Am I the only one who hesitates at the thought of giving a handmade gift? I think probably not.
With Mother's Day coming, I've been thinking all week about what gifts to give. Of course, for me, part of this question is whether or not to sew something for either my mother or my mother-in-law. Part of me would like to. The other part of me worries.
What if it isn't as well made as I'd like? What if the fabric I choose is not her taste? What if the thing I decide to make is not something that's really needed?
I have given handmade gifts in the past, and sometimes I get the feeling the recipient is a little less than enthusiastic. Once I gave a handmade gift at a baby shower, along with some store bought items. It was one of the first handmade gifts I ever gave. When the thank you came, it listed item by item what I'd given, thanking me for each thing. Except the item I personally made. I don't know if it was an oversight, a moment of forgetfulness or a true omission. I tried not to take it personally, to give the benefit of the doubt. But I wonder! Wouldn't you?
I know what you're thinking. It's the thought that counts, right? But if that is the case, then it seems prudent to truly think things through and conclude whether your giftee would really like the crafty item you're longing to make or whether they'd be maybe even more excited to get something they truly want (like a massage or an item they've picked out of a Crate and Barrel catalog. For example.)
I personally love handmade gifts. Receiving them is always a joy. Even when the item I receive is not quite right. It's OK -- it's handmade and was made just for me. To me, that makes the item well loved. Much more so than most store-bought gifts. Even if it turns out I don't really use it.
I don't know, though, that others feel the same. And if you have a hunch that someone might not, it is probably wise to just gift them the thing you're more confident they will actually use and like. Right? Something that comes in other colors and sizes and with a gift receipt?
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Please, tell me in the comments: who do you give handmade (by you) gifts to? Did you hone your craft for some time before you felt your products were worthy of gifting?