Night of the living gift guide

December 21st, 2006

Make stuff, not warHo ho ho, and welcome to Installment III of the Procrastinator’s Gift Guide.* Today’s compilation features a few of our top picks for all the crafty females, handywomen, and compulsive DIYers on your list:

A subscription to Make or Craft magazine. Some friends and I had occasion to check out both these fine publications at Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising earlier this month. And let me tell you, it’s tough to say who’s going to flip out more — the gadget freaks you subscribe to Make, or the designing divas you subscribe to its new sister publication, Craft.

Power tools! Single women buy 20 percent of all homes today, which is more than men can say for themselves (no offense, men — them’s just the stats). And somebody’s got to fix those cute-but-crumbling bungalows. So why not buy the homeowning DIY diva in your life this cordless drill or cordless screwdriver from Tomboy Tools?

Be Jane’s Guide to Home Empowerment: Projects to Change the Way You Live. A DIY fix-it guide just for women, brought to us by the women behind the Be Jane home improvement site? Sign me up! (Dear boyfriend of mine, are you reading this?)

A stitch ‘n bitch handbook. Bust editor Debbie Stoller now has four gorgeous, full-color knitting and crocheting books for stitch ‘n bitchers to choose from. And all I can say is, if anyone makes me the handbag on page 157 of The Happy Hooker, I’ll gladly buy it off you and throw in a free book of my own to boot.

The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties. The title says it all. From the folks behind

*Merci, Traci, who helped whip this list into shape.

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