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« on: October 16, 2006 06:41:09 PM »

I hate to enforce gender roles, but I'm looking for gifts for men on my list (five of them). They include an uncle and several family friends. This is the "adult" category on my list. (As opposed to my closer (and, for the most part, younger) friends that get toys and other random stuff.)

-Likes/Dislikes; varies. Looking for a an all around gift for several people
-Relation; uncle, family friends
-Occasion; Christmas
-Type; handmade, inexpensive, nice, but quick (I have lots of gifts to make)

Personal considerations:
-Personal Abilities; Knitting, Crochet, basic beading, basic sewing, basic needlepoint, basic decoupage, basic scrapbooking/paper crafts
-Personal Wants; quick enough to make several, possibly use up stash yarn, something useful
-Personal Financial; cheap, $5 or (preferably) less per gift

Basically I'm looking for a counterpart to my women's gifts. I'm making them knitted soap bags (you put a bar of soap in it and scrub with it. Bar of soap and washcloth in one.) The yarn is a little more than $1 for one skein on cotton yarn (which makes two bags), plus I'll buy a nice bar of soap for each one. They take two hours to make.

Thanks for your input.

PS: Last year everyone got hats, scarves, mittens, etc. I'm looking for something a little different.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006 07:04:12 PM »

I'm making towel toppers for all the women in my family as stash busters & thought why not make one for my father's garage out of shop rags. I asked him just to make sure he would use it (he will forget about them by x-mas) and he was like oh yeah that would be really useful.

I'm also knitting slippers for everyone. Just changing the sizes & colors for everyone.

I made soaps last year & made my dads with clay to use in the garage as an abrasive to remove all the grease from working on cars.

Not sure of your family dynamics but we do a lot of gag gifts at x-mas & I plan on making one of the crochet boobie pillows listed here on craftster.
Candles poured into beer mugs w/their fav team etched on the mug.

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Neck pillows
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Belt holder (this is a bigger item but too cute)
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A bag to carry golf tees (AKA a tea bag)

« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2006 05:23:19 PM »

I'm just throwing out ideas that I think could be made, I don't have instructions or anything! Smiley

Wallets or card holders for business cards if they give out a lot of business cards
If they have kids, something nice to display kids photos at work.
If they commute, a lumbar support pillow for the car.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006 05:31:27 PM »

I think these coin rings make cool gifts for guys. I'm making my boyfriend one for his birthday. If you have a bunch of half dollars around (If not, ask family/friends that they aren't intended for), all you need is a bunch of time  Wink

Not every guy is into that sort of thing though, so I'll let you know if I think of anything else!

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2006 08:23:08 PM »

You could do with the knitted soap bags for the men too, just make them more manly!

Or something like knitted hemp washcloths..

« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2006 11:43:47 PM »

yes, manly soap...

or sew some cedar and bay lauryl bundles to keep with their sweaters.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006 04:38:44 PM »

I'm a big fan of clocks, shotglasses, etc., that you can make pretty quickly by starting out with the basic stuff alread there and then personalizing it.  Boxers are another one like this-I'm going to do Days of the Week boxers with Family Guy characters and sayings on them for my boyfriend.  Whatever their hobby is a good place to start-my brother likes chess, so I'm going to recondition and spruce up a chess board; my other brother plays poker and has kids, so I'm giving him a series of poker-inspired picture frames (poker chips and mini-cards around, etc).

I know this is all generic, but this is my go-to list for men.  As long as its at least semi-useful (no knick knacks to sit around) and is in some way personal, Ive found thats pretty successful.  You can even make it semi-general with something football or poker or video game themed-maybe not every guy on your list will be into it, but (also, not to enforce gender stereotyping), many of them probably will.

And when all else fails, just do an iron-on transfer on a shirt, boxers, pajama pants, etc., with a quote from their favorite tv show or movie-or one every one likes (I dont know a man that deep down doesnt want to be Batman or Indiana Jones)   Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2006 10:24:22 PM »

I'm think of making pj pants for most of the guys on my christmas list this year.  hats and fingerless gloves are good if it gets cold where you are (my family is all in So Cal Tongue).

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2006 03:24:46 PM »

if you're chaps are into notebooks, etc. could you maybe make some little notebooks (or swish-up some cheapo notepads?) With plain paper they could use them for whatever they liked- writing, doodling, address books, even a cheap photo album! ^_^ Just a thought...

I've found the vinyl record cover notebook is very popular with the lads... otherwise maybe do the manly soap thing?
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2006 03:27:38 PM »

I would jsut make them the soap things as well, but in darker colors...toss in a bar of irish spring or whatever, and you're good to go Smiley

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