The Handmade Present Dilemma

Shopping centres are my mortal enemy at the best of times.  At Christmas, the enmity ratchets up several hundred notches to the point where I’d rather eat puréed eggplant with a side of smoked cod than enter the damnèd portal of the Temple of Pointless Spending.  You can therefore imagine my delight when I realised I could make Christmas presents and thereby avoid shopping centres entirely.

If you are not one of these crazy people would rather spend hours toiling over handmade presents than facing the Christmas shopping crowds, then you may not know there’s a set of unspoken rules for the whole business. Continue reading