I need some handcrafted gift ideas for men and boys. I've promised myself that I'll make all my gifts this year, using only items I have on hand. I have a good stock of fabrics, yarn, paints, paper, scrapbooking supplies, pinecones, ribbons, and many other goodies. It just seems that all my ideas are geared toward women and girls. What do guys like that can be handcrafted?
All ideas are appreciated. Thank you.
I hope this helps and all the best to you.
I made my husband a calendar, with some groovy pictures of the two of us and things he likes.
A guitar strap is fairly easy to make. (if applicable)
T-shirts hand painted with words and slogans are good.
All the best.
By Julie UK
I asked my husband for ideas. His reply: a big container of homemade chocolate chip cookies. (04/24/2005)
I have that same problem every year.
Homemade boxers are great, cheap and easy to make. You can find a pattern at any craft store. Then check out the $1.00/yard fabric. I always use holiday fabric, (after the holiday, on clearance) its so much more fun.
A big hit this year was homemade salsa from the garden. I found a simple recipe and sealed them in ball jars. They are in high demand for this Xmas.
Happy Holiday Crafting. (04/24/2005)
For boys, anything with their picture on it will make them proud. Also, a pencil holder made from a tin can would do. Men are a little harder; I'd stick with the baked goods. (04/25/2005)
A scarf or stocking cap if they play in the snow, maybe bright orange if they are hunters.
Carmel corn? peanut brittle? (04/25/2005)
Marbles in a jar. For some reason men never outgrow the love of marbles. They have shooters and milk glass, cats eyes, and come on guys help me out here. Place them in a jar (Mason or Mayo jar with a cute top?) and you have an instant hit. (04/25/2005)
Their very own personal sized quilt. Themed just for them, sports, hunting, or fishing. I did this a couple of years ago for my hubby, father and BI, and brother-in-law, they all loved them. I also made one for my uncle when he was very ill. He said every time he wrapped up in it, it was like getting a hug from me. (04/25/2005)
Every year for Valentine's Day, my sister in law makes my brother a big heart shaped chocolate chip cookie. You can decorate it with icing. I'm sure you could also do the same with brownies. (04/30/2005)
I bought a little book at Target and filled it with words that describe my boyfriend with what they mean. Each page holds a different word using lots of fun colors and lettering. (01/15/2007)
A lot of men, especially if you've known them for a long time like the CD's made from homemade pictures of their life that you can play on the TV. (10/16/2007)
A five-gallon bucket with a padded top, pocketed "belt" for holding tackle or tools. That makes a tackle box, ice chest, and seat. (09/28/2008)
My husband loves getting pajama pants, from crazy ones to flannel. They are really easy to make too. (11/22/2008)
Maybe buy a plain mug and paint some words on it such as his name or something and then fill it with homemade treats. (12/07/2008)
Last year I did a more traditional gift. I took a jar and put little strips of paper with all the memories that we had together and gave it to him to read one every day. (02/10/2009)
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