There’s Nothing Like a Handmade Gift From a Loved One!
♥ There are so many reasons to give or buy a handmade gift!
Choosing the right gift for your loved one can be difficult, particularly when you’re shopping for somebody who seems to have absolutely everything already! The last thing you probably want to do is spend money on a gift that’s going to sit on a shelf, unused, or a trinket your loved one will look at once in a while but which otherwise serves no purpose.
This can be particularly tough. So if you’re looking for something special and unique but one of a kind, then you might want to think about giving a handmade gift instead of purchasing something from the high street store.
The purpose of giving handmade gifts is to give something personal and individual to the person receiving the gift. You might not save money, but you’ll give a particularly meaningful gift.
♥ They Are One of a Kind;
Any handmade gift makes it one of a kind. No, two creations will ever be the same as one another and this gives each piece special meaning. Each Crystal and its colours will be unique:
Jewellery making (of all kinds) lends itself most to individuality because of variations in the different materials. On the other hand, these are also the most expensive crafts to give as gifts and generally take the most time to produce.
♥ They Are Personal;
If you’ve ever had to look everywhere for the perfect gift for a picky person, you’ll understand the significance of a handmade gift is personal for the person who will be receiving it.
Anyone who has ever looked everywhere for the perfect gift in the right colour will understand what it is to give a gift that has been personalized specifically for the person who will be receiving it. Because you can measure or choose your colours, you won’t have to worry about it being the wrong colour, the wrong size, or anything else. You can make all of these decisions for the person who will be getting the gift and because it’s so personalized, it will be perfect!
♥ They Are Crafted With Love;
A gift should show the person receiving it that the giver has thought about them and that the giver knows them well enough to find something that suits their personality perfectly. In short, a gift is an expression of love from one person to another (platonic, friendly or romantic love). When you choose to give a handmade gift to somebody important to you, you’re sending them the message that they were worth the time that you spent in purchasing that handmade gift. Your gift is infused with the love of the hands that made it for the person who will receive it.
Very few gifts feel as nice as receiving something that you know someone has put time into creating specifically for you. This introduces an incredible “love factor” to these amazing gifts. Ask anyone who’s ever had a handmade gift made specifically for them.
Handmade items may cost a little more… here’s why you should buy them anyway.
♥ Handmade products are made with love, care, and attention.
Handmade business owners put a lot of work into their products. Always paying close attention to the little details because they want their customers to love their products. When you buy a handmade product, you can rest assured that the maker put their best foot forward because they are passionate about what they do. You will be receiving a high-quality Jewellery product that was made with customer satisfaction in mind. Human beings put a lot more care into what they make than machines do, and this care is shown in the product you receive.
One way to think of it is this: When you buy from a retail store, the product will have gone through multiple steps before it reaches you. The parts are made in a factory, and then shipped to another factory where they are put together, and then they are distributed to a big branch of a company, and then to a smaller branch, then put on a shelf. A handmade product is made by a human being and then bought by another human being, that connection is priceless.
Because there are fewer steps in the process, the maker of the product has an easier time visualizing their customer and therefore keeps the customer in mind more so.
♥ So – What are you paying for when you buy handmade – and why is it more expensive?
♥ It’s Handmade. If you think about how machines work, handmade is the opposite. Handmade takes time and care and not as many products can be made. Along the way, every single step is scrutinized to make sure the product is perfect – taking even more time but resulting in a quality product. Hardly any craftspeople charge for all the time they take to make a product, by the way – the price would be sky-high. This leads us to…
♥ The Craftsperson does EVERYTHING. Most of the processes involved in making the product are done by the maker – not just the design, but the selection of the materials, the working out of how to make the materials go together, assembling the product, photographing the product, marketing the product, Website designer, designing the packaging and posting, delivering or activity selling the product…even the accounting! This is often done around caring for a home or maybe even another “real” job. Again, most craftspeople don’t charge for all of this time and care, but it can’t be denied that they put time, energy, heart and soul into every piece they sell.
♥ Materials are expensive. Most craftspeople try to find the best quality, most beautiful materials – which they can usually only buy in small quantities because they don’t have the budget or the space to buy in bulk. This makes the materials more expensive for them than for High Street chains who can buy cheap manufactured components in bulk.
♥ The craftsperson is an expert in their field. No matter how many years the craftsperson has been practising the craft, chances are they know more than the customer. Often they have completed degrees, or years of classes and workshops to learn their craft. Almost always they have invented a style or technique themselves.
♥ And finally…The product is unique. The materials, the way they’re put together, the little additions, and flourishes – each item is a one-off. Often the product is bespoke. Bits and pieces can be tweaked. That necklace can be made exactly the right length….it can even be made to match that outfit you’re wearing to the party next week. Bottom line – it’s NOT exactly like the one in the High Street shop. It isn’t exactly like any other product around.
A handmade product is more expensive because you’re buying a unique item, made by hand by an expert in their field of the best materials. Included in the making of the product is time, energy, hours of work and – most importantly, heart-based with love.
Whether handmade is too expensive is a matter of opinion, I suppose – but then again…you get what you pay for, Great Quality.