For several years, my family has made a point to give predominantly handmade gifts to our families. I usually give mostly handknits and supplement with a few home-canned jams and pickles.
This year I made my brother a hat (one of the hardest things I've ever knit, including the elaborate lace shawls and cabled sweaters). Here it is modeled by my husband:
My father, an academic who usually gets shorted on the knits with just a hat or scarf, received this lap blanket to keep in his study:
And both my mother and mother-in-law received knitted beaded necklaces. Mom got a topaz-colored necklace which I though might look good with the colors she tends to wear:
My MIL's necklace, packaged here in a little sewn felt glasses case, was black with shiny highlights from the beads:
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All of the recipients were wonderful in their responses. I love to give knitted gifts to people who act like they genuinely appreciate them!
At times I have given to other folks who have either looked disappointed that they were being given something homemade, or "complimented" me by saying the knitting "almost looks storebought!" (One of my least favorite comments ever was when someone told me that the sweater I was knitting for David looked like it could be from Land's End.)
How did your own handmade gifts go over?
Tomorrow I'll post pics of the little surprise gifts I knit for my partner David and our son. I'll also show you what the two of them created this season to give!