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 or Father’s Day, but still give something meaningful, check out these DIY gifts for men:
DIY Gift: 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 Gift: 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 Gift: Geek coasters
If your man is a little geeky and loves his comic books, these are a great gift idea.
DIY Gift: tiny tin spice rubs
For the man who loves to cook, how about some DIY spice rubs? My dad would love these.
DIY Gift: Monogramed necktie
DIY Gift: 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.
DIY Gift: 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This tutorial is from 2006, so the pattern is probably out of date.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 Gift: 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 Gift: Beatles Abbey Road art
Every music lover will like some urban DIY art like this. Canvases are always on sale at Michael’s.