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  1. anon

    Well, I feel cheated by the title of this post.

    • lee

      oh “anon” – you silly person, you! these are delightful :) there were 40 (plus) ideas, for men – um, yep that’s all pretty straight forward. i am addicted to this amazing (and not to mention FREE) website! 

  2. Erin

    Thank you for this list! I love making my gifts since it’s cost effective, the quality is so much higher than if you purchased something from a store. But those men, those tricky beasts… you’ve probably made my holiday season!

  3. The bay rum aftershave is my favorite idea! What a treat for just about any guy…this might end up under our tree this year. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Hi Crunchy Betty! Thanks for the comprehensive list, I can’t wait to get started on a few of these. Especially excited about the mens cologne and mens scent blending links you shared, thanks!

    I am the Kaitlin who’s email was undeliverable for the bracelet giveaway. I tried to send you an email, unsure if you’ve gotten it? But it was not returned to me… I’d LOVE LOVE the bracelet, can you email me at  [email protected] OR [email protected]


  5. What a wonderful list (and website!).  Thanks for including me on your list.  :)  I love the flavored toothpick idea! 

  6. Wow, thanks for these great round-ups! So many great ideas. Wondering if I should even bother with all my scheduled blog posts with recipes for herbal gifts. You’ve got it covered lady!
    There’s still time to make some cordials before the holidays – and they make good gifts for men too! A few recipes here:

  7. Forwarding this to my girlfriend and my femme friends…all of these sound delightful to butchies as well!! Wonder if I can get Cowgirl to make me cologne…*snickers*
    LOVE this!

  8. I often forget to let my husband and son know how happy they make me, thank you so much for the reminder!!!  CB rocks!

  9. Guys are so hard to craft for! But I’m totally intrigued by the bay rum aftershave and the toothpicks… very cool! (oh, and #9 up there? That should be in the #1 spot). :)

    Can’t wait to see the next gift list you’ve got for us!

  10. Kimkg

    Have you ever used Young Living essential oils?  I would trust them much more than Mountain Rose to make therapeutic-grade oils that are beneficial to the body rather than perfume-grade oils that can actually harm your body’s cells. 

    • Actually, I’ve done some extensive research into Young Living, and I’m not really a fan. Therapeutic grade doesn’t really mean a whole lot (, and their “certified kosher” means nothing at all – given that all plant matter is automatically kosher, no matter what. I’m much more impressed with certified organic essential oils at this point, knowing that they were grown without synthetic and toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Not to mention, Young Living has a pretty shady past … and their oils are far too expensive. But that’s just my take on it. :)

    • Anonymous

      Those are some pretty strong words against Mountain Rose Herb’s oils, there, Kimkg.  Do you have any reason to believe that their oils are harmful.  What exactly is “perfume-grade”?

      • Thumbelina

        I use EOs from a variety of sources (MRH, Aura Cacia, tiny samples of the expensive stuff from Eden Botanicals, and some from back home in India).

        I’ve been researching different brands since I need to stock up on EOs and Young Living is the shadiest of them all –
        Another offshoot of Young Living, called doTerra, has their own registered trademark “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” which is,in essence, BS (pun intended). It’s more akin to Nike’s “Just Do It” than to say, a USDA organic certification.If a company made really good products, why would they need deceiving marketing strategies?
        My rule of thumb is to avoid MLM products – their inflated prices are because of the business model, not because they provide a better quality. And when the founders of these companies are “certified” quacks like Gary Young of Young Living, I would definitely steer clear.
        And while I don’t think therapeutic grade means anything much, looks like MRH is on that bandwagon too:
        And I checked, none of the MRH folks are up on quackwatch. :D

  11. ilikecatsandtv

    A recipe for homemade beard softener would make a good gift. I buy my husband his for lack of a good recipe. It’s the gift that gives back once you feel the difference on your own face during smoochin’.

  12. Carlos Montes

    That “chocolate” is dulce de leche

  13. Charlotte knowles

    I’m making my man some bowls out of old records to fill with homemade snacks :)

  14. Shminion

    Thank you for this list! It is getting my brain working on what to make for my husband this year, since money is tight. Glad it pops up first on google when you search for homemade gifts for men!

  15. Great suggestions! I’m searching for handmade papercrafting ideas for men around the web.

  16. TheTweedleDee

    While I don’t buy into the whole “organic everything is so much better melarkey,” I very much enjoyed these DIY gift ideas and was happy to find this list. My bf’s a cyclist, so I think the massage/achy muscle oil idea is extremely helpful. I’m currently searching the web for things that would be safe to ship overseas, though (he works in England and I’m in the US), so I probably won’t be making any liquid/food-like things until I’m moved to England myself.

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    So…can the scrub be kept at room temp and how long does it last? Plus, how often can it be used?

    I want to be able to give instructions with the gift! Love the idea. Not his normal thing, but perhaps he will try it :) I think lemon EO would be lovely.

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