Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

A to Z Challenge: G is for Gift Giving and GIVEAWAY!!!

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Photo credit: bernat… via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

GAs a crafter or artist of any kind, your talents will be sought after whenever anyone needs an artist of your skill set. I have been asked many-a-time at work to be involved in projects—or take them over—if they are of an artistic nature, but that is a post for another time.

What gives me the most fulfillment when it comes to my talents is sharing them with others. Gift giving is an excellent way of doing this.

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Photo credit: symphony of love via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

When a birthday comes up, or the holidays are just around the corner, there have been many years when funds were low and I wasn’t sure how I’d be able to afford buying gifts. I am sure I’m not the only one who’s been in this boat.

During times like these, I thought about the person I was to buy a gift for. What were their likes? Would they appreciate a homemade gift?

I’ve given framed illustrations as gifts, Popsicle stick picture frames with pictures of the recipient’s kids inside, knitted baby blankets, slippers, and crocheted amigurumi (of course). These gifts were received with more appreciation than any store-bought trinket ever would have gotten.

The friends and family I give these handmade gifts to, realize all the hours I put into them. They appreciate the work that goes into making each one.

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

When my friend had her first child years ago, I made him an amigurumi lion (pattern available for free from Demonstrative Bears by Cynthia Sickler on Ravelry). As you can see in the picture to the left, the little lion is still holding up beautifully after four years of enjoyment. After that gift, I made his mom a box jellyfish (pattern courtesy of Edafedd on Etsy).

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

More recently, I decided to make him IlDikko’s pattern on Etsy for Henri le Frog. I have bought many patterns from her shop and they never cease to amaze me in the way they are crafted. Even though I know how to write my own patterns, I still enjoy supporting other artists and buying their patterns as well. No sense in re-inventing the wheel if it has already been done so well by another crochet artist!

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

When my friend’s son received the frog, he immediately started making him jump around, tossing him into the air shouting, “Weeee!” He puts treasures inside the frog’s mouth, since it opens a bit on top. Best of all, he appreciates the gift, and knows I made it just for him.

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Now and again, he’ll still bring out the lion I made when he was born, or the jellyfish that didn’t stay in his mom’s hands long—commandeered as soon as it was brought home. These are the stories I love hearing. The happiness that my art can bring to others. Their gifts cost me practically nothing to make but the responses they get are priceless.

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

As a thank you to my followers, I would like to do another giveaway! I have crocheted one of my own creations that is ready to ship to the winner: a crocheted dog who I like to call Inuki (Japanese origin: Inu means dog. The word is often seen in anime as the name given to a pet dog).

There are many ways to get your name put into the hat for this one. Some of the entries can be done once per day as well, so keep them  coming, and good luck!

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Photo Credit: J.H. Winter
Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

20 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: G is for Gift Giving and GIVEAWAY!!!”

    1. You do have to be selective as to who you give them to. If someone didn’t like one of the blankets you made, that would be crazy! Who doesn’t love a cuddly blanket?

  1. The cute sunflower you gave me still makes me smile. You gave it to me during a very difficult time and it helps remind me that there are many things to smile about and look forward to…including a wonderful friend with a big heart and amazing gift!

    1. Thank you so much, Renee! I’m glad that the sunflower brings you joy each day when you look at it :) It’s the little things in life that have such great importance.

  2. I love giving handmade gifts, with over 30 gifts for Christmas alone I have to (I have a big family that I like to give gifts to). But I do love giving things that I think the person will like. I also buy things on sale so sometimes someone can get both a store bought gift and a home made one.
    I think you Inuki is adorable and I think any child would love an amigurumi toy.

    1. Very true! I usually mix store-bought and handmade gifts for some variety. I hope you enter to win, Inuki! The giveaway goes through the end of the month.

  3. Handmade gifts come from the heart & always carry more meaning and love than any store bought gift. I only wish I had the talent to make personal, handmade gifts. I don’t, but I do try and personalize each gift that I give to someone. Whether it’s a favorite photo put into a store bought frame or a shutrerfly photo book that I spend hours working on. I’ve learned that I end up spending more money than it’s worth when I attempt to make handmade gifts. They just don’t work out for me. Some people just aren’t artistically inclined, but that’s okay. Your gifts are beautiful, by the way and so is your sentiment.

    Melissa Sugar
    http://melissasugarwrites.com

    1. I agree, handmade gifts aren’t always cheaper. It really depends on the materials you need to buy, if you don’t already have them. I would love to receive a Shutterfly photo book from someone! That is the kind of thing that I’m not very good at. We each have our own niches. Thank you for the comment, Melissa!

  4. Your work is beautiful. I don’t crochet but I do many other craft activities. I have given homemade gifts in the past as well and they are extra special. I enjoyed your post.

  5. You’re so right…handmade gifts are the best!!! We LOVE all of our amigurumi and appreciate so much that they were made especially for us! And that little dog is so cute!

    1. Thank you so much, Lori! I really appreciate you including my posts on your blog. End of Day Notes are a great idea for a blog. You are keeping your readers up to date with what you’ve been doing and who you’ve found that interest you. I do my own version of that once per week, on my “What I am Working On” posts. I have found that readers really enjoy seeing the process behind art and creating new things.

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