So you’ve got a Crafter on your list this year and you aren’t sure what to get her? I’m happy to help you figure out what the crafter you’re buying for this holiday season wants! And I’ve asked a team of experts (my readers) for their opinion, so this is legit. Or…send this list to your husband so that he gets some hints about what you might like! Want me to send it to him? ;)
20+ Gift Ideas for Crafters:
So what does that crafter want?
If you are her Santa:
Let’s start out with the big dreams. If you are playing Santa (ahem-husband), may I suggest a few big ticket options that she’s dying to have?
#1: Cutting Machine-Hands down this is my absolute favorite craft tool. She needs a cutting machine! I’m talking about a Cricut, Silhouette, Cut n Scan, something that is digital and cuts. If she doesn’t have one of these, I bet she wants one. It can cut all kinds of things-paper, vinyl, fabric, leather, even light weight wood! So amazing!
Let me introduce you to the brand new Cricut Explore Machine.
I realized recently that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about this machine and I want to clear some up. This isn’t your old Cricut machine. Let me tell you a little bit about it:
A Cricut Explore: (the new version)
- Hooks to your computer and cuts images digitally-NO MORE CARTRIDGES
- Has an online design space where you can design your own projects and cut them
- Can cut out images that your print with the new Print then Cut capabilities
- Can cut fabric, wood, metal, vinyl, paper, cardstock and many other things
Those are just a few details about the new Cricut Explore. Get all the information and shop for her Cricut here. (She will love you!)
If she already has a cutting machine, let me suggest a few options as well:
#2: Sewing Machine or Serger The second most popular thing that my crafty readers said they want for Christmas was one of these. Does she have a sewing machine? Think she’s been wanting one? Get her a starter machine! I recommend this Janome (my favorite brand):
or this basic Brother machine is supposed to be great too:
If she’s already got a sewing machine but sews a lot of clothing, she might be wanting a serger. You can get a basic serger for around $200 like this one:
#3: Time You’d be surprised just how many of my readers said that they wish for time to actually do the crafting! How about giving her the gift of time? Promise her a weekend of crafting or even a few hours where she has alone time to craft!
#4: Gift Card! This may be obvious and too simple for you, but any crafter is going to love money that she can use to buy anything she dreams of at the craft store! My top choice for craft store shopping is Hobby Lobby. Don’t have that locally? Try Joann or Michael’s Crafts. She’ll love it!
If you are shopping for Smaller Gifts:
Just looking for smaller items? Here are some of the most popular items requested by my readers:
#5: Metal Stamping Kit–This is a gift for a woman who would enjoy creating her own, personalized hand stamped jewelry, ornaments or gifts. A kit like this allows her to create hand stamped necklaces like this and other fun creations. It can also stamp leather. (You might also want to get the steel block to go with it.)
#6: Glitter-A versatile gift idea-get a rainbow of colors of glitter in a set-this is something that most crafters can use in one way or another. She can make anything she wants with this. And it’s just so much fun and so pretty to look at! (I will tell you now that this one is the list because *I* think it is an awesome idea-glitter makes me happy.)
#7: Ribbon-Along the same lines, a variety of ribbon will always be used by someone who crafts. Get her a variety pack of ribbon in a variety of colors so that she always has a stash on hand to use as needed.
#8: Mod Podge-Decopauge (name brand on this is Mod Podge) is a fairly standard crafting supply-something handy to have on hand. If she doesn’t already have some of this, get her a few bottles. It comes in different varieties-for paper, fabric, glossy, matte, sparkle and more.
#9: Self Healing Cutting Mat-This is one that many of my readers mention (frequently) that they would love to have. A nice big mat for cutting fabric, card stock, leather, poster board, whatever she is trying to cut. It’s got a grid so that you can easily cut straight lines to the size needed. This comes in a variety of sizes. Depending on the space in her home, I would go for bigger so she has plenty of room to cut.
#10: Fabric-Does she sew (or wish to sew)? Is she getting a sewing machine for Christmas? Already have one and loves to use it? Wants to learn to sew this year? She wants fabric. Trust me. You may think she already has plenty? She wants more. Scared of buying fabric for her? A gift card is of course always an option (recommend Joann or Hobby Lobby for this). But did you know that you can even pick up fabric at Target? It’s precut and ready for you! You can handle this!
#11: Thread-Along the same lines, if she sews, or is about to start learning, she needs thread. A full set of thread in all different colors would make an excellent (and easy) gift! I recommend the Coats and Clark Brand in the general purpose thread. Also a thread organizer can be very handy!
#12: Paint Brushes-Simple for you to buy-something she can keep around not just for painting but for applying glue, glitter, and other things. Grab her a nice set of paint brushes.
#13: Scissors-Whether for cutting fabric, paper, or other mediums, a good set of scissors is crucial to crafting. Grab her a pair of great ones! (This is another thing that you can grab at Target if that is easier-they have great ones like this. )
#14: Paper: If she’s a scrapbooker or a card maker she will love some fun paper, but even if she isn’t, paper can be fun. Get a pack of paper that is colorful and fun and she can use it for all different crafts!
#15: Craft Storage-Sooo many of my readers suggested that they would like craft storage. I figure this is a win win if you are her husband! She *wants* craft storage and my guess is that you would like her craft supplies adequately stored. There are plenty of craft storage options. Here are a few: (you can click each picture to learn more)
#16: Craft Table-This is a big ticket item but something many readers said they would love. Some sort of craft table that is perfect for sitting at while crafting and also storing craft supplies.
#17: Washi Tape-Never heard of washi tape? It’s a decorative masking tape that can be fun to use on all kinds of crafts. You can buy it by the roll at many craft stores or you can buy it in a big pack like this.
#18: Vinyl-I love using heat transfer vinyl to make fun shirts, pillows, banners and other things. Vinyl can also be used to decorate the home or make signs. My favorite is glitter heat transfer, but you can find all types of vinyl at Expressions Vinyl here or you can get it on Ebay.
#19: Project Life Supplies-This is a popular line of craft supplies right now for people who like to scrapbook or document life but like to keep it simple and quick. I think of it like the instagram of scrapbooking. Get her a starter kit for Project Life!
#20: A Craft Class! This one might be a little unconventional, but that’s a good thing! She won’t be expecting it. Is there a craft skill she would like to learn? Something she would like to improve on? Sign her up for a craft class online at Craftsy. They have classes in sewing, baking, photography, painting, quilting, cake decorating, drawing, knitting, you name it! Search through classes here and pick one you think she will love!
Or…and this is a plug for myself…maybe she would love a Learn to Sew eBook! This book will teach her things like how to read a pattern, how to sew on knits, understanding sewing on a bias and more!