We know you’ve been waiting for today’s gift ideas for men; Jennifer selected some fun options. Make something the men in your life will love!

Today’s Guest Curator: Jennifer from Ellison Lane

Jennifer Mathis is a designer, modern sewist and blogger at Ellison Lane. Her passions are designing and creating things that are both beautiful and useful. She is the founder and host of Sew South, a modern sewing retreat, and the co-author of Make It Pretty: Pillows. Jennifer’s work has been featured in several publications and you can find her patterns, tutorials and inspirations on her Ellison Lane blog. Hop over for her Holiday Hostess tutorial series this November and for her latest pattern, the SouthPark Bag!

Make It


Guy’s Survival Kit
Jennifer’s Guy’s Survival Kit at Ellison Lane includes a handy list of ideas for stocking the kit. Your favorite guy can keep it stashed in the car or at the office!


Hand Warmer
Rae’s Hand Warmers at Armommy would be a thoughtful gift for anyone!


Golf Towel
Sarah’s Golf Towel at A Spoonful of Sugar is a nice accessory for any golf lover. (It even includes a carabiner clip!)


Dog Leash
Does someone on your list love taking walks with their dog?! Learn how to make an easy, custom Dog Leash at Summer Thinks.


Quick-Sew T-Shirt Pillows
Make a set of Quick-Sew T-Shirt Pillows from those old, favorite t-shirts that probably shouldn’t be worn anymore! Amy shows you how at My 3 Monsters.


Men’s Wallet
Sewing by Stephanie has this easy Men’s Wallet tutorial for another custom option.


Manly-Man Tote Bag
Leslie designed the reversible, lined Manly-Man Tote Bag as a lunch bag for her husband.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Dads + Grandpas

Mix It


Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow
Sally’s Salted Peanut Nutella Puppy Chow at Sally’s Baking Addiction isn’t for the puppies! Sally writes that it’s in competition for the best thing her friends have ever had and that it’s “salty, sweet [and] addictive!”


Salted Caramel Sauce
Salted Caramel Sauce from Maria at Two Peas & Their Pod can be added to so many different things to make the season’s desserts extra-special.


Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookie Bars
These Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookie Bars from Trish at Mom On Time Out have a “sweet, gooey, caramel center.” Take them along on a cozy drive to see holiday lights, or bring them to a holiday party!

Print It


Holiday Tag
Lauren shares some lovely Holiday Tags at A Fabulous Fete, a nice addition to a small hostess gift, wine or baked treat.

Win It

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Mollie Makes Woodland Friends: More Handmade Projects for the Home
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Publisher: Interweave

The latest book from the Mollie Makes team takes its inspiration from woodland creatures. Ten of our favorite crafty contributors have put together over 18 exclusive projects featuring crafty foxes, cute and cuddly mice, wise old owls and any other forest-dweller you can imagine! There are ideas for home accessories, toys, gifts and cards, covering a wide range of techniques including sewing, crochet, embroidery, papercrafts and more. Whether you are a knitter or a felter, or fancy trying out some crochet, stitching or paper-cutting for the first time, there is something in here for you. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and stylish photography, with hints and tips direct from the makers. So dig out your very best vintage fabrics, most colorful yarns and threads, clear the kitchen table and prepare to be inspired.

Boys’ Knits
(International Shipping)

Author: Katya Frankel
Publisher: Cooperative Press

With 16 sweater patterns and the cutest photography you have ever seen, Katya Frankel’s Boys’ Knits would be a fabulous present for all the knitting parents and grandparents in your life. (And fear not, she’s already at work on a sequel filled with accessory patterns!).

Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started
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Author: Heather Ross
Publisher: STC Craft

Frog princes, VW buses, and big bad wolves—these are the sorts of subjects that Heather Ross depicts on the fabrics she designs, which the sewing and quilting communities feverishly collect (with many fabrics going for huge sums on eBay once they sell out at traditional retail outlets). In Heather Ross Prints, a book-and-DVD package, Ross shares reproducible artwork for more than 50 of her most popular prints. She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 craft projects using the prints on the DVD—everything from sea turtle stationery to a shower curtain covered with swirling mermaids. Crafters can use the artwork on the DVD as they wish, printing on fabric, paper, or whatever surface they choose. Plus, Ross teaches her process for designing fabric using Photoshop—a boon to anyone who has ever dreamed of following in her footsteps.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 18: Gifts for People Who Sew
November 17: Accessories
November 16: Gifts for Grandparents
November 15: Holiday Fun
November 14: Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts
November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
November 11: Gifts for Boys
November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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