I'm starting a new topic because it's not quite the same as a normal What to get the boyfriend problem.
I think the boyfriend wishes I made him more crafted gifts. He's a really practical guy, and is firm in his belief he does not need more than one hat and one scarf. Or wallet. He doesn't wear any jewellery. He doesn't wear caps. He's one of those stylish guys who sees no problem with wearing, shorts, dress socks and trainers.
We've been together for over five years, so I've got him loads of stuff for birthdays and Christmas. I'm kind of out of ideas. His birthday is next month, and when I'm not at work, odds are I'm with him. So the only time I'm going to get to craft him anything is on my lunch hour. I crochet, knit a little bit, and hand sew. He loves to read The Economist (we're such an exciting, hip and happening couple), so I thought to do something with this ad:http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/the_economist_on?size=_original
Or at least something like it. You know, smartarse it up a bit and personalise it. Or is that too cheesy?
The issue is, what can I do? I'm thinking of using a piece of red fabric (I've got some red corduroy, I knew it'd come in handy one day) and embroidering this design (my other issue is I've never embroidered before), and turning it into... what? Here are things I'm thinking of:
- Coasters (how romantic -- not);
- Reconstructed file / folder to hold his important documents and perhaps the latest Economist issue (i.e. attaching it to the front of a file, if paint is a better option here I'm in trouble as I don't have an artistic bone in my body);
- Lunch bag for when he gets a job;
- And those are all the ideas I've got.
Edited to add: how about trying to sneakily get a bright red towel and embroidering the ad? How do I hide a knot on a towel?
(He really wants a laptop bag, but he's extremely specific about what he wants and he wants a backpack and I don't have a working sewing machine so that is definitely out. Things I have made on previous occasions - mobile phone cozy, no longer used; back scrubbie, converted into sleep mask, don't ask and no longer used; sock doll; languishing in a box along with other sock dolls at the moment.)