Gifting has always been one of the biggest joys of my life. I truly love everything about it, I love showing someone I care, that I’ve thought of them, that I listen, that I “get them.” I love the element of surprise and the anticipation of the unveiling of the gift. Above all else I love coming up with a completely unique and personal handmade gift specifically for that person.
To me a handmade gift is unmatched by any store bought item, ever. I can recall nearly all of the gifts I’ve made over the years starting with my kindergarten macaroni Christmas ornaments, to a poem surrounded by delicate colored pencil shavings (it was the epitome of art to me as an 8-year-old) to a series of knitted scarves I made post-college. Recently what I’ve found is that the inspiration, thought and effort put behind a personal handmade gift usually generates an amazing item, often I’m told I should make more. When looking over my Etsy shop I realize that every one of my items came from a spontaneous gift idea for someone I care for.
I think it goes to show there is Power in Gifting, the combination of love, excitement and the goal of an exceptionally perfect gift brings something really magical and wonderful to the crafting table.