Homemade Gifts: Yea or Nay?

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 2.21.25 PMI’m on the fence about homemade gifts: sometimes I love them and other times I don’t. I assume most people are like me, but maybe I’m wrong and people feel strongly one way or the other. Whether I like the gift often has to do with the skill level of maker. Last year I was gifted a fabric flower hair band, which is beautiful and I love it so much that I don’t like to use it because I want to preserve it. One homemade gift that I could have done without was wine made using a kit in the maker’s cluttered spare bedroom, which happens to be where the kitty litter boxes (plural!) live. There was no way I could get the picture of manufacturing location out of my head to give the wine a real chance.

I’ve given homemade gifts before, and each one I have put much time and care into, but at least with one, my skill level wasn’t quite there. I made dolls and while the doll bodies were great, my embroidery on the face was the stuff nightmares are made of. This year, I’m toying with the homemade idea again. I have a few elderly people on my list who need nothing and are difficult to buy for anyway, which has me thinking about food gifts. One year I made fabulous sugared citrus, and another year I tried to make caramel, but not well enough to present it as shown in Martha Stewart Living. It was a flop. Maybe this is the year for butter toffee?

Mostly, I’m touched whenever I receive a gift, especially if I know the person put their time and love (or something akin to love) into making a gift. Am I alone in this? Should I make something or instead, should I buy books for everyone on Amazon?

The Homemade Just For You image is from a free downloadable gift tag from Mocha Doodle Designs

If You’re Going to See One Movie this Year, Frozen 2 is It
Disney on Ice Skates Back to the Bay Area Next Month
Lunch at Gott’s with a Cheesy Lifehack
The Exploratorium’s Summer Exhibit Will Inflate Imagination
If You’re Going to See One Movie this Year, Frozen 2 is It
Disney on Ice Skates Back to the Bay Area Next Month
The Best Family Fun Activities at the Presidio
Disney’s Food & Wine Festival Inspires Junior Chefs
Yes, Disney’s Aulani is Worth the Money
Road Trip: The Pilgrimage to The Pioneer Woman
Road Trip: Adventure Through Some of the Middle States
Tulip Fields Without a Flight to the Netherlands