Knitting Skills: A new knitting pattern +/or the yarn to complete it.
Knife Skills: A new cutting board (plus phone holder) +/or a new knife for practicing.
Cocktail Skills: A handy guide to strong drinks +/or a whiskey cup for something simpler.*
Homesteading Skills: Primers for Backyard Skills +/or Your very own worm bin.
Copyediting Skills: The Elements of Style, illustrated +/or tools for notes and notating.
Art-making Skills: Watercolors for anywhere +/or Guides to making art in difficult times.
Color-finding Skills: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking +/or a bag to do the harvesting.
Anti-racism Skills: A workbook for a lifetime of anti-racism work** + Soft Heart Mist for helping the journey.
Mending skills: Inspiration and step-by-steps and/or the materials to get started.
Gifts that hone skills become gifts that last far beyond a single holiday. With any luck, they’re gifts that last a lifetime. In the spirit of personal, professional, and creative growth, here are a few ideas close to my own heart. Wherever you are, or whatever your interests, I hope this list might serve as something of a jumping off point this season.
* A restock of Nur Ceramics is coming soon.
**This book is a free resource. Please consider sending a donation to the author directly.