Do you all remember when Oprah had her big Christmas recommendation show? I thought I would do something like that here on the blog. I have a bunch of things I highly recommend for gifting.
First up, Zenni…for glasses. I know you’re thinking glasses, really. The answer is YES. I always get my glasses from Zenni and recently bought three pairs. YES, three. Let me explain.
Glasses come so many different ways nowadays. The glasses on the right are my regular glasses with progressive lenses. The red glasses are my computer glasses. They have a far distance at the top and for computer work, the bottom of the lens is for the medium distance. I also got the blue tinting to those that help with eye strain at the computer.
My blue glasses I am especially in love with and these I recommend the most for any crafter. These have a lined bifocal. I use these for stitching. At the top is regular distance. In the bifocal is a 3.5 reading glass. This is what I use when I’m on the couch stitching and watching television. I use the bifocal to stitch and then look up and can see the television with my regular prescription. These have been AMAZING!! I am totally in love with them. I highly recommend them.
Can you believe I bought the THREE pairs of glasses and it was under $200? I think the glasses I use for cross-stitch were only $29. I purposely picked out a cheaper frame for these. They were totally worth it. I normally use magnifiers for cross-stitching so these were great. I think anyone who does any type of stitching while watching television would love these. Zenni is running a great sale over the weekend.
Promo Code: BF2020
15% Off Orders of $10+
20% Off Orders of $30+
25% Off Orders of $75+
Promo Code: CM2020
15% Off Orders of $10+
20% Off Orders of $30+
25% Off Orders of $75+
HERE IS A LINK to use to order. If you’re like me and sometimes buy a present for yourself, this might be something you’d really like. I put 3.5 strength prescriptions in the bifocal as I am cross-stitching on high count linen and typically use a magnifier anyway. You can put in whatever strength in the bifocal that you prefer.
The next thing I can’t help but recommend is the SewPads. Gary is offering free priority shipping. YAHOO!! Who doesn’t love free shipping. These pads are heavy and free shipping is a real bonus. You need to use the code “Peace” at the checkout. The sale runs now through the 29th. Click THIS LINK to order.
Gary, the owner of SewPad, said that he is content with his stock on hand but should inventory run out, they might have to suspend the offer. So…order early if you’re ordering. My bottom LOVES Sewpads. I use them at my computer chair and in the sewing room. I seriously love them. I have two chair in my sewing room and I move the pad to which ever chair I’m sitting on. If I forget, I hop right up and get the pad from the other chair.
You can check out this video to learn more about them.
Bonnie Hunter recommends them and do too.
If you’re looking for an expensive present that you can pool dollars from family and friends to buy together, I highly recommend my sewing light. It’s the long skinny light. I recommend these ALL OF THE TIME. They are spendy but worth the money. The Slim Line lamp is so nice. Here’s Carver, as a little guy, and me showing it off.
I light has made a huge difference for me. When I was younger I didn’t worry about lighting. As I age, I’ve learned lighting makes a huge difference. I think it’s all about eyes that have aged.
I tell you all the time but I also love my Nido pressing mats. Amazon is running a deal right now. If you buy the large and the small-sized one together, you save $9. Why not buy one for yourself and gift one? You can find them HERE.
I’ve told you about this many times. I love them as they aren’t stinky like other brands. I also love the company LIFETIME WARRANTY – “Love it or we’ll take it back, no questions asked!” If these aren’t the sizes you’d prefer, you can find other sizes and combos to buy by following THIS LINK.
Something else I’m recommending that I love…Sewing Clips. When I first saw these I didn’t think I would use them much than last year when I did Bonnie Hunter’s mystery, I used them all the time. One of the clues involved clipping different steps together. That got me hooked on them. These come in a cute little tin tote. So cute! You can find them HERE.
Now I use them regularly and would be lost without them.
This next item has me thinking I might want to buy myself this for Christmas. It’s a planner for quilters and has stickers and stuff like the Happy Planners Kelli loves. You can find the quilt themed planner HERE.
There are project planning sheets.
There are great reference pages…Oh my. I love this.
Here is another idea for a gift for a sewing friend….I bought one of these years ago and have enjoyed it. Back when I bought mine they were like $80. Now they are only $11. You can find them HERE.
The light attaches to your machine like this…
These are especially great if you have vintage machines as they have very poor lighting.
These pins would make a great gift add on for a sewing friend. You could put a gift card with them or just give the pins depending on the price range you are trying to stay in. You can find them HERE.
If you are looking for a stocking stuffer, my around the neck light is perfect. You can find it HERE on Amazon.
This can be used for cross-stitching, which I do…and as a reading light. When the electricity was out, it was perfect to use these as I took the light with me wherever I went and it was hands-free.
Speaking of no electricity, when we lost power, Karl had these lanterns. They run on AA batteries and were so powerful.
After Kalissa told me they don’t have anything like this if they lose power, I ended up buying a set and they will be part of Craig’s Christmas present. You can find them HERE.
Another stocking stuffer…razers. I’m a practical gift giver. What can I say? I bought a pack of these when covid first hit. Karl was doing my shopping and I needed razors. I didn’t want him to have to buy me razors. Not that he wouldn’t but it’s hard for me to sort through and pick our the “right” razor and they can be so expensive.
I ended up on Amazon and found these. After trying them and deciding they are the best razors ever, I gifted one to each of the girls. They thought I was silly but I loved them so much and wanted to share the joy. There are nine in a pack-all are five-blade razors. All three of the girls said that it was the best disposable razor ever! You can find them HERE. The razors are cheap too. They pencil out to only $1.66 each. It’s a very practical gift but…it is stocking stuffer sized.
Something good for male or female gift-giving is my favorite microwave popcorn popper. I use mine a couple of times a week. What can I say, I’m a popcorn freak. Pop the kernels in the container set the microwave for 3 minutes and away it pops. Find it HERE.
I’ve been trying to cut down on my “carbon footprint” so by using this and not buying all the microwave popcorn packages, it’s a little thing I can do.
For kids, I highly recommend Green Toys brand. These are made of recycled plastic and my childcare kiddos have loved these. I have four dump trucks. They are played with often and they look brand new. I’ve had them several years and previous to covid were played with daily. They are tough.
They are made of recycled plastic and the plastic is colored all the way through so even if they do scuff (which they don’t), you don’t notice it as the toy isn’t painted. You can find the truck HERE. Jasper is getting one for Christmas.
The company has other toys as well and I have several including the fire truck, garbage truck, and tractor. I have this too. It’s so cute, you can build a garden.
You can find more toys from this company HERE.
These are the construction Duplos Carver and Gannon have been crazy about. I always recommend Duplos. They really grow with kids. I have 10-year-olds that visit that still love them.
I also bought a few sets of these for the kiddos in my life. They are cute Dolly and me pajamas. You can find them HERE. It’s under $15 for the set.
You can find other kid-friendly items in my Amazon Kids Store. Each are items that I have gifted or currently have that I love.
If you have a reader in your life you can always pick one of the books from my Amazon library. Find that list HERE. You can find my favorite quilt books HERE.
Easy gifts for people not getting together include an Audible Subscription. Find more info on that HERE. Amazon gift cards HERE.
So that’s the list…I hope that helps those of you who are struggling to find the perfect gift. You can see, I like practical gifts!! Please tell me someone else out there is a practical gift giver too!!
I like practical and useful too: )
Gérât suggestions for gifts. Ordered 3 of the popcorn poppers for family. Think that it will be a perfect gift. thanks for the post.
I am all for practical gifts. My friends thought I was crazy when my parents bought me a vacuum for Christmas one year, but I loved it! I was just out of college at the time and using a hand-me-down vacuum that didn’t have any attachments besides the hose, so I ended up vacuuming on my hands and knees! Needless to say, that was the perfect gift that year.
I bought the strip lights on your recomedation when they arrived their were no instructions so they have sat in their packages. Thanks to the picture of your sewing machine I know where and how to put them. Thanks for all you recomended.
Great ideas….. now, if we could go out and shop.
I have the strip lights & the multi colored clips. Also, got the wool ironing pad. Love them all! Thanks for all the info
On the strip lights, how can you cut to right length if they are electric wires?
I love the idea of stitching glasses. I wear progressives. While stitching, I also clip 3.5 magnifiers onto them. So, I am essentially using the bifocal part of my progressive lenses PLUS an additional 3.5 strength. I’ll have to figure out what strength I would need in that bifocal section. Hmmm???
I clicked on Zenni when reading your blog from a few days ago. I’m going to order in January after my next eye appointment and I have a note in my calendar entry to come back to this post to order from. :)
Thanks for your ideas. I ordered 2 pairs of glasses, 2 popcorn makers and other items from Amazon from your link. Keeping my fingers crossed I have as much success with the glasses as you did.