Hi Friends!! Shopping season is fastly approaching!! Are you starting to think about what to get those creatives in your life or are you waiting until the last minute and wondering what you could get quickly?? Well, I have you covered for both!! If you have crafters in your life, I have rounded up my top 10 gifts for Cricut users that they will actually use, and being that they are all on Amazon, you can get them quickly!!
Y’all know I love my Cricut!! The majority of posts I write have something to do with my Cricut. Whether it’s making DIY personalized gifts, custom home decor, unique t-shirts, or fun DIY tumblers, I mention my Cricut a lot.
If you don’t know what a Cricut actually is, you can check out my ultimate guide of Cricut ideas and resources by clicking here!
I am on my third Cricut now! I started with the Cricut Expression, moved on to Cricut Explore Air and now I have the Cricut Maker. All the stuff I make with it (for so much cheaper than you buy it for) makes up for the cost.
I used to find things in my house to sell to convince my hubby that I had money to buy one! You can see all my tutorials using my Cricut machine by clicking here.
Ok, let’s get to it! Here are my top gifts for Cricut users… (click on purple text to read more about item on Amazon)
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1. Cricut Mats
You can’t do anything with a Cricut, unless you have Cricut mats. There are several different levels of “grip” for mats, depending on what they are being used for, but the green one is the most common. I go through mats every few months, so Cricut users will always need more mats! Here are all the different mats:
Green is standard grip. Blue is lightgrip for cutting things such as vinyl and iron-on. Purple is stronggrip for cutting heavy materials like chipboard and wood. Pink is fabricgrip, if your gift recipient has the new Cricut Maker and cuts fabric with it. Or you can never go wrong with buying the variety pack!
2. Cricut Tools
Tools are also very much needed and I think you can never have too many! I put my weeding tool down all the time and would spend forever looking for it if I didn’t have a second one.
3. Adhesive Vinyl
Another thing any Cricut user can never have enough of is adhesive vinyl. There are so many different kinds that I can’t list them all. My favorite is Oracal brand. Oracal 631 is a removable vinyl and Oracal 651 is an outdoor/permanent vinyl. Depending on what you want to use them for, they are both needed.
Removable vinyl/631 is better for wall decor and for using as a stencil to make signs. Permanent/651 is needed for tumblers, mugs, outside decor, basically anything that will get yet. It is not dishwasher or microwave safe, so it will melt if a mug has a decal on it and is put in the dishwasher.
Then you can get into specialty vinyl. There is glitter, holographic, and metallic adhesive vinyl. All is personal preference and depends on what they are making with it. Don’t forget the transfer paper! Some multi packs come with some, but if not I like this one.
4. Iron On Vinyl
If you or the lucky Cricut user likes to make personalized t-shirts, totes, towels, pretty much anything on fabric, then heat transfer / iron on vinyl is always needed! Again, there are a bunch of different brands and kinds. My personal favorite for basic heat transfer vinyl is siser easyweed. I find it easy to weed and press on.
Cricut calls their own brand iron on. You can find these in craft stores like Joanns and Michael’s too. Always check craft stores and online for sales and for the best prices.
There is also specialty iron on vinyl. I like using glitter HTV, patterned iron on and holographic sparkle. Again, all these are personal preferences but the basic colors are always needed!
5. Product Blanks
If you feel like your gift recipient has everything Cricut has ever made, then maybe getting them product blanks is your best bet! Depending on what they like to make or personalize, Amazon has a lot of great blank sets for pretty cheap. Here are a few of my favorites:
6. Tape Glider
Now this is not a “Cricut” product, but this is one of my favorite crafting tools and I use it all the time. If you or your Cricut user likes to make paper crafts or cards, then a tape glider is a life and time saver! It just has to be on all my “must have for crafters” lists!
7. Easy Press or Heat Press
A heat press is a wonderful machine to have if you or your crafter likes to make things with heat transfer vinyl, such as t-shirts, totes, pillows, fabric signs, etc. I used to use my iron and it worked well enough, but what a difference a heat press makes! My vinyl doesn’t come off anymore in the wash and lasts for years!
If you’d like to read all about the heat press I own click here. There are also heat presses you can get that have adapters for mug and hat presses like this one (I don’t personally have this one though, but reviews are good for it).
Cricut has since come out with Easy Presses in different sizes. They are much smaller and easy to move around than a heat press. I’ve never used one, but my friends that have them love them! You can read all about the different ones here!
8. Bright Pad
This is the one thing on the list, that I don’t actually have but that I would recommend. This is used for weeding vinyl, which sometimes is very hard to do if you don’t have the right light. I have heard from many of my Cricut using friends that the bright pad is amazing and it gets excellent reviews on Amazon. (So, if someone I know is reading this list and needs a gift for me… hint hint!! I can always try, right??)
Like I said before, always check prices at different sites. You can find the Bright pad on Amazon here and at Cricut.com here. Joanns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby are always worth checking out when they have sales. (Never buy anything at any of those stores when it’s not on sale or you don’t have a coupon though!!)
Cardstock is always a great gift idea! I have stacks and stacks of cardstock that I stock up on when I find them on sale. Any kind of paper crafting, like card making, building 3D pieces, or making banners uses a lot of different cardstock.
Make sure to check your local craft stores and grab a bunch of different 12×12 packs when they are on sale. Basic colors are always needed, but there are super cute ones with all different patterns on them.
Or Amazon has a bunch of different kinds as Add-On items for $5.
10. Cricut Machine
Now for the big guns!! I know this is a list of gifts for Cricut users, but just in case you or your recipient isn’t a Cricut user yet or if they have one of the older models, then the actual machine would be the ultimate gift!!
The older machines are ok, but really can’t do what the new ones can. Being able to design in Cricut Design Space instead of using cartridges is a game changer! I spent so much money on cartridges when I had the Expression, but that was the only thing out then.
Nowadays, you can download tons of free fonts and almost anything off google. There are also tons of sites with free SVG or PNG files or there are ones you can buy for commercial use on Etsy. I have a bunch of free Cricut SVG files here!
The decision then comes down to buying a Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker. If price is not a factor, I would definitely recommend the Cricut Maker since it can do everything the Cricut Explore can do plus so much more!! It can cut tons of fabric (so perfect for sewers or quilters), wood, chipboard, cork, etc. You can read everything about the Cricut machines on Cricut.com here or the Cricut Maker on Amazon here!
If your Cricut user already has a Cricut Maker, then the different cutting tools, like the knife blade found here would be a great addition!
Ok, there you have it! My top 10 gifts for Cricut users!! Of if you have a Cricut, these are the top things I would recommend to go along with it! It may seem overwhelming at first, but there are so many tutorials out there to help you! I have a bunch on my site here but there are a ton more on Pinterest and YouTube.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have a Cricut, is there anything else you would put on this list??