Early Black Friday Cricut deals have arrived: Save up to $235 on machines, bundles, and more

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UPDATE: Nov. 16, 2021, 5:10 p.m. EST We've updated this post with new deals on Cricut bundles, tools, and accessories. You'll be crafting before you know it.

Want to dole out cool custom gifts this holiday season? Get a Cricut machine. Here are the best Black Friday deals on them as of Nov. 16:

  • Cricut itself is selling a Cricut Maker 3 + Essentials Materials Bundle that features vinyl samplers, transfer tape, iron-ons, and two tool sets — $404.99 $586.91 (save 31%) for Cricut Access subscribers; $449.99 for everyone else

  • Walmart's Cricut Maker Value Bundle comes with a champagne Maker machine, a 20-count vinyl pack, and a couple of cutting accessories — $259 $493.96 (save 48%)

Cricut is a crafter's dream brand. And for the non-crafters of the world, it's basically witchcraft. These tech-forward tools make DIY projects fun and easy for anyone, even those without a creative bone in their body.

Cricut's array of cutting plotters/machines and presses allow users to make everything from personalized mugs and T-shirts to handmade greeting cards and custom decor. Not only do these gadgets make great presents for friends and family, but they also help you make great presents for your friends and family. Custom coffee mugs and graphic tees for all!

Where are the best Cricut deals this Black Friday?

As of Nov. 16, Cricut itself is running a pre-Black Friday flash sale featuring deep discounts on select machines, bundles, materials, and accessories, with extra savings for anyone who subscribes to Cricut Access. (That's its massive library of images, ready-to-make projects, and fonts; plans start at $9.99 a month or $95.88 a year.)

Not a member? No problem: Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, JOANN, and Michaels are all matching a bunch of Cricut's deals this holiday season; Walmart and JOANN, specifically, are the places to go for bundles and cheap tools/materials.

Is the new Cricut Maker 3 on sale for Black Friday?

Kind of, sort of. We haven't seen any straight-up discounts on this spring's new Cricut Maker 3 just yet, though you can get $40 in Michaels Rewards by buying it from the arts and crafts giant; those can be redeemed for vouchers you can put towards future purchases in stores and on Michaels.com. (Click here to enroll in the Michaels Rewards program for free.)

Otherwise, Cricut's flash sale includes two Maker 3 bundles that come with vinyl samplers, iron-ons, and tool sets; those start at $404.99 for Cricut Access subscribers and $449.99 for everyone else.

We'll keep you posted if anything else pops up — in the meantime, here are the best Black Friday Cricut deals you can shop right now.

Cricut Maker — $249 (save $150)

If you fancy yourself a DIY expert (or know someone who is), the original Cricut Maker is basically the Mercedes-Benz of cutting plotters. It allows you to precision cut over 300 materials, from delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather. It works with 13 tools to cut, score, write, deboss, engrave, and more, including a rotary blade (included) for fabrics, a knife blade for thicker materials, a foil transfer tool for pro-level embellishments, and more. You can make virtually any project you set your mind to, from 3D art and jewelry to home decor and iron-on projects. It’s certainly not the cheapest machine from Cricut, but its versatility and advanced tools make it worth the money. 

It usually retails for $399, but you can get it for just $249 at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Michaels, JOANN, or Cricut.com. Choose from four colors: champagne, blue, lilac, or rose.

White and blue Cricut Maker cutting machine
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Cricut Maker
$249 (save $150)

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Cricut Explore Air 2 — $169 (save $80)

While it’s not as versatile and powerful as the Maker, the Explore Air 2 is still a great pick. Newbies in the crafting world will find this Cricut machine a bit more user-friendly. It can cut through over 100 different types of material, like premium vinyl, iron-on and HTV vinyl, faux leather, specialty paper and poster board, and cardstock. It’s compatible with six different tools for cutting, writing, and scoring, and even features built-in storage. For anyone starting their crafting journey, the Explore Air 2 delivers plenty.

A $249 value, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is yours for just $169 when you buy it from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Michaels, JOANN, or Cricut.com. Take your pick from four finishes: blue, mint, lilac, or matte black.

teal Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting machine
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Cricut Joy — $129 (save $50)

The most portable and affordable cutting machine Cricut makes, the Joy is ideal for creators who don’t have a ton of space to spare. It’s small enough (under four pounds) to fit in a cubby, pack away easily, and set up fast. But its size doesn’t limit its abilities — it can cut over 50 materials, like iron-on, cardstock, vinyl, and Smart Materials, can draw any shape and write in a variety of styles, and cut individual shapes up to four feet long. While it’s Bluetooth compatible, it doesn’t offer USB connectivity like the above devices. It also doesn’t work with your home printer.

Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Michaels, JOANN, and Cricut itself all have it marked down to $129 (normally $179).

blue and white Cricut Joy cutting machine
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Cricut Joy
$129 (save $50)

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Cricut Mug Press — $179 (save $20)

The Cricut Mug Press, like its name suggests, allows you to make professional-looking customized mugs in minutes by touching a single button. You get a custom mug! You get a custom mug!

There is a catch, though. You’ll need a Cricut cutting machine to cut out the transfers on Cricut Infusible Ink sheets (you can’t just use any old vinyl). You’ll also need 11- to 16-ounce Infusible Ink compatible mugs. So there are some hoops to jump through. But once you cut out your sheet, you can wrap it around a mug, put it in the Mug Press, press a single button, and ~voila~.

It typically retails for $199, but Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Michaels, JOANN, and Cricut itself all have it on sale for $179.

white Cricut Mug Press
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Cricut EasyPress 2 — starting at $119 (save $70)

If the sheer versatility of the cutting machines is too overwhelming for you, the EasyPress 2 might be more your speed, as it focuses specifically on iron-on heat transfers. You can make custom-design T-shirts, totes, pillows, sweatshirts, banners, blankets, and beyond with one of these machines. It comes in two different sizes: The 9" x 9" model is great for basic T-shirts, tote bags, pillows, aprons, and other everyday projects, while the 12" x 10" version is ideal for larger T-shirts, sweatshirts, banners, blankets, and other jumbo projects.

Get the smaller one on sale for $119 (usually $189) or upgrade to the bigger one for just $169 (normally $239); Amazon, Best Buy, Michaels, JOANN, and Cricut.com have them both in stock at those prices, and you can choose from three colors (raspberry, lilac, or mint).

red and white Cricut EasyPress 2 9x9 size
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red and white Cricut EasyPress2 12x10 size
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