I’ve gotten a few e-mails lately asking for gift recommendations for aunts, friends, moms, and so forth who like needlework, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, and other needle ‘n thread type arts. I decided to compile a little list and ask readers to contribute their ideas – will you help me help the “clueless” who want to give the needleworkers in their lives the “perfect” Christmas present??!
Here are a few samples from e-mail inquiries. Some of them made me chuckle!
Hey, my mom likes stuff like you write about and she has two dogs and a cat. Can you give me any ideas for Christmas? Help!
Or this one:
I gotta get my sister something this year and she likes sewing. What should I get her? I’m clueless!
Some are rather generic, some are more specific:
What do you get someone who has everything for Christmas who likes hardanger embroidery and cross stitch embroidery?
But I like this one best – it’s sweet!
My aunt whose old has this sewing thing thats round and sits in front of her and she sews designs on it. It sticks out on a arm thing infront of her with cloth in it. She makes pretty things for presents for people and at church. I want to get her something nice for Christmas and that’s what she likes! Can you send me some ideas? I have $16, but I can spend a little more maybe if its a lot. My brother found your website on google for me. Thanks. (Signed by an 8-year old!)
I’ve been waiting for the Muse to strike before answering these questions and a couple more like them. But then I had a brilliant thought! If you read this website regularly, chances are you’re a needleworker, and if you’re a needleworker, you have some “favorite” toys, or you’ve probably run across little accessories and so forth that you’d like to have.
Would you please share some ideas? If I compile a list from your input, it will be much more interesting and diverse than one that I come up with on my own! Thanks!