Hi! I’m Ann and I live in a suburb to Stockholm in Sweden with my husband and my two cats Chilla an Chaplin. Christmas is my husbands favourite holiday.
I don’t have any allergies, but heavy scents can trigger my husbands migraine. The gifts for kids on my list are going to households with various allergies so it’s probably best to keep those as smoke and pet hair free as possible (or washable).
I have a pinterest that’s kind of massive, use it for inspiration if you like: http://www.pinterest.com/annchen82/
Colors I like: http://www.pinterest.com/annchen82/colour-texture-scents
To save on postage I can fill stuffies/heatbags/lavenderbags etc. to make sure they can be sent flat. I appreciate pre loved/thrifted/recycled gifts.
Random likes: Tiny things, tea, my cats, sheepy wooly things, playing Fallout 76, dark chocolate, lavender scented things, geocaching and letterboxing, white and blue tokyo design, buttons, bright colours, whimsical things, creepy cute, books, watching the birds at the feeder, cooking.
Random likes (husband): Gardening, painting miniatures (warhammer 40k), Fallout 76, Diablo, Assassins Creed (the one set in Paris and the second one mostly), cooking, persian rugs, milk chocolate.
Dislikes: Coffee. The taste of stevia and licorice root. Bible quotes on things. Things that are just plain creepy (there’s a lot of yelling going on when I play Fallout or watch a movie and something creepy does a jump scare).
A surprise! If you enjoy making it I’m sure I’ll love receiving it!
Lightweight reusable produce bags (knitted/crocheted/sewn, whatever works)
Wrist warmers or fingerless mittens. I like models that have a bit of a thumb.
Felt ornament (I’m open to other non breakable ornaments too. I don’t trust my cats not to murder breakable pretties)
Decorated notecards for swap packages
Microwaveable heat bags, any size. I can fill them with rice myself. For larger ones I’d love if they have an inner bag so I can remove and wash the cover.
A bag for carrying cloth pads. I’d like it to fit 4-5 pads at least. Maybe with some kind of built in wet bag for used ones, but I do have a separate wet bag so that feature is optional.
Video game themed hoopla or wall art for the TV-room/game room. (Fallout, Monkey island, Super Mario, Pacman, Unravel, Journey or Bobble Bobble to mention a few favourites). We have a hoopla/embroidery wall going on but I’m open to whatever art that can be hung on a wall.
Cloth mask for me and my husband. Who knows when Sweden decides to mandate mask wearing? Tie on might be better than elastic. He’s got a big noggin and we both wear glasses. Nerdy fabric would be a bonus.
Festive pot holders, bonus points for larger ones.
For the nieces and nephews (1, 3, 8 and 10)
Age appropriate stocking stuffers. The youngest three are boys, the oldest a girl.
Funny hats for the younger kids
Minecraft themed things for the 8-year old
Anime (kawaii) anything for the 10 year old.
For the cats
Cat toys. Both likes catnip but seem to be unimpressed by valerian root. Chilla adores balls. (Bigger than a ping pong ball but a bit smaller than a tennis ball seems to be perfect for her.)
Kitty place mat for Chaplin, he’s a messy eater so having a placemat that’s washable or wipeable saves on mopping the floor. He will ”help” by licking the floor, but a placemat is nicer.
For random acts of craftiness
Painted rocks to abandon
Bookcrossing things (maybe bookplates or a stamp for marking the books so I just have to write the bookcrossing ID)
Colourful wool yarn in fingering or sport weight that can be fulled (ie, not superwash). Smaller amounts is fine. I want to make smaller things like bags and pouches and I can always combine colours.
Hardware for knitted bags and pouches
Needle felting things. I keep breaking the needles, and the foam thingy I use under what I’m felting is starting to look ratty.
Large googly eyes to stick on the robo vacuum for a laugh.
Local to you candy or treat that will survive mailing
Tea candy (would love ice tea flavour or chai flavour)
Your favourite brand of ”chai” style tea (spiced, good with milk)
Chili seeds from fun kinds of chillies (Note: only if you’re in EU, otherwise it’s illegal to send them here)