Great Ideas under $10.00
Knitpicks offers a number of yarns at quite reasonable prices. You could provide the knitter on your list with yarn for a pair of socks, or yarn for a felted bag very affordably. Other options at Knitpicks might include a knitting needle or two, a sock knitting chart, or some stitch holders or markers.
You will also find some great gifts for knitters and spinners at Etsy. You can find stitch markers and row counters under $10.00 sold by a number of Etsy sellers. Etsy sellers may also offer knitting themed buttons, bags or jewelry for an affordable price. Small amounts of fiber and simple starter spindles may also be available within this price range.
Your local yarn store or craft store also offer some quick, easy, and very inexpensive gifts for your favorite knitter or spinner. Yarn, needles, beads, crochet hooks, stitch holders and other accessories are widely available at yarn and craft stores. You could also gift your favorite spinner a packet of needle felting needles. Other inexpensive gifts that might suit your favorite fiber fiend include a journal and pen to record planned projects or project outcomes, lotion to keep hands soft, and coffee, tea or chocolates.
Fiber Friendly Gifts under $25.00
If you have around $25.00 to spend, you can find quite a nice gift for the knitter or spinner in your life. A great new knitting book, supplies for a small project, a couple of skeins of very nice yarn, or a fairly substantial amount of fiber are all available in this price range.
A number of new knitting books are on the market, making this a good and easy choice for the knitter or spinner in your life. Some possible choices include Ann Budd’s The Best of Interweave Knits, the Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters by Lynne Vogel, and Louisa Harding’s Knitting Little Luxuries. You may also want to check if the knitter or spinner in your life maintains a wish list at Amazon or elsewhere. If you are unsure what books he or she might want or have, no knitter or spinner on my list would be upset to receive a gift card or certificate to a local or online bookstore.
The staff at many local yarn shops is quite helpful, and may even be able to offer suggestions specifically aimed at the person you are shopping for (ask if they offer gift lists!). Consider buying a pattern like the Fibertrends Felted Clog or the Fibertrends Hedgehog pattern and the yarn to make the finished object, either at your local shop or online for a fun and sure to be appreciated fiber related gift.
If someone you know has always wanted to learn to spin, beginner spinning kits are available in this price range at Etsy and elsewhere. These kits include a simple spindle, starter fiber, and a how to spin booklet.
Consider giving the spinner on your list a sampler pack of interesting fibers, like those sold at Susan’s Spinning Bunny. You could also buy hand dyed fibers from a shop like Hello Yarn, or a nice amount of a luxury fiber as a gift for the spinner on your list.
More to Spend…Gifts They’ll Love
If you have a bit more to spend, you may be able to give the knitter or spinner in your life a gift that will really impress. The knitting DVDs at KnittingHelp can be a great choice for even an experienced knitter and Elizabeth Zimmerman’s work is some of the best out there. You can also choose to give a gift that keeps on giving, with a yarn or fiber of the month club membership. Some available yarn and fiber of the month clubs include the club at Spunky Eclectic, the Rockin’ Sock Club and the Flawful Fibers Club. Shop soon, as fiber and yarn of the month clubs fill up fast in many cases.
The holidays can be a great time to give the knitter in your life a kit for a large project, like those offered by Fleece Artist. You could also buy the wanna-be dyer in your life a nice array of dyes and supplies from Dharma Trading. A handmade spindle can be an excellent choice for a new or experienced spinner.
If the spinner or hopeful spinner in your life wants a new wheel, you may be considering buying one as a holiday gift. While those of us at Spindle and Wheel are all for encouraging spinning wheel purchases, keep in mind that choosing a wheel is a deeply personal choice. In that case, you might want to consider gifting the spinner in your life with a gift certificate from a retailer that offers a variety of wheels, like WEBS. If you know the exact wheel, do feel free to go ahead and buy one, keeping in mind possible order turnaround times to make sure your gift is ready for the holidays.