November 16 ~ Gifts for Dads

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Dads seem to be notoriously difficult to a) shop, and b) craft for… No longer! Today we have lots of great ideas; one of them is bound to appeal to a dad on your list!

Make It

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Anne-Marie of Bramble Berry and Teach Soap has a fun Soaps for Kids to Make Tutorial via whip up. It’s a nice project to get kids excited about making gifts for Dad.
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With the right fabrics this could be just the thing for Dad. Enjoy Cat’s Garden Toolbelt Roll-Up Tutorial from Cut Out + Keep.
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We think lots of men on our holiday lists would appreciate this “guy cap,” a 1×1 Ribbed Hat Pattern from Liz at Kis*Knit.
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Henrik has an easy-to-follow Tie Tutorial in Craftster so you can customize Dad’s attire!

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Tech Gifts, Gifts for Organization, Box Bag in Purses, Recycled Slippers in Warm those Toes, Reading & Writing and Ties & Belts.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Kristin’s choice Meg’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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If you’re not up to making ties, you have options! These are the coolest ties we’ve seen in a long time. Cyberoptix TieLab creates hand screenprinted neckties with a huge variety of designs. They also offer optional packaging upgrades to help make a gift look extra-special.

Mix It

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Pete has a delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe on his Pete-Bakes blog. Lots of dads are partial to that yummy peanut butter and chocolate combo!

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

Gift Certificate to SMS

Need some beautiful fabric or patterns for your projects? Perhaps you’ll be one of the lucky winners of a $20 gift certificate to the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop! Comment today to put your name in the hat. The winner will be announced Friday.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
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14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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  5. Beth says:

    The tool belt is a terrific idea!

  6. Rhiannon says:

    oh wow, these are some great ideas.

  7. mary says:

    Great ideas for Dad! Thank you!

  8. Chrissy says:

    Is it too late to enter??? I would love the gift certificate! 🙂

  9. Nani says:

    I still am not sure these would work for my dad…I’m determined to find something I can make that he’ll use & be fond of!

  10. anne says:

    What great gift ideas.

  11. Sara R. says:

    Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite!

  12. An SMS gift Cert.! How exciting!

  13. Lizzie says:

    All your ideas are fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

    Please enter me in your drawing!

  14. renee says:

    that soap is so cute!

  15. LisaAlso says:

    Husbands can be just as difficult to craft for! That knitted cap might be just the thing for winter! Thanks!

  16. Liz says:

    thanks for the link to the tie tutorial!

  17. Katy says:

    Great ideas! I love the tie tutorial!

  18. Jodie says:

    That soap is so creative!

  19. Sue Schoch says:

    The cookies look yummie and I know hubbie would love some. Maybe I’ll make some with the grandkids!

  20. norarachel says:

    Why yes, I do need a new pattern. Thank you for asking!

  21. amanda says:

    Great ideas — dads are so hard!

  22. Nada says:

    mmm, coookies!

  23. Yay for a gift certificate!

  24. wendy says:

    Love the hat! And the soap – what a cool idea!

  25. Amy says:

    making soap is sucha great idea!

  26. Autumnesf says:

    Love the soap idea! I think I just found a gift to make with my youngest!

  27. Kate says:

    Dad’s are the worst to shop for… they have everything! Great ideas here. That hat will likely be my choice.

  28. Violet says:

    Imagine ties in those fabric choices! How cool!
    Maybe hubby would wear them… I know I would.

  29. Amber says:

    What great ideas for dads!!

  30. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    my mom and i just decided to print pictures onto pillowcases for my dad. So the last thing he sees before he goes to sleep are his family (and granddaughter!)

  31. Molly says:

    Oh! I love peanut butter blossoms!

  32. Debbie says:

    I may have to get a circular knitting needle so I can knit that cool hat for my man.

  33. MelissaB says:

    Adorable soap and we LOVE peanut blossom cookies, yummy!

  34. Kirsten says:

    We are so making soap!

  35. Jenna says:

    Never thought about making ties.

  36. Lynn says:

    Edible gifts are always good!

  37. Lil' d says:

    But I’ll never get a hat knitted by Christmas. Oh well, maybe it’ll be ready by next year…

  38. Lesley Stenning says:

    love the toque, my hubby just lost his, and needs a new one!

  39. Jenn S says:

    Those cookies are my husband’s favorite!

  40. Josiane says:

    Well, I still have nothing for my dad (it’s extremely hard to find something for him), but it doesn’t mean I didn’t find great stuff in that post: Meg’s choice of fabric would be perfect for my brother, and those peanut butter blossom would delight my boyfriend!

  41. Love the Garden Tool Belt.

  42. Jodie says:

    Love the soaps! Very nice ideas for dads – who I personally find to be the hardest to shop for!

  43. Kathy says:

    That looks like a manly hat-thanks for the pattern!

  44. Heather B says:

    My kids would love to make that soap.

  45. Yolanda says:

    Yummy peanut butter blossoms. I am going to make ths soap for my nephew and niece.

  46. Amy Mc says:

    I’m always sewing for my mother and sister, but rarely for my husband or father – but this Christmas will be different. Thanks SMS!

  47. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for the hat tutorial link. I was thinking of making my dad a hat this year!

  48. Stephanie says:

    I’m still not sure what to make my dad. I was thinking about making him a hat, so I will be sure to check out the hat tutorial. Thanks!

  49. Anary says:

    Oh my how true is that? My father’s bday just passed by…and I still have a hard time finidng the right thing!

  50. Sam says:

    There are some good ideas here – got my brain buzzing anyway. I shall definitely check out the soap-making and possibly a covered journal from last year. Might do the hat for my brother!

  51. Serena says:

    Handkerchiefs are my go-to gift for my dad. Perhaps I’ll supplement with the hat!

  52. Sue says:

    I like the idea of the customize ties – very cool!

  53. JoAnne says:

    These are great suggestions. Love them! Another one to throw out there: I work for Aladdin and we have the “Create Your Own” mugs. These are great to insert a photo, your child’s art, whatever you want. If Dad loves coffee or tea, he’ll love this gift. Its a great way to give him a heartfelt gift that he’ll actually use. Check it out:

  54. Sarah says:

    Arg! My dad is sooo hard to shop for – I just finished making him a TV watching blanket with a pocket for the remote control. BAM! Holiday solved. Until next year…

  55. Hannah says:

    Can’t wait to make that soap!

  56. Laura says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! And for the chance to win!

  57. Kelley says:

    so excited about your handmade ideas. love it! I have your 2007 ideas bookmarked and have made a number of them…so excited to add more tricks to the bag 🙂

  58. Erin says:

    peanut butter blossoms! my mom used to make those all the time when i was little!

  59. Kari says:

    I’m still stuck. . .although the soap is super cute, and I would use a tool/garden belt, I just can’t picture my dad using it. What about a super conservative, older, manly man who does everything himself? I was thinking of the camera bag from last year. . .

  60. Harley says:

    These are great. My hubby would look so cute in that ribbed hat!

  61. Sara D. says:

    New fabric, that contest is a dream come true.

  62. Laura says:

    Dads are by far the hardest people to give gifts to. Especially hand made ones! Thanks for the GREAT ideas, I can’t wait to get started!

  63. Leisha says:

    Liking the toolbelt… my Dad is a tool junkie 🙂 And the soap would be wicked to make with children!!

  64. Lalli says:

    Love all the ideas. The soaps looks soo cool. 🙂

  65. Angela S says:

    I love the soap idea! My son is going to really enjoy making some for his Daddy.

  66. LisaW says:

    Yeah, Dads are the hardest. Thanks for the good ideas.

  67. Fuji Mama says:

    Mmmmm, those peanut butter blossom cookies look divine! A must make.

  68. Lisa says:

    Great ideas. Love the fabric choices for dads, too.

  69. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials! My Dad loves peanut butter, so I am going to make him some of those cookies. And, I would love to win the GC!

  70. Q says:

    What great ideas for the men in our lives. I’m so glad I came across this blog a month ago. I’ve been on vacation so I’m catching up on all the great ideas. Thanks again for sharing them all!

  71. Elizabeth says:

    I love each and every day of homemade goodness! I have been making a few of them. Thanks so much!

  72. Serafina says:

    Perfect! I was hoping you would post gifts for dads/men i was having such trpuble deciding what to make for them!

  73. Teresa says:

    I like these ideas. Too bad none of them will work for my dad (hehe)! I do know a couple other guys they will work for, though.

  74. Jennifer B says:

    Very cool! It is so hard to find gifts for my father! Thanks for the help!

  75. Doris says:

    Love the toolbelt roll up!

  76. Samantha says:

    Soap Making! What a great idea!

  77. Melissa says:

    Love these posts with gift ideas…

  78. JLu says:

    wonderful! i’ve been stressing about what I could craft for my dad. thank you!

  79. I’m not sure I’m crafy enough for all of these… but I’ve always wanted to try making soap, so maybe this is a good starting point! 🙂

  80. Sue says:

    Love the hat tutorial!

  81. joy newman says:

    great ideas especially since dads are hard to make things for.

  82. Julie says:

    The soap is an amazing idea so Dad can see his hobby every time he washes his hands!!

  83. erica says:

    Thanks for showing the knitters some love! I’ve been looking for a pattern like that, with the twisted top that doesn’t come to a point or anything funky like that.

    Also, those cookies are bomb. They’re my absolute favorites, and they veganize well.

    Thanks, SMS gang!

  84. Caroline says:

    Great ideas – I already got my dad a tie from Cyberoptix!

  85. Sarah says:

    I love these ideas! I’m going to try to make some ties this year.

  86. indywriter says:

    Thanks for some great ideas. I don’t see anything for my dad, but maybe something for my hubby. (Though I do believe that Peanut Butter Blossoms are my dad’s favorite cookie.)

  87. anja says:

    knitting is a great dad gift! thanks for the inspiration

  88. BethieB says:

    The soap’s are such a genius idea! My little girl would have so much fun making these for Daddy. Also, I’m so in love with Kristin’s choice of fabric that when I win the $ (hehehe) I might have to snag a yard or two.

  89. Deb says:

    Love the tie, and the toolbelt! Thanks!

  90. KarenW says:

    I love that tie tutorial! I am going to try that one for sure, hopefully it won’t be too embarrassing for my husband to wear!

  91. Kacy says:

    I agree…dad’s can be very hard to buy/make for!! Thanks for some great ideas! I love those peanut butter blossom cookies too. Fabulous!

  92. Christine says:

    My dad is SO difficult to shop for. Thanks for the great ideas!

  93. Joanne says:

    Those cookies look yummy!

  94. Kristen says:

    Great fabric choices! And how cute are the soaps?!

  95. Jodie says:

    Thanks for such great ideas!

  96. Crystal says:

    Oh dad, so hard to shop for, but you’re making it easier!

  97. Jill says:

    I’ve been looking for a knitted hat pattern. Thanks!

  98. Carrie says:

    Thanks so much…dad’s are really hard to make things for!!! I’m espcially excited about the tie tutorial…I think there are a lot of possibilities with that one…

  99. Diane says:

    Everything looks “yummy”. Sure glad I have SewMamaSew in my google reader for all the great ideas, and I’m hoping to win sometime soon!!

  100. Amy says:

    I,m going to have to chek out the tie tutorial, I think that would be fun!

  101. karen says:

    Oh, the things I could buy with the gift card!! =0

  102. Samantha S. says:

    I guess hubby is getting a handmade tie this year! I never know how to craft for him!

  103. Laine Odle says:

    My dad would love that hat – he’s bald!

  104. Leslie says:

    I love the hat! That is great!

  105. Alisa says:

    That soap is so neat! I would like to try the tie too.

  106. Elle Doughty says:

    Great ideas & peanut butter blossoms…my husbands favorite!

  107. erin says:

    I am afraid if I made the cookies, they wouldn’t last the car ride to my parents house. Those are some of my favorites!

  108. Deb says:

    I like the tie idea. Very cool gifts for dad.

  109. Trina says:

    yup, the peanut blossom cookies are a favorite of the man of this house!

  110. Ashley says:

    Great ideas – dads are hard to buy and craft for! I like those fabric selections, and thanks for the reminder of those cookies – they were always a favorite!

  111. Tammy :) says:

    I never would have thought about making a tie…until now!

  112. susan says:

    I would have never thought of sewing a tie — thanks for the link!

  113. amanda says:

    Thank You! Thank You! I’ve been looking for a good tie tutorial, and now I’ve got one!

  114. Ashley Ann says:

    Great ideas!

  115. Rachel says:

    I would have never thought to make my own ties! Sounds like fun!

  116. Shanna says:

    Yummy – who doesn’t love Peanut Butter Blossoms?

  117. brittany says:

    i am loving that hat. and dads are always the hardest ones to shop for, so thanks for the ideas!

  118. heather says:

    FIL’s are even harder than dads to find that perfect gift…I think a handmade tie would be great!

  119. Monica Gee says:

    I’ve never thought to make a tie before – what a simple, yet practical gift idea. Thanks!

  120. Rachel says:

    My dad would love those cookies!

  121. Kelly says:

    I’ve made Liz’s 1×1 rib hat 3 times now, and I have to say that it’s an excellent pattern. I made it for my FIL and BIL two years ago (before they were in-laws), and my FIL fell in love with his and simultaneously lost it. He begged for another one, so I obliged last year, and now he wears it all winter long. I highly recommend it.

  122. Christie says:

    Great Dad ideas! They really are very hard to shop for!

  123. Anna says:

    Would love to be in the drawing for a gift certificate!

  124. Jessica says:

    Yep! Dad’s are always the hardest to make things for! Thanks for all the great ideas.
    And I’m ready to go make those peanut butter blossom cookies…..they look delish!

  125. Kelli says:

    Love the fabrics today and that hat might be right up my husband’s alley. A gift certificate sure would make it easier…Thanks for being so generous!

  126. Sandy says:

    Those peanut butter blossoms are my second favorite cookie, i just didn’t know that they had a name!

  127. Cathy says:

    I love peanut butter blossoms! Once Hershey’s kisses go on sale again I’ll be making up a batch.

  128. britt says:

    I outdid myself last year which makes this year’s gift for my dad rather difficult. These are all good ideas, but I am unsure of which one will really “fit” my dad

  129. Penny says:

    The tool belt apron made from the woodgrain fabric would be perfect for my FIL, he’s always making something or another out of wood.
    I might give the ties a go too, my husbands 2 BILs have to wear ties to their jobs.
    Thanks for the great ideas.

  130. Stephanie says:

    Love the tie tutorial!

  131. Laura says:

    I love the ties, and the “peanut butter blossoms” have been a staple holiday cookie in my family since my childhood. Possibly a perfect cookie!

  132. Cheryl says:

    Great ideas!

  133. alison says:

    Thanks for the great Dad ideas!

  134. Anne says:

    Great ideas plus yummy cookies = perfect!!

  135. NanaSewn says:

    GS and I will have to try the soap this week!

  136. Karen says:

    Love the tie!! : )

  137. Janellybelly says:

    My kids loved the idea of making their own custom made soap for Dad.

  138. Toebi R says:

    The soap looks like so much fun, and I need one of those aprons.

  139. Rebecca S says:

    I’m thinking maybe a hat for my dad!

  140. sonja says:

    I’d like to try out the tie. Thanks for all the ideas..

  141. Jennifer H. says:

    This month’s theme favorite theme from Sew Mama Sew! I can’t wait to check out the gift ideas everyday.

  142. Emily says:

    Soap! What a great idea. My daughter always makes her gifts and this year it will be soap! Thank you again!

  143. Jenny says:

    Last year I made all the men in the family remote control holders that go over the arm of the chair (or couch).
    My hubby loves those cookies too!
    Thanks for all of the ideas. =)

  144. Yetta says:

    The dad I am sewing for doesn’t wear ties… but he loves cookies. There is always something for everyone. Thanks for the great resource.

  145. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the new great ideas. I get so excited to check what you have for us everyday!

  146. Jennifer says:

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to try some. Have made the hat and it is easy and liked by my Dad.

  147. Michelle says:

    My dad is the absolute hardest person to buy for, but now you’ve got me thinking about making him something.. hmm..

  148. I made my husband a tie for last Christmas, and he loved it! It ended up being too short, so he wears it under sweaters, though. I’m going to take a look at the tie tutorial to see how to make a better fitting tie.

  149. That soap idea is a great one, my little boy would love doing that for his dad. I like the tie tutorial too.

  150. Leslie says:

    A great topic. My DH is so hard to shop/sew for. Thanks for the ideas.

  151. Sara says:

    I never thought of making ties! What a great idea! Nice ones (aka, not ugly!) can be expensive. Any fabric ideas?

  152. Jeannette says:

    A tie tutorial! How awesome! I’m going to make one for my boy. He adores ties.

  153. Lisa says:

    my son and I are totally going to make that soap!

  154. water works says:

    Love the soap idea!

  155. Hannah says:

    I like the pie idea and so does my husband! Thanks a million times over for this AMAZING blog of ideas!

  156. Is it winter, is it the Holidays? Everywhere I look people have knit patterns and I have no clue where to begin. Hoping to visit grandma and have a lesson or two, though she says it has been decades since she has knit. I have a feeling that if I can just get started I could make the hat for my husband 🙂

  157. Alana says:

    Great idea to have an entry just for gifts for Dads! Mine is always the hardest person to shop for on my list, but now you have certainly inspired me with a few of these ideas!

  158. Wendy says:

    Those cookies are a favorite from my childhood. Time for some baking I think.

  159. Hilary says:

    I will definitely be making a tie now – thanks for the great ideas!

  160. Bonnie says:

    Oooooh! I want a garden tool belt! Maybe the tie would be good for my hubby! What I really want though is the sew mama sew gift $$! ha ha, but who doesn’t, right? You guys are great! Doing this handmade stuff makes me so happy!

  161. Heather says:

    I love the garden apron idea. . . though it probably suits my mom more than dad, but the tie tutorial is super helpful.

  162. Amelia says:

    My husband LOVES rib hats like the one above. I have to get his Mom to knit them though…. And p.b. blossoms are the BEST!

  163. Elizabeth says:

    soap… now that’s am idea.

  164. Sunny says:

    Hmmm… the soap sounds delightful. Dads always get dirty, mowing and fixing things 🙂

  165. Carrie says:

    Love that soap!

  166. Jill says:

    Love the soap idea!

  167. oooo I love this!

  168. Betsy M says:

    I may have to try that soap with the kids. I think that they may get more use out of it than Dad however. 🙂

  169. Alison says:

    oh! pick me.

  170. Christy says:

    I can’t wait to make the tie and the hat. Thanks!

  171. ran says:

    Cool ideas!

  172. Michelle F says:

    I always have the worst time thinking of handmade gifts for the men on my list. This year, however, I’m making them all heat therapy bags! I made one for my Mother in Law for her birthday, and my father in law promptly requested one! Just another idea…

    These are great ideas as well….. Thanks!!

  173. Ingrid says:

    Great ideas! I love the soap and that would be great fun to make with the kids.

  174. Sarah S says:

    Dads are always the hardest on my list every year!

  175. holly says:

    we make the peanut blossoms every year, they’re such a hit. I have to hide any that I want to give away, because the fam loves them so much. I can’t wait to try the soap, I think the kids will have a blast with it. thanks for all the cool ideas!

  176. Samantha says:

    What cute soap! For any aged-guy.

  177. Caitlin says:

    I was kind of hoping for some more orginal gifts, especially since my dad has more than enough ties for a few lifetimes.

  178. Kim D. says:

    love the bird tie!! and YUM, peanut butter blossoms. Been awhile since I’ve whipped some of those up.

  179. Samantha says:

    Dads are so hard to craft for! Thanks for the suggestions.

  180. The apron idea is cool.

  181. Joy says:

    The tie pattern is perfect! Thanks!

  182. Sarah Kaeck says:

    I look forward to this everyday! The soaps look like fun.

  183. Brandy Forward says:

    Love the soap!

  184. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the idea’s… I’m going to try making some ties…

  185. Viv says:

    Great ideas!

  186. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never tried a tie. Seems like a good time to start.

  187. Libby says:

    Enjoyed all the ideas, especially liked the knitted hat. Sometimes simple patterns make the best items.

  188. Sarah Cosper says:

    I like the tie tutorial!

  189. Brenda says:

    the soap is too cute! I’m thinking I want to make a garden apron for myself!

  190. Kimberly says:

    This series is great! Men are tough to make things for.

  191. Grand dad says:

    As a Dad , several times, and a multi-gen care taker..the 1×1 ribbed hat is grreat!

  192. Aileen W says:

    who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate together?

  193. kate says:

    love the soaps! what a fun project!

  194. Megan says:

    I love the tie and the beanie! They seem so fun and would totally work for Dad!

  195. Christy says:

    great gift ideas for dad! thank you!

  196. Dawn says:

    Well, my man is not a dad yet but I’m sure that he’ll love it if I make him something crafty for Christmas!!!

  197. Heather Kiger says:

    Thank you for the tie tutorial. Now I just need one for children’s ties.

  198. Deon says:

    I’m enjoying the recipes as much as the craft ideas, and my husband would love these cookies. I make similar ones with shortbread & a chocolate kiss on top, but he would prefer these by far. He has a thing for peanut butter cookies.

  199. Marguerite says:

    Always looking for man stuff … the hat looks good…

  200. Bree says:

    great ideas, my dad was the only person i couldn’t think of a single thing to make for. but the ties are good. on amy butler’s free pattern site she also has a pattern for a business card holder which i thought might do too :

  201. Amy says:

    Peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorite!

  202. Lindsey says:

    hehe dads are hard to shop for! thanks for the ideas!

  203. missknitta says:

    Love the ribbed hat pattern!

  204. kristen says:

    Those screen printed ties are perfect for a hip dad!

  205. sandra pipitone says:

    LOVE the ideas! Thanks for sharing them as I’ve always been a HANDMADE for Christmas! Out of necciscity. Keep up good work

  206. Sue Cahill says:

    Thanks for the helpful ideas for my Dad, he is absolutely impossible but I think youv’e given me lots of great ideas.

  207. oh, we made cute little soaps similar to the soaps above a couple years ago 🙂 they were so cute and so much fun!

  208. Mary says:

    I look forward to seeing what you guys are going to come up with each day!

  209. Ramona says:

    Peanut butter blossoms are one of our traditional christmas cookies we make every year. They never get voted off. I never even thought of making a tie before. What a great suggestion. This sure is a fun month.

  210. Vanessa says:

    I think I might just make those cookies for me…. forget the dad present! However, I would love to make a tie.. great idea!

  211. Emilee says:

    Dads are so hard. Thank you for giving us these options.

  212. Marsha says:

    Oh that soap is just too darling – and the perfect thing for my kids to make for the grown-up men in their lives. Awesome idea!

  213. aSprinkling says:

    I’m definitely going to check out this tie thing.

  214. Jacqui says:

    That hat and some soaps made by the kids is a great present for Dad. I'[m sure he will love them….thanks for the links and ideas.

  215. craftytammie says:

    Great links, and now I am craving cookies!

  216. Annie says:

    Your fabric choices cracked me up– I thought at first that Meg’s choice was actual wood. I was wondering if you had a tutorial on working with it!

  217. Liz says:

    hm, my dad is SO hard to make/buy for. i don’t know that any of these are really his thing…except those cookies! 😉

  218. ellen says:

    The cookies look delicious. Have to give that hat a try!

  219. Michaela says:

    I am off to make some of those ties. Love the idea. Thanks

  220. Bethany says:

    I’ve thought about making soap with the girls before. I’d never thought about it as a gift for their daddy. Great thought!

  221. Rane says:

    ummmm… cookies!
    Thanks for the ideas,

  222. Jo Anne says:

    Those cookies wouldn’t even make the gift bags!!!!

  223. Michelle says:

    Oh boy a SMS gift cert! I would go crazy!!!

  224. Kendall says:

    My little one will have the best time making that soap!

  225. yep, i always have a hard time figuring out what to get/make for my dad!

  226. Anja says:

    Ties are also for mums… ha ha. I love to color silk ones.
    A gift certificate would be nice.

  227. Courtney says:

    I would love to win!

  228. amy says:

    Men are so hard to craft for! The best gift I’ve ever crafted for them is some heat bags–those little bags filled with rice they heat up in the microwave!

  229. Melissa Kelly says:

    All the males in my life are so hard to craft/buy for, I’m so glad you did this 🙂

  230. What a great idea…I had no idea ties were that simple. Sweet!

  231. Amy says:

    Fantastic ideas! I’m working on a couple of “boy beanies” today, and that soap looks like a perfect project to do with my daughter.

  232. Margaret says:

    That soap is a great idea!

  233. mojoandco says:

    I’ve never thought of making ties before. A perfect idea for my father-in-law!

  234. Tina says:

    Love the Cyberoptix ties! They are really cool. My husband even has new ties on his xmas list! I’m sure theses are not what he is going to be expecting.

  235. kelli says:

    I think *I* would like one of those hats!

  236. Anya T. says:

    Gift certificates are always great things to win! Thanks for the chance.

  237. Lori says:

    Looks like I might be making a tie this year.

  238. jill m says:

    Okay, let’s see….if I had the gift certifcate I could probably convince myself to use it to buy some fabric to make my husband a gift. Most likely, though, I’d use it for me! 😀

  239. kate says:

    Such good ideas! That hat looks like it would be so fun to make.

  240. Deanne says:

    I remember my grandmother making the peanut butter blossom cookies – they were always a favorite and now I enjoy making them for my grandchildren.

  241. Junglewife says:

    Great ideas for dads! I look forward to taking a closer look at some of them, including the tie tutorial!

  242. Jenn M says:

    I’ve been trying to find a good tie tutorial. Thanks for this one!

  243. Stacy says:

    Love that garden toolbelt. Thanks for the tutorial!

  244. Ellie says:

    Once again thanks for the inspiring ideas!

  245. beth says:

    wow! I never thought of making a tie, these are neat

  246. Desiree says:

    A great post- dads can be super hard to craft for. The hat and tie patterns are terrific and I’ve been looking for a recipe for those peanutbutter blossoms for awhile!

  247. Jessica says:

    great – I’ve been stumped on what to make my husband

  248. georgia says:

    Ahhhh, I’ve been looking for a good item-imbedded-in-soap tutorial. Thanks!

  249. kara says:

    The airplane soap is awesome!

  250. Ruth says:

    Oh those dads– I usually resort to mittens and socks! Boring!

  251. Carey says:

    I was just thinking about the soaps I saw at Etsy that you wrote about and now my kids and I can try to make our own.

  252. Jocelyn says:

    Great ideas for dads!

  253. Katie Mitchell says:

    The soap idea is neat. My girls would probably enjoy that.

  254. Shelly says:

    I think most dads appreciate pies. I’m going to have my kids make their dad a pie, I know he’ll enjoy it.

  255. Jacki says:

    Dad’s are very hard to craft for. Your entry just gave me some great ideas. My son would love to make some of that soap for dad and I’ve been searching for a tie tut. Thanks so much!!

  256. Amber says:

    dad is the WORST to buy for – thanks for the tips!

  257. emily says:

    dads are difficult it is always “I have all i need” thanks for the ideas

  258. Donna M. says:

    It’s true – Dads are hard to buy for! Thanks for this tutorial list!!

  259. Leanna says:

    Ugh, dads…it’s just so hard to make those new hard drives or cordless drills by hand. This gets us a little closer I guess!

  260. Linda says:

    My man seems is more interested in electronic things over anything I could make him….except for those Peanut Butter Blossoms…I think those would make him happy!

  261. Suzanne says:

    I love the soap idea…and the tie!

  262. Kelly says:

    oooh, love the tie tutorial. Definitely will be using that. Happy Sewing everyone!

  263. Stacey C. says:

    I’ll have to take a look at the tie tutorial–dads are pretty hard to shop for!

  264. Jessy Roos says:

    Ooo, I’m excited about the tie tutorial! Plus I have a brother who would love that too! Thanks

  265. janine says:

    There’s no dad at my house, but I’m sure that all the ladies will love those cookies.

  266. min says:

    I think the hat looks do-able. Yay!

  267. Jordan Durbin says:

    I’m pretty sure I’d get the Amy Butler Solids if I won the gift certificate!

  268. Beth G. says:

    Dad’s ARE difficult to shop for … thanks for the great ideas!

  269. Denny Peterson says:

    The peanut butter cookies will be a hit with my man!

  270. Tammy says:

    Hmmm, wonder if my dh would like a handmade tie? I’ll have to think about that one! 🙂

  271. Whistlepea says:

    This is so helpful! My dad is impossible to shop and craft for!

  272. melissa p. says:

    dad’s ARE so tricky…thanks for the thoughts!

  273. Julia in MI says:

    Thanks for the ideas. I love the hat and the garden roll-up tool belt.

  274. Anne says:

    Wow, those screenprinted ties are really nice. I like the soap too, might have to give it a try.

  275. MegVS says:

    That soap idea is great!

  276. Tammy Wittig says:

    Yes, food is what I usually get my Dad. The Peanut butter blossomes look yummy.

  277. Grace says:

    Amy Butler ties….hm….

  278. Shelley says:

    The peanut blossom recipe looks yummy, thanks for sharing

  279. Christina says:

    These are great, thanks!

  280. EmmyLizzy says:

    All the men in my life are soooooo hard to shop/craft for. Thanks for helping out a bit!

  281. Sally says:

    The ties from Cyberoptix are so cool! Might not be my dad’s taste, but my husband would go for one for sure.

  282. Tabitha says:

    I love Peanut Butter Blossoms! The soap is a great idea for many on a Christmas list.

  283. Jessica says:

    All super cute projects! THanks so much for this post, I’m always at a loss as to what to make men!

  284. Kristine says:

    Ugh, dad’s are tough! I’ve made cookies like that before…YUM.

  285. Kathryn says:

    Dad’s a tough one, but that toolbelt might be just the thing.

  286. Trina says:

    I think a tie and pocket square combo might end up under several trees this year!

  287. Christina says:

    I like the Tie project! I might have to make something for my dad with some of my special fabric.

  288. Sam says:

    Once again, I’m inspired to work on my knitting skills. That hat is gorgeous!…….I mean cool, totally cool.

  289. Rebecca says:

    I love the tie tutorial – I want to make some for my Dad with his company logo on them, he would love it!

  290. Natalija says:

    Oh, I still don’t know what to get my darling for any occasion. =)

  291. Margie says:

    Such great ideas for dad. A tie is much more special when its made with love. How could anybody resist peanut blossoms?? The soap is a really cute idea as is the toolbelt.

  292. Amy says:

    How about a bow-tie tutorial?

  293. Katie says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for my Dad and other guys in my family so I was so excited to see this category! Thanks!

  294. beth says:

    thanks for the ideas – dads are so difficult to buy and make for!
    believe it or not, i don’t think i’ve ever gone the scarf route with my dad, so i think that’s it for this year…. maybe with that hat, too!

  295. Erica says:

    The Peanut Butter Blossoms look so good!

  296. Sara says:

    The soap is really cute – and could be made for anyone…I really like that idea…

  297. Regina says:

    The soap is awesome!! What a great idea!

  298. Shellyfish says:

    It wouldn’t be the holidays without peanutbutter blossom cookies! And I love the soap idea – why are dad’s so difficult to make things for?

  299. Katie says:

    I love those peanut butter blossoms – I make them every Christmas!

  300. Alana Jo says:

    Love the tool belt.

  301. Bunny says:

    Mmmm, those peanut butter blossoms look yummy!

    There is no dad in our house, being just myself and my son. But, these gifts would be perfect for my brother, uncles and cousins! Thank you! 🙂

  302. Bridgette says:

    I love the garden tool belt and the soap. I love how useful they are for everyday, but still are unique!

  303. crafting+man in life=coming up empty most times. thanks for these ideas.

  304. Holly says:

    Oooooh I would love to win haha!! 🙂 LOVE your site and shop!! xo!

  305. Kat says:

    I’ve been stressing about what to craft for the men in my life for weeks! Now I have some great ideas…

  306. Emily says:

    My brothers also got homemade hats for Christmas last year. They definitely go over well.

  307. Lorene says:

    These are some great ideas! I have a lot of guys to shop for and I’m having a hard time coming up with homemade things for them. I will have to try a few of these.

  308. Rina says:

    I am definitely making that toolbelt after brunch today!

  309. Julie says:

    I like the hat pattern. My husband has been bugging me about knitting him a sweater which isn’t going to happen. A hat I could do.

  310. Jen says:

    Oh, thanks for the link to the tie shop. Those are excellent!

  311. Celeste says:

    Ugh–dads are so hard to craft for! I”m going to have to go through these ideas and see if one of them will fit my hard-to-shop-for dad. In the meantime, I think I’m going to make a couple ties for my hubby!

  312. Megan says:

    Great ideas. I love the soap!

  313. Maria says:

    I love the tie idea! I’m going to have to try it!

  314. Joy says:

    I think I would keep the craft belt to myself! Love the cap!

  315. Christy says:

    I love things embedded in the soap, especially the goldfish in bags that I see in various shops, but I think they’re more geared toward kids using than help making.

    Those peanut butter blossoms look so good. I guess I’ll be adding things to my list to pick up at the grocery store today lol.

  316. Tricia says:

    Those cookies look yummy!

  317. 2hippos says:

    This is great. I always struggle to find something for my dad. And those peanut butter blossoms look delicious.

  318. Robyn says:

    I think my hubby would like the Peanut Butter Blossoms best of everything here for sure! 🙂 The way to a man’s stomach….

  319. Diana says:

    Yum! Those are some classic, yummy cookies!

  320. Tara H. says:

    Great ideas! Thanks.

  321. sonrie says:

    Dads are always hard to shop for… great ideas.

  322. Michelle S says:

    Those cookies look devine! Oh…and the soaps look interesting. We might try those.

  323. JenO says:

    I just simply love this site!

  324. Alissa says:

    That soap is amazing! I’m definitely going to have to check that out!

  325. Becky says:

    I just knitted my first “beanie” hat for my son, and went on to do several more. They will love them for Christmas, and they knit up fast and easy enough to do a few of them for each guy. Love it ! Thanks!

  326. Alex says:

    I have added that soap to the list of things I want to do with my toddler as soon as she gets a little bit older. Very cool! Thanks!

  327. mary says:

    Hmmmm. The peanut butter blossoms are what’s calling me! Oh yeah! It’s for the dad in the house….

  328. Alyssa says:

    Those cookies look amazing! They will do wonderfully for my Dad and Grandads: huge sweet tooths!

  329. Linda says:

    Thanks for the peanut butter blossoms recipe. My grandma used to make them and they were my favorite. I know my husband will love them.

  330. Katy says:

    I love Meg’s fabric choice today! And that soap – so fun!

  331. mommymae says:

    not sure i could do it well, but a handmade tie would be pretty neat.

  332. Katie says:

    Love the cyberoptic tielab. There are some sweet ties!

  333. Kara says:

    no dad can resist peanut butter cookies.

  334. debra says:

    I never thought of making a tie! I will definitely try that out and see how successful I am at it! I love that you have the peanut butter blossoms for today! Those are soooo yummy!!! Especially when you are a peanut butter lover like our family!

  335. shaina says:

    Love the screenprint ties!! I think the homemade soap is pretty cool too.

  336. Maggie says:

    These are great ideas, my hubby is a bear to shop/craft for. I have given everything I can think of with my kids pictures, handprints, names, etc. Those silkscreened ties are great, but he wears jeans everyday. This year I am attempting to make him a lap quilt with pics of our girls incorporated, we’ll see if it works out since I have never made a quilt before!

  337. Rita Engard says:

    Oh my goodness, now I want to make some cookies, yummmm..

  338. Anna says:

    All of these are such terrific ideas! Not going to use the tie tutorial immediately, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

  339. Amber says:

    The ribbed hat is very nice. I always struggle with what to get for my dad. Thanks for the ideas.

  340. Darcy says:

    Gift Card! Yeah.

    That hat looks great.

  341. Dj says:

    Thank you for the ideas!

  342. Kristin says:

    I don’t think my dad would like those soaps, but I know my kids would love them!

  343. Becky says:

    The soap is so cute.

  344. Julie says:

    If I can only find the perfect fabric I will make my dad and hubby ties for christmas!

  345. Alyssa says:

    argh! Dads ARE hard to craft for. Thanks for the ideas!

  346. Lia says:

    Peanut Butter cookies, my husbands favorites. Those soaps look like so much fun to make and use. Thanks a bunch for all the ideas.

  347. Meghan says:

    The ties look great.

  348. Christina says:

    my kids would enjoy making that soap.. and that tool roll up is cool

  349. Liz says:

    The toolbelt for gardener’s is a great idea. Thanks for all your ideas, they are awesome! I’m really enjoying your post everyday!

  350. Jayme L says:

    Thanks for the hat pattern and the cookie recipe!

  351. Shawn says:

    Make your own ties–genius!

  352. Michelle says:

    Yes….I need some ideas for my dad for his birthday coming up as well as for Christmas! I made my mom one of those box bags and it turned out great, and I could see that working well for a man as well, for a travel toiletry bag or something.

  353. All of these ideas are SO inspirational – my daughter and I keep heading to our local fabric store to buy, buy, buy! We are just having such a great time planning for the holidays this year! Thank you for sharing so freely with us!

  354. Katie says:

    I was looking for a hat pattern! Thanks so much!!!

  355. Melanie O. says:

    Great ideas!

  356. Sonicka says:

    I see the kids and I making soap for Christmas! The guys are hard to craft for… thanks for the great ideas!

  357. Judy says:

    Hey- First?
    Need to learn to knit to make cool hats like that. Hubby wears a uniform, so ties would just hang in the closet.

  358. VIckiT says:

    All the things on your blog are SO interesting. You’ve got such a fantastic variety of things. I love reading through it each day. And then you have all the awesome giveaways. GREAT JOB!!!

    vburr @ charter dot net

  359. conscripted cherry says:

    may I just take a moment and say I love RSS feed. And the tie link. I have a co-worker who has a tie thing, this could be fun

  360. Jennifer N. says:

    I’ve already made ties for my two-year old son. I would love to make one for his dad too – matching anyone? Peanut Butter Blossoms are a favorite around here. Thank you for everything.

  361. Marie Greene says:

    I agree, Dad’s are the hardest to make for!

  362. Tine says:

    Mmmm… handmade ties. What a wonderful idea 🙂

  363. Sarah says:

    my kids would have lots of fun with that soap tutorial!

  364. Terri says:

    am I the first? Awesome! Love the gifts for dad! Especially the tie and soap! Would LOVE the gift certificate to SMS shop! : )

  365. Michele says:

    The soap looks like a fun idea to try out!

  366. Mary says:

    I love the soap! That’s such a cute idea!

  367. Rose L says:

    Right on the money about dads being hard to shop/craft for… you read my mind! I think the toolbelt will be perfect. Now if you have a day for the 20-30 year old brother (also near impossible to craft for!) I will be completely amazed. 🙂

  368. Courtney says:

    I am still loving that material that looks like wood! So cool!

  369. RebeccaC says:

    Anything peanut butter is a hit with the dad in this family…in fact he requested those cookies for this year’s December cookie baking party. My grandma used to make those every Christmas. Yum!

  370. Carol says:

    The peanut butter cookies are awesome (No wonder I’m overweight now). I found the recipe a long time ago in one the Krafts’ products magazine.

  371. Rebecca says:

    Yum… peanut butter blossoms. We used to make this when I was a kid. The soap is a good idea for grandpa!

  372. Leslie Spies says:

    How cute are the soaps!! And what a great idea to make a tie, you won’t find that in any store. Love the tutorials!!!!!!!!!!!

  373. brooke says:

    Dads are quite difficult. Thanks for the great ideas.

  374. Tiffany says:

    No kidding dads are tough- and father-in-laws are even tougher- anyone know how to craft power tools? (at least my own dad loves history- and the bookworm craft options here on sms are wonderful!)

  375. Rita says:

    it’s true, dad’s are the hardest. last year I made the box bags for all of the men in my list and they all loved them!

  376. Susan says:

    Men’s gifts always stump me! I’ll be giving the hat a try – thanks!

  377. Kalin says:

    Love the tie tutorial. I’ll have to give that a shot.

  378. Ellen B says:

    Those soaps look like a great project to do with kids. I’m enjoying your daily inspirations. Thanks!

  379. jenny says:

    Does the random generator ever pick #1? I hope so!!

  380. betsy says:

    Great ideas for dad. Thank you! Dads and men are very hard to create for.

  381. Kristen D. says:

    Buying or making presents for my Dad is always so difficult for some reason. Thanks for all the ideas!

  382. Melinda says:

    I just love that soap!!! So stinkin’ cute!!! And the tie tute is perfect! Seems like a great way to use up scraps! A patchwork tie! Woo!

  383. Karen says:

    Awesome! I never thought about making a homemade tie! Great idea! Love it!!!

  384. Lori says:

    I love the tie tutorial. Now I have something for my brother. Thanks

  385. Julie says:

    Those cookies are just perfect for my husband. He loves peanut butter. I like the soap project. I’d like to try it.

  386. Jordan says:

    Great idea for a post! I have more trouble trying to find something for my dad than for anyone else. He always says he just wants socks! Thanks to the link to recycled slippers in Warm Those Toes, he might just get what he wants . . . but with a more fun and handmade twist. Thanks.

  387. Louisa says:

    I agree, dads really are hard to shop and craft for. Luckily my dad likes to cook on occasion and enjoys perusing cookbooks so I always get him one of those. I think I might modify that apron pattern to make a grilling apron.

  388. Paula Jablonski says:

    These ideas are GREAT! Keep them coming!
    Paula (who made the tiny mittens 🙂

  389. Vanessa says:

    Finding gifts for the men in my life is so difficult. Thanks for all the ideas.

  390. Beth says:

    That soap looks great! Love the idea. And peanut butter & chocolate – who can resist that combo? Beth

  391. alisha says:

    I love the soap. So creative!

  392. Jen Eskridge says:

    That’s a great tie tutorial. And yes, Dad’s are pretty hard to craft for. ~jen~

  393. Victoria says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  394. Ms. Cleaver says:

    You’re right – men are tough – but thanks for the suggestions!

  395. Lori Kay says:

    Thanks for linking back to last year’s ideas along with this year’s ideas. The box bag just got added to my “gotta make it” list.

  396. Shannon says:

    My yearly solution is to just bake my dad treats…my mom keeps a tight rein on his snacking at home, *grin*

  397. Leigh says:

    Thanks! The men in my life are always hard to craft for….

  398. Mama K says:

    My grandma used to make those cookies every year. Delicious!

  399. Rebecca says:

    Love the ideas for men! I am loving this series and the giveaways 🙂

  400. Andi says:

    I love those screenprinted ties. It’s so fun to see the kinds of things other people are making.

  401. Shellie says:

    I often don’t know what to sew for the men in my life and the tie is a very cool idea! Thanks! 🙂

  402. jenni says:

    I like that wood fabric.

  403. erinmalia says:

    homemade ties? awesome!

  404. Beth says:

    It’s tough to find ideas for handmade gifts for men. My son’s teacher is male this year and I think I will make him a fabric covered journal…

  405. Beth H says:

    My husband is so tough to buy for so it’s always good to get suggestions. As for my dad….he says a hug will do…isn’t he sweet?

  406. Julia says:

    Sometimes ideas are simple but ingenious – the garden toolbelt rollup tutorial, just the perfect simple gift!
    Again – thanks for putting all this together & of course thanks for generously giving away those gorgeous prizes!
    Cheers, Julia

  407. Lynne in NC says:

    Cool ideas. Yes, Dad can be a challenge to craft or shop for, but these ideas certainly help.
    Love, love, love the peanut butter blossoms cookies in our house. Thanks for the recipe.

  408. Carla says:

    Love the toolbelt. I could use one. And the tie! Thanks, I’ll make one for my son-in-law who wears them all the time.

  409. buebau says:

    This is the most dificult present to get… Dad’s.
    Thank you so much for the tips.

  410. Sarah says:

    A gift certificate would be nice.

  411. Pamela says:

    The soap is too cute. I’m not sure if my kids would part with it.

  412. Alice S says:

    Yes, you are right. Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. Thank you for the ideas. I’m going to check out the soap idea and maybe have my kids make some for Dad.

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