Handmade gift ideas for men

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Handmade gifts for men create a sentimental token of love and appreciation. These gifts offer a level of customisation that cannot be achieved by a purchased present. Gifts made by hand also save on the budget, making them especially attractive during times of economic difficulty. Personalised, handmade gifts for men fulfil gift-giving needs for any occasion, including birthdays, Father's Day, anniversaries and other holidays.

Gift Basket

A homemade gift basket captures the personality and interests of the recipient. Containers for the gift basket take many forms. In lieu of a traditional basket, container ideas include decorative boxes, tool boxes, tackle boxes, cloth bags or serving bowls. A container that relates to the overall theme of the gift sets the tone and creates a complete look to the gift. The items placed inside the selected container relate to the theme to create the bulk of the gift. Theme ideas for the handmade gift basket include tools, cigars, wine, sports, books, movies, music or other hobbies of the recipient.

Food Gifts

Food offers a simple handmade gift idea for men. Food gifts may include purchased food that is gathered in a decorative manner or foods made at home. The taste preferences of the recipient guide the planning for this handmade gift idea. Homemade candy, cakes, snack mixes and other personal favourites of the male recipient make ideal food gift ideas. Food mixes in a jar, such as cookie or soup mixes, provide a useful gift for men. This homemade gift involves layering the dry ingredients needed for the recipe, with directions to complete the food item attached to the jar. Homemade liqueurs or speciality vinegars offer another customised food gift for men.

Memory Book

Memory books carry a personalised and sentimental spirit. A purchased journal with blank pages offers the basis of a memory book. Notes and pictures added to the pages create the memory book for the recipient. Additional embellishments, such as tickets to a past event or programs from an event, round out the decorative elements of the memory book. As an alternative, a shadow box holding objects related to a special memory provides a gift idea for men. A purchased shadow box from a craft story simplifies this idea. The objects are place inside the shadow box for display and presented to the recipient.


Fabric stores sell fleece in many different patterns, including sports team logos. The bolts of fleece provide the material for an inexpensive and simple homemade blanket for men. Each blanket will need two pieces of fleece, usually a patterned fleece and a solid fleece in a coordinating colour. Each piece of fleece should be about two yards long. The pieces of fleece rest with wrong sides together. A 4 x 4-inch square is cut from each corner of the fleece. Fringes are then cut along all four sides of the fleece. The fringes should be 4 inches deep and about 1 inch wide. The corresponding fringe pieces from each piece of fleece are tied together to make the blanket.


An artist's canvas from a craft store serves as the basis for a handmade gift. A hand-painted canvas results in a highly customised gift option. A strong artistic background isn't required to create an attractive painted picture. The thought behind the customised painting means more than the end result. Paint colours pulled from the recipient's home allow the custom painting to be integrated into his decor with ease.

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