Handmade-worthy or not?

Posted By on Nov 9, 2015 in Handmade Love and Inspiration

The holidays are approaching! As of this posting there are only 46 days left until Christmas.

46 days until Christmas

Did that freak you out, even a little bit? Are you now panicking, thinking of the gifts you need to buy and – possibly worse – the ones you had planned to MAKE?

Over the past few years, I have significantly pared down my list of handmade gifts. This has been prompted by several factors, including:

  • my need to get enough sleep every night
  • my desire to spend quality time with my kids during the holidays, doing fun things with them
  • the reactions I have gotten from some people in the past after giving handmade gifts
  • the time and expense it takes to make someone a gift

So now, instead of making things for EVERY person on my list, I’ve narrowed it down – a lot. I really only do handmade gifts for a few people, including some very awesome friends and my dad and his wife. I don’t even really do handmade gifts for my kids as much, but rather I plan to work with them to make things throughout the month of December.

So here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking of making a gift for someone this holiday season:

  1. How well do I know this person? Can I pinpoint a handmade gift that they would really LOVE?
  2. Is making them a gift going to save me money or cost me more of it? Am I okay with that?
  3. Is the money I might save going to be canceled out by the time I spend making this gift? Am I okay with THAT?
  4. How has this person reacted in the past to handmade gifts? Do they seriously love them, or do they give me a half-hearted response?
  5. Does this person appreciate the time and effort that goes into a handmade gift? For them, does that make the gift extra special, or a cheap cop-out?
  6. Do I realistically have the time to make a gift for this person without adding too much stress to my own life during the holidays?
  7. Will making this gift take away from the time I have to spend doing other things I truly want to do?

If you think about the answers to those questions, you may decide that YES, someone is worthy of a handmade gift! But if they’re not? That’s okay, too! That’s what gift cards are for.

Here’s to a low-stress holiday season!

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