love love love them!
Especially anything fabric-ey or food!
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12-12-2011 20:54 #21
12-12-2011 21:02 #22
My Aunt gave me one before winter & I used it every single day through winter & then every night on my side of the bed.
I love handmade especially if lots of time & thought has been put in.
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12-12-2011 21:07 #23
I love handmade gifts! Especially if its something like a quilt or crocheted items. I've got a few and they are totally treasured, and one that's been passed down from generations.
I love that crafts are making a resurgence.
12-12-2011 21:34 #24
I love handmade gifts. My Aunt made me a quilt as a baby and my babies use it now, she also made one for DS when he was born.
For Christmas a few years ago she spent hours making a really intricate bag for my cousin (she only has 2 nieces) as my cousin had been having a hard time. My cousin opened it and said it was 'hideous' and tossed it aside.
It might not have been the most fashionable thing, but it was made with love especially for her, my aunt wasn't asking her to take it out clubbing or anything.
DD is getting a handmade king sized quilt for her first Christmas, it's absolutely stunning, one of a kind and something she can keep forever.
Definitely pick and choose who you give these amazing gifts too, those who won't appreciate them don't understand what a gift really is.
12-12-2011 22:22 #25Member
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I love hand made things much better then store brought. Growing up my mum always encouraged me and my sister to make gifts and such, We loved making them as much as my family loved receiving them, theres just something so touching and special about someone spending hours/days/weeks on something just for you. Me my husband and my kids all sat down together this year to make photo frames and christmas cards from scratch to send away for christmas, everyone worked together and it was such a wonderful bonding experience that we all enjoyed and I love that my kids will grow up to appreciate things like that.
12-12-2011 23:43 #26
When DD was a baby, I wanted a handmade quilt for a cot. THOSE THINGS COST A FORTUNE when you buy them on places like etsy or madeit! It's hardly a cheap crappy homemade gift!
12-12-2011 23:55 #27
better than something store-bought.
i know it's not something i personally made but earlier this year i gave some wool from my mum's alpacas (one white one brown, so two different coloured wools in their raw form) to a friend of mine who does knitting as a hobby, including spinning and dying some of her own wool. she loved it, it was better than any store-bought thing i could have given her.
13-12-2011 08:09 #28has left the building
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I absolutely love them, the fact that someone would spend time to hand make something is really special and appreciated.
DD1 was given a beautiful handmade quilt and it a very treasured item and so much work went into it. I love it to bits and it is something DD can keep forever and pass on to her babies (if she has any).
13-12-2011 08:19 #29
Love them. I made big hamper up last year for all the ILs. Home made choccie, fudge, fruit cake, jams, relishes, bread ect. I made 4 boxes. The next time I went up all the. Boxes had been but into their spare room untouched they ended up being thrown out. It took me days to make them and they were not cheap to make after I brought all the ingredients and things to package them.
So clearly some people hate them
13-12-2011 08:27 #30has left the building
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I have had mixed reactions to my hand made gifts. Last year i spend a whole day making gingerbread and various chocolates (rum balls, truffles etc) i presented them all nicely in a tin and the reaction i got from most was 'meh' (not that they said that but you could tell they were thinking it). One person put it on a counter and i went back there a week later and it still there untouched and one family member handed hers over to someone else to keep - in front of me My baking is not sh1t, they were nice and expensively made chocolates and biscuits that i took forever to make - even if you don't like it at least pretend to preserve my feelings!
My sewing gifts have been better received (so i stick to those now) but again i have given something seen it put down and visited weeks later to see it in the same spot, still in the gift bag clearly unused. makes me wonder why i bother tbh.
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