a few weekends ago i had the distinct pleasure of staying with a couple of friends for a weekend while in town for a bridal shower; i mailed off some tokens last week of my appreciation for their generosity and a thanks for being such gracious hosts.
it's a small gesture, but i like to think that handmade gifts carry with them that much more heft. indeed the thought does count, even with a ready made gift, but it's different with handmade. to receive is to receive both thought and labor. gifts made for friends are just that - labors of love, of friendship.