I have been quilting for awhile now and, thankfully, almost everyone has been enthusiastic about it. However, because I was getting such positive responses from friends about my quilts I decided to make my mom one for mother's day and I got almost no response from her. I was disapointed but my general mentality about presents, handmade or not, is that "if you don't like it, give it to someone who does". I told my mom that if she doesn't think she'll use the quilt, to give it to someone who will. I made my sister a scarf that she hates, she told me, and I just told her to give it away. I really would rather that someone be using it, even if it's not the person that I intended it for. At least I saved them from having to shop for the person that they gave it to.
The person who is least appreciative of my handmade stuff is my 3 year old daughter. I make her tons of clothes and she never wants to wear them. But I was making her a hoodie a few weeks ago and my two nieces saw it and both requested one. They LOVE theirs and it made my daughter appreciate hers a bit more.. LOL
It's hard because like everyone has said, you put sooo much energy into making something that it is hard not to have a positive response. I also agree that it is fellow crafters that appreciate your craftiness in the first place.