I wanted to share a few DIY gift ideas for men, I have made a dressing gown for my brother this year [more of than in my next post]. But with @my_plastic_free_journey_uk have tried to come up with some good gifts that don’t require much or any plastic. First up:
Purl Soho tie
A fun gift for a tie wearer and can be made out of any fabric, be that comic book, silk or Liberty Print. Or you could knit a version – there are lots of patterns and the Wool Warehouse has a free pattern.
Shaving items can be very synthetic and bad for the skin or packaged in lots of plastic, so here are a few ideas:
For a pre shave oil: Pour 100mls olive oil and 100mls jojoba oil into 200ml bottle. Add 4–5 drops of essential oil to the oil mixture – lavender, rosewood, vanilla and frankincense are great. Seal and shake bottle to mix ingredients. Don’t forget to add a lovely label.
Shaving cream tutorial. or this recipe: Place 100mls coconut oil and 100mls shea butter to a glass bowl and microwave for aprox 30 seconds. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. If mixture is not completely melted, microwave an additional 10 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to mixture and a few drops of essential oil and stir. Refrigerate until solid and then whisk for until mixture is fluffy. Decant into a jar and add a lovely label.
Mustache Wax, here is a good tutorial.
Beard Oil: 50ml coconut oil, a few drops of argan oil, few drops of essential oils – rosemary, lemon or mandarin are great. Pour into a jar or metal tin – Baldwins do a great range and have all the ingredients as well. Do add a lovely label.
Bags are a great choice if you have time, there’s still a few weeks to go! Merchant & Mills have fabulous patterns and I liked the Costermonger. The kitbag is a fab tutorial, has a real vintage look to it. And if he takes lunch into work, what could be better than this lunch bag by Purl Bee? If you add an insulating batting would be fab all year round.
Do hope this may have helped spark a few ideas, if you don’t have time Etsy has some fabulous products. If you have a gadget mad man, there is a wooden iphone speaker that is brilliant – not just for men either!
Please note this is not a sponsored post, all items chosen by me.