I got three lovely little birdie kits for Christmas. (I actually got more kits than that, but just three in this series). They are from Nancy Nicholson and are beautifully presented. Each kit comes in a little cotton bag. You can also embroider this though I haven't got round to it yet.
Inside is all the thread you'll need (though I added some as I wanted some different colours), a stitch guide and the pre-printed fabric which is printed in full-colour as the embroidery is sparse.
These kits are definitely suitable for beginners, but also great fun for those of us that have some embroidery experience. I didn't stick exactly to the stitch guide, but chose different stitches in some places as the fancy took me.
I bought three flexi-hoops on e-bay to frame them. I would have loved wooden ones but you can't get them in the right dimensions for these little kits. Now I just have 2 more to stitch up, but I've told myself I can't do any more until I've finished some WIPs. Wonder how long that little promise will last?