Save Money Monday: DIY gifts for men
December 5, 2011
When I first started this DIY gift series, I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to find many gifts for men. I, for one, have such a hard time buying gifts for men unless I know exactly what they want. I never grew up with brothers, so I feel like I have no idea what boys or men like...
Once I started researching DIY gifts for men, I realized there are tons of great ideas! Things my husband, father, and brother-in-laws might even enjoy. So here are some of the best ideas I found. If you're looking to save some money this Christmas, but still give something meaningful, check out these DIY gifts for men:
DIY monogramed mugs
Most men I know love a good cup of coffee, so a mug is always a good choice. I like the rugged look of these DIY monogramed mugs. I've made hand painted mugs in the past and they are quite easy, fast, and cheap. I like shopping thrift stores for blank mugs – sometimes you can find some cool vintage designs. You can also get them at Ikea for something crazy like $0.59 or at the Dollar Tree for, yes, you guessed it, $1. Use a coupon at Michael's to get the paint for cheap!
DIY knit square tie
This might just be my favorite idea... all it takes is a sweater from the thrift store (probably $3-$5) and a hour or two to construct. The tutorial looks pretty easy, so if you're a novice at sewing, I don't think it would be an issue. I'm pretty sure my husband would love this tie! P.S. I would suggest using a knit stitch if your machine has it; I don't think it's mentioned in the tutorial, but it will help the tie lay flat when worn and not get stretched out while constructing.
DIY Geek coasters
If your man is a little geeky and loves his comic books, these are a great gift idea.
DIY tiny tin spice rubs
For the man who loves to cook, how about some DIY spice rubs? My dad would love these.
DIY Monogramed necktie
DIY car travel kit
If your gift recipient travels or drives a lot, this car kit is a handy and thoughtful gift. You can decide how much to spend on it as you pick and choose what to put inside.
Suede ipod case
This tutorial is from 2006, so the pattern is probably out of date. But if you can manage to swipe your man's ipod for a few minutes (or get the dimensions online), you can easily make your own pattern. You may even be able to find a scrap of suede at the fabric store for cheap, making this a really affordable and practical gift.
DIY hand printed mousepad
These hand printed mousepads are pretty awesome. I know you can get round mousepads from Ikea for only $0.99, so this could be a really affordable gift. Make one for all the men in your life to get the most from your paint supplies.
DIY Beatles Abbey Road art
Every music lover will like some urban DIY art like this. Canvases are always on sale at Michael's.
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