For the past couple of years, we have been witnessing a rise in the popularity of the crafts and DIY communities, especially when it comes to more traditional and, until now, "outdated" types of crafting, that the newest generations originally associated with their grandparents and older relatives. This is the case for many hobbies, and we feel it as well in our niche - Needlepoint.
This phenomenon has been noticed all over social media and can have many explanations, but most of the articles we've been reading about the topic establish a relationship between the 2020 lockdown and the need for people of all ages to reconnect with themselves and keep themselves busy, to lower their anxiety or ease their boredom.
All of this brings us to the New Era of the Crafts, where we all want to start a new hobby and feel ownership of our free time, where we're starting to realize that spending hours on end on our phones is not the healthiest of habits and we could be doing a lot of other things to entertain ourselves and feel good. We're also concluding that starting something new keeps life exciting and that we don't have to be the best at something to have fun doing it anyway.
So, here are a few reasons why you should gift someone the opportunity to try a new hobby and provide them with every tool they need to accomplish it:
1. Sense of Accomplishment:
There's nothing that compares to the feeling you get when you complete a project that you've worked on for so many hours and really enjoyed. This boost of self-esteem and pride in what we made ourselves is addicting and can become a great source of positivity in our daily lives, encouraging our creative selves more and more. This is a beautiful thing to witness a loved one experience, so why not be the reason why they started in the first place?
2. Discovering New Passions and Hobbies:
When you gift someone with an activity for them to experience, you're gifting them the possibility of a new life with a new pastime they possibly never knew they would enjoy. New year, new me, right? Maybe that's what they're missing, especially if you know they're interests are aligned with these types of artistic activities.
3. Is Reducing Screen Time one of their New Year's Resolutions? Great!
Crafting can be an amazing and refreshing break from digital devices, an antidote to the phone addiction almost all of us suffer from nowadays. If you know that this is one of your friend's or family member's resolutions for 2024 (I mean, let's be honest...It's yours and mine too), offer them a tangible and enjoyable way to achieve it and make it clear you thought of their wellbeing, that you want to be a way for them to be closer to having the life they want.
4. Crafts & Mental Health
Making something with our own hands has been linked to anxiety and stress reduction. We are big advocates of the role that crafts like Needlepoint can have in our well-being, by incorporating the meditative and mindful nature of creative self-expression in our daily lives. You can offer someone the chance to fall in love with this hobby and contribute to their relaxation and self-care.
You can read more about this topic in our blog post 6 Reasons why crafts are good for your well-being and mental health.
5. Make it a date and encourage bonding time!
We always think this is an amazing idea! Buy a DIY Kit for you and one (or multiple) for your friends/family. Then, all of you take some time together to craft and create your pieces of art in each other's company. You can make it as simple or as extravagant as you want, just getting together for tea, cookies, and needlepoint or making a whole crafting party with lots of people and fun. The only thing that matters is being present and the sentiment behind this lovely gift.
Happiness and fun are always best when shared with the ones you love!
6. You're supporting a small business
We always advise you to shop small this time of year, not only because you're contributing to the success of our project and keeping it alive and thriving, but also because we believe these gifts are always the most unique and show people how much you care for them and for supporting their creative pursuits.
By shopping our Needlepoint DIY Kits, you're saying "I Love You" in a beautiful, caring, and original way - and you're also helping us as a bonus!
We hope you enjoyed this reflection on the current craft trends and all the reasons why you should offer the Time to Unwind this crafting. We wish you the best Holiday Season and a lovely start to your 2024!