Creative and Cheap Heatpress Gifts You Can Make

Angie Renner
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Last updated: August 22, 2022

Do you hate the idea of giving somebody a generic gift that anybody could have bought from the store?

You’re not alone. There’s a particular pride that comes from creating a gift for somebody that you care for. The look on their face when they open it and realize that it is custom is unparalleled.

But you can also save money by creating gifts from scratch rather than paying exorbitant prices for products from the store. Most blank materials are incredibly inexpensive, and the cost of pressing is minuscule once you have a heatpress.

DIY Heatpress Gifts

Here are our recommended heatpress gifts that you can easily do at home.

Custom Tote Bags

Tote Bag

They are perhaps one of the easier items to print onto and are totally in right now. The tote bag is the ideal gift for anybody that cares about fashion and utility.

Tote bags are thin and can be easily flattened, unlike backpacks which would be more difficult to print onto. This makes them an ideal medium.

Tote bags are more popular now than ever because they are so utilitarian and partly because celebrities and influencers have taken to them.

Find tote bags in blank colors and then press them with your custom design. Maybe a kind message, or an image or phrase that represents the person you are giving the gift to.

Set of 6 Blank Cotton Tote Bags Reusable 100% Cotton Reusable Tote Bags
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Set of 6 Blank Cotton Tote Bags Reusable 100% Cotton Reusable Tote Bags
  • Set includes 6 pieces of reusable shopping bags.
  • The lightweight grocery tote bags are made of sturdy 6 oz, 100% cotton sheeting.
  • Eco-Friendly tote bags has 21" self-fabric handles.
  • Dimensions: 15"W x 16"H
  • Perfect for screen print, embroidery or Iron-on transfer. Imprint Area : 14"W x 14"H
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Heavy Duty Large Canvas Tote Bags with Bottom Gusset for Crafts, Shopping, Groceries, and More! (15x14x4 Inches) (6 Pack, Natural)
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Heavy Duty Large Canvas Tote Bags with Bottom Gusset for Crafts, Shopping, Groceries, and More! (15x14x4 Inches) (6 Pack, Natural)
  • MULTI PURPOSE:Great for DIY crafting projects at home, at school, or in camp! Use fabric markers or iron on transfers to bring the tote to life in a colorful and creative way! This quality bag can also be used as a grocery shopping bag, a school/book bag, a beach bag, a gym bag, a birthday goodies bag, for your Christmas gifts, or for any other use you can think of!
  • OUR GUARANTEE: You have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Any Questions or Concerns? We will take care of you until you are fully satisfied with your tote bags!
  • HEAVY DUTY & DURABLE: Made from 80% natural cotton/20% polyester to combine the benefits of both cotton and polyester. This combination combines the hypoallergenic qualities and abrasion resistance of cotton with the tear-resistance/stretch-ability of polyester to keep your tote looking smooth and lasting a long time! We use a premium and thick 10 ounce fabric with precise heavyweight stitching throughout, including cross-stitching at the handles for maximum strength allowing the bag to hold up to 35 Pounds of weight.
  • SAVE NATURE: Go green with our Natural and Reusable Tote Bag. Avoid the pollution that plastic bags cause and Say no to paper or plastic bags and be easy on our environment and say yes to our Non-Toxic bags. Try them out today!
  • MACHINE WASHABLE: Your tote fell in the mud!? No problem. Our totes wash very well and the 20% polyester blend makes the totes wrinkle resistant so if it gets dirty or something spills on it all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine to get it clean again.

Aprons for the Aspiring Chef

Apron

When it comes to heatpress gifts, you can’t go an inch without running into a customized apron. And for a good reason!

Everybody cooks, but few of us have aprons, despite how useful they can be.

For the aspiring chef or baker in your family or friendship group, a custom apron is an ideal gift.

Take a blank apron, preferably in a dark color so that stains won’t be so obvious. And then print as large of a logo of phrase possible so that it looks great on such a big canvas. Why not an outline of a tasty meal with a funny phrase underneath?

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CONDA 100% Cotton Canvas Professional Bib Apron With 3 Pockets for Women Men Adults,Waterproof,Natural 31inch By 27inch
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CONDA 100% Cotton Canvas Professional Bib Apron With 3 Pockets for Women Men Adults,Waterproof,Natural 31inch By 27inch
  • MATERIAL: CONDA aprons are made of 100% pure cotton which is soft to touch,natural, stylish to look, lightweight and comfortable to wear.
  • SIZE: Loose fit, works for men and women with the long waist ties. Each apron width is 25.6 inch and the length is 30.7"
  • STURDY NECK STRAP: This apron has a fully soft neck strap. Just become a professional chef and artist wearing this apron in your own home,art studio,garden etc.
  • APRON WITH POCKETS: 3 pockets includes both large and small pockets, two slanted pockets, one on each side. Centered over the middle of the chest are two pockets: one tall narrow one that can hold pens or tools and a larger one that is quite deep where you can keep your necessary items like phone. 3 Large pockets where have big-sized tool storage and 1 narrow pocket (beside the font pocket)where can hold small-sized items tightly to suit your different requirements.
  • WASH TIPS: Cold water hand wash and hang dry ,dry cleaning and tumble drying are Not Allowed!
BUMBLE CRAFTS Canvas Apron with Pockets - Pack of 12 | Cotton Apron for Adults | Canvas Aprons | Large Aprons | Bulk Art Apron | Apron Size Large - 20” x 28”
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BUMBLE CRAFTS Canvas Apron with Pockets - Pack of 12 | Cotton Apron for Adults | Canvas Aprons | Large Aprons | Bulk Art Apron | Apron Size Large - 20” x 28”
  • LET OUT YOUR CREATIVE SIDE: If you’re having a creative breakthrough, or going on a baking spree, don’t let a little paint or flour stop you. This pack of 12 paint aprons for adults are perfect for keeping your clothes clean while you craft away. The 20” x 28” size makes them a good fit for most adults and teens / older children.
  • LOOK, THEY HAVE POCKETS! These aprons for adults have two roomy pockets on the front, which makes it easy for you to hold paint brushes, baking utensils, chalk, art supplies, and more! Crafting just got a whole lot more convenient.
  • EASY TO CUSTOMIZE: For a fun party or bridal shower activity, you and your friends can customize these blank aprons. The canvas material makes it the perfect surface for vinyl, paint markers, fabric paint, and bedazzling.
  • WASH WHEN YOU’RE DONE: When you’re done crafting for the day, don’t worry about creating extra waste. Unlike plastic aprons, these adult aprons are washable, so cleaning up is easy - and environmentally friendly!
  • THE BUMBLE PROMISE: At Bumble Crafts, our top priority is making sure our customers are happy with their experience. That’s why you’re backed by our promise to you - either you love these paint aprons for adults, or we’ll give you a full refund!

Cushions

Cushions

Can you ever have too many cushions on your couch? Didn’t think so! The more cushions, the better, which makes this one of the perfect heatpress gifts for that person who cares about their home above all else.

Take a look at a homeware store for some inspiration. Many of their designs are relatively simplistic and usually involve either a white cushion with black print or vice versa, which can give you a simplistic but elegant design.

For the extra ‘wow’ factor, try printing onto both sides of the cushion so that they can turn them more frequently.

H-E Plain White Sublimation Blank Pillow Case DTF Printing Fashion Cushion Pillowcase Cover for Sublimation and DTF Printing DIY Throw Pillow Covers (10pcs/Pack)
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H-E Plain White Sublimation Blank Pillow Case DTF Printing Fashion Cushion Pillowcase Cover for Sublimation and DTF Printing DIY Throw Pillow Covers (10pcs/Pack)
  • H-E (High-End) is Reliable and Long life; Factory made & Quality guaranteed. This item is in US Stock, Shipping out within 24 business hours, Fast shipping!
  • Package:10pcs / pack. Product Size: 40x40cm, Printing Size: 40x40cm
  • Material: Polyester. and the fabric is a little silky with great quality! (sheen finish)
  • Fabric: Sheen Finish; Suggested Temp & Time:180°C & 40-50secs
  • Blind zipper: It is closed with concealed zippers. U don't need to sewn. This is plain white cushion pillowcase cover which not include the fillings.

Custom Pillowcases

Pillow Case

Cushions are great, but if you’re worried that they might not want to use it, perhaps you could create a custom pillowcase instead which is more private and may get greater use.

Pillowcases are tremendously simple to print onto because they are relatively small, thin and can be ironed flat in just a few seconds.

Pillowcases can easily be printed with names of children, or perhaps “Mr” and “Mrs” or nicknames. Blank pillowcases are a bargain, and you can create a bunch for a fraction of the cost of a single set in most homeware stores.

Deconovo Faux Linen Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover for Sofa, 18x18 Inch, Citronelle Green
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Deconovo Faux Linen Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover for Sofa, 18x18 Inch, Citronelle Green
  • FAUX LINEN FABRIC: Deconovo cushion cover is crafted from 100 percent high quality polyester faux linen fabric. They are sturdily woven and will keep their aspect even after several washes. Made smooth and soft to the touch, you can lay your head on and feel comfortable.
  • CLASSIC STYLE: Decorate your space with this faux linen cushion case that matches perfectly with your personal style. Fashioned to complement a variety of color schemes, the style and feel of this gorgeous woven pillow cover will add texture and interest to your home decor.
  • HIDDEN ZIPPER: The throw cushion case offers an easy to use invisible zipper closure on one side. The zipper color improves the cushion cover appearance and eases the insertion and removal. Decorative faux linen cushion cover is perfect for sofa, couch, chair, bed, school, travel and naps.
  • PACKAGE CONTENT: Package contains 1 cushion cover measuring 18W x 18L inch. NO pillow inserts. A variety of colors are available meet your different needs. Transform your cushion into an extension of your personality with our range of throw pillow cases
  • CARE INSTRUCTIONS: For convenience, they are machine washable, wash below 86°F on gentle cycle. Do not bleach. Warm Iron.
H-E Plain White Sublimation Blank Pillow Case DTF Printing Fashion Cushion Pillowcase Cover for Sublimation and DTF Printing DIY Throw Pillow Covers (10pcs/Pack)
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H-E Plain White Sublimation Blank Pillow Case DTF Printing Fashion Cushion Pillowcase Cover for Sublimation and DTF Printing DIY Throw Pillow Covers (10pcs/Pack)
  • H-E (High-End) is Reliable and Long life; Factory made & Quality guaranteed. This item is in US Stock, Shipping out within 24 business hours, Fast shipping!
  • Package:10pcs / pack. Product Size: 40x40cm, Printing Size: 40x40cm
  • Material: Polyester. and the fabric is a little silky with great quality! (sheen finish)
  • Fabric: Sheen Finish; Suggested Temp & Time:180°C & 40-50secs
  • Blind zipper: It is closed with concealed zippers. U don't need to sewn. This is plain white cushion pillowcase cover which not include the fillings.

Cosmetic Travel Bags

Both men and women regularly use cosmetic travel bags, even within their own homes. Travel bags which people can store their toothbrush, soap, and shampoo in are incredibly useful and versatile. This makes them a fantastic gift.

While they are a little trickier to print on for an amateur because they don’t lay completely flat, with a little maneuvering you should be able to figure out the right angle and position to make it work.

Such small items can be trickier to design for. Perhaps a name and a logo would suffice, especially for younger children who love to see their name imprinted on their property.

Aspire 12-Pack Canvas Zipper Pouches, Blank Cosmetic Bags, 6-3/4 x 4-3/4 Inch (White)
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Aspire 12-Pack Canvas Zipper Pouches, Blank Cosmetic Bags, 6-3/4 x 4-3/4 Inch (White)
  • Price for 12-pack white storage bags, save your space and time of storing and looking for your stuffs; please note all the bags are BLANK, NO additional design
  • Durable Quality: Made of canvas / polyester blend fabrics and polyester LINING inside, plastic zipper pulls smoothly and keeps contents secure and clean
  • Easy to carry: Approx. 6-3/4" W x 4-3/4" H (17cm x 12cm), practical for storage of many stuff, can be used as pencil case, gift bag, coin purse, mobile wallet, makeup bag and so on
  • Great choice for DIY projects: Blank canvas allows decoration with fabric paint, pens, markers, and collage material, perfect for Painting, Embroidering, Screen Printing and Heat Transfer, you can make it unique pouch you want
  • It is noteworthy that before applying any heat to exterior, you may open each pouch and put a piece of cloth or cardboard inside to avoid the canvas stick together
Cafurty Large Blank Canvas Pen Pencil Case Stationery Pouch Coin Bag Cosmetic Bags, Set of 5
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Cafurty Large Blank Canvas Pen Pencil Case Stationery Pouch Coin Bag Cosmetic Bags, Set of 5
  • One set has 5 Blank pouches with Both sides for you to use your creativity to draw, write anything you like
  • Durable canvas material with light background for your easy drawing, painting or write. especially suitable for kids who are very creative and with immagination
  • Material: Canvas; Size: 7.7 x 5.7 inches.
  • Can be used as pencil case (New Full Length Pencil might not fit very well), cosmetic bag, cell phone bag and coins bag
  • Lower flaps to keep pencils in place and protect the tips

T-Shirts

Drawing Shirt

Simplistic, right? Sure, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a welcome present.

If you’re going to gift somebody a t-shirt, it’s best to spring for a quality material that they will want to wear, rather than a cheaper fabric that might be thin and itchy. Premium blanks are cheaper than ever, and you can find them on Amazon or any other online store.

When it comes to wearable items, the design is more important than ever because it’s going to be seen in public and is a representation of the wearer. Take a look at the clothes that they are already wearing. Then see if you can figure out a design that fits with their style.

You need to remember that t-shirts get washed regularly. This can cause large, low-quality prints to fracture and peel off if you’re not careful with your design and quality control.

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Fruit of the Loom Men's Crew T-Shirt (2 Pack), White, Medium
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Fruit of the Loom Men's Crew T-Shirt (2 Pack), White, Medium
  • Short sleeve crew t-shirt
  • Breathable and lightweight fabric
  • Slightly fitted through the chest and sleeves
  • Ribbed collar
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

Place Mats

Placemat

Placemats for at the dining table are a novel printing idea. You’d be wise to stick to cotton rather than some of the human-made materials, many of which will melt under the heat and pressure.

The best placemats are simplistic and often dark to hide stains. Why not print the family name and a short poem or quote which represents them? Adding this customization and thought into a gift can make it ten times better.

Drying Cloths

Most households go through dishcloths incredibly quickly. They stain, they get wet, and they are often lost.

A fresh set of tea towels is always a welcome gift.

Drying cloths are ideal for beginners who aren’t experienced enough to print onto more complicated fabrics or products. They are one of the easiest heatpress gifts to print.

While some of the best quality drying clothes are patterned and have physical bumps and notches, these aren’t the easiest to print on. Instead, grab blanks that a flat, almost like a placemat, so that you can more quickly print large designs.

Some of the most desirable tea towels and drying clothes are white with large black quotes and text.

Is there a celebrity or influencer that they admire? Perhaps you could find a quote by this person to print onto the towel so they can be reminded of it when they are doing the boring chores that we all have to do.

Coffee Mugs

Coffee Mug

Printing onto a mug is an entirely different beast. You will need a specialized mug printing press, rather than a flat press that you can use for t-shirts or other cotton products.

These mug printing presses can also be used for other cylindrical items, especially if they are delicate.

Custom mugs are one of the best heatpress gifts because they will get used extensively, rather than being pushed into the back of a closet never to be seen again.

Even the worst print ever created is still a great mug. It serves a purpose, and that makes it a safe bet.

Printing onto a white mug is fine, but why not spice it up with a bright blue or pink mug with white text instead?

It will stand out in their mug cabinet. And is more likely to become their favorite mug that they use every morning for coffee!

Baseball Caps

Baseball Cap

If you’ve ever been to a camp, or to a sports game, or practically anywhere, ever, you’ve probably received a handful of printed baseball caps before.

That doesn’t mean that they’re not a great heatpress gift. It just means that you need to be careful about what you create.

As with t-shirts, it’s important to prioritize material quality and build above all else. Skip the cheapest hats and pick up a quality, premium blank which will hold the print better while looking more stylish.

The simplest baseball caps are the best. Forget any brash or large text and logos. A one-word slogan or initials or small image is best, on the front of the cap but not on the visor.

Pocket Square

For the stylish man in your life, look no further than a gorgeous pocket square. They can wear it in their suit pocket. Pocket squares are either flamboyant or plain, so it’s important to recognize which style fits them best.

If they prefer plain, pick out a white pocket square and print a small logo, slogan their initials onto the corner of the square.

But if they love a flamboyant look, you can grab a multicolored blank and let your creativity take you to the moon and back!

Baby Clothes

Baby Clothes

Almost as easy as printing on a t-shirt, baby clothes are a great gift for an expecting family or new parents.

There are thousands of examples of pressed designs for baby clothes online. But why not create something custom and unique to them?

You can imprint the sex and name of the baby at the back if you already know it. Plus, if you have an inside joke or funny nickname you could include that somewhere in the design.

Beach Towels

Beach Towels

Finally, why not consider printing them a custom beach towel? Especially if they live near a lake or the ocean or are heading on vacation soon.

Beach towels are ideal because they get less use than a regular bath towel. Therefore, the print should last far longer.

You can find a variety of blanks in solid colors, as well as with stripes or other patterns, which you could print on to create a unique style.

So there is our heatpress gifts suggestion. Start making your gifts now!