When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.

Whether it's your first or fiftieth anniversary, you want to make it special. Surprise your spouse or significant other with a personalized anniversary gift that shows how well you know and adore them. Custom-made jewelry, personalized wall art and photo frames that commemorate the special day you met or married, are just some of our great anniversary day gift ideas.
Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.
Whether it is his wedding, birthday, or anniversary and he is a traveler, homebody, college grad, or family cook, we have great gifts for him. Guys love our customized grilling accessories, monogrammed travel gear, personalized sports gear, and exclusively designed beer and whiskey glasses. For those guys who enjoy the sweeter things in life, consider a gourmet gift basket filled with chocolate-covered strawberries, cookies, or coffee.
Customize a burlap throw pillow with your family member’s zip code or a special date. These DIY Christmas gift ideas add the perfect finishing touch to the family living room or a breezy porch swing. Create the burlap pillow from scratch (or use store-bought—we won’t tell), then use acrylic paint with stencils to paint your design of choice on the fabric. These country-chic Christmas gifts are perfect for the farmhouse aficionado in your life.  

The holiday season means a little more celebrating (ahem, wine), but that doesn’t have to be bad! Put that collection of wine corks to use with this creative Christmas gift. A wine cork base makes a bulletin board both functional and artsy—and we love the idea of hanging Christmas cards on it for the holidays. Choose a frame deep enough to hold whole corks, or cut the corks in half lengthwise with an extra-fine razor saw (available at crafts stores). Secure the corks to the frame backing using wood glue.
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
Transform an old book into a pretty box for trinkets and other small items with this easy-to-make Christmas gift idea. Apply crafts glue to the inside back cover and close the book; let dry. Apply glue to the book's edges; let dry. Mark a rectangle on the first page about 1-inch from all sides. Use a crafts knife to cut along the mark through several pages. Remove the cut pages; continue cutting and removing pages until you've reached the desired depth. Seal the cut pages with clear glue to finish the keepsake box.

Whether it's your first or fiftieth anniversary, you want to make it special. Surprise your spouse or significant other with a personalized anniversary gift that shows how well you know and adore them. Custom-made jewelry, personalized wall art and photo frames that commemorate the special day you met or married, are just some of our great anniversary day gift ideas.

The world's first automatic, all-grain homebrewing appliance, Pico is basically a Keurig for beer. Instead of K-cups, it uses prepackaged boxes of grains and hops from dozens of craft breweries to create whatever style of beer you choose. Whether you prefer a Rogue Dead Guy Ale from Oregon or a Whetstoner Session IPA from Vermont, the Pico allows you to brew up a batch at home. And while it's true that you could buy a hefty supply of beer for what the machine costs, there's nothing quite like tapping a keg of liquid you created yourself.


It can be fun to buy themed gifts; for instance, coming up with fun Christmas gifts for sisters or moms. Again, consider something that is special to her when you are developing your Christmas gift ideas for her. Another special occasion is her birthday. A great gift idea for her birthday could be as simple, yet thoughtful, as matching monogrammed mugs if the two of you enjoy drinking tea or coffee together. Something you share together can be a great birthday gift for her.

Nothing But Blue Skies - Work’s beating them down, and their body is a wreck. Who can afford to only work forty hours a week these days? An experience day at a pampering, relaxing retreat, all just for one day, is enough to convince them to take a load-off for once. It’s near impossible to justify a small vacation, but a one day only pampering event is hard to refuse. It allows them to still provide, and enjoy a guilt-free experience that’s selfishly about them, and nothing else.


Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.

This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:


It is generally considered important that each wedding anniversary is celebrated in a memorable and meaningful way, because the anniversary is like an annual renewal of the commitment between two people. This is one time of the year when time and effort needs to be invested into finding a suitable gift, and a gift that is romantic, unique, or symbolic in some special way for the couple.
"I bought this for my son (a chemical engineer) for his birthday. He was very impressed with the… more quality of materials and how complete the set was. I had found other brew kits online, but they were made of plastic and other inferior materials that taint the flavor of the "brew" so this was a great find for a great price. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product and the company. It was delivered the next day! I will absolutely be purchasing other items from Man Crates in the future!” - Deborah less
For Christmas gift-giving emergencies, dress up a simple gift card with our festive holiday holders. Stitch two pieces of felt together, using your card to measure the proper sizes of felt. Trace holiday-theme stencil designs onto felt in contrasting colors; cut out. Use hot-glue to secure to holder. Cut a small circle at the top of each tag; thread with baker's twine.
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...

So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.

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