(Closed) Homemade Christmas gifts for men/boys

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m pretty much the least crafty person ever, but I’ve made some Christmas gifts in the past that turned out ok.  Let’s see, have you checked out a craft store like Hobby Lobby?  They often have half-made presents that you can finish; something like a desk/drawer organizer for your dad, a jewelry box for your mom, a no-sew fleece blanket for your brother, DIY Christmas ornaments, or a build your own terrarium kit.  I’ve done all of those, before, and with no crafting experience!

Post # 4
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Honey bee

Xmas ornaments? Buy simple plain bulbs and use paint and glitter to paint names and stick something in side the clear bulb to represent the person?

Can you make jam? Or pre measure ingredients for chocolate chip cookies and put in a jar with instructions

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What about a tin of spiced nuts? there are great modern recipes out there now like Bacon-Sage nuts, etc. that are more interesting than just cinnamon.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, I thought of another one!  One year, I made little scrapbooks for all of my sisters with pictures of us as kids.  The scrapbooks were super cheap at Ross, and then I just made copies of old photos I had at Walgreens.  Easy peasy!

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I was going to suggest pajama bottoms but you don’t sew so that’s out. In that case, I’d suggest baked goods or something edible. Guys aren’t much for knick-knacks, anyway, so that might be the best received.

PP mentioned spiced nuts, you could also do peppermint bark or homemade granola. Flavored cocoa mixes are easy to put together, or just their favorite type of cookie.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I definitely suggest flavored nuts!  I made these for my family last year and they were a huge hit.  You could also look into making truffles, which really aren’t that hard but are very delicious. 

Probably the easiest delicious gift I could think of would be chocolate covered anything.  All you have to do is buy melting chocolate, melt it on low or in the microwave, dunk, dry and you’re done!  You can milk chocolate coat pretzels, dark chocolate coat nuts, and (secret trick!) white chocolate coat microwaved kettle corn.  Sooo delicious and super easy!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with food items! 

My husband hunts, and we process our own meat, which always includes smoked summer sausage. We typically make quite a bit for gifts for the men in our families, along with some cheeses and crackers in a basket. It’s homemade, the men absolutely go crazy for fresh venison summer sausage, and it’s cheap.  I would maybe suggest a basket with spiced nuts, and maybe a few other items (like peanut brittle?) that guys dig. You can always throw in a couple bottles of a local brew or something. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not sure if you’d like this idea but you could make a holiday wreath or a winter wreath out of the floral pieces they have at Michaels (or Hobby Lobby).  I’ve been in a craft kick lately and making wreaths is quick and easy.  Just get the greenery and then pick out whatever flowers, holly, ornaments, etc you want to put on the wreath.  Way fun!  🙂  Haha, but like I said, you may not agree!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

A good one for guys is to make a beer bread mix. Check out Allrecipes.com

Throw it all in a quart size jar and throw a cute label or tag on it to jazz it up. All they guy needs to do is throw it in a pan with his favorite beer! YUM! You could even provide the beer with the gift if you know their fav kind!

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