Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Handmade Gifts for Men

We’re kicking the gift giving season off with a roundup of some of our favorite hand-crafted items for guys! In an effort to encourage “shopping small” this holiday season and supporting our fellow makers, each product featured is handmade by independent Etsy shop artisans. Enjoy!        







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Roundup: 10 Sweet and Simple Handmade Valentine’s Day Card Tutorials

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to think about Valentine’s Day cards. Hand made, of course. These 10 options take the guesswork out of the undertaking. Super clever, super easy, super adorbs, they’re sure to win  a few hearts. 



Fish Bowl Valentine
Photo: Bliss Bloom Blog

1. First we’ll start with the kiddos. For their school mates, it doesn’t get much better than this fishbowl card from Bliss Bloom Blog. And, yes, Bliss Bloom offers a free download for the bowl and text part.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 20+ More Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas


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A bunch of years ago I wrote a roundup of 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Baskets Ideas We Love, and apparently, you love them too, because the article still gets plenty of viewing action. Although we STILL love those ideas, we thought it might be time to expand on the idea. As mentioned in the original post, gift baskets are great to receive, but giving them can be surprisingly expensive. Pick a basket, add a little of this and a little of that, and suddenly you're over budget. Continue Reading

Gift Guide: 14 Seriously Awesome DIY Gifts for Men

Every year, right around the holidays, I go into a (brief) panic about what kind of gift to buy or DIY for my husband, brother, dad, etc. I love making gifts for them whenever I can, but it can be difficult to come up with a super awesome DIY idea that men will actually like / want to use. So, I'm starting the hunt for ideas early this year and am sharing my favorite DIY gifts for men for the holidays.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Last Minute DIY Gifts Perfect For Valentine’s Day

10 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but have no fear my fellow procrastinators – there’s still time to make something fantastic for your loved ones. Keep reading to check out ten of our favorite last minute DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas.   


10 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

1. This decadent chocolate bark is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. Find the recipe here. [Photo: At The Picket Fence]

Buy or DIY? Get this Cupid Candy bark on Etsy for $14    Buy Now

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Gift Guide: 14 Awesome DIY Gifts for Men

We're kicking off holiday gift guides today with some DIY gift ideas for the men in your life. I swear, guys always seem a little bit more tricky to make gifts for, but these homemade gift projects are too cool not to try. So, here are fourteen of my favorite awesome gifts to make for men this holiday season.    

1. DIY Manly Man's Cowl (check out some other options on Etsy)

2. DIY Electric Camp Lantern (here's another cool option)

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Gift Guide: 12 Cool Gifts for Geeks!

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The way I see it, there’s a geek in all of us. Maybe you’re crazy about robots (ahem), photography, coffee, or even your iPhone — and chances are you know someone just as geeky, too. Celebrate their nerdy obsessions with a gift they’ll truly love!      

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1. All-Natural Caffeinated Maple Syrup

2. Camera Lens Mug

3. Nervous System Puzzles

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4. 2013 Robot Calendar Screen Print

5. Ampersand Bottle Opener

6. Wood Camera iPhone Case

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7. Chemistry Shot Glass Set

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Curbly Gift Guide: Gifts for Cooks & Foodies

Curbly 2010 Kitchen Gadgets Gift Guide
Curbly’s motto is “Love Where You Live”, so, naturally, that includes the most important room in the house, the kitchen, and what you do in it, which is COOK! No, we’re not a cooking or food site, but we do our fair share of coverage on that topic (see our Food Fridays section to explore), and I like to think we can offer a different perspective than some of the more hardcore foodie sites.  Continue Reading

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

created at: 11/04/2010

So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, “Dude, you can totally make that.” My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8″ x 11″ piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to decorate the box
  • a pencil
  • the PDF template

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