Dear Husbands (Gift Guide Part 1)… and a giveaway!

(Hi. If you are a regular reader of my blog, please send a link of this post to your loved ones. It is a gift guide for them that I think you will love!)

Dear 1
I know it can be hard to pick out crafty goodies for us crafters for Christmas. You never know what we have or exactly what we want. So I am here to help.

If you really want to make us smile on Christmas morning, get us a few crafty tools – ones that can be used over and over again. Many of these goodies are inexpensive… which I know is hard to believe with the usual high cost of our hobby. :)

So, I am here to help save the day. Here are some goodies I know your favorite crafty loved one will adore. These are tools that I LOVE. I only recommend the things I think are fabulous, so you can be sure your crafters will love them too. And I am not associated with most of these companies – I am sharing these products because they are great… not because I was paid to. :) If you are interested in the price or where to easily get them, just click on the links for each. I listed a lot, so hopefully you will find something to suit your crafter.

And! I was telling Heidi at Simon Says Stamp that I was going to do this post and I was bold enough to ask her if she could hook you hubbies/loved-ones up with a deal. Kindly, she said yes! You can get 15% off everything, in addition to their normal free shipping for orders over $70. Woohoo! Just enter the code "jenmcgink" at check out.

Dear 2
Every crafter needs a great trimmer – one that will cut straight. And this Fiskars one does it, and also has a great wire guide that shows just where you are cutting. Hands down – this is the best trimmer out there. And for about $25, you can't beat it. (Click HERE for more info.)

Gift 2Here is another must-have tool that costs only about $10. These Tim Holtz scissors are great for everything from crafting with ribbon and paper to wire and metal. I even use these to prune my garden and my husband steals them often. Fabulous, I tell ya. (Click HERE for more info.)


Many crafters already have one, but this baby is the Merecedes of heat guns. This heat gun from Hero Arts gets super hot and does a fabulous job. For about $30, it is a great gift idea, too. (Click HERE for more info.)


I am sure you non-crafters have no idea what this tool is. However, this Ink Blending Tool is awesome. You use it with Distress Inks (which would also be great stocking stuffers) and for so many techniques. For under $5, who can say no? (Oh, and you might as well also get some additional foam pieces – they are reusable). I promise your crafty loved one will smile. (Click HERE for more info.)


Check your crafter's room. Do you see a kraft-colored piece that she works on? If not, get THIS. It is an amazing work surface that is perfect for inking and painting and all that good crafty stuff. I use it for everything and you can see it in action in all of my videos. For about $15, this is a GREAT gift. (Click HERE for more info.)


This gift idea is a hard one to explain if you have never stamped before so you are just gonna have to trust me. :) The Stamp Press (or as I call "Stamp Thingy") is great to use with clear stamps and cling stamps. I find it so very helpful and for about ten bucks, you can't beat it. (Click HERE for more info.)


This next idea is something your crafter likely doesn't have but sure would love. It is the new Natural Sticky Back Canvas. (Self descriptive, huh?) There are so many fun crafty things you can do with it… a fabulous gift. (Click HERE for info.)


Every crafter needs adhesive. And I have tried them all! There are four adhesives that are the best of the best: Mini Glue Dots, American Crafts Dot Runner, American Crafts Foam Dots and Glossy Accents. All of these goodes are under $5. (Click on each product name listed for more info.)

Miniglue   Acdotgluerunner61713   Acfoamdots61709   GAC27898MINIGLOSSYACCENTS


Speaking of the best of the best, Hero Arts stamps are incredible. Since they are all made in the USA, you can be sure the quality it top notch. They make a TON of great products including stamps, embellishments, papers and more. (Click HERE to see all of the newest Hero Arts products.)


For today's last gift idea, I would recommend any of the Tim Holtz Alterations Dies. These can be used with ANY die cut machine (even the Cuttlebug) and can cut through everything. There are some new ones out that are great, too. My favorites? The Ornamental, NEW Mini Ornamental, Styled Label, Baroque and NEW Mini Baroque. (Click HERE to see all of these dies.)

Thsizzixminibaroque   Thsizzixminiornamental

So, there are my first 10 gift suggestions for you to get your crafty loved ones. I will be back tomorrow with 10 more.


Now, for all you regular bloggers, I have a giveaway for you! Just leave a comment here by Friday night and I will pick a lucky winner of each of my favorite adhesives listed up there under Gift Idea 8…

Miniglue   Acdotgluerunner61713   Acfoamdots61709   GAC27898MINIGLOSSYACCENTS

Good luck… see you soon!

433 CommentsProduct Information

  1. Denise L

    Fabulous gift ideas Jennifer.

  2. Amanda

    i would LOVE my hubby to buy any of these fab crafty things!!! its like heaven!

  3. Donna

    Forget the list, I want the husband to give it to!! tee hee!

  4. naneruth

    This is a great list of ideas. I would sure love to win one of the glues. Thanks for a chance.

  5. I want a bunch of those items on my list!!

  6. Teryl

    Wonderful gift ideas! I especially love that you gave your favorite adhesives.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

  7. julie m

    such a great idea to do the gift list. i can print it out, circle the things i want and leave it laying out somewhere. and i love having lots of adhesives. have tried a lot of brands. gave a lot of them away and keep the best.

  8. Anna D.

    Great idea and products

  9. Thank you for the great list. All I have to do is print it and hand it over!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  10. Patty W

    I love the gift idea lists you are putting together! Unfortunately – as I am a long-time follower of your blog I own many of them already but there are a few I would still love to have. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with :)

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. DWD

    Good list you’ve put together. I have almost everything on this 1st list. Hope the other lists will have more things I need.

  12. Vanessa

    After seeing videos of you using Glossy Accents as an adhesive I gave it a try and was really impressed, so thanks for that tip as well as the many beautiful projects that you make

  13. Super fabulous Gift Giving idea!!!! Have already forwarded this link to my family….ha!

  14. Thanks for taking the time to do these posts and for the chance to win!

  15. Deb

    One can never have enough adhesives! I have a few of the things you suggested but found some others that I “need”. :^)

  16. I think this is a great idea Jennifer! SOme of the products you mentioned here I own.
    I ordered my custom name stamp, Karissa is so fast, i got the proof and I love it!! Thanks so much for the links. I think I will e-mail my family these awesome ideas and the numbers I really need/want.

    Thanks for the chnace to win.

  17. Jo D.

    GREAT ideas!! I really want the paper trimmer and would like to try the Claudine Hellmuth Canvas..have seen some really NEAT ideas that you’ve used it on, etc.

    Happy Holidays!!

  18. Jo D.

    I’m going to print a picture!! of each item I’d like and that way “Santa” will know exactly what I’m talking about vs. just telling him…in one ear, out the other, if you know what I mean ??!! hahaha

    Thanks for opportunity to have a chance at winning any of these items :)

  19. Julie M

    You’ve chosen well – these would all be most acceptable!!!!! And Part 2 is just as good!!


  20. Karen K

    Nice selection of gifts! Especially nice that you are listing things you have used and really like.

  21. Ragnhild

    Hi! Great list, you helped me with my list for santa, even tho i mostly whent with other things you inspired me. Keep on writing!
    Have a happy christmas!

  22. GREAT gift ideas. I do already have most of these (lol!) but can always do with more =)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Dawna Morrell

    Thanks Jennifer for all the wonderful suggestions for supplies that we need or someone can get for us! If you have to make 3 different lists because we have everything already…you have been doing a lot of enabling!

    Happy Holidays to you! :)

  24. jenny

    A very helpful guide for the hubby. I would love any of these items as a Christmas gift!

  25. From your blog to hubby’s ears! ;)

  26. Fiona

    I’m still yet to try out those adhesives. I’ve heard they are good! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  27. Kate West

    Thank you so much for this opportunity and for the many wonderful present ideas! Both are much appreciated :)

  28. Kerri

    think out of most of these idems, i can proudly say I own ….one & that’s the awesome Fiskars stamp thingie. I loveeee mine and might have to print off these ideas and circle the ones i want cos other wise my scrappy widom man would be CLUELESS lol. good luck everyone & sending love from New Zealand ;)

  29. Tinne Kox

    Great gifts!!! love to win.
    greetings from Belgium. x


    Hey…Jen,where have you been all these years?My Hubby definitely needs this…the only draw back-he does not use the Computer!! So,am gonna get “Crafty” and maybe print this out if I can? He needs all the “Help” he can get. thanks so much!!

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