Friends who always want what is new and fresh are not people who will appreciate gifts of handknit scarves or socks. When they see your work, they'll smile and tell you that it looks professional and as good as stuff in a store. They don't understand that this is not a compliment.
But some people are destined to appreciate handmade presents. They are the people who fill their houses with their grandparents' furniture, who bake challah with the family recipe, who pack all their children's outgrown books away for the next generation. They know that love and relationship is embodied within each item's history. These friends admire handiwork even when it is awkward, simply because it is homemade. Each object made by human hands is embued with the spirit of its maker and carries with it all the love you are giving.