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It’s the most wonderful time of the year….
The holiday season is here! With Thanksgiving on the horizon, that means some amazing Black Friday craft deals are ours for the taking. Right now is the perfect time to do your Christmas shopping as there are so many savings to be had.
We’re focusing on all the best Christmas gifts for crafters and we’ve broken them down by price so you can find the perfect products for your budget.
Let’s get straight into it…
- 1 Big Gifts: $100 +
- 2 Medium Gifts: $50-100
- 3 Cricut EasyPress 2
- 4 Stocking Stuffers: $1-49
Big Gifts: $100 +
Our favorite vinyl cutting machine ever, the Cricut Maker is sure to be at the top of many crafters’ Christmas lists this year.
What’s not to love? It’s hugely versatile and can take on a huge number of different materials and projects, and is even able to cut through virtually any fabric thanks to the fabulous rotary blade.
It offers access to a huge library of sewing patterns too, making this the number one cutting machine for sewists and anyone who wants to work with fabric.
We also love how you’ve got access to the huge Cricut Design Space library, but also have the option to upload and cut your own designs.
It truly is a maker’s machine.
The Explore Air 2 has been somewhat overshadowed by the release of the Maker (see above) but there’s no denying that it’s an excellent vinyl cutting machine and is particularly well suited to beginners.
Plus, it’s available with some really juicy savings right now.
It’s not only about Cricut — there are plenty of crafters out there who are desperate to receive the Cameo 3 from Santa this year.
And we know why — it simply offers a little more than the Cricut Explore can, thanks to it being able to cut up to a whopping 10 feet long, a hefty 2mm clearance for thicker materials and, frankly, more sophisticated design software.
It’s not perfect, but we know why the Cameo 3 has legions of fans.
Most of our readers are dedicated to the Cricut and Silhouette machines, but for the few of you experienced and adventurous enough to try something a little more advanced, the KNK Zing Orbit could be for you.
It requires a little more know-how and confidence, but the results you get with a machine like the Zing Orbit are much more accurate and professional.
So, what’s it got going for it? A whopping 1kg of cutting force, 2-way communication that bypasses the need for substandard design software and automatic registration tracking for the best results in Print and Cut.
Professional standard cutting for an amateur standard price. Can’t go wrong.
Another great option for Christmas gifts for crafters is the Portrait 2 from Silhouette.
It has an all-round smaller capability than the Cameo 3 above, but has a lower price tag to match.
A great, lower-key option for beginner crafters.
Medium Gifts: $50-100
This bad boy offers professional heat press results with all the convenience of an iron.
It works quickly and effectively, heats evenly, and can even get so hot as 400°F. Now that’s pretty hot.
It comes in three sizes — this is the cheapest one that measures a tiny 6″ x 7″, but if you’re happy to spend a little more you can get the Classic size of 9″ x 9″, or the Jumbo which measures 12″ x 10″.
Simple, safe and effective. What more could you want?
We know that stamp making seems like a long way from normal craft cutting, but we use stamps a lot during our scrapbooking time.
Buying plenty of different stamps is fun and all (although hella’ expensive…) but there’s something incredibly satisfying about creating your own.
Enter the Silhouette Mint.
This little bad boy is capable of transforming any image or photo you upload into Mint Studio into your own unique stamp. Super cool.
A budget version of a craft cutting machine, the Sizzix Big Shot may not have electronic capability, but you can certainly get a lot done with its manual hand crank.
It can both cut and emboss as long as you’re stocked with die cuts and embossing folders.
The Big Shot has long been a favorite among card makers, beginners, and even crafty kids.
What’s to say? It’s basically the same machine.
Pretty cute though.
Stocking Stuffers: $1-49
If the crafter you’re buying for already owns the Cricut Maker machine (see our #1 pick in Big Gifts!), then this is one of the best tools you can buy them to complement their machine.
The Cricut Scoring Wheel has been made specifically for the Maker and is capable of creating extra-deep scoring lines in a variety of thick and thin materials.
It’s a particularly sought after gift for crafters that enjoy card making and other paper crafts.
We’re not usually too impressed by books about craft cutting, but this Lia Griffith book is definitely worthy of the great crafter herself.
It’s full of amazing and unusual projects you can make with your cutter, and it also gives you access to 60 SVG cut files that you can upload straight to your design software of choice.
When it comes to buying the best vinyl on the market, our hearts will always lie with Oracal 651.
It’s tougher, longer lasting and has the best selection of colors compared to anything we’ve tried before.
Another Cricut tool that’s sure to go down a storm with crafters already using the Cricut Maker is the much lauded Knife Blade.
This 12mm blade will take your work with thick materials to the next level.
It can cut leather and wood to create puzzles, toys and models, and is capable of cutting up to 3/32″ of balsa wood, 2mm of tooled leather, 4-ply matboard, 2mm of Cricut chipboard and much more.
It’s a powerhouse.
Novelty Paper Materials
Call us crazy, but there’s nothing that tickles us more than some novelty materials to test out with our cutting machine.
We particularly like this series of Deluxe paper from Cricut. They’ve got a variety of different characters and patterns to choose from.
Here are four of our favorites:
Another one of the few books that we recommend to craft cutters is this one from Sizzix on upcycling.
It’s a really great guide on how to transform, repurpose and reuse pretty much anything using just your Sizzix machine.
What crafts are on your Christmas gift list?