Here's a long-overdue answer to a question in the comment box. Can you suggest any frugal or handmade gifts for men?
Most of you crafters won't like my answer: Not really. At least, not in my experience.
Remember how I was so thrilled to present him with USGS maps of local fishing waters, over which I had lovingly handpainted different species of trout? They were not a hit.
Secret sources tell me men are most happy to receive something homemade only when it's edible--as in steak or cake. I hope my trusty readers will prove me wrong! Honey sewed a team sports pillowcase that is much loved by her husband; Wardeh at Such Treasures cleverly designed a custom tool roll-up.
Reading The Five Love Languages might help you make the most of your resources when it comes to giving. For an "acts of service" man, detailing his car would mean more than a golf shirt. For a "quality time" man, arrange babysitting and take him somewhere, anywhere, without the kids. The "words of affirmation" man might actually appreciate the card you design, while the "touch" guy--well, I'll leave that up to your imagination.
My husband wants something to open after eating a slice of his sugar-free cheesecake. Since his family never gets gifts in the mail, that part's up to me! I work hard to find what he really wants at a bargain price. This year, I stumbled upon a perfect suit--a 52 XL glen plaid--for half-price at Goodwill. I'm also including a like-new Columbia fishing shirt and a pair of those pockety, outdoors pants with zip-off legs ($2 total). I know he'll love these hard-to-find items! Since this is a banner year (Ph.D. and birthday in one week), I'm also arranging a guided morning of fly fishing with profit from my Salvation Army find.
Please add your ideas for low-cost gifts for men in the comments below!