Crafty Gift Guide for Creatives Friends and Family Members

Best Gifts for Crafters and Creatives.

I learned that it is not obvious to everyone what a makers heart desires most. So I decided to sit down and help you out with this gift guide for creatives.

Either you are like me and will start drooling over this list of best gifts for crafters and want to sit down and write your wish list for this Christmas asap. Or you are like most of my family & friends and are a little clueless as to what to gift a passionate creator with.

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Either way, I hope you do find this list of best gifts for crafters helpful?!

How to decide on the perfect gift?

A piece of advice that will help you shop the right thing from this gift guide for creatives:

Some people are dropping hints like crazy and others do it more subtle. So if your loved one is of the latter,

  • try to listen actively,
  • observe if they run into difficulties while crafting, and
  • engage in any DIY talk they are bringing up in the next few weeks.

Most probably, this way you’ll be able to learn what new technique they want to dive into or on which tool they really could use an upgrade because their skill level is advanced by now. Very often crafters are frugal people and don’t want to invest when they have a ‘perfectly good’ you-name-it at hand that is – nevertheless – costing them a lot of lifetime and nerve, lol.

I've put together a Crafty Gift Guide for you. If you have creative friends or creators among your family members and don't know what to get them for Christmas, wonder no more. I've got you covered. Click through for a list with many possibilities and I'm sure you'll find a present you'll want to give away. #craftifymylove #giftguide #creatives #creators #giftguideforcreativepeople #giftideas #Christmaspresent

Best Gifts for Crafters & Makers

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Related: Find all my Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas HERE.

Crafting Basics

Believe it or not, but not every creative person owns The Very Basics that simply are A MUST HAVE as they will make a crafters life so much easier.

#1 – Self-Healing Cutting Mat & its Friends

Supplies to DIY your own stencils using Mylar plastic sheets, carton or cardboard

I used to protect my table or floor with a big piece of cardboard I saved from a calendar and no, I never cut through and damaged my work surface BUT I did ruin all my sharp scalpel knives and rotary cutter which are also basics in every creator’s life.

When I made a quilted blanket for my god-daughter I invested (really it wasn’t that much money) in a big self-healing cutting mat, a quilter’s ruler and rotary cutter. And that made this big project so much faster. Want to take a glimpse? It was pre-blogging time, which means no post. Here is a close-up, too.

Just last week I ordered myself a small self-healing cutting mat for all those projects where I don’t need to protect a big area but still want to be able to cut and glue in a dedicated space. And you guys, it’s pink!

Another basic I love to work with is a paper-cutter. It’s a manual machine you place your paper into and with a sliding motion cut it to the size you want. Very handy if you do a lot of paper crafts like cards, gift tags or scrapbooking.

“Ready to go” – Craft Kits

#2 – Stenciling Kits

I love stenciling and so far I’ve designed unique furniture pieces for my home. Next on my list is to stencil on fabric to create custom accent pillows. Just recently I stumbled over paintapillow.com and I have to tell you: I am in love!

The designs are amazing and the craft kits are so convenient. You’ll receive everything you need to make these stunning accent pillows in one box.

Do you think your friend would enjoy this, too?

Click on an image to see all the other design & color options available!

 

If your hesitant on the design or think your friend might rather be interested in stenciling on furniture or even creating an accent wall in her home, why not surprise her with a gift certificate so she can get whatever her heart desires.

#3 – Jewelry Making Kits

Creating your own jewelry can be a lot of fun. We creators always have a very detailed vision of what we want in mind and when we can’t find it, or we do find it and it is way to expensive, we simply sit down and make it ourselves, lol.

This is why I’ve put this amazing Hand Stamped Jewelry Making Kit on the list for you.

I can totally picture myself wearing a necklace reading sayings like:

  • Makers Gonna Make
  • Creating All The Things    or simply
  • Craftaholic

Or maybe your friend’s style resembles more a beads & boho chic?

#4 – String Art Kits

String art is another creative outlet that results in awesome home decor pieces. You can either sit down and design your own piece of art or start picking up that new technique using a craft kit.
Will you take a look at all those wonderful designs?!

Related:
How to Wrap a Gift + Tips on Bow-Making, Adding Gift Tags & Supply Storage

Tools & Machines

Tools you need to upcycle shelves into drawers

Let’s talk power tools! I love them, heck, you can count on the fact that every DIYer loves them!! They are an excellent gift because they are something really special that will accompany a crafty soul for a very long time. And whenever your maker friend will use that tool, he or she will think of you.

I should know, because I got a lot of my tools as gifts.

#5 – Crafting Power Tools VS Wood Working Tools

Now what do I consider a power tool? Basically everything that needs electricity to work. So I am placing in that category smaller tools like a cordless hot glue gun, a pyrography or wood burning pen, or a spray gun

as well as woodworking or home improvement tools such as an electric screwdriver, a hammer drill, a sander or even a nail gun.

#6 – Sewing Machine & Serger

A sewing machine is a good option, too. I got my Brother 300 Anniversary for my thirtieth birthday (Quite fitting don’t you think? And it cost 333 Euro in a local store, lol, that were a lot of threes back then and the only reason I still remember.). And when I used it for the first time I learned what I was missing out on all those years before:

I used to sew clothes and home decor elements with a super old hand me down that I got for free from a friend. And let me just say, back then, sewing wasn’t my favorite pass time…In fact, I am convinced it gave me my very first grey hair when I was a week shy of my 21st birthday.

We gave my god-daughter mom a serger for her fourtieth birthday this year and nobody has hardly ever seen her ever since, lol, as she is only in her craft room sewing clothes for her two little girls, her hubbie, friends, and herself.

I really need to get her to take photos and write down the instructions on those adorable clothes she makes so I can show you…

#7 – The Holy Grail – Tadaaaaa: A Cutting Machine & Supplies

Finally…I wanted to tell you about this amazing gift idea (that is on the top of my very own wish list) right from the start. But as it is super special, I wanted to save it for last. (Same as I do it with food)

Let me explain what you use this machine for:
You can personalize EVERYTHING and can make unique ANYTHINGS: T-Shirts, dish towels, mugs, notebooks, signs, to name just a few. Or you design and make your own stencils. Love! The options are endless, really.

And how to use it?
Either you use pre-designed templates that you find online or are provided by the manufacturer of your cutting machine or you design something yourself. The cutting machine will then cut all sorts of materials for you. Think paper, cardboard, vinyl, fabric, leather, felt, or even lightweight wood! Crazy, right?

I personally would  LOVE – LOVE – LOVE  to have a Cricut Maker, but unfortunately they are not being sold here in Germany. Yep! You read that right!! Silhouette Cameo is another type of cutting machine that a lot of my blogging friends use and adore.

After a little research I have set my eyes now on a Brother ScanNCut2. Please, cross your fingers for me that someone in my family or friends reads this and surprises me this Christmas with my very personal Holy Grail, lol.

And if your friend already owns a cutting machine?!
Why not gift her with all those precious supplies such as vinyl, weeding tools, a Cricut Press, … I guarantee she will always be low on supplies and very thankful for replenishments.


Knowledge

#8 – A Creative Class

We crafters are very curious people and we desire to broaden our set of skills constantly. So a crafty class by Craftsy.com would be an excellent choice. If you feel generous this year: they even offer subscription based unlimited craft classes: Bluprint).

Craftsy.com

 

Another great resource for digital knowledge are UltimateBundles.They are wonderfully curated collections of courses, ebooks, and patterns.

I really love browsing through and working with The Handmade with Love Super Bundle.

Be quick! The Handmade with Love Super Bundle combines 200+ products, is sold for a 95% discount, and the offer is limited until November, 30 2018

#9 – Go Old School with a Craft Book

So far I’ve listed a lot of digital products for a creative mind to gain new knowledge. But, as I personally enjoy finding inspiration in a real book, I guess your friend might, too.


Why Not Add A Little Extra?

#10 – Wearables, Funds, or simply Time

If you want to give a little extra, why not add this t-shirt and a Craft Store or Home Depot Gift Card to the mix?! And if your creative friend is a momma, you could gift her with a little extra time for her creativity by adding a babysitting voucher on top.

What do you say to this gift guide for creators? It is my first gift guide I’ve put together…

Did you find something to put on your shopping list?

Love,

PS: Don’t forget to PIN this, if you want to be able to refer back to this list.

Now you have a gift, then what?

Click through for all my Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas.

1) DIY Hand-Printed Gift Wrapping Paper

Natural DIY hand printed gift wrapping idea for Valentine's Day or an Anniversary

Learn how to create a unique wrapping for your gift within minutes.

2) How to Wrap a Gift + Tips on Bow-Making, Gift Tags & Supply Storage

Learn more HERE.

How to wrap a gift. Easy step-by-step instructions.

3) DIY Gift Bags

How to make last minute Easter gift bags or Easter baskets from upcycled brown paper bags

These Easter bags are just one way to decorate plane brown paper bags. Learn more HERE.

4) Add A Lovely DIY Card + Envelope to the Mix

 

Comments (16)

  1. This post is full of such great ideas for crafters and DIYers. I would love to receive registration for a craft class as a Christmas gift. I usually do my Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving. This year we have decided to just buy for the kids which will be a blessing to my bank account.

    1. That is one of my favourite ideas, too. A craft class. I think your decision is wise and will make the holiday season less stressful. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Leslie.

  2. I’ve decided to make at least one handmade item for each of the people we normally gift. Crafting is becoming more and more important to me as time goes on and there are so many things I want to try! Your list is spot on!

    1. Lisa, what a lovely comment. Thank you for letting me know. I admire your passion and goal to make at least one DIY gift per person. I suggest you start soon as DIYing is time-consuming. But granted, So. Much. Fun! I will think of you when I sit down and start with my DIY gifts soon.

  3. I TRY to make things throughout the year, leaving last minute add-ons and/or additional receiptient gifts till later. Like finding out I’ll be celebrating with an additional family for Christmas Eve; I’ll try to make (or buy🥴) little something’s for each host-family member.
    I rarely succeed in getting all the main gifts completed by Thanksgiving, but nearly anyway.

    1. Oh I simply love that!! I should start earlier in the year, too. But as usual I just started about what to give away and what of those ideas to make myself.

  4. Wow HABIBA. All of your gift ideas are so exciting and would make any crafter very very happy. I would be thrilled if I got any of those. As a newbie crafter I would also add a suggestion for anyone looking for some more ideas on a low budget. Some balls of yarn, threads, embroidery thread or some fabrics would make my day. Good luck to everyone entering the fabulous giveaway. All of you wonderful ladies have put together such a generous prize! Amazing. Thank you so much for the opportunity xx and happy thanksgiving from your crochet student in Ireland haha xxx

    1. Hi Margaret, I’m glad to hear from you!! How is crocheting going? Thank you for the suggestion of more frugal supplies, I’ll add them to the list!

      1. Oops Habiba I accidentally sent the comments twice to you I thought I had not sent them properly lol. The crocheting is going slowly lol but I think practice practice practice is what I need. I find my tension is very uneven so the stitches don’t look gorgeous and even as yours do. So I have to keep unravelling the crochet and starting again. But I am determined to keep trying. Xxx

        1. That’s the spirit, Margaret! And you’ve got that right. Practice is what will make your stitches even. And the highly of your project, too! I feel like my work looks always wonky for the first two to three rows and then with more substance it starts looking better. Keep up the good work my friend! And let me know if you have questions.

  5. Hi Habiba. What a great list of gift suggestions. I would be thrilled if someone gave me any of these items. You lovely ladies have put together such a generous and exciting prize for the giveaway. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter. And by the way I am delighted to have some new people to follow on Pinterest and Instagram. Good luck to everyone who entered the competition. Happy thanksgiving from your crochet novice in Ireland. Love xxx

    1. How great that you’ve found other crafty ladies you will be following on social media. The more creative input the better, Margaret. I wish you the best of luck with the giveaway!!

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