This year of less has reminded me of childhood hardships and how we didn't know we were poor. Funny kids want what they are told to want. My wise parents restricted tv for the period before Christmas on several years. We certainly survived and I was very pleased with my gifts. We played family games and went on lighted house tours and went to parties and events. Living across from a community center helped to occupy us as well. One of my favorite activites was sewing. I frequently made gifts for family and friends. The value of those items was small to me because it was mostly my time involved, now I understand the value of both the artistry and the time invested in a handmade item. Many books and articles give algebraic formulas for getting $10 an hour out of your work. Doesn't work. You do the work because you love it and because you love it the item has value.That's why prices vary, but we do have costs involved and small markup above that can keep a crafty woman happy.
I take custom orders, however if you want a handmade you must account for time. Crafters likely have a long list,so expect to pay a premium or give a gift certificate to be redeemed after the holiday. I deeply value handmade gifts, perhaps you do too. Remember to support local crafters and expect one of a kind items!