In my experience, the best person to give a handmade item to is someone who enjoys making handmade items herself (or himself, I should quickly add!). These are the folks who know how much work goes into something and can really appreciate it. While I've certainly enjoyed giving handmade gifts, I've been *overjoyed* to receive a few handmade gifts through this years, including this year's Christmas card from my friend ParTea Lady, which was cross-stitched by her husband Don. Isn't his work wonderful!
ParTea Lady (a/k/a Maureen) and I met face-to-face for the first time last year, so I was really blown away when I, a new friend, got one of the cards last year. I will treasure both of these forever!
And just for fun, I also thought I'd show you some more tea-themed Christmas stitchery I received several years ago from a reader here in town. Betty was a super-skilled seamstress who read my columns, knew I enjoyed tea, and came by the office one day with a beautifully stitched tea kettle potholder and ...
... a teacup coaster. I love the whimsical styling on these and, as with my cross-stitched cards, they are handmade gifts I thoroughly treasure!