Hey friends! Have you wondered what gifts to get your favorite crafter? I’ve compiled a list of some of my personal favorites that I feel are some of the best gifts for the crafters on your list. While I’ve focused quite a bit on cutting machine crafts, there are other goodies here as well. Let’s start checking the list with these 25+ personal picks.
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If you’ve followed my page or channel for a while, you know that I love my Silhouette Cameo. If you are looking into getting a cutting machine, by all means, check out the Silhouette Cameo. I don’t regret getting just the barebones, no bells, and whistles machine when I purchased my Cameo. If you know what crafting direction you want to take, getting a bundle or a bigger machine might be the best option. If you are looking at starting a business with your crafts, you may consider one of the pro machines for wider vinyl cutting.
As far as the software, I love my Silhouette Studio Business Edition. If you want to make your own SVG files, this is an easy yet powerful tool. I use it every single day in my creative business. Remember you can download the basic edition for Free and play around with the tools to see how you like the platform.
The Cricut is an amazing machine as well! This past year I added a Cricut Maker to my tools and gave my Cricut Explore One to one of my daughters. I think it pays to do your research for a machine. The Cricut has a place in my heart as my first cutting machine and Design Space is very user friendly. Cricut came out with an app that you can use on a mobile device. I love using it when I don’t have my desktop right in front of me.
It is certainly worth doing your own comparison when it comes to choosing a cutting machine. There are things to love about both Silhouette and Cricut.
As we continue on with our best gifts for crafters, let’s consider some of these tools.
Heat transfer vinyl projects are very popular and there are so many neat options out there for specialty vinyl. Infusible ink is another cool product that can level up your crafting. A good heat press is hard to beat. I’ve had this one for several years and I’m very happy with it. If you want to get a neat gift for a cutting machine crafter a highly rated heat press should be at the top of the list.
Cricut Easy Press
Of course, if you don’t want a full-size heat-press, the Cricut Easy Press is always a good option. These are easy to use and store. I gave one as a gift this past year and I think it would make a great gift for vinyl crafters.
Vinyl Weeding Kit
I love my Cricut Weeding tools and like to buy accessories from Cricut when they run a sale. I recently stumbled upon this set of highly-rated weeding tools and what a great price!
Much of the work I do with my cutting machine has to do with creating signs. I like framing my signs in the farmhouse style. A nailer is especially important for a nice framing job. I love a cordless brad nailer. No need to hook up to an air compressor.
Another top of the list tool is a good sander. You can certainly hand sand your projects, but I’m all about getting the job done quickly. I think you can do this without breaking the bank. This is the sander that I have and it has served me well for quite some time.
My husband and I love to create for local markets. He works closely with industry and we have lots of pallets. We used to try and take them down with other tools, but the best thing we’ve found to dismantle them is the Pallet Buster. I’ve shared some of my pallet projects on my Instagram, including a rustic nativity scene. Be sure to stop over there and check them out.
I don’t know about you, but I work better after my morning coffee. This may not seem like a creative tool to some, but I don’t know where I would be without my Ninja Coffee Maker. Just keep your cup clear of your paper crafts and electronics and you’ll be good! (Please don’t ask how I know that.)
Hot Glue Gun
This year I added a Sure Bonder Hot Glue Gun to my crafting tools and I’m sure any crafter would love to have one. I’ve had other glue guns. This is my favorite.
Manual Die Cutting and Embossing
I’ve owned a Cuttlebug for years and have many embossing folders for adding texture to my handmade cards. If you have a card crafter to buy for, a manual die-cutting and embossing machine is a great choice. The Cuttlebug is no longer available so I would probably choose the Sizzix Big Shot. You could use this as an addition to your Cricut or Silhouette or even if you don’t own one.
Paper Cutter and Trimmer
A paper cutter and trimmer is my most used tool for card crafting. I’ve done lots and lots of projects with my 12-inch paper trimmer and cutter.
The Score Pal has a large, 12×12″ surface to score your cards, box projects, and more.
Misti Stamping Tool
When I first saw the Misti, I thought it was a little pricey for my crafting taste. But I was sold on it when I saw it at a craft expo a couple of years ago. I finally ordered one and have not looked back. Get exact placement and clear crisp images for your cards every time by using the Misti. There are even other tools now to accessorize your Misti, like the Creative Corners pack. I didn’t even know about these until recently.
Double Sided Tape Glider
When you get done cutting and stamping images, scoring your cardstock, and are ready to put together cards…Grab your tape glider. This is an amazing tool if you want to keep your workflow going when you are making cards.
Art Glitter Glue
This is simply the best adhesive for paper crafting, and it works on other materials too! If you need something for the stocking stuffer, get some Art Glitter Glue and the fine tip. It dries clear, doesn’t warp your paper crafts and the bond is amazing.
One way to save money while decorating for the holidays or for your home is to sew your own blanks and accessories. Making a pillow cover is as easy as sewing a straight line. I created my own holiday placemats. You can see my post HERE. I have a few vintage machines, but I also have the Brother cs6000i. This makes a great entry-level machine and a great way to make your own blanks to embellish with your Cricut or Silhouette.
Digital Drawing Tablet
I got a Wacom Intuos for a birthday gift and I use it all the time. I love the fact that it has a pressure-sensitive pen. I’ve done some lettering used it to create elements for my SVG library. It works great with Adobe Illustrator and is a great entry-level tablet for creators.
Books are a great source of ideas, inspiration and learning. I have a number of books in my personal library that I want to share to help inspire your creative side.
Card Sketches for Paper Crafters
I bet I checked out this book a zillion times from my local library before I finally bought my own copy. Not really, but you know what I mean? I felt like pretty soon the desk people were going to look my way and whisper, “I bet I know what she’s going to check out today.” Maybe they did, who knows?
Like the description says, “Card sketches can be your secret weapon!” I think this is why I love this book so much. You’ll get several examples from each sketch and it will lead you to more amazing cards with the supplies that you have on hand.
This book is so fun. I taught a doodling class for our local 4-H family learning day. This was another one of those library books that I used over and over again. It’s really fun to draw some simple images and color them for your handcrafted cards.
How to Draw Inky Wonderlands
This is another very wonderful book for doodle inspiration. I bought one for my grandson for his last birthday. This is such a relaxing hobby that I try to do it often just for practice.
If you are going to doodle, these pens are my absolute favorites. A wonderful fine line without any smear.
The Arteza pencils are my favorite for coloring images that I draw. They have a very vibrant color and are very blendable.
Tools are great but sometimes you just need some creative inspiration and resources. Giving the gift of a creative subscription would be good for years to come.
One of my favorite subscriptions is my Canva Pro subscription. I use it often to create product mockups for my Etsy Shop or my SVG library. With Canva you can also make slide shows, movies, social media posts, printables, and even create and download an SVG file to use with your cutting machine.
Cricut Access Premium Yearly Plan
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If you haven’t heard of Take 50% Off Creativebug Gift Subscriptions!” class=”ek-link”>Creative Bug, you are in for a real treat. Creative Bug is a great way to take creative classes without leaving your home and the price of this subsciption is very affordable. You can also earn free months for referring your friends to Creative Bug.
This platform is wonderful for adults as well as kids. There are plenty of classes in painting, fiber arts, paper crafts and so much more. I’m currently watching a screen printing class.
If you are a new cutting machine owner, you may want to take a look at Creative Bug. There are currently 46 Cricut classes that will help you to get to know your machine and inspire your creativity.
If you want to take some amazing classes, then you need to check out Skillshare. I can’t even begin to tell you about the variety and scope of classes that you can take with Skillshare. These even include Cricut classes for beginners.
There are many classes that would be great for those who want to do more advanced projects with their cutter. For instance, learning how to make your own sticker sheets or creating graphics and fonts. There are classes for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. All can be yours for one low price and you can try it for half a month for FREE.
I hope that this list was helpful. I know you’ll find some great gifts here for your favorite crafter. Have a blessed holiday season!