It’s Too Good To Use?!By Veronica Smith – 45 Comments
Have you ever made a gift and the recipient hasn’t used it? Have you taken offense? I know I have been very upset when something I have made ends up hidden in the cupboard or the guest room that never has guests in it.
I am sure it has happened to some of you – however I hope it hasn’t – giving the perceived unwanted gift. The gift you have slaved over with thought and love and they have no idea what went into it. Gifts that you spend hours on to find they are stuffed in a spare bedroom that is a totally different color when you thought it would be nice in the lounge. Nobody wants to be put on a pedestal but a genuine thanks would be nice don’t you think?
Think again my crocheting friends.
Annoyed and/or deeply hurt you make the decision that you will be hitting the shops for some people this year. I am pretty sure some of my gifts over the years have been unwanted – that’s life. However I had an experience with a person I had given dishcloths to, they seemed to be appreciated so I kept doing them, probably 10 or 12 over time. I must admit I had not visited her home for a long while as we met in a location middle distance to our homes. I was finally there, at her home and I ventured into the kitchen – no dishcloths. Hurt, I came to my senses and thought they might be in the wash – all of them – unlikely, so the next logical step is that they were worn out – not possible in the time frame. So I got brave and asked. That’s when things changed. She opened the cupboard and showed me a very neat pile of dishcloths, all untouched. Apparently they were ‘too good’ to use. I had a similar experience with an afghan that was always in the cupboard, apparently it would get ruined if it was used. Also some cushions I embellished with flowers – apparently they were too good to use in case somebody sat on them.
Please folks, attach a note to your gifts explaining that you made it with love and a requirement of the gift is that they love it to death – literally. That you will make them a new one when the other is thread bare.
So before you get all upset, assume the best.
Were your gifts ever too good to use? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below!