There are many people who ADORE receiving hand-knit or crochet items; but there are just as many who have no appreciation whatever of how much love, work, and time goes into a hand-made item. Share a story of a hand-made gift you gave to someone and how it worked out - good, bad, or ugly!
During my years of being married (15+) - we had very little money. I was always "making" gifts for my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law. As many of you know, homemade gifts come from the heart, and mine truly did...They would always be seemingly appreciative of the item at the time of opening gifts...but I would never see the object again...One item in particular comes to mind. I had taken a class on making the padded, cloth photo albums. I had found material that I thought matched her living room, worked diligently on the project - put some pictures of her grandchildren inside - gave it to her with lots of love and pride..and never saw it again.
On the other hand, my own Gramma loves and appreciates every single thing I have ever gifted her. I recently made her three dishcloths. She was thrilled...but refused to use them as dishcloths...because they were too pretty....instead she has them laying around almost like doilies...too funny.