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As a crafter I find it exceedingly easy to think of gifts for me and my crafty friends. We simply trade around our clever creations and everyone comes out a winner. Take this year for example: I am receiving fabulous illustrated art, earrings, possibly a softy snake, and hopefully a few cozy knitted items. So handy! But not everyone has it this easy when buying for their crafty loved ones. Never fear, my top 7 gifts for crafters is here! These gifts are universal so get out there and get giving!
#7: Custom Craft Tags
Nothing makes a craft look more complete than a custom label. For affordable custom tags try http://www.customcouturelabelco.etsy.com/. Pick from woven, satin, and cotton versions for whatever your loved one's creations may need. For another take on the idea, order up some crafter's business cards that she (or he) can trade with friends.
#6: Cozy Blanket and Fingerless Gloves
Okay, we've all seen the commercials for the unnamed wearable blanket with sleeves. Though they make look a little loony, this idea is pretty clever for the crafter whose hands are always freezing as they work away. So buy some warmth and perhaps a set of fingerless gloves to accompany them through the winter months.
#5: Crafters Books and Magazines
No crafter ever turns down a lovely book filled with tutorials and pics. Search out books with topical techniques on what he or she makes. It never hurts if you like the projects too! Also, many mags these days are really refined in topic: Threads and SewStylish for clothing sewers; Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple for, you guessed it, knitters; Cloth Paper Scissors for fiber artists - you get the idea. Check out http://interweave.com/ for Interweave Press' bevy of craft-related books.
#4: Glue Gun
Every artist needs a glue gun once in a while. These days there are plenty of options with Dual-Temp, Low-Temp, Fine-Tip, Heavy-Duty, Mini and more. When looking for a loved one's glue gun, think of its use. Dual and low temps are helpful when working with plastics and foams. Fine-tip can squeeze in small spaces as well as minis. Or just go with accessories like a gun stand, a pad for drippings and a small cup for cool water (to dip hot glued fingers).
#3: Tea or Coffee Set
All creators need a warmer and caffeine boost sometimes to keep them crafting. Get yours a monogrammed tea-for-one set from http://jrisco.etsy.com/ (handmade in Seattle) or a delicious coffee card from a local coffee shop like Heritage Coffee Co.
#2: Music or Books on Tape
What could be more fun for your knitter than cuddling up with a skein and plugging in to "The Friday Night Knitting Club"? A little too mellow? What about a rockin' mix tape with songs lovingly picked to keep those creative juices flowing.
I once received a sheathed pair of gold-plated scissors for the holidays and I still covet those sharp blades to this day. There are scissors for all types of crafts out there (which you'll know if you ever use the wrong pair in front of a crafter!). So, buy a new pair of paper scissors, or fabric scissors, tiny scissors or tin snips. Whatever pair you choose, they're sure to be loved.
Still searching for the perfect gift for your handy one? Try searching "gifts for crafters" in http://etsy.com/ or snooping around the local crafty shops for that one-of-a-kind not-a-gift-card-to-a-craft-megastore that will win your crafter's heart!
Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at www.alaskacrafter.com and her shared crafting sitecraftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to firstname.lastname@example.org.