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Home baked xmas cookies!
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Anything homemade is good, really. If you sew or knot or crochet or whatever, you can make something nice, unique, and thoughtful. You could also make some nice body butters, which are easy and luxurious. If you don't have all the raw ingredients, there is an initial expenditure, so this only evens out to <$15 if you give it to multiple people. Use small glass mason jars (I found some that are 4oz in packs of 12 for $15 at my local hardware store). You could also go to a store that sells jewelry supplies and make necklaces. If you don't have a box to put it in, most craft store will have something. You can also make your own boxes with a site like http://www.templatemaker.nl
using thick paper.
On a related note, I've found that wrapping presents very nicely tends to make the gift more special. Even smaller gifts feel thoughtful and personal when you do a little bit extra to wrap them. If you don't have much wrapping paper around, you can use craft paper or paper bags. Check pinterest for wrapping ideas. One of my favorites is magazine bows https://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html
coordinate the colors for the best effect.
I like to gift my bf nice clothes since he tends to wear a bunch of dumb graphic t-shirts (got him a jacket and a sweater he picked out). Uniqlo has really nice quality items for reasonable prices.
One of my male friends likes reading so I checked his goodreads account to see what's on his to-read list and picked out a book.
Men are extremely difficult to shop for… I think stuff like mugs and the like are usually too impersonal (which is fine if you don't know somebody that well), and most people have a ton of them already or are going to get them from other people. At the same time, any time you go into a "gifts for men" section anywhere, it's always alcohol, mugs, bacon cookbooks, beard grooming kits, some tool set, dress socks and ties, or other stereotypical boring "manly" things. Video games make good gifts, I guess, if you know which ones they want, but they're pretty expensive
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I notice men tend to really like food based gifts, which is a good way to go if you're trying to keep prices down. A gift basket full of nice snacks is my go to for these situations (smoked salmon, cheese, olives, maybe a small cheap bottle of wine).
As someone already said home made food is a nice, cheap way of doing things that will actually be "used" (eaten). I've also had the experience of making people gifts that are never used and of course that feels shitty.
Another idea, if the receiver is into things like this, would be a terrarium with cute plants and little figurines inside of it. They're small and easy to maintain.
Right? I spent so much on that mohair. And knitting with it was an actual pain in the dick too. Funny thing is that now I am no longer making anything for any of them, they always go 'You should make ___ something!' Umm no, bitch. You've not worn anything I've made you since I started sewing/knitting/crocheting.
The only person who has truly appreciated a handmade gift is my brother's wife. I made her a quilt and it's her pride and joy. She's a keeper!
I'm really sorry to hear that, anons. I love homemade stuff like that! A scarf or a crocheted bag would be lovely.
On topic, what about bath bombs? I've never made one and I don't see the hype surrounding them, but I see them sold so cheaply on Amazon and apparently they're quite easy to make? A woman who runs a kiosk at my local mall actually makes bath bombs where she will put jewelry or an engagement ring inside of the bomb if you're proposing to a girlfriend. Her staff wears shirts called "Bomb Squad". Its pretty cute.
Thanks anon. Glad to know some people appreciate it! Right? I'd be amazed if someone made me something or put that amount of thought or effort into a gift. I think people forget that each stitch is done by hand and not run up in some big machine within minutes. It's really sweet that you still use your bag!
When my brother has a kid I am so going to knit it everything. It wont escape from my yarn!
I made one of these once using some colorful printer paper I found in the dollar store, you don't need a fancy paper to make them :) My coworker randomly makes them out of sandwich bags when she's bored at work.
Amazon has some cute inexpensive gifts too (I bought my fiance a little carved stone box for $4, free shipping because I have prime) if you're on a tight budget like I am.
Aww, I wish I had you anons as friends… I've always loved and worn the shit out of knitted socks I got from my granny, and she always made each pair special by adding little hearts or wiggly borders.
It sucks that some people can't appreciate the effort put into a gift, especially adults.
Yeah, I only suggested house ware because the last time I was at their place, she was lamenting over leaving a lot of her baking stuff back at her mom's house after moved half the country away. But it's likely other people might get her a baking set, too, so that's iffy.
But thanks, your suggestions are great! Didn't even think about gift cards or tickets. And I didn't realize it was okay to ask for preferences when it came to weddings. Thank you!