I love the DMC Broder 50 weight thread. I use this for my hand and machine applique and for whip stitching wool pieces. There is a huge variety of colors and doesn't seem to tangle like others I've tried. I know some quilters that have 2 standard colors, but with this wide array, I ask, "Why?"
When I travel and want a variety of threads I love this. Most of it is empty right now, but it is very portable, keeps threads organized and is compact.
I love straw needles for almost everything I do by hand, except hand quilting. They have a small eye, but a pair of magnifier glasses from the Dollar Tree takes care of that. (only recently have I had to get these! Aargh!)