It’s holiday shopping time again, and that means we are all looking for gift ideas! If you (or someone you love) are a crafter who loves Cricut, this Cricut Gift Guide is for you! I’m sharing my top 10 gifts for Cricut lovers to help make your Christmas shopping easy this year!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your earlier generation of Cricut machine, now is the time to go for it! With the release of the latest set of Cricut Maker tools (more on those in a moment), the Cricut Maker has really matured into its promise as a machine. The Adaptive Tool System, which gives the Maker machine 6x more cutting power than the previous generation machines, makes this machine much more expandable than any other Cricut has ever been. It’s truly the most versatile Cricut machine ever, starting right out of the box with the included rotary blade that cuts fabric beautifully!
The first thing I always recommend that new Cricut machine owners do is sign up for a Cricut Access subscription! When you pay annually, it’s only $7.99/month, and you get the ability to use 100,000 images and 400 fonts from the Cricut library at no charge. Plus, as a bonus…you get discounts on purchases of licensed images not included in the subscription, discounts on purchases from Cricut.com, as well as priority access to Cricut support! Access is by far the most cost-effective way to get loads of content for your machine – and the discounts help you get affordable supplies for your machine too!
This item is on my personal wishlist this holiday season! Your Cricut machine is precious – make sure it is protected when you take it on the go! The tote looks stylish on the outside, but inside, it has soft foam designed to gently cushion your Cricut machine from the bumps and bruises of being out and about. And with four colors to choose from – tweed, purple, navy, and raspberry – there’s one to match everyone’s style. (I’m partial to the raspberry tote myself, but it’s hard to resist that oh-so-sophisticated tweed!) Carry it by the handles, or with the included matching detachable shoulder strap.
To really travel in (organized) style with your Cricut, don’t miss the matching Rolling Tote, which is the perfect size to trolley your machine tote with and holds materials, 12×12 mats, tools, and your laptop or mobile device – everything you need to Cricut on-the-go!
There’s so many tools to choose from to expand your Cricut Maker by using the Adaptive Tool System! I recommend starting with the Knife Blade, an addition to the Cricut tool box that lets you cut garment leather, balsa and basswood, and chipboard (among other things). Then for papercrafters, the Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel are absolute must-haves for creating professional looking creases on cards and 3D objects. Of course, there’s options like the Wavy Blade and the Basic Perforation Blade for more advanced papercraft projects.
One of the things that I was most excited about when I first learned about the Cricut Maker’s Knife Blade was the new ability to cut wood with my machine. I do enjoy cutting plain basswood with my machine, and Cricut makes that easier with their 11″x11″ and 12″x6″ packages that are the perfect thickness and sized just right for the Cricut Maker. But if you want your wood projects to have a bit more flair, Cricut’s new natural wood veneer is what you are looking for. Available in Walnut (pictured above), Maple, and Cherry, this veneer will add sophisticated wood tones to your next project!
I’m very picky when it comes to selecting fabric. (Just ask the ladies at my local quilt store where I have been known to spend hours picking fabric for a sewing project…) But Cricut has partnered with one of my favorite fabric companies, Riley Blake, to create their fabric sets, and the results are amazing! The fabric assortments are nicely balanced sets combining different large scales of patterns with smaller scale ones. The result are selections that are easy to put together into projects. And with these beautiful florals and geometric designs…you’ll want to make ALL the things!
I’ve loved the Cricut pens since I got my first Explore machine in 2014. They are my secret weapon to looking like I have mad drawing and handwriting skills when I really have neither! With such a large variety of them available – metallics, fine point, markers, gel, calligraphy – there’s a pen that matches every project. And by combining pens, you can get limitless possibilities of looks. Choose metallics or calligraphy tips for an elegant look. Gel pens or bright colored fine points make for fun doodles! A great place to start with pens are my two personal favorites, the Metallic Pen Set and the Black Multi Pen Set.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the EasyPress completely changed my attitude towards working with iron-on. I’d always loved the possibilities of the material, but I never had the patience to work with it with my regular iron. The EasyPress lives up to its name – it’s simple to use, it’s fast, and it gives me perfect results the first time. I now love working with iron-on! The EasyPress has opened up so many creative possibilities for me!
The EasyPress isn’t good just for iron-on. It’s got the high temperatures needed for working with Cricut’s new Infusible Ink products. This DIY dye sublimation iron-on process embeds ink right in the fabric, for professional looking projects that are washable and last longer. Combine the special Infusible Ink blanks (like coasters, t-shirts and totes) with Infusible Ink sheets cut on your Cricut to make brilliantly colored designs. And you’re not limited to just solid colors with Infusible Ink – try out beautiful patterns like patina, watercolor, or galaxy for an extra special touch on your project!
Another item from my personal wishlist, the Cricut EasyPress Tote is a must-have accessory for your EasyPress! This padded, heat-resistant tote is a secure and stylish way to store your EasyPress or take it with you to craft at events. The tote holds your EasyPress, its base & cord, the matching size pressing mat, and small accessories. A velcro strap holds your machine in position so it stays in place during transport. Pick the size – 6″x7″, 9″x9″ or 12″x10″ – that matches your EasyPress for a perfect fit!