DIY Gift Supplies

When putting together the perfect gift for all the special people in my life, there are a few things I can’t live without. My favorite DIY gift supplies and resources below make gift-giving a whole heck of a lot easier.

I hoard craft supplies. There. I said it.

Needless to say, I’d love to hear about the supplies you prefer and – of course – why. So shoot me a quick email and let me know if you have any other suggestions I should test out!

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DIY Gift Tag Supplies

I find myself recommending these supplies alongside my free gift tag downloads all.the.time.

Gift Tag Supply Must-Haves: cardstock, hole punch, scissors, stapler and ribbon

(1) Astro Brights Cardstock | (2) Officemate One-Hole Punch |
(3) Fiskars Performance Softgrip Titanium Scissors |
(4) Bostitch Heavy Duty Stapler | (5) Various Ribbons

Some of my most popular free gift tag downloads:

DIY Gift Wrapping Supplies

The easiest way for me to keep my gift wrapping storage clean and tidy is to go monochromic. I found myself hoarding unused rolls of wrapping paper, so I tossed them all and instead use kraft boxes, kraft paper and kraft gift bags as my main wrapping and then embellish and personalize each gift for every occasion.

For tons of inspiration, check out my Kraft Paper Gift Wrap Post!

Here are my go-to gift wrap supplies:

Favorite Gift Wrapping Supplies: kraft boxes, kraft gift bags, cellophane bags, twine, double-sided tape, gift wrap cutter, scissors, kraft paper

(1) Kraft Window Boxes | (2) Kraft Paper Gift Bags |
(3) Clear Cellophane Bags | (4) Natural Jute Twine |
(5) Double-sided Tape | (6) Gift Wrap Cutter | (7) Scissors |
(8) Kraft Paper Roll

Some of my most popular kraft wrapping paper, kraft window box and cellophane wrapped gift posts:

Cricut Supplies for Personalized Gifts

When I first got my Cricut Explore Air 2, I had no idea what I really needed. I was super overwhelmed by all the accessories you could get and I didn’t know what was worth the money (or what I’d actually end up using). So here are my favorite Cricut necessities and accessories that I can’t live without!

So this section isn’t as self-explanatory as gift tag supplies and gift wrap supplies, so let me go into a little detail with each of my favorite Cricut supplies for making personalized gifts

Favorite Cricut Supplies

(1) Clear Plastic Zip Envelopes | (2) Basic Tool Set |
(3) Replacement Blades | (4) Strong Grip Transfer Tape |
(5) Vinyl Roll Holder | (6) Light Box | (7) Tweexy Weeding Helper |
(8) 20″x16″ EasyPress Mat | (9) EasyPress 2 6″x7″ |
(10) Machine Mat Variety Pack 12″x12″

A bit of an explanation for my Cricut supplies…

(1) These clear plastic zip envelopes are absolutely essential for keeping tabs of little bits of extra vinyl. Organize them by material (permanent vinyl vs. heat transfer vinyl) and/or by vinyl color. The envelopes are 9.75″x13″ – so each holds a fair amount of scrap vinyl!

(2) I only needed the tools in the Basic Tool Set for about 99% of the Cricut projects I did in my first year. You don’t need to get every tool under the sun right away.

(3) When I first needed replacement blades, I purchased the Cricut brand blades, but I soon realized that these cheaper generic blades work just as well!

(4) If you plan on working with glitter vinyl, do yourself a HUGE favor and spring for the strong grip transfer tape. It grips the glitter vinyl so much better and makes these projects go a lot faster.

(5) If you are new to using a Cricut Explore Air 2, I have only one thing to say. You’re going to accumulate rolls of vinyl FAST. After trying multiple organizational systems for all of my rolls, I finally found one that works for me – this hanging vinyl organizer. I have a two actually – one for permanent vinyl and one for heat transfer vinyl . With these organizers, my vinyl is so tidy and easy to find!

Stay with me here, people… there’s more!

(6) I can not weed white vinyl without my light box! I decided to try a cheaper version than the Cricut BrightPad to make sure I’d actually use it. I planned to upgrade but this light box works so well I never felt the need to spring for the Cricut BrightPad (although it is super pretty).

(7) You may be thinking: what the heck is a Tweexy? Well, let me tell you, it’s an essential weeding tool! Slip your fingers through the rings to hold it in place and out of the way while you are weeding. Then drag your weeding tool through the slits in the top of the Tweexy to remove those little pieces that stick to the end of your tool. The vinyl drops right into the base of the Tweexy, so you can keep on weeding without stopping to pick the sticky vinyl pieces off of your hook with your fingers! It helps so much to contain the mess while you are weeding too!

(8) Cricut EasyPress mats come in a couple different sizes: 8″x10″ 12″x12″ 14″x14″ 16″x20″ . Personally I decided on only one – the 16″x20″.

Yes, it’s a larger mat to store, but you can do any size project on it. I didn’t want to end up needing something bigger for a project down the road if I went with the 8″x10″ to begin with. I do everything from personalized baby onesies to large personalized gift bags using htv on the 16″x20″.

(9) When considering a Cricut EasyPress, I decided to go with the smallest one offered: the 6″x7″. I tried to apply heat transfer vinyl using a standard home iron but it was such a pain! I quickly realized I needed to buy an EasyPress, and since I knew I’d be doing lots of little projects like personalized onesies and custom kids’ t-shirts, I went with the smallest one. You can still use it for larger projects, it just takes a few more minutes. If you are a beginner, I advise trying the smaller size too!

(10) After my first few projects with my Cricut Explore Air2 I knew I needed to invest in the Machine Mat Variety Pack. It’s so much easier to work with poster board and glitter vinyl with the strong grip mat. But I use the standard grip and light grip mats a lot as well. It’s nice to have all on-hand if I find one isn’t working for me in the middle of a project.

Some of my most popular personalized gifts using my Cricut Explore Air2:

So that’s it, folks! Let me know if I’ve missed anything!

I’d love to hear if you use any of these supplies! And as always…

IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING A CUSTOM GIFT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!