(Closed) Handmade Wedding Gifts – Sweet or Suck?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll:
    Aww..... : (11 votes)
    30 %
    Aw, man..... : (22 votes)
    59 %
    Other. : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Sounds…interesting!  Perhaps they’ve run short of funds since their wedding is coming up, so they thought a homemade gift would be thoughtful and inexpensive.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think that some handmade gifts could be really sweet – A friend of mine made a bowl of a vinyl album that Darling Husband and I love (Journey) and then had matching coasters made of the album cover. It is awesome.

    A hand-painted plaster casting from the mall store? Meh… not really my style, and certainly not something I’d get someone for their wedding.

    But remember, if you were disappointed with that type of gift… two wrongs don’t make a right, so you may just want to go with a registry gift for their wedding!

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    A friend made me a painting in all pastel colours. There is nothing about me or our house that is pastel. I appreciate the thought and it’s not horrible but I honestly don’t know what to do with it……………………………………… I think that falls under the Aw Man category, LOL! We’ll find somewhere to put it though since it’s the thought that counts right?

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @coconutmellie: ohh okay I just read your edit and WTH!?  That’s pretty tacky now that I see that part of the situation.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    SWEET: when your aunt handsews you an amazing quilt. Or your Future Father-In-Law builds you a wedding chest out of cherrywood.

    NOT SWEET: when your friend hands you a lumpy pot made circa ’96 from her HS art class. Or a poem that your brother slapped together the night before your wedding and printed out on copier paper, then “wrapped” it in a manilla file folder.

    Just because it’s handmade doesn’t automatically make it thoughtful.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @coconutmellie: OMG DH’s family is awful at gifts too, although saltines and maple syrup…. wow. The not so classic combo…. DH’s stepmom once screamed at him to smell the leather shoes she bought him for Christmas. And she gave me a broken picture frame, never replaced it. Oh and a tarnised “Bridesmaid” brooch at my wedding shower. Thankfully none of it was hand painted 😉

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    You know, in the end they got you a gift…and it sounds like they put thought/love into it, whether you like it or not.  I wouldn’t be hurt.  You have to recognize that some folks just aren’t good at gifts.  Maybe they don’t like giving off registry…it seems impersonal.  I have always thought that buying from the registry takes away the fun of gift-giving…though I still do it. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    One of my best girlfriends LOVED doing handpainted ceramics. I know she gave a plate to one of her friends for as a wedding gift. I know she spent a lot of time on it but I don’t like that type of thing because it never usually matches a couple’s decor and then it just gets shoved in a box for years.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @coconutmellie: LOL! At least he’s got passion! Or too much time on his hands… Maybe both.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @coconutmellie: Oh lord. The gift is fine (albeit a little strange, but whatev), but then trying to strongarm someone into a particular lifestyle is obnoxious. In fact, that would probably a good guarantee for me to start cooking everything. Stewed fruit, here we come.

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