Handmade gifts... a yes or a no?
I love handmade gifts! I think it's one of the nicest ways to show friends and family that you care about them. In my opinion, anyone can go out and buy a present in 5 minutes flat. To actually take the time to make something by hand, and make it personal... that's what makes a gift really special.
I appreciate that not everyone feels this way- there are some friends and family who I know would not appreciate this gesture. For some people, the act of gift-giving is about the monetary value attached- perhaps gifting someone an item they could not afford to buy for themselves. Some people would rather be given the option of returning a gift to buy something they really want. And some people just consider handmade gifts cheap.
But I disagree!
I make my own gifts whenever possible, and I add extra personalisation by the way I wrap them up. Adding a cute little tag like this Russian Doll one adds a cosy "handmade" feel to any gift.
The heart picture you see on the right was a gift for my friend when she bought a new house. I chose a colour scheme which matched her new décor, and from an old, ripped book, I looked for words I felt were relevant to her and her new home. I finished the piece in a rustic old gilded frame. She loved the originality and uniqueness of it! These pictures are a great idea to give as wedding gifts (choose personal words) or simply as a gift for someone you know well.
I will certainly re-visit this topic a lot in the future of my blog, whenever I make and give new gifts I'm especially proud of.