I am a member of Ravelry, a knit and crochet community of over 4 million members worldwide. One can keep track of their projects, find patterns, join a community forum of like minded folks.
I am seeing a lot of posts about handmade/homemade items given as gifts being unappreciated by others.
Folks, listen up.
First of all, that hand crocheted or hand knitted item took hours to make. Evidently, the person who made it thought you were deserving of their time and skills.
Second, this is SKILLED labor. Try getting your car repaired without paying for the labor. You will be laughed out of there pretty darn quick. And this person felt you were deserving of this skilled labor at no charge.
Third, it is NOT cheap. It seems a lot of folks think others make gifts because it is cheaper than buying them. That is so NOT the case. The yarn for that hand crocheted or hand knitted item cost more than the same, mass produced item found in a local boutique.
Fourth, the item your received is unique. Most likely it is one of a kind and you won’t see a kazillion others like it.
So the next time you receive a handmade/homemade crocheted or knitted gift, ohhhhh and ahhhhh a lot! And treat the gift as a priceless artifact and I guarantee you will remain on the crochet/knit worthy list for a long time.