Pyrex jugs. I find we can never have enough heatproof containers for crafting. I like to have two of each type - 1 cup, 2 cup, 4 cup, and 8 cup jugs.
Large wooden or plastic spoons. Again, we can never get enough of these!
Metal spoons. You know, the kind you use to eat food. You can get packages of 20 or 25 from your local restaurant supply store.
Rubber gloves. I mean nice thin ones, not the ones you find in the dishwashing department!
A good scale. There are many different ones you could choose. (This one is from Voyageur Soap & Candle and it can be plugged in or use the battery.) I also like the Escali digital scale that can be found at our suppliers' stores as well as in kitchen stores. I know London Drugs in Canada used to carry them, so they are easy to find.
Batteries for the scales. You might have to check to make sure, but most of them are AA.
A cute or manly apron. We have a small tendancy to wipe our hands all over our clothes when crafting, and this will save us some laundry bills!
Gift certificates to their favourite supplier. This is always welcomed!
A class! Check out your local supplier, community centre, arts council, or library to see if anyone is offering classes near you. If you're in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley of British Columbia, check out what Voyageur Soap & Candle has to offer. (I'll be offering more classes in 2015!)
Paprika app. This app is such a great way to arrange our recipes! You can scale them up or down and create a shopping list. And yeah, I guess you could use it for food recipes...
A good notebook. Something that has a waterproof or spillproof cover would be a good idea. We always need a place to write our ideas or recipes.
An electric fondue pot makes a wonderful double boiler with a temperature gauge you can control easily. There are a few brands out right now - I use the Rival fondue pot, but there's an Oster electric fondue pot, too. The Cuisinart fondue pot ranges from $49.99 to $126.99, so look around to get the best price.
If your crafter loves making facial products or surfactant based products (foamy, lathery things like shampoos or body washes), a pH meter is a great idea! I like this one from Lotioncrafter, but it's only available in the States. I have the Jenco Vision Plus and I really like it!
I did a search on Amazon.ca, and I found this list of pH meters. Perhaps there's something you like there?
Books make great presents for us crafty types! Check out Brambleberry's melt & pour soap e-books or Lotioncrafter's book section for more ideas. You can generally find books in your local bookstore, but it's hard to know which ones are good. I know that Making Liquid Soaps by Catherine Failor is a good one for soap makers, as is Anne-Marie Faiola's Soap Crafting (our own Soap Queen!)
As a shameless plug for my e-books, if you want to order something to be delivered on Christmas, just let me know! You can even play Secret Santa and leave your name off. Please let me know in the comments when you make your donation! All the proceeds from our e-books go to support the Rated T for Teen youth programs my husband and I offer at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Chilliwack and the Yarrow Community Centre in Yarrow, B.C. Canada.
What do you want for Christmas? I'm sure there's loads of stuff I've left out and I'd love to hear from you! Have any book suggestions? Leave your comments below!