(Closed) Handmade Christmas presents: good or bad?

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Ceramics: good or bad?

    Cheap cop-out gift

    Awesome gift. Hey, can I be part of your family and get ceramics for Christmas, too?

    Obligatory other.

  • Post # 33
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    It isn’t like you are a grown woman making macaroni art, those are INCREDIBLE and obviously put way more time and effort in than going to the store and buying something. Of course I may be biased on hand made gifts because I am knitting stuff for my mom/MIL for Christmas and I am no wear near as skilled a knitter as you are a potter. I would love any of the things you pictured, even if they were already made, not specific to someone, there is something about that specific piece you think the person would like. 

    Post # 34
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Beautiful! Handmade gifts are really thoughtful, in my opinion. I’m an avid crocheter and I’m making all of my Christmas gifts this year, so I hope people like that. Everyone is getting something a little different, and I’ve been making stuff for new babies in my friend circle as well. The response has been pretty positive overall!

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Gorgeous!!!! I think it’s a fantastic idea!!! Good quality home made stuff is hard to come by. If your gift receivers can’t appreciate it, it is THEIR loss! Your work is amazing!

    Post # 36
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2008

    wow, your work is beautiful!! you’re lucky to have a talent that you can share with others.  I am confident your family would adore receiving handmade pieces from you.  they are so unique and made by hand from a loved one!  what’s NOT to love?  That is SO not a cop-out gift!! FAR from it!  with DH in medical school, I can VERY MUCH relate to the whole “money is tight thing” and we’ve joked with my family about how our christmas gifts during the med school years will be macaroni art projects and paper machier items.  sad part is…i have absolutely zero artistic talent so i think i’m going to have to opt for gifts that are thoughtful but inexpensive and require no talent on my part.  I wish i could just cook dinners for everyone…too bad the holidays are frought with eating and meals as it is…

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @GreenEyedMoon:  Excellent. Lets get to be really good friends before Christmas then 😉

    Post # 39
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My husband’s cousin is a professional photographer and most years he brings a bunch of his arts prints over and lets people pick out the ones they want for Christmas. Everybody loves it and we all have them in our homes. Last year I got a gorgeous underwater turtle (similar to this one, but from a slightly different angle).

    It’s so fun to have beautiful art that’s made by someone we love. We also have a family friend who is into ceramics which he often gifts as well, I hope someday I get one of those too! I think your family and friends will love to get your work as a gift. 

    Post # 40
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    oooooo.  can i be your long lost cousin or something, and you can give me that white coffee/tea pot thingy in the one picture?  <3

    if you’re worried about your ILs thinking you went on the cheap, you can always sweeten it by telling them that DH picked those out just for them after you made them.  that classifies as stretching the truth in a way that doesn’t hurt anyone, IMO.

    i worked my butt off a couple years in a row making fruit preserves and apple butter and stuff and canning it all to give as gifts.  i’d make three or four different varieties and everyone got a jar of each and some baked goods to go along.  what can i say, we were flat broke…DH1 was starting his own business and i was still a grad student.  i heard through the grapevine that everyone in my family were bitching about it later.  it about broke my heart, since i put so much work into it to give them something when i couldn’t afford anything.

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m probably biased because I love getting handmade stuff, even the crappy stuff, but I would be stoked about getting something from you.

    If you’re concerned about how it might look if you just cranked out a bunch of stuff and it didn’t feel personalized enough, could you try to do something a little more personal when you glaze it?

    Post # 42
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    …do you know how hard it is to find good pottery? I would be so, so stoked to get that as a gift. 

    If you a worried about people not liking it though, maybe you can check out thier kitchens on the down low and make something that fits in with the rest of their plates. 

    Post # 43
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    People buy Christmas presents for their friends and fam on Etsy all the time. What’s the difference between giving these gifts out, and selling your work on Etsy and using the money to buy something someone else made?

    Post # 44
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    First of all, stop saying your pottery isn’t a real gift, because it is!

    As a fellow artist (I make jewelry, knit, embroidery), I find that these gifts are generally LOVED by people. I’ve been giving out jewelry sets like the photo below to people for the past few years.

    I wish someone close to me was a potter!! And I know my family and friends would love that too! 🙂 

    I say go for it!

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    By the way, if you have an etsy shop, can you PM me with the info?

    Post # 47
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’d like etsy info too. Those bowls are awsome, and that teapot is super amazing

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