With the kids back in school and the holiday season quickly approaching, now is an excellent time to start shopping for the special people in your life. If you have any crafters on your shopping list, you already know that finding the perfect gift for them is no easy task. There are several factors to consider: their skill level, what types of projects they enjoy and their personal style. It’s also hard to find something that strikes the perfect balance between functional and thoughtful. Plus, most handcrafters already have tons of supplies that are just waiting to be used, and you don’t want to give them something that only adds to the clutter.
The good news is that from shimmering diamond art kits to monthly subscription boxes made specifically for creative folks, there are plenty of fabulous gifts that the hobbyist in your life is sure to love. And giving an incredible gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are options to suit every budget, so you can give thoughtful presents this holiday season even if you do not have a lot of money to spend. Keep reading to discover a few of the best gifts for crafters that they are sure to love!
Diamond Painting Kits
When you are searching for the best gift for a craftsperson, you can never go wrong with diamond painting kits. What is diamond painting? It is an addictive and straightforward hobby that combines the ease of painting by numbers with the popularity of cross-stitch. But, instead of using paint or thread to create images, you use shimmering resin “diamonds.” Each kit comes with a self-adhesive canvas that is pre-printed with the design and symbols showing you where to place each colored gem. Once complete, the canvas is a shimmering, display-worthy work of art that is sure to turn heads.
The great thing about diamond art kits is that they are suitable for everyone. This craft can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, and there are designs to match anyone’s style preference. And, when you shop Diamond Art Club® for the best diamond painting kits, you can be sure you are getting a top-quality product. Our kits feature premium canvases, high-quality, extra-sparkly, diamond drills and all the tools your recipient needs to complete their masterpiece.
Crafting Tools and Accessories
No matter what type of craft your friend or loved one enjoys, they always need supplies. If you know what kinds of projects they like, consider buying them some useful tools and accessories. A set of high-quality knitting needles or crochet hooks would make a lovely gift for the fiber artist in your life. And some top of the line brushes or pencils are sure to be loved by any sketch artist or painter. A bright light for creating by is an excellent choice, as well. Any crafter who enjoys diamond painting, drawing, embroidery or scrapbooking would love a diamond painting light pad to illuminate their projects from below to help them take their designs to the next level.
If you aren’t sure what types of tools or accessories the creative person in your life might need or want, it never hurts to ask. If you are trying to be stealthy, though, try visiting a local arts and crafts store. Talk to someone who works there and let them know what hobbies your friend or loved one enjoys. Chances are, they will have plenty of recommendations for items that someone working in that specialty would appreciate. If you can find a store dedicated to the particular craft they love — like a yarn store for a knitter or a fabric shop for someone who loves quilting — that’s even better! Online crafting groups are also great places to find out the types of supplies needed for each individual hobby.
Monthly Craft Supply Subscription Box
Businesses that deliver a package full of specialty goodies once a month have exploded in popularity in the last few years. From traditional subscriptions that deliver a different box of fruit each month, to more unique options, like small batch, flavored marshmallows every quarter, there is something right for everyone on your holiday shopping list — even the handicrafters. An arts and crafts subscription is a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves making things. And with lots of different options to choose from, you can find one that’s perfect for your intended recipient.
There are drawing and painting subscription boxes for artists, specialty paper boxes for card makers and scrapbookers and many more. There are even kits that include a different type of project each month. These are perfect for anyone who enjoys trying out new art trends. Keep in mind, too, that subscription boxes are available for both adults and children, so this is an excellent gift for people of all ages. And, since packages are delivered monthly, (or a few times per year) this is a gift that keeps on giving long after the holiday season.
Staying organized is a struggle for many artistic types. Even those who have a dedicated room for their projects often have a hard time finding a place for all of their supplies and keeping everything tidy. Help them out this year by gifting them functional organizational items.
Have a chat with your favorite handicrafter, and you will likely learn that they have trouble keeping track of their supplies and works in progress. They may even bring up specific pain points, like not knowing how to organize and store the leftover diamond drills from their completed diamond painting kits. If they do, make a note of what they are struggling with and gift them a solution. Buying them a small organizer with secure individual compartments is an excellent way to help them store those leftover resin rhinestone drills and other small objects, like beads or buttons.
Decorative boxes, baskets or shelves and other organizational pieces make great gifts, too. If you want to splurge on something extra special for them, a curio cabinet or a project table with built-in storage would make an amazing present. On the other hand, if money is tight, offer to spend a day helping your friend tidy up and organize their creative space. Sometimes, the gift of time and help is even better than a present that costs lots of money.
If you are looking for a gift that will really “wow” the recipient, you can’t go wrong with a vinyl cutter. These machines are incredibly versatile, and they can cut a lot more than just vinyl. Devices like the Cricut Explore Air 2 can emboss, etch, draw, scan and more. Your friend or loved one can use their new cutter to make everything from custom decals and stickers to magnets, stencils, signs and more.
Today’s vinyl cutters (which are also sometimes called “plotters”) resemble inkjet printers. But instead of printing, they use a sharp blade to cut designs and letters out of vinyl, cardstock, and other materials. Think of it as a craft knife controlled by a computer. It carves out the image or text of the designer’s choice in minutes, and it’s way more precise than trying to cut things out by hand. It takes a bit of practice but learning how to use one is a breeze, thanks to the abundance of online tutorials.
There are a number of different machines to choose from and they come at several different price points. If you are thinking about giving a vinyl cutter as a gift this holiday season, check out some of the best cutters currently on the market.
Has your friend mentioned wanting to learn a new craft? Or have they talked about a pattern book that recently hit the shelves? If so, a craft book might make an excellent gift for them. Even if they haven’t expressed an interest in reading a specific book or learning a new craft, there are lots of cool crafting books out there on everything from traditional English paper piecing to ingenious crafting with cat hair. A book related to a favorite hobby is always well-received for someone who loves reading and enjoys crafts.
Head to your local bookstore and search the shelves for craft books that look interesting. Or, visit a nearby craft store for niche magazines and DIY books. The Internet is, of course, a great place to find books, too. When in doubt, a gift card from a local bookstore with a note encouraging your pal to pick up a craft book they’ve been eyeing is always a good option.
Does the creator in your life make things to sell or give as gifts? If so, perhaps they would like a custom stamp featuring their name, business name or logo. A simple “Made By” stamp is a thoughtful gift that will make your friend or loved one think of you every time they complete a new project. Select one that is self-inking, or choose an ink pad in their preferred color palette to make a more complete ensemble.
Etsy.com is a great place to have a custom stamp made without spending a fortune. Plus, buying items on Etsy usually means supporting other crafters and small business owners rather than large corporations, so it’s a win-win!
Every craftsperson has a glue gun in their arsenal. But not everyone has a really nice glue gun. If the artisan in your life is using an old, outmoded one, consider upgrading them to a newer model. A glue gun with an auto-off feature is a welcome addition to any supply cabinet kit. This convenient safety feature means they will never have to worry about forgetting to unplug their glue gun before leaving the room again.
Glue guns have gotten some significant upgrades in the last few years. There are ergonomically designed, cordless glue guns and models with adjustable heat settings. Spend some time checking out all the options and you are sure to find one the crafter in your life will love. Don’t forget to include some compatible glue sticks with your gift, too!
Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
Headphones might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the crafter in your life, but just hear us out. Whether it’s diamond art, collage, baking, or any other type of project, making things by hand requires some serious concentration. And, it is all but impossible to focus when dogs are barking, kids are playing, and other people are talking. A good set of noise-canceling headphones blocks out all of that background noise so your loved one can concentrate on what they enjoy. And, when you opt for a wireless pair, they will be more comfortable and free to move around.
A Crafty Class
If the crafter on your list is someone who has everything, gifting them an experience may be a better option than a more traditional gift. Signing them up for a craft class is a great way to show you care, and it will earn you some serious “cool” points. In addition, the memories they make during the course will last much longer than most art supplies.
You can sign your pal up for an online class or look for local classes in your area. Whether it’s cake decorating, crocheting, quilting or even metalworking, the crafter in your life will be delighted to have the opportunity to try something new. To make this present even more special, consider signing yourself up for the class, too. Trust us — even if you don’t think you are very creative, you will have a blast learning a new skill with someone special. And they will really appreciate the fact that you’re taking an interest in something they enjoy.
When it comes to finding the best gifts for crafters, thoughtfulness and creativity are critical. From diamond painting kits to fun, community classes, true makers enjoy and are grateful for any type of gift that involves creating something. And, if you would like to surprise the artistic person in your life with a beautiful diamond art kit, we have you covered! Our kits are of the highest quality and we have designs for children and adults alike. Shop today to find the perfect gift for the crafter in your life.
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