Penlowe, I definitely think there's value in giving constructive criticism to another crafter - I imagine most people are like me and are overly critical of our own items, if it's a first-time project and someone can offer help and tips on how to make it good/reliable/strong/pretty, it can only be good.
mandodeb, since I now know that about her, I'm not letting it hurt my feelings. You're right, a gift voucher to some store where she buys more things she'll never wear will be easier for me!
Knickertwist, you got that right. I'm pleased that MOST people I craft gifts for appreciate the thought and effort that goes into it. I try to pay attention to things they've said as well, so I can try and make something they want.
My sister is more brazen. She says, You made that? I want one! Make one for me! She's getting something special and nostalgic for her birthday next week.