Always have a personalized gift ready with these 10 last-minute Cricut gifts for Explore, Maker, and Joy.
You know the feeling. The company office party or secret gift exchange is next week, and all you have time to get is a batch of cookies and a card from the grocery store.
Nothing says I care about you like handmade instead of hand-faked, and this is exactly where your machine shines, so break out your Explore, Maker, or Joy on a weekend afternoon and give these 10 last-minute Cricut gifts instead.
Awesome DIY Holiday Cricut Gift List
1. Coffee Mugs
Inexpensive and quick is never a bad combo. Lydi from Lydi Out Loud added metallic and glitter vinyl to dollar store coffee mugs for a heartfelt morning must-have in 10 minutes.
2. Mini Succulent Planters
Jessica from Mad In Crafts put a tropical spin on her holidays with geometric pineapple planters. She used shimmer paper and her Maker’s Double Scoring Wheel and then added her own succulents. This one’s perfect for new apartment crafters who crave a modern vibe.
3. Custom Socks
Who doesn’t love socks, especially when they do more than warm your toes? Clarks Condensed calls this set “Me Time” socks, made with SportFlex Iron-On, because all they have to do to get some much-needed rest (and teach reading comprehension) is put their feet up.
4. Planner Stickers
We all have organized friends (You have one in me if you’re visiting this blog), and Angel from Fleece Fun took full advantage of her inner circle’s schedule and list obsession with bright floral planner stickers. All it took was a quick image search in Design Space and some Adhesive Deluxe Paper.
If you’re thinking about jumping on the planner bandwagon with me, check out this post for help finding the perfect style, binding, and paper weight. Don’t forget about the free sample pages from my own printable binder kits, either.
5. Wood Classroom Sign
Even if your gift list is set in stone, do not forget the teachers. With a $1 wood canvas, chalk paint, and Cricut Iron-On, Sarah from The Simply Crafted Life, who happens to be an elementary school teacher, gives herself a pep talk every morning Cricut-style.
Signs are the simple yet sophisticated specialty of any Cricut machine, so Sarah’s method could apply to gifts year-round for housewarmings, weddings, and baby showers.
Update: As of July 2022, the iron-on apple design seen here is no longer in stock. I found a similar blank wooden apple sign, but feel free to support Sarah by visiting her project tutorial.
6. Gift Card Holder
If you’re stumped on what a hard-to-buy-for BFF or V-Buck-hungry teen might appreciate, wow them with this Explore project. Everyday Jenny folded and glued Deluxe Paper as gift card holders. They’re extra slim, so she doesn’t have to store and carry an armload of seasonal bags.
7. Sunshine Box
There’s nothing wrong with sending multiple gifts, and we all need sunshine during the holidays. Amy from Ameroomie Designs added countdown tags, a Cricut Joy card, and a Cricut Smart Vinyl sticker to her sunshine box, a simple care package she sends to friends. Imagine getting this in the mail!
Did you know Cricut Joy decorates envelopes, too? Here’s how I cranked out a personalized card and envelope on the morning of a co-worker’s birthday.
8. Gift Wrap
DIY gift wrap is a thoughtful way to “make it nice.” (Thanks, Dorinda Medley, for the quote of a million lifetimes.) Since her gifts need a formal touch, Lexi from The Proper Blog used her Cricut Maker’s debossing tip and foil poster board for sumptuous signature wrapping paper.
9. Baking Set
It’s the most classic of all holiday traditions, so why not treat yourself like a big-name kitchen boss? Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff added a cheerful oven mitt, personalized spoon, and family recipe tea towel to her Cricut Maker baking kit. Your cookies and cakes are one of a kind, and thanks to Cori, so are your tools.
10. Etched Wine Bottle
Meet the Cadillac of hostess gifts and the woman behind it, Katie from
The Crafty Blog Stalker. Katie used Cricut Vinyl and a pristinely clean wine bottle to stencil a label, like I did with a water bottle, for a timeless keepsake after the final toast.
This is the most time-consuming project on my list since the bottles must be cleaned and prepped for vinyl transfer, but the wait is completely worth it.
Can’t Get Enough Holiday Goodness?
We live for this time of year, so there are plenty of posts and projects to make your trip down our holiday rabbit hole delightful.
Our Winter Holidays post archive has tutorials on planning, decorating, hosting, and everything in between to help you survive November and December without the usual R-rated quote bank.
And for our fellow Cricut fanatics of all abilities, even total beginners, we’ve got a full section to keep you crafty.
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