30 Handmade Gift Ideas for Men

30 Handmade Gifts for the Guys - Make him something he actually loves!

So, my mother came up with a plan this year. 

Our family is going to change how Christmas gift-giving is done. No longer will we be allowed to rush hurriedly through malls and click on things on Amazon. 

No. She has called an end to all of that. Instead, she has declared that this year will be a handmade or upcycled Christmas. Nothing can be brand-new. Everything has to involve some element of creativity. You have to think, “What will he or she like, that I can make?”

And so, in response to this challenge, I’ve rallied the troops. A bunch of us bloggers have gathered up some of the best handmade gifts out there. From simple to advanced – from more involved to only $5 a project – there is a gift in our Ultimate Library of Handmade Gifts for everyone. 

The one recipient I’ve always had trouble brainstorming handmade gifts for is a whole half of the human population: men. For some reason, I get stumped when it comes to my hubby, dad, brother-in-law, or other guy friend. Unless he’s a huge fan of things-that-are-spray-painted, I find myself searching for ideas.

And I’ve found them. I’ve gathered 30 ideas for the fella in your life. And I think these ideas are pretty awesome. 

If you’re dealing with a Foodie:


Make this delicious Bacon Salt by Not Quite Nigella


Is he a grilling machine? Make him this great BBQ shirt by The Cards We Drew. 


Perhaps package the t-shirt up with this Magic BBQ Rub by Stone Gable Blog? 


Sidenote: if he’s often outside with the grill, why not package up a few homemade citronella candles up for him? Keep the bugs away with this project by All Things G&D. 


Personalize his toothpick holder with this great tutorial by Lauren of The Thinking Closet! 


I REALLY want this amazing cheese and meat platter made from a wood slice. Get the tutorial from Man Made DIY.


Or maybe drinks on the patio are more his speed? Head to Garden Therapy and learn how to make these great wood slice coasters.

If he’s less woodsy, and more Comic Book Store, make these great Comic Book coasters. Amy from Mod Podge Rocks has the how-to!


And if he’s a connoisseur of things that are boozy: 

This Jack Daniels soap dispenser is great for the man who likes a bit of whiskey in his glass. Get the tutorial on Curly Birds!

Or maybe wine is his drink of choice? Make this great wine and glasses holder created by Down Home Inspiration. Picnics or tromps to the beach have never been easier! 


Or if it’s just having a beer in the backyard, create this $2 beer holder from a Man Made DIY tutorial! 


Present a few of his favourite ales in a personalized crate. Alex shows how she made this one for her own hubby on Northstory! 


If his drink of choice is coffee: 

Don’t let him burn his hands! Make a simple and easy cup cozy. Head to One Dog Woof to get the deets! 


Or break out the paints and design him a hand-painted mug! See how Amanda did it on Wit and Whistle.

Why not smell like your favourite drink? This is a soap to wake up with! Living Well Spending Less has the how-to

He wants to feel pretty too:

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Hard-working hands take a beating. Help him scrub ’em up with the Manly Scrub created by Paper Turtle.


Winter brings cracked and chapped hands. Give him some MANhand salve in his stocking. Head to Crunchy Betty to get the recipe!


Or what about a nice Rosemary Mint shaving cream? Food for My Family has the tutorial. 

He likes to play games:

Kenzie’s Jumbo Jenga project is perfect for the outside BBQ or party! Paint it or leave it natural! 

Or take Build Basic’s pattern for a Baggo set and give him a great game to take camping!

Does he have a man cave? Or even just a basement? This wall-friendly cork board and dart set will be a hit! 

And in that man cave, add some amazing sports memorabilia to the wall. Emily from The Benson Street has this easy tutorial!

Maybe chess is more his speed? Make a customized set from nuts and bolts! Tutorial on WonderHowTo.

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Or maybe puzzles are his thing? This easy-to-make puzzle is actually very tricky to solve! Get the pattern at American Woodworker.


He’s practical:

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Make him this charging station to keep everything together (and fully charged). Tutorial on Driven By Decor.


If he’s working with odds and ends (screws, nails, pins or paperclips), why not follow Pauline’s instructions on My Altered State to make a magnetic wrist band? 


Or create a bedside table organizer for his watch and rings? House of Hepworths has the How-To for this piece.


Does he write? Or carry a planner? Personalize it with this tutorial by Mufn Inc.


How are you going to wrap it? ChiWei from On Dog Woof knows. 


If he’s a bit lovey-dovey:


Tell him that you are too. This 52 Things That I Love About You is just plain nice. Why not tell him how you feel? Get some ideas for this project from Visual Heart.



And there’s more!

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The girls and I have created an amazing collection of handmade gift tutorials and inspiration.The Ultimate Library of Handmade Gifts is an invaluable resource. Make it personal and make it handmade this year. Get your ideas below.

Sewing Gifts for Kids by Li’l Miss Tori
30 Minute Gifts by It Happens In A Blink
Mason Jar Gifts by Sweet Tea and Saving Grace
Jewelry and Wearable Gifts by One Artsy Mama
Gifts for the Loveable Nerd by 4 You With Love
Handmade Beauty Gifts by Pitter and Glink 
Wooden Handmade Gift Ideas by One Dog Woof
Gifts for Avid Readers by The Benson Street
$5 Handmade Gifts by Happy Go Lucky 
DIY Coaster Gifts by The Thinking Closet


Looking for more gift ideas? 

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Make Your Own Beeswax Candles!

Wood Slice Magnet Tutorial - (1 of 1)
Make Wood Slice Magnets! 

60 Amazing Spray Painting Projects
Spray Paint Something (seriously – it’s amazing!)


Don’t Forget to Follow my Gifts for Men Pinterest board:

Follow Tara @ Suburble’s board Handmade Gifts for Men on Pinterest.



  1. October 6, 2014

    WOW, what a great collection! I think that bacon salt would go great with my bacon jam! I LOVE the chess board made from hardware!
    Marilyn recently posted…Ultimate Library of Handmade Gifts – 200+ TutorialsMy Profile

    • October 7, 2014

      Bacon jam sounds divine. Mr. Suburble is an easy sell when it comes to bacon!

    • May 9, 2015

      This is an amazing article, you minght wanna check this one too, it’s similar just has different ideas 🙂

      Gift ideas for men 2015

  2. October 6, 2014

    Tara – lots of great ideas here! Thank you for the list and including my coasters. I’m off to look up how to make the Jenga and the magnetic wristband now….
    Stephanie recently posted…Highly Addictive Rosemary Pumpkin SeedsMy Profile

    • October 7, 2014

      Your coasters are gorgeous; I was thrilled to include them! 🙂

  3. October 6, 2014

    It’s always hard to buy gifts for men and even harder to figure out what to make them. Thanks for this great collection to inspire!
    Bethany recently posted…{25 Handmade Beauty Gifts}My Profile

    • October 7, 2014

      Thank you for your own amazing collection, Bethany! I’m going to be perusing that list when I start making my Christmas gifts.

  4. October 6, 2014
    Michelle @ Eamonn & Jack

    That grill t-shirt is amazing. Wish I had known about it sooner – it would be perfect for my brother and his birthday’s in 2 days. Hmmm – Christmas?
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    • October 7, 2014

      I know! Isn’t it awesome!?!? I want it.

      For myself.

  5. October 6, 2014
    Pauline Henderson

    Thanks for sharing the wristbands!
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    • October 7, 2014

      Thank you for the fabulous idea! I can think of a few people who would love these!

  6. October 7, 2014

    I love this collection Tara. My hubs is so hard to shop for but I see quite a few things on this list that he would love. So awesome – thanks for the inspiration!
    Kirsten recently posted…Halloween Specimen Jar CenterpieceMy Profile

    • October 7, 2014

      My hubby is also hard to shop for. He rarely gives up clues.

      It’s medium-annoying! 🙂

  7. October 7, 2014

    Really why can’t guys just like things that are spray-painted? Or labeled with chalkboard paint? But this round-up is awesome! I need to start crafting!
    PersonallyAndrea recently posted…How to Take This Photograph: Mason JarsMy Profile

    • October 7, 2014

      I don’t understand why they wouldn’t! Things that are spray-painted are the very best of things.

      But guys are complicated. I can’t wait to make a few of these things for the fellas on my list! 🙂

  8. October 8, 2014
    heather meads

    Wow, what a very cool roundup!! I think that’s great too declaring this Season as either up-cycled or handmade gifts only! Thanks again for the post, it’s a keeper!
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  9. October 20, 2014

    Thank you for all these. I found quit a few ideas for difficult people!

  10. November 4, 2014

    Those are some pretty awesome gifts, but I was stuck on that first one and really want to try the bacon salt. Cool!

  11. July 6, 2015

    I’ll try it for my boyfriend’s b’day! Thank you!

  12. July 22, 2015
    Ryan Herbstsomer

    I love how much wood was included in this post! And I love that it’s handmade gifts for men, rather than just any gifts for men. Always buy handmade to support your the artists!

    Also lot’s of items I haven’t seen before, great job Tara! 🙂

  13. October 14, 2015
    Harry Barber

    For men, I don’t think that too difficult to choose the meaningful gift. They almost like something handmade or being useful for daily life! Anyway, thanks for sharing great tips!

    • October 20, 2015

      Harry, that’s a lovely thing to say. You’re right – most guys like that you’ve taken the time to make them something. For me, the trouble is sometimes finding something that they will need or use. The fellas in my life are much more low-maintenance than the women. 😉

  14. December 2, 2015

    I’m always trying to figure out what I can make for my husband that he would actually like and use. What a great list. And thanks for the link straight to your Pinterest board.
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  15. December 5, 2015
    Joanita Theron

    This is seriously the best list by far for gifts for men! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be visiting your other lists as well. Pinning and Sharing.

    Congratulations, you are being featured in this week’s
    Snickerdoodle Mini Round Up!
    Have an awesome day!
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  16. December 6, 2015

    Epic list! I love the family charging station and the comic book coasters! 🙂 And in my area baggo is called Cornhole! 🙂
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  17. March 1, 2016

    I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment! recently posted…http://www.swedenhotelfinder.comMy Profile

  18. May 11, 2016
    Dom Smith

    I really like your collection. It’s always hard to buy gifts for men and even harder to figure out what to make them. Thanks for this great collection to inspire!

  19. August 3, 2016

    I found awesome handmade man shoes: ! Have crazy colors! I love them!

  20. November 17, 2016

    All of these are so neat! I like how most are really functional, too! Thanks for making this list!

  21. November 18, 2016
    David Blanchard

    Hey Tara,

    Great Job!

    The post has such great ideas for gifting men at the perfect occasions.Its not that tough to choose what to gift in the case of men but still these ideas are soo unique and thoughtful .there are many such things that i would love to receive as gifts. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing such informative post and keeping posting!!!
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  22. November 22, 2016
    Michel margarita

    Helpful post. Don’t give common things to your guy in special occasions. Special occasions should be celebrated with some special gifts and here the top 10 best gifts for men this Christmas .

  23. December 9, 2016
    Elli Avram

    All Idea Are Very Supper And Interesting. I love To watch Every Picture.
    I personally like “DIY MAGNETIC WRISTBAND”, idea are awesome
    Anyway, Thank You For Sharing With As.

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  26. January 10, 2017

    These are some great ideas, I had not heard of many of these services. I love the coffee box, we love great coffee and my husband would love this. Or the BBQ box, Bruce loves to cook on his smoker and grill. This would be just as much fun for you as it is for him, watching him open the box and try on or use what’s inside. Love these ideas!


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