How to holiday shop for a beader

Use this holiday shopping guide to help you find the perfect gift for any beader — or jewelry maker who loves beads — regardless of your price point. 

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I love to bead. But more than that, I love to shop (my husband can attest to this fact). I look forward to any occasion (big or small) to buy a gift for someone else. At times, though, I am stumped about what to get for my friends and family who “seem to have it all.” Gift buying can seem daunting and gets frustrating at times (I can’t be alone in feeling this way, right?). So, to help, here’s my list of ultimate holiday gifts - don’t forget to check it twice. Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

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YOU CHOOSE THE PRICE

GiftCard
Gift card

Favoriate bead store gift cards, $5+

You choose the price! Shop small and support local businesses.

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Lampwork Beads

Grace lampwork beads, $8–$35

Glass motifs fit to be a focal.

Clasps
Fine Silver Clasps

Clasmeyer Clasps, $18–$89

More than 50 unique, sculptural, and innovative handmade clasps.

Golempendant
Ceramic pendants

Golem Studio's carved ceramic pendants, $20–$30

Carved, stamped, and glazed pieces.

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Magnifying eyeglasses

CraftOptics gift certificate, $100+

Give the gift of amazing vision.

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UNDER $20

Toho221
Seed beads

Toho 221 seed beads, $4

Find these bronze-colored beads that match almost everything at your favorite local or online retailer.

ContainerSml
Storage containers

Stackable containers, $3

There’s no such thing as too much storage.

OpalAB2X
Bicone crystals

Chrysolite opal AB2X bicone crystals, $5

A pale green opalescent hue that takes on almost any color that surrounds it.

Needles
Beading needles

Size 11 Tulip beading needles, $6

Easy to thread and strong — you can never have too many!

TasselMaker
Tassel maker

Tassel maker, $12

Easily make trendy tassels with this handy tool.

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Gilded bramble bird bead, $18

Shimmering polymer cuties.

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$20–$49

 

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Bead tray

No More OOPS Bead Tray, $20

Bead organization to the max, and customizable too.

Handbook
Stitching book

Bead Stitching Handbook, $20

A library of stitches, including 300 tips and techniques. 

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Beading scissors

Chikamasa scissors, $24

Cuts through Fireline like butter!

KumiKit
Kumihimo supplies

Kumi Starter Kit, $28

Includes everything needed to make a beaded kumihimo creation.

Fireline
Beading thread

Huge spool of 6 lb. test Fireline, $35 

A long-lasting 300 yards in color smoke!

Baguette
Bead board

Kit xChange Baguette bead board, $45

The perfect size for a small-space solution or traveling, and pretty too!

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$50–$99

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Necklace kit

Flower lampwork necklace kit, $50

An all-inclusive kit to create a gorgeous finished piece.

ThreadABead
Holiday beading kits

Thread-A-Bead holiday project, $81

Uses more than 19,000 beads to create Santa’s sleigh full of presents with two of his reindeer (packages vary). 

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Bead gift subscription

Blueberry Cove Beads gift subscription, $85

Three months of themed bead boxes to captivate the imagination (individual boxes also available).  

BeadingLoom
Bead weaving loom

Beading loom, $90

Easy to thread, sturdy, and keeps even tension.

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Moonstone
Moonstone nugget necklace

Moonstone nugget necklace, $120

Limited quantity special gemstones.

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Baroque pearls

Fireball baroque pearls, $280

Uniquely shaped rose-overtone cultured pearls.

BeadCabinetOpen
Bead tray cabinet

Bead tray cabinet$800

Custom-made, fine-furniture piece measuring 18” x 18” x 10” featuring six trays with velvet inserts.

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Beading with an expert

Bead&Button Show masterclass, $1,200+

Celebrate the Show’s 20thanniversary by taking a class from a master. ( Shown: Rotating “Worry” Vessel by Helena Tang-Lim)

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