Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2017

Just about every year I make a lists of gifts to get the man in your life for Valentine’s Day. Why not one for her too? Sometimes I do, but I usually stick to the boyfriend gifts because it’s harder to buy for him. (AND we don’t appreciate men very much during this holiday. We should work on that.) Guys don’t give you hints and they don’t care where you go to eat as long as there isn’t a crazy wait. Most of the time. They just want to get Valentine’s Day over with.

With that in mind, I always try to come up with some creative gift or experience ideas to improve the outlook of the holiday. That means no cuff links, monogramed junk or lovey dovey quotes. I’m going to take a creative or practical approach to gift recommendations. Which also means the prices aren’t going to be astronomical. Let’s be realistic. You can say I love you (or I like you) without blowing your paycheck.

There are also some DIY ideas in the bottom half if you don’t want to go out and buy something.

Gifts to Buy

Stainless steel travel mug gift

OuterEQ Travel Mug – $19.99 with Prime

I know, we’re starting out super practical on this one. But seriously, stainless steel mugs with temperature retention are amazing. I have one (not this brand) for coffee and it keeps it hot for 4 hours and water cold for 8. So when I get called to a last-minute meeting and forget my coffee at my desk, it’s still nice and toasty when I get back. Traveling with these is awesome too. I’d recommend this mug to anyone as a gift. Bonus points for it be eligible for Amazon Prime.

 

leather knotted bracelet gift

Leather knotted bracelet – $11.90 with Prime

Disclosure: I’ve never seen this bracelet on someone in person. BUT I’d love to. The design is simple, yet elegant, in a way. It looks like it could either be dressed up or down. They’ve also listened to their customer’s feedback and made improvements recently. Can’t complain about that.

 

This gift by ADADesigns3 on Etsy is pretty neat. You can get the growler customized to the state you live in. They will even send you a proof before they make it to ensure you like the way it looks. Some states might look a little strange, but if you’re located in a spacious one, I say get on this!

 

This one, from alkohaulers on Etsy, is pretty exciting! An insulated growler carrier that attaches to your bike. The perfect gift for the adventurer! Don’t limit yourself to beer though. He could carry water, soda, or whatever other beverage he fancies.

 

Coffee painting gift

Coffee Painting – $20.99

Artwork on the Run on Etsy sells awesome coffee art. If the man in your life enjoys coffee, art or coffee shops, he’ll love this stuff. I bought this painting at a craft show last year and I really enjoy it.

 

Gifts to DIY

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It doesn’t have to be pink, obviously, but these DIY travel carriers are so easy to make and I’ve taken mine with me every time I’ve traveled since I made it about 4 years ago (it’s probably time for an update). Go to the Dollar Store, buy a wash cloth and ribbon, flip up the bottom and sew each compartment. It’s cake.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

Another really easy DIY gift is these beer cap magnets. You could do it with glass soda bottle caps too. Or whatever he drinks. Super glue a magnet to the back and stick it on his fridge. If he has a beer fridge, that works even better.

 

DIY photo magnets

Speaking of magnets, borrow some pictures from his Instagram and make these cute photo magnets. All you have to do is cut the images to size and glue them to the back of these glass tiles along with a magnet.

 

DIY manly beard oil

This homemade beard oil is pretty awesome, so I’ve been told. I made it for my husband a few years ago because he said he would get dry skin under his beard. It worked really well and he still uses it. His friends have even started asking for it.

More Gift Ideas

Here’s a list of my previous Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him:

 

I’d love to hear your ideas for gifts or date nights! Leave them in the comments!

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him 2014

I’ve always hated buying people gift cards. It’s not that dislike receiving them, but it’s like saying I really have no idea what you like so here’s a gift card. If that person is important enough for you to buy something for, then you should have an idea of what they enjoy. Soooo I’m here to help you out.

I’m a big fan of Etsy so you’ll see a lot of ideas from that site. If you haven’t been on it yet, I highly recommend it. Products are a little more expensive, but they’re worth it and you’re supporting small businesses. You’ll also get a gift from there that is much more unique than you’ll find in stores.

Here’s my 2014 list of gift ideas for him. Let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comments. You’ll be helping a lot, trust me!

Ohhh, and if you’re looking for ideas for the lady, check out gift ideas for her, too!

***Click the images for links to the product.

Shop: RockyMountainWood

6-pack wooden beer carrier

6-pack wooden beer carrier- $39.99

I got my boyfriend one of these wooden beer carriers for Christmas this year and gave it to him early. He makes his own beer, so he’s constantly taking it along to events and parties. But transporting it in those flimsy cardboard carriers just wasn’t working out. This has served him well. I would highly recommend it.

Shop: signaturetshirts

Funny beard t-shirt

Funny beard t-shirt- $14.95

If you have a male friend who has pride in his beard, he might appreciate this funny t-shirt. “With great beard comes great responsibly.” At least it’s entertaining.

Shop: TheBestManGifts

Travel cigar case and humidor

Travel cigar case and humidor- about $49.95 (depends on purchase choices).

If the guy you’re buying for smokes cigars, you might want to consider getting him a travel humidor. Humidors keep cigars fresh until you’re ready to smoke them. Humidors you can travel with are a double thumbs up! Make sure you know what kind of cigars he prefers before you buy it, though. This case is relatively small and holds 3 Cigars of 48 Ring Gauge and 6.5 inch length. Some guys prefer the big cigars of 60 ring gauge and 7 inches. Take a look around at this shop while your at it. It’s called The Best Man Gifts so your likely to find something he likes if you didn’t find something here.

Shop: undulatingcontours

Wooden phone dock

Wooden phone dock- $36.00

I love this thing. I made my own device charging station a few weeks ago because I felt like all of my cords were disorganized and tangled. This might be an alternative. Especially if he lives alone and isn’t sharing chargers with anyone else. He can put his wallet, phone, watch and other essentials on it before he goes to bed. Very nice and elegant looking.

Shop: RCPersonalizedGifts

Personalized men's watch box

Personalized men’s watch box- $44.24

I know quite a few men with a watch obsession and I’m sure that all of them would appreciate a place to store all of their precious watches. What guy could argue with black leather and a monogramed glass top?

Shop: JooJoobs

Treasure chest wallet

Treasure chest wallet- $39.00

If he’s on the lookout for a wallet, Etsy is the place to go, and this little shop has some of the best one’s I’ve seen. very unique styles and good quality products.

From Amazon

Electric wine bottle open

Electric wine bottle open- $24.99

I know this isn’t a necessity by any means, and it’s really not that hard to get the cork out of the wine bottle, but have you ever seen this thing in action? It’s pretty cool to watch, especially through the clear bottom. If he likes wine, he might enjoy this gift.

12 gauge coaster set

12 gauge coaster set- $27.47

How much more manly can a coaster get? They’re designed to look like the bottom of a 12 gauge shotgun shell and come in a flattering holder. Perfect for the man cave.

AeroPress coffee (and espresso) maker

AeroPress coffee (and espresso) maker- $25.32

My boyfriend bought me of these for Christmas and it makes the best coffee I’ve ever tasted: very smooth and not bitter at all. It takes longer to make than the average pot of coffee, but the wait is totally worth it. If he’s a coffee addict, or even a coffee snob, he WILL love this.

If you want more ideas for him, check out the ongoing list I have on my blog (some are for birthdays or Valentine’s Day, but are still worth checking out) or you can take a look at my Treasury List on Etsy. This is where many of these ideas came from.

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her 2014

Every year, my family and I make a Christmas Wish List on Amazon so that we can actually buy each other gifts that we want rather than guessing. I’m all about it, but I know that some people enjoy buying what they think their parents or significant other would like.

For those of you who are looking for Christmas gift ideas, I like to help you out. Over the past few months I’ve been compiling gifts ideas into a wish list on Etsy so that I can share them with you here. Whether you’re looking for gifts for that lovely lady in your life, your best (girl) friend or your wife or girlfriend, you’re in a good place.

All of these gift ideas are from Etsy. If you haven’t been on Etsy, I highly recommend it. It’s a online marketplace for artisans to sell their work. A lot of these are very small local businesses just trying to make it. In my experience, they make great work, are very responsive and happy to help if you have a problem. I love shopping there because the items are so unique.

Shop: MangoJewels

initial necklace- $28.00

Customized initial necklace- $28.00

I love these customized necklaces! They can be made with gold or silver plates (or both) and you can add as many as you want. Not bad for $28, right?

Shop: VillaSorgenfrei

dandelion seed glass necklace

dandelion seed glass necklace- $24.90

This is one of my favorites. This necklace is filled with dried dandelion seeds. It’s perfect for any girl with a wild spirit.

Shop: freestickersdecal

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover

Galaxy Mac keyboard cover- #12.99

Do you have a Mac lover in your life? This galaxy-inspired keyboard cover is just the thing to spice up her computer. The dark blue to light pink/orange color is lovely.

Shop: infusion

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer

Wrap and snap leather cord organizer- $24.00

Does she carry her headphones around everywhere? This cord organizer holds headphones in place with a snap and go design. Trendy and functional.

Shop: UnaBiologicals

lip balm

Organic Peppermint Lip Balm- $3.50

Honestly, this is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I LOVE Una products. I know you’re thinking why would I spend $3.50 on lip balm? Because it’s organic and is the best lip balm she’s ever going to put on her lips! You can buy 3 for 10 if you’d rather buy a few. The peppermint is my fav.

Shop: BZRshop

Ombré tights

Ombré tights- $40.00

I know, $40.00 is a lot to spend on stockings, but these are so cute and if she likes fun clothing, she’s going to love them! You can get brighter colors or darker colors. And if this shop has any uneven spots (usually on the top half of the stockings (so you wouldn’t be able to see the uneven spots), you can get them for around $15.00.

Shop: maddiekayhandbags

Clutch purse

Clutch purse- $22.00

Every girl I know carries a purse and many of them carry a purse that could fit a toddler in it. Encouraging her to downsize to a cute clutch purse will save her back, and probably her sanity.

If you want to see more gift ideas from Etsy, check out my Gifts For Her list.

Have you gotten anything for a girl that she absolutely loved? Or maybe, as a girl, you’ve received a great gift. Leave it in the comments if you  have any other ideas. I’d love to hear them!

Check back in about a week, I plan to do a gift idea post for guys as well!

Father’s Day Gifts 2014

Buying a gift for Father’s Day can be difficult, especially if Dad doesn’t have many hobbies. I’ve run into this problem many many times so, I compiled a bunch of ideas that could work for just about any guy with or without hobbies.

I have put together ideas in the past as well, so if you didn’t find anything good in this post, you might find the older ones helpful:

Gifts for him

These are both Valentine’s Day gifts but are still applicable:

More gift ideas

Even more gift ideas

wooden wallet

Slim & Light (Red X Walnut) Armoury M wallet via Ingenious Bros

bottle opener keychain

Bottle opener keychain by TomisTreasures

Father's Day cup

Father’s Day cup by MorningSunshineShop

engraved 50 caliber bullet

Engraved 50 caliber bullet by BottleBreacher

 Some of my DIY gifts that are perfect for Father’s Day

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

Its about that time again! Christmas is about a month away and people are starting to look for gifts to buy for friends and family. Like many of you, I like to save money, so I use my crafty ability to make gifts when I can.

I’ve gone through my list of DIYs in the past two years and have compiled my favorite tutorials for some great gift ideas for the holidays. Let me know what you think!

DIY Gift Card Holder

DIY Gift Card HolderHow many gift cards do you buy around the holidays? I buy quite a few. And the designs are usually pretty wretched, so I made my own.

DIY Purse From A Scarf

DIY Knotty Purse

If you have a friend who likes scarves, this is a great gift. Find a scarf that is square, with a cute pattern. Add a gift tag with a link to my tutorial (or just show her how to make the purse) and she will thank you. 2 gifts in 1!

DIY Bookmarks

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I love these bookmarks. It is one of my favorite tutorials as well. All you need are some paper clips, patterned paper or fabric and some diamond glaze. Oh, and a few hours of waiting time.

DIY Coasters

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I know this is a common DIY gift on many craft blogs, but it is always a good one. Believe me, you can make better coasters than you will find anywhere else.

wedding gift photo coasters

You can also make photo coasters for a more sentimental gift. If you know a couple who have just gotten married, or just had a baby, and you can get ahold of those pictures, these are awesome gifts!

DIY Glitter Pendant

DIY Glitter Pendant via Make Something Mondays

This is a quick and easy DIY craft. It is a great last-minute gift as well.

DIY Missing Sock Station

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I know this is a weird gift idea. Honestly though, this is the most useful DIY project I have ever made. I use it ALL the time. If someone would have made this for me before I thought of it, I would’ve been thrilled! So, if you know someone who has everything, this is probably that something they don’t have.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something Mondays

Don’t judge. People LOVE these. AND they are so easy to make. You need a jar, a candlestick holder, and some waterproof glue. You can also turn these into cute “baskets”. You’ve seen the hot chocolate kits and the manicure sets that people give. There are plenty of others on Pinerest as well, if you need some inspiration. Just remember, you want them to be able to use these jars for their wine! Or beer. Whatever.

If these aren’t enough and you need some more DIY ideas, feel free to search my site. Do a search for DIY or check out my Pinterest board Craft Projects with Tutorials.

If you have more ideas, please feel free to post them in the comments! Readers will thank you 🙂 And I thank you, in advance.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2013

Mother’s Day is going to be here in a little less than two weeks. Time has been flying!

Have you thought about what you are going to get for her? I’ve been  thinking of some ideas and I’m  think I’ve found some fun gifts. I always turn to Etsy for this kind of thing. It is the perfect store to find unique gifts with a personal touch. Even if I don’t find something I want to buy, I usually find some inspiration.

Mom, don’t go getting excited. I know better than to post what I am getting for you before Mother’s Day. You will just have to wait it out 😉

Click the images for a link to each product.

I hope you enjoy these. Let me know if you have any good ideas!

still life flower wall art

still life flower wall art $20

Personalized Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board $45

Personalized Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board $45

Three Ring Necklace

Endless love necklace $24.90

"Home is where your mom is" mug $15

“Home is where your mom is” mug $15

Personalized Mother's Day Quote  $18

Personalized Mother’s Day Quote $18

Pinterest Recipe Favorites $5

Pinterest Recipe Favorites $5

Some Make Something Mondays DIY Ideas

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

missing socks

DIY Missing Sock Station

wedding gift photo coasters

DIY Photo Coasters

DIY Magnets

DIY Magnets

Gift idea for Guys

My boyfriend likes beer on occasion and I like typography. So, one of the gifts I am going to give him is one that I’ve made. The typography consists of all of the brands of beer that he enjoys. Photoshop is a wonderful tool 🙂

Beer-Typography