I am sure I am not alone when it comes to gift giving. I stand in front of a store shelf confused, dazed and second guessing my thoughts to determine if the gift is appropriate. For me, either the gift is obvious to choose or I might as well close my eyes and reach for the first thing that is on the shelf.
Choosing the gifts of Christmas for this year’s series has been really tough. In fact, I have chosen only 7 of the 12 gifts so far. I am still searching for the right gifts for the series. I am trying to choose what I would like but also what is also doable on YouTube for teaching.
We have 1000’s of requests on file for video tutorials to be completed. What is definitely true is the fact that we each have a different vision of what Christmas means and appropriate gift giving items. I’m still mentally processing the gift in a 90’s Christmas when I got a plastic reindeer that poops chocolate raisins like a Pez dispenser.
Many years ago I received a gift from a friend. When I opened the gift, I was so disappointed as the gift was meant to be given to me as a symbol of friendship but was a gift that I would never display in my home. I am not a trinket or collectible type of person. I am sure that they had the same mental block when standing in front of a store shelf trying to think what to give because it’s ‘expected’ by social pressure to buy something. Truth be told, having them come over for tea and spend an afternoon with me would have been more appropriate and meaningful.
When making homemade gifts or even buying store bought gifts, you need to be sensitive to the lifestyle of the person who is receiving the gift. Let’s not mistake they also be sensitive to your own creativity as well. A fan on Facebook last week revealed she had made an afghan for a friend. Only to discover the friend had gifted their dog the afghan. Horrified, she found the dog sleeping on it outside on the ground all filthy with holes.
I found this online website, Color Scheme Designer. The trick to making gifts for someone is not to try to match their decor. They have a brown couch, don’t make a brown afghan. Make the afghan an accent colour that goes with brown. This will save you the embarrassment of them opening up the gift and realizing your brown yarn colour afghan doesn’t go with their brown couch as the colours aren’t working well together.
If you have photo shop! Here’s a tip to finding the accent colours without blowing too many brain cells.
- Secretly take a photograph of someone’s home decor.
- On Photo Shop, using the color selector. Choose an object in the photo to get the RGB color code.
- Go to Color Scheme Designer and enter in the code and it will instantly give you all the information to go with the colour.
- Choose from mono colours, accents or even complimentary colours. Play with it.
I grabbed a photo of my latest Christmas Gift and found the RGB code on Photo Shop. I was able to determine what compliments the Hot Pink. To the left is the colours that it determined goes with my selection.
So if I really want to be creative and add more than Grey, White and Hot Pink that I have been doing, I can use the colours I see in the selector. The trick will be to find the yarn to closely match the colours. You may need to play with this or maybe even select a different object in the house to accent to instead.
Have fun with the generator as it may totally awaken the creativity within yourself and allow you to get outside of the traditional ideas of crochet and really create interesting and cool projects!