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Homemade gifts for men

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:11 PM
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I want my girls to make gifts for everyone this year.  We're going to be making scented stones for the grandmas and aunts but I'm stumped on what to make for the grandpas and uncles.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:11 PM
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mountainmom70
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:14 PM
How do you make sented stones? One thing I have done for parents is make a vidoe of pictures with music. It's fun and very easy to do.


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by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:16 PM
Do you sew at all? Neck ties are very easy to make. You can probably get a pattern online. I have a simplicity one.

                      

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AmyNB
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:18 PM
Oh no...I am not a sewer.  I should have mentioned that!  LOL

To make scented stones, you just make plaster of paris like usual and add dried flowers and essential oils.  You can also color them.  Then pour them into soap molds.  I haven't made any yet so I hope they are as easy as it seems.

Have you used Smilebox to do the videos?  I was trying to use that today to make a slide show, but I can't figure out how to get my pictures. 
wv_mom
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Quoting AmyNB:

Oh no...I am not a sewer.  I should have mentioned that!  LOL

To make scented stones, you just make plaster of paris like usual and add dried flowers and essential oils.  You can also color them.  Then pour them into soap molds.  I haven't made any yet so I hope they are as easy as it seems.

Have you used Smilebox to do the videos?  I was trying to use that today to make a slide show, but I can't figure out how to get my pictures. 
The stones sound great and I love Smilebox. PM me and I can see if I might be able to help you out.

Edited to add: I forgot to tell you that I am making some of the men in my family reindeer poop in a mason jar (I am making some of the ladies the gifts in a jar and I thought these would match and the guys wouldn't have to cook).

Gourmet Reindeer Poop recipe

1/2 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix butter, sugar, milk and cocoa together in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonful (larger or smaller as desired) onto wax paper and let harden. They will set up in about 30-60 minutes. These will keep for several days without refrigerating, up to 2 weeks refrigerated and 2-3 months frozen. Pack into zip-top sandwich bags or a large Mason jar for gift giving.

Attach the following note to each bag or jar:

Gourmet Reindeer Poop:

I woke up with such scare when I heard Santa call...
"Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
I ran to the lawn and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left "little gifts."

I got an old shovel and started to scoop,
neat little piles of "Reindeer Poop!"
But to throw them away, seemed such a waste,
so I saved them, thinking-you might like a taste!

As I finished my task, which took quite awhile,
Old Santa, passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he was in the sky...
"Well they're not potty trained, but at least they can fly!"




cozycabinmom
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM
what about layered cookie mixes in a jar??

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giggles29
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM
why how you make the scent stone cause i like the ideas but dont know how to do it and i dont really know about uncle and grandpa try find something myself
ans082985
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM
They can make a fairytale book featuring them (the kids) and the recipient.  You can type the words or have the kids write them and then let them do the illustrations...

coasters

key or coat rack

stenciled tshirts...you buy tshirts (or whatever) and then buy or make a stencil (thick paper like cardstock, xacto knife) and use a bit of spray adhesive on teh back of the stencil to make it stay down on the fabric and then you use the spray fabric paint (they have it at walmart i know) or you can use regular spray paint which works well but kinda smells like spray paint go figure!...Let it ry then lift the stencil off

take funny pictures of your little ones making a funny face or something and have it printed to whatever size you need...buy those wooden tv trays (think bed in breakfast trays) you can get at craft stores in the wooden box and other wooden stuff section and then paint or stain the wood however you want ...then lay the picture down in the tray (where the food sits) and cut to size.  Use mod podge as adhesive for it and then mod podge over it as well to seal it.  Voila!

paint a picture frame...

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"gift sets" fill a basket or whatever you come up with themed ideas...

I have tons of ideas...pm me anyone if you want more.  Crafts is what I do lol


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Sndrs7
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM
Don't know how you feel about giving food as a gift . . . . But what about Christmas candy? If you have to mail them, it is winter and they'd probably be ok. Just an idea!
JenR524
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:34 PM
What about mittens/ slippers from old felted sweaters?
mindlessmom
by on Nov. 26, 2007 at 2:34 PM
WE MADE THE MEN IN OUR FAMILY HATS, WE TOOK PLAIN WHITE CAPS AND PUT THE KIDS PAINTED HANDPRINTS ALL OVER IT. THEN YOU CAN MAKE A MATCHING HANDPRINT APRON W/ THE SAYING" A HANDY APRON FOR DAD"

ANOTHER IS HOMEMADE KEYCHAINS--BEADS, METAL CONCHOS ECT.

PERSONALZED PIC TEE'S MADE PROFESSIONALLY. 

WE TOOK A BLUE OFFICE PEN / PENCIL JAR AND TOOK STICKERS AND LETTERS AND DECORATED IT FOR HIS DESK-THEN BOUGHT A CHEAP PEN SET FOR IT.

HOPE THESE HELP, HAVE A GRAT CHRISTMAS!
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