Buying gifts for some people can be a challenge, especially if they already seem to have everything. After all, you don’t want to give them something that will end up tossed in a closet somewhere. You want your gift to be liked, used, and truly appreciate. And if you can get them something unique that no one else thought of, even better.
Yep, it’s a tall order. But if you’re shopping for someone who loves to sew, you’re in luck. Here are 10 great gift ideas any sewer will appreciate.
1. Vintage Sewing Catalogs. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. And a few vintage sewing catalogs can provide hours of fun to any sewer. Paging through these catalogs will gives them a glimpse back into the sewing trends of a bygone era, be it the 1880s or 1980s. Vintage catalogs can also give the creative sewer plenty of ideas for new sewing projects.
2. Vintage Sewing Posters. Hobbyists love to fill their environment with objects devoted to their favorite pastime. And the sewer in your life would probably love to decorate their sewing room with a few vintage sewing posters. This gift is both unique and affordable, and the possibilities are endless. You can find posters of anything from a sewing advertisement from the 1900s, a vintage sewing magazine cover, or an antique sewing machine.
3. A Gift Certificate. If you can’t think of a specific gift to give to the sewer in your life, giving them a gift certificate to a nearby craft or fabric shop is always a viable option. The recipient of the gift certificate will appreciate being able to get supplies “for free.” And instead of you trying to guess what supplies they might need, they can get exactly what they need when they need it.
4. A Sewing Mannequin. If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little out of the ordinary, why not try a sewing mannequin? These sewing dummies can provide a bit of quirky style to any sewing room. And if the sewer you’re buying this gift for has an appreciation for old-world style, they’ll adore an antique sewing mannequin.
5. A Sewing Kit. A ready-made sewing kit makes a great gift, especially for someone who’s just started to get really serious about sewing. You can find sewing kits in a variety of sizes, styles and price ranges that are already stocked with supplies. Just make sure said supplies is of good quality and covers all of the bases.
6. Sewing Books. Sewing books are always appreciated, and you have a variety of options. You’re gift can be an instructional book that explains the basics of sewing in detail, a coffee table book filled with awesome pictures of even more awesome quilts, or even a book of sewing jokes.
7. A Sewing Magazine Subscription. If you’re looking for a gift that will last all year long, a subscription to a sewing magazine is the perfect choice. Of course, you have to make sure the recipient of your gift doesn’t already subscribe to that magazine. If you want the gift to be a surprise, this might require you to be a little sneaky. You might have to ask a few “innocent” questions here and there, and maybe look through their magazine racks on the sly. But their appreciation will be worth the effort.
8. A Sewing Cabinet. If you’re looking for a more high-end gift for the sewer in your life, try a sewing cabinet. These pieces of furniture give a sewer a “classy” place to store their supplies, and some double as sewing tables. Sewing cabinets are available in a variety of price ranges depending on the wood used, the size, and the craftsmanship.
9. Antique Sewing Supplies. If the sewer in your life likes antiques, or likes to collect things, they might appreciate some antique sewing supplies, like antique thimbles, notions, scissors, or sewing kits. If they already have a collection of antique sewing supplies, you can add to it. If they don’t, your gift could inspire them to start one.
10. A Sewing Organization Membership. Sewing organizations are a great way to meet other sewers and participate in sewing events. Many sewing organization have community sewing projects, and even annual sewing conventions. The annual membership fees for most sewing organizations are very reasonable, and often include things like magazine subscriptions and discounts on sewing supplies. And if you want to go all out with your gift, you can spring for a lifetime membership.
Are you trying to buy a birthday, anniversary or Christmas present for the sewer in your life? No matter how hard the recipient of your gift usually is to shop for, you should be able to find a gift on this list that they can’t help but appreciate.