We have gift ideas for any budget that will help creatives discover new projects and will replace their most-loved supplies. You’ll also find helpful ideas for keeping your crafter organized and comfortable during and after a long day of working on projects.
If you know a frugal crafter, this book is a smart gift idea for him/her. Debbie Shore suggests easy, cute sewing ideas to use up leftover fabric scraps. Nothing needs to go to waste! Even if someone doesn’t have scraps on hand, the ideas in the book are so adorable that it’ll be worth a trip to the fabric store to rummage through the scrap bin. The projects are adorable and affordable, which makes them perfect for a crafter on a budget!
Martha Stewart is the queen of crafts, so when she writes an encyclopedia about crafting, you’ve got to buy it for all of the creatives in your life. This is the best gift for crafters who need some inspiration, as well as those who are adventurous and like to experiment with new techniques. With instructions for over 200 projects, you’ll keep them busy for a very long time!
A set of watercolor pens is a thoughtful gift for outdoorsy crafters. These have the characteristic look of watercolors but in a convenient pen. Even if your recipient isn’t going to create watercolor landscapes, there are endless ways to use this beautiful set. Tip: Give them some watercolor paper too to help these pens look their best.
Heat tools are useful for many different craft applications. This little handheld dryer is ideal for embossing, drying glue, shrinking plastic, and many other things. The dryer operates quietly and has a gentle airflow, so it won’t disturb your project when you use it or blow anything around your work station.
Adults aren’t the only ones who love to craft. If you know a child who wants to be just like his/her crafty mom, this wooden loom is an excellent gift idea. It’s easy to use, so kids can take their creativity beyond refrigerator drawings. Parental bonus: This gift is an excellent tool for a child’s fine motor development.
Whether you’re shopping for a beginning crafter or an experienced one, this brush set with canvas carrying case is a useful gift. There are 24 different brushes to suit a wide variety of craft projects. You can never have too many brushes, so even if your recipient already has some, they’ll appreciate having a few extra. With this set, they won’t have to stop partway through a project to wash brushes.
Crafters will always appreciate a fresh set of acrylic paint pens. This set has 12 highly-pigmented, quality shades. The pens are easy to use for adults and crafty children alike. Unlike regular markers, the acrylic ink in these is suitable for use on hard surfaces like ceramic, metal, wood, or rocks. The extra-fine tip markers are the perfect tools for creating permanent designs on mugs. Just design, bake, and voila!
Knitters often take their work with them wherever they go, so make it easier for them with this large tote bag. It’s smartly designed to meet a variety of knitter needs. It’s waterproof to protect their materials, it has several pockets to make storage and organization a breeze, and it comes with an extra pouch for knitting needles. It’s amply sized to tote many balls of yarn, patterns, and works-in-progress. It’s one of the best gifts for knitters you can find!
A mini iron is essential for detailed craftwork. Whether you’re working with ribbon or small pieces of fabric, this tool will help your crafts look pressed and put together. It also works great to iron vinyl or appliqué onto objects like hats, backpacks, and large quilts. If the object has an irregular shape or moving the object would cause your design to shift, this powerful little iron is the ideal tool.
Crafting and cutting go hand-in-hand, so give a crafter this high-quality cutting mat that seals itself back up after shallow cuts. This mat is great for protecting tables while craft-lovers cut paper, leather, fabric, or any other material. The mat even has a convenient ruler along the side so you can measure and cut all in one step. It’s available in three sizes, so you can choose which is right for your recipient’s crafting space.
A multi-color glitter set is something all crafters could use. Whether they make cards, scrapbook pages, or jewelry, glitter is a fun addition to any project. This set from Arteza comes with 48 stunning colors. It includes neon, holographic, and even one glow in the dark shade, so craft-lovers will never run out of ways to use this glitter.
Crafters use scissors in nearly every project. Whether they’re working with yarn, paper, fabric, or vinyl, a crafter is bound to need scissors. Avid crafters will love these professional-quality shears. Not only are they extra sharp, but they’re also ergonomically designed for “fatigue-free” cutting.
A small quilt pad is a practical gift for crafters who have everything. Instead of pulling out their full-sized ironing board to work on their quilts, they can use one of these convenient pads to iron material wherever they are. These pads are small enough to take anywhere. If your favorite crafter also loves to travel, she can whip out one of these pads and iron in the evening at the hotel or resort.
A magnifying lamp is a wonderful gift for crafters. This helpful little lamp clamps to a table and has a telescoping arm so your recipient can position the light wherever he/she needs it. When someone is doing detailed work, magnification is a real eye-saver. Also, this little lamp is rechargeable, so it’s an energy-saver too!
This set of 36 watercolors would be an exceptional birthday or Christmas gift for artists. The packaging is high-quality and luxurious, so you won’t even need to wrap it! Traditional Japanese watercolors are more expensive than other watercolors, but they’re worth the price. Each color is highly pigmented to help professional crafters create beautiful works.
Pressed flowers are elegant and beautiful. The Microfleur press works quickly (in just one day!) and preserves the vibrant color of the flowers. Pressed flowers are a beautiful addition to homemade soaps, glass frames, pottery, and more. The Microfleur is available in multiple sizes but opt for the larger version so your recipient can press flowers of any size.
Whether your gift recipient makes a living selling crafts or just wants to preserve the memories of all of the beautiful things he/she has made over the years, a studio light box would be a thoughtful gift. With this light box, crafters can capture perfectly-lit photos of their best work. The set comes with four different colored backgrounds so they can customize the photo box to suit their crafts.
Give the gift of organization to your favorite crafter. Craft-lovers often have entire rooms devoted to their crafts, which means lots of items that need to be organized and put away. This storage cart has drawers in two different sizes to fit a variety of craft items. This cart will help crafters spend more time on their projects and less time looking for the correct supplies.
An LED tracing board is a wonderful gift for beginning crafters or those who want to replicate their own work accurately. The pad is ultra-thin, so working on it is comfortable. It comes with a stand, so you can choose to work with it propped up, or you can take it anywhere you want and work from your lap.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is an incredibly versatile, detailed cutting machine. Crafters can use one of the preloaded Cricut patterns (there are over 60,000!) or design their own. The possibilities are virtually limitless! The Cricut can cut, draw, or score the design into over 100 different materials from paper to leather. You can use this fantastic machine to print custom designs onto t-shirts, cards, and even coffee mugs. If you know someone who wants to turn their crafting into a business, this is the ideal gift to get him/her.
If you want to dramatically upgrade a craft-lovers sewing machine, this computerized machine is the way to go. You can choose from 106 different types of stitching, so every crafter is sure to find the perfect stitch for each project. Brother brand machines are high-quality, and this particular model won the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for Top 10 embroidery machines.
The Silhouette Cameo 3 is one of the best gifts for crafters who like to do large projects. This little machine can cut up to 100 different materials including vinyl, cardstock, and fabric in dimensions of 12 inches wide and up to 10 feet long! The Cameo accesses the Silhouette design store where you can choose from over 100,000 designs. It even features Silhouette’s PixScan technology which allows you to snap a picture of anything and cut precisely around the design.
This Singer portable sewing machine is excellent for beginning crafters and those who prefer a more straightforward machine over the expensive, feature-packed versions. Though it’s simpler than many, this machine does still have a few bells and whistles. It includes 32 different stitch types and has an automatic needle threader that new sewers will appreciate. Bonus: It’s small and compact, so it’s portable. It would make a wonderful gift for a crafter heading off to college.
After a long day of crafting, a lady’s back can be awfully tired so give her a shiatsu massager. This chair pad has kneading and rolling functions, plus heat to relieve muscle tension after a full day of work.
If you want to help the creative people in your life prevent back pain, consider gifting them with a kneeling chair. Many chairs prioritize lumbar support, but this kneeling-style chair also offers knee and bum support. If the crafter in your life makes a living off her work, this is a wonderful gift idea. The crafter who has everything may not even realize the comfort she’s missing!
What do you get someone who is crafty?
- Set your gift budget.
- Decide if you’ll give them a craft supply (like markers, scissors, or glitter) or a supporting tool (like an organization item or sewing machine).
- Search for gifts related to their favorite types of crafts (knitting, scrapbooking, painting, etc.
No matter your budget or your crafter’s favorite type of project, we hope you found the perfect gift. If you want to personalize the gift further, you could even choose a few of the affordable ideas on our list and create a custom gift basket.