Homemade Christmas Presents for the Men in Your Life

Men may not show it, but just like anyone of us, they too get amazed to get holiday presents. However, they are the most difficult to buy for.

If you buy them a new wardrobe, you’ll have to keep guessing if they'd ever wear it. Wine and perfume are ideal but are quite common, along with watches, wallets, belts and pens, and you can bet they have lots of it. They’ve probably already got a multifunctional or an all-purpose tool in their cars and wouldn’t need a new set. But honestly, all these can be very expensive to buy for all my favorite men.

So I have thought of giving away homemade goods. I thought it could bring more fun and accomplishment creating them something small but meaningful for Christmas (at least for me) than simply buying from gift shops.

I can't say I made them perfectly, but thankfully, my creations looked and tasted like those on the go. I know that I was enjoying because I love cakes, pastries, and little sweets... and so… I did homemade gift packages for my favorite men -- Dad, my brother, brothers in law and a cousin.

I made bunches of caramel corn puffs, chocolate cookies and of course, the little but ever present milk candies and my mother's nougat. Everything was done quick and fun with little hands eager to help in wrapping up nougats and candies in small parcels and the rest of the goodies with Christmas decorative cellophane bags.

I was so happy to see how delighted everyone was to see my personalized gifts. I couldn't explain the joy as I watched everyone smacking sweets merrily... I even ate along. The most beautiful thing I got for Christmas? The feeling of how, my humble Christmas present, has gathered the whole family in the true spirit of Christmas -- PEACE, LOVE and ONENESS.

An Idea from Mikaela Danvers
An Idea from Mikaela Danvers

This Christmas, I'm thinking of no-bake cheesecakes, I should be good at it, lol. Not kidding... and yes, I will make all of these from… scratch! Wait for it.

What Men Likes for Presents

I’ve read somewhere that men like gifts that give them more time to do the things they like doing.

So I was telling myself again that since my men go out cycling on the weekends, jerseys and gears are perfect! What's nice too is that I can add to the cycling supplies for family members, as I'm sure we'll all be going out for Christmas mountain biking. But back to my senses, I'd still want something homemade and affordable.

If you know your men more, there could be many ideas you can think of that they would like. If your husband loves coffee, chances are he probably would be surprised with a homemade coffee flavoring. Salted Chocolate Coffee Creamer, is a good one to try making at home, here's the recipe. Brothers and cousins would surely enjoy drinks, surprise them with beer in can so cold they would love to guzzle it just not to miss the moment of icyness. Just don't forget the pot roast.

Is your Dad a magazine lover? Why not treat him with a kind of gift that keeps giving year round – a magazine subscription. I couldn’t be happier seeing the rosary I gave my brother in law as Christmas present some three years ago still hanging in the rear view mirror of his car to this day.

Once I sent my boss (not one of of my favorite men anymore) two movie tickets of the latest movie, sealed in a self-made Christmas envelope, and the next day I was amazed his wife sent me a cake with a message that delivers ” Thank you for the Christmas treat." ... Wow, it was an enormous feeling!

There actually are a lot of something we can give for our men on Christmas, but there is nothing like giving away presents they know are personally made for them. It makes them feel extra special. Sounds cute, soft and childish, but your men knows it helps you stay away from buying novelty gift items, and for the most fun part is that you're making great things from small.

This Christmas

At this time of year, let's hope everyone will remember the true spirit of the holidays. Let's wish every family and friend can focus on helping those in need.

If we have find joy giving presents for the men in our lives, perhaps a little something for those in need can make their Christmas a little merrier. It is genuine joy that we all can help fill a beautiful difference in the lives of people. I think my humble cookies can do a little something.


More by this Author

Comments 13 comments

always exploring profile image

always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a wonderful idea, sure to please any man. Thank you for sharing

Vellur profile image

Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Awesome idea. You have put your heart and soul in your gifts. Tasty lip smacking ones. Great idea voted up.

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello Ruby, how are you? You bet, men would like us to give them something they know we made with a loving effort; not just appreciating our talents but helping them save up a lot of money from shopping holiday presents....lol, kidding! Thank you for dropping by, you are an inspiration. Happy holidays!

Yes Vellur, the feeling of joy in my heart from planning to preparing and decorating, to wrapping the good in parcels and and putting ribbons just to make it look glorious, was unbelievably enormous. Makes wonderful give-aways from what's available. Thanks for reading... May your holidays be filled with lots of love and sparkles.

teaches12345 profile image

teaches12345 4 years ago

You sure do know how to make a man happy. However, I think I would enjoy the cookies as well. You had me on the opening cup of coffee - - aahhhh! Great ideas, Tonipet.

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hi Teaches. Thank you... the best part was, no one complained of over-sweetness, under-baked, bland or what, and I was happy! Cookies and coffee are a wonderful Christmas snacks, I'm with you thiisss big! Oh, I have not yet made the sandwiches using your suggested "banana"... it's another one I have to boast about next, LOL. Thanks again for leaving me a comment. Anything from you encourages me to do more. Happy holidays!

janices7 profile image

janices7 4 years ago

Love those caramel corn puffs. My Mom used to make that for the holidays, but it would be gone in less than a day. Great ideas!

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Janices, caramel corn puffs is the simplest homemade sweet treat from scratch that is so easy to prepare. Kind of something to remind us of beautiful long ago where its fun seeing Mom's goods gone in sixty seconds, LOL. So sweet of you to love caramel corn puffs, too! Glad you made it by. May your holidays be merry and sweet.

Darrylmdavis profile image

Darrylmdavis 3 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

Now here's a hub which is rare in topic and very useful. You may have saved millions of men from another tie or a pair of socks! lol! :-)

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Haha, thank you for dropping by and read my hub, Darryl. Men deserves not just the most expensive things from the store, but the most special homemade treats that can come from the heart. Only a little effort to make them feel super loved.

Glad you find this rare in topic and useful. I wish you all the special treats "made at home." Best wishes, good health, peace and love all the time. -:=)Tonette

Careermommy profile image

Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Tonipet, this hub is perfect for Father's Day! I love making personalized gifts for my family. I was thinking about making my husband a snack gift basket this year. I think I should also add some homemade cookies in there as well. Thank you for your ideas.

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Oh I forgot, it's almost Father's Day! You reminded me that my hub is all about for the men of our lives, lol... My, I was being forgetful. Not too late to keep up... thank you. A snack basket I'm sure will fill your husband's week loaded with easy-to-nibble-on treats made from the heart.

Very romantic, makes me wish I have someone special to make those treats for haha. Thank you Careermommy. Best wishes to you and your husband. Hugs!:=)Tonette

toomuchmint profile image

toomuchmint 3 years ago

Homemade sweets are such a great idea. Processed foods contain so many additives and preservatives. Homemade, simple-ingredient cookies in pretty wrappings are tasty and non guilt-inducing. The cellophane bundling with ribbons is really pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Tonipet profile image

Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello toomuchmint! You got it, homemades are never outdated. If you ever got the feeling of so much contentment from achieving something out of scratch and make it BIG, it's wonderful. Thank you for liking the cellophane bundling, thanks to Mikaela for that photo.

This Christmas, I'm planning of making cupcake boxes out of colorful old magazines, then glittering ribbons... I've already gathered a bundle of the mags, lol. Thanks for visiting and for your thoughts. Advance happy holidays! -:=)Tonette

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article