Handmade gifts aren't always appreciated. People look at them and judge them on the cost of the materials not the time and expertise it took to make them.
It's my mum's 65th birthday next week. My sister is treating her to a trip to London to see a Westlife concert. I know she'll love it and have a great time. But I can't compete with that so I'm not even going to try.
So I've made her some knitting accessories as she's a prolific knitter. She also sews so she will appreciate the effort I've put into her gift.
Stitch markers made from Swarovski crystal hearts in a wee recycled mints tin.
A needle roll to store her circular needles. Appliqued irises on the front and a large pocket on the inside.
Rolled up and tied safely with a ribbon.
Total cost zero pounds and about 7 hours of time. Everything came from my craft stash. Over the years I have acquired many items for my many and varied hobbies. Now I mostly knit and sew but I have supplies to make cards and jewellery. I have all the tools and equipment so will be making good use of them all during my challenge.
But the biggest challenge of all will be finding good gift ideas for people who aren't really into handmade stuff! Suppose I should start planning Christmas now!!!