Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christmas in July: Handmade Gifts For Women that Quite a few Men Might Like Too

I'm back with another Christmas in July segment, and this time, it's a round up of gifts for women. I am sure plenty of men would like a few of these ideas too. It's not like only women use coasters or coffee mugs or wash cloths. But I digress, for the sake of simplicity this is titled Gifts for Women.

Handmade Gift Ideas for Women that Quite a few Men Might Like Too.

1. Mosaic Garden Stepping Stones
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours plus 2 days curing time
Costs: $10 +/-

Skills: Hammering & Common Sense Safety Skills with concrete a

What a cool gift for a gardener, or really anyone with a yard, big or small! I would imagine older children would enjoy banging the plates and helping arrange the mosaic. Definitely not a young-child friendly project, however.

 2. Tree Branch Coasters
Estimated Time: 2 hours plus drying time
Costs: $5 or less

Skills: Hand Saw and putting sealant on

Rustic, beautiful, hiding-in-your-yard almost free coasters? Yes, please.

 3. Gorgeous Necklace Holder
Estimated Time: 1-3 hours
Costs: $5-$10

Skills: Simple drilling

Who wouldn't love this necklace holder, which could double for handbags, scarves, sweaters, etc. Hobby Lobby as beautiful, inexpensive knobs too.

 4. Spa Day Face Cloths
Estimated Time: Depends on your knitting skills
Costs: $3-$10

Skills: Knitting

There is something incredibly special about a hand-knitted wash cloth or dish cloth. Once you've used one, you'll never want to use anything else ever again.

5. Dip Dyed Table Runner
Estimated Time: 1 hour plus some wait time
Skills: None

This project brings back memories of tie-dying as a child. Fun to do, and fun to give. And the color possibilities are endless.

6. Mason Jar Soap Dispenser 
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Costs: $10-$12

Skills: Drilling

I love these ubiquitous mason jar soap dispensers. They are a little trendy, but in such a classic way.

7. Chevron Mug
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Costs: $7

Skills: A little drawing

Endless possibilities for drawing on coffee mugs. The chevron/herringbone look is rather pleasing. A lovely gift for a coffee drinker. I would smile even bigger every morning with this mug caressing my favorite brew.

8. Paint chip Calender
Estimated Time: 1 hour or less.
Costs: $1-$5

Skills: Clandestine Paint Chip Swiping skills. Just kidding.

No tutorial for this one. But I do not think it's necessary. A dry-erase calender made out of a poster frame and paint chips. And everyone can use a calender.

 9. Bird Nest Necklace
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Costs: $8 +/- (If you made several, they would be a lot less expensive per piece!)

Skills: Simple jewelry making

I'm not all that big on novice, handmade jewelry. But these are just so cute, and beautiful! And they don't look too, handmade, in a bad way.

Are you getting on it with handmade gifts? Right now, I'm trying to get a little organized and gather supplies. And knitting, knitting, knitting. Slowly.

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