It’s that time of year again! I mean yes, it’s Christmas but it’s also the time when my husband looks at me and says he has “no idea of what to get me for Christmas” and needs some suggestions.
And since I’m a snoop, and love these wish lists when other bloggers publish them, I thought I’d put out a list of things I’d like, and that I imagine you might like as well. And if someone you know is in the same situation as my husband, feel free to send them a link to this post!
And to make it even easier (and a little tongue-in-cheek) I’ve created a FREE Printable Christmas List that has fillable fields so that you can drop in the URL link from below and email it to the recipient (or recipients) of your choice. Or you can just print it out and fill it in yourself. You can find the download in the Well Crafted Studio Free Library.
How to Add Links to this Fillable PDF
To fill in the fields, you download the zip file and then open it as you normally would. Then, you can either choose Form Filling from the top menu (this works in Safari) or you can open it in Adobe Acrobat if you have that installed. Then copy and paste the links of what you’d like.
When you’re finished, go ahead and either email it, or print it out and hand it to whoever the lucky recipient is!
Table of Contents
I depend on my clear acrylic rulers so much that I actually wonder if I could craft without them. I think I would stop and tear my room apart first looking for it. And by it, I mean I have three. 😂
This is a simple tool that really is a must buy– it’s so much easier to get your paper or vinyl to stick to the Cricut mats when you’re using a Brayer. Honestly, one of the things I would buy in a heartbeat for anyone who gets a new Cricut machine.
This is THE perfect stocking stuffer for the crafters on your list. You’d think you were fine weeding vinyl without these until you have one of these sparkly pen weeding tools in your hands. Then you’ll be glad they came in sets of two!
Glass Craft Mat- $$
Okay, yes, these Glass Craft Mats are a thing of beauty if you’re a crafter who tends to get ink, paint, glue etc. on her workspace. The tempered glass make this a work surface you can easily clean up. They’re also magnetic which is nice when you’re trying to hold your vinyl in place as you weed, or trying to stamp a card with precision. BUT the coolest thing? You can customize these with your OWN ARTWORK or PHOTOS. Oh, and get 25% off for Black Friday when you use the code WELLCRAFTED25. Beautiful, right?
Cricut True Control Knife
Yeah, it’s suspiciously close to an X-Acto Knife… but I really do like the ergonomic additions to this Cricut version of the classic.
Guillotine Paper Cutter
For straight cuts in paper or thin metals (I use this with aluminum flashing) guillotine cutters are super nice to have!
Bearly Precision Glue
Bearly Glue is a really good glue that comes with its own precision applicator tips as well as a pin to keep it all clean.
When I started making my own layered designs I tried a bunch of different adhesives. And one I’m super happy I discovered, is the Zig Glue Pen. I bought a set for me, and then one for my mom too!
Let's Resin UV Starter's Kit
IkonArt Stencil Kit 3.0- $$$
So I haven’t tried this yet, but I really want to. It’s using photo-sensitive stencil film to make reusable stencils. Of course, I’m itching to use my Procreate designs with this! Oh, and I would check their website for other deals.
Ikea Peg Board-$
So this is something I fought for a while because seriously, ALL THE PRO CRAFTERS HAVE THEM. And I resisted being like everyone else. But recently I saw the brown version that looked a bit like pottery to me, and I caved. Once it was up I decided there’s a reason they all have them- they’re really kind of awesome. You can see mine here.
Procreate App- $
Love love love this design app for the iPad! Seriously, because of this digital art app I totally rediscovered my love of drawing. And because it’s digital- I use it to create art for my Cricut and Glowforge projects all the time.
Paper-feel Screen Protector- $
Another tip for making your sketchbook feel more like an iPad is to get a paper-like screen protector. This is a textured surface that adds a slight friction and resistance to your strokes when you draw with a stylus. This keeps your hand from slipping across the screen, which makes your strokes more natural, and keeps your hand from getting sore from gripping too hard.
Removable Screen Protector- $$
So this is a new thing I found in my FB feed that I haven’t looked into a ton, but if you’re someone who likes the glossy glass of the tablet for sometimes, but wants to be able to have the textured paper-like surface for drawing, you can get the best of both worlds with this removable magnetic screen protector.
iPad Case- $$
Yeah, if you’re going to buy the tablet, a protective case is super helpful in “protecting your investment”. I like to look for one that will hold my Apple Pencil with it and will let me charge it wirelessly. It has to have the level of protection that I need, and it has to look cute. Yup- I went there. Looks do matter. You can find my iPad recommendations in this post.
Apple Pencil 2nd Gen- $$$
iPad Pro- $$$$
Oh how beautiful you are! My husband got this for me for Christmas in 2018 and I use it every.single.day. Which makes the 12.9″ screen super nice to have. And bc it’s an iPad Pro, there are a couple of nice little bonuses in Procreate that you can read more about in my post, the Best iPads for Procreate.
Silhouette Studio Business Edition- $$$
Silhouette Studio is a fabulous free software program for the newbie to graphic design that’s just becoming frustrated with the limitations of Design Space and wants to be able to do more. When you upgrade to Silhouette Studio’s Business Edition you can convert PNGs to SVGs, auto trace, edit nodes, and more. It’s also a snap to add Line Fills for Engraving!
Heat Resistant Tape Dispenser- $
Wow. These aren’t pricey but man are they necessary. I mean, once you have one you’ll wonder how you EVER got along without one of these tape dispensers that both feed and cut the tape into strips. Best stocking stuffer ever if you’re new to sublimation or don’t have one yet!
PS- Be sure to get some Heat-Resistant Tape if you’re giving this as a gift this year!
Epson Eco-Tank Printer- $$$
Print your own sublimation designs for less with an Epson Eco-Tank that you’ve converted with sublimation inks. It’s what I have and you can get them on Amazon, Costco, or Target for Black Friday!
Sublimation Inks- $
Sublimation inks are dye inks that turn into gas when you heat them. So you can’t just use any type of ink to sublimate. Do your homework and find a brand that works with your type of printer. I use the Cosmos Sublimation Inks with my Epson Eco-Tank because they make refills easy and the color profile is engineered to closely match that of my Epson. Other popular brands are Hiipoo and Printer Jack’s.
Sublimation Drinkware Blanks- $$
PYD Life Oven- $$$
I don’t have this sublimation oven but it is on my list of things to get and to try in 2023. Like a convection oven, this works for many different sizes of sublimation blank. Because you place the blank in the oven for the heat part of this, you have to add the “press” by wrapping the blank tightly in shrink wrap and using a heat gun to shrink it tight.
Crafting Machines & Blades
Cricut Explore 3
A great machine for the beginner Cricut crafter, it does vinyl and stickers with ease. The Cricut Explore 3 is Cricut’s mid-level machine and is a pretty smooth operator. And with its updated sensor, I definitely prefer it for print then cut over my Maker.
Cricut Maker 3
Cricut’s latest and great top-of-the-line crafting machine. The Cricut Maker 3 will engrave, deboss, score, and pretty much do everything EXCEPT cook your dinner.
Cricut Maker OG
I love the original Cricut Maker machine, and with the new Cricut Maker 3 now taking its place at the top of the Cricut product lineup, it’s now less expensive than you’d think! It’s really a great deal, and honestly, there are some things I like better about the Original vs. the 3. Like the fact that the mat doesn’t feed all the way into the Original like it does with the Maker 3. This gives you more room to engrave at the bottom of the mat. I also feel like the Original Maker actually engraves FASTER than the Maker 3. Combine that with a price tag that’s a couple of hundred dollars cheaper, and it’s enough to make me wonder if I shouldn’t buy a spare while I still can.
It’s just so little and CUTE! This mini crafting machine will cut vinyl, labels, faux leather, cardstock, and more just like the big boys. But, she’s petite enough for travel, dorm rooms, and classrooms. My husband calls it the Cricut Toy and I have to admit there is a feeling of wonder similar to cooking with an easy-bake oven when you use it!
Get $250 off a Gloworge Plus and up to $500 on a Pro with this referral code! So this was my birthday, anniversary, and Christmas gift this year- but it’s SO worth it! I’ve loved having something new to learn, and it’s been a blast using new materials (like acrylic and rubber) in my crafting. And since you’ll never take the stamper out of this girl- making my own rubber stamps is a dream come true.
Next year, I’m asking for the matching air filter. ✅
So I can’t really speak to if this is something great or not as I haven’t tried it, and it’s new enough that a lot of the reviews are still coming in. However, I’m intrigued enough to put it on this list. The interesting thing about this machine? It’s a combo laser machine AND a craft-cutting machine. Call it the glow-icut and you’ll get the visual of what it’s designed to do. So yeah…. call me intrigued and check out this crafting machine on Amazon!
Cricut Mug Press
The Cricut Mug Press won a best design award the year it came out, and it’s not hard to see why. With its sleek look, and ease of use, this machine does mugs very very well. It also can do tumblers if you flip them over and press a second time. AND if you watch my video, you can even do water bottles in the Cricut Mug Press. This makes it much more versatile than you’d first think. However, I feel like I should mention that although they make it easy to get great results- if you feel limited by the size of the press you may want to look at the PYD LIfe tumbler press or even the sublimation oven that I’ve linked to above. It also takes quite a bit longer to press a mug, and you can’t do glass. All reasons to think about the tumbler press, if you’re looking to do more than mugs.
Cricut Easy Press Mini
Have to say I LOVE my Easy Press Mini because it makes small projects so simple. Before I bought it, I really wasn’t sure how much use it would get, but I’ve used it for doing infusible ink keychains, sublimation pins, and magnets, as well as detailed htv projects. And with it on sale for around $40 that’s a pretty amazing little gift!
Although it’s a Canon Pixma, this printer model is called the Crafter’s Printer because it’s literally designed for crafters to use in their print projects. It comes pre-loaded with 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper patterns that it can print borderless, but it also has a rear-feed which means you can use thicker papers like cardstock and not worry about paper-jams.
HTVRont Auto Heat Press
I’d like to put the Cricut Auto Press on my Christmas list, but even if the extremely high price tag didn’t matter, it’s hard to pass up this alternative heat press by HTV Ront. Not only is it about $700 cheaper, but it has a larger heating plate, is safer to use, and takes up less space on my shelf. This would make this an automatic addition to my Christmas Wish List (except I just got one!)
Black Friday Deals!
This is my wish list, but now that the Black Friday deals are coming out I’ll start listing them too! So keep checking back over the next week!
- HTVRont Black Friday deals include their blue auto press 20% off and other product discounts too!
- Here are the PYD Life Black Friday Deals on both their presses AND sublimation blanks!
- The X-Tool D1 (their newest laser that does a ton of different metals) is 20% off.
- The Apple Pencil Second Gen is only $89 right now on Amazon. This is a fabulous price for this iPad accessory!
- Apple iPads have some great discounts for Black Friday. Check out all of the latest prices here!
- Cricut has DAILY DOORBUSTERS for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. You can check them out with this link.
- Cricut.com also has 50% off materials and accessories as well as deals on machines and bundles right now too!
- The HotFix Rhinestones Applicator Kit I used for my son’s silver rhinestones tie is on sale for Black Friday.
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And Merry Almost Christmas!