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08-10-2010, 01:52 AM
My close guy friend's birthday is this Sunday, and he refuses to let me buy him a gift (something about I already do too much for him), but he will let me make him something.... Yeah, it's never made sense to me either. I personally think he just likes to be difficult. The last few years, I've baked him cakes/made chocolate covered strawberries. But I am so beyond sick of baking. I have done the gift basket idea with a bunch of candy and little things for his Christmas gift last year (I was told I only got away with it on the technicality of creative thought although it was all store bought). I'm a writer, so I've also written him a parody story/letter before too. I'm at a loss for what to do, so I'd appreciate ideas of things I could make for him. He kind of likes video games but I think he's outgrowing them, but he is a computer and math geek. He's an active Christian, so I thought about making him some kind of Bible study kit, but I can't think of what to *make* other than a bookmark and Bibles typically have the ribbon bookmark anyway. I can be crafty enough when I put effort into it, so I'd be very grateful if you all can offer some ideas. Thank you! :D

08-10-2010, 02:21 AM
Does he like Star Wars?

Or if video games... what characters from that?

Mario hat?


08-10-2010, 02:38 AM
A "Jews for Jesus" fanny pack!

08-10-2010, 03:47 AM
How about a photo of the two of you together? Or if you have the time, tools, and inclination you could make a small scrapbook. Or frame a bible verse for him.

HTH! Enjoy!

08-10-2010, 02:03 PM
oooh- taking on ANewCreations idea... something framed - scrap-booked picture with a good bible verse about friendship? i love that idea.

what about just making him a really nice dinner for his birthday? Effort appreciated, no actual gift.

maybe a fun little home made "coupon" book with things that you do that he could appreciate- like bake him something, make him dinner, whatever... tht he could cash in on whenever he wanted.

08-10-2010, 02:16 PM
A CD with all his favorite songs?

08-10-2010, 02:24 PM
Dress the table and make him a meal

08-14-2010, 11:12 PM
Thanks for all the good ideas! They really got me thinking. I finally decided to make him a "prayer jar," so instead of just one scripture I put about fifty really great verses in it. I also tried glass etching for the first time (btw that glass etching cream is scary... rubber gloves and goggles), so I was happy when I managed to have it turn out ok and not etch my skin off. :D I printed the verses on blood red paper and the cross on the jar is manly enough that I think it upped the macho factor a bit. I also made him a couple of mixed cds. Thanks again!

08-14-2010, 11:26 PM
Love it! How did he like it?