Homemade gifts - what do you REALLY think?

(77 Posts)
Splatt34 Wed 30-Oct-13 09:31:22

OK so I'm on mat leave which means 2 things, I have a bit more time on my hands than usual & cash is a bit tighter. I have also become slightly addicted to pinterest.

I am thinking of making story stones & cookie jars for the few pre schoolers we normally gift too. But if your DC received would you think I was being tight (receivers are DCs of my best friends and DN). My DD will be receiving too.

PS - if you don't know story stones have pictures on (ie tree, castle, boy, animal, house, rainbow etc etc) & the child makes up stories as they pull them out of bag.
Cookie jars contain all the dry ingredients to make a batch of cookies.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 30-Oct-13 09:33:28

It won't be to my taste. Sorry.

BigOrangePumpkin Wed 30-Oct-13 09:33:30

I've never heard of them but they sound lovely! I would assume that your best friends will realise you're skint, and would understand. But even if you weren't skint, I think this would be a lovely thoughtful gift and I'd be happy for my DD to receive it.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 30-Oct-13 09:33:43

Not wont - wouldn't.

Isildur Wed 30-Oct-13 09:38:45

I'm not madly keen on homemade stuff to be honest.

The only exceptions are the blankets and dolls clothes made by my mother, but I think we only really appreciate those because they came from my mother (the children are enormously fond of her).

Stones, cookie jars, baskets full of random things, bloody sock monkeys etc. are never really appreciated by the children or anyone here.

We recognise the effort that has gone into the things, but they usually end up being thrown out.

SpockSmashesScissors Wed 30-Oct-13 09:44:38

If you want to do homemade why not make the cookies and then give them. Christmas is pretty busy, I wouldn't want a child nagging to make the cookies, we would be doing our own baking.

If you are skilled at knitting/crochet those types of things can be nice but a jar of cookie ingredients and a bag of stones, they would probably be binned.

Lancelottie Wed 30-Oct-13 09:45:10

Cookie jars would go down well here but story stones would have baffled them.

Other homemade things that have been well loved: patchwork pillow with something the child likes in the pattern; teeny knitted teddy clothes for a specific teddy (hard to do for random toddlers though); hair bands and scrunchies.

500internalerror Wed 30-Oct-13 09:48:25

If you can paint very well, then story stones are fab - they are loved just for the artistry.If youre going to botch thm together with mediocre art skills, like mine, then I wouldnt do it. It will just be a bag of badly painted stones!!!

siblingrevelry Wed 30-Oct-13 09:51:50

If done well and good quality they will be lovely-I and my kids would appreciate them.

Where I think homemade is naff is when they're shabby (not chic!) and badly made-this can look cheap. if you have a talent and can make things as well or better than craft shops/markets etc then go for it.

Or when parents assume EVERYBODY wants stuff made by/featuring their kids. Bookmark made for me by my kids=lovely. Bookmark from others=no thanks!

Love the story stones idea by the way

Splatt34 Wed 30-Oct-13 09:52:20

Wow fast responses. Many thanks.

Think I will trial the story stones on DD & if they are liked can use for birthdays for other kids in Jan & March. DD received a cookie jar recently and it was a big hit & I know all these kids love baking so still tempted with that.

Nishky England Wed 30-Oct-13 09:52:23

story stones sound fab and mine would have loved them when they were little- I suspect that they would still now at senior school age!!

If people don't like your gifts then they don't deserve to be your friends

Smiles affectionately at original painting from friend for 18th birthday 30 a good few years ago

I'm really not keen on that sort of thing. Although I like getting homemade food.
Unless the maker is truly talented they tend to be a bit shit and go in the bin/ to charity ime. And there are a lot of people as evidenced by my fb friends "businesses" who are quite deluded about their 'creativity'.

siblingrevelry Wed 30-Oct-13 09:58:06

If you want to make stuff, great.

If you're just looking for a less expensive Xmas gift (which often ends up not being the case with homemade), head over to the bargain Xmas thread. There'll be loads of ideas of inexpensive kids presses.

Off the top of my head, get them a pair of pj's each with an individual homemade wrapped cookie (character.com has cheap ones, or get them when 3 for 2/half price at mother are etc)

Or personalised pencils from Studio24, maybe in a pencil ase from pound land/home bargains.

There's loads of ways to do it cheaper without the extra effort of totally homemade-start a thread and you'll no doubt get loads more ideas better than mine.

Ignore this if you want to do homemade by choice!

Katnisscupcake Wed 30-Oct-13 10:15:27

I've never heard of Story Stones but as my 4yo DD constantly makes up songs and loves US to make up stories for her, I think she would love it!!

I think that kids get too much at Xmas (and believe me I am the MOST guilty of spoiling my DD) so sometimes something with a little effort is lovely. Having said that, I wonder if I would appreciate it more than DD would - I embarassingly admit that as DD would come across as very ungrateful... blush

<<wanders off to find a friend with artistic skills to make some story stones>>

I bought story dice for a 6yo and she lovesthem. Homemade jewellery always goes down well too.
I made stockings for kids last then you can put anything in them

Bluebell99 Wed 30-Oct-13 10:36:38

Someone up thread said they didn't like sock monkeys, we do smile and when we have made them, they have been much admired by dd's friends. My dd also had a gift from a friend which was a felted alien, accompanied by a story written by the friend. That was fab. Also my dd has crafted little felt plushies for her friends, which have been in demand. Another idea is friendship bracelets.

Shente Wed 30-Oct-13 10:38:44

I don't know about the specific things you mention as dd is one so a bit young but I love thoughtful homemade gifts. Last year my sister gave me some really thoughtful framed photos of her and me when we were little - probably the gift I value most. She also made me a patchwork baby blanket when dd was born and again I love it!

SoupDragon Wed 30-Oct-13 10:42:45

I think it all depends on the presentation. If it looks professional then fine, if it looks like, say, a load of flour dumped in a jam jar, not so good.

darkdays Wed 30-Oct-13 10:45:53

I love homemade gifts. My friend made a monster hat and a raspberry hat for my twins for Christmas last year. They were excellent. People stopped to ask where I got them. I can't wait to see this here's creations!

FrauMoose Wed 30-Oct-13 10:45:57

I think if people are so up themselves they can't cope with a home-made gift then I should be inclined to give the money you'd have spent making those gifts to one of those charities that gives goats/bicycles to people in third world countries.

In your situation I might email round relatives and friends to say you are doing things differently this year. If a small home-made gift would be appreciated let you know and this will be provided gladly and with love. If it was surplus to requirements, that is absolutely fine because then the funds will be diverted to charity.

I think children giving homemade gifts is OK.
I think people giving gifts that they've made which are genuinely nicer than anything similar in the shops (homemade chutneys, knitted stuff by a talented knitter etc) is OK.
Lumpy, poorly executed stuff that is going to clutter up my house? I'd rather you saved yourself the cost of materials and didn't worry about it - I'm happy with a card and a hug.

ThisIsBULLSHIT Wed 30-Oct-13 10:55:22

I would LOVE the story stones!! How amazing. And my dc always make presents for their GPs.
And the cookie jars sound brill too, I am sure these are in some shops anyway?!

I'll have some!

curlew Wed 30-Oct-13 11:00:06

I was very depressed by a thread on here once where people were saying they automatically throw away anything home made.

Why?????

Splatt34 Wed 30-Oct-13 11:00:07

OK so I think the answer is, IF it looks like you bought it at a craft fair it's OK.

If the families are the type to make up stories and do imaginary play (2 definitely are) then the story stones may be a goer IF they are done well.

Best get experimenting!! Thanks all x

Badvoc Wed 30-Oct-13 11:39:52

Cookie jars are a nice idea. I would like that.
Not sure about the stones tbh...just a bag of pebbles isn't it? Not sure about age range for that one, either. Some pre schoolers still put small objects in their mouths.
If people are good cooks, bakers etc then a home made hamper would be lovely.
But not if people are doing it because they simply want to save some cash.

notthefirstagainstthewall Wed 30-Oct-13 17:45:52

They have to look really well done though. Cookie jars should be nice Kilner jars, brown luggage label, calligraphy writing for recipe etc etc. I think often it's cheaper to buy something small that is appropriate.

Our neighbour does handmade gifts - small wooden decorations cut on a laser machine, quality homemade beer with designer labels (this could be outting me)- that you'd happily buy in a shop.
It's all time, money and lots of effort to make a worthwhile gift.

DSJamesHathaway Wed 30-Oct-13 18:41:56

I think the story stones are a really nice idea but I think you need to put something with them that explains how to use them. As homemade gifts go, I think it's original and in our house would be used definitely.

fiddlemethis Wed 30-Oct-13 19:05:13

I am actually buying a set of story stones for my daughter for xmas this year by this lady https://www.facebook.com/poppitscupboard?fref=ts
I love them and think my dd who is 4 would get a lot of fun out of these!

LoganMummy Wed 30-Oct-13 19:36:36

I love handmade gifts! We're doing quite a few this year. Mainly food based but also making up some craft things.

I'd love to have you as a friend as they sound fab ideas.

I love handmade gifts. Even if it's not to my taste I would far rather receive something that someone has actually taken time over rather than a lazy gift like scented candles which go straight to the charity shop .

Your ideas sounds great. smile

StuckOnARollercoaster Wed 30-Oct-13 19:51:10

I don't think the issue is so much whether a gift is handmade but whether it suits the recipient - and this minefield applies equally to bought gifts.
Although I'm sure some people would love your gifts I would probably prefer the cookies ready made!

curlew Wed 30-Oct-13 22:38:31

"If people are good cooks, bakers etc then a home made hamper would be lovely.
But not if people are doing it because they simply want to save some cash"

Why on earth not? I don't judge a present by how much was spent on it. It seems, however, many do.

I enjoy making the flavoured vodka many of my friends appear to look forward to getting for Christmas. And I like the fact that I am giving someone a present that costs significantly less than the same stuff would cost in a shop. Would my friends value it more if I didn't like saving money as ell as giving a nice present?

mydaftlass Wed 30-Oct-13 22:49:04

We love homemade!
We have story cubes and love them so I'm sure the stones would be great.

ethelb Wed 30-Oct-13 22:49:22

There have been a few threads like this. The general consensus was that cookie type things are great, at any time other than xmas ( do you really want to be nagged to make cookies on boxing day?). Hm kits are fine as ling as they are more personalised than shop bought ones. Artsy things are good as long as you are good at them.

I would like story stones for ME! grin

sniffywhiff Wed 30-Oct-13 22:50:37

I'd rather not have more stuff, especially if it's going to be a financial burden for the giver. I do think Xmas is for children though - if I want something I'll buy it, and if someone gave me Skittles vodka or a hamper of random stuff that I'd get in the supermarket anyway (bubble bath, DVD etc), I'd hate it.

The person who said you bake with your kids is right not get harassed into emptying a jar out on Xmas morning is right, as is the person who said there are a lot of deluded 'crafters' out there.

I think the bargain thread is great for finding deals on things you'll be getting your kids anyway, but there will be an awful lot of us getting bashed Elemis boxes and 98p owl earrings at Xmas and knowing exactly what's going on . . wink

BadRoly Wed 30-Oct-13 22:58:06

I am delighted with home made if it is well thought out - so the jar of lemon curd/chocolate cake/big coffee mug/key ring I have had over the years from friends have been super as they have all been gifts they knew I would want or use.

The generic jar of jam that we get every year from the same person (none of us especially like jam) that has given it to everyone they know is not so well received!

So with your examples - I would love the cookie kit because I enjoy cooking/baking with the dc but if I didn't, I would stick it in a cupboard and it would be forgotten about until next Christmas!

Tyranasaurus Thu 31-Oct-13 07:23:11

I think homemade/cheap gifts are absolutely fine so long as thought is put into them. I don't like homemade when it's obviously a thrown together generic thing.

Out of the OPs list I'd like nicely painted story stones but not a cookie mix jar (I hate that kind of thing from shops too), but I'd also be fine with you coming to me now and saying things are tight shall we skip presents this year.

WipsGlitter Thu 31-Oct-13 07:35:45

Not sure about the stones.

If you're skint is it not maybe time to knock these presents on the head? Do you still want to be getting them stuff when they're in their teens.

When I had kids I agreed with best friends that we just got adult presents for each other as we'd always done.

Badvoc Thu 31-Oct-13 07:43:15

I just think that to do homemade gifts well - proper kilner jars, labels, packaging etc it is actually cheaper to get shop bought stuff.
When I have made homemade stuff (not for gifts, mostly food) it has ended up costing far more than if I had just popped to the shop and bought it.
I will make mince pies this year, and perhaps some Xmas cupcakes but that's it.
The year I made candied peel is still very fresh in my memory!smile (tip: don't do it...it takes ALL DAY)

Badvoc Thu 31-Oct-13 07:45:25

Badroly...that's my feeling too. The people who give jam to everyone because they had a glut of fruit and made loads in the summer annoy me.
I would really rather recieve nothing than something with so little thought gone into it.
(I do like jam, but not damson jam which this person invariably gives)

elQuintoConyo Thu 31-Oct-13 08:04:51

I make most of my birthday and Christmas presents every year because I'm skint (except DH's this year as I can't make a guitar stand out of felt, much as I try).
Sometimes it is biscuits, sometimes little felt thingies (brooch, keyring), sometimes bigger (fleece hot water bottle cover for DSil this year, pyjama cases for the kids).
Sometimes I batch make things, sometimes I make individual things, it depends on the year and my inspiration. I'd make the stones myself for my dc, family and friends who I know would use them.

None of my friends/family mind that things are homemade - my super-crafty DGM is delighted !

If anyone did snear, then they'd get sweet FA the next Christmas, or perhaps a fake hug and a packet of Pringles for being such an arsehole.

Isildur Thu 31-Oct-13 08:16:17

It's really not sneeryness though.

As someone said upthread, it's largely that things that can be home made, are generally not things that people would consider giving me in the normal course of things.

Nobody who knows me would think, 'Oh yes, Isildur would love a hot water bottle cover, key-ring, jar of flour, hat, painting' etc.

They might buy me an obscure (but cheap second hand) book, or an add on for the Raspberry Pi for one of the children, or funky coloured scooter wheels, or more books, or some Amazon/iTunes vouchers. Inexpensive stuff that would be appreciated and used.

We just don't do cluttery stuff, we are awash with biscuits/food, and are rather short of space.

We don't expect gifts at all though, and amongst anyone other than close family we just stick to cards and good wishes.

zzzzz Thu 31-Oct-13 08:30:42

I have a large family. We like homemade things (and shop bought). At Christmas the children bring home -a shit load- tons of creations. So long as it wasn't similar, I'd love it.

The key for us with ANY present is how easy it is to store. So story stones in a nice draw string bag/box that shuts great. Story stones in a paper ripped open container so I have to make th box/bag, not so great.

Badvoc Thu 31-Oct-13 11:40:06

It's not about sneeriness.
It's about not particularly wanting felt key rings or biscuits....

Badvoc Thu 31-Oct-13 11:40:48

Exactly isuldur.

SoupDragon Thu 31-Oct-13 11:47:41

It's about not particularly wanting felt key rings or biscuits....

The key is choosing the gift to suit the person whether it is homemade or mass produced tat or anything in between.

Badvoc Thu 31-Oct-13 11:49:10

Very true SG.
A handmade bookmark for example would be a great gift for me. Or a painted mug/cup.
But if I want biscuits I buy them!

kiwidreamer Thu 31-Oct-13 15:45:10

Not sure my kids would get much use out of story stones but they have a remarkable fondness for pet rocks that my DH drew faces on... so that's another idea perhaps if you can paint a really nice face on a flat medium - small pebble and give it in a felt bag so it has a home, my kids would adore that!

I bake all the time, pantry is well stocked, I wouldn't overly appreciate someone imposing their favourite recipe on us but it would get used, I would never throw something useful like that out.

pamish Thu 31-Oct-13 18:41:14

Biscuits. They are called biscuits.

HeyJudith Thu 31-Oct-13 19:06:40

Preschoolers. I would do new box of Crayolas, new drawing/colouring-in book, and if I wanted to throw in home-made I would do a simple pencil case with a zip - or a fabric pencil roll. Both very easy to make with basic sewing skills and a machine as basically they are just small rectangles of fabric. Tutorials available all over the net.

If no sewing skills then new pencil case as well (Poundland).

Tied together in a neat attractive pile with red/festive ribbon smile

HeyJudith Thu 31-Oct-13 19:08:02

PS Pebbles/stones whatever you call them are often used as missiles, so I personally wouldn't dream of giving them to preschoolers smile

NumptyMum Thu 31-Oct-13 19:39:05

I love these - and think they could be good fun, without the explanation required for story stones: pebble people

NumptyMum Thu 31-Oct-13 19:47:56

Ooo - the other home-made thing that I think looks GREAT is stencil T-shirts, using freezer paper (google to find out how). See here: Totoro T-shirt (change to suitable simple character for kids T-shirts). You'd need to buy T-shirts and decent stencil paint for this - would only work out cheaper over time if you repeat it for other years/presents...

level3at6months Thu 31-Oct-13 19:56:00

We would have loved story stones when DS was little. I'm surprised by the responses on here to be honest. Simple things that encourage imagination and creativity go down a storm at Nursery. Yes, they might throw stones or put them in their mouths if they are being left to their own devices with them, but it's the kind of thing you'd be doing with your child, not leaving them to do on their own.

elQuintoConyo Thu 31-Oct-13 22:56:16

I think I shall cancel Christmas, reading some of these replies.
Or steal tiny skinny presents that wouldn't take up any precious space.
Things made with best intentions and love be damned.

(And, no, I don't hoist crap on people, my DSil needs a new hot water bottle (DH buying) and I shall make a nice snuggly soft cover for it).

If you wander through the Christmas Bargains thread, you'll see links to things such as socks that look like you're wearing sandals-over-socks hmm Made in China for tuppence happeny, funny for 30 seconds, tat in the bin. Yours for only 7.99.

justanuthermanicmumsday Thu 31-Oct-13 23:04:43

I think it's a great idea lots of love going into a gift rather than popping down to a bargain store for a cheap toy that will break in the first hour of play. Small kids will appreciate any gift their teacher gives them. There may be the exception but most kids hark on about their teachers a lot mine do.

I think you'll find objections are usually from parents not small kids, kids do really appreciate such things despite all the modern gadgets and expensive toys. No teacher can afford expensive toys for a class of 30 kids anyway.

Have you seen cake pops on Pinterest they look like really good gifts. One for each kid with bow and cellophane wrap looks store bought I've made them look fab and taste good too.

Badvoc Fri 01-Nov-13 06:50:49

Quinto..you seem offended by the fact that some people wouldn't want a hot water bottle cover!
If your sil wants one, and you can make one, all well and good.
But for most it would be a fairly useless gift. A lot of people don't even have hot water bottles anymore!
I am so fed up of seeing everyone on FB trying to sell their homemade stuff...cards, artwork, shabby chic, burning...and fecking cupcakes! £7 for a jar of chutney!? No thanks.
I have just bought my sil a handmade one of a kind slate cake stand.
I am not against hand made bespoke stuff, but I am against people making stuff and then foisting it on people who are supposed to be grateful for things they do not want and will never use!
Hardly Xmas spirit is it?
And why should people clutter up their homes with unwanted stuff!?

curlew Fri 01-Nov-13 07:07:02

"I am not against hand made bespoke stuff, but I am against people making stuff and then foisting it on people who are supposed to be grateful for things they do not want and will never use!"

But doesn't that apply to any present? Why is it worse that it's home made? The subtext certainly seems to be " I don't want this present ^ and^ the giver is a cheapskate as well"

Badvoc Fri 01-Nov-13 07:36:20

That's true curlew.
I take time to choose gifts.
I put a lot of thought into it.
It irritates me when others don't...just give to charity or don't bother.
I don't need 2 chipped wine glasses, or the free no 7 gifts from boots am looking at you Dhs aunt or cheap costume jewellery.

SoupDragon Fri 01-Nov-13 07:39:47

Does your SIL want a one of a kind hand made slate cake stand? That's the kind of "crap" that would sit at the back of a cupboard in my hose.
That's the point.

A lot of people don't even have hot water bottles anymore!

They may appreciate one given the hike in fuel prices! grin

Badvoc Fri 01-Nov-13 07:44:46

SD...yes, she asked for one! smile I know, not my thing either but it's what she what's. So I got her a naice one.

SoupDragon Fri 01-Nov-13 07:58:52

I like the idea of cake stands but the reality is that cake is snarfed very quickly from the cooling rack a tupperware box. smile

I may make some of the presents this year but they will be made for the person not the same thing for everyone. Although it's tempting to make family hats for everyone grin

FannyMcNally Fri 01-Nov-13 08:03:58

How much are those story stones from Poppit's Cupboard? I can't seem to find a price and they would be perfect to use in class.

chanie44 Fri 01-Nov-13 08:10:07

When I was on maternity leave I started looking at homemade, but it's not cheap. By the time I'd bought the items needed, I may as well have spent the money on something else.

I good compromise i found was 'half homemade'. Last year, I made chocolate selection boxes. I bought some baskets and filled them with chocolate and sweets. It was much better value than the overpriced shop made ones and I made sure it contained the recipients favourite chocolates.

If a family member or friend was having financial difficulties, I wouldn't expect anything from them. I'd rather they spent the money on themselves, but then I'm quite practical.

CambridgeBlue Fri 01-Nov-13 08:11:01

I would appreciate a handmade gift as much as I would something shop bought just because I am always touched by anyone going to the trouble of giving me a present.

Something well made and genuinely attractive or useful would be lovely but as someone else said it can cost a lot to make something decent so you won't necessarily save money.

But if it was some of the badly made tat that I see people touting on FB I would put it quietly to one side after opening it and either bin it or give it to charity (bet the charity shops are delighted after Xmas!)

It annoys me how everyone is a crafter/'cupcake' baker/purveyor of crap these days although I appreciate people are just trying to make some cash. There is a lot of beautiful well made stuff out there, created by very talented people - I think the bad stuff detracts from this and gets everyone tarred with the same brush.

HeyJudith Fri 01-Nov-13 13:10:23

Homemade stuff that goes in the bin is just as much landfill as plastic tat. The fact that a recipient may glance and think "Aw, they made that themselves, what a shame" before lobbing it in the bin makes it no superior to the plastic tat nobody has any real use or like for. Home made tat has a lot in common with shopbought tat in that respect.

What makes something not tat destined for landfill? Generally something useful or beautiful. However we would need to actually know what the recipient considers useful and/or beautiful.

Story stones a case in point. One person's "educational, creative" present, another person's "oh no- missile potential".

The best thing to do is know your recipient well and if your homemade stuff does not fit into their style (my sister does not do "shabby chic" under any guises, for example) nor is it useful to them, then give it up and buy something useful and/or beautiful.

SoupDragon Fri 01-Nov-13 13:41:42

Was it William Morris or the Shakers who said something along the lines of Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

Aplpy that to gifts with the recipients taste in mind and you shouldn't go far wrong.

Badvoc Fri 01-Nov-13 14:05:41

It was William Morris SD.
I try to live by that rule.

Elsiequadrille Fri 01-Nov-13 14:10:57

It would depend how well the story stones were done. I've seen some poorly finished examples.
I'm not sure about the cookie mix, the DC would prefer to make their own, they liked the mixing and measuring best, almost as much as cutting out the cookies.

TurquoiseTranquility Sun 03-Nov-13 00:45:24

It's a sad world where people would rather SPEND money on bubble mixture shipped from China (WTF????) than make some like we all used to do.

Although I've personally been given lots of "crafty" stuff I didn't like, I always appreciated the effort and the thought. It never went in the bin.

Plastic tat, on the other hand, has.

Kids get so many toys and then those don't ever get played with. Personally, anything that's an activity rather than a toy, is welcome.

Just an idea, maybe you could throw in a biscuit cutter or wooden rolling pin (50p from ELC if memory serves me right) with your biscuit jars? ONLY do that tho if those families do lots of baking or the kids in question like playdough.

Sheeparefluffy Sun 03-Nov-13 08:45:25

Your idea sounds lovely OP!

Can you link me to your idea please?

dementedma Sun 03-Nov-13 09:55:30

I love getting home made stuff from Dcs or family, but otherwise would be fine wit just a card. I hate the thought of people spending ages on a home made something or other which I would probably just chuck out.
A friend does these bits of felt with stitches all over them which are hideous. I really would rather get nothing than another one of these things.

curlew Sun 03-Nov-13 10:01:07

"I hate the thought of people spending ages on a home made something or other which I would probably just chuck out"

But why would you chuck it out? Unless it's horrible, in which case you deal with it in the same way you would deal with any horrible present. Why is home made different?

Katz Sun 03-Nov-13 10:07:20

Anyone considering the tshirt idea. Matalan do really nice plain white t shirts for around £3.50 for 3. I've used them for dds birthday party instead of party bags.

I love home made presents, I am often touched by the effort people have gone to, especially if I know they are hard up. I am really sad that some people would throw them away.

Coconutty Costa Rica Sun 03-Nov-13 10:30:32

I'm not keen on home made food, but then I could never buy anything home made from a fete or market etc.

I would appreciate the thought though but think if things are very tight would they want you to spend money on them buying ingredients/paints etc? I wouldn't like to think that you've gone without to make me something.

notanyanymore Sun 03-Nov-13 10:32:20

i think they sound like lovely presents, my children would certainly be very pleased.

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