Men… can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Still, they are our boyfriends, husbands, brothers, fathers, grandfathers, uncles or children and, since they are so kind with us, we’re somehow obliged to give them a few small treats and gifts from time to time. Well, this is the hard part, but not because it involves money or effort, but because their tastes are much different from ours. Although I’m married for more than 10 years, it’s still difficult to choose a nice gift that he likes too, and this is why I was so determined to solve this problem once and for all. With a small laptop in front of my eyes and a lot of thoughts in my mind, I collected all the tutorials and gift ideas for men that I could find on the web, then I asked my husband to help me select the treasure from the trash. He was in the army, a very adventurous and active person, a true man, I would say, so who else I could ask for help? Would you like to see his preferences? Here is the list he made:
1. How to Make a Leather Cup Jacket He’ll Adore
If he’s a football fan, and most probably he is, then this football-inspired Leather Cup Jacket will definitely be one of his favorite gifts. Pretty useful, and very good-looking, this small gift can be made with some leather scrap (you can cut a piece from an old boot), waxed cord thread and half-pint mason jars (or any other type of glass he likes). As for the tools and the directions, please visit the link below, and you’re going to learn everything it needs to make one by yourself.
2. How to Make a Personalized Road Map Folder – The Old-Fashion GPS
A simple place mat can easily be turned into a spectacular Personalized Road Map Folder, with just a few touches from your skilled hands. In addition to the fabric place mat, you’re also going to need a felt-tip marker, two buttons, a needle, thread, scissors, ribbon, fabric glue, wooden letters and wood glue. With all these and a little help from the tutorial below, your project simply can’t go wrong.
3. DIY Nifty Shoe Shine Box for Him… or His Lady
There’s a saying that shoes say everything about a person on a first meeting, so dirty shoes – negligent person, shiny shoes – neat person. You don’t want you husband to fail at that big job interview that is going to come, do you? Well, you can do something to ensure his success… Make him a Nifty Shoe Shine Box, and you won’t regret it. Besides, if you need it, you can use it too. Would you like to see it in action? Here it is!
4. Easy DIY Concrete Beer Bottle Cap Coasters for a Lifelong Party
Are you sick of cleaning the table over and over again? Make sure this won’t be necessary anymore by making him a nice set of Concrete Beer Bottle Cap Coasters that he’s going to use all the time, because, let’s admit, they are awesome. For making them, you can use this tutorial, but don’t forget to put your bottle caps inside the mold (bottom up) before filling it with concrete. As for the shape, use whatever you like.
5. How to Make a Manly Bedside Lamp with Concrete Base
After such a long party, I think your man need some rest and maybe some reading. This is your chance to impress him (and make him remember you each time he goes to bed ) with your skills. I’m sure he’d be thrilled to see what a beautiful Bedside Lamp you made for him. Although it’s not very easy to make, with a good tutorial things seem way easier, so make sure you check it before you start working.
6. How to Transform a Bicycle Brake Disc into an Awesome Clock
For safety matters, please don’t use the disc from his bike… It may get nasty. Anyway, once you have a nice brake disc, an ordinary clock, two screws and two nuts, you can start working. This great tutorial from Instructables will guide you step by step through the whole process, so follow it carefully.
7. Make Him Feel like a President with a glass of Homemade Honey Ale (White House’s Beer)
I don’t know how good it is, but I’m sure it’s not an ordinary beer… after all, it’s the beer that is served at the White House, and this guys aren’t joking when it comes to quality. Below you’ll find a nice video that teaches you the basics of beer making at the White House and the recipe of a special gift for a special man. Watch the video, click the link, make it, then step back and enjoy the results.
8. Useful DIY Office Organizer from Pringles Boxes
As concluded before, man tend to be a bit more organized than women, and although this Office Organizer can prove useful for anybody regardless of sex, a man will appreciate it more, at its true value. You should start with collecting at least 9 Pringles Boxes, then wrap them into pretty self-adhesive paper (a wood pattern would look nice on a manager’s desk), glue them together, as the image above indicates, and your gift is done.
9. How to Make a Manly Pillow Case out of… one of His Shirts
Ok, maybe he won’t be so happy to find out that you’ve “ruined” one of his favorite shirts, but you can buy a similar one to use it as raw material for this project. For making this pillow case, you’ll need a shirt, a few pins, a sewing needle and some thread. If you have all these, your gift is half done. All you have to do now is to visit the link below and follow the tutorial.
10. Make Him The King… of Duct Tape with DIY Treat Crowns
We all know how useful can be a roll of duct tape for a man, right? He can “build” everything using this magical tape, from an ordinary photo collage to an airplane, so we can say he is the King of Duct Tape. However, a real king without his crown is not so royal, so it’s your duty to make him feel as it should. For the start, you can make these DIY Treat Crowns for him, using the tutorial presented here. After that, it’s up to you.
11. DIY Sofa Caddy for Lazy Men
We have one of these on our sofa, and I can say I’m glad I’ve made it each time I watch TV or hang on the couch. Everything it’s so organized and handy! Besides, it’s pretty easy to make, so you should sew one for your lazy man right now. He’ll love it.
12. How to Make a Personalized Bar Set that will Blow His Mind
It’s nice to enjoy a cold beer after a long day at the office, but it will taste even better if you have your own Personalized Bar Set. When it comes to DIY gifts for men, this bar set is the guarantee of success, considering that it’s quite easy to make, while the impact will be as strong as possible. Take a look at the tutorial below, then come back for more ideas.
13. Create a Leather Lunch Tote from Scratch
Food is important for men, but style is equally important, although they won’t always admit it. No matter how delicious is a meal, it won’t be as enjoyable as one served from a handmade lunch tote that was especially designed to add a touch of elegance to your life. With just a piece of leather from an old jacket and a good tutorial, you can make him a gift that will be to his taste.
14. Make Baseball-Inspired Bookends
Does he prefer baseball rather than football? Don’t worry, there are all sort of gift ideas for all sort of people, and this one is a great one for a baseball fan. Im sure you’re going to hit a home run with this Baseball-Inspired Bookends, but only if you make them as it should. Regarding supplies, you’ll need 2 – 5 x 5″ wood, 4 wood screws (or nails), screw driver (or hammer, if you choose nails), Mod Podge, a baseball ball, plaid folk art paint, tape measure, foam brush, drill, self stick rubber pads and a pencil. As for the rest, the tutorial below will clarify the things for you.
Not even gold or platinum can be as valuable as a personalized gift that was made with all the love in the world especially for you. For making a Carved Leather Bracelet you’re going to need a basic leather cuff, a razor blade (to cut the cuff in half), small detail scissors (to trim the edges), a pen (to write your message), basic linoleum cutting tools (to carve out the letters), basic leather paint (to paint it) and a damp cloth (to wipe the excess of paint). For full instructions (step-by-step) on how to make it, please visit the link below.
Beware, golf lovers, as this may be cause so much visual pleasure that you may forget about the stack of folders that must be sorted by the end of the program! The supplies required for making this Cute Golf-Inspired Pen Holder are: a block of silk flower foam oasis, small square of green felt, larger piece of lighter green felt, black ball point pen, red and white cardstock, scissors, glue, quarter, a small knife, a teaspoon, coffee beans, clothespin, white polymer clay and a little work. Happy crafting!
17. How to Sew a Digital Tablet/Device Sleeve
Men, or at least my husband and my father, are almost obsessed with organizing everything, from sorting pens and pencils in a pencil holder to building large shelves for organizing all kind of stuffs that can be found in a garage. This is why they will love this perfectly compartmentalized sleeve – it has a pocket for everything.
18. How to Make a Survival Kit in an Altoids Tin
Are you anxious because his birthday is approaching fast and you’re still undecided on the gift? Well, I might have an idea to save the day… Make him a Survival Kit. Click the link below, and then you’ll know exactly what it should contain. If there’s any space left in the tin, you can also include a nice DIY Slingshot for hunting. Make sure you don’t forget anything, as that specifically item could save him in a life-threatening situation. Men take these things very seriously.
19. Upcycle a Wooden Coat Hanger into a Useful Belt Organizer
Belts and ties are special accessories in a man’s wardrobe, as they simply can be organized properly with the standard items that can be found in a dresser, like coat hangers, hooks or shelves. Considering that this kind of accessories require special methods of organising, it would be smart from you to make him a gift consisting of a highly useful DIY Belt Organizer. All the supplies required for this project are 8-10 screw hooks and a wooden coat hanger. Now screw your hooks into place, as the image above suggests and your gift is ready for delivery. Beware, as this project may hook you!
20. DIY Grill Kit for your Chef
If he’s always present at grill parties, then this kit it’s exactly what he’d like to receive for his birthday. Your kit should contain a bottle of homemade ketchup, a DIY dry rub, skewers and a basting brush. For a better effect, you can also include in the kit a personalized apron, like this one and a monogrammed camping skewer set, like this one. Now arrange all these on a cutting board, then wrap it in cellophane and tie it with a nice big bow.
21. Spectacular DIY Photo Frames with Mod Podge
Although men say they are as tough as a rock, when it comes to family and nice memories they are just as sentimental as a little baby. Besides, there is no person in this world who won’t be happy to receive a beautiful part of his life framed in a handmade photo frame. If you agree with me, then don’t hesitate, and DIY for him.
22. How to Upcycle an Ordinary Tool Kit into a Creative Gift
Have you ever thought to give him a tool kit, as gift, but without actually buying him tools? This not only that it’s a more creative idea, but it’s also really funny and interesting. For the start, you’re going to need a nice tool container, then, after you’ve decided on the model, it’s time to fill it up with all the “tools”. These should include: a game (pliers), a gift card to a movie theater (saw), his favorite candy (nails), gift card to a restaurant (hammer) and one more gift of your choice (tape measure). Once you have all these, you can click the link below, download and print the personalized tags that are the icing on the cake.
23. Easy DIY Rustic Pencil Holders from Wooden Logs
A small piece of nature on a modern desk can’t do any harm, can it? Since nature make us feel so relaxed and fulfilled, I think the man for whom the gift is designed will enjoy every minute he spends at the office. Besides, not only that this will lift up his mood each time he looks at it, but it is also really easy and cheap to make, not to mention the ecological aspects.
24. Make a Cute Tie Keychain for Him in Less than 5 Minutes
It’s cute, it’s easy, it’s perfect, isn’t it? All you need for this project is an old tie, a key ring (you can reuse one of your key rings), scissors and some glue. As for the instructions, please click the link below, and you’ll find everything you need to know about this easy project.
25. How to Build a Simple Tripod Camping Stool
Does he like to spend time outdoor? If so, then he’ll love your DIY gift. Ideal for camping, fishing or for any other outdoor activity that involves sitting, this awesome Tripod Camping Stool involves only a few affordable materials, such as: three birch hardwood dowels, one brass bolt, one eye-hole bolt, two brass acorn nuts, three brass washers, three brass finishing washers, three brass wood screws, finish and leather or other heavy material for the seat (you can recycle an old jacket for this). All these are easy to find in specialized stores, so this should be a problem. As for the instructions, here they are.
26. Upcycle an Ordinary Notebook into an Extraordinary Leather Journal Book
Men – always busy, always on a hurry. To help a man organize his life, you can buy him an agenda, but this is not so special for a gift, is it? I suggest you to buy a nice notebook, then wrap it in a piece of leather (you can recycle an old jacket for this project), then engrave his name on it and… Voila! It’s ready to pack. Besides, by making this gift for him, you give him the chance to write you more poems. 😉
27. Make a Personalized Car Kit for a SuperMan
Your SuperMan is powerless without his magical kit of “weapons”. Anti-bacterial gel, flashlight, drugs and all those little thinks that prove very useful in a car should be carried in something, so it’s making an organizer for all these enters your duties of SuperMan assistant. Click the link below, and you’ll be assisted through the whole process of making this useful Car Kit.
28. How to Make an Army-Inspired Paracord Lanyard / Keychain
Car keys, house keys, office keys, there are so much keys that a man has to carry that it’s almost impossible to keep his pans on or to avoid loosing them. For solving this problem, you can make him a nice Army-Inspired Paracord Lanyard. Although it seems quite complicated, once you’ve learned to tie a lanyard knot, the rest of the project will seem a piece of cake. The key is in the video below. Watch it, let yourself learned, then click the link, and follow the tutorial carefully.
29. How to Transform a Piece of Beveled Glass into a Pretty Paperweight
Multiple tasks make our days at the office a really nightmare, so a bit of organizing wouldn’t hurt. There are all sort of methods of doing this, but this one is special as it involves handmade items. You can make a nice & useful Peperweight Set out of an old bedside lamp or a useless chandelier. In fact it doesn’t even matter from where you get your raw material as long as it involves pieces of beveled glass. In addition to this, you’re also going to need Mod Podge, spray bottle of water, paint brush, computer print outs with your words or images on them, scraps of gift wrap or scrapbook paper, felt, X-Acto knife and a marking pen.
30. Homemade Shaving Cream Recipes for His Comfort
Many people choose bath and body products sets as gifts for men, which is not a bad idea, but it would be much more personal if these products would be made by yourself. You can start with making a Homemade Shaving Cream by mixing a couple of ingredients that are already in your house. This will be equally useful an enjoyable, not to mention that it will exceed his expectations with much.
31. DIY Simple Fishing-Inspired Lamp for the Fishermen Who Have Everything
When it comes to their hobby, fishermen already have everything they need, from ordinary lures and plugs to high-tech reels and rods, so it’s almost impossible to find something related to their passion that they don’t already have. However, there is at least one solution to your problem. For example, you can upcycle a standard lamp into an amazing DIY Fishing-Inspired Lamp. If you’re curious to see exactly what steps are involved in the process of making one of these, then take a look at the tutorial below, and see for yourself how easy can be to make a memorable gift.
32. Use a Pattern to Make Men’s Flat Cap / Gatsby Hat
Is he a fan of Gatsby’s style in matter of fashion? Then you can’t go wrong with a nice Flat Cap for Men. By clicking the link below, you’ll be able to make one of these in a jiffy, so go for it. You save money, he receive a nice handmade gift, so everyone wins.
33. How to Make Snazzy Golf Club Headcovers for Your Champion
From a man’s point of view, there is a single champion, and that’s him. When a person confirms his theory, then this can only make him feel happy. Although he might not be the Number One in gold, I’m sure for you he is, so make sure you show him this too by making a nice set of Personalized Golf Headcovers just for him. Click the link below, watch the tutorial, download the pattern and you’re ready to start sewing.
34. Make an Unique Quilt out of Old Club T-Shirts
An avid fan of a team has everything that reminds him of that team, from hats and T-shirts to flags and old tickets, but I’m sure this isn’t among his souvenirs. A quilt like the one presented here is impossible to find in a store, as it is completely handmade out of old club T-shirts. If you’d like to make a similar one for one of the men you know, then all you have to do is to visit the site below and follow the tutorial.
35. How to Transform a Piece of Leather into a Showy Wallet
Ok, the tutorial presented here suggests you to use an old cowboy boot to make a wallet, but, let’s admit it, not everyone has a cowboy boot in his house. At least, I don’t. However, we all have a leather jacket or a handbag that make no use anymore, and I think this could be equally good for this project. Now it’s up to you to adapt the information provided by the tutorial below to your needs and materials. After all, a piece of leather is a piece of leather, regardless it comes from a purse or from a cowboy boot.
36. DIY Tassel Bookmark to Mark the Moment
Does he like reading? Then he’ll be happy to see what you’ve made for him. All you need for this project is already in your house, so take a look around and find your supplies. These involve a printer, some glue, a small piece of cardboard (from a cereal box), a tassel and some thread. You can start with downloading a nice pattern for your bookmark, then print your image and glue it on both sides of your piece of cardboard. Now cut off the excess, make a hole in your bookmark and attach the tassel. Here is a great tutorial that will help you make your own tassel, from Matha Stewart.
37. Use a Pattern to Make a Dreamy Baseball Applique Pillow
Since baseball is such a popular sport, there are countless accessories and items with baseball-inspired themes, so it’s not so hard to find something to buy for a baseball fan. However, a gift that comes from the store’s shelves will never be as good as a homemade one, which is why I present this tutorial to you. Here you’ll find not only the full list of supplies and directions on how to make a Dreamy Baseball Applique Pillow, but also a very useful pattern that will make your job as easy as taking a nap.
38. How to Create an Elegant Tie He’ll Wear All The Time
Do you like the tie designs you see above? You can make one of these into your own home, with a bit of help from this tutorial provided by PurlBee. This works for every man, regardless of his age, weight or height. However, if your man is tall and slim, he’d look better with a skinny tie, so it’s up to you to make it for him. ABeautifulMess published a great tutorial on how to make a skinny tie, which will prove very useful for you. Anyway, if these are too sober, and you think he’d like more a personalized tie, Planb.Annaevers can give you a hand with their tutorial on how to make a stamped tie.
39. Easy License Plate Key Hanger
Believe me, if he likes cars or motorcycles, then this is the key of success in terms of gifts. Besides, it’s also really easy to make, involving only a few affordable supplies, such as: a license plate, a piece of pre-cut wood from a local craft store, screwdriver, screws, washers, black & white acrylic paint, weathered wood crackle medium, paint brush and tacky glue. With all these and with the useful directions, which can be found by clicking the link below, your project simply can’t fail.
40. DIY Car-Wash Kit + Car Washing Coupon
It’s not so cool, it’s not so fun, but it ensures a job well-done. Besides, let’s admit, men care more about their car than about a romantic journal, so it’s not such a bad idea to compile a Car-Wash Kit for him. This should include a galvanized bucket, a chamois or diaper cloth, soap, wax, glass cleaner, natural sponges and a squeegee. At the end, make sure you don’t forget to include a coupon for three car washings (yes, this gift involves a little effort, but at least he’ll like it).
In the end, I’d like to thank my husband for the support given and to all of you because you visit my blog so often and in such a great a number (I know it sounds like I have won an Oscar, but my family and my friends are the most precious prize, and I’m feeling even better than winning an Oscar). I hope the above information have been helpful to you, and the men for whom the gifts were intended were more than pleased. If you have any suggestion or thoughts, please use the comment section below to share them with us.