With what is going on in the financial world, people are looking for ways to scrimp. And they will cut back at any corner if they have to if that means a little more security for their families. Thus what is often considered as a tacky thing to do—give handmade gifts— is now just normal. In fact, the practice is even considered to be more practical and wise for a person to do in the face of the economic slump.
But despite the huge advantages that it can give us not to mention the huge savings that it will give to our budget, there are times when
making handmade gifts is not beneficial. Here are some of the reasons why handmade gifts have their disadvantages too.
1. It’s hard to do
If you are not a crafty person or if you do not have an ounce of creativity or artistry in your body, better think twice before you decide to forgo with the shopping and just make your handmade gift. You see, the books may make it as something very easy and in a way it is but sometimes it can take too much time, time that you could have spent on other things such as well, earning extra money!
Doing these gifts may be hard especially if it is your first time to do and you basically have no idea what to do or how to start. Thus, it is important that you make sure that you can do it before you try it out. Otherwise, it will just be a serious waste of time and money because after all you will have to buy first the materials before you can get started.
2. It takes too much time
If you are not used to making your own handmade gifts and you are not artistic at all, it will probably take up a lot of your time. Just imagine, before you can start, you will have to research on the project that you want to do and get instructions on how to start. You have to follow each step and basically go on trial and error before you can come up with a gift decent and presentable enough to give to a special someone. If you do not have the time for this, then just buy that person something in the mall, it will save you a lot of trouble.
3. It can be expensive in the long run
Believe it or not when you don’t watch it, a handmade gift can turn out to be much more expensive than a ready made one. This is
because of the materials that you buy for the project. If you choose quality ones (which you will probably do because it is after all a gift to a special someone) you can end up paying more than what you originally budgeted. There is also the fact that before you create something, you also have to go through some trial and error and that can mean wasted materials.
So before you get into the project make sure that you have canvassed the item that you are going to do in stores and you have set a budget that is lower by half. At least even if you overbudget, which I am sure you will, your handmade gift will still be less expensive than those being sold in department stores.