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Gift Ideas for Crafty Creative People

Updated on September 5, 2012
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This topic struck me as I approached my most recent birthday and was considering gift ideas for my own wish list. Some of my Etsy friends and I joke that if we were broke, we'd rather spend our last dollars on craft supplies than food. Whether or not this is true, the bottom line is that I'd almost always rather get craft supplies than just about anything else for any gift giving occasion. This is true for many crafty people. The next time that you are shopping for a relative or friend who loves to create, consider one or more of the following gift options. In addition to the basic supplies, there are a number of other common gifts that many crafty people enjoy receiving.

I never get tired of receiving beads and buttons as gifts.
I never get tired of receiving beads and buttons as gifts. | Source

Supplies

This is one of the most obvious suggestions here, but it is rarely gets tiresome. Consider supplies that people will use up frequently. Even when these items may seem boring, such as thread or quilt batting, sometimes they are the most useful. Alternatively, consider higher end supplies, such as a nice set of paint brushes, that people may not splurge on for themselves.


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Michaels has a great selection of beads.
Michaels has a great selection of beads. | Source

Online videos can be a great supplement for learning new skills.

Class in a Preferred Medium

One place to start with the gift of a class is in a medium that you know that someone prefers. For example, if the recipient has an interest in jewelry making, consider a class at one of the local bead shops. Don't forget to look at classes online at well. This can be a great option if there aren't a lot of stores in the area or the person lives far away and it's hard to purchase something locally.

Bead Stores With Excellent Classes

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B markerCaravan Beads -
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Taking a class is a great way to decide if you want to invest money in brand new supplies.
Taking a class is a great way to decide if you want to invest money in brand new supplies. | Source

Class in a New Medium

Sometimes taking a class in a new medium or picking up a class that provides general artistry techniques, such as daily inspiration, can be a welcome change of pace. For example, a couple years ago I took two torch lampwork classes. While I am not planning to use this technique regularly, it was still an enjoyable experience and gave me a much greater appreciation for this type of work.

Keeping all of my buttons organized by color/color scheme (i.e. Christmas) makes it much easier to find what I want when I want it.
Keeping all of my buttons organized by color/color scheme (i.e. Christmas) makes it much easier to find what I want when I want it. | Source

Supply Storage

This may not sound like the most exciting option, but we all know how much easier it is to work on just about any project when you have the proper storage for your supplies. The investment in storage items and the time it takes to organize with them will pay off many times over. Consider the supplies and available storage space that the gift recipient has when selecting items.


Consider display options that will give a table more vertical appeal.
Consider display options that will give a table more vertical appeal. | Source

Art Displays and Other Craft Fair Items

Not everyone who creates also sells their items, but many people do take part in at least one or two craft fairs or other local events every year. Building a solid table display is a lengthy, ever changing process. I have greatly appreciated the time, effort, and items that people have provided for me for my display over the years from sewing tablecloths to designing banner layouts.

I have received gift certificates for Fire Mountain Gems for magazine submissions.
I have received gift certificates for Fire Mountain Gems for magazine submissions. | Source

Gift Certificate

A gift certificate is always a good option when you aren't sure what to get for someone. A craft related gift certificate will be a little more personalized than something like a Target gift card (which believe me, I'm still always happy to receive). Consider big box stores, local stores, and online stores.

Books

Even in the age of Etsy, Pinterest, and numerous blogs, there is nothing like having art books for inspiration, too. Many books provide professional, organized content that many online sources do not. Additionally, for those of us who spend a lot of hours on the computer for work, it is refreshing to have an inspirational resource that does not involve screen time.


Bead Trend is just one of the great beading magazines available.
Bead Trend is just one of the great beading magazines available. | Source

Magazine Subscription

Until I got into beadweaving, I had no idea how many craft specific magazines there are out there. There are at least half a dozen popular beading magazines that have sections or space devoted to beadweaving. This level of detail in magazines is true for many craft niches. Many magazine subscriptions are much less expensive than individual magazine copies so it's worth splurging on the entire year.

I have purchased several gifts from Edi and will purchase more in the future.
I have purchased several gifts from Edi and will purchase more in the future. | Source

Homemade Gifts

I'm sure it's not a surprise that I often give handmade gifts that I've made myself. However, sometimes I choose to give handmade gifts that I've bought from others, too. Just as I enjoy giving these gifts, I also enjoy receiving these gifts, whether they are made by the gift givers or by others.

I keep notebooks for brainstorming ideas for blog posts, articles, jewelry, greeting cards, and more.
I keep notebooks for brainstorming ideas for blog posts, articles, jewelry, greeting cards, and more. | Source

Notebook or Journal for Brainstorming

I frequently discuss how important it is to brainstorm ideas for any kind of creative project from cooking to jewelry making to writing. Providing someone with a beautiful notebook or journal for their brainstorming can make the activity more enticing. Consider making or decorating one yourself or purchasing a handmade one.

Handmade Journals : Handmade Journal Cover Designs

Art conferences are a great opportunity to network with artists.
Art conferences are a great opportunity to network with artists. | Source

Membership for a Craft Association

Joining a craft association can give you prestige as well as numerous opportunities for networking, friendship, resources, conferences, and much more. What you will be able to gain from one of these organizations is often well worth the fees.


Cross-stitch kits are a great craft kit option.
Cross-stitch kits are a great craft kit option. | Source

A Crafty Kit

While I typically create art entirely from scratch, there are a few types of projects where I enjoy kits, particularly cross-stitch. When I finished my undergraduate degree, I was engaged and some good friends gave me a wedding cross-stitch kit, which was very thoughtful for several reasons. If you don't want to give a kit that will make a single project, look for inspiration kits such as these kits from Kelly.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Fiona! That's great.

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      Fiona 4 years ago from South Africa

      I like the idea of giving someone a crafting journal

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha I try! Thanks, Keith.

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      Keith Ham 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

      Whoa! Someone knows how to give! This is fantastic.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha thanks Shasta!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      What a great list of gifts! You can buy me a gift anytime!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Cyndi! That's great.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Great ideas! Your tips will help so many for birthdays and holidays. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's a good sign, right? :) Thanks, Vicki!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, this makes me almost want to do crafts! What an attractive hub. Well done!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Great ideas here for giving meaningful gifts to crafters!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Kelley! That's great. :)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I really like this hub. Sharing it with a friend of mine who is very crafty. Voted up and shared. Kelley

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Om! That's perfect. :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Nice gift ideas. I have a few friends who love this kind of stuff. Thanks to you, now I know what to do when their birthdays come around!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jackie, you are definitely right. I love getting to create with a friend.

      Sinea, thanks, I'm glad!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      This is such a helpful hub to anyone just getting started in crafting! Great ideas, randomcreative. Voted up and useful. and I LOVE the dividers!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have always loved crafts and they are more fun with a friend. Thanks for these great ideas!

      Jackie

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks alifeofdesign! I always enjoy getting more materials, too.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Wonderful suggestions that I think make for a fun and well-thought out gift. Crafty-types love getting materials in order to make more crafty stuff........at least I do.

      Best Regards,

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Edi! I definitely agree about those gifts. It's awesome when people treat us to indulgences.

      You're very welcome! I have been so pleased with all of your work and will order again in the future.

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      Edi 5 years ago

      I love the idea of classes and magazine subscriptions for gifts! These are both things we may be hesitant to buy for ourselves, but would love to have!!!

      Thanks so much for sharing my new album! I've loved making your personalized gifts you've purchased :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Deb!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Another hub of yours I'm voting up, random. You have such great ideas. I would love to get any of these things for my birthday!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks lady rain! Sounds good. This list may generate more ideas for people's own wish lists than for recipient's shopping lists. :)

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      Great gift ideas. I hope to receive some of these gifts for my next birthday *hint*. I might make something for myself, too, thanks for the ideas.