just wanted to see if anyone here has some good ideas for something i could make for a very straight -ahead type of guy , hes not really artsy or whatever, but i wanted to make him something rather than buy it, but it is hard..you cant just make a guy a decrative pillow or candles or whatever. oh also it has to be somewhat easy, i am doing this last minute-ish, LOL.
I think mixed CDs or tapes are great personal gifts and for added fun, I like to do the artwork on the case myself.
A book of coupons, hand-made.
I also like to buy inexpensive frames (2nd hand/thrift stores are good places to look) and cover them with fabric or paint or decoupage and put a photo in it. I think this is a great gift. Does he have a pet? A pic of him and his pet would probably be good.
(Last minute craft gifts are the bane of my existence but I love the thrill!!!)
Two christmases ago I made pyjama bottoms for two of my guy friends, as well as my husband. I went and got some nice flannel stripe and sewed them up -- really fast, easy and cheap ($5-10). They all loved them and my dh petitioned this xmas for another pair, which he got, this time with dancing mooses.
Bath bombs are also easy, though not totally cheap since the citric acid is a bit expensive. I recently made some sandalwood/lavender ones for dh which he really loves.
Some other 'masculine' gift ideas - you can make shaving soap with melt and pour soap base. Really easy, and sandalwood or cedarwood smell fantastic. Put it in a special mug with a shaving brush... Also, I have made aftershave gel (basically aloe gel with vodka and essential oils - I made tangerine). I will share recipes if you're interested.
I made scarves for the guys on my list this year, tubes of stretch velvet with a blanket stich on the ends, in "boy"colours. Taupe, navy blue,etc. to match jackets. I got a surprisingly favourable reaction on the velvet. They all liked that it felt soft but didn't LOOK girly.
For xmas I made my brothers rice bags (you know, those "magic bag" type things for sore muscles). I just bought some really cheap white cotton and sewed it into a rectangle with one end open. I then tie-dyed the fabric in dark colors. I filled it just over half way with rice and sewed the open end. I made sure to include a label explaining what it was with instructions on microwaving (3 min on high). It was popular with all three of them (they used them that night) and I have had requests for more from other male relatives. HTH
I once painted ajr for my DH and then filled it with 365 little things--affirmations of my love for him, silly jokes, far side cartoons, Hershey's kisses, poems, inspirational quotes, those little photos, coupons for massages..things like that. Every day, he got to pull something out. He loved it!
lol, well i am LAME. not ONLY did i post this, and then get so busy that i never came back, but i also just ended up buying him something rather than making it. i just got overloaded. life life life...
i bought him two books : the Darwin Awards, and a Far Side book. he likes the far side, and i think he liked the other book too. anyway, thank you so much for your great ideas, i feel like such a complete turd for not coming back .....i will use these ideas in the future though. PJs sound good, he is such a "typical " guy though, just real "conservative" sorta , it was hard to picture a good craft for him. i was afraid to make anything hed have to wear, seeing how i could easily make it too floofy , hippy, or goofy or something for his taste. but pjs are worn when you are in the privacy of your home, lol, so it wouldnt matter so much!!