When gift shopping this Christmas, give something that will be used and appreciated by the crafter on your list. Artists of all kinds, from knitters to woodworkers, appreciate having the latest tools and ample supplies to create their own works of arts in their spare time.
Here’s 10 places to shop for the crafty on your list:
* : A.C. Moore on Route 347 in Hauppauge, is full fledged craft store with something for everyone. From yarn to woodworking supplies, you will find plenty of things to work with and may even spark a new idea or two while you're there.
* : Keep Me In Stitches, on Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset, offers many things from knitting and beading groups to knitting classes, yarn, beads, beaded jewelry and beading tools. It's a great resource for people who make jewelry or knit to relax.
* : Sears Hardware in Hauppauge has great gift ideas for the handyman around your house. Pick up a set of tools for fixing things around the house or tinkering in the garage.
*: If there's a fix-it or handyman in your life, this is a place to get them the tools needed to get the job done. All American Hardware on Motor Parkway has a large selection of tools, a lawn care section, plumbing section and more designed for projects around the house and low-level construction jobs.
*: The crafty superstore Michael's, at the corner of Route 25 and Veterans Highway in Commack, sells art supplies across various categories. From floral arrangement and frames to oils, pastels to scrapbooking supplies, there is something for every artists no matter their medium.
*: Fabrics $1 to $3 on Jericho Turnpike in Commack is an excellent place to find a large selection of inexpensive fabrics. Stop by to pick up a luxurious fabric for your interior home decorator or crafty fashionista to create a new outfit
*Walmart: Walmart, on Veteran's Memorial Highway in Islandia, also has a large fabric section, good for making clothes and home decor. It's one of the few stories in the large chain that still have an extensive craft section that includes both supplies, fabrics and even sewing machines for seamstresses and do-it-yourself people.
*3 Guy’s Hobbies: This old-fashioned hobby store provides all the necessary supplies for those who are into hands on hobbies. Find tools and supplies for diecast models, woodworking, and more. There's also a selection of Lionel model trains for those who like to make landscapes come to life.
*Plasterkraze: Plasterkraze on Middle Country Road in Selden is a wonderful place to bring children who'd rather make their gifts for family or friends. They can channel their energy and creativity into painting a variety of three-dimensional objects, often cartoon-like or statuesque, made of plaster.
*Thrift Stores: One option for finding stray, endearing objects and fabric to work with would be to survey your local thrift shop. This is also a good option for those with limited funds. Two nearby thrift stores are the Goodwill on Middle Country Road in Centereach and Selden Thrift further east on Middle Country Road in Selden.