Crafty Books for Holiday Gift Making and Ideas

Calling all crafters and non-crafters! Find 27 books of inspiration for what to make or get your friends, neighbors, and family this holiday season. Read on for at-home kids activities, ideas for gifts, and titles for specialized crafters in fabric arts, beauty products, beading, knitting, paper arts, and more. Most hands-on crafting making titles in the Lake Forest Library can be found around the 745 and 746 area of the Arts Room, with select titles on this list that are found elsewhere.

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Big Books of Ideas

  • 100 Little Christmas Gifts to Make by Search Press Studio

  • Lena Corwin’s Made by Hand by Lena Corwin

  • Handmade Gifts by DK Publishing

  • Make & Give by Steph Hung & Erin Jang

  • Made by Dad by Scott Bedford

  • Junk Genius by Juliette Goggin and Stacy Sirk

  • Simple Gifts by Jennifer Worick

Homemade Gifts Organized by Medium

Beauty & Home products

  • The Big Book of Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home by Jan Berry

Fabric Arts

  • The Weaver’s Idea Book by Jane Patrick

  • Uniquely Felt by Christine White

  • Quilting with a Modern Slant by Rachel May

  • American Quilts by Robert Shaw

Flower arranging

  • On Flowers by Amy Merrick

  • Paper Blooms by Jeffery Rudell


  • Beaded Bracelets by Claudine McCormack Jalajas

  • Elegant Wire Jewelry by Kathy Frey

  • Creative Crochet Jewelry by Esther Zadock


  • Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson

  • Animal Knits for Kids by Amanda Berry

  • Knits to Give by Debbie Bliss


  • Papercraft by DK Publishing

  • Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs

  • The Complete Practical Guide to Scrapbooking, edited by Alison Lindsay

  • Making Memory Boxes by Anna Corba


  • Paint Lab by Deborah Forman

  • Watercolor Botanicals by Eunice Sun


  • Photographing Your Family by Joel Sartore with John Healey