Hi, friends. I was taking a breather after scrubbing the kitchen clean a little while ago, and I started thinking about the idea of a Handmade Christmas. As you probably know, I am giving everyone on my list at least one handmade item this year (even if it’s just as small as an ornament). What you may not know is that I’ve been doing the same thing for probably two decades now – long before the Handmade Pledge came along and made it “hip.”
But, see, for all of my talk about embracing handmade, I still have this nagging inner voice that tells me giving handmade gifts is seen by others as a cheap cop-out. Do you have this voice, too?
If I could be content gifting the gifts I’ve been sewing, knitting, and claying since November, I’d be nearly stress free right now. Instead, I look down my list and say to myself:
Sure, these napkins are nice, and they involved a lot of thought, time, and material, but are my recipients going to think they’re as cool as I do? Are they going to understand what went into them? Are they going to like them? Maybe I should stick a gift card in the package along with them, just to help ‘legitimize’ them as an acceptable gift.
Now, I know if you are reading this, that you are either a crafty person yourself, or can at least appreciate handmade things. So you get it. You would never think less of a handmade gift. And if you were on my gift list, I would happily exchange artful goodies with you and not think twice about it. What concerns me are the non-artistic types in my life. I always imagine that they’re thinking, “why can’t Lisa just go shopping this year like everyone else? I never know what to do with that stuff she makes.” Although, I must say, they’ve never said as much to me.
Maybe I’m just “blessed” with self-esteem issues. 😉
What are your thoughts? Do you have similar feelings about this? Do you end up doing a combination of handmade & store-bought in order to “legitimize” your gift? Or are you perfectly comfortable that the thought, time, and materials you put into your handmade gifts are plainly apparent, and therefore your offerings can easily stand on their own?