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

FREE: Valentine Matchbox Cover Printables

 

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Photo: Clementine Creative

 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and, thanks to Carmia’s matchbox cover printables, we can combine our mushy sentiments with treats in the most adorable way. All we need to make them is empty matchboxes (you can find them on Amazon), sticky tape, printer paper  and some treats. Carmia offers no less than 12 matchbox covers to print–including a variety of both romantic and platonic sentiments. To download the free printables (PDF) and to read the insructions to make them, visit her website Clementine Creative.  Continue Reading

How To: Make Paper Roses In Minutes!

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Photo: Lexy Ward

I  love working with flowers. Fresh or fake, they just make me happier. While not all of us have a green thumb (I am not declaring I do as I am still struggling to keep my plants alive), paper flowers are the easiest way to enjoy some new blooms and keep them around far longer than a few days. And you can make this version in a matter of minutes! So hunker down with that hot glue gun and let’s get to work.       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

Get it Here: 14 Valentine’s Day Food Deals!

Image: Krispy Kreme

Not everybody is hand-dipping strawberries in chocolate tomorrow for their sweetie-pies. Mine’s not a fan anyway. He’d rather sample PF Chang’s Hot and Spicy Menu for Two. “What’s that,” you ask? It’s a selection of dishes such as things like Flaming Pork Wontons–all for $45 now through the February 15, 2015. PF Chang’s is only one of 14 restaurants on this list  that are offering sweet deals this Valentine’s Day. They include…. Continue Reading

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

10 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Photo: Thistlewood Farms

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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How to: Make Elegant Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Valentine Cookies

created at: 02/11/2013Dipping Oreos in chocolate and decorating them is more crafting than cooking. It’s lots of fun, and the results are amazingly beautiful. Lately, I’ve been dipping a fair share of Oreos, so I thought I’d pass on along a couple of super easy and fast projects just in time to wow your Valentine. The first one is Elegant Oreos; the second is Inside-Out Golden Oreos.   

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