I was wondering how other Mamas handle holiday gift giving vs personal values. The past few years I've tried to give very practical gifts to the couples in my & dh's family. I enjoy sewing so the types of gifts I've given...embroidered flour sack towels, scarves, little zipper pouches. I really value giving/receiving practical gifts...things that are beautiful and are also useful. We've also given some food gifts....last year dh and I made some of our favorite soups and froze them in containers as gifts. I sometimes get the feeling that the time/thought I put into gifts isn't really appreciated. The gifts I tend to give are somewhat labor intensive as I have more time than money. :) I have some ideas of gifts I could make this year, but I am already having 2nd thoughts. I know it is a lot of work and I don't want to feel like that time went to waste. Most of the people we give to have enough money to buy the things they want/need, so homemade gifts seem more special.
So here's my question...Do you give gifts that are in line with your values.....(handmade, locally purchased, practical...whatever is important to you) or do you just go ahead an buy what you know for sure they would already like?
I'm not trying to convert anyone into having the same values as I do, but at the same time I want to feel good about what I am giving.