Reasons we love cross stitch kits ...
We're fans of cross stitching for lots of reasons! Firstly, it's one of the easiest needle crafts for kids and beginners to learn - just click on the image above for our short video above showing you "How to make a felt owl needle case" (one of the projects in our Learn How to Cross Stitch Kit, see below). It's fun, hands on, and the final result looks super cute too!
And a cross stitch project is perfect for adults who need to chill out. It's hard to go wrong with an easy to follow kit, which shows the basic x stitch and includes a pre-pre-planned "tile" pattern. Whatever your level of experience, cross stitching is a calming, mindful way to escape the stresses of day to day life.
In fact, cross stitch and crafting in general are brilliant for boosting your mental health at any age! This article by the Craft Council "How making could change your life" explores how getting crafty can help with anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia. As a bonus, cross stitching is an inexpensive way to have fun and make your own work of art!
Do you need any more reasons? Well, here are five more we can think of to show you why cross stitch kits make great gifts for kids and adults ...
1. Love Cross Stitch Hoop Kit
This sweet little hoop design is perfect for young beginners (aged 8+) and the fresh colours and simple message really do say it all. As well as being a great starter project, it makes a lovely piece of art to hang on the wall and admire. A perfect way to get children hooked on needlework for life!
2. Spring Trees Cross Stitch Hoop Kit
The sophisticated colours and contemporary design of this Hawthorn Handmade cross stitch kit appeal both to adult beginners as well as more experienced crafters who're looking to refresh their skills. Everything is included, with easy to follow instructions, to make this simple yet stylish hoop artwork.
3. Baby Bunny Cross Stitch Sampler Kit
You can buy this gorgeous Nia sampler as a present for parents to be, although we think they may not have too much time to cross stitch for the first few months! Alternatively, why not cross stitch this personalised gift sampler for them? You can enjoy making it and they can keep it as a treasured memento.
4. Wedding Sampler Cross Stitch Kit
Again, if you're looking to get the happy couple a personalised wedding present, this is a great way to use your cross stitch skills. Although in this case, the bride (or groom) may enjoy creating their very own sampler, using the sumptuous metallic and satin threads to craft this stunning reminder ... The choice is yours!
5. Learn How To Cross Stitch Suitcase Kit
Bearing in mind the long summer holidays stretching ahead, our final choice is one for the kids again - or for adults who are completely new to cross stitch. This amazing craft suitcase by Buttonbag is packed full of nine bright and fun little projects, with everything you need for guaranteed hours of entertainment.
And if you want an even bigger box of needlecraft fun, check out our Bumper Sewing and Embroidery Suitcase Kit, which (as the name suggests!) has lots of sewing and embroidery plus cross stitch projects for craft beginners. You can also find plenty more gift inspiration in our Craft Shop, including our Learn How to Sew and Learn How to Knit kits.
We hope you're inspired by these great cross stitch kits and our other creative craft gifts. Our top tip is to get everyone around the table during the holidays for some family crafting time and make memories you'll all enjoy. Perfect entertainment for those guaranteed rainy days to come during our great British summer!