Just for you: 31 thoughtful gifts for knitters
Knitters are brilliant people who deserve a treat! We've gathered our favourite knitting-themed gift ideas so you can share the crafting love.
We all know someone who's obsessed with knitting. But what are the must-buy gifts for knitters? It's hard to come up with present ideas for people who already have a houseful of yarn and all the needles they need. So we have some fun suggestions for presents any knitter would be happy to unwrap on their big day.
We've gathered 31 gifts for knitters for birthdays, anniversaries or celebrations. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or big luxury gifts, and whatever your budget, we’ve got something for you in our round-up.
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The best gifts for knitters 2022
1. Knitting stitch dictionary
Help someone dip a toe into designing their own knits, or discover some new stitches to add to their repertoire, with a stitch dictionary. Whether they're new to the craft or have been knitting for years, stitch libraries like this are always great fun to explore. We love 400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary of Knitting Patterns from Potter Craft.
2. Keep Calm knitting mug
Every crafter needs a good slogan mug. Knitting builds up a project one stitch at a time – so we know the joy of persevering, as well as the joy of a good brew. Celebrate both with this fun mug based on the old wartime adage of keeping calm and carrying on. One row at a time!
3. Knitter T-shirt
Every knitter needs a go-to top and we love these by Stitchers Tees. They also have sweater versions for colder days, and a crochet one too. Gifts for knitters have never looked so good!
- Buy the Stitchers Tees Knitter T-shirt from Etsy
4. Handmade stitch markers
Every knitter needs stitch markers and these fruit salad ones are totally our aesthetic. They're handmade by AliceRCrafts so you'll be supporting a fellow maker too. If you're going to gift these, check out our how to do furoshiki wrapping and suminagashi gift wrap tutorials to wrap them up prettily!
- Buy the AliceRCrafts handmade stitch markers from Etsy
5. Lauren Aston yarn subscription box
Yarn subscription boxes are a great luxury gift for knitters and Lauren Aston Designs' are no exception. You can choose how many hanks you get in each box, and they come in an array of different colours. If you're looking for more subscription options then head over to our round-up of the best craft subscription boxes.
- Buy the Lauren Aston yarn subscription from Lauren Aston Designs
6. Cute cat yarn bowl
A yarn bowl is designed to hold your yarn as you knit, perfect to stop it rolling under the sofa! We especially like this smiling cat version – what about you? If you want to explore different styles and sizes, check out our best yarn bowls article.
7. Retro knitting poster
Knitting gifts don't have to be yarn! Why not give some knitting-themed wall art? We can definitely get on board with the sentiment of this poster, which comes in five different sizes and is printed on canvas.
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8. Rainforest knitting bag
Project bags make great gifts for knitters, and you can never have too many! We love the colourful print on this large loop-top tote, with side pockets for needles and a matching mini bucket bag with yarn hole, to keep your working yarn clean and tidy while you knit. Check out Gathered's guide to the best knitting bags and organisers for some more of our favourites.
9. Personalised knitting mug
We don't know any knitters that aren't fond of a hot beverage. This brilliant motto mug is ideal to drink from when your hands need a break from the needles. Practical knitting gifts are always a winner – and this one from So Close Studio can be personalised with the text of your choice.
- Buy the personalised knitting mug from Not on the High Street
All wrapped up!
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10. Subscription to The Knitter
Every month The Knitter features beautiful patterns from the world’s best designers and in-depth articles from experts around the globe, so buying a pal a subscription is a no-brainer really. Subscribe to The Knitter for a quick and efficient gift for the knitters in your life.
- Buy a subscription to The Knitter from BuySubscriptions
11. Wool wash
For a thoughtful knitting gift, why not treat a friend to some wool wash so they can keep their precious knits in tip-top condition? Soak is easy to use and comes in a range of gorgeous scents.
12. Drop spindle kit
They’re already obsessed with yarn, so take it a step further and help them learn how to make their own! This drop spindle kit from Heidifeathers includes everything you need to start spinning: a wooden beginner spindle, 250g of wool top and full instructions.
- Buy the Heidifeathers drop spindle kit from Etsy
13. Festive sock knitting patterns
If it's a Christmas gift for knitters you're after, how about socks? They're a classic festive present. This book includes patterns by Winwick Mum for a riot of hand-knitted socks. So much classier than a Christmas pudding print pair!
- Buy the Christmas Socks book from The Knitting Network
14. Couturiers hand cream
Keep those hard-working knitters' hands in good shape with quick-absorbing hand cream. SEAMS Couturiers Hand Cream is designed with sewers in mind, but it's perfect for fibre crafters too. It's a luxury gift for knitters that would make a great stocking filler!
- Buy Couturiers hand cream from SEAMS
15. Sock blocker
If you know someone who loves to knit socks, this handy blocker is a perfect gift. Handmade by the talented MlynJedrow, it'll stretch and shape their finished footwear to make it look better than ever!
- Buy the handmade sock blocker from Etsy
16. Sheep bedding set
They’ll be sure to dream about knitting in this sheep-themed polycotton bedding set from Fusion. It comes in four sizes (from Single to Super King) and four colours, and each set includes one duvet cover and two pillowcases.
17. Woolly jumper birthday card
Make every aspect of your knitting gift extra woolly! Send a sheepy greeting with this fun card from Emma Ball – and don’t forget to check out the rest of the Sheep in Jumpers range for more quirky gift ideas.
18. Magnifying lamp
Ideal for doing fine work on dark evenings, the versatile Purelite 3-in-1 Magnifying Lamp is a floor lamp, table lamp and desk lamp in one. Knitting friends or family would be delighted to unwrap one of these! To discover more lamp options, check out Gathered's round-up of the best daylight craft lamps.
It's in the post!
For a gift that keeps on giving, why not treat a friend to a craft subscription box?
19. Handmade advent calendar
Why give one gift when you can give 25? You could either knit an advent calendar or buy a pre-made one and fill each day with knitting gifts such as yarn, stitch markers and buttons. We've rounded up the best DIY advent calendar kits and ideas right here on Gathered.
20. Sheep cushion
Knitting gifts to nap on? Yes please! This soft and tactile grey sheepwool cushion from Onaie is baa-rilliant and perfect for keeping you comfy and cosy as you knit. It's not the gift to get for any vegan knitters though, as it is real wool.
- Buy the Onaie sheep cushion from Not on the High Street
21. We Are Knitters knitting kit
Kits make fantastic gifts for knitters and We Are Knitters have something for everyone – we're smitten with this Andréa cardigan, or see more options in our best knitting kits roundup. Buying for a newbie? Make sure you check out our list of knitting starter kits and essentials for beginners.
- Buy the We Are Knitters Andréa cardigan kit from We Are Knitters
22. Personalised needle case
Add a personal touch with this customised knitting needle bag from Jackie Martin Designs. Complete the gift by filling it with yarn or other treats.
- Buy the Jackie Martin Designs needle case from Not on the High Street
23. Pin badges
Wear your crafty heart on your sleeve – literally! These pins from Hartiful would make wonderful stocking fillers. Look out for a range of colours and fun maker-themed designs.
- Buy the Hartiful pin badge from Etsy
What to get a person who loves to knit?
Thinking of gifts for knitters can be tricky, especially if they already have lots of yarn and needles! Below are a few categories to consider when choosing a present. We've included ideas from each category in our list.
- Knitting kits
- Tools and haberdashery
- Knitting books and magazines (check out our round-up of 10 of the best knitting books)
- Yarn subscriptions, advent calendars and themed collections
- Clothing and accessories
- Knitting-themed homewares
- Bags and organisers (see Gathered's pick of the best knitting bags)
24. Simply Knitting subscription
Subscribe to Simply Knitting magazine with a gift subscription to treat them to a year of unmissable patterns, stories, competitions and more. With friendly knitting advice, interesting stories and reader knits, Simply Knitting brings the yarn community together, with something for every knitter.
- Buy a subscription to Simply Knitting today from BuySubscriptions
25. Shawl pin
This is a knitting gift they'll treasure for years to come. Treat that friend who always rocks a knitted shawl to a beautiful handmade shawl pin. We love this silver tree of life design from MusawwarCreations.
- Buy the Tree of Life shawl pin from Etsy
26. Yarn swift
Make the chore of winding wool into balls much easier with a yarn swift. This nifty contraption holds the yarn while it's being wound so it doesn't get tangled. Pair it with a ball winder to complete the gift, or see our best yarn winders review for more options.
- Buy the yarn swift from eBay
27. Personalised knitting socks
If you want a knitting gift for the crafter who has everything, how about these personalised socks? Each of the soles has a specially chosen motto, making them perfect to communicate your priorities to those around you. Who doesn't love a custom-made present, either?
- Buy knitter's socks from Not on the High Street
28. Luxury wooden buttons
Garment makers love a luxury button set, and these Milward wooden buttons would make a great finishing flourish to a knitted cardigan, or even a decorative touch on homewares or toys. They come in packs of two, so pick up a couple of sets as a sweet little stocking filler gift for knitters.
29. Hand-painted bamboo needles
Bamboo needles are the nicest to knit with, we reckon, as they offer a lovely lightweight grip on your stitches to stop slipping, and are easy to hold in your hands too. Add a hand-painted ball end, like these ones from DMC, and they make a lovely gift for knitters, too.
- Buy bamboo knitting needles from DMC
30. Botties slipper soles
A Botties sole is a plastic sole with felt insert that comes pre-perforated with holes around the top edge that let you attach your own knitted slipper or sock, to create a pair of hand-knitted slipper boots with a proper sole. Super cosy to wear and with a sturdy sole, some folks even use them as their outdoor shoes too!
- Buy Botties slipper soles from Artyarn
31. Hand-dyed mini skeins
Treat-size mini skeins make fabulous little gifts – and they're perfect for Christmas stockings too. We can't resist the Around the World sets from Weavers' Cottage yarn, which take inspiration from natural landscapes and bustling cities across the globe.
- Buy the Weavers' Cottage yarn mini skeins from Etsy
Choosing the best gifts for knitters
We love shopping for crafty friends, but if you don't craft yourself it can be hard to figure out what to buy. That's where our list comes in! Whether it's books, tools, homewares or (of course) yarn, there's a gift out there to suit every knitter. We hope Gathered's round-up has helped you find the perfect knitting gift for your loved one.
More gifts for yarn crafters!
Need more inspiration, or still have other friends and family to buy for? We have dozens more yarn-themed presents for you in Gathered's round-up of the best crochet gift ideas for 2022.
Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.
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