Most of the posts on our blog are for stitchers, but today's post is a bit different. Today I'm talking to you, o fabulous friends and family of cross stitchers. I know it can be hard to decide on something stitching-related to get us for the holidays. After all, what if you pick the wrong colors or the wrong counts, or buy us something we already have? (Pro tip: if we already have it, we probably love it and don't mind duplicates!)
Today's post is for you - from stocking stuffers to The Big Gift, here's a run-down of some awesome gift options for your favorite stitcher. It's a bit long, but hopefully you will find what you are looking for!
Option 1: A gift certificate to your stitcher's favorite local or online needlework shop (LNS) ($ - $$$$)
If you spend much time around stitchers, you've probably heard us talk about our LNS or ONS or FNS - our local, online, or favorite needlework shop. And while it might not seem too original, a gift certificate to your stitcher's favorite shop can do double duty - not only do you have something for them to unwrap on the big day, but you are also gifting them a guilt-free trip to the shop to spend hours and hours picking out just the right fabric, threads and charts for their 2016 projects! My BIL has been giving me gift certificates to my LNS for holidays and special occasions for years now, and it's a fantastic gift (thanks Andrew! :) ) Most shops have gift certificates that start at just $5, so whatever your budget, this is a good choice
Option 1 extra credit: If you aren't convinced that giving a gift certificate is an awesome gift, how about a gift certificate AND a few fun goodies from the shop you purchase it from? Every shop owner I've ever encountered would be more than happy to help you pick out a little palette of threads and little chart to go along with that gift certificate. If you can come equipped with the name one of your stitcher's favorite designers, you'll be ahead of the game! (Remember, a bit of snooping is allowable when it comes to gift intel, so take a few glances at those paper charts scattered around your stitcher's favorite stitching spot - designers' names tend to appear on the chart covers [the pages with the big ole photo] or in the copyright notice at the bottom of most chart pages.).
Option 2: A Stitching-related subscription ($$ - $$$$)
There are a boat-load of stitching-related subscriptions available out there, so if you can arm yourself with some basic information about your stitcher, you can select a gift that can last all of 2016.
There are three basic types of stitching subscriptions: threads, fabrics, and all-of-the-above:
Thread subscriptions: Many of the smaller handdyed thread companies offer monthly subscriptions. Some examples include:
- Fiberlicious Monthly Clubs: Fiberlicious dyes both cotton and two types of silk thread, and her monthly clubs offer a variety of price points. (Pro-tip: cotton is lovely, but silk is divine!)
- Dragonflylotus Designs: Dragonflylotus offers several pay-by-month clubs, and during the month of December also offers a 2016 prepaid club option. If you aren't sure which option to pick, the basic 5-yard Thread Club option is a great starter subscription. (Full disclosure: I also own Dragonflylotus Designs ~Liz)
- Just the Threads subscription: Here at StitchyBox we have a monthly thread-only subscription called Just the Threads - the nice thing about this club is you don't have to know anything about your stitcher's thread preferences to sign up. You select how many months you'd like to buy (1, 3, 6, or 12), and we send a questionnaire to your stitcher after the fact to collect info on their preferences to customize their monthly shipments.
- Frostings Club: This club. from Thistle Threads, is a bit different, but if your stitcher loves reproduction samplers and you are looking for The Big Gift, I highly recommend it.
Fabric of the Month subscriptions: Like thread, many handdyed fabric companies offer Fabric of the Month subscriptions, though you may have to look through a few to find one without a wait list. (Nothing to say you can't add your stitcher to a wait list as a bonus present!) For these subscriptions, you'll need to know what type of fabric your stitcher likes to stitch on - you are looking for a count (14, 16, 18, 28, 32, 36, 40) and a fabric type (Aida, evenweave, lugana, linen).
- Handdyed Fabrics by Stephanie
- Under the Sea Fabrics
- Mo's Sale - Mo's Fabric of the Month club is actually offered in her closed Facebook group, but I would recommend contacting her through her website of Facebook page to discuss signing someone up as a gift.
Package Subscriptions: Package subscriptions have a bit of everything - some fabric, some threads, so extras.
- StitchyBox: our original StitchyBox subscription ships every 2 months, and contains a variety of fabrics, thread and embellishments. To sign up, you'll just need to know if your stitcher prefers larger count fabric (Big Picture Box) or smaller count fabric (Detail Oriented). We also offer gift cards in specific amounts that will cover a 3 or 6 box subscription, so if you just aren't sure which option to choose, those are always a good choice.
- Broideri Box: a new subscription starting in 2016, this is a monthly shipment that will send your stitcher a collection of threads and a bonus something every month.
Option 3: Gadgets, tools, and extra fun stuff ($ - $$$)
There's a whole plethera of fun extra little stitching tools and gadgets that make stitching all the more fun. Most make excellent stocking stuffers, although you can also find always find spendy, artisinal options for everything if you are looking for a big impact gift.
Thread Palettes: Thread palettes or organizers are a fantastic gift for any stitcher, and you can find them in all sorts of shapes - animals, sayings, even some that look like brass knuckles! Some of my favorite shops include Beadeux, Katinkles, and Red Gate Stitchery.
Needleminders: Needleminders are little broach-like objects with two magnets - you put the broach with an attached magnet on the top of your stitching, and the second magnet goes on the other side of your fabric. Then you use the magnet to hold on to your needle, so it doesn't end up in the arm of the couch. You can find needleminders all over, from my Dragonflylotus Designs to quite a few shops on Etsy.
Laying Tools: These little guys help us keep our stitches looking nice and flat, with all our threads neat and tidy. This is another instance where Etsy will be your friend!
That's it for this year's gift guide for cross stitchers! Stitchers, if there is a must-have product I've missed, leave a comment below and share it with the world, and friends/family of stitchers, if you have questions or need help, leave a comment below and we will try to help you out! Happy Shopping everyone :)