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All year long I have waged a slow but steady campaign to convince you to stop making so many things for other people. It didn’t work did it? You’re sitting there with 18 gifts-to-be that have to be done in time for the holidays, aren’t you? Don’t lie. I can see that pair of little-boy sized socks you are trying to hide behind your back.
Its okay. I’m not mad. I’ll agree to accept you for who you are, a sentimental squish-squish with CGD (compulsive generosity disorder), if you agree to label all your handmade gifts. Make the effort at least to inform your recipients this year that they are getting a one-of-a-kind, handmade-with-love, preciously crafted present. Stop expecting the oafish loved one, that you love so very much, to realize what it takes to make a pair of little-boy sized socks and just freaking tell them.
Tell them in writing. With a label. That is in some way attached to your gift. So they don’t miss it.
I have these custom made embroidered labels to put in my stuff, btw.
I would tell you to get something like this but its too late. These took months to come it and you need some labels NOW.
Some Labels for your Handmade knits and Crochet
(Starting with some freebies and working our way up to my favorite. Please note that most of the freebies are marked as for personal use only, like when gifting to a lovable oaf.)
Actually, here is a link to all the free printables from Craftsy. You might want to bookmark that.
But all of those are the type that you attach with a bit a yarn. It gets cut off. It gets tossed away. It gets forgotten. What you really need it the kind that you sew on/iron on so its there forever.
And my personal favorite. Its brief but it gets the point across.
Try adding one of these to your handmade gifts this year. Add two or three or even all of them. You’re not being pushy or obnoxious or a smart-ass. Okay, well some of these are pretty smart-ass. But no. You are merely pointing out to your oaf that you love them. A lot. Enough to make that gift stitch by stitch.