Gift Ideas for Paper Crafters
Paper-crafters like myself know the obsession that takes control of your life once you embrace the art of paper. We simply just can’t get enough! And when it comes time for birthday, holiday and special occasion gift-giving, there is nothing we would rather receive than more of these goodies to add to our stash.
None of us would have a problem shopping for our fellow paper-crafters. That’s because in our world, everything revolves around all things paper and the thousands of things we can do with it. Unfortunately, though, to our friends and family, the art of paper-crafting is from another universe, complete with its own language and lingo.
Below is a list of the top no-fail gifts to give paper-crafters:
Obviously paper-crafters love paper – let’s face it; they wouldn’t be paper-crafters if they didn’t. So when in doubt, the absolutely best gift for paper crafters is designer paper (or “DP”) itself. Nowadays, buying paper couldn’t be easier. Stacks upon stacks of paper are available in all different themes, colors and styles. Paper stacks usually come in 6x6”, 8x8” or 12x12” varieties and are very affordable. You literally cannot go wrong with this gift idea.
If you are looking to buy something a little pricier, a die-cutting machine is a great option. A die-cutting machine creates paper shapes, called “dies.” These dies can be cut from many different kinds of paper and are used to embellish greeting cards, scrapbooks, or any paper-crafting project of your choice.
Die-cutting machines come in two different kinds: digital and non-digital. Digital die-cutting machines such as the Cricut or Silhouette use cartridges (some cartridges can be somewhat pricey so keep that in mind when choosing to go this route). Some can even be linked directly to your computer and have the ability of using downloadable images. The big benefit to these types of machines is that the dies can be customized, while non-digital machines cannot.
Non-digital die-cutting machines, such as the Cuttlebug or Sizzix, are slightly less pricey and do not offer the customizable choices due to the nature of the machine itself. These machines work using a crank-type mechanism that slides the die over the paper, cutting it as it passes through.
Whether you choose the digital or non-digital type, these machines are great additions to any paper-crafters collection.
Much like designer paper, art stamps are usually objects of obsession for paper-crafters. Art stamps come in rubber, acrylic, foam and digital (digi) variety, but given as gifts, rubber and acrylic are the safest options.
Art stamps come in almost every theme imaginable and are mostly used for greeting card-making and scrapbooking.
Note: If acrylic stamps are purchased, make sure to also purchase clear acrylic blocks to be used to mount the stamps.
If you’re really stuck for what to give a paper-crafter, coloring mediums are perhaps one of the most appreciated venues because buying pencils such as Prismacolor, or markers such as Copics, can be very pricey, especially if purchased in sets. Though both pencils and markers work as well as the other, choosing the coloring medium that’s right for you comes down to a personal preference, so considering the fact that large sets range from $50 all the way to $400, you may want to find out which option your recipient prefers before making that type of investment.
In addition to stamp-coloring pencils and markers, other mediums used to compliment the coloring process are the much-more-affordable options or colored stamp pads, watercolors and chalks.
An embellishment, or “embellie” in the paper-craft world, is anything that embellishes your project. Embellishments can be stickers, chipboard cut-outs, die-cuts, buttons, ribbons, eyelets or more. Since they come in just about every theme possible, you do not need to worry about being specific when gift-giving. Paper-crafters always know what to do with their embellies!
Much like die-cutters, paper punches are used to cut shapes out of paper to be used as embellishments. The benefit of paper punches is that they are smaller and more affordable, and they do not require anything special in order to use them. Paper punches come in different sizes and shapes – including frames, alphabets and borders – and are even sold as complete sets.
Another great idea for a gift is a subscription to a paper-crafting magazine such as Paper Crafts and Scrapbooks, Etc. Magazines specifically designed for paper-crafting can really get the creative juices flowing and offer a ton of inspiration to last throughout the year.
When all else fails, I can attest that perhaps one of the best gifts to give a paper-crafter is a gift card to a local craft store such as Michaels, Joanns or AC Moore. Giving a specific art-themed gift card, rather than just a generic Visa or basic gift card tells the recipient that you were being very intentional and thoughtful in your choice and that you were really trying to purchase a gift card they would thoroughly enjoy using.
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