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Topic: Gifts for a Computer Techie and "Wheel of Time" Lover  (Read 1014 times)
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« on: December 06, 2008 03:41:39 PM »

As usual, I am having trouble coming up with handmade gift ideas for my dad.

Here is some information about him:

-recently retired from the military (as in this month) to accept a civilian position in IT (he has been doing IT work with the military for the past few years and he loves it)

-loves to tinker with computers

-likes experimenting with Linux and slagging Microsoft

-enjoys the "Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan and pretty much any fantasy book with dragons

-likes bathroom humour

-loves talking about and showing off his car

-has a bar in his house (and for a number of years, I game him beer steins as gifts)

-has a tendency to not use anything that he is given (or at least, this is my perception)

My Crafting Abilities:

I have very basic, beginner crafting skills. I:

-have a sewing machine and am just learning how to use it. I have so far made coasters, napkins, a tote bag (though I accidentally sewed the handles inside of the lining - I blame the cryptic pattern instructions), and an Artsy Clutch (all from Bend the Rules Sewing).

-enjoy paper crafting and have lots of decorative paper, cardstock, decorative scissors, some punches, ribbon and other embellishments, lots of types of glue, and Mod Podge (which I have never used).

-have access to a computer and photoshop

-have a 1.25" button maker

-have embroidery materials, but have yet to try to embroider

-have knitting materials, but have not finished learning to knit

-have acrylic paint and brushes, but don't know how to paint (though I'm sure that I could manage painting big, solid colours)

-have square and heart-shaped Christmas balls (the kind with the removable cap)

-have lots of styrofoam balls

-have Perler beads and 4 large, square inter-locking pegboards

-am not opposed to picking up more supplies, if needed Smiley
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008 03:48:02 PM »

Being very much a beginner crafter myself- the in home bars cries out to me as the easiest to work with. You can make glass markers with wire and beads- or personalize with DIY (w/computer) Shrinky Dinks & photos...or etch something onto glasses of any kind- maybe even a set. The Dollar Tree has glassware- and you can etch a family crest or monogram- or maybe a stencil of his branch of the military? My Dad left the paratroopers pre-1960, and still goes gaga over anything w/ that insignia,lol.
Best of luck!
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