I wanted to share this post by The Knitter Nerd – Knitting for Love, which talks about us crafty gods and goddesses creating handmade gifts for loved ones, and their appreciate (or lack there of) for said handmade gifts.
If you have a read, I’m the aunt in this story. I cross stitch and quilt gifts for loved ones including friends, and most of the time their reactions are appreciative.
They understand the effort that went into creating this handmade gift for them, and they understand the love and affection that inspired me to create such a gift.
This particular line is what strikes me the most though ..
Does this make us selfish? I read on Ravelry once that someone’s partner thought a knitted gift was just that: it was taking the opportunity to do something the knitter enjoyed without thought for the recipient.
I wonder if this is what people receiving the gift feel like. “Ohhh Erin loves to cross stitch and quilt, and she just gave me one of those things from her stash.”
This is never the case. Any handmade gift that I make has been made specifically for that person, not because I had excess finished works, or because I was too stingy or time poor to buy them something else.
I think that I really only make handmade gifts for the people that I know will appreciate them. I love seeing their faces light up when they realise that a personalised something is their gift.
The problem I’m starting to face is I’m running out of those people .. I’ve got a small small list of people that I’d like to make something for, and then what? .. Some people say you start the sell them, but I don’t know the first thing about selling any of my work.
Have you made a handmade gift for someone, and found that they haven’t appreciated it as much as you had hoped? I hope none of you have experienced this before .. But if you have, share and get it off your chest!