Finding the perfect gifts for a crafter in your life is not easy. If you’re not a knitter of crocheter yourself you might be at a loss. You know they love their hobby but what do they actually need, enjoy or always want more off?
You might be thinking to knit / crochet, you just need yarn and needles/hooks, but she has all of that already. Let me show you what else we crafters love to receive!
Whether she knits or crochet, they will love these unique gift ideas!
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1. Monthly Yarn Subscription Box
Checking my mailbox every day at the end of the month for my Knitcrate subscription is one of those little pleasures that makes my day so much better. My parents gave me my subscription as a birthday present this year and I’m absolutely loving it. I already know what to ask for next year (i.e. the exact same thing 😉 ).
A lot of yarn companies start to have some sort of subscription boxes or monthly yarn club. What is special about the Knitcrate subscription is that you set it up once and every month you get a treasure in the mail. You don’t need to think about reordering every month. But don’t worry, you can cancel anytime.
I share all the reasons why I’m loving this subscription box so much (and what I don’t like about it) in my KnitCrate Review.
2. Always More Yarn
Yarn might seem like an obvious gift for a crafter and yes, she might have a whole room full of yarn already but I can guarantee, I’ve never heard any knitter or crocheter being unhappy when receiving yarn.
Big Box Stores Yarn
You probably know better than I do which are the craft stores in your area where you could go and pick out some soft yarn of a color you know she’ll love but if you want to make it even easier on yourself you can order some online.
My favorite online yarn stores are:
- Lion Brand Yarn: they have a lot of colors, fibers, and sizes to pick from. It’s widely used so she will very easily find a design to make something she’ll love.
- LoveCrafts. They have several brands of yarn. I really love their Paintbox yarn, it’s super affordable, great quality, comfortable to work with and they have a gazillion color options.
- Darn Good Yarn. They are a much smaller brand of sustainable yarn with more of an atypical yarn offering but I love it. They make yarn out of anything (linen, recycled silk saris, hemp etc) and help support women in India in the process. (you can use the code KNITTINGWITHCHOPSTICKS for a 15% discount)
Indie Dyed Yarn
If you have been around any yarn lover Instagram account you probably noticed those gorgeous hanks of multicolored yarns. A lot of small indie dyed yarn shops have popped up on Etsy in the last few years and their yarn is amazing. Yes, it is pricey, but it’s totally worth it. Each skein is hand-dyed so it’s unique, the color combinations go from semi-solids to highly speckled crazy colors and anything in between.
You might not have seen her knit or crochet with one of these before but that surely doesn’t mean she won’t love it! She’s probably drooling over them but can’t justify buying some. Get her a couple of skeins to make something for herself for once, she will be over the moon.
Some of my favorite indie dyers are:
3. Pattern Bundles
What I like about bundles is that you can be sure there is at least 3 or 4 patterns she will want to make straight away and you don’t take the risk of handpicking them and choosing wrong.
Don’t think for a second the other patterns are wasted, she’ll probably go back to them later or find some inspiration and combine bits and pieces to make her own project. Sometimes I buy pattern bundles just to look through, learn new techniques, constructions and styles.
4. Kits are Dream Gifts for a Crafter
Receiving yarn or patterns are both great gifts I love to receive. But receiving kits, which contains both the pattern and the matching yarn are dream gifts for a crafter. No need to think about what to make or look for the right yarn, the kit has all she needs to get started on her project (hooks and needles are usually not included). The only drawback is if you’re not sure she will want to make this exact project. But don’t worry, she can always use the yarn for something else and keep the pattern for inspiration or later.
Lion Brand Yarn sells kits from all my favorite modern designers (and they’re often on sale).
5. The Perfect Project Bag
Now, that’s probably my second yarn-related obsession this year. When I discovered that someone had designed a collection of gorgeous handbags specifically for knitters and crocheters, I couldn’t believe it and knew I had to have one. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait until Christmas to get mine as I received it as a surprise gift. My husband keeps making fun of me because even months later I just smile when I see it.
The Namaste bags by Jimmy Beans Wool don’t look like project bags at all. They look like proper high-end handbags with gorgeous golden zippers and a wide variety of colors. That’s on the outside! On the inside, they are designed with yarn in mind. The right-sized pockets, a special yarn feeder built in the bag and a convenient leach which doubles as a ruler are just some of the yarn lovers details of these bags.
6. New Tools: Needles and Hooks
If she’s anything like me, she doesn’t spend money on high-end tools for her craft. I much prefer to spend a few extra dollars on fancy yarn than on new needles and hooks. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a gift I’d enjoy and love, on the contrary! Aren’t gifts supposed to be things you don’t actually need but love?
Sure, I don’t need to get a set of Furls crochet hooks. My hooks work just fine, although they are not the most ergonomic, they get the job done. But if someone (hint, hint) would be as generous as to gift me one of the infamous Furls crochet hooks, I would sleep with it under my pillow like a little girl.
If you’ve never heard about Furls crochet hook they are high end, very ergonomic crochet hooks. They have a few wooden styles and a metal collection called Odyssey. I’ve only ever heard the highest recommendations from them. I’m sort of scared to try one as I know I won’t be able to enjoy crocheting with my hooks after that and will have to get an entire set.
My high-end knitting needle dream gift is Jimmy Beans Wool Smartstix interchangeable needle set. If you want to know more about these and the different types of knitting needles and how I select mine, head over to my Ultimate Guide to Knitting Needles.
7. Tools I Didn’t Know I Needed
For a very long time, I had my basic tools. Knitting needles for knitting and crochet hooks for crochet and that’s it (well, and yarn of course). And yes, that’s all you need. BUT, there are some great tools out there that will make your life much easier. And once you start using them, you can’t go without them anymore. A lot of these are actually very small and cheap but they make a huge difference.
- Tapestry scissors. I lost mine recently (more like got them confiscated at the airport as I forgot them in my project bag) and I only realize now how much more convenient they are compared to normal scissors. Plus they are much prettier. I really like these.
- Tapestry needles with bent tip. To weave in the ends and for seaming, we need a big needle. I usually use these but I’ve been told over and over by designer friends to use the bent tip type. Apparently (which I can easily believe) the bent tip really helps to pick over and under the stitches. This makes it much easier to seam. I’ve been recommended these Clover ones.
- A row counter can be a real lifesaver once you start making patterns with shaping, texture or colorwork. It helps you keep track of how many rows you’ve done since the last repeat and how many repeats. Sure you can write it down in your phone or on your pattern, I’ve done it for years but once I started using these basic row counters that slide on my knitting needles or crochet hook, I realized how much easier advanced patterns became. If you want prettier ones, these are the ones I’ve asked my mom for Christmas.
- A cute measuring tape. I really like this one.
- Project and Yarn Stash organizers.
8. Audiobooks are Great Gifts for a Crafter
When I knit or crochet it’s usually in front of Netflix or while listening to my latest audiobook.
If my project is a little more complicated or I’m trying anything new I prefer to listen to an audiobook so I can watch what I’m doing without losing any part of the story. I love my Audible subscription. Every month I get to pick a new book amongst their huge library. You can gift her from 1 month up to a year so you get to choose your gift budget.
9. An Actual Book
This new book came out a couple of weeks ago by a crochet designer I admire a lot. It’s full of easy, modern patterns, techniques, tips and tricks and more. Whether she’s a beginner crocheter or an experienced one she’ll love and learn from this book (grab it from Amazon here).
10. Gift Card
If none of the above inspire you, or you don’t feel confident enough to make a choice you always have the great option of a gift card to one of her favorite craft shops or even easier, an Amazon gift card. A lot of knitting and crochet tools, as well as yarn, is available on Amazon. I can guarantee she will be super excited to get to choose whatever she wants without even having to go to a shop and neither do you, that’s a win-win in my book.
Now that you have all my Christmas dream gifts for crafter ideas I hope your only problem is to decide which one of these she’ll love the most. Pin this post to your gift board so you don’t forget what you decided to get her!