The Fashion For Men – It’s always the season to give a good gift to your boyfriend! There are a lot of great things that you can buy, sure, but gifts are always a bit more special when you make them yourself. You get a chance to pour your heart and soul into something that’ll have your own creative touch. That’s the best way to make someone treasure a gift.
Here are some of the coolest DIY gifts that you could give your man!
1. A Book Clock
Does your man like to read? Or, would you like to drop a not-so-subtle message that maybe he should start reading? What better way to do that then to turn a book into something that he’ll look at multiple times everyday?
There’s quite a simple way that someone can turn a book into a working clock. It’ll only cost you about $10 and won’t take much longer than an hour to make once you’ve got all the components together. They look really impressive, they’re totally functional, and you can still read the book if you want to!
2. A Bottle Glass
Is the man in question a fan of drinking? If that’s the case, you can take one of the old beer bottles (preferably one of the larger ones that holds juts under a liter) into a beer glass. This is a pretty quick project and won’t cost you anything if you’ve already got the equipment around.
All you really need to do is cut the glass (a process that’s actually easier to do than it sounds) and then sand the lip so it can be drunk from. You could make your man a bottle glass out of all of his favourite beers.
3. A Cigar Box Guitar
How much time do you have on your hands? If you’re looking for a bit of a longer project (that will also produce a present that’s going to last for quite a while and could see generations of usage) then you could try to tackle the cigar box guitar. If you have the tools lying around then it’ll only run you about 30 bucks – plus you’ll get to smoke some cigars while you’re at it.
This is a great gift if the guy you’re making the present for plays music or if he’s expressed interest in learning it. It can be a bit daunting to pick up a new instrument, but if you make him one, he’ll probably be a lot more inspired to try.
4. Wooden Bottle Opener
This is a very simple way to put your own personal touch on a tool that your man might use on a daily basis, depending on how often he likes to crack open beers. (It could also be a good way for you to encourage him to stop using his teeth.)
These personal bottle openers are cool because they also catch the lid when you pop it off. It won’t cost you much money – all you really need is some wood and a nail – and you probably have the tools lying around already. By tools, I mean a hammer.
5. Old Timey iPhone Speaker
This is a cool project that takes a bit of finesse and might cost you a few bucks. However, the old timer’s iPhone speaker looks absolutely incredible and sounds great.
If you already have an old radio sitting around, then you’re halfway there. Check with your grandparents or your man’s grandparents and say you have a project you need an old radio for. You’re going to want to get the help of an electrician or an engineer if you don’t have the knowledge to work with circuitry, but you probably know someone who has the skills – just ask around.
6. Homemade Slingshot
Here’s another easy one that can get a lot of use but be careful – making this homemade slingshot might backfire, depending on how mischievous your man is.
All you really need to do is get some rubber tubing that’s flexible. The biggest part of the work is finding a nicely shaped stick, but if you live near the woods or even the beach, then you’ll probably be able to do this pretty easily.
7. A 26-Ounce Soap Dispenser
We’ve already covered an idea that you can make out of your man’s old beer bottles, but what if your man prefers to drink harder alcohol? There’s something you can make for him that utilizes these, as well – and will help encourage his personal hygiene.
The 26-ounce soap dispenser is a great way to turn an empty 26 and a night of forgotten memories into something that can help keep you guys squeaky clean. It’s a quick project and you probably won’t even have to spend more than a dollar.
8. A Wooden Sword
Every dude will love you if you make them a wooden sword. This project gives you a lot of leeway because you can make it as detailed as you want or as shoddy as you want – depending on your skill level, what your man’s interested into, and how funny you want to be.
Fortunately, since they’re made of wood, he’s not going to be able to kill anyone with it. Plus, you’ll be able to hone your woodworking skills – the project’s easy enough that you can start it even if you don’t have any experience carving wood. Maybe you’ll find something that you like!
9. Manly Soap
If your guy doesn’t like to slam 26-ounce bottles of Jack Daniel’s, you can still make him some manly soap. It only takes a couple hours to make a batch of this many soap, but you’ll have to prepare ahead of time because it’ll take a few weeks for them to ‘set.’
On the bright side, it only costs about 75c to make a bar and it’ll be the best smelling, manliest soap that your dude has ever used before.
Annabelle Carter Short is a writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles and writes for Wunderlabel.com When not working, she’s spending time with her family and friends or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle is a craft lover and would like to start online Arts & Crafts business someday. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 9) and Michelle (age 11)