This is for everyone who loves a knitter but doesn't know what to get them.... I am planning on posting 3 lists: beginning, intermediate and advanced knitters. This is just what I use and love throughout knitter's life, may it help you or someone you know!!
Beginning knitter (someone who mostly knits, hat, scarves, afghan's, wraps, basic shell, felted purses, are a few of the items I started with.
All links are just examples to help you, not to plug a certain store or person, with no financial gain to myself. I picked the ones I would probably purchase if I was shopping the web, which I love to do. Good Luck.
1. A knitting needle case, your beginning knitter is probably trying all kinds of needles, so a case for them would get her organized. These are beautiful and she makes bags also http://www.crippenworks.com/cpwframeindex.html
2. A good knitting book. One to keep in your knitting bag to refer to. I especially like The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe. It is small enough to carry everywhere and has answers to all questions simple and complex. If your knitter is just learning the Internet has many videos that she/he can view or a good book is Teach Yourself Visually Knitting (Teach Yourself Visually) (Paperback), Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks or Knitting without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman.
3. Knitting markers, there are so many cute ones on ETSY, just browse around and you can find ones that match your knitters personality. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7342133
4. Gotta have a good needle gauge, I have gone through many plastic ones and recommend a metal one if your knitter looks serious. http://www.mielkesfarm.com/knit_tls.htm
5. Knitting magazine subscription, Family Circle Easy Knitting is probably the most basic that I have seen, Vogue Knitting for the dreamer, it does have a few easy patterns in each issue, and Knitters Mag has a variety.
6. A Knitting Journal/Notebook, This can be handmade, simple to elegant, I have used 3 ring binders, composition books (these come with funky covers now) I have come to love the medium size journals with the rings to bind, I include mag pages, pieces of yarn etc...so these allow for expansion.http://gifts.barnesandnoble.com/home-office/writing-journals.asp?z=y
7. Of course you can't go wrong with a gift certificate to your local yarn store.
8. If you have a local yarn store I encourage you to go there and they will usually be very helpful.
9. Small scissors or folding scissors. http://www.scissorsales.com/7-21.html
10. Any clothing, jewelry, socks etc...with a knitting theme.
Hopefully this will help some knitters get something they want for Christmas!!
Next A wish list for the intermediate knitter....