The ManFlesh and I moved from Portland, Oregon to a very small town near Missoula, Montana last autumn. This year is The ManFlesh's 40th birthday (in May) and "The Dudes" with whom he has celebrated birthdays are all coming out to visit and celebrate. So, I've planned some mountain man gifties as favors which I'm excited about. BUT at least one of them is bringing his lady, so now I need some mountain/western themed gifties for one or more ladies. Usually crafting for women is much easier for me, but this time I'm stuck. Maybe because it's easier to do generic crafting by theme for guys?
Here's the "invitation" that went out to The Dudes (and their ladies):
What I have planned for The Dudes:
~Polar fleece stocking caps with detachable mountain man beards (I thought I'd make these for the ladies, too, since the whole thing is a joke anyway), but I might add a tassel on the ladies'.
~Woodsy scented soap with a wood grain texture
~Belly button lint brushes
~Canteens with faux leather or suede covers with fringe and perhaps embroidered names (possible for ladies?)
~Maybe temporary tattoos from my printer
Considerations for The Ladies:
~I don't know them nearly as well as I know The Dudes and neither does The ManFlesh with whom I am vetting ideas.
~I am concerned about going "typical lady gift" as I myself am not typical in that respect (don't like pink, not into fashion, etc.)
~If there is more than one to make/buy (which I should know in the next couple of weeks), I want them to be pretty much the same (as I am with the guys).
Ideas I have toyed with:
Some kind of faux tooled leather pouch, possibly with western style buckle or turquoise detail
faux bois oilcloth pouch or lunch sack type thing, with some kind of faux leather closure
huckleberry soap or lotion (everything "local" is huckleberry around here)
cedar/pine/something woodsy scented sachets
Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane or other cowgirl something, like perhaps a notebook (I have a Bind-It-All
I can sew and embroider
I have a decent printer and print-on fabric, shrink plastic, labels, etc. I can go to ledger-size with my printer
I have some painting skills (not fine art, but faux finishes, etc.) and supplies
I have dabbled in lots of craft media, handyman stuff, etc.
These people are all foodies and winos, so I don't think most comestibles are appropriate, plus the one for-sure lady guest has some allergies.
IMPORTANT: At least 2 of the other dudes celebrate their birthdays at this time. So, it's not just The ManFlesh's deal, even though he's the only milestone birthday this year.