My dd asked me that the other day, and I've been thinking about a ball winder. Do you really need the swift, too? (My mother used the back of a chair.) Both seem like a lot of money to spend on her mother. (She's still in college.)
If you have one, can you give me some suggestions as to price range, brand (knitpicks has one; where else?), etc. She's a big on-line shopper so I could direct her to KP or I'm sure e-bay.
Any input would be most useful.