This is a random post about giving handmade gifts. A few of my girlfriends have gotten more into sewing in the last year or so and it is such fun to have partners in crime. This means we've all begun giving more handmade gifts. Yeah for handmade gifts!
But lately I've heard some of my girlfriends saying things I used to, things like: It's just handmade. Don't look too closely! It's really nothing. I remember saying these things and now wonder, "What was I thinking??" Even when my husband heard me say these things he would try and assure me but it took an embarrassingly long time for me to catch on.
I learned early on that recipients of handmade gifts are not critics (unless you have mean friends...). Instead they are touched by your thoughtfulness, impressed by your skills (no matter how remedial), and really appreciate the personal touches. They will almost certainly never notice a less than perfectly straight stitch. And, better yet, they are clueless as to what shortfalls you may see in the finished piece.
All this brings me to lesson #1: Do not apologize for your gift or your skills. Ever. Give confidently and joyfully because you poured your time, love, creativity and self into that little bundle in the gift bag/box/wrapping paper. And every time your loved one looks at that thoughtful, personal gift they will think of you and smile.
That's it. Now give confidently and know that your sister/friend/mom/neighbor/friend's kid will love it!