Gift Guide for Creatives


Hey, friends! Lots of my fellow bloggers are putting out some seriously awesome holiday gift guides to help you figure out what to buy the folks in your life this Christmas season. But I wanted to help YOU make YOUR wish list! Erin and I put our heads together and came up with 25 of what we think are the best things out there for creative types like us! I’ve divided them by price point and included links, so you can pin them or send this post to your loved ones and it’ll be easy-peasy for them to get you exactly what you want! FYI: Many of them are affiliate links, which means if you click and buy, I get a very small percentage of the sale. Lots of these are things one or both of us has, but a few are on our wish lists too! Ready to see our picks?

$10 and Under

PaintedbyMe Ceramic Marker
These are on my personal wish list so that I can hand letter on mugs! Why these? Because get this…they are FDA certified FOOD SAFE! That means you can draw all the way up to the rim AND INSIDE! I must have them. These are also fun for kiddos who might want to personalize a cup or two or ten.

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Soft Tip 3 pack
If you’re trying out Hand Lettering these are the very first must-have. My Fude pen goes everywhere with me. It has a soft brush tip that can make an extra fine, fine, or medium line all depending on the pressure you use. This is what I use for all my hand lettered projects as well as in my Journaling Bible. You need this. And it’s so inexpensive! Stocking stuffer for the win!!

BeadSmith Plier Set
Want to get started making your own jewelry? You’re going to need pliers and wire cutters. Get this 3 pack for less than $10. I don’t have this exact set, but y’all, pliers are pliers. They’re gonna get the job done.

David Tutera Fine Tip Chalk Pens
These chalk pens are some of my new favorite things. I’ve already used them for my Holiday Sign, ornaments, and bunches of other things already in the two weeks I’ve had them. They write smooth and have a nice fine tip for detailed lettering and drawings. Love them. I have not tried to erase them, though…just saying.

Color Me Inspired: Adult Coloring Book
My friend Dawn Nicole who was my inspiration to learn hand lettering made {yes, MADE} an adult coloring book. It’s gorgeous and inspiring and you’ll love it. Promise.


Creative Lettering & Beyond
This is on my personal wish list; Dawn recommends it for anyone who wants to start hand lettering. It teaches the basics and has tons of inspiration. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering
Erin found this one on Amazon and put in on her list. Naturally, she showed it to me and now I want it too. I mean, come on. Look at it. If you go to Amazon, you can browse the first few pages…that’ll be enough to make you drool.

Create Beautiful Things Mug
Because coffee and pretty things. And I may or may not have a little mug obsession.

Bracelet Bending Pliers
Have these, love these. They’ll help you bend any wire or piece of metal into a nice bracelet shape. They are super easy to use!

A Maker’s Guide
This book by Amy Howard is made just for those of you who want to make money by pursuing your creative passions. She shares SO much great advice about everything from finding what you’re made to do to managing your time on a daily basis. The book is gorgeous too, with big beautiful photos, but Amy’s wisdom is what makes it worth every penny.

Scotch Thermal Laminator
Erin has this and says you need it. I think I might need it too. Apparently it’s easy to use and it’s super handy for preserving kiddo projects, among other things.

Elmer’s CraftBond Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
This is brand spankin’ new, friends! Elmer’s says that if you use these special glue sticks in conjunction with the special glue gun, there won’t be any glue strings/spiders. Wouldn’t that be something?!

Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 10 Pack Brights
These are the other pens I use in my hand lettering and Bible Journaling. The Fude {listed in the $10 and under category} is the priority, then these are right behind it. You can get them in tons of colors; I only have Brights so far, but I love them and want all the things.


ESV Journaling Bible
Last week on the blog, I shared about my new addictive hobby, Bible Journaling. I also shared the specific Bible I use, which is designed just for this purpose! With 2″ margins on every page and light lines to help keep things well-spaced, it’s just waiting for you to decorate!

Drink Coffee & Make Pretty Things T-shirt
This is one of my absolute favorite shirts. I own it and wear it all the time. My one recommendation is that it runs small, so you’ll want to size up when you order. I got a size larger than what I normally buy and it was definitely the right call.

RYOBI ONE+ Corner Cat Sander
After attending Haven conference in July, I came home with a Power Tool wish list. This cordless sander was one of my top two favorites. I own it and have used it on multiple projects, like my fall pumpkin sign and my North Pole arrow. It’s lightweight but powerful and does an awesome job whether you’re smoothing something out or doing some distressing.


Studio Lighting Kit 
This is at the absolute top of my wish list. If you’re looking to improve your photography, this is a must-have. I’ve had it recommended to me by several other bloggers who say it’s awesome. It’s pro quality equipment at a really affordable price.

ImpressArt Metal Stamping Starter Kit 
If you’ve been toying around with the idea of trying metal stamping, here’s what you need to get started. This kit includes a set of alphabet stamps, a steel block, and a hammer. The only other thing you’ll need are some blanks and you’re ready to go!

Epson Label Works Ribbon Printer
Both Erin and I have this ribbon printer and absolutely love it. You can personalize your own ribbon for any occasion or project…we’ve used it for ornaments, gifts, party favors, and lots of other fun things.


Smartphone Photo Cube Printer
How awesome is this?! I don’t have it, but boy it looks fun to be able to print photos directly from your phone and tablet without having to transfer or upload them to your computer!

Heidi Swapp MINC Starter Kit
I am really hoping to see this under the tree! It’s a fun way to add foil detail to all kinds of projects…cards, scrapbooking projects, and much more. You know I love me some shiny things, so I will be foiling everything I can get my hands on if I get this machine…look out!

Over $100

Silhouette MINT
This new machine allows you to make your own customized and personal stamps! I really want to play with it.

Silhouette CAMEO Starter Bundle
You all know how Erin and I both feel about “Cammie,” the Silhouette Cameo. It’s the ultimate DIY machine and allows you to cut everything from cardstock and adhesive vinyl to fabric and foil. If you’ve got someone in your life who’s willing to drop a little over $250, this is what you want them to buy! You won’t regret it!

RYOBI AirStrike Brad Nailer, Cordless
After Haven conference, this was the other power tool I decided I needed in my collection. I used it for building my wooden pallet bench as well as my fall pumpkin sign. It’s easy to use even for someone like me who used to be totally afraid of power tools!

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight
This is the attachable flash I use and it makes a world of difference in my photographs.

Well, friends, I hope that gives you some ideas of what to put on your own Christmas wish lists! Which of these things do you already have? Which ones do you want? Is there something else you’d recommend?

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