Embroidery Gift Ideas

By Susanne Myers

Embroidered items make great gifts. Not only do they have that handmade feel to them, but you can personalize almost anything with some simple embroidery and make it special. Here are a few ideas for gifts you can make if you love to embroider.

Baby Blanket

Embroidered baby blankets make a wonderful, personalized gift that will be treasured for years to come. You can either go with a general embroidered motive like a duck, alphabet blocks or a rattle, personalize it for a boy or girl, or even embroider the baby’s initials in the blanket.


Embroidered napkins make a wonderful gift for both a wedding and a housewarming. You can give them by themselves or with a coordinating tablecloth. Embroidery designs can range from flowers to symbols and of course initials. You can buy pre-made napkins and just add the embroidery, or you can sew your own out of cotton, linen or even silk.


A thick robe is one of the simple luxuries of life. An embroidered monogram makes it even more special and is a great gift for just about anyone. Choose a masculine style of lettering and a darker color robe for a man’s gift, or go with a white robe and some feminine letters to make a special gift for a girl or woman in your life. A robe makes a great birthday or Christmas present for just about any family member or friend.


Towels are one of the more common gifts given at events like weddings, house warmings or a young adult going off to college or moving into his or her first apartment. Make this traditional gift special by adding some simple embroidery borders to the towels. You can opt for a pair of matching decorative towels, or even make a whole stack of personalized towels from hand to bath towel size.

Shirts & Blouses

Dress shirts and blouses and even t-shirts also make a great canvas to showcase your embroidery abilities. You can embellish shirt collars and pockets with a small design or monogram. For a classic look, choose a thread in a similar color as the shirt or blouse. For a child, you can do an all out colorful design on a t-shirt. What little girl wouldn’t love a princess or butterfly shirt and the little boy in your family would love to show off his new superman shirt.

I feel sure once you start working on a few of these embroidered gifts, you will come up with quite a few ideas of your own and create wonderful, personal gifts for friends and family.

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