Maybe you’ve got a birthday party coming up or you know someone who just had a baby… In this post, We’ve got 10 gift ideas ideas that you can make with a heat press machine. Give your friends and family unique handmade gifts that they will treasure forever.
Heat Press Product Ideas
There are so many items that you can heat press heat transfer vinyl or transfer inks on. Clothing, of course, is the number one item, because everyone loves a hand made custom tee! But besides that, you can heat press:
bags – tote bags, cosmetic bags, & other hand bags
Whenever someone I know gives birth, they get a custom baby onesie. I’d almost call it a tradition by now! I buy blank baby onesies in bulk and keep them on hand for when the babies arrive.
However, the baby bodysuit pictured above is a Cricut Foil Iron-On project I made recently for my own 6 month old. I really like foil vinyl, it makes anything look really impressive. You can read the post for more information on how to apply iron-on HTV.
2. DIY Throw Pillows & Cushions
Make your own custom throw pillows and cushions with a heat press or iron. The Peter Rabbit Pillow above was another recent project I completed using a super cool Typewriter Font.
Who wouldn’t love getting a handmade heat press project like this? If you have a cutting machine and a heat press, you are no longer limited to what you can find at the store, you can create your own. Choose a design or phrase that sums up your friend and will put a smile on their dial each time they see it.
This is definitely a cheap and easy heat press gift, but it’s not done quickly – it takes time and patience while waiting for paint to dry! As with the pillows above, you can buy a canvas in whatever size you like and customize it to your friends tastes.
4. Personalized T-Shirts & Tank Tops
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made t shirts with my heat press for gifts. They are generally very easy to make, and look fantastic. The peacock tee above was one I made for my daughter. It was slightly more complicated with the different colors. For more info, see how to make a multicolored heat transfer vinyl design.
Cricut Infusible Ink Pens can be used to draw on copy paper, and then heat applied to ceramic coasters. These are essentially sublimation transfers, and they make great gifts.
6. A Slice Tool Project
Further heat press gift ideas include using the different tools and features available to you with your cutting machine software. This t-shirt was made using the Slice Tool in Cricut Design Space. This means cutting one design element out of another; in the case above, a name into a heart design.
7. A Layered HTV Project
Another way to make a unique t-shirt is by layering vinyl. A layered heat transfer vinyl tee really adds more dimension and complexity to the design, making it look so much cooler. This will impress whoever you give it to!
8. Tote Bags
Tote bags are another fun gift idea you can make with your press.
This Cricut Tote Bag project was made using the Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets, and applied using the EasyPress. It was also made as a gift for my mom who recently got a new camper!
You can press on all sorts of different substrates, including cork!
This cork bunting was made with heat transfer vinyl which allowed the vinyl to better apply to the cork. You can use adhesive vinyl of course, but this has been applied more effectively, and will last longer without curling around the edges!
10. Personalized Mugs
You can’t go wrong gifting a personalized mug. My whole family (immediate and extended) got one each last Christmas, and I’ve since heard that many of them use theirs each day!
You can use HTV or adhesive vinyl for this project, but you will need a mug heat press if using the former. Adhesive vinyl is probably the best bet if you don’t have one.
Heat Press Gifts
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these ideas and that there’s something you’d like to try out. We also hope the videos were able to give you a few tips.
Whatever the case, a personalized handmade item is always treasured. It can be difficult to come up with the perfect design or slogan, but it will be worth it.