Best Gifts for Makers and Crafters. Need a Perfect Gift for a Creative? Cool Gift Ideas for Makers, Hobbyists, Creatives and Crafty People
Finding the perfect gift year after year is hard, isn’t it? You can only buy so many scarves and belts, right? And crafters or creatives tend to run out and buy what they want when they want it. (Ask me how I know)
Well, I hope to make your life a little bit easier by giving you a list of the best gifts for the makers and crafters in your life.
Any one of these crafting gifts would be perfect for a Christmas present, Birthday gift, Mother’s Day or any other occasion.
What Do You Buy a Crafter?
Of course, the obvious answer to that question is always MORE CRAFT SUPPLIES!
Seriously, we never have enough … it doesn’t matter what it is. Yarn, pens, paints, papers, crochet hooks and scrapbook papers … never enough. And, there is always a new project to try and shockingly we don’t have the correct tool which invariably means buying more craft supplies. It’s a vicious circle, really.
So a great gift idea for any crafter is supplies but there are many other options to consider.
For example, a gift card to an art or crafting class, a subscription to online craft classes or a monthly subscription box for yarn, scrapbooking supplies and more.
Hint: Subscription boxes are all the rage these days and come in all shapes and sizes!
Oh, and these gift ideas are not only for Christmas or the Holidays. This guide applies to any giving occasion such as Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and many more.
What is a good gift for a creative person?
We all have different budgets so this list is divided into two sections: Best gift ideas under $50 and the best gift ideas over $50.
Now, obviously some items fall into both categories such as books, classes and gift cards so please don’t let the dollar amount deter you. Have a look at the entire guide and you might be surprised what you can afford.
You can also combine and customize these ideas for your gift recipient such as purchasing a painting class along with art supplies.
So, on with the show … here are my favorite gift ideas for crafters.
Best Gift Ideas Under $50
Gel Printing Kit
Gel Printing has become super popular in the last few years. It is a really fun way to make prints that have many layers, textures, writing and relief. You can even “copy” magazine and photos into your gel prints.
This complete Gel Printing Kit by Gelli Arts has everything a beginner would need including the gel printing plate, roller or brayer, paints and paper.
If this gift is for a crafter who already owns the gel plate and roller, you can’t go wrong with some designer stencils or new paints.
Scrapbook Kit and Supplies
I don’t know any crafter who does not love any and all Scrapbooking Supplies.
We can never have enough papers, markers and stickers. And they are not just for scrapbookers, either. Any paper crafter or card maker can make great use of unique papers, etc. These Scrapbook Kits are a good place for a beginning scrapbooker.
For someone who already has the basic paper cutters and other supplies, you can go with themed paper packs, a new album or some fun markers and pens.
Macrame is back in fashion! I see macrame wall hangings and plant hangers everywhere.
If you are not sure if your crafter has any macrame experience or supplies, opt for a complete Macrame Kit that includes instructions.
Knit or Crochet Pattern Kit
If you need a great gift for a Knitter or Crocheter, go for a Yarn and Pattern Kit or Tool Kit by Knit Picks. These are available in all price ranges for every budget.
For an avid needle worker, a great gift idea is a monthly Mystery Yarn Subscription Box!
Needle Felting Kits
Needle Felting has become super popular and these Needle Felting Kits from Paradise Fibers are a great way to introduce a crafter to this fun fiber art. Plus, these felting kits start at only $10 so they are perfect for any budget.
Glass Etching Kit
Glass Etching and Engraving Kits are super popular with crafters who enjoy making their own gifts. They can be used to etch picture frames, wine glasses, windows, mirrors and so much more.
Tie Dye Kits
Tie Dye has become very popular again in the last few years and a Tie Dye Kit is a great gift idea for crafters from teens to adults.
You can add some cotton flour sack towels or white cotton t-shirts for a complete gift.
Indigo Tie Dye Kit
And speaking of Tie Dye, Indigo Dyeing is also super popular in the craft community.
These complete kits include all the supplies you need to dye 5 pounds of fabric or yarn.
Learn to Knit Kits
Everything you need to complete a knitting project is included in these Learn to Knit Kits. In addition to scarf knitting kits, they also have several for making dish cloths.
Plus, here you can find complete beginner’s Beanie Hat Knit Kit and a Headband Knitting Kit
Project Tote Bags
Project Totes are not just for knitters or crocheters. There is a wide selection of different styles, sizes and prices for every budget.
You can even get Personalized Project Bags with the name of your crafter sewn or emblazoned directly onto the bag.
Candle Making Kit
Handmade candles are not only a sweet DIY gift idea but they are also a lot of fun to make.
Buying the candle making supplies separately can get really expensive so a Candle Making Kit is a more affordable solution.
This kit includes: candle containers, lavender, essential oils, premium soy, cotton wicks, glue dots, stirring sticks and instructions
Crochet for Beginners Kit
This Learn to Crochet Kit made for Beginners has rave reviews and would be a great gift option for any creative. Each kit contains: 16mm Crochet hook, ~100g of Super Bulky Weight Yarn, Tapestry Needle, Stitch Markers, .PDF Pattern
Easels are useful not only for painting and drawing but they also work great for displays at art festivals or workshops.
This particular easel features sturdy, wood construction and folds for easy storage and transport.
Classes and Workshops
Domestika has thousands of online classes for all crafts as well as sewing, cooking, painting, paper crafts, quilting, knitting, crochet and just about anything else you can think of.
Creativebug is a very reasonably priced option for all art and craft related classes. They also have downloadable patterns, templates and recipes. Plus, they usually offer a free trial period so you can check out the classes for free.
Skillshare offers tons of workshops including art, design, sewing, leather craft, dyeing and paper craft classes. This would truly be the perfect gift for any maker.
Best Gift Ideas Over $50
A Cricut machine is the ultimate gift idea for any crafter!
Seriously, I cannot imagine any crafty or creative person not wanting a Cricut machine.
The Cricut Maker is the workhorse of these cutting machines. It features more than 11 cutting, writing, scoring, embossing and engraving tools and is compatible with 300 different materials!
The Cricut Joy is a more compact version that is great for everyday projects.
And if your Maker happens to already have their own Cricut machine, you can’t go wrong with gifting them supplies and accessories.
If your favorite Crafter does not already have a sewing machine, this would be an awesome gift. Honestly, even though I don’t sew all the time, I don’t know what I would do without mine.
This particular Brother Sewing Machine features a durable metal frame (not plastic!) and has lots of special functions such as 60 built-in stitches, easy 1 stitch buttonholes, automatic needle threader and more.
Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set
This 150 Color Premier Set is a must have for any craftroom. This gift is a great idea for someone who does a variety of craft projects. You really can’t go wrong.
And if that particular colored pencil set is out of your budget, Prismacolor has a variety of sets at different pricepoints for your convenience.
Yarn Dyeing Kit
This Greener Shades Dye Kit comes with nine shades of wool yarn dyes and the citric acid fixative.
Add some Dyeable Yarn and your crafter or maker will be able to dye their own beautiful yarns at home. This is also a great gift idea for anybody that loves to weave, knit or crochet.
Craft Supply Storage Caddy
And, what is the one thing that any crafter, knitter, quilter, woodworker, jewelry maker, paper crafter or other creative always needs? STORAGE!
Anybody that loves to make and create seems to accumulate a crazy amount of supplies and will always need more storage.
A large, sturdy caddy on wheels is perfect for storing paints, paper, yarn, beads or any other art and craft supplies.
This Organizer/Dresser is chic enough to keep in the living room!
What to get the crafter who has everything?
And then there is the person that just has to run out and buy whatever they happen to think of at the local craft store. What the heck kind of a Christmas present do you give them?
How about a Personalized Craft Room Sign? These can be made for a general crafting space or for a more specific area such as a sewing and quilting room.
Other cool ideas would be T Shirts or Coffee Mugs that have funny memes or sayings such as “I Craft, What’s Your Superpower?”
What are the Best Homemade Gifts?
Homemade gifts are always appreciated because they are thoughtful and personal! Here is an article with 39 Unique DIY Gift Ideas that are great for Birthdays or Christmas.
Also, here are homemade gift ideas specifically for women or Mother’s Day. And, if you are into making beauty products, check out these 18 DIY Beauty Recipes.
I hope you found lots of great Holiday or Christmas gift ideas for crafters in your life. If you happen to know of a fun present that is not listed, by all means leave me a note in the comments below and I will add it to the guide.