Well, it’s another week in our handmade fits series! And now that you know WHY you should appreciate handmade gifts I thought I’d share with you a few suggestions on how to appreciate those gifts. Ob course, this isn’t a definiteive list, so I would love to hear your suggestions of other ways to show your appreciation in the comments below!
1. Say “thank you”
It seems pretty basic, but it really is the most important thing to remember. A sincere thank you will show that you appreciate the time, thought and effort gone into the gift. Adding a “Oh, this must have taken forever, you’re so clever!” to the end doesn’t hurt either!
2. Use and Display it
Nothing beats going round to a friend’s house and they’ve got something you made on their wall or mantel. Even if you only put it up for a short while, it’s a really simply way of showing the gift maker that the ‘thankyou’ you professed before wasn’t just lip service!
3. Show it off/recommend their talent!
Similar to the above point- you’re over at someone’s place for dinner and you mention to everyone, “Did you see the placemats JoJo made me for my birthday?” if JoJo is there then she’s super embarrassed (in a good way!), and if she’s not then who knows, your appreciation might be passed along the grapevine! I’ve taken to showing a picture or two on facebook or twitter. Just remember to take a photo when you’re using it!
4. Make something for them
People who like making handmade gifts usually like receiving then too so have a go yourself at making something. At the very least you’ll have a new appreciation for the effort they’ve put in!
A big smile when you first receive the gift says it all. You really do like it. Don’t forget to smile!