THIS CHRISTMAS GIFTs GUIDE is FOR PEOPLE WHO KNIT and IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU PUT TOGETHER A REALLY FUN AND UNIQUE GIFT PACK FOR THE YARN CRAFTER AND KNITTER YOU KNOW AND LOVE.
It’s that time. Lights are twinkling, sleigh bells are jingling and your to-do list is growing every day. It must be the holiday season!
Today I’m here to help YOU with gifts for the yarn crazed crafters in your life.
You can always buy a gift card to your loved one’s favorite LYS or craft store. That’s a perfectly nice gift that anyone who knits or crochets is going to love. But what about taking it up a notch?
What if you include a sweet Knitting (or Crochet themed) gift pack specially personalized to your gift recipient?
Who’s not going to love a specially curated gift pack tailored to their most favorite things? Nobody I’ve ever met!
This week’s post is about 5 fun gift pack ideas I designed.
I’m going share my suggestions for putting together some rather unusual gift packs. You can follow my suggestions to the letter, or let it inspire you on your own gift quest. And, of course, there’s nothing wrong with making a gift pack or two for yourself amid all the holiday hustle and bustle. Christmassing is hard work and should definitely be rewarded.
First on the list is the “Pom Pom starter Pack”:
The Pom Pom Starter Pack includes at least two sets of Clover Pom Pom makers, a faux fur pom pom or two (or six) and a set of really good scissors. The scissors in the picture came packaged as a set, and they are nicer than average sewing scissors. You want something a little more heavy duty for cutting the yarn on the pom pom makers.
So let’s have the Pom Pom talk while we’re on the subject.
I have to be honest with you about something. I am drooling for those real fur pom poms, but I haven’t been able to let myself buy them. They are made in China and the way they are made is less than kind to the poor, dear dogs who provide the fur. But I admit they are stunning. They make a knitted hat look so luxe and expensive. I haven’t given in to them yet, but I find myself really wanting them. Any of you struggling with this?
The faux fur Poms from Premier are really pretty good, and nobody is hurt in the process.
So that’s a good thing. I have quite a few of these. I have been thinking of doing a tutorial on making faux fur pom poms using faux fur from JoAnns, so let me see about getting that done for you. It can be tough finding these Poms as I learned last year.
Number 2 on our gift list is the “Multi-Color Mayhem Gift Pack.”
Hello Gorgeous! One of my favorite designers from the Supermodel era, Isaac Mizrahi, is now designing yarn for Michael’s craft store. You know what? It’s pretty good stuff! Here I’m showing you two skeins of his Skyscaper collection in Flatiron. This yarn has a masculine feel and would be perfect for the guy knitter in your life. No worries if your gift recipient would prefer something a bit more feminine. There are plenty of color choices in this collection.
Any self striping or variegated yarn will work for this gift pack.
The point is to get colorful with you yarn choice. And get at least two skeins of whatever you buy.
In the picture above, I also included my favorite straight knitting needles with come from Knit Picks. These are shown in Caspian. I LOVE TO KNIT WITH THESE!!! Probably why I still do so many scarves to this day. I love to use these needles whenever I can. I also included a couple sets of mini Christmas Ornaments. Anything Mini is so hot right now, and it’s an inexpensive little extra to include with the knitting related items.
You could also go with the tried and true Clover Bamboo (pictured above) needles, which I also still use to this day.
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND WOODEN NEEDLES FOR STRAIGHT NEEDLES, BECAUSE THEY “GRIP” THE STITCHES MAKING IT LESS LIKELY THEY WILL FALL OFF THE NEEDLES.
To make the gift pack a bit more special, I paired the yarn with the adorable scissors every yarn crafter considers a must have item, some edgy embellishments and cute little jingle bells and mini ornaments.
If you really want to make it special, order the hand painted kitty cat teacup from etsy. It ships from Italy, so you will want to get that order in right away. If you are not that adventurous, then consider a special mug or teacup your person will love.
I don’t know of a single knitter (or crocheter) on the planet who would not LOVE a sweet mug for winter hot beverage drinking.
The third gift pack selection is the “Complete Set Gift Pack.”
Here I paired 4 skeins of contrasting yarn and the appropriate needles. The green ones are the Caspian colorway and the rainbow shade are called Harmony. That’s a super bulky yarn in a 6 weight and the needles are size 15US. Both needles and yarn were ordered from Knit Picks.
While we’re on the subject of Knit Picks, let me just say they are wonderful! They are an online and catalog store that cater to knit and crochet addicts. As you can see, they carry their own product line of yarns and needles.
Always purchase at least 2 skeins of yarn for the ultimate thoughtful gift.
That way there’s enough fiber for at least an accessory, and we know the dye lots will match.
To further jazz up this gift pack I added the Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers and Wool Wash from Twig and Horn. You’ll have to mail order these, so don’t wait until the last minute. The fragrance of that wool wash is incredible! Throw in the sweet mini ornaments for good measure!
Mini ornaments are never a wrong choice for any gift pack!
NOW WE’RE GOING TO GET WAY, WAY OUTSIDE OF THE BOX FOR THIS NEXT GIFT PACK SUGGESTION.
How about a vintage inspired gift set for your yarn crafter?
Fourth on the list, Meet the “THE VINTAGE INSPIRED CRAFT PACK.”
Right now, everything old is new again. Young people are crazy for anything that is either vintage or is styled to look that way. Older people, like me for example, like it, because it takes us back to our own childhood. You just about can’t go wrong with a set like this. So when the idea to create a vintage inspired gift set came to me, I really had fun with it.
I purchased these super cool retro color Christmas lights at Michael’s. They remind me of the style of lights we had on the house when I was a child.
The vintage camera is an Argus I got on ebay. It doesn’t work, but so what? My first camera was an Argus, so this is another item that takes me back to my childhood. There are plenty of vintage film cameras on eBay in various degrees of working ability, so you have a lot to choose from.
Then I included a vintage teacup. You can find oodles of these on etsy.
And for the yarn crafting part of the gift, I selected a row counter and 3 skeins of an organic yarn by Cascade. You’ll want to pick up something like that in your person’s yarn shop so they can take it in to be wound into a cake.
Unless they already have a swift and ball winder setup. Most serious knitters do. If your person is new and doesn’t have that, then buy the product in the yarn shop.
It’s in really bad taste to purchase your yarn online and then expect a yarn shop to wind it for you.
Just don’t go there. The swift and ball winder discussion is for another day.
Last, but certainly not least, here’s a gift selection for your crafter that really gets high marks for being creative and special. ‘CAUSE WHO DOESN’T APPRECIATE A UNIQUE GIFT?
Fifth on our list, Meet “the DELECTABLY DELICIOUS AND COLORFUL AND GOOD SMELLING GIFT SET.”
I ordered the special chocolates from MiniBrownie on etsy. They put Willie’s picture on the brownies! Isn’t that precious? You can select a picture that will be special to your person, and have that printed on the brownie. How awesome is that?
Gift the sweet treat with the beautiful wool wash and the fancy needles and you’ve got a gift pack that is very unusual. Throw in some ornaments for good measure!
Including a gift certificate to the your person’s favorite Local Yarn Shop with a gift pack like this one makes an incredibly thoughtful present.
Some people don’t like chocolate or have other food issues.
Make sure you know about those BEFORE gifting something like this. For most people, this is a super cool thing. I love mine! They smell and taste divine! Also, don’t wrap the wool soap and the chocolates in the same box. Nobody wants chocolate that tastes like their wool soap. Even if that wool soap is the best smelling stuff since that Jill Sander perfume you bought in the duty free while on a long past trip to Europe. Nobody wants their chocolate brownie to that taste like that.
I know this is a really different gift guide. And yes I know it’s A LOT of little details. Don’t freak out, my friend. I’ve created a special pinterest board with all these incredible gift ideas. Just head over to my gift guide board and browse for the perfect combination of knitting themed presents for the special knitter (or crocheter) in your life! I’ll be pinning other cool things to that board through out the season, so you definitely want to be following. If you are not already following me me on Pinterest, what are you waiting for? I curate a super fun collection of stuff over there, and I just know you will really enjoy it.
If you’re looking for patterns for your Knitting Gift Pack, don’t forget I have several cute patterns in my etsy shop as well as my Ravelry shop! They are available as an instant download. Download them and print to nice paper and pick up the suggested yarn and needles to include with your gift pack to round out the gift.
Last year, I shared some of my favorite books. They would also make wonderful gifts and you can read more about them here.
If you have any suggestions to add to my Holiday Gift Guide, please leave them in the comments! What are you giving to your favorite crafters this season?