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10 Awesome Experience Gifts for DIYers

For people who like to craft, cook, garden, work with wood and more, these DIY experience gifts will mean more than anything you could wrap up in a box.

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Purchase and Go to a “Plant Nite” With Them

Similar to wine and paint classes, Plant Nite allows you to sip a glass or several with friends while creating a succulent terrarium. There are classes around the country, where you can make everything from a succulent wine bottle to a rustic chalkboard planter.

Learn how to make this centerpiece-worthy wood log planter. It’s perfect for succulents and will surely add charm to your container gardens or patio table.

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Take Them on a Treasure Hunt to an Architectural Salvage Store

For the DIYer who is looking to spruce up their home, take them to an architectural salvage store and let them pick out some items for a project. Purchase the items and then offer to help them complete the project. Use each other’s strengths for the ultimate dream team on their home improvement project. Check out an architect’s guide to some inspiring ways to build in extra cabinets, shelves and cubbyholes at the start of a project.

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Buy a Kit for the Whole Family

Kids love projects, and they also love doing them with their family! A great experience gift is this Kraftic DIY Deluxe Carpentry Woodworking Kit. It includes everything you need to complete six different projects from beginning to end. It comes with 80 pieces of real wood, two pencils, a ruler, nails, sandpaper, glue, a storage bag and hammer. Getting tools into young hands early and often is the best way to develop DIY skills. We asked pros for their best advice for getting kids started.

Buy it now on Amazon.

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Give Them Your Time

Has your friend or family member been moaning and groaning over having to paint their house? Perhaps their garage is in need of a thorough clean out. Gift them your time this holiday season, offering to put in a full day (or more!) of help on a project of their choice.

A good exterior painting job will extend the life of your siding and trim and increase the value of your house. Learn the best techniques for painting home exteriors.

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Buy Them a Cooking Class or Culinary Bootcamp Experience

DIYing extends into the kitchen, so for the foodie in your life, check out The Culinary Institute of America‘s bootcamps. They offer two, three, four and five-day experiences that allow students to learn about things like baking, comfort foods, dessert, wine and more. The campuses are in New York, California and Texas. And there are plenty of other options. Sur La Table offers cooking classes throughout the country as well.

These why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks will help you save time, get organized and work more efficiently in your kitchen.

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Give Them a Class or Two from DIY U

DIY U is the Family Handyman online school. Buy classes as gifts for the hands-on person in your life. Gift your favorite DIYer a class where they could learn skills like how to create a perfect wood finish or how to install crown molding. Or, give a class that teaches how to build everything from a bike rack to a dream workshop. Check out all the classes here. Select the class you want to give and click “Gift this class.”

Learn more about Family Handyman’s DIY U here.

Maximize your workshop storage with these clever tips and ideas.

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Sign Them Up for a Woodworking Class

If the DIYer in your life has always wanted to expand their woodworking skills, this is the perfect gift for them. The Woodworkers Guild of America offers fun and comprehensive online woodworking classes like basic and advanced cabinet making techniques, table saw essentials and how to make quality doors.

Woodworking is a blast, but it can be intimidating for beginners. Luckily, our readers and editors love passing along their go-to tips. Here are 56 that every beginner should check out.

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Buy Them a Flower Arranging Class

A fresh bouquet can be the perfect centerpiece on the table when hosting friends and family. But instead of buying the bouquet, give the host who loves to DIY a flower arranging class that will put their creative spirit and green thumb to good use! You can give an online class, like this one from Brit & Co., which has the option to purchase as a gift. You may also like these 15 stunning living wreath ideas.

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Gift Them a Lettering Class

For the crafty friend who’s always trying something new, consider giving them this hand lettering class . They’ll learn how to hold a pen with good form, draw letters, create strokes, ligatures and swashes, combine the basic elements to form phrases and use hand lettering worksheets to practice. Check out this ultimate gift guide for DIYers.

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Gift Them an Online Crafting Subscription

Creativebug has some really fun online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. The crafty DIYer in your life will learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print and more. Gift them a subscription for one year, with new classes from top artists released every day, downloadable patterns, templates and recipes, exclusive discounts to JOANN and more come with the subscription. Treat friends and family to one of these unique DIY gifts you can make in a weekend and everyone will be delighted.

Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com