After a bit of a rocky year in terms of finances, I'm thinking of making my family's christmas presents this year. I'm a keen crafter and think I can make a good job of things that they'll really like. When i mentioned this to a friend yesterday, she looked at me like I'd said I was getting them a lump of coal each!
Is it miserly to make their xmas presents? I had thought it was more personal, but now I have my doubts
I buy sock wool when I see it in Aldi or have it posted to me from a Drops shop in a neighbouring town and knit made to measure socks for my presents. I also knit fingerless mittens for my older friends who are frugal with their heating. I was asked last week to knit a special pair of mittens in pale lilac as a Christmas present for a friend's Mum who will be a 100 next year. I have never had a recipient be anything but pleased, but have known people turn up their noses at the thought. I just tell them how much the cost would be if I charged the same hourly rate as I did when I was a seamstress!
thank you so much for all your suggestions. Having got back from a long weekend away, I've now armed myself with craft supplies and am about to start on the first present (a cross stitch)! Thanks for all your encouragement
Hand made gifts are the best! Love receiving them. Only wish work wouldn't get in the way of me making them too. Plus I know those who give them have enjoyed making them instead of tiring themselves out going round the packed shops.