Creative Gifts for the Christmas List

We've teamed up with Let’s Make Art and their Gifts for Crafty Kids project to bring you Christmas present ideas for art lovers of all ages. You can find our guide to creative books and where to pick up the best independent gifts in Bristol here.

This week we've put together our favourite gifts and ideas for all the creative types in your life, whatever their age. Apologies in advance if you end up with a very extensive wish list!

Giant Outdoor Spirograph
£14.99
We all know that turning up at the playground with giant chalk makes your child a complete don. So, imagine, the scene when you rock up with a giant spirograph too?! Show your child you love them and make them a neighbourhood legend.

Kid Eco Cardboard Rocket
£22.99
If your little ones loved getting involved with the Cardboard Castle at The Other Art Fair earlier in the year, they will go bananas for this cardboard rocket. Kid Eco also make castles, play pods, igloos, puppet theatres and... CHRISTMAS TREES!

DIY Synth Kit
£25.00
Learn how circuits work by building your own portable synth and then enjoy making weird and wonderful noises! A brilliant present for older children, this is another that combines tech and the arts in a lovely way.

Omy Giant Colouring Poster
£9.00
This giant poster will keep you all busy for a while! These posters come in a range of different designs and are stocked by Bristol based Hip Little People who also sell the amazing Omy Glow in the Dark posters!

Electro Dough
£22.99
Make colourful doughs from basic kitchen ingredients and then bring them to life with LEDs, crocodile clips and buzzers. A brilliant combination of science and art that all the family will enjoy!

Rag Doll Cloth Kits
From £10.00
These kits make a great gift for older children who might be interested in learning to sew. Easy to complete and a real sense of accomplishment when they end up with a finished doll! There are loads of different ones out there but we especially love these colourful lions by Jane Foster.

Carve-A-Stamp Kit
£24.99
Make your own custom made stamps using the carving tools provided. You'll be stamping in no time. Use one of the 25 templates or come up with a design of your own!

Makedo Find & Make Elephant Kit
£6.15
These brilliant kits allow children to make different objects out of cardboard they find at home - a perfect way to use up all that Christmas recycling! You can also buy the construction tools separately, letting them go wild with their imagination.

Flatout Frankie Stacking Pirates
£11.50
These beautifully designed stacking pieces can be rearranged to create your dream pirate. They also do some great doll pieces and some amazing cardboard hobby horses/dinos!

Tie Dye Kit
£12.95
A brilliant activity for almost any age, just remember to give a good quality cotton t-shirt as well so they don't end up dying all your tea towels on Boxing Day! We also love these t-shirt graffiti pens.

Tobar Light Switch Stickers
£6.50
A great little stocking filler or small gift, these stickers allow children to make their room (and let's face it probably most of the other rooms in the house!) their own.

Selfie Clothing Superhero Colour-In Cape
£25.00
What's better than a superhero cape? One you can colour-in yourselves, obviously! This company also do a beautiful range of colour-in clothes and pyjamas.

Cotton Twist Superhero Mask Kit
£2.45
Another great stocking filler, this superhero mask strikes a nice balance between giving them all the bits they need but allowing them to make it their own too. This company also have lots of Christmas kits and some that would be great for keeping the kids occupied at the table on the big day.

Konstruktor DIY Pinhole Camera Kit
£26.40
Pinhole photography is easily one of the most magical creative processes and we love that this kit leaves you with a really professional outcome. A great gift for older children, teenagers and grown ups.

Art in a Box
£15.00
This game from the Tate takes 20 well known pieces of art and helps you explore them in more depth by basing different creative activities around them. Using painting, collage, textiles, sculpture and photography, you'll soon be creating your own works a la Picasso, Hepworth, Blake and more.

Stampville
£19.99
This beautiful set of stamps will go down just as well with adults as it will with kids. The graphic shapes are great for exploring colour and shape and allow you to create your own scene or pattern.

Doodle Place Mats
£25.00
If you're banking on a long Christmas lunch, these place mats are a brilliant way to keep the kids occupied for a while. Machine washable so you can give them another go on Boxing Day too.

Seedling Cardboard Speaker Kit
£20.00
These speakers are easy to construct, which means that even the smallest of music fans can decorate their own and enjoy listening to their favourite tunes.

The Acrobat Brothers Balancing Game
£33.50
Create your own circus show with these beautiful balancing acrobats. Decorate them with illustrations by Can Seixanta and then let your imagination run wild (or there are some examples provided to get you started!)

Wall Mounted Paper Roller
From £120.00
A lot less hassle than painting a chalkboard wall* this paper roller will keep your nippers doodles (mostly) off the walls. Have it somewhere central and you can have fun with it too when your mates come round for dinner. Pricey but there are also lots of hacks out there for the Ikea paper rolls too.
*and a bit less wanky?

DIY Screen Printing Kit
£49.95
A brilliant present for those creative teenagers and young adults, this great kit allows them to experiment with screen printing and get their designs onto a t-shirt or other fabric.

Guess The Artist: The Art Quiz Game by Craig & Karl
£14.99
The wonderful Craig & Karl have created this fabulous game that's good fun to play and gorgeous to look at. Crack the illustrative clues to 60 famous artists. Don't be fooled by this easier one, some of them will have you well and truly puzzled!

Illuminated Apparel Interactive Glow T-shirt
£15.00
This t-shirt will go down a storm with kids and adults. Light yourself up by doodling with the UV key ring. Works best when it's dark so perfect for these long evenings!

Printed Peanut Paper Doll
£5.95
Another great one for the stocking, this beautiful paper doll comes with loads of different cut out outfits to play with. There's also a cut out circus for any little acrobats!

24 Days of ART CAMP Holiday eBook
$11.99
And lastly, if you're looking for something to do in the run up to Christmas, why not give these series of projects a go? Taking you from 1st December right up until Christmas Eve, every day is a new project with full instructions and printable templates. This is guaranteed to keep you busy until the big day.

Other creative gift ideas
There are lots of other ways you can give spark their imagination and let their creativity run wild. Here are some ideas...

A proper art kit
A little artist is never too young for their own set of art materials. How about their own easel kit, a good quality sketchbook, some colouring pencils or paints. It's a great way to spark a real interest in drawing.

A camera
Give them their own camera and let them capture what they see. There are options for every age too. VTech do a range of relatively inexpensive and fairly robust cameras for smaller kids or you could trawl eBay for the amazing Playskool Showcam. It's no longer in production but Fran picked one up last year for £20 and her 3 year old adores it. For older kids, you could give them a ridiculously fun Instax camera - younger ones might bankrupt you by going through film too quickly! Or you could let them experiment with film by getting them an old film camera from a flea market, a cheap disposable camera or a basic Lomography model (we recommend getting one that will take 35mm film so it's easier to develop afterwards).

Fancy Dress
Every kid needs a fancy dress box! Let their imaginations run wild and watch them create their own weird and wonderful worlds. You could make your own creations, pick up cheap bits from the charity shop or we love these imaginative numbers from Wild Things.

Sewing Machine
A brilliant present for older kids and teenagers that allows them to experiment and add a little bit of their own character to their clothes and accessories. Most shops will give a little demonstration on how to use the machine when you buy it (or after if it's a gift) or look up lessons in your local area.

Musical instruments
A chance for them to start their own rock band! If you don't want to shell out for something big, you could always get them a ukulele or pick them up some drums and maracas at the charity shop.

Arts experiences
Get them vouchers or tickets for the theatre, a gig, an exhibition or museum membership. They'll remember it for long after it's over, making it one of those gifts that keep giving! It's also a nice way to spend time together doing something a little different.

Courses and workshops
Another brilliant way to give something long lasting and you're never too old to something new! There are lots of creative courses out there for teenagers and adults, while more and more are popping up for younger children too. Always a winner!

Only narrowly managed to get through that without buying them all! There are so many brilliantly creative toys and gifts out there, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have any ideas for ones we've missed let us know - we love hearing your ideas!

Check out the Let's Make Art Facebook page for all their upcoming workshops, including pom pom wreaths and more at the Kiln Workshop. And keep your eyes peeled for the BAM Christmas Holiday Guide coming soon!