This year I wanted to put together a craft and DIY gift guide of a few of my favorite tools of the trade I love to use and can’t live without. I also asked my Facebook page readers, what they love to use or have on their wishlists. 

Ultimate Craft and DIY Gift Guide - Laura's Crafty Life

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1. Cricut Explore™

This one comes as no surprise! I love my Cricut Explore™. It is amazing and does so many amazing things. From paper crafting to home decor, there is not much this machine cannot do. With the upcoming release of the iPad app and being able to access your projects anywhere, this machine is a cut above all the rest. You can read more about my top 10 reasons I love my Cricut Explore

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2. Paper Trimmer

I use my paper trimmer all the time. At least several times a week. I purchased the additional scoring blade. It really comes in handy! I use it to trim paper for cards, projects, to put in my Explore when doing projects. I also use it to trim pictures precisely when scrapbooking.

3. Professor Kobres Lightscoop


For you photography lovers, this is a must have item. It is inexpensive and does a great job of redirecting your flash in low light situations. Our home has terrible lighting in certain rooms. This lightscoop helps me to get the look of more naturally lighted photographs easily. It also works well when we have are trying to take pictures in the evenings. There is no natural light and this lightscoop really helps. Read more about the Lightscoop.

4. Kitchenaid Mixer

This is for all the chefs and bakers. I love my Kitchenaid mixer. It makes quick work of pretty much any job. There are so many attachments you can add on to make this machine truly versatile.

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5. Pick Your Plum

This is my go to place for crafting and party supplies (and even some fashion items). The deals change daily, but this is where I find the best deals on washi tape and home decor items. It is worth signing up for the newsletter to be able to have the deals delivered right to your inbox!

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6. Glue gun and glue sticks

This is another must have craft item. I use my glue gun all the time. I recommend having both a high temp and low temp glue gun. You can also purchase one that does both. There are benefits to both types of glue gun and I choose which one I use based on the project at hand.

7. Ryobi Power Tools

If you have no tools, getting the basic kit is well worth the money. This is how we started out and we added additional tools as we became more proficient at DIY projects. We love our Ryobi tools. The new Lithium batteries have a long life and charge quickly. We have slowly been upgrading from the original 18V tool kit to the new ONE+ lithium ion tools. They have some great features that the older tools didn’t have.

8. Washi Tape

I usually purchase most of my washi tape from Pick Your Plum, but you can get it at just about any craft store. I use it for everything. Not only in my craft projects, but also to organize. I use it on file folders, in my planner and to label things around the house.

9. Terrifically Tacky Tape

terrifically tacky tapeThis is the best double sided tape that I have found. It really is terrifically tacky! It creates a strong bond. When I am doing more than just adding pictures to a scrapbook page, this is my go to double sided adhesive. You can get it in varying widths.

10. Adhesive Tape Runner

adhesive tape runner

Having a regular tape runner is a must have item. I use this for making cards, scrapbooking, paper crafting and so much more. You can purchase both a removable adhesive or a permanent adhesive depending on the project you are working on. 

11. Raskog Utility Cart


This cart is on my wish list this year! It is so versatile. You can use it for scrapbooking, Project Life, fabric or any other craft supplies you have on hand. I often move between my craft room and the kitchen table. It would be amazing to have all my most used crafting items on the cart to move from room to room!

12. Craftsy

What better gift for your favorite crafty person than the gift of knowledge? Craftsy offers classes in so many things – knitting, embroidery, crocheting, photography, sewing, cooking and so much more. They have a great selection of free classes as well. 

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Friday, November 28 only: All classes are $19.99 or less!

13. Scissors

You can never have too many scissors when crafting. It helps to have different scissors in different sizes on hand. You can use the small ones to cut out intricate shapes and detailed projects. Use larger ones to cut straight lines and basic shapes. And be sure to keep an extra pair of scissors on hand that you use only for fabric. Cutting paper dulls the blades!

 14. Glitter

Martha Stewart Glitter

Sparkles make everything better! I love to use glitter in my projects to make them extra special. If you don’t like getting the glitter all over, a coat of mod podge over the top will help to keep it in place!

15. Mod Podge

This is another great crafting tool to have. I use mine all the time. It works as both an adhesive and sealer. There are so many formulas to choose from. You can even get outdoor mod podge to use outside and sparkle mod podge to add a glittery finish to your project.

16. Jamberry Nails

Holiday Jamberry Nails


Crafters and DIYers know all too well how hard it is to have nice nails. Using tools, paint, glue, and any other number of crafting tools are really hard on your hands and nails. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a manicure that isn’t going to last. Jamberry Nails are a great alternative since they are so affordable.

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I would love to know, what is on your holiday wish list?

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3 Comments on The Ultimate Craft and DIY Gift Guide

  1. everyday I love reading your blog! You are so crafty and a true inspiration to all of us!!!! Thank you for all of this!! I feel like there are so many things I must go out and buy NOW hehehhe! I must get my DIY on more!!!! You have even inspired me to get some new hair tools!! YOU ROCK LAURA in more ways than one!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as I am SO Thankful for YOU ❤️

    • Thank you so much Trisha! I am thankful for our new friendship. And I am so glad I am able to inspire you. That was my whole reason for starting this craft blog. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!
      xo, Laura

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