Another Christmas is upon us and, with that, the inevitable searching for the appropriate gift for every member of your family, colleagues and friends.  However, you have an edge on most people as you have the ability  and the means of making gifts at a fraction of the cost that you would spend on purchasing them from the shops. This embroidery tip aims at giving you some ideas for that very special gift for those very special people in your life.

Let's start with the ladies.  I've yet to find a lady who will not be thrilled with a set of embroidered serviettes.  There are very few elderly ladies who are not passionate about a lace hankie.  There are numerous digitized designs that can be applied to serviettes.  Experiment with pastel or gold on white or white on red or royal blue.  You could also show your caring by matching the serviettes to the recipient's existing crockery.  The most special person in your life such as your mother or your daughter could be spoilt with a matching table cloth, embroidered around the edge and maybe in the centre. Embroidered dishcloths or oven gloves would be welcome presents for the bakers in the family. Embroidered silk pj's or a nightie would put a sparkle in your daughter's eye and could help to provide you with a grandchild!  Grandma would appreciate a pair of soft, embroidered, candlewick slippers to wear while watching television in the evening.  A spinster aunt would always love you for presenting her with an embroidered doggy coat for her pampered pet. You could even consider a pair of embroidered cushions with a Christmas design for the hostesses to display on a settee in her lounge on that very special day. 

For the younger members of the family you could consider embroidered t-shirts, or pj's or beach towels or facecloths.  For the more enterprising with enough time on their hands a lovely framed, embroidered inspirational verse or family tree to hang above the recipient's bed, might one day become a family heirloom.  An embroidered cushion with a matching embroidered lampshade in the colours of the young girl's room would be a treasured gift.

Gifts for gentlemen should not be a headache.  A monogrammed hand towel for the golf-playing or gym-frequenting male recipients would definitely be a great hit.  Your dad or favourite brother would feel very special to receive a set of monogrammed handkerchiefs.  An emboidered silk cravatte or tie or scarf for the smart dresser on your Christmas list would be a treasured item. The car-proud gentlemen on your Christmas list would be thrilled with a colour-coded, padded car seat cover.  What about a portable chess board; quilted patchwork with button-down pouches for the chess pieces for that game fanatic?  An embroidered apron for the barbeque fanatic in your family would be a most welcome gift.  And you could applique a set of barbeque tools or a cartoon with the owner's mongram boldly on the front. 

There are so many ideas for Christmas gifts and, because of the thought and personal touch as well as the effort and love that has gone into making them, embroidered articles are always welcomed and treasured gifts.