― Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories
So... Mother's Day is around the corner in the US... should you gift hand-made or not? How can you determine who is worthy of your hand-made items and who is not?
1) Never gift handmade to a new acquaintance. You need to throw out feelers first about how people perceive handmade. You need to know a little about a person and their preferences before gifting your art.
2) Listen in on those conversations that frequently occur around holiday time about gifts that have been received. You will soon discover who around you appreciates their gifts and who has nothing but horror stories to tell. The latter ones will be harder to please.
3) Show off your handmade items and observe the reactions to your work. You can quickly pick up on expressions of sincere appreciation and/or disinterest.
4) It is almost certain that your handmade item will be appreciated if the recipient has either requested the item or has participated in selecting the materials or colors to be used.
5) You should enjoy your crafting. If you find that making a gift feels cumbersome, this generally means that either you are not enthusiastic about the item you are working on or that you are not motivated to make a gift for this particular person.
Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day and lots of happy crafting!