My friends and family get homemade gifts. That’s just how life is. The Minneapolis Star Tribune seems to have a problem with this. The print version is even more snarky against handmade Christmas presents.
My reasons for giving handmade gifts are varied and plentiful. To name a few: I’m po’, I get a good discount on supplies and I know when I shop, no one I know needs more “stuff” and handmade stuff has a tendency to be useful, it means more (to me, anyway) than any dollar amount spent.
I am frightened by how much people spend at Christmas. I hear so many people say they’re going into debt buying presents. Why? Frankly, if your cousin is pissed off that you didn’t spend $100 on her, she shouldn’t get a present. Period. I’ve spent less that $200 total this Christmas. And I don’t feel like I’m being stingy. I think I’m giving some pretty awesome gifts.
Homemade presents don’t always work out like I hope, but by the time the next Christmas has rolled around, I can pretty much guarantee I’m the only person who remembers or even notices. If someone wants to call me on them, I invite them to. I want to finish anything left unfinished or fix anything that needs fixing. But if I’d bought a present that broke or I needed to go back for something more that I didn’t make, I wouldn’t be able to guarantee I could follow through. I work retail; I know how quick the change over is.
People do get bought gifts too. Sometimes these bought gifts are handmade, sometimes not. I can’t make everything, and every once in awhile I find that perfect gift that I just have to get. But honestly, if someone was snide about me making them a present, they’d be written off my gift-giving list entirely. Chances are, they wouldn’t be happy with anything I bought either.