H is for Handmade(Just so you know, I'm just considering things that are handmade by family and friends (though come to think of it I can't ever remember getting something handmade from a friend) and not professionally handmade products).
I guess that, once again, this is a phrase that comes up more around this time of year than any other. From cards to toys and almost certainly something to do with family photos, we find ourselves bombarded with the poorly made it's-the-thought-that-counts items. Every parent of a child aged from about 4 to about 10 years old can expect to receive as many as ten different cards made of various foodstuffs, glitter and those cheap calendar things that you stick on to pictures. It is likely that they will receive at least one box made of cardboard and PVA glue which will likely contain a tasteless cake of some sort. Do I envy them? Of course I do. I can't help but feel that the giving of homemade gifts is something which is actually touching and truly worthy of the it's-the-thought-that-counts tag. (That being said there's nothing worse than getting photos of crappy relatives and their smug worthier-than-thou expressions.)