i was just thinking how weird to have Christmas "over" 2 weeks before Thanksgiving, but essentially it will be for me, since all anyone really wants from me is money/giftcards. Everything I made last year was just set aside and forgotten. I mean, maybe it's homemade and not big and impressive, but I still worked hard on it! Oh well, anyone else feel that way, or is it just my family? Makes me long for March or April or even January. Oh well, maybe I'm just in a mood....this from the woman who won't drive to Walmart to pick up her glasses that are ready or made tea to avoid going down to the car to get the soda I forgot to bring upstairs on Saturday!
I totally feel you - it's extremely disappointing to work hard on something and then have someone not appreciate it. I have a couple of people in my family that enjoy handmade gifts but lots of them who don't. With handmade becoming so much more popular the past couple of years, I actually have some people in my family that finally value something handmade - but only if I buy it, not if I make it!
It's one reason I like swapping - then I get stuff more people will value since I didn't actually make it myself. Although they (well, a couple of them) will actually have the nerve to get their panties in a twist if they think I've spent more time, effort, money, whatever on a handmade gift for someone else or for a swap, even though they don't appreciate when I DO make them something.
I try to remember that people suck and that's not my problem and I'll either make something if I really want to or I will get them whatever else I feel like buying and then just not even mess with it. This year I've been going for about 95% handmade and I'm going to achieve it but you can bet I put much more time and effort into some of onyxnox's gifts than theirs.
While I give you an e-hug, I would also encourage you to tell yourself they they can suck it and then make yourself something wonderful instead.
I get that **ALL** the time from my family. I gave up trying to make them things and I just stick to swaps (much to my husband's dismay). If I do make them anything handmade, its gotta be one of those quick and dirty crafts that look good but if she tosses it to one side, I don't give a rat's bottom. Bad attitude but too many years of being upset has slightly hardened my attitude. But the good news is that I also did what Onyxnox has done and made ornaments for trees. They do hang them up year after year and was funny when a lady bought every single ornament I made last year, my MIL was a bit upset that I hadn't saved her one.