When children give handmade presents, pretty much anything goes, but once you've grown up a little, you don't want your gifts to look like craft activities. Yet the thought and time that goes into a handmade present is still valued. So, what are the best handmade gifts for adults to give?
Homemade biscuits tailor baked to your loved one's preferences - shortbread and gingernut snaps are what I most commonly make as gifts. Wrapped in some clear cellophane and placed in a decorative gift/biscuit tin, they look good and are always appreciated.
Something that shows you have thought about the person you are giving it to. If someone is interested in beauty products, then handmade soap would be nice; if they like fashion, how about a knitted scarf? Foodies would enjoy a baked cake or biscuits.
Making a handmade gift requires two things: knowledge of the recipient of the gift and the skill to make the gift. As an example my grandmother recently made me a small doormat which she designed and hooked herself. She has done this kind of work before so she had the skills to make a quality gift and she knows me, she knew I would love a mat in the shape of a Nintendo controller. It was special to me. If you're going to make a gift for someone, following these two rules will ensure that the recipient of the gift will love it. By the way, here's a photo of the mat.
I think you have hit it on the head!
''You don't want your gifts to look like craft activities''....as you said.
So with that very thing in mind, I think one should Only give hand made, if it is a true quality gift e.g. (like ''dgrwriting) grandmothers mat she made..(see pic).
I'm not a fan of anything that is 'crochet'-personally, I think they have had their day...and are tacky.
If your a good cook, and people have told you, then yes home made biscuits are fine. Presentation is absolute key, to a good gift.As Clare said, clear cellophane always makes them look great.
Too many people try, but miss the mark by a mile.Then what you have is a
sad looking gift, coming from one adult to another.
Even though I paint,and make money from my work.....I have learned not to give my work, because not all people like or even appreciate art.
I would rather go buy a gift, than find my painting(very small one) on a bottom shelf, so no one can see it....which is what happened two months ago.
If you have to give a home made gift, make sure it is on par.