Anyone who knits can tell you that they spend a lot of their time making things for other people. So when the holidays roll around, you can bet that they are busy at their needles, creating beautiful gifts for everyone they love. But what do YOU get them? Shopping for knitters can be tricky sometimes; you want to get them something they’ll like and use, but if you don’t knit or crochet, it’s hard to know what’s good. To help you guys out, I put together this Knitters Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gift. So, take it from a knitter, these are 12 things we actually want.
Knitters Gift Guide 2016
Every knitter is different, so you might also want to think about the person you’re buying for and what they like in general. When I was first starting out with knitting, I had an aunt that was so sweet and supportive that she bought me a bunch of yarn she thought I could use. However, she didn’t know what to look for and ended up getting me crochet thread so fine that I didn’t know how to use it. And although she meant well, she didn’t realize that I’m not someone who likes dainty, delicate work and I’d much rather use big and chunky yarn. All that crochet thread is STILL sitting at the bottom of my stash, almost 8 years later. So keep in mind what they make, what they like, or what they’ve talked about.
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A New Set of Needles
When I asked around on Facebook and Instagram what knitters wanted, the main answer was a set of new needles. They need these for their craft, and even if they already have a set of needles, most knitters would love some new ones. Most people tend to have the same set for years or use hand-me-down needles, but avoid buying new ones for themselves because they don’t technically “need” them. Needles come in all sorts of materials and types and made for all price ranges.
These interchangeables from Knit Picks are amazing and I’ve used mine almost every day since I got them a few years ago. They last well and I still love picking them up! They come in several different materials and finishes so you’ll definitely find the right ones.
A Project/Pattern Kit
Kits are wonderful because they’re like several presents all in one. In pattern kits, you usually just get the pattern and the yarn needed for that pattern. Sometimes, you can even choose custom colors and the right amount of yarn for your size, then bundle it all together. With project kits, you get the yarn, the pattern/book, plus any additional needles or special tools for that projects. It’s a great way to introduce a knitter to a new skill or give them a heap of stuff they might not think to get themselves.
Some Really Special Yarn
Most of the time, knitters look for the best yarn they can get for the mid-range prices. It means we can get more yarn for the same price and either make more gifts or sell more of our work. But, luxurious, high quality yarn is something we admire from afar. They’re just too expensive for everyday knitting. Chances are, the person you’re shopping for isn’t going to shell out a ton of money on special yarn for herself, but she’ll be thrilled to receive it from you!
A needle case would be perfect for someone who has everything but needs help keeping it all organized! You can get needle cases in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes. You can also get different ones to store short interchangeable needles or long straight needles. It’s not something they technically need, but it’s something that they’ll use and appreciate.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am always going on about books and how they are the way to my heart. Everyone can give and receive books, and knitters are no different. You can get them a book full of patterns, or one that teaches a specific technique, or even one that will be their go-to guide for everything they need to know. Here are a few that I love:
A Craftsy Course
Along the same idea of learning a new skill from a book, you could also buy them a course in something they’ve been wanting to learn. I’m not sure of other websites that do this, but Craftsy is full of online classes and courses that you can buy. Then, you can just watch them and learn how to do something new, like how to knit faster or how to make things like socks and shawls. They also have courses for crochet, so if your knitter wants to pick up a new craft, that might be the perfect way to get them started! Plus, it shows that you really care about their interests and want to help them grow.
Knitting Themed Jewelry
If you don’t want to get something strictly for knitting, getting them something fun! Knitting themed jewelry is all over the place and a lot of it is actually pretty nice and inexpensive. A good place to start looking is Etsy. Here are some of the pieces that I liked and picked out!
Silver Sheep Necklace (this is really cute 🙂 )
I think mugs are great gifts for anyone, at any time, but especially for knitters. Knitting is a relaxing experience and it’s the “winding down” part of the day when you can pick up your project, put on a video and work while sipping tea or coffee. So, give them a nice mug that can use during that time. Again, Etsy is full of cute mugs with knitting-related phrases and pictures, so take a look there. I’ve picked out some of my favorites below.
A Yarn Bowl
Have you ever seen those fancy ceramic bowls with the holes and swirls in the sides? Those are yarn bowls and they’re meant to hold your ball of yarn so that it doesn’t roll around as you work. There are a ton of cheap ways to accomplish the same thing, but yarn bowls are beautiful and luxurious things that knitters usually don’t buy for themselves. They’d rather spend the money on more yarn. BUT these are irresistible and your knitter will love getting one of these. You can find them in a million different designs pretty much anywhere online, like Etsy again, and even at Anthropologie.
Decorative Stitch Markers
Every knitter needs stitch markers. They help divide up the work and keep your place, but most people just get the plain plastic ones. Treat your knitter to something a little more special, but still practical, and get them some decorative stitch makers. They come in every color and style under the sun, so finding the right ones won’t be hard.
Custom Tags and Labels
Another practical, but mainly just nice, item you can get a knitter is a pack of custom tags or labels to add to their work. This is especially nice if you know that they sell their finished pieces. They can use these tag to write out care instructions or a little note, or even just to say who made it. Although they’re simple, they make the work more special and they stand out. It makes everything more professional and it’ll make your loved one feel really good about herself knowing that you take her work seriously. Speaking from experience here, guys 🙂
This one is something for the knitter that is all about art and dedicating their space to knitting. Prints! Maybe they have a craft room or a special place where they knit and keep their yarn. Getting them a pretty (or funny) print would be a great way to dress it up. It’s also a fun gift if choosing tools and supplies is too confusing and you don’t want to risk getting something they can’t use. This one cracks me up and I would get it myself if I had somewhere to put it:
BONUS: Gift Cards
Last, but not least in my knitters gift guide, is the humble gift card. If you still have no idea what to get, sometimes it’s just better to give them money that they can spend the way they like. This might seem like a cop-out, but some people really would just prefer being able to look for their own materials and tools and decide what they want to spend that money on. Gift cards to a local yarn store, or shops like Knit Picks, We Are Knitters, Knit Pro and Etsy give the person an excuse to shop their favorite stores and get something they thought about but weren’t sure if they should spend the money. They can also have any warranties and receipts in their name in case they need to refund or exchange anything.
So, did you find something you like?
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