Do you give handmade crafts as gifts?

Crochet Kitchen Set - One of the crochet items that I have made as gifts
United States
August 9, 2010 11:54am CST
I do. I have made / given my crochet as gifts for a number of occasions. I personally think a handmade item, such as a afghan means more and will last longer than a store bought item. I crochet all year and it's great when I need a last minute gift for a baby shower or other occasion, that I can take a peek in my stash and see what I have.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
9 Aug 10
I do, mostly for Christmas. I keep saying that I won't any more because it seems like my family doesn't appreciate them, but then I do it again. I enjoy knitting, so that's mostly what I give, but this year I'm embroidering some dishtowels for some of them.
• United States
9 Aug 10
That sounds nice. I saw a machine at Joannes the was doing embroidery. I was amazed. You put some kind of cd in it and selected what you wanted, and it did the rest. It was also about $4,000 dollars!
@peavey (16866)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Yeah, machine embroidery can be really pretty. It's just not the same as hand embroidery, though.
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@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
9 Aug 10
That is how I feel about embroidery. Give me the real thing. Same for crochet and knit things. I will admit I have looked longingly at knitting machines but that is because I never learned how to do it myself.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Wish I could crochet. I can knit but only the basic stitches so I can make an afghan and that's where it stops. I do make items with plastic canvas. Recently I sent 2 banks I made to our grandkids who live in another state. They loved them. They were Sesame Street characters. I used a Folger's, plastic coffee can, wrapped my pattern around it and made a slit in the lid for coins. They turned out so cute. I also went to a baby shower the first part of the summer and took a set of Sesame Street items as extra, handmade gifts. Made a bank, wall hangings and tissue cover for the new baby's room. Mom was beyond delighted with the gifts. Have sold some of my items too at craft fairs. Not all are Sesame Street characters.
• United States
10 Aug 10
That sounds so cute. I made a little coo coo clock Christmas tree ornament about 15 years ago. I think that was the last plastic canvas project I did.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
10 Aug 10
Our kids use to make fun of me until they got older and I made several things for them such as coasters. They started asking for different projects. Coo coo clock Christmas tree ornament sounds so cute.
9 Aug 10
I do give handmade crafts as a gift when possible. I always prefer to personalise a gift as much as possible rather than just buying something from a store. I also prefer to make a card instead of purchasing one. Same for receiving gifts, it's always so nice to see the effort, thought and care they put into make a special gift.
• United States
9 Aug 10
That's great. I haven't thought about making cards as well. It's something I may consider.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I haven't thought about making my own cards, but I know that my aunt used to make them using Photo Shop. I know someone on here uses makes cards. I want to learn how to make cards. I make personalized gifts whenever possible. I have bought two gifts already that I will be making a wooden dog house and a wooden model of the Titanic.
@flagella08 (5069)
• Philippines
10 Aug 10
that's nice but unfortunately i don't know anything about those handmade crafts. i am not used to them but i would appreciate if someone would give me that since it took a lot of efforts for the bearer who made that.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I would also bake cookies for my friends kids at Christmas and make cookies platters and add in some hershys kisses, brownies etc. Then I would wrap it with pretty holiday saran wrap and tie it with a pretty bow and attach a ornament.I would consider that homemade, the craft is in the decorating.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I sometimes give handmade crafts as gifts but they are not made by me. My mom has a crafts business and I help her out from time to time or she will give me a gift to give to a friend. Hubby and I do save jars all year then we make homemade bath salts and decorate the jars for Christmas for all the adults. The kids get muffin mix as it is something that the parents can use to make a quick breakfast when everyone is in a hurry.
• United States
10 Aug 10
I never thought of the bath salts, that sounds neat.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
10 Aug 10
Hi, It is a good idea to give handmade crafts as a gift for someone. However, I am not good in making any handcrafts and I never try it before. I have some friends who are making some handmade crafts and they set up an online store.
• United States
10 Aug 10
You would be surprised at the many different crafts there are. You should check into it. Maybe search for simple crafts and see what comes up. You may find something you like :)
@phacat (20)
• United States
10 Aug 10
Yes I give handmade items as gifts. I knit and crochet. New moms love the handmade hats that are knitted or crocheted. It's like giving a bite of yourself. With holidays coming up ( I get started as early as August in my handmade crafts) I like to look for new recipes. Men and women really like getting a jar with all the ingredients to make cookies, muffins, or a quick bread. All they have to add is milk and eggs. The store bought gifts get put on the shelf. Homemade gifts that can be used right away are a great of saying I care enough to give a gift that was made just for that special person.
• United States
10 Aug 10
Yes, I've seen ideas for that. You can also decorate the jar you're using with pretty ribbons, etc.
@artizan (195)
9 Aug 10
yes i like to give hand crafted gifts.... and it is nice that the world has turned to appreciation for them., in my earlier days it was kind of looked down on., but now., folk appreciate the time and effort spent., also feeling special they have a unique gift.. i am blessed with a number of creative skills and depending upon the person try and think of them and what they like or would appreciate or perhaps a parody of the latest craze to generate a smile., my failing is that i am so happy to create am always doing a lot of stuff at differing times, but enjoy it, best wishes x
• United States
10 Aug 10
I agree. Maybe someday I will actually make something for myself to keep as well-lol
@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
9 Aug 10
I have given crocheted and sewn gifts in the past. I am working on a very simple afghan for my youngest granddaughter. Homemade gifts are the best kind, as far as I am concerned. Something to use everyday or to wrap yourself in connects the giver and the receiver each time the item is used.
• United States
10 Aug 10
The one I think works up the quickest is a big granny square afghan. I may make a few for Christmas for my friends little ones.
@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
9 Aug 10
you know I do :) I have 2 granddaughters with birthdays this weekend and I don't have their birthday bags sewn yet. I have sewing club at church all day tomorrow, but that's not meant for me to work on my own projects. I will be learning a new quilting technique this month after cutting the strips for it last month. Marsha
• United States
10 Aug 10
If I know you, you will be pulling an all-nighter to get them finished.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
9 Aug 10
For many occasions i did. And i love doing handmade gifts for my friends and loved ones. I love the smiles on their faces each time i gave them my handmade crafts. It is worth it,giving something from our hearts which they know we made all the effort. Until this time,i am giving handmade gifts.
• United States
9 Aug 10
Yes, I agree.
@noodleboy (222)
• China
9 Aug 10
I like origami.I can fold paper into sort of different shapes,like plane,boat,bird,tower and so on.They look delicate and cute. Once i made a lot of five-pointed stars by colorful paper then put them in a glass bottle as a gift for my dear friend's birthday.She is so happy to receive my handmade craft.
• United States
9 Aug 10
That sounds great. The only thing i could make from paper is a airplane, and not a fancy one either.
• United States
9 Aug 10
I do make homemade gifts for Christmas. I am also hoping to launch an online store by the end of this month. I make Christmas ornaments (mosaic glass ornaments and salt dough ornaments). I am also learning how to make soap and bath salts. I had tried to learn how to crochet, but was not successful.
• United States
9 Aug 10
That sounds great. Good luck with your store venture.
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
11 Aug 10
I do for Christmas, I am currently working on a bunch of cross stitch bookmarks for my coworkers. I have also do baby blankets (crochet) for new babies, and I occasionally will do a cross stitch piece for a birthday. Right now I am also working on a snowman for my mom for her birthday and I want to make my Nephew and outfit with Disney's Stitch on it. I have also done a couple of Sampler's for weddings. My craft gift giving keeps me busy. I don't Cross Stitch fast enough to open any kind of Craft store or sell at craft events though.
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
10 Aug 10
I think handmade crafts can make wonderful gifts and often the person receiving it feels more special than when you give them a store bought gift. I have a small chocolate business, so I frequently make chocolate gifts for people. This comes in real handy for teacher's gifts and other gifts you need to give for the end of the school year. Also for Holiday gifts, I can make a good amount of chocolate for way less money than I would if I had to go out and buy gifts for everyone.
@kharlav (1672)
• Philippines
10 Aug 10
Yup, I do. I usually make handmade crafts as gifts to people special to me. I once made a coin-box and a scrapbook. I love giving handmade crafts because it is so personal and it is also cost efficient. I only make one if I have time though.
• India
10 Aug 10
Well I have never given any but can bet you, that a hand made craft impresses the person more than anything as a gift. i have recieved some from my friends and cant tell you how much I love them. I have kept them safe for years and its such a nice gift too. So handmade craft as gifts Rocks !!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Aug 10
i do all the time but i work mostly with paper, but i have crocheted scarves and blankets in the paste for gifts.
• United States
10 Aug 10
Every year I give away a free purse on freecycle. It makes me feel good about myself and others.
@shira0524 (483)
• United States
10 Aug 10
I have only begun crocheting and knitting in the past couple of years. Finally I am getting better at it and really enjoy making different things. I have given as gifts different kinds of scarves and last year I gave to my sister a cute scarf with a matching hat, the first hat that I ever made! So now I can make different kinds of scarves and hats, both knit and crochet, and I have moved on to learning knitting socks. They have taken a while, but I finally get that, too. So this year if I have the time - since socks do take a lot longer to knit - I might be giving out hand-knit socks! :)