Let’s face it, men’s fashion and accessories can often be more expensive than your own. You may have already bought him everything you can possibly afford without going the cheesy route.
Cheese isn’t necessarily something you want to add to his next birthday present anyway. Besides, who doesn’t like something unique and homemade!
With thousand ideas to choose from, I’m going to list my top 10 favorites, in the hopes that you find something that speaks to you.
Remember, as long as you make it with love and you have a boyfriend who isn’t only interested in designer labels, you’ll be the best girlfriend ever for yet another year running.
The trick is to be creative and add plenty of love into your creation. Even if you really stink at making things. He’ll notice the effort you put into making his gift and love you even more for it! So, here are 10 unique homemade boyfriend gift ideas that will sweep him off his feet.
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1. Bake a cake
What better way to celebrate your boyfriend’s birthday than with a personalized birthday cake. Buying a cake can become quite expensive and you’ll take the uniqueness out of your creation.
Remember to read the instructions on the recipe carefully, get all your supplies ready before you start the baking process, and create something your boyfriend will fall in love with – besides you.
Try this easy Extreme Chocolate Cake from AllRecipes.com
• 2 cups white sugar
• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 cup boiling water
• 3/4 cup butter
• 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
• 5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 2/3 cup milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Set oven to 350 degrees F and grease two 9 inch pans.
• Mix together the first set of ingredients to make the actual sponge. First mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix together for roughly 3-minutes and pour into the individual pans.
• Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
• While cooling, mix together the second set of ingredients for the icing.
• Cream the butter until light and fluffy, add the cocoa and sugar along with the milk and vanilla.
• Spread the icing onto both cake layers and stack them.
• Time to decorate! You can sprinkle crushed chocolate to decorate the top or be creative with a bag of mini Marshmallows. It’s your choice.
2. Make him love coupons
One of the most creative and cost-effective homemade boyfriend gift ideas is to make him love coupons. These can range anything from a simple ‘hug coupon’ to a ‘whatever you want voucher’ available for an extended period of time.
All you need is a stack of paper or cardboard, scissors, colorful pens, and a daring sense of humor.
3. Build a candy jar
This jar doesn’t necessary have to contain candy. It can be any treat your boyfriend absolutely loves. However, added Hershey Kisses is a nice incentive if he’s currently away from home.
Every Hershey Kiss can represent one of your kisses until he’s able to see you again. Fill the jar with as many incentives as possible and add a pretty ribbon.
Truth is, the ribbon is only there to make yourself feel better. He’ll probably throw it away anyway. It’s the idea that counts, though.
4. Draw a destination map
If you’re planning a special day out with your boyfriend, why not draw him a map of where you’re going. You can even take an existing map of the area and create an ‘x marks the spot’ idea.
It’s fun and cute, and your boyfriend will think you’re extremely creative to think of something so simple, yet effective.
5. Construct a clock
Giving your boyfriend a clock for his man cave may seem like a simple idea, but men tend to like simple anyway, right? As a great homemade boyfriend gift idea, you can use ‘manly’ decorating ideas such as ties or old records. The options are endless, but he’ll never be late for a date again!
6. Create cool cufflinks
Every man should own a pair of cufflinks to suit his personality and dress sense. You can easily reuse old, outdated cufflinks either found in an antique store or your grandfather’s closet, by removing the main decoration and gluing something unique to his personality in its place.
By using a glue-gun, avoid touching the glue as it may burn your fingers. Gently dab a tiny bit of glue onto the cufflink itself and add your unique decoration.
7. Make a mix tape
Probably one of the oldest gifts around, and definitely one of the most sentimental. Avoid modern technology and go old-school.
Add your favorite songs using the stop and record method like we used to back in the day. Remember to provide a tape player if your boyfriend doesn’t own one. Trust me, he’ll think you’re a complete dork, but absolutely adorable for doing it.
8. Personalize his desktop
It’s time to leave dork at the door and turn into sexy Sally for this gift. If you’ve ever had trouble finding homemade boyfriend gift idea, look no further!
After doing all the necessary grooming, place the lighting to catch all the right angles and take a ‘selfie’ from a distance – unless you have a very generous friend who wouldn’t mind taking the photo for you.
You can be as daring as you really like, no limits. When he’s not looking, change his desktop image to your new creation so it’s the first thing he sees when he opens his laptop. Be sure to warn him ahead of time if he plans on using his laptop in a meeting.
9. Imitate naked chef
Who doesn’t like a good home cooked meal? Especially if you’re doing it with just an apron on. You can add this to your list of surprises if you’d like, just ensure that you’ve moisturized all the necessary bits and keep knives far away from exposed areas.
Pretend as if nothing is going on when he comes home to find you in an apron. Trust me, it’s one home cooked meal he’ll never forget!
10. Present a coffee mug
Not as daring as the previous idea, but definitely something he can use on numerous occasions. It’s pretty easy to make, just be sure to find a plain mug that will easily show the message.
You can be creative and write a cute message, using a sharpie, that he’ll see every time he drinks his morning cup of coffee. Let it dry and bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30-minutes.
Remember, some colors may darken so keep that in mind when choosing your sharpies. It may take a little bit of extra time to make a homemade boyfriend gift idea, but it’s all worth it in the end.
It beats any expensive, meaningless gift that you most likely can’t afford anyway – so why should you create debt on your credit card when you can find the perfect gift for your boyfriend at a fraction of the cost.
It doesn’t have to look tacky and he’ll know it’s straight from the heart – making your gift priceless. Remember to think outside of the box and keep your boyfriend’s taste in mind.
Perhaps he’s more inclined to appreciate gifts he can wear or something he can look at every day. Maybe he has a sweet tooth and enjoys the finer things in life.
It’s all about creating something he’ll enjoy just as much as you enjoyed making it. So go ahead, have fun, be creative, and make your boyfriend the birthday gift of a lifetime!