There's thought behind it, sure, but also twenty hours of knitting.
October 19, 2008 1:52 PM Subscribe
What are the most memorable, awesome or useful handmade gifts you've received or given? I'm in search of some inspiration, as well as cautionary tales.
posted by carbide to Grab Bag (38 answers total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
My extended family has been very polite in enduring handmade gifts from me year after year, but I think only a few people have really enjoyed what I've made them, and the pleasure in giving gets a bit lost that way. The success rate is better with friends but inspiration would still be handy.
I'd love a wide variety of suggestions so I won't say too much, but here's a few details:
- I can cook, sew, take decent photographs sometimes, bind books, knit, make prints, draw, etc, so anything goes.
- Previous gifts have included screenprints, cold-process soap, shortbread, cookies, handmade journals, and a roaring success in a portrait of my grandparents. Current plans include blank cards with suitable photographic prints on the front, some knitted hats for a few people who will definitely wear them, one well-targeted mix cd.
- Particular areas of difficulty are: teenage boys (not bookish or alternative, damn!), professional glam women in their mid 20s to early 30s (ditto!).
Any stand-out gifts you've made or received?
(Warnings about the chasm between intention and reception would probably be good, too. And weirdly, I can't find any previouslies.)