Do you have a handmade gift that you treasure? Are you wondering what to get family members and friends for Christmas this year? I thought it would be fun to put a list together of the many reasons one should consider giving handmade this year!
Please feel free to add any additional ideas in the comments below!
Let’s get started with #1 (and my personal favorite on this list)…
1. The Person Who Has Everything
We all have that “hard to shop for” person in our lives right? Mine happens to be my sweet mother-in-law. She buys pretty much anything she wants. One year I gave her a hand stitched frame with one of her favorite sayings and it brought her to tears.
2. You Determine Quality
There have been times when I will purchase something and it falls apart or even breaks during shipping. When you make your own gift you determine the quality by choosing the best supplies, techniques, etc..
You can create personalized gifts in so many different ways by including a favorite saying, name, color, pattern…endless possibilities!
I LOVE the surprise factor when giving a gift! Handmade gifts can bring tears, laughter, jaw-dropping expressions and so much more!
5. Unique/One of A Kind
When you give handmade you can choose to create a one-of-a-kind gift that is unique to that person. A friend gave me a necklace and I always get asked, “Where did you get that?” I tell them that a friend made it. Sometimes it’s nice to wear or have something that nobody else has!
6. Usually Less Expensive
In many cases giving handmade is less expensive than purchasing. When you purchase something you are usually paying for the time it took to make the item. When eliminating the time factor you can usually save lots of money!
My sister-in-law Danielle is the queen of giving thoughtful, handmade gifts! Last year she gave me a book of inspirational quotes that she printed out to inspire me and she included my very favorite candy. I feel special when I know someone really took the time and effort to decide what to get me.
8. Do What You Love
Creating something can be therapeutic or a time to get away from our busy schedules. It’s great to have any excuse to do what we love.
9. Gift They Will Treasure
My mother gave me a framed cross-stitch of a bride in a gorgeous wedding dress for my wedding. It took her a couple of years to make! If my house was on fire you could bet I’d grab that along with my precious photos.
10. Share Your Talents!
You have creative talents - share them! Finishing a creative project can give you such a sense of accomplishment right? Seeing somebody wear, use, or display what you created them, can give us that same feeling!