- The Gift of Creative Time FREE
We’ll start with something that is free…give the gift of time. Make out your own hand drawn gift certificate and offer to cover one of your knitter or crocheter’s regular chores or whatever for a set amount of time while they have uninterrupted time to knit, crochet, read or whatever! Honestly, I’d be over the moon if my children were to do this! In fact, I’ll drop this as a bloody big hint – Kids, this is what I’d like: write a letter that said “We’ll clean the bathrooms every week without prompting and without complaint so you can enjoy some creative time.” and follow through with it and I’d be ever so grateful. I’m guessing I’m not alone.
2. A Crafty Kit $25-$200
Make up your own kit or choose one of ours. We have kits for those learning to knit, and those learning a new skill, as well as sock, shawl kits and hat kits! One of our newer favorites is this lovely little Owls and Bunnies kit from local indie yarn dyers, Dream in Color. It comes with nearly 900 yards of beautiful merino with cashmere yarn, a pattern code so they can download a lovely cowl pattern, a handmade project bag, and a cute stitch marker.
3. Tools, Gadgets, Needles and Hooks $5.70 – $155
People think it’s all about the yarn, and it is, but it’s also all about the tools! Who doesn’t love a good gadget! This year we’ve got some wonderful choices. The new Mindful Collection from Knitters Pride overs a range of lovely gift possibilities from stocking stuffers like a retractable tape measure or stitch markers to the knitter’s graduation to serious knitter gift – a set of interchangeable needles. If your knitter or crocheter is always laying out their finished project to shape and doesn’t have some blocking mats – check out the Mindful Blocking Mats.
We also have some great little stocking stuffers that will make your crafter light up from CocoKnits.
4. Books and Magazines
For the book loving knitter or crocheter you just can’t go wrong with a yarn related book.
In the past few years there has been a shift in the literature around yarn, crochet and knitting and while the traditional pattern magazines exist and are still fabulous, increasingly you’re seeing coffee table magazines dedicated to the craft like PomPom Quarterly, Laine, and Nomadic Knits. Purchase one or several and pair with a gift certificate to Birdhouse so your recipient can shop for the perfect yarn and you’re set.
If you have a sock knitter on your list you cannot go wrong with the stunning 52 Weeks of Socks book by Laine Publishing. Colorwork appears to be their thing? Try the recently published Fair Isle Weekend by MJ Mucklestone and throw in a few balls of Jamieson’s of Shetland to show them you know your stuff! Or perhaps they’re looking to advance their skills? Check out one of the Knit Purl Hunter Technique Builder Books, we even have these as kits with some starter yarn for the projects.
5. Gift Certificates
Ultimately you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate that allows your yarn lover to pick out what they want!