Sometimes it can be difficult finding the right gift for the special men in your life. If you’re not sure what to get your dad, boyfriend, husband, brother, or male friend, consider making them a lovingly crafted gift. They will appreciate the time and effort spent putting it together, and be thrilled to receive a gift specially made for them. Here are the best DIY gifts that are perfect for guys.
For the foodie, give them the gift of flavor with an easy to make jar of bacon salt. This amazing seasoning enhances the taste and texture of many different meals and will be a welcome addition to the dining table. Grill 16 rashers of bacon for up to half an hour or until it has become a deep golden brown. After it has cooled, place the bacon, two tablespoons of salt flakes or crystals, and two or three teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper into a food processor. Process the mixture in short bursts until it becomes coarse in texture and then fill up in an airtight container.
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Photo Playing Cards
Customize a set of playing cards with photos of your guy's life. Then every time they play with the cards they can share their favorite photos with others. All you need is a pack of cards, scrapbook adhesive and a selection of 52 photos. Use your computer to resize your photos to the same size as your playing cards. Print them on photo paper and cut them out, before applying scrapbook adhesive to the back side of each playing card. Carefully line up the back of a photo with the back of the playing card and press them together. Repeat this step with the rest of the photos, until all of your cards are complete.
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If he enjoys drinks on the patio, make them rustic wood coasters to rest their glasses on. To carry out this project you will require straight branches that are no smaller than 3.5 inches in diameter, a hand saw, sandpaper and clear varnish. Start off by cutting the branches into sections that are half an inch thick. Afterwards, use your sandpaper to sand each section and then coat each piece of wood in clear varnish. Alternatively you can choose not to varnish the coasters and leave the wood untreated, as varnish usually darkens the color of the coasters.
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Beer Beef Jerky
If the guy in your life prefers savoury snacks over sweet treats, gift them with homemade beer beef jerky. To make the marinade for your beef jerky, combine 24 ounces of of ale or lager with two cups of soy sauce, half a cup of worcestershire sauce and two tablespoons of cracked black peppercorns in a bowl. Cut two pounds of beef into 1/4 inch-thick slices and add it to the marinade. Make sure each slice is fully coated in the marinade before covering and placing the bowl in the refrigerator for six to eight hours. Preheat the oven to 200°F and pat dry the beef with paper towels. Arrange the beef on wire racks and sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper. Bake for four hours or until the jerky is firm and almost dry but still chewy. Let it cool before packaging it up.
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Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream
If you know a man who is in need of some pampering, this rosemary mint shaving cream is a wonderful choice of gift. Combine 1/3 cup of shea butter and 1/3 cup of virgin coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir the mixture until it is just melted and remove from the heat so you can transfer it to a heat-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of jojoba or sweet almond oil plus 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and three to five drops of peppermint essential oil. Stir it round to mix the ingredients together, and then place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip it using either a hand beater or stand mixer until it is light and fluffy. Spoon the shaving cream into a jar and secure it with a lid.
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Create a personalized leather keychain for the men in your life, so they won't misplace their keys ever again! Cut your leather into your choice of shape and then wet it before stamping, so the letters really stand out. After briefly drying, use a mallet and letter stamps to stamp in the name of the person you are giving the gift to. Wait until the leather is fully dry before punching a hole at the top of the leather and insert a keyring through it.
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Whisky Soap Dispenser
If your guy enjoys a glass of whisky every now and then, make them a fun soap dispenser made out of an empty whisky bottle. If you don't have an empty whisky bottle, empty the alcohol into a flask, and give it as an additional gift. For the contents of the dispenser, buy a bottle of liquid soap featuring an elegantly designed pump, and pour the soap into the empty whisky bottle. Screw on the pump, and that's it, your done!
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Give your special guy a practical present that they can use everyday, by making them an all-in-one man balm. This amazing balm has multiple purposes and can be used to soothe dry, cracked hands as well as being the perfect pomade for hair. It only takes a few minutes to create this balm so if you need a quick last minute gift, this is a great option. To make the balm, fill a small saucepan with water halfway, and place over a medium heat. Add four tablespoons of coconut oil and four tablespoons of beeswax to a small heat proof bowl and place over the saucepan until the mixture has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in a blend of essential oils. Sprinkle 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda or cornstarch into the mixture and blend it in with a hand mixer. Pour the beauty balm into a small sealable container and wait for it to set before giving it to your favorite guy.
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