50 DIY Holiday Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love + BONUS Discounts!

We all know how crazy the holiday rush can be. Having to go to a crowded mall, find parking and then fight your way from store to store trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be exhausting.

Even online shopping isn’t always a guarantee when you have to worry about shipping times and finding what you want in the right color or size.  

Holiday shopping can be a nightmare, so this year, why not avoid all that? Instead of purchasing gifts in a store or searching for hours online, you can make unique handmade gifts that are sure to impress.

With Ricoma crafting equipment like our Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer, vinyl cutters, embroidery machines, sewing machines and heat presses, you can create customized gifts that will blow your friends and family away.

Check out our list of 50 amazing DIY holiday gifts you can easily make yourself in the sections below and also receive discount codes for the must-have gadgets you can use to create them!

1. Cozy Holiday Mugs  

Holiday Mugs

There’s nothing better than sipping a warm hot chocolate on a cold winter day. But why drink from a boring old cup when you can enjoy your drink in a cute holiday-themed mug? 

You can put quotes, fun graphics, pictures and more onto mugs using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and a Ricoma Mug Heat Press.

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2. Creative Christmas Cards 

Christmas Cards

Along with your gifts, you can also include unique Christmas cards. In addition to cutting vinyl, the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter can also cut paper and cardstock to create novelty paper crafts like pop-up cards and more! 

Psst… did you know that you can even create custom cards with an embroidery machine!? Click here to check out how on this episode of Embroidery Hub.

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3. Holiday-themed Gift Labels  

Gift Labels

A perfect way to make your gifts even more special this holiday season is to use holiday-themed labels to write names or special messages on your presents. You can also decorate them using cute stickers to really get everyone in the holiday spirit!  

Print any label design you want using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer label-making function or custom stickers using the RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter.  

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4. Holiday Gift Pouches 

Holiday pouch

You can create dozens of colorful pouches that can be used as coin purses or accessories using an industrial sewing machine like the iKonix Automatic Touchscreen Sewing Machine – KSB-6-4. You can even use the pouches to pack small gifts so you can give two gifts in one!  

Small pouches are incredibly easy to make, so you can sew them regardless of your level of craftiness. However, if you want to decorate pouches instead of making them, you can use the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter to create custom vinyl designs for your pouches.  

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5. Decorative Seasonal Towels 

Decorative towels

Decorative towels are a great gift for almost any occasion. You can customize them with beautiful graphics like holly or pumpkins to match the seasons, or with names and phrases. All this is possible with the help of embroidery machines like the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

Watch this video for some helpful tips and tricks when embroidering on towels.  

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6. Warm Winter Gloves 

Warm Winter Gloves

 It can be a struggle to keep warm during the cold winter months, which is why a set of cozy gloves is such a thoughtful gift. You can make the perfect pair of warm winter gloves using the iKonix Cylinder-Bed Lockstitch Sewing Machine.

If your sewing skills aren’t advanced enough to take on a glove-making project, you can also purchase a nice pair of gloves and personalize them using our EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.

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7. Holiday-Themed Plates 

Holiday Plate Sets

Nothing says decorative flair like a set of custom plates. With the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and the Ricoma Auto Open Plate Heat Press, you can transfer beautiful and intricate designs like mistletoe patterns or wreaths onto plates that will be sure to impress any home décor enthusiast.

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8. Personalized Christmas Stockings 

Christmas Stockings

Add some holiday cheer to the mantels and fireplaces of your friends and family by creating custom Christmas stockings! You can easily embroider names, snowflakes, and even short phrases on stockings using an embroidery machine like Ricoma’s EM-1010 Embroidery Machine 

Click here to watch one of our embroidery experts decorate a stocking for the holidays. 

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9. Soft and Cozy Winter Blankets 

Blankets are the perfect gift for the holidays. What better way to show someone you care than by helping them stay warm and cozy? 

You can pick out the softest material you can find at your local fabric shop and sew your friends and family fluffy blankets that they will love. You can create a blanket of your own using the iKonix High-Speed Five-Thread Overlock Industrial Sewing Machine KS-757A

Alternatively, you can embroider designs on blankets using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine to personalize them even if you don’t make them from scratch.

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10. Whimsical Holiday Decals 

Holiday Decals

A fun and creative gift idea this holiday season is to create custom decals. You can make snowflakes and snowmen to decorate windows for the holidays, or smaller personalized decals to use as stocking stuffers. 

You can create any simple design of your choosing using the RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter.  

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 11. Ugly Christmas Sweaters  

Christmas Sweater

We all know ugly Christmas sweaters are a MUST for the holiday season, which is why they are such a popular gift idea.

With the help of equipment like the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer, you can make Christmas sweaters as ugly (or as cute) as you want them to be for all of your friends and family.

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 12. Holly Candle Votive  

Candle

Do you have a loved one who enjoys candles? Make their gifts both smell and look amazing by customizing the votive (or glass container) using a vinyl cutter like the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter

You can create snowflake and holly designs for the holidays, or customize the votive with names or quotes to make it feel more personal.  

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 13. Purrfect Pet Collars  

Pet Collars

If you have pet lovers in your life, gifting them with a customized pet collar or leash is bound to make their day. 

You can personalize any pet accessory with the pet’s name or with simple images like snowflakes or paw prints using an embroidery machine like the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

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14. Stylish Winter Beanies 

Holiday Beanies

Another warm gift idea for this chilly season is a beanie. You can sew a beanie yourself using soft fabric in whatever color or pattern you like best, so your friends and family can receive a thoughtful and useful gift this holiday season.

A great tool for creating beanies is the Yamata High-Speed Zigzag Industrial Sewing Machine – FY457-125L, as zig-zag stitches are ideal for sewing stretchy knits.  

If making beanies from scratch isn’t up your alley, you can also purchase and customize a beanie using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

For inspiration, you can watch one of our experts embroider a beanie here.  

Winter Beanie

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15. Punny Personalized Aprons 

Aprons

Do you have someone in your life who loves to cook? Whether they like to bake or barbeque, you can make a custom apron design that is perfect for them using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer.  

You can print cooking graphics like pies and cakes, or funny quotes like “Cooking is my favorite pasta-time.” Everything and the kitchen sink is possible when printing with the Luminaris 200.

You can see the Luminaris 200 in action in this video.  

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 16. Crafty Kitchen Mitten and Potholder Set  

Kitchen Mitten Set

Speaking of cooking, what better accessory to add along with an apron than a kitchen mitten and potholder set?

You can customize mittens and potholders with initials or simple images with the help of the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter and the Ricoma Auto Open 15” x 15” Flat Heat Press.

You can also personalize a set of kitchen mittens using an embroidery machine. Click here to check out this short video on how to embroider oven mitts and potholders.

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17. Unique Christmas Ornaments

Lace Christmas ornament

Christmas ornaments are something people use every year, so they will never go out of fashion. This makes ornaments an excellent gift for the holidays. 

You can create beautiful freestanding lace ornaments in the shapes of angels, snowflakes, trees, and more using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

Click here to watch a tutorial on how to embroider free-standing lace.

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 18. Huggable Stuffed Animals 

Stuffed Animal

Cute stuffed animals are a great gift for children in your family. You can make a simple animal toy with soft and fluffy material using the iKonix Automatic Touchscreen Sewing Machine – KSB-6-4, and it will be sure to bring a smile to any child’s face.

You can also easily create stuffed animals using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.

Watch this fun tutorial and learn how to create in-the-hoop projects like stuffed toys. 

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 19. Decorative Holiday Table Cloths and Napkins 

Table Cloths and Napkins

Decorative table cloths and matching napkin sets are a great home décor gift, especially for the holidays.

With the versatility of the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer, you can create table cloths for any season or occasion by creating prints of pumpkins, fall leaves, snowmen and more!

And yes! You can also embroider on your very own table cloth as well. Click here to check out this tutorial.

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20. Witty Spice Jars 

Custom Spice Jars

Add some spice to your friends’ lives this holiday season by gifting them custom spice jars! With the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter and a Ricoma Mug Heat Press, you can create unique spice jar designs that will add an aesthetic flair or sense of humor to any bland spice cabinet.  

We’d list more ideas, but with 30 other items to go, we just don’t have the thyme. 😉  

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21. One-Of-A-Kind Onesies 

Christmas Onesies

If you’re looking for the right gift for new parents, you can’t go wrong with a custom onesie. You can print cute phrases like “Baby’s First Christmas” or add fun cartoon designs with the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer.

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22. Snug Personalized Slippers 

Customized slippers

Another great gift to keep someone nice and cozy this winter is a pair of slippers. You can embroider monogrammed initials or a simple design like flowers to personalize them for anyone on your gift list using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.

If you’ve never embroidered on a shoe before, you can watch one of our experts do it here.   

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23. Comfy Christmas Day Pajamas 

Christmas Pijamas

What’s better than waking up Christmas morning in a brand-new set of comfy pajamas? Kids and adults love to lounge and be comfortable during the holidays, so gifting them with a pajama set made just for them is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season.

You can create any pajama set using fabric from your local craft store and an industrial machine with an overlock stitch like the iKonix High-Speed Five-Thread Overlock Industrial Sewing Machine KS-757A. 

If you don’t have time to make an entire set from scratch, you can also print custom designs on pre-made pajamas using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer.  

What you’ll need: 

24. Festive Tote Bags 

Holiday Tote Bag

Tote bags are a useful and fashionable gift you can give anyone this Christmas. Using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and the Ricoma Auto Open 16” x 20” Flat Heat Press, you can create large designs of your choice to decorate totes for your friends and family.  

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25. Fashionable Freestanding Lace Earrings 

Freestanding Lace Earrings

A unique gift that is always sure to please is a pair of freestanding lace earrings. Not only can you choose any color to create these, but you can also create them in a variety of patterns! Use the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine and show off your creativity this Christmas.

You can watch one of our crafters create a pair of freestanding lace earrings here.  

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26. Custom Car Seat Covers 

Custom Car seat covers

A good gift for someone who cares a lot about their car is car seat covers. You can give them a gift that protects their car interior and customize it with their initials or favorite sports team logo using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer or the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.

You can even take it one step further and customize car mats to match the seat covers. Check out our video on how to embroider car mats here! 

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27. Baby Clothes Galor   

Baby Clothes

If you have a new baby in the family, clothes will always be a useful gift. You can sew anything from little onesies to booties and bibs. Baby clothes will be both a cute and considerate gift for the baby and their parent.

You can create these delicate clothing items with the help of the iKonix Cylinder-Bed Lockstitch Sewing Machine

In case sewing clothes isn’t for you, you can also try using the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter to decorate baby items with cute characters or phrases.

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28. Fluffy or Silky Bathrobes 

Bathrobes

If you want to shower someone with a lavish gift, try embroidering on a fluffy or silky robe. You can monogram initials onto bathrobes or write full names to really make them feel special and personalized using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine 

You can watch one of our robe embroidery tutorials here! 

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29. Holiday-Inspired Table Runners  

Holiday Table Runner

If you have friends and family who love to decorate for the holidays, a table runner would make a great addition to their décor.

You can customize any table runner by creating unique and colorful designs using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer.  

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30. Handy Hand Sanitizer Holder 

Hand sanitizer holder

With hand sanitizer being a must to carry around, a great stocking stuffer idea is to make custom hand sanitizer holders for your friends and family. 

You can make them with any fabric you like best using an industrial post-bed sewing machine like the iKonix Single-Needle Industrial Sewing Machine – KS-81.  

Custom hand sanitizer holders can also be made using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

Click here to watch a full tutorial on how to complete this in-hoop project and get a FREE design. 

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31. Eye-Catching Keychains 

Key Chains

Keychains are a fun accessory almost everyone uses. You can create personalized keychains with initials, logos, and simple images using an embroidery machine like the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

Make matching keychains for you, your friends, or your parents. The sky is the limit with this creative in-hoop gift idea.  

For some inspiration, here is a video on how to create freestanding lace keychains using a Ricoma embroidery machine.  

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32. Luxurious Leather Purses and Wallets 

Purse and Wallet

If you want to delve into some leatherwork, making one-of-a-kind wallets and purses for Christmas is a special gift that will last a long time. You can create unique leather goods with a professional finish using the Yamata Single-Needle Chainstitch Industrial Sewing Machine – FY0058A-1.  

You can also purchase pre-made items and add embroidered details to them like flowers, monogram initials and more using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine 

To learn how to embroider a clutch purse, check out this helpful tutorial.  

What you’ll need: 

33. Personalized School Accessories (Backpacks, lunchboxes, pencil cases) 

School bakcpack

Almost all kids lose track of their school supplies at some point, which is why a great and simple gift idea is to customize backpacks and lunchboxes with their names. You can personalize almost any school accessory with the RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter and the Ricoma Auto Open 15” x 15” Flat Heat Press 

If you want even more customization options, you can also embroider names on school bags using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

Get some helpful tips on how to embroidery on a bag in this video.  

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34. Matching Family T-shirts 

Matching Family T-shirts

A fun gift you can get your whole family is matching t-shirts. You can have your names on the back, your roles in the family, or even funny family inside jokes.

The Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer is the perfect tool for the job, as you will not be limited by color, design or area, and can put virtually anything on your t-shirts.  

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35. Fashion-Ready Canvas Shoes 

Custom Canvas Shoes

Canvas shoes are a great blank slate for your creativity this holiday season. You can add cool letters in any font, the logos of sports teams or superheroes, or some beautiful floral designs using the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter.

You can even embroider the tongue of a shoe using an embroidery machine and a specialty device. Watch how here.

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36. Pillowcases Perfect for Any Room  

Pillowcases

A great and affordable way to brighten up any kid’s room is to get fun and colorful pillowcases with the things they love on them.

You can buy any fabric you think the kids in your family will love and create pillowcases using the iKonix Flat-Bed Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine – KS-8700B 

As an added bonus, you can also embroider initials or monogram letters on pillowcases for more personalization using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

What you’ll need: 

37. Attention-Grabbing Jackets 

Winter Jacket

Jackets are a fashionable accessory that are perfect for winter. You can create large, eye-catching graphics to put on the back of any jacket using the RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter and the Ricoma Auto Open 16” x 20” Flat Heat Press.  

You can also embroider the back of a jacket for a more vintage feel using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

Learn how to embroider the back of a jacket like a pro in this video. 

What you’ll need:  

38. Posh Pillows for Home Décor  

Decorative Pillow

Breathe some fresh air into your friend’s and family’s living room décor by making them a decorative pillow. With festive and elegant fabric choices from your local craft store and the help of the iKonix Flat-Bed Lockstitch Industrial Sewing Machine, you can create any type of pillow you want! 

If stuffing pillows isn’t for you, then try customizing pre-made pillows and cushions using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer. You can create beautiful fonts for inspiring quotes or detailed images of landscapes to make your gift stand out.  

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39. Positively Stunning Placemats  

Decorative Holiday Placemats

To complete any dining table set, you need the right placemats. You can create any placemat design you can think of with 2-step heat transfer printing using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and the Ricoma Auto Open 16” x 20” Flat Heat Press.  

For the holidays, you can even create stunning poinsettia and holly designs to complement any festive dining room set.  

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40. Paw-tastic Pet Clothes  

Embroidered Pet clothes

Clothing for pets can be ridiculously expensive, so any pet lover in your life will appreciate getting cute outfits for them. You can make clothes for cats, dogs, ferrets and even birds with the iKonix Cylinder-Bed Lockstitch Sewing Machine, so owner and pet can wear matching attire this holiday season.

If sewing small garments isn’t for you, no worries. You can also purchase blank items and customize pet clothing with paw and bone designs using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.

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41. Homey Welcome Mats 

Welcome mat

If you have a friend or family member who has recently moved to a new place, a custom welcome mat is the perfect gift to help them feel more at home or help them get into the holiday spirit.  

You can personalize any blank mat with the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and the Ricoma Auto Open 16” x 20” Flat Heat Press 

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42. Custom Thermos or Water Bottle Accessories 

Custom Thermos or Water Bottle

Know someone who’s always on the go? Customize a thermos or water bottle for them using the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter and a Ricoma Mug Heat Press. You can add a quote, the logo of their favorite sports team, and more to their drinkware! 

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43. Custom Caps

Custom Caps

Caps are all the rage these days. They make the perfect gift for almost anyone, especially those who collect them. To customize caps for any person or occasion, you can use the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine to create unique patches or embroider onto the cap directly.  

You can also use Ricoma’s Auto Open Cap Heat Press to attach stylish iron-on patches onto caps or sew leather patches onto them directly using the iKonix Cylinder-Bed Lockstitch Sewing Machine.   

Click here to watch a video on how to attach leather patches onto caps.  

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44. Custom Jerseys for the Sports Lover in Your Life 

Custom Sport jersey

Custom jerseys are unique and fashionable gifts that would please any sports fan. You can create large numbers and letters for the backs of jerseys using Ricoma’s RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter.

If you’re up for a creative challenge, you can even embroider a custom split-front jersey design using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine.  

Watch our expert breakdown the embroidery process for split-front jerseys in this video. 

What you’ll need: 

45. Lazy Holiday Lounge Pants 

Custom Lounge Pants

Who doesn’t like lounging around in some comfortable sweats during the holidays, especially after a large family dinner? Lounge pants can be the perfect gift for anyone on your list, especially when you personalize them with fun designs using the RCP-6301 25” Vinyl Cutter.  

For even more customization, you can also embroider names using the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

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46. Elegant Linen Set 

Linin Set

A perfect gift for parents and grandparents is a personalized linen set. You can create beautiful monogram embroidery on multiple sheets and pillowcases with the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. You can even embroider designs for specific seasons so the set always goes with the décor.

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47. Trendy Phone Cases 

Custom Phone cases

Everyone has a phone, so a custom phone case is a great idea if you’re pressed for time and unsure of what to get someone.

You can customize any phone case with vinyl decorations using the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter and the Ricoma Auto Open 15” x 15” Flat Heat Press to make them fashionable and fit anyone’s style.  

What you’ll need: 

48. Baby Bibs for Your Bundle of Joy (or someone else’s)  

Baby Bibs

Ask any parent and they will tell you that they can easily go through multiple baby bibs in a day. Gifting a new parent a set of cute, custom bibs can be a real life-saver.

You can easily create any design you desire using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer.   

If you want to try different decorating methods, you can also embroider simple phrases and designs on a bib with the EM-1010 Embroidery Machine. 

Watch this video to see how we embroidered a bib using a fusible stabilizer! 

What you’ll need:  

49. Inspiring Home Décor Signs 

Home Décor Signs

If you know someone who has “Live, Laugh, Love” signs hung all around their home, then we have the perfect gift for them. 

You can personalize wooden and metal signs using the RCP-3301 13” Craft Mini Vinyl Cutter and the Ricoma Auto Open 15” x 15” Flat Heat Press to say anything you want.  

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50. Festive Coasters  

Holiday Coasters

Ready for happy hour? We all need a good drink during the holidays (even if it’s eggnog), but no one wants to ruin their table doing it.

You can make custom coasters for your friends and family using the Luminaris 200 White Toner Transfer Printer and a Ricoma Auto Open 15” x 15” Flat Heat Press to keep things fun, but clean during the holidays.   

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Let’s “Wrap” It Up

If you’re having trouble deciding what to purchase the special people in your life this holiday season, try making them something instead. 

Custom-made gifts feel more personal and more magical because they are unique and made with a specific person in mind.  

So take advantage of our special discount codes to purchase all the tools you’ll need to make the perfect gifts this holiday season AND save 10% on all our high-quality equipment.  

Happy crafting and happy holidays! 

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