You know those crafty creative types? The ones that walk around with a glue gun in their apron, a messy bun held up by paint-brushes, and cabinets overflowing with more fabric, glitter, and washi tape than anyone on God’s green earth could ever put to use?
(Don’t mind me and my shifty-eyed stare.)
Well, these types can be tricky ones when it comes to gift-giving. I mean, is there any supply they don’t have that they could use? Or any gift that could celebrate their unique quirks?
Dear reader, I have taken it upon me to search far and wide across the interwebs (cough…and my own cabinets) for clever gift ideas for those crafty creatives. And what started at a list of 10 grew into 20 and grew yet again into 30 gift ideas spanning from big ticket items to stocking stuffers to unique gifts that don’t even fit inside a box.
Also, most of these can be pulled off before Christmas thanks to a quick trip to your local craft store or a summoning of the Amazon Prime elves. Also, in a pinch I’ve been known to print a photo of a gift I have ordered and pop it in a card to let the recipient know it’s on its way. (Just in case any of you are procrastinators like I am.)
And I hope this list will inspire you to lavish love and craft supplies upon all those glue gun wielding, spray paint spraying creative types who always have at least 10 projects they’re working on…and 10 more a’ brewin’ in their mind.
Not that you or I can relate or anything…or that we might forward this post to Santa Claus as our last minute wish list. That would just be crazy talk. (Shifty-eyes, shifty-eyes.)
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Big Ticket Items
Mark gifted me my Silhouette Cameo back in 2012, and my crafting world has never been the same. If you’ve never heard of a Silhouette before, it’s a magical machine that can cut anything you can dream up on materials spanning from paper to vinyl to t-shirt vinyl to fabric (to name a few). The top 3 items I make the most with my machine are custom baby onesies, banners, and gift tags. But if you want to see the wide variety of projects a certain Silhouette-obsessed crafter (cough cough) has churned out over the last several years, here’s my project gallery. This machine is the highest ticket item on my list by far, but has paid for itself and then some with all the custom gifts, decor, and gift wrap I’ve been able to create. And I will sing it’s praises (literally) until the cows come home.
- Silhouette Cameo 3: $219.99 on Amazon
- Silhouette Cameo 3 Bluetooth Bundle: $279.99 on Amazon
- Silhouette Portrait: $119.99 on Amazon
It was around season 10 of Project Runway that I finally broke down and bought a sewing machine. But not just any sewing machine: the Brother CS-6000i. I like to call this sewing machine, “the brother I never had.” And he has taken all of the intimidation out of sewing for me by being just so gosh-darned easy to use. If you’re a beginner like me, I highly recommend checking out Raechel Myers’s Sewing 101 series on her blog. It was a fantastic introduction to my machine and to the basics of sewing. To see my machine in action, check out my Turban Headband Video Tutorial from Scarf Week.
3. Craft Storage Cart
I have a “friend” who has a problem hoarding craft supplies. And she hinted that a rolling storage cart like this beauty from World Market would be perfect for organizing the craft supplies that are currently camping out on the floor of her bedroom. I love that it’s on wheels so your craft supplies can follow you wherever your craft project may find you!
Looking for a more budget-friendly option?
Unconventional Gift Ideas
Craftsy is a website that offers online classes for pretty much every hobby under the sun: sewing, quilting, knitting, cake decorating, baking, photography, painting, wood-working…to name a few! The nice thing about the classes is that they are self-paced, so you can watch the video classes at your leisure (and in your pjs!). This is a great gift idea if you’re down to the wire and need something speedy. For Silhouette users, you’ll want to check out Silhouette Savvy: Venture into Vinyl, a new class launched by my friend Alexis.
Other classes that piqued my interest:
- Zippered Bags with a Twist: The One-Zip Way: $19.99
- Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques: $19.99
- Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery: $19.99
5. The Gift of a Crafternoon
Consider giving the gift of experience with a “crafternoon” for you and your loved one! You can sit side by side and tackle that project you’ve both been eyeing on Pinterest for ages. As the gifter, you’ll take care of the supplies and snacks. All your bestie has to do is a choose a date on her calendar to make it happen!
Or if you pal has little ones at home, you might consider taking the kids for a day at the park or Science Center so your friend can enjoy a crafternoon on her own!
For gifts like these, I recommend making your own custom coupon. Here are some images for inspiration!
- Crafternoon: Just the cost of supplies and the gift of your time!
6. Decorate Your Own Starbucks Card
Starbucks does it again. This season, they released a three-pack of gift blank gift cards that come with a Sharpie so you can “create your own gift card!” How cool is that? Now, you can gift your recipient with craft fuel in the form of a Starbucks gift card that you decorate…or invite them to decorate themselves! Sneak a peek at what they look like HERE.
- Create Your Own Starbucks Cards: available in select stores ($10 minimum per card)
7. Donation to an Arts Program for At-Risk Youth
Perhaps one of the most meaningful gifts you could give a crafter or creative this holiday is a donation made in their honor to a worthy cause…such as art camps, creativity classes, or theatre programs for at-risk youth. For example, Opening Act brings quality after-school theatre programming into some of New York City’s most underserved public high schools as a means of developing student’s leadership, community, and commitment. I can personally vouch for them because I used to work for them as a teaching artist!
Here are just a few more organizations doing meaningful work with kids that I found in my research:
My hot glue gun is one of my go-to craft supplies. But it’s as much a weapon of destruction as it is a crafting tool. My fingers bear visible scars from many-a-glue-gun-burn (this one was a particular doozy). So, naturally, when I learned about the Hot Glue Gun Helper, it was the first item on my Christmas wish list that year. It’s every crafter’s saving grace.
My Rust-oleum Comfort Grip Handle is still one of my favorite SWAG items that I took home from Haven Blog Conference. It saves your hand from cramping during those spray-paint sessions!
16 Color Micron Pen Set: This colorful pen set is super fun to use, both in craft projects such as the pages of my Journaling Bible and day-to-day life. A TO DO list written in 16 different colors is one I actually feel inspired to tackle! This is one of my go-to gifts for friends.
I’m slightly obsessed with my alphabet stamps and have at least four sets that all get frequent use, in my Journaling Bible and beyond. They’re nifty like that. They can add an extra special touch to gift wrap, as well! (And if you’re interested in an ink pad that won’t bleed, Staz On, is my favorite brand.)
My little Watercolor Field Set with Brush has served me well, and despite being travel-size, it packs quite a punch with a wide variety of 24 different colors. It also comes with a refillable Koi water brush, so you have everything you need to watercolor on the go. This is great for beginners and experts alike! And yep, it’d totally fit inside a stocking.
I am such a fan of washi tape, I have an entire drawer in my Roll-Top Desk dedicated to it. I use it to wrap gifts, create gift tags, or add an extra pop of pattern to my Journaling Bible pages. In the words of Nacho Libre, “It’s the best! I love it!”
Mod Podge is a triple threat craft supply: it’s sealer, a glue, and a finish all in one! Add to it glitter and you have one magical elixir. To see this glittery magic in action on my Glitter Twine Christmas Ornaments, here ya go.
If you haven’t yet discovered the Journaling Bible craze, allow me to introduce you to it with this video tour of my first 10 entries! Or, for the quick run-down, basically, a Journaling Bible has extra wide margins that invite you to spill your doodles, sermon notes, artistic expression, and so much more. It has revolutionized my Bible-reading experience.
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible – Black Cover: $24.96 on Amazon
- NIV Beautiful World Coloring Bible: $25.46 on Amazon
- NLT Inspire Bible for Creative Journaling: $26.20 on Amazon
Half of the battle of finding time to craft is gathering and prepping all of the necessary supplies. Amiright? So, what if you took out all of the guesswork and simply provided your gift recipient with a craft kit including every item needed to carry out a craft project from start to completion? Could be the perfect accompaniment to a crafternoon (#5)! You could gather the supplies yourself and write out a step by step tutorial you find online on any one of your favorite craft blogs (wink).
Or, here are some ready-to-buy options:
- Subscription to Doodle Crate: 1 month at $24.90 | 3 months at $60.00
- DIY Kits from Uncommon Goods: Variety of prices
- Craft Kit from Prezzybox.com: Variety of prices
17. A Crafter’s Apron
As a child, I used to wear my dad’s retired button ups backwards as a smock to protect my clothing during my messy craft projects. As an adult, I’m just as messy when I create! How handy would it be to have a crafter’s smock or apron to wear, complete with pockets for storing craft supplies? When gifting one, you could even stuff the pockets with a few extra goodies for your recipient!
- “Keep Calm & Craft On” Crafting Apron: $18.95 on Amazon
- Everyday Crafter’s Apron (more masculine): $17.99 on Amazon
18. Crafty Tee
Customized apparel is one of my favorite projects to craft. And if I don’t have time to whip up a custom tee or onesie? To Etsy I go where you can find all manner of clever clothing items, especially for crafters and makers.
- “I’m so crafty, you already know” tee: $20.10 on Etsy
- “Makers gonna make” tee: $26.00+ on Etsy
- “It’s not a mess, it’s my craftermath” tee: $17.00 on Etsy
19. Crafty Bling
Some bling-a-bling-bling celebrating one’s crafty side will no doubt become a favorite statement piece!
- Scissors Charm Necklace: $27.99 on Amazon
- Knitting Necklace: $28.95 on Etsy
- “Happy Little Keychain” Bob Ross Necklace: $17.50+ on Etsy
- Crafter Pins by City of Industry: $12.00 e. on average
20. Tote Bag
I love it when the gift wrap is a gift in and of itself, so why not include some of your favorite craft supplies in a tote bag that fits on theme? You could design one yourself or nab one of these toteally awesome bags:
- “My craft room is calling me and I must go” tote: $14.99 on Etsy
- “DIY Diva” tote: $20.00 on Etsy
- “Makers gonna make” tote: $10.00 on Etsy
21. A Crafter’s Mug
Every good crafting session involves a yummy hot drink. So naturally, a clever, crafty mug or tumbler would make for a pretty n’ practical gift. Also, mugs can double as fantastic storage containers for pens, markers, paint-brushes, you name it!
- “Creative Juice” coffee mug: $17.99 on Etsy
- “I’m so crafty I sweat glitter” mug: $12.00 on Etsy
- “Brush water. Drink at your own risk.” mug: $16.00+ on Etsy
Crafters and mason jars go together like tacos and Tuesday. It’s just a plain fact. Oh, and if it’s an aqua blue mason jar we’re talking about? Fuggetaboutit. A match made in DIY heaven! And yes, we are the proud owners of not 1, but 2 of these nifty tumblers. Everything tastes yummier in a mason jar.
This poster used to hang in the theatre building at my college and was the source of much artistic inspiration for me and my cohort! (If you’re not familiar with SARK, she’s a beautiful soul with a lot of really lovely books for creatives I encourage you to check out, too.)
My friend Michelle from Enchanted Prints designs some of the most beautiful printable quotes you ever did see…and she compiled 12 of her most motivational quotes into a desk calendar available for instant download! One download can be printed out for all your friends and family (this is what I gave to all my friends and family last Christmas). Just pick up a mini wood easel at your local craft store or on Amazon and your lil’ calendar is ready to motivate your recipient all year long!
- Printable Motivational Quote Desk Calendar: $15.00 on Etsy
- Printable Bible Verse Desk Calendar: $15.00 on Etsy
25. Letter Board
Retro-style letter boards are back and all the rage these days! After all, they hold endless creative potential. They can declare a favorite quote, scripture verse, announce a birthday or special event, countdown to a big day, or inspire a short poem. Here are a few I’ve had my eye on lately:
Journals & Books
26. New Sketchbook or Journal
Is there anything more thrilling than a brand new journal, full of blank pages just inviting a story…or a collage…or journal entry? I think not! I’ve always been a no-lines kinda gal when it comes to journaling, but you can do a little sleuthing to see what type of journal your recipient loves best. You can even order her a custom journal with her name on the cover or perhaps her word of the year (if she does that sort of thang). Here are some of my favorites:
My sister gifted my Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith one Christmas, and I dubbed it “A Perfectionist’s Nightmare.” It’s full of creative prompts, many of which invite you to pretty much destroy the book. Here are a just a few of them:
- “Sew this page.”
- “Find a way to wear the journal.”
- “Tear this page out. Put it in your pocket. Put it through the wash. Stick it back in.”
Now, those of you who are book-lovers (like me!) might be wondering, “But why in the world would you want to destroy a book?” It’s a book to help shake perfectionists of our impossible quest, which can all too often plague us with creative paralysis. After all, creativity is messy! And we all need to be reminded to let that creativity “splish, splash, and spill.” To see some of my “wrecked” pages, check out THIS blog post.
If you want to gift a book that will speak to the heart of the artist and offer up exercises to help nurture their creativity and spiritual well being, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is it! I have yet to work my way through it in its entirety (it’s so very rich), but I think it’s a worthwhile journey for any artist to embark on for the “morning pages” exercise alone. Read more about my friend Gina’s experience with it HERE.
I was first introduced to the brilliant concept of “mini-retreats” by my friend Jennie Moraitis in her book, The Creative Retreat Workbook. It’s jam-packed with inspirational stories and guided brainstorming for dreaming and scheming your next creative retreat. After scribbling and doodling my way through the entire book, I am convinced that mini-retreats are not only something I need in my busy life, but something I now have the tools to make happen. And I plan to gift my fellow creatives with their own paperback copies for their birthdays this coming year!
Yup! I saved my personal favorite for last. It’s the book Thinking Outside the Gift Box: 75 Simple & Meaningful Gift Ideas to Spark Your Creativity. And I may be slightly biased because you’ll see my name written there on the front cover as the author. But guess what? It’s not just a book for crafters and creatives. In fact, I wrote it specifically with the non-crafter in mind. The gift ideas are intended to be the kind you pull of simply and inexpensively (most cost $10 or less), and yet they hold potential to mean so very much for your recipient! I’m excited to invite you and your giftees on a journey of rediscovering the joy of giving. Because it turns out, gift-giving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Won’t you join me?
That’s a Wrap!
Annnnnd those of you who made it to the end of this epically long and link-filled list, I commend you. I hope that this list has sparked some gift-giving inspiration for all the crafters and creatives in your life. And if you’d like to save this post for later when you’re stuck for gift ideas, just click the pin it button on the image below.
A very happy holiday to one and all!
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