10 Cheap & Easy Gifts You Can Make With A Heat Press Machine

Do you always feel like you leave buying gifts to the very last minute, and never know what to get?


Maybe you’ve got a birthday party coming up or you know someone who just had a baby… Do you own a heat press but need some inspiration about what you could make with it?


In this post, I’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 Gift 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
  • wood – farmhouse signs or wooden plaques
  • pillow cases – both for the bed or as a living room throw pillow
  • cups & mugs
  • and much more

Most of these heat press projects can also be made with a home iron or with the Cricut EasyPress.


1. Custom Baby Onesies


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Whenever someone I know gives birth, they get a custom baby onesie. I’d almost call it a tradition by now! I buy these 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.



I also made this Mary Poppins baby onesie not long ago, using Glitter heat transfer vinyl (such a pretty product!). These heat press gifts for babies are kept and treasured by moms for ages!


Here are some other fun baby onesie design ideas:

  • “EST 2018”
  • “A James & Amy Production”
  • “Spent 9 Months Inside”
  • “Fearfully & Wonderfully Made”
  • Personalize baby clothing with the baby’s name or put their age



Seasonal creations (like this My First Christmas baby onesie) are another great heat press gift idea. Whether it’s Christmas, Easter, Winter, Spring, Fall, or Summer, there’s always an excuse to make a baby bodysuit or kids t-shirt.


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.


There are so many choices for blank pillow cases in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Choose one you know your friend will love, and don’t forget the pillow inserts. If you start by choosing the size of cushion cover that you want, you can usually then search (for example) ’18 x 18 pillow insert’ and you will see your options.


3. Make A Reverse Canvas



Make a Reverse Canvas with HTV. Believe it or not, these creations are made from an ordinary stretched canvas! The ‘Amazing Grace’ canvas was made with HTV, but reverse canvases can be made with either adhesive vinyl or heat transfer vinyl.


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.



I was also able to make my new baby nephew a tiny custom kids t-shirt with the logo of the cafe & restaurant his parents manage. The picture doesn’t really reveal how small and cute this t-shirt is! I used my Cricut EasyPress for this project.



Or there is this long sleeved t-shirt with Cricut patterned heat transfer vinyl project. I think this was the first SVG I designed myself, and you can download it for free over on that post!


5. 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.


6. Curved Text Tool Project



Another heat press gift idea using a different feature: the curved text tool in Cricut Design Space. And I’m sure other cutting machine software has their own curved text feature. This design element changes things up and keeps things fresh!


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. Custom Place Mats

make some beautiful place mats with your heat press

Have you already given your mom everything listed above? What about custom place mats!?


This Christmas (Birthday, or Mothers’ Day), grab some blanks, and make her some custom place mats!


You could make a set with the same designs or patterns on them, which would be easier. Or you could make every one unique! However, if you go with the latter, I suggest sticking to a theme. For example, you could design a monogram for each member of the household, or choose from thousands of free SVG files.


9. Personalized Mugs

mugs are a cheap and easy gift you can make with your heat pressYou 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.


10. DIY Caps & Hats


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If gifting a hat, you might need to be a little more discerning as to what to put on it. The friend or family member you gift this to is going to be advertising whatever it is you put on it. You better be sure they’ll like it!


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.


Please share any other ideas you have in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!


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