My birthday is so close to Christmas that I almost forget it, so I'm always impressed when someone other than family remember! One friend always remembers, and gives really fantastic presents.
This year, she gave me a broach making kit from Princess Kirsty Jane. I took the kit away with me thinking that given my (lack of) embroidery skills, it would take me a good few days of bits of time here and there. But no, it only took an evening and a little bit, AND I learnt 3 new embroidery stitches! The instructions were really straightforward and helpful, and there's space to include you're own creativity in terms of decoration if you like.
The end result was this ridiculously cute little owl. I can't add him to my 2010 tally because he was completed so quickly that I finished him before the new year, but the kit was so lovely to use that I thought I should share! She doesn't have a list of stockists on her blog, but I'm sure that if you emailed her she'd let you know how to get hold of one of her kits.