Are hand made gifts a thing of the past?

Hand made covering - My 93 year old friend made this box cover for me! It is beautiful and must have taken a very long time to patiently make!
United States
June 13, 2009 6:22pm CST
I just received the most awesome gift! I stay with my son in a nursing home while he is recovering from a wreck. There is a little lady who comes to spend time with all her friends up here. She comes 3 or 4 times a week. She is only 93 years old! Today he brought me a beautiful hand made gift. I took a picture of it so you coudl see how much work went into this masterpiece! I was so proud of her work, I wish I could do things like that. While I was wondering about hand made gifts a glance around the room helped me to remember another one I received recently. It is a hand painted post card! It has beatiful flowers on it. Does any one else receive or give hand made gifts anymore?... what a treasure!
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@sjvenden27 (1850)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I think hand made gifts are sooo cool... Last christmas my son and I recieved hats and scarfs, and little socks, from my aunt... I was soo suprised.. It was one of the nicest gives I recieved in a long time.. Its easy to go to the store and buy something, wrap it up, and then forget about it.. But for someone to sit their and make a give a gift, there is so much more throught and charactor in the gift.. I have in the past made cross-stiched pictures for people.. I just have not had the patience, time, or all of the supplies that I need to do it.. Maybe one day.. Your son did a wonderful job on the kleenex box.. Thats AWESOME!!
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• United States
14 Jun 09
hehe.. my son didn't make it, a very nice lady who came to visit my son did.. she's only 93! You know, my sister does cross-stitch... I don't recall any gifts from her... gonna have to ask her about that one!! Hand made gifts are exra special because you know someone put a lot of extra time into making it...
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• United States
14 Jun 09
Thats cool that your sister does cross sitch. My mother taught me how do to do it.. She tried crocaing, but I am a lefty and she is a righty.. so it was too diffcult for her to help correct my mistakes... Also know how to use a sewing machine, sort of... But its hard for me to make my seams straight...lol I naturally have the shakes, so thats why its funny...
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@chillpill90 (1937)
14 Jun 09
im pretty young and i have always been creative and liked to keep my self occupied. i do knitting, french knitting, croceting(cant spell), cross stitching and card making. at the minute i am doing card making but i do find that i am not very imaginative so i do struggle a little but also some of the things like peel offs, stamps and equipment can be pretty expensive but i was lucky that my aunt sent me a load of stuff down for me earlier this year =]. i tend to have a habit though of, for example - i would stamp the same image tones of times then pant it then cut it out then do another image and so on. and then make a lot of things quilling and then cut around my peel offs so they are all individual so i tend to do all that but it is not very often that i seem to actually make any cards =]
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• United States
14 Jun 09
wow! You know how to do a lot of different things! That's great!! I enjoy photography and have thought about making post cards and cards and even magnets and stuff like that I've seen.... just haven't tried yet! But at least I hae thought about it quite a bit!!
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@Blondie2222 (23443)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I love handmade gifts. I used to make baskets and stuff. I haven't done something like that in a long time to. I just don't have the patience and energy to do something like that anymore. But they are thoughtful and nice gifts too.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
Patience is for sure something I lack when it comes to making things with my hands!! hand made items are really very thought-ful gifts! They are time-ful too! Since someone had to take the time to think of it and then design it and decide exactly what to do then make it... sheesh!! Very thoughtful!!! And very precious!
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@jugsjugs (13042)
13 Jun 09
The last time i was given a hand made gift was last year they were dresser mats to stand my make up and perfume on.They were made by a 70 year old lady who lives in our street,made with cotton so very small designs on them.So i made her a hand made card to say thank you as she knew that i had lost my things for my dresser what my nans friend had made me befor we moved.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
What a very special, thoughtful person your friend is! And what a very special gift... can't put a "price tag" on something like that because it is really priceless!
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@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
13 Jun 09
It is beautiful. I believe that persons does not appreciate hand crafts anymore and because of this the value that place on it is less. My mother used to crochet for a living and her pattern and designs used to have persons coming for them to be send aboard. I have not seen anyone crocheting as much as when I was growing up. I believe that the emphasis that are place in schools is that these are things of the past and so no one will be interested. Even art and craft seems to be inactive. I love to see hand made crafts because it help you to appreciate the person who are making it because the time and the loves that they put in what they are making shone right through it.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
Maybe it is our fast-paced lives that has caused us to lose the appreciation for creativity as such! It is so very special to have a gift like that. About the only thing I learned like that is quilting but I only did one! Why should I when I can go purchase a blanket for a few bucks?? It makes me apprciate this gift mre though since I know I cannot sit for long enough to do anything like that!
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@olydove (1209)
• United States
13 Jun 09
You know I do receive some hand made gifts from my children, and I have a good friend that does beading she made me some beautiful ornaments for the Christmas Tree. They really are a treasure because they're such a personal gift when someone takes the time and effort to make them. I value the hand made items way more than any store bought items,.. though I am always thankful to get a gift either way. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tissue cover from this lady and I wish you the very best.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
I appreciate all gifts too. I know that there is effort and time and care that goes into anykind of giving. But there is an extra special edge there when someone makes something for you!! thans
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@prinzcy (5042)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 09
It's not a thing in the past, it just some people now days has little time and creativity to make one. I am one of them. When it's time for presents, I'll storm the gifts shop and made them wrap one for me (see, they even wrap it, I don't have time to do it myself) I love handmade items, especially the one made by my love ones. They are full of thought and love and only has one in this world, made just for me. If I can find time, I want to do it myself too.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
If I could figure out how to do something simple by myself I would like to give hand made items... I'm just not too good in that arena! I have made picture cds for gifts a lot of times. I made a father's day one before and then I made some for my kids with pictures of all their relatives.. especially on their father's side. And I made one one time for a wedding for "friends" and then I made one for my son-in-law and put pictures of my daughter's life... all her growing up years on it for him. It concluded with the picture of them coming out of the church on their wedding day! But that's about it!
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@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
14 Jun 09
i make a number of my own gifts that are given to teachers, friends and family members. we dont have a ton of extra cash and i am pretty creative, so this way we kill two birds with one stone. i have fun making it and it usually doesnt cost much.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
That's awesome. I have done a few poetry books for people and bound them myself. But other than that I am not too good with stuff when it comes to making it with my hands! I'm all thumbs.... end up looking like Jerry Lewis all twisted up in something or other!!
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@imsilver (1667)
• Canada
15 Jun 09
My kids and I are big on scrapbooking. We are always putting something together for someone. I'm almost never without my camera and I'm not shy about taking pictures of everything and everyone. As much as I love the internet and chat and email for staying in touch with all my people, I love to send little things through snail mail to give them something to smile.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
You shared some awesome ideas!! That's cool! I have seen some very cool looking scrapbooks too! It takes a lot of creativity to come up with all that! I watch my daughter do a little of that!
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
16 Jun 09
And imsilver, I also really enjoy making special scrapbooks for people, though I barely have any time to! But I have a student who is a long timer with me, just graduated and is moving off to college. I am going to make her a little scrapbook. Also for one of my childhood long friends who is getting married, I've been planning to since he got his master's degree!
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• United States
16 Jun 09
That will be an awesome gift for your long-time student! That's very nice... and it's nice you like to send things through snail mail.. that's almost a thing of the past as well!
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
16 Jun 09
How nice, and great that the active woman is still so...so active and artistic.:o) Wonderful gift for your son to buy you, esp. from the woman that you got to meet.:o) I enjoy crocheting, but haven't made such nice boxes yet. I love hand making gifts, as they are filled with lots of love and stitched with care. I love it when people really, truly appreicate them like you do.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
She is simply amazing! That's cool though that you've started crocheting... it'll come! I like the way you said "they are stitched with care"... that's cool! Keep doing for others... :)
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
16 Jun 09
:o) No, I haven't just started. I've been doing since my mother taught me in childhood. But never gone to that complicated things. I am now creating my own Wedding couple mini outfits and giving on cards for friends getting married. :o)
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• Denmark
15 Jun 09
I like to make them actually. I am making socks for my boyfriend at the moment and I like hand made cards a lot. My mother-in-law knitted me some really cool socks for Christmas, I really love these.
• United States
15 Jun 09
I never learned how to knit! I wish I had though! You know, it reminds me of when I was a kid my daddy used to make these rugs out of strips of rags. They were really neat looking with all kinds of colors. It seems he used a huge "knitting needle" if I am not mistaken. They were really neat! I think it's great you are making your boyfriend socks!
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• Denmark
16 Jun 09
Your dad really did that, wow, I'm impressed. I think I'm going to try make a rug myself. I'm trying to learn how to make a normal sweater too, then I can make myself one that I really like.
• United States
27 Jun 09
While not many people give hand-made gifts anymore, I love them. A gift that someone created themselves is just so much more personal and you know that person really thought it through and thought about you when making it. I create jewelry and other nick-nacks and have made it a goal to hand-make all of my Christmas presents this year.
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• United States
28 Jun 09
You are absolutely right! It is a very thoughtful thing when someone creates an item with you in mind! It is really the "thought that counts"!! :) Thanks for the response!
@dreamr802 (986)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I'm only 23 and I do mainly hand made gifts. I am really into beading and crochet. Currently I'm making my brother a crocheted blanket that has the UCONN Huskie crocheted onto it. It is looking really good so far.
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• United States
28 Jun 09
That is so awesome to hear! I wish I had learned how to do creative things like that at an early age!! Keep it up... your gifts are truly appreciated!!Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I don't think so. Most hand made gifts are masterpieces on their own. They're may be novelty but they are more precious than mass-produced items.
• United States
16 Jun 09
It is true that they are more precious than mass-produced items. Because they are individually made, they are all unique even though on the surface they may look the same! timeless treasures!
@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
15 Jun 09
my favorite homemade gift is something I can eat lol. My aunt puts together these tins with all kind of different homemade gifts. They are so yummy and they are nice enough to leave the ones with nuts out since I can not stand cookies and stuff with nuts in them. I think its nice b/c they really don't have to give me anything at all but if they want to bake yummy goodies I won't complain.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Tins filled with edible goodies are great gifts!!! I personally like the nuts in though! But it's always good to get the benefit of a good cook!!
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
I don't think so. Hand made gifts are more lovely and has more warmth than expensive ones.
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@ajaygupta (168)
• India
15 Jun 09
no,hand made gifts can never be outdated as they are genuine efforts of person who wants to give u something special and takes a lot to get it done
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Very well said!!
@CHORES (230)
• China
15 Jun 09
To tell you the truth,I almost made every gift myself hehe.The main reason is that I want to be creative and different!People who receive my gift alawys say that they see my true heart through my gift that makes me really happy. It is not that difficult .If you have time, try to make a gift yourself! Happy today
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• United States
15 Jun 09
I am all thumbs when I try to do any kind of craft! That's why I have such respect for those who can do it!! It's cool that you give mostly hand made gifts! Keep it up! I know others appreciate it!
@love2talk (115)
• India
15 Jun 09
It really nice to hear that you have received such a wonderful gift whic is handmade. I am interested in crafts since childhood and have the habit of giving a personal touch to whatever gift I give someone.I get handmade greeting cards from my niece and nephew... but there are few elderly people who give handmade gifts, they mostly prefer to buy and give gifts which has not much emotions attached to it.I used to get sweaters from mu aunt who unfortunately is no more but I have them with me even if I don't wear some, since they don't fit me anymore.I personally feel handmade gifts adhers to the memory of the receiving person some great feelings, which shows the love of the giver.... which no readymade gifts in the world can give.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
You are very right about how the hand made gifts carry with it the emotions of the person who gave it. They are even more special after the person has passed away. There isn't anything quite like a hand made gift!
@bluerlyn (139)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
wow that sure is nice of that old lady. i do give out hand made gifts, particulary ladies chokers and earrings.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
That is really cool! I do wish I knew how to make things like that! I know they are probably very beautiful and very much appreciated by those who receive them!