Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Gifts! Give the Handmade for Men, Women, Kids!

Good for any budget - the only thing you need is a little time. And with it only being December 15th, you've got it. Most are self explanatory… you can find hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and through many blogs…

Beer Lovers would welcome a 6 pack of some exotic flavor, local brew or special ale - and they are hard to wrap. Why not start the laughs first thing with these?



While we're on deer -- have a newborn in the family? Who would not love these little footprints- including Mom giving it to Dad or Dad giving it to Mom?


But back to libations - this is easy but will be oh so welcome. I could see you doing it with coffee too -  freshly ground coffee would need to be in a ziplock in a glass coffee cup, with Marshmallows or vanilla powder in a smaller ziplock on top with the key ingredient - Baileys or Irishon the side! 



The DIY Mommy came up with this great looking gift idea - a twist on the old gift basket:


Why give him socks in a box when you can sock it to him with a foot care basket - complete with a coupon for a foot massage by you (or if it's not your thing, learn it - but worst case, get him a GC from a local masseuse). Add slippers, pedicure stuff, foot powders, gel inserts, socks for whatever sport he plays etc...  Idea from Darlingdoodledesigns.com



Love this idea - cubicle snack bottles for him. From I Am Momma- Hear Me Roar.
Works great for grandkids pics or to give to the Godparents in your kids lives.



Fantastic!! For those of you who are NOT knitters, like me, I think we could do this. You can make this chunky cozy blanket in 45 minutes they say. Find the directions on SimplyMaggie.com


And if you'd rather make this scarf (and pick something with color - or black while you're at it - this tan color was to best show the patterns I bet) here's a YouTube Video that tells you how to do it in 30 mn. 


If you met online and live in two different places, are in the service, have jobs in different cities or have a long distance relationship for any reason - can go for kids, parents, etc -- this is a sweet and easy thing to do that will mean a lot:  Find on InBetweenLaundry.com 


Hens and Honey has a recipe for making dreamy Body Butter: 


Or how about this peppermint scented trio - sugar scrub, whipped lotion and foot soak. 
Find directions on Popsugar.com



These sugar scrubs make it seem like you have brand new hands - after using them they'll be so soft, smooth and fragrant. Before you know it, you'll be making vats for yourself and using it on face and body too. But first - making it for a gift! Found on U-createcrafts.com



Fun to make with the kids - and Grandparents will treasure these for years to come: 



Make these no-slip socks for kids or grandma! Idea from AllParenting.com:



For those of you who can sew, make a cute sock monkey easily. Get all the directions on Neatologie.com. Delightful in this yellow and gray, but wonderful in any color combo!


How about this cool idea? Find the instructions on Firefliesandmudpies.com. You could of course make these into anything theme, from Frozen to Hogwarts to princess-y to Transformers.



Make your own texting gloves - and though these are for kids, you can of course modify for adults. 

For those who CAN knit - here's a great idea that they will actually USE: Coffee Cozies. Make in gorgeous navy, forest green, taupe, or black and charcoal gray for men, with other symbols or none at all. Give in pairs to a new couple or Grandparents. Give with hot cocoa or coffee if you like.


And while we all have made cocoa giveaways (great to bring to pass around at the office, or for party grab bag gifts too) these are a really creative way to do it. Love that these include shortbread or wafer cookies to eat with them in the little vials. Great presentation! Find instructions on Hoosierhomemade.com



How about Gumdrop fudge - colorful and different, like little presents lodged in snow cubes. Recipe from LifeWithTheCrustOff.com.


Make candy sleighs and stuff their stockings with them! So clever and so easy! And you can make out of lindor candies, Spearmint gum, tic tacs for grown ups who may have less of a sweet tooth (but mine would be all Reeces and 100,000 bar minis). Self explanatory, but found on cutediyprojects.com:


Great for Scrabble lovers - and they are many - or just to use the pieces to say a clever I love you:


MMMM  - Make them Rosemary Tomato Pesto with this recipe from NiftyThriftyThings.com


And I may try this one from TheCountryChicCottage.com



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