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The holidays are quickly approaching, and I bet that you have something Cricut related on your wish list. Or perhaps you’ve found this post because you have a Cricut crafting fan in your life, and you have absolutely no idea what to get that special someone. I’m here to help! The Cricut website can be overwhelming, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the Cricut world, and these 10 items are things that will take Cricut crafting from basic to beyond basic!
Beyond the Basics: A Holiday Cricut Gift Guide
#1 Cricut Explore Air 2
If a Cricut machine has been on your wish list for a while, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is an excellent option. For those who have been a Cricut user for a while and are looking to upgrade, the Cricut Explore Air 2 will make all of those card stock, vinyl, iron-on, and faux leather projects quicker and easier.
Who needs the Cricut Explore Air 2? Anyone looking to upgrade from an older Cricut machine and anyone who enjoys crafting and personalizing items for personal and home use
#2 Cricut EasyPress 2
I was a proponent of using a regular home iron for iron-on vinyl projects until the Cricut EasyPress 2 changed my crafting life! It allows me a firmer grip than a iron, and the square plate provides for even heating across the project. The Cricut EasyPress 2 has high temperature options, and the convenient display demonstrates the time and temperature in an easy-to-read format. The Cricut EasyPress 2 comes in four different sizes. I recommend investing in the largest size that you have room for in your craft space.
Who needs the Cricut EasyPress 2? Anyone who creates iron-on vinyl projects and needs a dependable, easy-to-use way to secure the iron-on vinyl to their project
#3 Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat
The Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat is a logical companion to the Cricut EasyPress 2. The mat goes underneath the project and the Cricut EasyPress 2 to protect your work surface from the high heat. If you’re tired of using a folded up towel or crossing your fingers that the heat from the EasyPress 2 doesn’t ruin your carpet or work space, invest in the Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat. You won’t be sorry! Be sure to purchase the Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat that matches the size of the Cricut EasyPress 2.
Who needs the Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat? Anyone with a Cricut EasyPress 2.
#4 Yearly Cricut Access Subscription
One of the most common questions that I see in Cricut groups is Do I really need Cricut Access. This question is so prevalent that I dedicated a blog post to it. For me, the need for Cricut Access is more than a “yes” or “no” question, but I find that most Cricut users who utilize their Cricut machine at least a few times a week benefit from the Cricut Access subscription. For the Cricut user who has everything, a Cricut Access subscription makes a perfect gift! See all the Cricut Access plans and prices here.
Who needs Cricut Access? The short answer is anyone who creates projects with their Cricut Explore Air machine more than a few times a weeks. For the long answer, see this post on Do I Really Need Cricut Access?
#5 Cricut Machine Tote
I hate to think what condition my Cricut machine would be in without my Cricut machine tote! I keep my Cricut machine in the tote for storage at home, and the tote secures my Cricut machine when taking it on-the-go. There is room in the bottom for the Cricut machine cords.
Who needs the Cricut Machine Tote? Anyone with a Cricut machine.
#6 Cricut Essential Tool Set
Who loves weeding projects? I doubt that there are many hands raised right now. Weeding is a tedious project when working with vinyl (though I’ve found some crafters who thoroughly enjoy it). The tools in the Cricut Essential Tool Set make it 10x easier and quicker.
Who needs the Cricut Essential Tool Set? Any Cricut crafter who creates vinyl, iron-on, or card stock projects.
#7 Cricut BrightPad
I used to think that I didn’t need the Cricut BrightPad. And then I realized that age hasn’t been kind to my eyes. When working with specific kinds of vinyl (such as glitter) and intricate cuts, I struggle with seeing where to weed the vinyl. The Cricut BrightPad shines a light from the bottom of the vinyl that allows me to see where to weed the vinyl, leading to fewer weeding mistakes and re-cuts.
On a side note, my kids also like using it for tracing pictures.
Who needs the Cricut BrightPad? Any Cricut crafter who needs assistance in seeing where to properly weed vinyl projects.
#8 Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and Blanks
These are my newest Cricut obsession. I’m a long-time Cricut iron-on vinyl crafter, but Cricut Infusible Ink products have taken my projects to the next level. For any Cricut crafter who likes trying new cutting materials, Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets and Blanks are a must-try!
Who needs Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets? Any Cricut crafter who is obsessed with trying the latest and greatest cutting materials that Cricut offers.
#9 Cricut Pens
I use Cricut Pens at least once a week. For Cricut card stock projects, cutting out tiny letters for wording can be tough. By changing them to a writing font and using the Cricut Pens, card stock projects are not only easier but also professional looking.
Who needs Cricut Pens? Any Cricut crafter who enjoys card stock projects.
#10 Cricut Faux Leather
Outside of iron-on vinyl and Transfer Sheets, Cricut Faux Leather projects are my favorite. I like the look of faux leather in jewelry projects and as an additional media for other crafts. Cricut faux leather cuts like a dream with the Cricut Explore Air 2!
Who needs Cricut Faux Leather? Any Cricut crafter!
Are any of these items on your Cricut wish list?