Every year our fantastic staff pick their favorite holiday gifts to share with you for our Fancy Tiger Staff Gift Picks. If you are still in the market for a crafty gift take a look below, our gals picked a lot of really fun stuff this year. Click their names to find all the items they picked in our online store!
Kelly: I'm always stumped with what to give the host or hostess of Holiday get togethers. I try to give something handmade that is both universal and timeless. The Black Sheep Tapestry Weaving Kit would be a fantastic option for both the crafty hostess, as well as a useful tool to create a finished wall hanging as a gift. The possibilities are endless and easily customizable with this re-usable loom and our rainbow world of yarn at Fancy Tiger!
Amber: A basic button up is my wardrobe staple, and the Melilot from Deer and Doe is on my to-sew list. This pattern is the perfect gift for a garment sewist ready for an intermediate project. Pair it with a couple yards of lightweight Linen Délavé and they will be ready to stitch up the very best shirt of all time.
Katy: If you've got a quilter on your list, they're sure to love Carolyn Freidlander's The Collection quilt pattern, and a nice stack of fat quarters from her Carkai fabric collection to make it with! Designed to work as a block-of-the-month, the quilt explores color and shape with a 9-part series of needle-turn appliqué blocks, and it also includes 6 further projects that use the blocks.
Marta: I'm dreaming about dying a few skeins of Anzula Squishy yarn with Madder and/or Cochineal dye and knitting up a few pairs of natural dyed socks to keep my toes festive and warm over the winter holidays
Tiffani: I've been crushing hard on Grainline Studio's new pattern, the Farrow Dress. It's a super flattering a-line with some really cool diagonal seams and hidden inseam pockets. I'd make the sleeveless version to wear year round and I'd make it with the light weight duck grey with all it's speckled goodness. I think it's subtle texture and speckles would be gorgeous with the lines of the dress.
Lauren: My Pick is the new Good Night, Day book of knitting patterns by Tara-Lynn Morrison! It's full of beautiful pictures and stylish projects that will make any knitter fall in love. Pair this book with a couple skeins of Knit Collage for a luxurious, bulky knit like the Kingston Sweater!
Laurie: This year I want the pattern for the Woolfolk Kram vest from the Woolfolk Hygge Collection, and enough Woolfolk Hygge yarn, color #12, to make it. So cozy and yummy! Perfect for cocktails and apres ski!
Laura: I think the perfect gift for any crafter is a bag to help wrangle their notions, and the grey Twig & Horn wool pouch is my favorite one because it's simple, beautiful, and functional. Add all three colors of the KNIT enamel pins to the front of the pouch, and you've got an awesome present!
Miranda: Dressmaking is my favorite kind of sewing, so I'm extra excited about Colette Patterns' Sewing Planner. I want the first entry to be a new creation using three yards of one of these scenic forest prints from Makower's Heartwood line - but which one, gray or blue?! I will look at my notions and trims and use the planner to help me decide.
Kelly: I grew up sewing and quilting, but was always jealous of crafty friends who could take their knitting or crochet projects on-the-go. "Simple Crocheting" by Erika Knight is the perfect book for beginners! Use this book of 20 unique and easy-to-learn projects to build up crochet techniques, stitches and knowledge; pair it with some Boye crochet hooks and Fancy Tiger yarns to give the perfect Christmas gift for the crafty one in your life!
Jaime: You all know how I feel about Lopi sweaters and now you can stitch your own colorwork yoked sweater ornament with our new Sweater Ornament Kits! I already made one and I can't wait to make more. You can buy them as kits with the embroidery floss and needle or just a blank if you have your own stash of supplies.
Kaylee: The Northwoods Hat kit is great for knitters like me who want try out natural dye. This all-in-one kit gives you everything you need to dye your own Quince & Co. Puffin yarn and knit a hat from it!
Caitlin: I'm always excited to get new sewing patterns, and the Tea House Dress from Sew House Seven is at the top of my wish list! I'd love to get a few yards of this 100% Linen with polka dots so I can sew a festive version of the dress over the Christmas holiday!
Heather: I always love to learn and build upon a skill that is not only fun but portable as well. Our new Hedgehog Fibre Merino Nylon Top Roving paired with a Drop Spindle is the answer for just this. Buy one for yourself and one for your best crafty friend. Together, you can learn to spin your roving into yarn and when you're done, you've not only mastered a new skill but now you have all you need to knit up a one-of-a-kind pair of socks!
Jenn: It's sweater weather! For that, every knitter needs the perfect tools. Twig & Horn's gauge will help make sure all that hard work creates a perfectly fitting sweater. Coco Knit's genius magnetic bracelet will keep all your stitch markers and cable needles safe and handy (and away from the dog). Plus, the add-on magnetic counter will make sure you never loose track of your stitches and rows. Grab some Brooklyn Tweed Loft, Arbor, Shelter, or Quarry and you'll be wearing the coziest sweater in no time!
Keep track of all our staff gift recommendations with #FancyStaffPicks and thanks for supporting small business this year!