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Topic: starting on handmade Xmas--but what to make MEN!?  (Read 4490 times)
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« on: June 04, 2007 09:53:17 PM »

I've got a billion ideas for gifts for women, but when it comes to men, I'm totally stumped!  The men in my family are very "manly" and impossible to buy for, much less craft for.  Some hobbies include: working on cars, firearms, hunting, woodworking, personal fitness, movie watching.....

So give me any and all ideas for Xmas gifts!
  FYI:  I can knit & sew and have done many types of crafts, so I feel comfortable in many areas.
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007 09:55:44 PM »

check out http://thegatorproject.org/.. guys love them and they are super cheap to make. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2007 10:28:28 PM »

Those gators are a great idea. Something else, I have been told, that is great for hunting for hunting that my guy wants is:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html
They can use their bow/guns for hunting in the cold.. you can also just make fingerless gloves, but the BF says these are far superior to keep your fingers that are not in use toasty.

Good luck! I will refer back to this thread as I have a few guys on my list who I have no idea gift-wise!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007 03:24:18 AM »

Marshmallow guns are always a hit around here. But when in doubt - socks. Nothing beats a "manly" pair of plain, sturdy hand knit socks in greens and greys. Except, of course, a not so plain pair of sturdy hand knit socks in black.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007 01:20:15 PM »

These are all great, thanks!

let's keep 'em coming because surely I'm not the only craftster who has problems with making male gifts!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2007 08:15:51 PM »

This is tough.

You could do hot/cold packs for those of them who have aches and pains.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 01:18:42 AM »

Marshmallow guns are always a hit around here.

How do you make those? Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2007 05:45:11 AM »

You could also buy "manly" colored plain Ts when they go on sale and stencil on funny things --
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2007 02:14:19 PM »

The hot cold packs can be done with rice or field corn - I've found patterns all over the internet, but I think there are also several posts on craftster. The biggest problem is remembering to put them back into the freezer!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2007 06:06:25 PM »

I've had a really fabulous response to my rainbow-striped PJ pants from both women AND men - I had one guy make such a fuss of them this week that I said I'd make him a pair for his birthday.



You could use funky flannel for a winter pair, and cotton for summer. I make mine drawstring-waist, so the hip measurement doesn't have to be accurate, and because they're so wide-legged and baggy, so long as the length is "about right" they're perfectly fine and comfy to wear. Smiley
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