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« on: October 30, 2005 06:51:16 PM »

So i have decided to do a crafty christmas this year and have most of my gifts planned, but I am stumped when it comes to my father... he is really into hunting, very sentimental and loves handmade gifts and cards, but also very practical. I knit, sew, paint, scrap, etc........ any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2005 06:55:32 PM »

My dad, too. He goes hunting with his buddies almost every year. Maybe you could make him camoflage mittens or a hat. Or maybe, socks...lol. My dad would LUV that.  Smiley Hunting is just my dad's hobby, you would never beable to guess his job...
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2005 07:49:37 PM »

my grandfather uses a hip pouch whe he hunts. its like a large external pocket which is made of camo canvas and is worn attached to his belt with loops. he uses it to keep little odds and ends (flint, knife etc) within reach. maybe you could make him some thing like that  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005 08:43:28 PM »

Okay, this doesn't appeal to everyone, and the supplies aren't readily available, but it was really cool, so I have to share it.  Maybe you or someone else has the resources to do this.

My grandfather made a lamp using four stuffed deer legs.  They formed the base of the lamp, and had a band around them to keep them together.  Then there was the lamp fixture, and a big brown lampshade.  I kept it in my room for a while, partly because I thought it was so cool, and partly because it freaked out my friends ("Uh, that's not from a real deer, is it?").  Then I stored it in the basement for a while because I didn't have room for it (it was kinda big for a lamp), and I'm afraid Mom may have thrown it out.  It really was a cool thing to have out if your family's into hunting.

I hope I didn't disturb too many animal lovers, but it seemed appropriate to the topic.

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2005 10:58:10 PM »

they sell camo yarn.. I would triple knit a hat.  I would also make him some fingerless gloves out if it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2005 04:12:59 AM »

they sell camo yarn.. I would triple knit a hat.  I would also make him some fingerless gloves out if it.

Just to expand on this idea, Sew a felt pocket into the fingerless gloves that goes inside the glove along the inside of the wrist that is big enough to slip in one of those Hot Hands packs. You can get them at most outdoor shops and they are inexpensive, so it works if you are on a budget, and it'll keep your dad toasty warm. Some people stick them in their boots too, to keep their toes warm, so you might want to grab a few extra.  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2005 11:12:32 AM »

you may want to get him a new hunters knife, or knife pouch for an existing one, and decorate the pouch somehow with the picture of a deer. or his gun carrying case (a new one with a buch painted or stenciled on it?).

or, put together a 'guy like' album for his hunting photos. cover it in camo, leather bits, squashed shot casings, or burlap.  put the photos in regular photo pages though, so he can add to it, as I know the guys in my family wouldn't dare keep up a scrap book page for their life.

maybe buy a mirror and etch a stencil of deer horns somehow on it. other ideas are to decorate the leather on teh leather covered thermos's or even the leather covered flasks you can buy at those engraving places.

I would reccomend going to your nearest outdoor/hunting or camping outfitters store, even a gun shop, and look for things you can 'customize' for him. maybe there is some sort of brilliant idea.

then let me know, because I have lots of guys in my family that hunt, and I am always looking for good ideas!


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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2005 12:10:44 PM »

Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. i especially like the scrapbook and fingerless gloves ideas, I think I will be making those. Halfelvenwriter- that lamp sounds so cool, but I wouldn't even know how to begin- though it might be worth it to see my stepmom's reaction ti something like that going into her carefully decorated house. Our family ornaments don't even make it onto her tree so I doubt she would let something like that be on display. I smile just thinking about it though  Grin

« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2005 12:15:07 PM »

In the same line of thinking as the hip pouch, I made my dad and his hunting buddy a muff that attached around his waist.  It's a hip pouch, but it has holes in the side for their hands.  It's basically a big tube with a zipper on top.  Inside the zipper pocket is a smaller velcro pocket for one of those heat pack things.  It hangs into the center of the tube so they can hold the heat pack.

If you're interested, I will alter my directions so they actually work.

« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2005 12:36:33 PM »

Myself as well as my boyfriend and his entire family love to hunt.( Actually just got done cleaning a deer a killed this morning with a bow) For some ideas of stuff you can make I would browse the Cabela's website. Also, something that would be fairly easy to knit would be a baklav(i thinks thats what they are). Those ski mask looking things that just have a slit for the eyes and they pull way down over the neck. OR how about a small camo cushion if he uses a tree stand. Your butt gets rather numb sittin on a hard surface for hours. Also, if hes anything like everyone around here they all have there favorite brand/pattern of camo they prefer to use. My boyfriend and I only use Mossy Oak brand camo.
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