Best Gifts for the Knitter in Your Life

Are you a person who wants your gifts to be surprise or someone who likes to give specific hints as to what you would like to receive?
Let me be transparent here – I love a surprise!  BUT…I have received gifts in the past that I did not appreciate and unfortunately this was obvious with my initial reaction. It was far from gracious.  I’m embarrassed to say I don’t cover my disappointment well.  How about you?


For Christmas our family draws names. We used to buy gifts for everyone but that just got out of hand financially, in practicality and lacked meaning. We now use Pinterest to our advantage and set up a shared “secret” board for Christmas gifting.  Each person has the opportunity to post gift ideas they would like to receive. In our family the wives post the husband’s request but I know there are men out there that are familiar with and use Pinterest.
[Tweet “Use Pinterest to your advantage and set up a shared private board for Christmas gifting. #GEinc #EtsyGifts”]
Now I can’t guarantee everyone will follow the suggested guest list.  There is always someone who thinks they know what to give better than the suggested list and veer off the said list. This happened to me last year.  My husband thought a gift card for a Playstation game was going to be the ticket to giving me a thoughtful gift.  Yep, you got it.  My disappointment was, well, obvious in my non-verbal and verbal reaction. Needless to say, this treasured gift is still sitting in the drawer.  Don’t tell him, but I am going to re-gift it and give it to him this year. Maybe that’s what he had in mind – who knows. LOL
Since we have knitters in our family I wanted to share some great ideas for the knitter in your family.  And if you are the knitter, create that private/secret Pinterest board and share it with those who will be giving you a gift this holiday season or for any occasion throughout the year.

Best Gifts for the Knitters in Your Life

Disclosure: Some of the links found below are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. There is no cost to you. We only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.

1. Yarn Bowl

Knitters get frustrated  when their yarn falls off the chair or table and skates around the floor and gets dirty and tangled. A yarn bowl is a great solution.  The bowl shown is made with a beautiful piece of cherry wood. You can also find beautiful pottery yarn bowls.

Wood Yarn Bowl by Styren Designs

2. Knitting Needles

Ask any knitter and they will tell you they have a variety of knitting needles.  If they are a beginner knitter they probably started purchasing needles on an as needed basis. An inexpensive gift would be to give them a pair in a size they have not yet purchased.  If you want to splurge, any knitter would love a full set of circular needles. Knit Picks ( has a variety of beautiful needles.  The set pictured is a great start for any knitter, beginner or experienced. They have assembled knitting needles and cable lengths in the most popular sizes and packaged them into a handy carrying case.

Caspian Circular Needle Set by Knit Picks

3. How-to Books

You might think that you can find anything you need on the internet.  Yes there is a lot of information floating out there but there is nothing better to a knitter than a good “How-to” book such as Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.  Yes you read that right.  This particular book is a stitch dictionary.  It not only includes 150 stitches but also includes instructions for eight garments and formulas for knitting garments without a pattern. It is an invaluable go-to resource for knowledge, instruction and inspiration.Up, Down, All-Around knitting stitch dictionary

4. Project Bag

Project bags are always in demand. Your special knitter may have 1-5 or more projects going at one time. To keep organized, it is nice to keep supplies for each knitting project stored in one bag. If a new skein is needed, it is easy to find.   The size of the project dictates the size of the bag needed.  I like to take my projects on trips and therefore need my project to become mobile.  This bag found on Etsy features a retro Paris fashion cotton print.  It would be the perfect size for her sock projects.

Project Bag found on Etsy

5. Magazine Subscription

Magazines are a valuable resource for a knitter.  They not only provide patterns they keep the knitter current on all the new and innovative industry tools and processes.  Below are a couple examples. There are numerous magazines available in print or online.

Knit Simple Magazine subscription

Vogue Knitting Subscription

6. Yarn Swift and Ball Winder

If you purchase yarn at a local yarn store, most will wind your yarn into balls for free.  However, if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for this process, you have to do this at home. Yes, it can be done but without these two tools it is challenging and takes a lot of time.


Yarn Ball Winder by Knit PicksYarn Swift by Knit Picks

7. Pom-Pom Maker

 Pattie Wack pom-pom maker

8. Yarn

Purchasing yarn as a gift can be tricky; however, Knit Picks has these great samplers that any knitter would appreciate.  A variety of packages are available at various price points.

Yarn Samplers From Knit Picks

9. Gift Card to Local Yarn Store

This is a no brainer – If you have no idea what to purchase, buy a gift card to her favorite local yarn store.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 2.54.50 PM

10. Chocolate

Do I need to explain this one?  I vote that you include it in every gift you give! Did you know…a 2004 study in London found that 70% of people would reveal their passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar.

Box of Chocolates