It should be simple, but it’s not. Just the fact that you made it with your own hands should be enough, but it isn’t. Choosing the perfect gift is as much an art as creating it! So how do you decide? Each of us has our own method. Some use surveys, some do secret sleuthing throughout the year and others simply pick something they like in hopes that the recipient will share their taste!
Not sure what to do? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re browsing patterns in search of that magic item destined to be cherished for years to come.
Consider making something that you’ve seen them wear or use before. For example, Uncle Jim always wears a hat. Making him one in his favorite teams colors or that he can wear while fishing will probably be a hit. Aunt Doris on the other hand has been getting her hair done every Tuesday for as long as you remember. So as much as she might love the floppy brimmed hat you made for her to wear in the garden, chances are it will never settle on her perfectly coiffed curls. A better choice might be a wrap or shawl to keep her shoulders warm when she’s sitting on the porch enjoying her flowers.
Color matters as much as design! Unless you’re sure that Aunt Wanda is crazy for fuchsia and lime, stick with colors that are classic and go with anything. That doesn’t mean boring, it means tasteful! Review the offerings in your stash carefully. The goal is to use it as a resource as much as possible, but only when it works! Still stuck on the fuchsia? Use it to make removable accent flowers!
Keep their personal style and hobbies in mind. Does your co-worker always read a book at lunch? Make her a bookmark. Your best friend loves to cook, why not make something for the kitchen? How about potholders or adding lace trim to towels that match the décor. Is you sister-in-law the family fashionista? Browse “Hot Right Now” in the Ravelry patterns to see what the trends are and make her something fabulous!
The perfect gift doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. The smallest offering, chosen with careful thought and crafted with love is sure to be cherished. Anyone can buy a gift all done and ready to go. Making something with your own two hands, that’s special no matter what it is. And if they don’t appreciate your effort – next year remove them from your “worthy” list and give them a gift card!
For more suggestions or to share your strategy for choosing the perfect gift, stop by Underground Crafter for the Holiday Stashdown Challenge.
Until next time friends,
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