Best gifts for scrapbookers

Ola Faleti

Scrapbooking combines several aspects of crafting, so there's a wide variety of items-- from glues and stickers to precision knives and scissors-- that will make for a great gift and make any scrapbooker's day.

Gift ideas for scrapbooker lovers

Even if digital photos reign supreme, scrapbooks are an excellent way to preserve special moments. Whether it’s photos, ticket stubs and memorabilia or all of the above, scrapbooking is a fun exercise in curation and creativity. There are some tools that every scrapbooker will appreciate, both experienced and novice. Below, you’ll find a collection of crafting supplies that are sure to please the scrapbooker in your life and bring their hobby to the next level.

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Scrapbooking albums

When it comes to scrapbooking, there’s nothing more important than the book itself! Scrapbook albums are available in a number of different styles and sizes. You can get a simple binder with clear page inserts, or a leather-bound album. Unlike a conventional photo album, a scrapbook album should leave room for embellishments and decorations around the photo. Before you get a scrapbook album as a gift, you’ll want to consider how many photos or other items the recipient may have to document.

Gotideal 80 Pages DIY Scrapbook Album: available at Amazon

With its hard cover and pretty ribbon detail, Gotideal’s scrapbook is simple and elegant. Includes 40 sheets of entirely blank craft paper, available in all black. A great choice for those who want to customize every detail of their scrapbooks.

Pioneer Jumbo 11.75 x 14 Beige Page Scrapbook, Navy Blue: available at Amazon

Go for a classic look with this navy blue scrapbook with gold trim on the cover. Its classy, old-fashioned style is perfect for holding archival family photos or special events.

potricher 8 x 8 Inch DIY Scrapbook Photo Hardcover Album: available at Amazon 

For smaller photos (such as polaroids), you can choose a smaller album. This Potricher album is available in a number of different colors with matching kraft paper inside. The durable pages are great for adding designs or drawings with a pen. Also comes in 10 x 10 and 12 x 12 models.

Pens and markers for scrapbooking

Having a wide array of pens is essential for scrapbooking. Serious scrapbookers will want pens in different colors, thicknesses and ink flow.

Paper Mate InkJoy Retractable Gel Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Ink, 14/Pack (1951636): available at Staples

Add some pizzazz to your memories with these retractable pens. These pretty, vibrant colors will work for any color scheme. The smooth flow and ergonomic grip make for a pleasant writing experience, too.

Paper Mate Flair Felt Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Color Ink, 12/Pack (74423): available at Staples 

These are the perfect blend of pen and marker. They come in a variety of colors and are easy to write and draw with. Excellent for writing captions, adding borders or designing little doodles. Useful for non-scrapbooking activities as well.

Sunshilor Metallic Markers Fine Point Metallic Marker Pens for Black Paper, Set of 12: available at Amazon

Paint pens have a reputation for being messy, but you won’t find any leaks with this set. A smooth flow with a metallic finish, these pens are better for writing headings or drawing designs, rather than writing captions.

Adhesive for scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a mixed media activity, so it’s best to have multiple kinds of adhesive on hand.

Elmer's No-Wrinkle Rubber Cement, 4 Ounces. (E904): available at Staples

Rubber cement is perfect for that wrinkle-free finish. It dries clear, so you can easily remove any access — or even remove it if needed. Great for gluing photos and other paper items.

Mod Podge CS11302 Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish, Matte, 16 Fluid Ounces: available at Amazon

For a heavy-duty bond, look no further than Modge Podge. Modge Podge works as both an adhesive and a glossy finish, which means it’s perfect for collaging. Also works well for gluing textured, heavier items, which any scrapbooker will tell you is useful indeed.

Elmer's School Disappearing Purple Glue Sticks, 0.21 Ounces, 8/Pack (E1591): available at Staples

For a lighter finish, Elmer’s glue sticks are a tried and true product. Choose these glue sticks for lighter items like thin paper or glitter details. As the name denotes, the glue will dry on clearly. Great value for the price.

Stickers and embellishments for scrapbooking

Stickers add flair and interest, and can also be used to spell out headings.

Nicpro Alphabet Letter 20 Sheet Stickers: available at Amazon

Save time on hand-lettering with these stickers. The set of nearly 1,800 stickers comes in several different colors and includes upper and lower casing, so you can mix and match with ease. Holds up well on paper and hardcover surfaces.

240 Sticker Scrapbook Assorted Plants Set: available at Amazon

A nature-inspired set, these beautiful stickers will add a touch of class and beauty to any scrapbook page. Mix and match or use the stickers for a specific theme. Waterproof and suitable for hard surfaces and paper alike.

45-Piece Doraking Mini Size Scrapbook Stickers: available at Amazon

Help your friend or relative step their scrapbooking up a notch with these beautifully illustrated stickers. These tiny, unique designs are available in five different themes and will add a sweet touch to your photographs.

Scissors and knives for scrapbooking

Aside from using scissors to cut out pictures, you can also use them for decorative borders. A  more exacting tool like a knife might work better when trying to pull images from magazines.

X-ACTO Gripster Knife, Black (X3627): available at Staples

For extracting those photos with elaborate edges or those in a magazine, the X-Acto Knife is your go-to. The fine point will allow the recipient to cut out any pictures with ease and precision and has a soft grip for maximum comfort.

EK Tools 4-Pack Decorative Scissors: available at Amazon

For adding fun borders to your pictures — this EK Tools set comes with four different border designs, best suited for paper rather than fabric.

Westcott 8-Inch Titanium Bonded Scissors: available at Amazon

For all other basic cutting needs, Westcott’s scissors will do the trick. This versatile pair not only cuts through paper but also fabric and plastic. Plus, the titanium blades are up to three times as strong as stainless steel.

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