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post #21 of 48
I just kind of make it up but I would suggest straining the infused vodka putting it in your gift bottles and adding fresh fruit. It will looks so much prettier. I would not do the straining step with the bloody mary vodka. If you do the bloody mary vodka a cute side gift would be some pickled delights for the drink. On a tooth pick like a kabob add mini pickles, pepperchinies, cocktail onion, and olives then place in jar with some pickle juice. These are what makes a bloody mary in Montana!!

I found this link for a better idea than "I just make it up!" I love the peach lavender idea yum!!

http://www.wikihow.com/Infuse-Vodka-With-Flavor
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by mama_mich View Post
I just kind of make it up but I would suggest straining the infused vodka putting it in your gift bottles and adding fresh fruit. It will looks so much prettier. I would not do the straining step with the bloody mary vodka. If you do the bloody mary vodka a cute side gift would be some pickled delights for the drink. On a tooth pick like a kabob add mini pickles, pepperchinies, cocktail onion, and olives then place in jar with some pickle juice. These are what makes a bloody mary in Montana!!

I found this link for a better idea than "I just make it up!" I love the peach lavender idea yum!!

http://www.wikihow.com/Infuse-Vodka-With-Flavor
Cool! Thanks.
post #23 of 48
I was just lurking...thanks for all the gread ideas. I bought the kids some gifts and ran out of money before I got to dh. This is great.
post #24 of 48
I'm doing shaving kits. Handmade shaving soap in a thrifted mug, a boar bristle shaving brush (I bought them in bulk online for less than $3 each); and homemade aftershave. Still need to figure out a container for the aftershave, though.
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by kalkiwendy View Post
Will you vodka makers give us the how-to?

I actually got this last year from someone here at MDC.I just can't remember who.But anyway...here it is...

Start w/ 1/2 gallon vodka and at least 30 large lemons. Ideally the lemons should be organic since they are not treated with wax but regular lemons work too just scrub them very well!

Peel the lemons w/ a vegetable peeler and make sure to remove ALL the white pith. You might need to do that w/ sharp paring knife. Don't skip this part because if you do the limoncello will be very bitter.

Divide the peels between mason jars and cover w/ vodka. You can not have too many peels so err on the side of more vs less.

Store in a cool dark place for at least 6 weeks and up to 12.

After time is up drain vodka thru a fine mesh sieve and discard lemon peels. The vodka should be a gorgeous yellow color!

Make simple syrup (boil 1 part water w/ 2 parts sugar until sugar is fully dissolved.)

The amount of simple syrup is based on personal preference. I prefer my limoncello not too sweet. I use 1 part simple syrup to 4 parts vodka. However traditional limoncello is pretty sweet so if you want that use 2 parts simple syrup to 2 parts vodka.

Again, pour into pretty bottles top w/ wax and tie w/ a ribbon. Clear glass is best to show the color and green wax makes a really nice contrast.

oh- you will have lots of lemons left over. I squeeze the juice and freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen I pop out and store in zip lock bags. Good for adding to recipes when you just need a little. Or drop a cube in hot water and honey whee you have a sore throat.
post #26 of 48
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Originally Posted by woodchick View Post
Do you knit? I've had good luck giving the Irish Hiking Scarf. And it's not a bear to knit.

I just looked at the link...done in brown it doens't look nearly as girly as that lovely blue!

Wow! Thank you so much for recommending this pattern. I really should have been finished for DH but this scarf is just gorgeous. I started on it today and it's time consuming but looks just so great! I'm doing it in a chocolate brown.

Take care,
El
post #27 of 48
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Wow! Thank you so much for recommending this pattern. I really should have been finished for DH but this scarf is just gorgeous. I started on it today and it's time consuming but looks just so great! I'm doing it in a chocolate brown.

Take care,
El
Hey, no problem!
post #28 of 48
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I really need this thread this year. I'm coming up completely blank!

I usually make a homemade bread or cinnamon rolls. Those are popular.
My brother travels to India for work sometimes, but doesn't have an Indian grocery in his town. I went to ours and bought the spices and special items for an Indian meal. He and his wife enjoyed having authentic Indian food.
post #29 of 48
the most loved homemade gift i have ever given was a recliner quilt (oversized lap size) for an uncle. i made it out of scraps of corduroy.

i have also made zipper pouches (like a make-up bag ) and stuffed them with travel size toothbrush/ toothpaste/ body wash, etc.

this year, dp and ds will get matching jammie pants and im gonna make them boxers, too.

and yeah, sweets are always welcomed.
post #30 of 48
Last year we made calendars through vistaprint.com. We used family pictures for each month and included holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, ect.

It was really well received.

This year I was thinking of making DH some lounge pants. I have fleece on hand.
post #31 of 48
My husband has really been wanting some waterproof rifle bags for hunting, a new cover for our boat, a new bag for his decoys (the one I made him split on the bottom... Gotta reinforce that because he drags it!).

While I don't forsee myself making all of these for my husband for the holidays, I *did* google 'outdoor sewing patterns' or something like that and came up with a bunch of nice patterns for outdoorsy sports and outdoor things - including fishing jackets, hiking jackets, covers for lawn mowers and the like. SO that's an idea for the 'outdoorsey' guy, if you have one.
post #32 of 48
Thanks! I do have an outdoorsy guy on my list (well a couple, actually) so this might be helpful!

Take care,
El

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Originally Posted by StormySar View Post
My husband has really been wanting some waterproof rifle bags for hunting, a new cover for our boat, a new bag for his decoys (the one I made him split on the bottom... Gotta reinforce that because he drags it!).

While I don't forsee myself making all of these for my husband for the holidays, I *did* google 'outdoor sewing patterns' or something like that and came up with a bunch of nice patterns for outdoorsy sports and outdoor things - including fishing jackets, hiking jackets, covers for lawn mowers and the like. SO that's an idea for the 'outdoorsey' guy, if you have one.
post #33 of 48
Knitted socks or a hat might work well
post #34 of 48
This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing
post #35 of 48
I made raspberry brandy for my dad this year. Just cover fresh berries with brandy and stir in enough sugar to make it sweet. I let it sit in a jar for about a week, shaking every day or two, then strain and bottle.

If you're in a 4-season climate, an emergency kit for the vehicle is a good idea. In a small duffel bag, include things like candles, emergency blankets, booster cables, a folding shovel, bag of gravel, power bars, etc. I like this gift because it also says "I care about your safety". These sites have more ideas:
http://getprepared.ca/_fl/carkit-eng.pdf
http://www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/200...y_car_kit.html


My bachelor brothers all like the cookie-mix in a jar with clear baking instructions.

Not homemade, but used books or favorite magazines (or subscriptions) are nice for simple gifts. A couple titles I gave to the men in my life last year were Juxtapoz art mag, and Freakonomics (book).
post #36 of 48
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Originally Posted by woodchick View Post
Do you knit? I've had good luck giving the Irish Hiking Scarf. And it's not a bear to knit.

I just looked at the link...done in brown it doens't look nearly as girly as that lovely blue!
I made it in a black and grey yarn. I found some funky silk screened patches and sewed them on the end. They were a hit! They knit up fast too, I made 4 from Dec 1st to Dec 26th all while taking breaks to knit a sweater in between. Oh and I knitted a few hats in that time frame. ***** Caution ***** I did get tendinitis.
post #37 of 48
LOL @ your caution... I totally can tell when I've been knitting too much. (Not that I find tendinitis funny)

I made the IHK too, but it wasn't for anyone on my Christmas list. I intend to make another one for DH for Christmas, it's already started but no where near done. I found it to be a pretty quick knit once you get into the groove, though.

Take care,
El
post #38 of 48
I ended up using some box bag tutorials to make up shaving kits in personalized funny prints. Then I found some shaving soap in manly scents on etsy to put something in the bag. I think they turned out really cute! I want to make another couple for me: one for make-up and one to drag around whatever project I'm working on. I'd link the tutorial, but no one tutorial was easy to understand! The first bag made me use my seam ripper!!! I think I'm going to combine the tutorials and make a new one after Christmas!

The final man gift is sort of a cheat...I'm trading someone on etsy---she's making my husband a manly Harry Potter scarf and hat (:P) and I'm making her son a Daddy doll while his Dad's on deployment. But don't knock swaps!!! We're both getting a good deal out of it!
post #39 of 48
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Originally Posted by 3901sca View Post
The final man gift is sort of a cheat...I'm trading someone on etsy---she's making my husband a manly Harry Potter scarf and hat (:P) and I'm making her son a Daddy doll while his Dad's on deployment. But don't knock swaps!!! We're both getting a good deal out of it!
SWAPS ROCK!!!!

that is how i got this scarf for my hubby. (it turned out great)

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I made the IHK too, but it wasn't for anyone on my Christmas list.
post #40 of 48
i'm knitting sleeves for those to-go coffee cups. i have a lot of coffee drinkers in my life.

with my pattern it took me about 45 minutes from start to finish to complete one.
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