There are many people who ADORE receiving hand-knit or crochet items; but there are just as many who have no appreciation whatever of how much love, work, and time goes into a hand-made item. Share a story of a hand-made gift you gave to someone and how it worked out - good, bad, or ugly!
My very first knitting project was a scarf for my husband. But, I wanted it to be a surprise, and he knew I had taken a knitting class. SO, I actually knit 2 scarves at once. One to work on when DH was home, and his to work on when he wasn't. The other scarf went to a good friend who crochets, and she totally appreciated the effort. My husband was really touched that my first project was really for him, and didn't even mind that it got wrapped up for Christmas with the needles still attached, as I wasn't quite done. I hope to come up with something else to knit for him in the future, since I think my skills are quite improved since then!