many brushes from different brands in the past. This is definitely my favorite. I received this as a gift and I can’t say enough about it. It's perfect for the winter months. I use self tanners and I occasionally spray tan. This product is perfect for getting all the dead skin off!! Definitely a beauty recommendation!!" —Jo.DeAngelo

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

36. A personalized whiskey making kit – give them this and they're gonna wanna show alcoh-all of their friends what a great gift-giver you are (and what a great brewer they've become).

Man Crates

You'll get an American white oak barrel, a stand, bung, spigot, essence bottle, paper funnel, and barrel cleaning kit.

Promising review: "I have bought several of these crates for my boyfriend, but this one by far was his favorite. He is a whiskey drinker and thought the personalized barrel was really cool! He immediately put it on our bar at home!" —Melissa Thompson

Get it from Man Crates for $99.99.

37. A soy candle making kit a fun gift that's sure to help keep the ~spark~ alive when you and your boo start running out of date night ideas. Learning a new skill together is sexy.

A finished candle surrounded by shaved wax and small oil-filled bottles

Promising review: "I was so impressed with this candle making kit. I've been disappointed in the past with some DIY kid's crafts kits, but this kit is quality. Everything came packaged really well. The box is medium sized, but they used every inch of space inside. My kids can't wait to make their very own candles and I'm so excited to have a quality craft to do with them." —Kristin Miller

Get it from Amazon for $54.90.

38. And finally, a mango hot sauce mix that'll give your roommate pride in the food they create, hopefully teaching them that cooking (and sharing that cooking with you) is the ~hot~ new thing to do.

A flat lay of everything included in the hot sauce kit

This includes nine customizable ingredients, tools, glass sauce bottles, stoppers, caps, and labels. The homemade sauce takes about 30 minutes to make.

Promising review: "Holy!!!! This kit is fantastic. It comes with everything you need to make amazing sauce that will have all of your friends raving. The directions are very easy to follow. I ended up letting it simmer and my sauce thickened a little too much, but no worries, it's still delicious! I kept two bottles and gave away the rest to friends. The next day I received a message that my hot sauce was a hit and my friend was drowning everything in it and they couldn’t have enough. This is great if you are just getting started making your own sauces or makes a great DIY gift as well. I recommend this 100%" —Ninna

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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