Yeah !!!, it's SMS Giveaway Day !!!

How exciting! It's finally here! This year's SMS Giveaway Day.

I am so thrilled to participate this year. First I had all these great, awesome plans to handmake something for this giveaway, but then quickly and totally ran out of time. So, instead, I have decided to pick a set of fat quarters of one of my current favorite fabric lines. I hope you like...

But, first, here is a picture of the handmade gifts for the kids' teachers:


Handmade soaps (Yes, I made them myself! Super easy and fun.) and a lavender filled ornament.
If you are ever looking to purchase fresh dried lavender you HAVE to go with posi_trade on Ebay. They have the most reasonable prices I could find anywhere and their Grosso lavender smells just awesome. Right now I am storing it in my sewing room in a tightly closed ziplock bag. But still, the room smells like a lavender field.

Okay, back to the issue at hand.
Problem is, that these gifts are, let's be honest, geared towards female teachers. But, it just so happens, that there are also two male teachers: Yanic's Gym teacher and one of the Pre-school teachers at the girl's school. And, I have no idea of what to make for them!
This is were you come in. For your chance to win, please leave a comment and give me your ideas for a handmade gift suited for a male teacher.
Giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 6th (Nikolaus Day). And I think I will pick the comment with the best idea. If there are several comments that I really like I will draw a random number instead.

Oh, I guess, you would also like to know what you can win ;-)
Four fat quarters of Michelle Engel Bencsko's Shade Garden fabrics.




Good Luck!

166 comments:

Jo said...

Maybe a handmade tie?? haha.. never needed a present for a male teacher..

Thanks for the giveaway!

Emily Guerra said...

A male teacher? You could give him food. What man doesn't like food?

Lauren said...

Men are so hard to get stuff for! I agree with Emily though--food! You can never go wrong.

lissie.loo@gmail.com

Anne at Film and Thread said...

We have given gift certificates to office supply or bookstores and the teachers seem to like that.

Suzanne said...

What about one of you neck-warmers? I've thought of making our kindergarten teacher a cloth X & O games for the classroom.

Jan said...

Husband is a teacher...his favorite is homemade fudge, preferably peanut butter!

Always Sewing said...

Homemade cookies, yum who does love that.

two hippos said...

Gift certificates are great as is food.

Donna said...

I find it so much easier to handmake for women!

I like giving food gifts to men . . .gift cards . . tea or coffee, I struggle every year with wanting to make my husband something and then I end up buying!!

I'll be curious with what you come up with!

kindredcrafters (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennadesigns said...

Hmm... I think some handmade soap off Etsy. They make some great beer soap. Very fun! Otherwise, make a manly version of Pink Penguin's Fabric Basket Tutorial (think denim and a boyish fabric) and tuck in some fun food treats.

Thank you for the giveaway - this is a great line of fabric!

Grace said...

I JUST this minute saw a tutorial on Skip to My Lou for making book plates (you know, name plates for the front of your books) for teachers.Here is the link:
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/12/02/teacher-gifts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+skiptomyloublog+%28Skip+To+My+Lou%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

SuperMom said...

For male teachers we always used to make them a "from the desk of" note pad. As a teacher they probably use a lot of notes and who doesn't like personalized stationary!! :)

Lauranie said...

ooohh thanks for the lavendar tip..I was thinking of doing some rice heating bags for presents and wanted to add something calming and smell goody!! How about that for a gym teacher...or even your pit boo boos...I gave a couple I got from you to my daughter's Pre-K teacher and she said the kids LOVE them...He could use them for his students bumps and bruises?? Also, I am going to do a couple of the coffee/can koozies...I saw one through SMS where you add a plastic pocket so they could insert a picture...very cool!! Great giveaway girl...have LOADS of fun this week!! xo

Michele said...

Why not soap? Most men bathe. And just look at the men's fragrance market. Those guys like to smell good!

juliecache said...

male teacher gift, hmm. a cover for a travel pack of tissues made from suiting, a cozie for a coffee mug/can of pop, or stationery. Or candy.

Catherine said...

Food has always been a hit for the men. I like Rachel Ray's 5 minute fudge and maybe some cream cheese mints.
Thanks for the giveaway! I love the colors!

Erin said...

Hi - I would have to go with food, a scarf, perhaps a laptop sleeve.

Tara said...

Easy peasy! You just take your homemade soaps, put them in a mug--preferably not glass or ceramic--metal works best and buy a shaving brush. My husband syas he'll never use shaving cream again after this! And my neices gave them to their male teachers last year and they seemed to like them fine! Or a gift certificate to a coffee shop. Men are boring like that! Thanks for the chance to win!

KatyK said...

My son is a teacher - he prefers practical giftgiving.

A scarf or hat is always useful, and who does not love home made cookies/fudge/cake

thanks for a chance at the giveaway

Willa said...

cute fabric assortment

D said...

A wallet might be useful. I've seen tutorials for charging stations or decorated Hand sanitizer (always useful in a classroom especially during flu season). I've also seen tutorials for water bottle holders- that might be useful for the gym teacher. Good luck!

Thanks for the giveaway!

jennirowles said...

My idea is for a handmade coffee cozy and a girftacrd to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. My husband is a teacher and would love that!

Jingle said...

My husband is a teacher and I know he loves to have storage. You could make something to hold onto the dry erase markers in the classroom (like a burlap pouch for them or something), or perhaps create a nice desk top solution for pens, scissors, etc.

lesleyandsara said...

awesome giveaway. make a coffee cup cozy like the ones i have on my flickr(lesleyandsara)

phillandlesley(at)msn(dot)com

Karen said...

Chocolates, or baking- Men love to eat right?
Karen- twiceasniceboutique@live.com

A Little Of A Lot said...

How about soap in a sandalwood scent ? A candy dispenser filled w/ candy, cookies, a pencil holder decoupaged to fit the subject he teaches, gift certificates to the movies or local coffee shop, a covered journal and pen. A patchwork scarf made from plaid flannels

Melissa said...

My daughter is loom-knitting a hat for her male teacher- I figured he could use it on playground duty days during the winter. (I also got him a gift card to a bookstore, so no handmade help there!)
Good luck! And thanks for the fun giveaway!

Katie said...

I used to teach with a male kindergarten teacher and besides Starbucks gift cards which he loved, even a $5 dollar one was GOLD to him, he once said that this little scrapbook a parent made for him was his favorite gift. It was simple just a 6X6 book with a picture of each child in the class and a short message they dictated to their parent on the otherside. He kept it displayed on his desk, always and would take it out and read it if he had an especially rough day. He told me it reminded him why he was teaching. Wow just realized those kids are like seventh graders now.

Becky said...

Lovely fabrics. I could have fun with those. And I love that you made soaps for the teachers. Great gift (former teacher here).

For a male teacher. Yes, I agree, food gifts are fun, but he probably gets a ton of those. How about a gift certificate to a restaurant? Starbucks on the way to school on a cold winter morning ... perfect!

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Natural Violet said...

Gift certificate is a great one. Good luck!

JennB2567 said...

a coffee mug, filled with coffee samples?

jnaboles@yahoo.com

sb said...

Sorry to add a boring, been-there-done-that answer, but I think the best gift is food. My dad was a junior high teacher for his entire career, and the gifts he liked the most were food and bookstore giftcards.

Erika said...

I have to agree with the food comments, guys almost always like food.

james and bess said...

great fabric! i like the tie idea, or maybe a coffee sleeve-thing? or masculine note cards or a scarf or hot cocoa? we only have lady teachers to create for, so i don't know - sorry! good luck! :)

bess

jbknav@hotmail.com

Heather said...

I think that a homemade coffee cup hand protector would be perfect! (ok, I can't think of the proper name, but you know the cardboard ones they give you a starbucks? That's what I am trying to get at! :-) Ohhh my, my brain is mushy today!)
Those fat quarters are gorgeous and would be put to perfect use!
h_freund@hotmail.com
Happy holidays!

sweet limes said...

I'd cover a journal with fabric for a male teacher. But sort of make it look patched and quilted. Know what I mean? Stylish but not too feminine. Good luck finding ideas.

simplymodernmom.com said...

i love those fabrics! happy giveaway day! here's mine http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2009/12/the-gift-box-a-giveaway/

Sarah G said...

I would do something embroidered with his initials, or Mr. so and so... maybe a handkerchief with one of your soaps wrapped in it?!

Anya said...

How about a fabric journal cover in colors/fabric that a man would like? Thanks for the chance!

JacquieLH said...

Those are great fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway.

I would say one of those cozies/dishes (fabric lined). You know, the kind you put on a bed stand or console as a place to put cell phone, wallet, keys, etc... when they get home. My husband loves to have all of his stuff all in one place :)

Miss Prickly said...

Maybe a simple throw in masculine colors for TV watching. Every teacher needs book bags, regardless of gender.

mjb said...

Great giveaway! I'm still a few years away from having to think about teacher gifts, but food's always good.

tong said...

What about coffee/tea mug cozies? Male or not, everybody drinks coffee and/or tea, right?

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

MM4ver said...

I would make the felt letter for him to use.
Megan
meganlfuchs@gmail.com

Mama Lusco said...

Beautiful fabrics! Great for the giveaway :) Guys are hard to make for, so I usually choose food gifts. How about some easy Soda Cracker Toffee, cookies or caramel corn? A boxy pouch filled with pencils? Good luck! Thanks for the giveaway.

Bunny said...

Hmm, if you're crafty you could make a tie, or even some personalized hankies. A variety pack of coffees or teas. I usually paint glass jars to put desk supplies in.

Sara said...

I tried teacher school and taught for a total of 3 months. Here is what you can make the male teachers (and the female teachers for that matter):
a small clock. Those ones that you use the clock mechanism and then embroider or paint or whatever the numbers/background.

Include a note saying they can use it either to count the number of wonderful hours they've had with your children today, or the number of hours they have left to go before they can go home and forget they ever took up such a difficult profession.


(As you can guess, I was Always Counting Down the hours. :)

Megan said...

I'm making box bags in manly fabrics http://stacysews.com/projects/tutorials/ and meandering rib scarves http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=25613 for the men on my list. Good luck!

Anne said...

I would make cookies. :) Thanks for the fab giveaway!

A. said...

Gloves, scarves, food? I'm not good with it either.

My roommate is a teacher and she asks for donations to charity in her name. Not that handmade, but a good idea nonetheless.
albeaton (at) aol (dot) com

KimberlyFDR said...

I was going to say handmade tie, but how about a handmade bookmark or cover?

April in Autumn said...

I have a male Secret Santa this year and had the same dilemma. I'm going with baked goods.

Sara said...

Male teachers: scarf, fingerless gloves, or mittens...

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Libby said...

Food mixes in a jar - hot cocoa mix, a couple soup mixes, a cookie mix, cute bags of homemade spice mixes and rubs (you can google for tons of these recipes... homemade taco seasoning is AWESOME !)

Marianne said...

A loaf of banana nut bread. It keeps well and guys love it. I have also given homemade fudge and guys like that too.

Melody said...

How about personalized bookmarks, bookplates, or key fob? And, as several people have already mentioned, homemade cookies are well loved by everyone ;)

Heather said...

How about handmade shaving products, like aftershave tied up with a nice boar's hair brush or something?
Or a hand-made lanyard for the PE teacher's whistle?

RyanSarahN said...

I always run into the same problem - not with teacher,s my daughter is not old enough, but just with men on my list that I want to make something for. I like the idea of hot pack - use manly fabric, fill with beans or rice, include instructions for microwaving... - this would probably be especially good for a gym teacher with sore muscles. (Oh and if you put it in the freezer it can be a cold pack.)

FibreJoy said...

Thank you for your giveaway!

I think they might like a nice book cover in a fabric appropriate for a man. I know I would like to receive such a gift if I were a man and a teacher!

Cheers

Carrie said...

Lovely fabric, girl! Okay, men are hard... everyone has already said food which is cool. How about tie or... have you seen the hand made note pads? Those are cool http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/09/09/how-to-make-a-notepad/
That's all I got! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

akdilcher said...

Beer soap? whoever said that should be the winner! I am looking up that now. Guys have to cook some...so maybe a jar gift that has all the ingredients for cookies or for soup layered in it. My kids have fun making these and then they don't have to eat it right at Christmas when they have so much else.

Holly said...

Our teacher gifts this year will be hot cocoa mix (homemade) and a tin of cookies (homemade) - good for men and women both!

Anita said...

I agree, food is a good choice, or a hat or scarf.

Her Royal Highness said...

a tool belt?

Bec Clarke said...

Perhaps a notebook cover?? one that fits a common size book so it can be re-used

meg said...

how about key lanyards? I am always loosing mine when I go in the classroom

Muriel said...

A fabric scarf: no itch!! Or a fabric book cover, maybe with an empty note book inside. Or a little fabric sock filled with lavender to put between their socks. I think there is nothing wrong with men's sock smelling of lavender.
The fabric is lovely! Thank you for the chance to win it!

Katie B. said...

My husband is a gym teacher! I'd say a hat or scarf would be great. He'd also love food. Maybe you could take them lunch one day.

djaj said...

I already had to deal with the male teacher problem...
And here is what came out of my mind and hands : http://djajoblog.canalblog.com/archives/2009/07/19/14454078.html
Hope it will inspire you some way...
But the soaps are perfect even for male teacher, aren't they ?

britt said...

coffee cozies made from something manly like denim or flannel!

Tanya said...

Hmm, a handmade bookmark and a gift cert for a bookstore? What about soap that may be a bit more masculine-oatmeal?
Good luck!

Llamabean said...

I think any teacher male or female would like a hand written note from the student, thanking them for the things they have taught them and what they are looking forward to in class in the new year. You could always tuck it into a mug with some hot chocolate or apple cider if you need a "gift" but a note saying what the teacher means to the child might be nice.

Kelli said...

Two years ago my dd had a male teacher and the class pooled their money and got him a WII :) We also gave him some sugar cookies cut into M's and decorated with blue and god for his favorite sports team, Michigan Wolverines. The next year my son had him and we gave him golf balls.

by Daisy said...

loved everything!!! count me in!

my hunch for the male teachers is food!!!

Leslie said...

great giveaway. thanks for coming to my blog and entering the giveaway. good luck

Bird said...

gorgeous fabrics! and as for a gift- i usually give the ladies in my office homemade peppermint bark, and the guys get home made mixed spiced nuts. it always goes over well!

Brooke said...

For male teachers, maybe a hot chocolate or coffee kit? with a nice mug?

debbiekl said...

Male teacher gift. How about a tie? Another idea (if he rides bike) is a roll up pouch for bike tools (pump, wrench, etc.). I'm hoping to make one for my husband this Xmas. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sarah said...

I'm going to have to go with food here also. My husband makes really good homemade chocolates that we give away at Christmas time. If not that - then a carry case for his favourite gadget? (Kindle, iPod, etc.).

Jessica said...

A remote control caddy?

Male teachers are hard . . . I agree with the food suggestions too.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Bonnie said...

I would love to win the FQs
Gift for male teacher, gift card always works or a basket with coffee mug,little bag of coffee and cookies.

Kerry said...

Homemade sweets! :)

Lise said...

I'd give them your soaps; just choose a masculine scent and wrap. And yeah, food's always a good choice! Thanks for the giveaway!

luke and pamela said...

we are giving all of our friends homemade bread and homemade butter. it's simple, but classic. thanks!

mary said...

Men are so hard to get presents for! How about a journal or book cover? Bookmarks, coffee cozies or a scarf?
Or food!

Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan said...

I'd go with homemade goodies: fudge, cookies, biscotti, etc.

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Cinnamon said...

Thank you for the giveaway! Hmmm, things to make for male teachers...I just saw a "remote holder" pillowcase made out of an old mens shirt with the pocket still on it for the remote. But I'd have to agree with some of the others, food is always a hit.

Jessica Jo said...

Boys like soap too! And you can make the sachet ornaments and fill with with cedar instead of lavender, a more manly scent.

Desiree said...

Food. guys like food. guys love food. I don't know what else you would make a guy teacher. Thank you for the chance to win! Have a wonderful Christmas. -dez

simply.simon.sisters[at]gmail[dot]com

Ellyn said...

nice blog! what about a gift card to a donut shop for a male teacher?

Becky said...

How about some snazzy coffee (http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/personalized-blend?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/edible-gifts#slide_22)? some great gift ideas for guys that my hubby say are pretty cool as well

elizabeth said...

Have you seen the patchfolio pattern by Craft Apple? In manly fabric, that might work.
I made zipped toiletry bags one year out of corduroy and manly lining fabric and filled them will travel-size things.

thanks for the chance!
eaputzer[at]yahoo[dot]com

Holly said...

Those are beautiful!

My mom made all of my (elementary school, and maybe more) teachers a pumpkin cake in a terra cotta pot. They were always well received.

Grace Wong said...

how about....a manly handwarmer! You could add lots of details/fabrics based on his perferences.
shou.milk@gmail.com

Helena said...

Well gym teacher might need some bean bags for class games of some sort, or food. How about cookies.

Jenny said...

I think a fabric covered notebook is a good idea for male teachers, or if more pressed for time, we are making fabric covered button magnets for all of our teachers this year...sets of 4, and I think stripes or solid colors would suit any male nicely! thanks for a chance at your generous gift and happy holidays!

Chancy said...

Because of the giveaway I just found a possibly good idea the other day from Film and Thread (she's in the sewing and knitting list). It was a photo rubic's cube. You could use general images like sports or such.

Jessie Lathroum said...

I think ornaments are appropriate for both men and women,.... so maybe an ornament with you states sport team colors or logo?? Also, for soap, how about soap in the shapes or food?? Like a little basket with bacon and eggs soap or hamburger soap?? Pretty funny and guys like humor! It was a big hit at our company gift exchange! :)

Danielle said...

just to be funny, you should give them an apple cozy! I always think thats a funny idea. and you could give them an apple in it too!

Catherine said...

I would say food, like cookies or home made candy. When I was a kid, I'd bring my mom's homemade pickles to all my teachers, male or female, and my male grad school advisor always got cookies.

bethany said...

such pretty fabric!!!

Greta said...

I think you could make soap for the men to but give it a more woodsy smell. But if you don't want to go with that or any of the normal gifts like food what if you made them a nice scarf or a toolbelt. Okay so a toolbelt might sound cheesy but just because they are teachers doesn't mean they don't have a honey do list at home and my husband is always struggling to find a way to hold onto all that stuff he needs at the top of the ladder.

Helen said...

You could make an i-pod or cellfone cozy out of manly looking fabric.

Rebecca said...

Brownies!! :-)

Emilie said...

I would have to say a handmade tie...they're always appreciated...

carriegirl said...

I would most likely make a nice food item for a male teacher. This is what I do for our karate instructor each year. Men like food! Otherwise, maybe a scarf? Thanks for the opportunity to win your yummy fabric!

sarah in the woods said...

Lovely! Thanks for the opportunity.
Some homemade cookies for the male teachers.

Rachel said...

With a few teachers in the family, I've learned that they are always needing nice looking paper (rather than notebook paper) to send notes home to parents, write memos to other teachers, and so on. Personalized notepaper is always a great idea and doesn't have to be feminine- a geometric stamp could really dress up a pad of plain paper.

Shona Cole said...

something edible!
thanks for the chance to win

shona cole
http://shonastudio.blogspot.com/

Susan said...

I agree with others who have commented: food! Some homemade candy, cookies, or bread will go over well with anyone. A lot of guys also like gadgets so a Best Buy gift card would be nice.

Myrnie said...

Cookies, bow ties, book marks...fabric covered notebooks? Lunch sack? :)

SisterlyLove said...

chocolate covered pretzels? Food is always good. :)

Genevieve
jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net
www.prettywit.etsy.com

Christy said...

hmm maybe a cute mug with a sampler of international coffees?

gill said...

hi
what a great giveaway!
i've never heard of this designer
gill x

C-Joy said...

How about making a personalized lanyard for a whistle? Maybe even a new whistle! As a teacher I'm always using bean bags for games and activities. They are very easy to make & it is great when you can have enough for every child in the class :) Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

Jessica Christensen said...

I usually do treats inside some cool packaging. papertreyink.com has some great templates for unique packaging of goodies.

Evelyn said...

Honestly, for men, I'd go for food! Or maybe one of those kraft-paper moleskine books with some neutral/black/grey fabric scraps sewn onto the cover. Everybody can use a notebook!

Lovely give-away - those FQs are so pretty!

Raheli said...

Maybe an iTunes gift certif [depending on how old they are], or a batch of cookies?
If the soaps aren't scented, they male teachers might appreciate it -- think of how often they must wash their hands to keep the germs at bay!

Peach Rainbow said...

why not soap for the male teachers also? they too bathe right?

if not some homemade cookies or cakes! if he loves sweets he can have them or he can share it with his family and kids (if he has a family!)

who doesn't love home made stuff.

BTW my husband is a teacher/lecturer!

The Mangerchine's said...

I'd love to win this fabric!

I always have a harder time doing handmade gifts for men! I think food gifts always go over well for them though, maybe beer bread (or even a beer bread mix in a bag with a bottle of brew and directions... you can find recipes for the mix on the Whole Foods Website). I also like homemade beef jerkey or spiced nuts for men. Of course quick breads, cookies and candies are great to. Oh, and caramel popcorn or peanut brittle are good also. Chocolate covered pretzels or truffles are nice also.

For my husband this year I'm hand decorating a cheap coffee mug with a meaningful phrase. If you did this you could throw a tea bag and cinnamon stick, or small coffee pouch, chocolate dipped spoon or peppermint stick and a baked good in there also.

For my father in law this year I'm making bookplates, stationary, and return address labels, possibly packaged with a nice pen.

Homemade spice mixes are also good, maybe taco, chili, BBQ etc all mixed up and presented in cute canisters with recipe ideas, or grill tongs.

On that note, even bottled homemade BBQ sauce, salsa, or pickles could be good. Or maybe a jar of homemade jam and peanut butter and a loaf of homemade bread.

shannon.mangerchine(at)gmail(dot)com

In the past I've given homemade journals (a composition book modge-podged with pretty paper) and a homemade bookmark to guys that I thought would enjoy them.

Trudy Callan said...

A tool apron. A winter scarf. Soap. Cookies, fudge,etc., credit card holder

Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

I am also having a giveaway; so be sure and stop by my blogs. I have two, one for sewing and one for art. www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com and www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

My 9 year old daughter is also having a giveaway on her sewing blog. Hers is www.sewingsister.blogspot.com

Trudy
trudy dot callan at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

How about baking something, or making a stamp that says something like "great work!" that they can use when grading papers? You could do a hot chocolate mix and marshmellows (recipes for both in handmade holidays on sewmamasew) everyone likes hot chocolate in the winter.

Carrie said...

i like to give them cookies. or cookie dough they can freeze and slice and bake in the winter when the cookies run out! thanks~

Sue Cahill said...

I would get him one of those All-in-One tool kits to keep in his desk.

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Breanna S. said...

The fabrics you selected are beautiful!

Breanna S. said...

I like to give guys tickets to the local movie theatre or bowling alley if I don't know what they like.

daizee said...

I would go with food! Thanks for the chance to win :)

kleiosbelly said...

I made my brother two kinds of bark last year and he went crazy for it:
http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/in-case-of-emergency-bake-a-cake/

It's very inexpensive and easy to make but looks great in a tin.

As a teacher myself (college level, so we don't normally get prezzies, booo), I'd also suggest something completely practical, like a gift certificate or notepads & pens. There might be an overload of trinkets and whatnot if a whole class is doing the same. (The soap is great! Thoughtful but practical!)

Morgan said...

How about a coffee cup cozy? Or a food kit in a jar - cookies or soup; something he can make after all the holiday goodies are gone.

Anna Maschke said...

Coffee or tea mixes with a mug
rice hand warmers (small bags filled with rice to warm in the microwave and keep in your pockets when it's cold)
a pillowcase with fabric suited to his interests
a fabric cup cozy for coffee cups

as a former teacher, food is a good choice too!
annamaschke@hotmail.com

Sewclever82 said...

I would say something to keep him warm during the winter, knit scarf or hat. You could also go with baked goods or candies. A tin or toffee, fudge, peanut brittle, and/or carmel.

Betsy said...

I like the idea of a scarf for a male teacher - food comes to mind too, but I know teachers get too much of that stuff already!

Hilda Siemens said...

I'm thinking of giving all the men in my life a jar of homemade hot sauce... what guy doesn't love hot sauce?

ircabbit said...

A gift for a male teacher... I would say cookies would surely be appreciated. :)

Jessica said...

What about a hand made card set. Most people use cards, so it makes a great gift.
Thanks for the chance to win.
curry(dot)jessica(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa B said...

I'm sure a male teacher would enjoy lavender soap...lavender is very calming!!
Beautiful fabrics.

yawkar618 said...

teachers can always use gift cards to places like borders or barnes and noble. that's not very homemade-ish but it is practical!
happy holidays and thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway!
yawkar618 at yahoo dot com

The Sewing Dork said...

Last year we gave Mr. H a handmade lunch sack and reusable fabric lunch wrap along with a gift card for what else... a lunch shop.
cynsaw2@hotmail.com

Artkat said...

What about a wine bag complete with a bottle of wine. Otherwise food, movie vouchers, heat packs...

carmel said...

i think maybe a lap top bag, a book mark, a scarf- all in a manly range of colors...
thanks!

Ammie said...

Congrats on making the front page of Etsy! Squee! Hmm. A male teacher. My husband is a poor example, because he likes girly things just fine, like the pretty white and red-embroidered slippers he picked out for his Christmas gift. ;) A knitted scarf or hat, or perhaps some tasty granola or cookies or bread? Good luck figuring it out!

khloverofjesus said...

Love your homemade soaps! And that fabric you are giving away is adorable!! Hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!
Kimmy HO
khloverofjesus@gmail.com

Rebekah said...

Hi Beatrix,

For Christmas about three years ago I made apple jelly and apple preserves for my Papa and my brother. I strongly recommend giving a couple pints to the teachers--I know they'll love it as much as my family. Here is the recipe I used for the preserves: http://www.bigoven.com/21563-Apple-Preserves-recipe.html

And since you like to sew and crochet, why not add some embellishments to the pint jars?

Best of luck with the gifts!
Rebekah

Abby said...

How about a beverage sleeve? It could be for a beer, coffee, other drinks? Maybe in a cool beer or sports print?

Thanks for the giveaway!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Selene said...

Perhaps a bar of soap with sandalwood or chamomile and a jar of homemade jam?

I think soap is a good idea, but maybe not with girly scents.

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

A handmade gift. . . hmmmm. . . my best idea is a handmade lunch bag out of some manly fabric so the guy doesn't have to pack a lunch in brown every day--unless he eats the school lunch--then my idea is worthless :). Good luck.
Consuelo
aaronandconsuelo@gmail.com

Jenny said...

Maybe a covered notebook with school colors or mascot featured?
Thanks for the giveaway!
~Jenny~

NuggleMe said...

I would just do a gift card for the local coffee shop. Men are so hard to shop for.

CMEH said...

I would go with coffee stuff and a gift card... all my make teachers seem to be into coffee.... think it may be a job hazard!
Thanks for a great giveaway!antly

Wrongtree09 said...

Teachers come up against a lot of germs at school, so maybe some natural hand disinfectant? Citrus scents wouldn't be too girly, I think.

Susan said...

I think i like giving like a coffee mug stuffed with goodies. Can,t go wrong with that!

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Lynne said...

What about a coffe cup cozy? Thanks for the great giveaway!

itsgottabeodin said...

I think homemade treats would be good.

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Hmm...that's a tough one, male teachers! What about a sewn coffee cozy in "masculine" colours? The teachers I know complain that their pens and pencils constantly disappear, so maybe personalised pens or paper-covered pencils with the teacher's name?

Andrea in Vermont said...

How about a journal with a handmade cover? A felt or quilted coffee cup holder? Magnets made with your kids' artwork? Hip pillowcases? Good luck!

Madeleine said...

A knitted scarf... but it's too late for that, is it? Cookies would be good. Something that you bake... Or napkins... Ashley from Film in the fridge has a great tutorial...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Happy holidays!

misszucchini at yahoo dot ca

Lynn Osborne said...

A trash bag for his car in a sports, fishing, golf, etc fabric. Use a newspaper plastic bag as a liner so it can be thrown away when it gets yucky! Thanks for the chance to win! lynnosborne@verizon.net

Cary said...

A gift certificate to Starbucks would be great.

moorefamily said...

Wow this is a hard one.... besides food there isn't very much to choose from... how bout a man bag... lol just kidding, ummmm... I'm making my husband something handmade for christmas... not sure what to call it... I'm using UK fabric since he's a fan and it's gonna hold a sm pad of paper and a pen since he's always taking lots of notes at work...and it'll snap shut or something... sorry for all the vaguness...lol

Cal said...

To be honest I have the same problem as you! So I would say handmade food! Like cookies in a mug, or something along those lines. You will keep the handmade theme, but it will be food! Unless you can knit a beanie hat... ?

Mama24Monkeys said...

My Grandfather told me the way into any mans good graces is through is stomach and as a school teacher I say bake them something yummy.

Kessilari said...

Maybe food? Or something that he like...if he's given any anecdotes about anything he does out of class.
Cute stuff!

embyrfire@hotmail.com

sy said...

thanks for hosting the giveaway! i think coasters or cd holders are nice gifts for guys.

Mandi B said...

I am making journal covers for some of the men in my family for Christmas. As a former teacher, I know that I used journals and notebooks constantly. A reusable cover would be nice.

Thanks for the chance to enter!

lalestyleshop(at)gmail(dot)com

♥Lola said...

That's a tough one. But maybe a small basket with some coffee themed items. A mug, various coffees, maybe some cookies.

http://thelifeofthegirlnextdoor.blogspot.com/

Hootie said...

Pretty colors! Count me in please! I'd love a chance to win.

Happy Sun Shiny Sunday! :)

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