The talented Seth Apter put together a great post about this subject; some people are probably wondering whether they should make something artistic for friends or family.
This year, we’re not really celebrating Christmas due to work schedules and some other (good but time-consuming!) events. I opted to gift a couple close friends with pieces I’d done earlier in the year I know they’d admired. But I was really, really sure they’d like/want them. If I wasn’t, I’d move in another direction.
As they say in training circles- know your audience.