i'm tempted to be sarcastic, but i won't:)<quoted text> Actually, I could buy really nice scented candles for much less than I spend on supplies. But I don't give my time & energy to make gifts for unappreciative people. The people for whom I make gifts are those who know that loving hands making something special for them is a much more thoughtful gift than something that can be purchased at the mall.
When has someone made homemade jelly for you? When has someone made homemade bread for you? I do that on a fairly regular basis for the people I love and care for. It's not quite the same as buying a jar of jelly and a loaf of bread at the store, which I presume is what you'd rather have.
it's very kind of you to make stuff for the people you love.