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Thoughtful Homemade Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend

Uttara Manohar
Homemade gifts are a welcome change to buying a gift from stores every time a special occasion comes around. You can use simple materials to create a homemade gift that will speak volumes of thoughtful intentions and make your boyfriend go 'wow'.
Guys aren't the easiest people to please when it comes to gifting, but there's always a way around it. The best way to know what he likes or wants, is to pay attention to what he says. But here, you are making a gift for him from scratch.
Will he like it? Will he be happy to receive it? Whatever your fears, don't choose not to experiment with DIY gifts because I can assure you, he will love whatever you present him with.

Cute Gifts to Make for Your Boyfriend

What You'll Require:
Stitching set (needle, thread, scissors)
Box of colorful buttons and different colored fabric 
Cardboard frame (use a stencil to design a border)
Super glue
Poster colors (black or white)
✦ Instructions:
Once you have your stitching set and box of buttons in order, the first step is to decide which design you want to use on the fabric. If say for instance you go with a heart-shaped arrangement, place the buttons on the entire surface of the precut fabric resembling the heart.
You can use bits and pieces of old fabric sewn together, or take the easier route and just cut up an old sweater. Make sure the fabric isn't too thick since you'll need to glue the entire thing to the cardboard frame.
If you don't want to use fabric with sewn buttons, you can always use super glue to directly place the buttons over the cardboard's surface. Color the cardboard using a solid shade like black or white first (you can use poster colors) so that the color contrast of the buttons, pops.
If you know how to stitch, use a variety of buttons to create a design of your choice - it could be yours and boyfriend's initials, the word 'love', cupid, and the like. Use an actual image as a guide by drawing its outline either over the fabric or cardboard surface with a felt-tip marker.
Sew/glue the buttons in place depending on which craft method you go with. Once you're done, have it framed from a store or directly nailed to your boyfriend's wall.
A guy usually knows that the girl he's with is the right one if she not only gels well with his friends and family but also his pet. Some guys can really be attached to their pets, so being exceptionally nice to his furry friend is a given.
If he has a pet dog or cat, then how about stitching something for it? It may sound ridiculous, but a lot of pets wear cute little outfits that owners clad them in, so why not your guy's? Depending on the season of course, you could stitch an appropriate piece like a mini t-shirt or sweater (if it's extremely cold where you live).
Stitch a funny one-liner or a cute quote across the front for added effect. Take his pet's measurements when he's not around, so that you get the perfect fit. Make multiple pieces for the pooch or kitty; he will find it either hilarious or sweet, thinking how absolutely cool it was of you to take the trouble to make them.
Crocheting is going to be a fun experiment for you. There's so much you can do with this technique, it's incredible what people come up with. If he's touchy about coffee rings on his tabletop, you could make him a couple of crocheted coasters or a cup holder.
Try out other out-of-the-box creations like crocheting a mug sleeve to make it easier for him to hold his hot cup o' Joe. If he loves lazing in the sun on a Sunday afternoon or going to the beach, you could crochet a hammock. Make these homemade gifts and watch him shower you with unabashed adoration.
No one can pass up a beautiful box of homemade chocolates or cookies, so prepare yourself to make a batch that will make him swoon. If he already loves your cooking, this will blow him away. But if you've never tried a hand at it, now is your chance to impress him.
Gift boxes are available in abundance in gift shops, so pick one out and use it to conceal your delightful goodies inside.
You most probably know what his favorite flavors are, so go ahead and make a batch of something you know he'll definitely love, or throw caution to the wind and take a chance with something he's never tried before.
What You'll Require:
Photographs (of both of you)
Quick-drying glue
Lip-shaped cutout (for central message)
Large cardboard cutout (to place photographs on)
Sturdy frame
✦ Instructions:
This is a fairly simple DIY project, with easy-to-access materials that aren't hard to find in any craft store, or even at home. Place the cardboard cutout on a flat surface, like the floor or dining table and think of a fun way to arrange your photographs.
Once you narrow down how you want the final result to look like, you can then proceed to glue the photographs to the cardboard cutout and include a description snippet of what the photograph depicts - 'Our first date', 'Picnic at the beach', and the like. It gives it an extra special touch to include details like dates, descriptions, or a funny one-liner.
After you've glued your photographs and included a cute message to round it all up, place the cardboard carefully within the frame. If you can't do this yourself, have someone help out, or visit a store that specializes in framing artwork and such.
What You'll Require:
Ordinary jar
Lip-shaped cutouts
Felt-tip marker pen
Your favorite perfume
✦ Instructions:
Use a reference image to trace the outline of a lip. When you make the lip-shaped cutout, be careful to cut along the edges and make at least 20 of them. On each cutout, include an array of comforting, sweet, and supportive messages that you know will help your boyfriend when things go awry.
Using the felt-tip marker pen, jot down your heartfelt messages across the cutouts; carefully fold each one into half (horizontally).
You can put together a bunch of colorful cutouts, or just bright red ones if you prefer. Lay out the cutouts over a flat surface and gently spritz the perfume over them, turning these over and repeating this step. Drop the messages into the jar and screw the lid back on.
Every time he feels down, unsure, sullen, or pissed off, he has your jar of messages to turn to. Everyday he can pick one out, or whenever the mood strikes, and find extreme solace; a little assurance and love packed into a jar is exactly what he needs, especially if you aren't around.
These homemade gift ideas for your boyfriend are just some of the many ways where you can use your creative juices. Feel free to mix and match the gifts to make a gift basket that he will cherish for a long time to come.