I'm trying to keep Christmas really cheap this year, (sorry everyone!) and I'm hoping to start thinking and working early enough to make some really nice gifts with things I already have. As I've been brainstorming, I realized that I'm not sure which handmade gifts are actually nice to receive and which aren't.
Banana bread is easy and yummy, but it's easy for everyone to make, so does that make it a not-nice gift?
Hot pads are not at all glamorous, but doesn't everyone have grimy hot pads? So maybe they would be a nice gift.
What about those soup or muffin kits in the jars? I always like them and think that they are fun, but I like to make stuff.
Notebooks? I love notebooks, but I'm crazy about lists.
So I'm looking for more input from my neighborhood. Imagine we're standing on the corner waiting for the bus, or watching the kids swing in the park. What would you say makes a nice gift? What's actually NOT nice?