As a person gift shopping for a crafter, it can be a challenge to find paper crafters’ gift ideas or pick out something that they don’t have already. After all, no one really knows what’s hidden in a person’s craft stash.
Heck, most crafters don’t even know what’s in their own stash!
If you’re looking for a present for the crafter in your life, you’ve clicked through to the right place. These are the things I find help to make beautiful projects; tools and supplies that I reach for over and over.
Here is my list of my favorite paper crafters’ gift ideas. A couple of them are a little pricey, but I am willing to bet that any of these gifts would be truly appreciated (and used!) by your creative friends.
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- MISTI – This, my friends, is the best stamping tool out there. Especially if the recipient does a lot of mass project production, or simply would like a more exact method of stamping. This tool works with rubber and clear stamps.
- Big Shot – A fabulous die cutting machine to use with metal dies (see #3). I prefer this one over the Cuttlebug for its stability. What manual dies lack in variety – meaning if you want to cut an image you need the specific die for it – it makes up for in a polished and professional finish. I use this machine for every card I make.
- Stitched Dies – These dies are my favorite to use with the Big Shot. They are sized perfectly for A2 (5.5″x4.25″) greeting cards and photos and can cut “stitches” inside or outside the edge of your frame. Adds a nice finished touch to your paper projects.
- Teflon Bone Folder – This bone folder isn’t made of bone. It’s crafted out of Teflon, and it’s the only folder that I have found that does not mark your paper. It’s fabulous for scoring, too.
- Silhouette Cameo 3 – I’m convinced this is the best electronic die cut machine for paper crafters. Silhouette America has another machine too called a Curio that cuts thicker materials like 2mm chipboard, and does etching and stippling on thin metal. You need a computer or laptop to use their software, and there is a bit of a learning curve (not too steep though). There is even an app so you can design and cut from your mobile device. You can cut pretty much anything with this machine – your creations, stuff found on the web (oh, did I mention it works with your printer so you can print and cut things too?), or even your kids’ artwork if you pick up a Pixscan mat.
- Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock – My favorite colored cardstock. It’s 110lb weight, so it’s perfect for card bases and die-cutting sturdy shapes. It embosses well, too. The smooth texture is good for drawing and writing, and it comes in lots of colors.
- Copic Markers – The blending capabilities of these alcohol-based markers make them my go-to for coloring stamped images. A little pricey, so I recommend building your collection three colors at a time; the trio sets are a great start. It takes a lot for these markers to dry out – you’d need to leave the covers off for over a week. With the covers on, it takes over two years with no use for them to dry out. They are refillable (one refill bottle will fill your marker at least seven times), and the nibs are replaceable. You really can’t go wrong.
- Ottlight Desk Lamp – A great lamp for any crafter. You don’t realize how hard your eyes are working until you turn this thing on. I have pretty bad eyesight and wear glasses, so it’s important that I have good lighting in my craft area. I’ve tested a bunch of lights. You can see colors and details quite nicely under this lamp with no eye strain.
- Wagner Heat Gun – I have had five heat guns over the years, and this is the best one. It heats up fast and melts embossing powder in a snap, with less warping of your paper since it gets nice and hot. Oh, and it doesn’t sound as loud as a ShopVac when you’re using it, so that’s a plus.
- Glitter Cleanup Roller – Forget the clean up cloths with their residue all over your hands. This roller is washable and reusable. I use it to clean up embossing powder, paper bits and glitter on my desk. It’s also perfect for cleaning up excess anti-static tool dust from your project after heat embossing, so you don’t have that powder haze on your dark paper. When it’s full, wash with soap and water, and reuse!
- Le Pen – I love these pens. They come in lots of colors. The porous tips are 0.3mm, and the ink is smudge and fade proof. They are fabulous for drawing and sketching, lettering, and writing. The pens themselves are skinny, so they have a rather elegant feel when using them.
- Glossy Accents – Not only is this craft room staple ideal for adding a glass like shine to projects; it’s a pretty strong glue too. I know this is more of a stocking stuffer than a gift, but this stuff is so useful. It dries as hard as plastic, so it will hang on to non-porous things like buttons and virtually disappear behind gems and sequins. Add a dot to bows and they never come untied. It’s also perfect for creating the finish on mosaic paper projects, like this one.
So there you have it, my favorite stuff.
Speaking of stuff, I put together a small list of links for stocking stuffers to go with the paper crafters’ gift ideas above:
Thanks for stopping in to see my paper crafters’ gift ideas. Are there other things you would add to the stocking stuffers list? Post them in the comments below – I’d love to know what your favorites are!