Ready for round FIVE of our annual gift guide? So much adorable stuff, so much time to shop, unless you celebrate Hanukkah because then you’ve got less than a week (EEEP!).
In gift guides past, we’ve covered
This week, well, I don’t have a theme so much as I have a whole bunch of nifty ideas, some submitted and some discovered. We’re talking about crafting, personalized gifts, and a lot more. Are you ready? Let’s get to shopping!
Kareni sent me a few links that are just terrific, starting with this one:
Kareni wrote, “I saw mention of this gift elsewhere…. The person commenting mentioned that a man had bought one of these cutting boards for his wife and had it personalized with a favorite handwritten recipe from her recently deceased mother.”
How beautiful is that? You can send a handwritten recipe to this shop, PersonalizedJust4You, and they will laser engrave the recipe in the original handwriting onto a cutting board ($27+). Seriously. This idea just made several of my internal organs melt into a puddle of feels.
Kareni also sent some links to Bas Bleu, which is a dangerous website and I recommend you avoid it if you have an actual to-do list to accomplish today. A few of the links were out of stock, so I have found alternates. This one, however, Lady Macbeth Guest Soaps, I must share ($10). They also have Suds and Sensibility Guest Soaps (“to wash the land off the landed gentry”) ($10).
Carpe Librum long-sleeved shirt (XL – $21)
Bookmarks Are For Quitters long sleeved tee ($26)
Susan also emailed some links to gifts that she “really likes to give,” and they’re thoughtful and brilliant.
SmartWool socks ($18-24). Susan says, “This is one of my favorite thoughtful-but-generic gifts, especially for men. I’m not going to spend $20 on socks for myself every day but I love receiving them because they’re super well-made and cozy! And everyone needs socks. They also have running/hiking-specific models if your giftee is into those things.”
LED lights ($15 ). Susan says, “My sister got these for our whole family last year and they were a big hit. I keep one in my purse and one in my gym bag because I’m often walking home from work/the gym after dark. Also great for runners and people with dogs.”
Black + Blum Lunch Pot ($25). Susan: “People come up to me in the office kitchen and ask about mine all the time. Originally my mother-in-law got us one for Christmas and we had to buy a second one because we were fighting over it.”
These earbuds come in a bunch of cute colors and are inexpensive (Panasonic ErgoFit, $10). Susan’s rec: “I own 3 pairs because I tend to lose/destroy headphones easily. They actually hold up really well to my careless ways and I can wear them for 2-hour runs comfortably.”
I’d also like to add that I buy these regularly, too, and have a pair in my ears right now as I’m working on this post. Thank you, Susan!
Drew sent in some wonderful knitting gift ideas. Knitting folks, I apologize in advance!
Drew says, “A chart keeper helps you keep track of and only focus on the current row [and it] is awesome because of the portability, magnetic tracking lines, and is self-standing. Great for lace/cable/colorwork in knitting, but could be used for anything with separate lines of pattern (cooking, cross stitch, etc.).
It’s available at Knitpicks‘ website, and also at Amazon ($15).
Drew: I love Baggu reusable bags ($10) for carrying around projects – I have an awesome elephant one, but some are even fiber themed like alpaca.
Baggu makes several different styles of bag, too.
Drew wrote, “Yarn bowls and project bags are awesome in general, and lots of great ones can be found on Etsy too.”
And then I went down the rabbit hole, and y’all. Y’ALL. I had no idea adorable yarn bowls were a thing, but WOW are they a thing.
Sheesham yarn bowl, $16+, Fashoknit on Etsy
Yarn Bowl with tabby cat, $45, from Misunrie on Etsy
And of course, there is a Game of Thrones one – for both knitting and crochet yarn!
Winter is Coming, Knit Faster bowl, $39, from Creativity Happens on Etsy.
Ok, I’ll stop now. But trust me, you could lose many hours looking at the adorable and clever Yarn Bowls on Etsy. Thank you, Drew!
And Michelle wrote in with some suggestions, too:
Michelle: OH, LET ME SHARE MY CRAFTY GIFT IDEAS. (Sarah: YES PLEASE.)
Michelle: First up: storage. I really like the IRIS Ziploc weather resistant totes ($40). They are sturdy, stackable, and relatively lightweight. They also have a foam seal to help keep out bugs, moisture, and dust. I keep my yarn in them (the 16 qt size is perfect to set balls of sock yarn on end). Also good for fabric, floss, any sort of crafty thing. They come in lots of sizes.
For the knitters out there, here’s a beautiful set of ebony double-pointed needles that comes with its own fancy case. I personally knit a lot of socks and these are on my wish list: HiyaHiya Nirvana Double Pointed Sock Needle Gift Sets, Ebony, $65.
And for knitters that have a million double pointed needles, a storage container that automatically sorts them by size. It’s magic. Handwork Hardware Double Pointed Knitting Needle Sorter and Gauge, $26.
Handwork Hardware also has an awesome sauce knitting chatelaine ($15), to carry stitch markers, a darning needle, small hooks to pick up dropped stitches. I want one.
And finally, the Stitch Encyclopedia series ($15) – there’s one for knitting, one for crochet, and one for embroidery. They’re reference guides to stitches and pretty to boot.
Thank you, Michelle!
Tracy A also sent over an Etsy shop that is ridiculous adorable. “NerdyKeppie has pride animals, shirts, patches, etc) as well as kippot and identity goodies. They also do custom orders.”
Y’all. Social Justice Witch: bubbling over with righteousness shirts, $20+.
Their identity patches are spiffy, too – definitely look at the whole collection.
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