The Ultimate Guide to Gifting for a Crafty Loved One
Sometimes it can be tricky to pin down the perfect present. If you’re buying for a crafty and creative type, it’s easy to feel daunted by the prospect of trying to match their skills. No need to worry! Use on-trend inspiration to find practical presents that indulge their endless love of crafting. With this list of ideas, you’ll have it covered – whether it’s baking, sewing, knitting, crochet or papercraft that you and your loved ones are into!
Sure, the handmade photo frame’s an old classic, but why not show off your thoughtfulness with resourceful recipe jars, personalised patches or even their dream die-cutting machine?
The perfect way to spoil any crafter is to fill their collection with exciting new tools and toys. For fans of sewing, gift sets are a simple way to give a thoughtful surprise! Keep that kit sharp with the Rose Gold Scissor Gift Set >> – great for cool coordination.
You could even combine them with a brand spanking new sewing box >> too!
Alternatively, get creative with a mason jar to make a DIY sewing kit filled with everything your lucky recipient might need to inspire their next project runway. (Make it work!) Pins, measuring tape, threads, a thimble, embroidery scissors and more can be packaged compactly for a unique gift that will breathe new life into any crafting collection.
If you’re giving from one sewer to another, there are great projects to help you create personalised, handy sewing accessories that’ll brighten up any kit.
Forget your standard old pin cushion, get ready for pun cushions…
We also have a selection of free embroidery patterns available, perfect for stitching framed décor pieces and creating embellishments for denim jackets, jeans, tote bags and more.
Finally, if you’re looking to step things up with a grand gesture, a new sewing machine is the ultimate treat. Finding the right one might seem a little daunting; there’s plenty of choice, with a variety of features available on each of the different sewing machines, from stitch choices to computerisation.
When you’re selecting for someone who doesn’t have a sewing machine but wants to develop beyond hand sewing, the Singer Promise 1409 >> is a great choice for getting started. With basic, decorative and buttonhole stitching included, this machine includes all of the entry-level features you’ll need for those beginner projects.
For more advice on selecting the right sewing machine, the Sew Simple guide >> is here to help!
If you’re gifting to a papercrafting pro, the possibilities are infinite! From stocking fillers to show-stopping surprises, it’s easy to package the perfect papercraft present.
Planners and journals are a great way to kick off a new year.
Whether it’s for a birthday or Christmas gift, you can jot down those big ideas, exciting plans and goals for the months ahead. They’re also great for capturing memories as they happen. You could even put together your own handpicked hamper of journaling goodies >> – from the beautiful journal itself to complementary stickers, pens, post-it notes and paper clips.
Similarly, the Heidi Swapp kits available are a great way to give the gift of endless scrapbooking possibilities!
The themes are varied, so you can pick out the perfect one, and they’ll include a variety of patterned cards and embellishments. They’re designed for use with the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner >> but they’ll be perfect for all scrapbooks and journals.
If you want to craft something yourself, help sort their stationery or stay on schedule with fun, creative projects that’ll make for delightful gifts…
If it’s die-cutting that your loved one is most excited about, go big or go home. Don’t throw away your shot at gifting paper-cutting perfection with the Sizzix Big Shot Plus >>.
A favourite with papercrafters, this manual die-cutting machine can handle up to A4 size and is compatible with most dies. If you give this to a lucky someone, you can expect a hell of a handmade card the next time your birthday rolls around. (Alternatively, if you want to go electric, the Gemini >> takes the arm-work out of the equation.)
The best dies for gifting beginners are sets of nesting dies and letter dies; the shapes can be layered up and the letters will spell out anything, ensuring they’re wonderfully versatile. These are great for giving with a die-cutting machine if you’re going all out, or for expanding your friend or family member’s crafting collection if they already own one of the machines.
Best of all, there are matching accessory sets >> available too! On a list of things crafters reeeeally love, coordinating kit is right up there with having the exact right amount of yarn left to finish that novelty Christmas jumper and finding the perfect pin cushion pun (scroll up if you need a reminder).
In case all that wasn’t enough, for the most cutting edge technology on the market, the Cricut Maker >> is certain to make anyone’s day. Not only does it boast all of the precision and versatility of the Explore Air, it also lets you cut fabrics and thicker materials like matboard and balsa wood. This is the big ticket winner. Reserved only for crafters who’ve stayed on the Nice List.
Knitting and Crochet
When it comes to knitting and crochet, where do you start? For that best friend who’s never without their knitting needles or your crochet-mad colleague, treat them to something that’ll really make their day.
You could start by gifting them their next amazing project!
With knitting and crochet bundles available, it’s easy to hook them up with everything they need to start their next big blanket or cosy cardi. They’ll be in stitches before the party’s over or the Christmas dinner’s out of the oven.
As well as project kits, there are a selection of big yarn bundles to prepare their stash for the next big idea!
One thing that a home full of yarn always need more of? Storage. Fun, organised storage solutions are a must when you’re knee-deep in Soft and Chunky and searching for that last ball of Neon Coral.
For homemade gifting, these projects are a great way to create unique storage:
With a big selection of needles >> and hooks >> to pick from, along with tassel >> and pom-pom makers >>, you can prepare your favourite yarn master with the accessories they need to complete any project.
If you want your gift to go beyond the everyday, brighten up every idea with the colourful needles of the KnitPro Symfonie Single Pointed Needle Set >>. It’s the perfect package for a special gift – and who doesn’t love working with wooden needles? There are eight pairs included to ensure that your lucky recipient is ready for all knits big and small!
Another way to make use of that fantastic yarn collection is to try a loom. If you know someone who’s always surrounded by leftover yarn, weaving on a loom is a great way to use up those odds and ends. The scraps build up easily when you’ve got an endless string of projects on the go, but a loom will transform them into colourful wall hangings, placemats and scarves.
Spoil your special one with a handy way to use up all that old yarn, but with a creative twist! The Martha Stewart Crafts DIY Weaver Starter Kit >> is ideal – and there is even an extender >> available for those extra big ideas.
Think your giftee is ready to go beyond hand knitting?
Treat them to a knitting machine! It’s perfect for extra keen knitters who have more ideas than they have time to do them. It will speed up any project and guarantee that you’ll be getting a home-knitted jumper every birthday and Christmas ever after.
Bakers gonna bake, bake, bake…
From Bake-Off worthy brioche buns to a traditional traybake, kings and queens of the kitchen produce all manner of different treats for everyone to enjoy all year round. When it comes their turn for treat, it couldn’t be easier!
If you’re gifting to a beginner, it’s simple: the ultimate Baking Gift Set >>. Everything they’ll need to show off their boss bakes.
You could even collate your own homemade baking kit to provide all the essentials they’ll need for a kitchen filled with that sweet, sweet smell of half-baked treats. You know the old proverb: give someone a cake, you feed them for a day; give them a baking kit, they’ll feed you for a lifetime. Something like that, anyway.
Aside from making and gifting Christmas cakes and bakes, you can also prepare your lucky loved one with the tools they’ll need for endless baking of their own.
Recipe jars are the perfect homemade gift for bakers. Check out recipe inspiration >> or come up with your own. Dry ingredients can be layered in a jar, ready for whenever that sweet tooth starts aching. Brownies, muffins, cookies, anything! Hit the sweet spot with a personalised baking kit.
As well as kitting out the kitchen with baking accessories, you can also gift charming décor details that are certain to make any baker’s house a home. Brighten up the room with lovely letters. Mache letters, fillable letters and wire letters are great for spelling out fun messages. Here’s a few of our #MakeItDontBuyIt favourites for the kitchen:
If you’re a baking boss yourself, why not pore over old recipes to create your own… *drum roll* PERSONALISED RECIPE SCRAPBOOK! Start it off using a few of your favourites, with inspiration from our recipe pages >>, and then let your gift recipient start filling out those pages with their specialty dishes!
Once the scrapbook is overloaded with all those delicious ideas, it’ll soon be the most valuable item they own! There’s truly nothing better than a great, great cake recipe…
Alternatively, kit out your any kitchen with creative culinary essentials. Aside from making lots of Christmas cakes and bakes, you can also prepare your lucky loved one with the kitchenware and accessories they’ll need for endless baking of their own.
From pyrography to pens, you can get your favourite tools out to personalise pieces that are perfect for every baking extraordinaire. Here are some of our favourites:
We’d love to hear your favourite gifting ideas for crafters in the comments below!