Handmade gifts are awesome!
I truly believe this statement. They show that you care about someone enough to pick them something that has been handcrafted either by yourself or by someone else. Handmade gifts (in my opinion) are often timeless and can have an heirloom status about them.
Why you shouldn’t give a handmade gift
Some people would tell you ‘never, you should always give handmade’ but I think that is unrealistic and frankly silly. Sometimes handmade just isn’t right for this person, especially where you are making things.
Why should you spend hours and hours making a handmade gift for someone who sees handmade as a cheap way of not buying them the gift they want? Why should you buy them a handmade gift you know they are going to throw out because they aren’t interested?
It’s not worth the heartache that you will feel when they ask why you didn’t get them something ‘real’ from KMart. And heartache is what you feel, because you put your heart into handmade, buying or making.
The holiday season is hard and stressful. And for many people it becomes so built up that it ends in a harsh disappointment that you are expected to smile through ‘because it’s Christmas and it’s a happy time’.
The one reason you should give a handmade gift
If it is perfect for the recipient and you think that they will love it, then that’s ace. Get them that!
I love handmade and I think it’s a movement that should be shared.
What I don’t believe in is staying up until 3am working on something that you know won’t be appreciated. Sometimes we creatives need to think about US when we are making and buying as well as the receivers of the gifts.
If it takes the pressure off to buy something that isn’t handmade, there should be no guilt. We are not perfect and sometimes we need to think about what is most important.
Be kind to yourself this holiday season and make the best decision for you and for your loved ones. And if it isn’t the handmade Christmas you thought it would be, remember that there’s always next year.
Things don’t have to be perfect, sometimes ‘nice’ is all that we need.
What do you think? Am I misguided? Tell me in the comments.