Pretty good for me -- but I only crafted for the crafty part of the family. Lesson well learned from past gift occassions, know thy audience
The crafting side of my family got cotton grocery bags; I made a variation of these: the Singlet Style Shopping Bag
. Mom, G'ma, Uncle & Mom's BF each got two, with specifically chosen fabric. For example, Uncle got red outside w/chili peppers inside. Sounds like they really liked them, which is the bonus. I knew they would appreciate that I made them but at most I was hoping they'd find them useful. Sounds like they were a hit. Yay!
I'm actually not a big Christmas person and have been trying to get the commercial, spend-crazy *cough*greedy
*cough* (sorry, I must've had something in my throat
) side of my family to slow down a bit for years. This year they actually agreed with me... you could'a blown me over with a feather. So with that side we actually gave to charities, exchanged cards, etc. (except still gifts to kid
, I mean one college kid). That allowed me to spend time making some neat cards and writing them individually. This is not especially a craft-appreciative group but since the grocery bags went over well with the other folks, I think this side is getting them for birthdays in 2008. *Crossing fingers* that they like them too.
I agree, it's nice to see some positive responses to our work noted, to balance out that scary (multi-year) thread.