Creatives revel in the making, both in the process and the product (to varying degrees, of course). Those of us who know, love and appreciate creatives may not inhabit that same visionary space, but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to help move them along or provide new outlets. Here are a few gift-giving ideas, whether practical or esoteric, to encourage the creatives in your life to follow their muse.
Creatives revel in the making, both in the process and the product (to varying degrees, of course). Those of us who know, love and appreciate creatives may not inhabit that same visionary space, but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to help move them along or provide new outlets. Here are a few gift-giving ideas, whether practical or esoteric, to encourage the creatives in your life to follow their muse.3Doodler Create, prices vary
Drawing, sketching, doodling, all taken to the next level. From humble Kickstarter beginnings, 3Doodler, the first 3D printing pen, now offers the Start, a kid-safe version ($49), the updated Create ($99), offering advanced techniques, and the Pro ($249), offering printing in other materials besides the colored plastic (the pen rapidly heats, then cools the material) used by the other versions. Yep, a sort of sketch pencil-meets-3-D printer, for drawing in the air.Mountain Melodies kalimba, starting at $24.95
This hand-crafted instrument is a variation of the traditional African mbira, a piece of wood with metal tines of varying size attached. This "thumb piano" is a great introduction to playing music or a unique addition to a musician's repertoire. Mountain Melodies makes a variety of kalimbas using different woods and even gourds, including the pictured Cedar Board Electric ($39.95) and companion Gourd Amplifier. Your friend who plays in an indie band can use his or her own amps, though, while adding another enigmatic layer to their sound.Paint Water mug set, $28.50
Trust us. Your painter friends will thank you. No longer will they mistake a mug full of brush rinse water for their omnipresent and life-sustaining coffee. Put an end to this harsh reality. This cool Hallie Bateman design is available online from the Colossal Shop.Plywood playing cards, $28
Every creative experiences block. Every creative needs a way to pass the time while battling block. This set of legit playing cards, designed by Donald Corey, is made of real plywood and conveniently notched to allow not only traditional card play but also free play, construction and whatever else the imagination can cook up. And isn't stimulating the imagination part of what battling block is all about?Creative Babes coloring book, $10
A gift for the creative, by the creatives. (Truth be told, you don't even have to be a formal "creative" to enjoy coloring books, as the recent trend has shown.) This newly published first edition coloring book from local collective Creative Babes features coloring, connect-the-dots, cut-outs and more, each designed by a creative woman in Central Ohio. Giving this coloring book is two gifts in one - for each book purchased, Creative Babes will donate one to a patient at Nationwide Children's Hospital.