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What are some gifts you have made for friends/family/whoever that they either ended up not liking, didn't use, or down right sat around collecting dust? On my Wordpress I've made a small list of totally useless DIY gifts, and now I'm curious about other people and their gifting goofs. :)


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Feb. 5th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Crochet is pretty much the craft I'm any good at, as such I've made a few
Scarves for people that they've never worn, and I made a queen sized Afghan for
one of my oldest friends when she got married. It took me almost a year to complete
and I've never seen it again. It just made me vow not to make things for people.
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I made hats and scarves for my nephews, back when my brother and ex-SIL were still together. The gales of laughter over the sizes being wrong (cause ex-SIL kept the kids away from our side of the family quite a bit) were really disheartening. The poncho and hat I made for my niece were still around after the divorce, though. I think cause my ex-SIL wanted to try to claim it as hers, but I never taught her the pattern.

She threw away a baby blanket I made for my niece, as well. My brother rescued it from the trash once, but didn't get to the second time.
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
what a bitch! crocheting ANYTHING takes time and effort, but especially blankets. i'm sorry :( also hats are really tricky.. the first one i ever made was hideous haha. i still hate working in the round.
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
yeah, i totally understand. i learned how to crochet a while back and it takes way too much time... i've started a couple of things for my friends and then was like ugghhh whyyy did i do this haha. it's the one craft i'm a bit selfish with!
Feb. 5th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I've made beaded jewelry for my mom and sister. They've never worn any of it :/
Feb. 5th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
What is your wordpress?

Also- I think an issue people have sometime is they make things that are fun for *them* to *make*, but are less exciting stand alone- and become offended when someone doesn't want it.
Sometimes it can seem like it was a self fulling item, less than a thoughtful gift.

As someone who crafts and arts- I feel that sometimes people won't use the best materials and are offended when someone doesn't want it.
If your scarf is itchy, then who wants to wear that?

Also like any gift, handmade or store bought, you have to think about your audience- are they going to like it? Because if you don't put the time in considering that ahead of time, you not only wasted money- you wasted a lot of your own time.
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think some people don't really think about their intended audience, and are just making things to make things (which is fine, but don't get upset when someone doesn't care for it..).

That being said, I barely make things for others that I know don't appreciate my effort. The worst is probably my mother, as I've made her a wrap, two or three sets of gloves (one pair from my only skein of farm-fresh alpaca, one pair with alpaca and cashmere), at least two different scarves, a hat, and various other things. I worked for about two months making her an Irish Hiking Scarf, out of this cream wool/silk blend that was heavenly.. and as soon as she got it in the mail, she sent me a text saying she didn't like it and gave it to the dog instead, then sent me a picture of the dog wearing the scarf. Her wrap, I made from a silk/wool blend as well, that cost me about $70 to buy the yarn for (IIRC it was 10 skeins worth, really quite large), which she wore once, then "lost" in her closet for 7 years, then accused one of my friends of stealing, and just recently told me she found it again. I don't make her things anymore. Ever.

It's one thing when people don't appreciate your work, it's another thing altogether when they're downright RUDE about your work.
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
UGH! That's awful! I'm so sorry that happened to you!

It's hard when that happens. It definitely makes me very wary and particular of who I will invest that kind of time in. Sometimes I make things for people and I just can't part with them because I know they won't appreciate it.
Other people, I know are going to really love and appreciate the time and money-- and then it's really worth it. :)
Feb. 6th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
i completely agree! this is exactly what my post on my blog was about haha. i know i've been guilty of a lot of those things before. quickly learned my lesson! lol

my wordpress - http://autumndoeslife.wordpress.com/
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
I don't see people wear much of the jewelry I make, but most seem pretty happy with it. I did have a friend wear hemp items I made so much that I did have to have a "reknotting party" to remake them, since they were fraying from wear. =)
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I made this for my 2 year old niece for xmas and I'm now certain her parents were like "whut thuh what!?" so I'll not being doing that again. She *loves* kitties.

Edited at 2013-02-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's really cute and unique. I bet the kid liked it, even if the parents didn't.
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! yes, she did love it:)
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
aww that kitty is adorable. and the quality looks great, you did an awesome job on it :) those eyelashes!
Feb. 6th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! The eyelashes are super fun to make:) I love using a more antiquated execution when making faces...it seems somehow more charming to me than trying to go for realistic.
Feb. 5th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about things I've made for others but I feel badly when sweet friends give me things I won't use, especially when said gift is actually cool/cute, but not my thing. I got a memory jar from a friend for Xmas and the idea is great and it is cute, but it's just something that will collect dust.
Feb. 5th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Could you make a different project with the items so that it becomes a gift you like?
Feb. 6th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
Yes, I could and have with some things. It depends. The friend I mentioned in this case...no. She's quite sensitive about certain things and for some reason, modifying her gift would hurt her feelings. I've seen her reactions before to that happening.
Feb. 5th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
I don't have a problem with people not liking what I make for them because I usually either make something they've asked for or something they've mentioned they would like.

On the other hand, I have received handmade gifts I just don't care for. Usually I see if someone else would appreciate them and end up giving them away. If something is a joint gift to my husband and me and if it's something he likes then it stays and is used by him.
Feb. 6th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I crocheted my fingers to the bone, making Little Big Planet Sackboys for both of my kids for Christmas. They loved them for about two or three days, now they're left in the pile of other stuffed animals.
Feb. 6th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't make a lot of handmade gifts for folks because most of the folks I get gifts for don't want handmade. They have a list of store bought stuff they want, so I just buy that and be done with it.

I did make my sister a handmade Grinch stocking this year for christmas. She loves the Grinch and since it's a stocking she doesn't have to feel obligated to display it all the time.

In fact, I prefer to make folks handmade ornaments if I make them anything. Then they only have to deal with them once a year. It's a win/win.
Feb. 7th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
I painted my mom these awesome legend of zelda paintings and she never even hung them up. they are sitting on a bookshelf somewhere at least, but they're aren't displayed properly.
Feb. 10th, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
I made my youngest niece a tutu dress for Christnmas which was hand sewn. My b/l said my niece would love it since she is going through her princess phase, he would ask my s/l if my niece could wear it. She has never worn it. I wouldn't be offended if it was given back to me, I would resell it since a few people wanted to buy that exact tutu.
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