Giving craft kits is a go-to for creative and curious people. And, while they’re an excellent and appreciated gift idea, they might be a little too amateur for the maker in your life. If you’re stuck on what to give your ultra-crafty friend this holiday season, you’re in the right spot. As an artist and maker with experience in metalworking, sewing, crocheting, pottery, and painting, I spend virtually all of my free time researching (and collecting) craft supplies. Gift-giving also happens to be my love language, and I am obsessed with finding the best crafting gifts for friends and family.
When you give the crafty person in your life a gift that contributes to their projects and passions (even if it’s in a small way), you do more than add to their supplies — you make them feel seen and loved. After all, crafting can feel very personal and sentimental.
When shopping for craft gifts, Klara Nilsson, founder of Knitting Knowledge, says to focus on one particular craft. “Speak to the person you’re gifting and find out their favorite craft, or at least which one they are focused on at the moment,” she explains. “While some gifts can apply to lots of different skill sets [like a fresh pair of sharp scissors], you’ll make someone extra happy if you find a tool, accessory, or pattern that helps them with the project they’re working on at the moment,” she adds.
Meet the Experts
Klara Nilsson is the founder of Knitting Knowledge, a brand specializing in knitting patterns, starter kits, and supplies.
Mariana Leung is a maker who competed on HGTV's Holiday Crafters Gone Wild.
Samantha Midolo is a member of the JOANN merchandising team.
From organization to high-tech craft devices, here are the best craft gifts to give the makers in your life.
HOMEST Craft Organizer Tote Bag
“Anyone that’s into crafts — especially those who have been crafting for a long time — will have no shortage of tools and materials that they’ll need extra storage for. So, you can’t go wrong with a high-quality project bag,” says Nilsson. Mariana Leung, a maker who competed on HGTV’s Holiday Crafters Gone Wild, echoes this, noting, “a stylish organizer is always appreciated.”
This large craft organizer is one of our favorite storage solutions as it’s spacious enough to hold bigger items like cutting mats and has tons of pockets for smaller tools and accessories. Gift it on its own, or turn it into a gift basket with a restock of some of the maker’s go-to supplies, like paint, brushes, and canvas, or yarn, crochet hooks, and stitch markers.
All Stitch Studio Flower Stitch Markers for Knitting Needles
Stitch markers are a must-have for knitters. And, while they might already have some or could find some basic options at a local supply store, there’s something extra fun about these flower-shaped markers from All Stitch Studio on Etsy. The perfect stocking stuffer or gift add-on, these colorful markers come in a pack of 32 in either warm or cool tones.
Cricut Maker Bundle
If you’re shopping for a splurge gift and the crafty person in your life doesn’t already have one, I am obsessed with our Cricut machine. “From parties to home decor to apparel, cutting machines like the Cricut have endless personalization options,” says Samantha Midolo from the JOANN merchandising team. This Cricut Maker Bundle comes with everything necessary to get started, including the smart cutting machine, a strong-hold machine mat, and must-have Cricut tools such as the XL Scraper, Weeder, and a clear acrylic ruler. With this craft gift, makers can cut paper, fabric, vinyl, leather, and basswood to create custom T-shirts, signs, quilt projects, and more.
Nella’s Cottage Resin Crochet Hook
Crochet hooks found at most local craft supplies aren’t usually anything special. And, while they get the job done, there’s something so fun about a more personalized hook. If you’re looking for a crochet gift idea, I love these stylish resin hooks from Nella’s Cottage. Sold separately and available in sizes 4-12, you can gift a whole set or choose a few of their most-used sizes.
The Cricut BrightPad is an excellent holiday gift for Cricut creators and artists alike. This high-quality LED crafting device makes weeding vinyl a lot easier with three different brightness settings. It also moonlights as a lightbox for artists and illustrators who might want to trace pictures and images for their work.
Gradus Store Leather Paint Brush Roll
If you’re stuck on what to get the artist in your life, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous leather paintbrush roll. This one from the Gradus Store on Etsy is made from durable leather material and features two big pockets to safely store brushes, spatulas, and more. The thoughtful gift idea also comes with free customization, so you can add their name or a favorite quote to make it more personal.
Dremel 2050-15 Stylo+ Versatile Craft Rotary Tool
“Crafting tool sets are ideal for DIY experts who are always working on big projects that involve engraving, carving, cutting, sanding, and more,” says Midolo. “Dremel tools are a great gift idea for crafty people, as they come in handy when working with wood or stone materials,” she adds. The Dremel 2050 Stylo+ is a favorite amongst makers as it can be used to polish metal, add finishing touches to polymer clay earrings, burnish leather, etch glass, and more.
UNIQU Lighting Kit
For the crafty person who loves to share their creations on TikTok and Instagram Reels, this lighting kit is a gift they’ll love — and get tons of use. The portable phone stand features a telescoping arm with a 360-degree tilt and rotation feature, allowing makers to adjust the height and get the perfect angle (including overhead shots). It also has a double-sided LED light with different color temperatures and adjustable brightness for more professional-looking video content. Perfect for time-lapses and tutorials, this gift takes craft content to a new level.
LillaLotta Fabric Name Tags
Whether you’re looking for a quality stocking stuffer or a small gift idea, these custom Fabric Name Tags from LillaLotta on Etsy are a must for the maker in your life. Perfect for sewers, crocheters, knitters, and upcyclers alike, the tags come in either sew-on or iron-on with your choice of over 32 fonts. The thoughtful craft gift is the perfect way to encourage your crafty loved one to put their name on their projects and be proud of the work they produce.
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