I made presents this year for my MIL, SIL, mother and grandmothers and they all went over really well except for my mother in law of course. I made her these napkins to match some placemats i picked up for her and the napkins have a pocket on the front when you fold them so you can put the silverware in them. they took me forever and she was just like, oh...i've never used cloth napkins before I wonder if all the silverware will fit in here? ugh. what's so hard about saying "thank you for caring enough about me to spend your time creating something for me that comes from the heart"?
On the other hand, my sister in law loved her custom glass coasters. and my mom & grandmothers absolutely loved their homemade snuggies. so i guess all in all pretty positive results.