Not sure about a baby gift for a friend…

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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1619 posts
Bumble bee

@futuremrste:  Unfortunately, some people don’t appreciate the time (and love) that goes into handcrafting with knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting.  Unless I know someone will appreciate the effort, I’ve taken to just buying something off their registry. 

As you know this person does understand the gesture, is something she hasn’t already made? Receiving blanket? Quilt as decoration for the nursery?

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@futuremrste:  I think you should make it, even if she makes, what you think, are “nicer” blankets. Maybe your blanket can be the one she brings to the beach or park. I’m sure that if you spent the time to make it, she will find a way to use it. 

And about that other ungrateful “friend” … she can shove it! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love the sentiment behind any homemade gift. I would give the blanket you’re making!! So sorry your other friend in the past said that was “cheap”…she obviously doesn’t understand sentiment! And even if the new mama also knits and crotchets, I bet she would love your gift. I crochet scarves with a good friend of mine, and we have “gifted” them to each other for birthdays and stuff- I have never thought twice about it!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I would make the homemade gift and ignore the brat that complained. 🙂 

I have homemade blankets from family friends that I still treasure.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

That’s a beautiful pattern. I’m more towards the quilting side of handcrafting, and I don’t crochet, so don’t know the answer, but is there a way to personalize it with initials or something? 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I would make her one! Since she does it as well she will appreciate the time and thought that goes into it!

 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@futuremrste:  I knit crochet and sew as well and would be so pleased if someone crocheted a blanket for my kid! She will know more than anyone the time and love that goes into it. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think she will appreciate it!  And I have to say, it pisses me off when people do not appreciate gifts that are handmade or think they are cheap!  Time cost is huge!  If it takes you 5 hours, that’s like $100+ there, plus materials for crafty stuff are NEVER cheap.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I knit and crochet too, and if/when I have children I would love it if someone went to the time and effort of making me something for the munchkin.  Maybe, instead of a blanket, you make an article of clothing or two (booties/hat)?

As for the friend who was ungrateful, I’m dreading the day that comes up because a handmade blanket is my go-to gift for baby showers, and it seems like all of my friends are getting pregnant right now.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think that as a knitter/crochet-er, your friend will totally appreciate the time, effort and love that goes into making a baby blanket. Even if hers are more elaborate, I think you should definitely go for it. I know I would love a handmade gift like that!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@futuremrste:  The blanket you’re thinking of making for your friend is beautiful! I would love to receive such a gift and I think any person who handmakes anything, from jewelry to knit blankets, knows how much time, love and effort goes into each item and appreciates it all the more. Even though you think your friend makes nicer things than you do, she may think the opposite and like yours better – people are usually more critical of our own skill, or at least that’s my experience. 

Btw, I think the person who thought you were “cheap” to give a handmade gift was VERY rude. I’ve had that same thing happen to me before and I agree with you, it’s extremely hurtful. Unfortunately some people know no such thing as sentimental value. It’s their loss, really. I would give them a box of the cheapest chocolate next time – if anything at all! 

I think your friend who knits will be very happy to receive a blanket from you. Have fun making it 🙂 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Some people just don’t “get” what goes into a handmade gift. The cost of supplies (which alone is often more than a bought item), the time, the energy. Your friend is going to be the opposite of that – she is going to know exactly how much went into that blanket. For awhile, I had a bunch of people that I was knitting baby gifts for and found myself in the same situation – one of the moms was a knitter. I almost didn’t make her anything. I am so glad I changed my mind – the blanket I knit coincidentally was a pattern she had been eyeing but was very sad that she ran out of time/energy to make. AND I still see pictures pop up of the kid carrying the blanket around – warms my heart every time.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I treasure the handmade blankets/quilts my little guy got, even though some were “nicer” than others, or matched his nursery better. It’s great to be able to tell him (even though he doesn’t really understand yet), that this blanket was from Baba, or this one is from Mommy’s friend. I think it’s special and sweet. 

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