Leather is one of the most classic materials available, with a durable and attractive exterior that excels when used in hats, shoes, belts, and handbags. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on high-end leather products, many crafters have turned their focus to creating them themselves, turning sheets of leather into fashionable and long-lasting pieces.
This style of crafting is gaining in popularity, so we’ve put together the best gifts for the leatherworker and leathercrafter. There’s the perfect gift at every price point, allowing you to help your crafter follow their leatherworking passion.
11 Unique Gifts for the Leatherworker
1. Cricut Maker Blue & Machine Tote Bundle
An essential addition to the toolkit of any serious crafter, quilter or sewer, the Cricut Maker is a commercial-standard cutting machine that can easily cut more than 300 materials. The included Rotary Blade can cut through material without the need of a backer, and you can easily purchase extra accessories for scoring, engraving, and other decorative details. It’s also compatible with a Knife Blade that can cut through thicker materials like leather, making it an essential part of a leatherworking workshop.
This Cricut Maker comes with basic tools, making it ideal for the leatherworker on the go.
2. OWDEN Professional 27 Pieces Alphabet Stamp Tool Set for Leathercraft
- OWDEN Professional 27 Pieces Alphabet(LETTER) stamping set for leathercraft. Size: 3/4" (19 mm) tall.
For the leatherworker looking to add letters to their projects, this professional alphabet stamp tool set is an essential addition to their toolkit. It includes every letter of the alphabet and a steel stamping handle, made from a durable kirsite that is best suited to leather of more than 1.5mm.
The font is attractive and classic, allowing the leatherworker to add a little extra personality to their leather items.
3. Techsew SK-4 Leather Skiving Machine
For the serious and professional leatherworkers, the Techsew Leather Skiving Machine is a must-have for the workshop. It is specially designed for edge and surface skiving of leather when constructing wallets, bags, shoes, and any other leather products. It includes adjustable skiving width and speed, to adapt to whatever project, and runs at a speedy 1200 RPM for completing items faster.
At a premium price point, it’s not a throwaway gift, but a serious gift for a leatherworker that wants to invest in their creations.
4. 273 Pieces Leather Working Tools and Supplies
- ▲Come with Leather Tool Box -- The Leather Crafting Tools kit comes with a high quality tool box. More durable than carton box, very suitable for long time using. Besides, everything you need is...
High quality tools are essential for good results when working with leather and this fully inclusive set includes all the tools necessary to get a leatherworker started. It includes a wide variety of supplies including leather rivets with fixing tools, letter and number stamp kits, a leather hole punch, and stitching groover. The whole set comes neatly displayed in a durable leather toolbox that protects the tools from damage and looks great while doing it.
If you’re not familiar with leatherworking, it can be confusing knowing what tools to buy for a leatherworker. With this premium set, you have them covered for every aspect of their craft.
5. Leatherwork and Repeat Graphic T-Shirt
This cute and quirky t-shirt by coolprint allows leatherworkers to show off their passion to the word with its catchy slogan: EAT, SLEEP, LEATHERWORK, REPEAT. Available in sizes from extra small to double extra-large, the black t-shirt with white graphics is striking and eye-catching.
The T-shirt is high quality, with a sublimation transfer technique for the graphics that ensures crisp lines and clean white. The front panel is polyester and spandex, while the back is 100% cotton, allowing for breathability and ultimate comfort.
6. Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
For an alternative to the Cricut machine that is more affordable but still exceptionally reliable, the Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine can be of great service to leatherworkers. It can cut up to 6 layers of material in one go and handle a large variety of materials from fabric to wood, including leather.
It includes an 8.5 inch cutting platform for versatility and easy cutting, and is both extremely accurate and durable, for clean cuts every time. While it lacks the digital connectivity of the Cricut, it excels with its simple functionality, user-friendly design, and precision cutting technology.
7. Get Started in Leather Crafting
- Is your guide to the basics: pattern and leather preparation, tools, finishes, and assembly
Get Started in Leather Crafting by Tony and Kay Laier is suitable for beginner and intermediate leatherworkers. The 48 page guide provides step by step instructions for different leatherworking techniques, including preparation, tools, stamps, embossing, and beginner-friendly projects to practice these techniques.
The guide is concise but informative, with full color photography and indexed sections that cover the different techniques. It’s ideal for beginners who need a starting point, as well as intermediate leatherworkers that like a point of reference when trying out new projects.
8. The Leatherworking Handbook
- Leatherworking Handbook A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects
Written by Valerie Michael, one of the founding members of the Association of Design Leatherworkers, The Leatherworking Handbook is a great addition to the library of any serious crafter. It’s designed for beginner and intermediate leatherworkers, taking them through a variety of projects that aim to teach and provide practice of different skills. While the resulting products have a sophisticated and professional quality, they are still accessible with detailed instructions, photography, and explanations of all tools and techniques.
This book is largely focused on projects that work with vegetable leather, so this is something to keep in mind if the leatherworker prefers chrome or faux leather for their projects.
9. Annie’s Creative Woman Kit Club
Leatherworkers like to focus their efforts on their favorite material, leather, but many are diverse crafters that like to dabble in other mediums. A monthly subscription to Annie’s Creative Woman Kit Club is the perfect gift for a female leatherworker or beader that wants to play with different forms and learn new skills.
The subscription includes the delivery of a new kit every 4 weeks, with complete crafting kits that include comprehensive instructions and all necessary materials. The crafts change every month, allowing crafters to expand their knowledge and discover new craft passions.
10. Alritz 240 Sets Leather Rivets
- Double Cap Rivets - 4 commonly used colors (gold, silver, bronze, gunmetal) that will add retro and exquisite style to your leather crafts, total 240 sets
This huge set of leather rivets by Alritz is suitable for a wide variety of leatherworking projects, making it a great gift for any crafter. It consists of rapid rivets, which are quick and easy to set, making them ideal for beginners or intermediate leatherworkers. The set includes rivets in 4 different colors: gold, silver, bronze, and gunmetal. It also has rivets in two sizes, of 5/16 inch and ¼ inch, making them suitable for a variety of hats, jeans, shoes, belts, and more.
The rivets set also includes punching tools and an anvil for easy application, making it a breeze to add accessories to attractive leather products.
11. Making Leather Bags, Wallets, and Cases
- Tsuchihira, Yasue (Author)
Making Leather Bags, Wallets, and Cases is an excellent gift for leatherworkers who value contemporary design and high fashion pieces. The guide by Yasue Tsuchihira focuses on leather items that are accessible to make but look sophisticated enough to be of a professional quality. These span from fashionable wallets, to statement handbags, and even portfolios.
The guide includes projects that are suitable for all leatherworkers from beginners to advanced, allowing more novice crafters to build on their skills before tackling more difficult items. It includes all templates and expertly guides you through making well-balanced and minimalist pieces.
The Best Gifts for Leatherworkers
Leather isn’t just for cowboys, and many people from all backgrounds can appreciate the durable and attractive material that shines when used for accessories and clothing. Many crafters are exploring their love of leatherworking and converting their garages into workshops where they can work leather from morning to night.
We’ve found the best gifts for the leatherworker at all price points, so you can encourage your loved one to craft to their heart’s content.