Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for a Husband

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Husbands and wives sometimes take each other for granted. It's not that they don't love or appreciate each other. It's just that during the holiday season, children and other family members and friends take precedence. This year, even if your budget is tight, put your husband near the top of your gift list. And personalize that gift to make it extra special.

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas for a Husband
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You could buy a favorite team's sports jersey for your husband to wear on game day. Or you could make a custom jersey. You will need heat-press transfer paper for your ink jet printer. Download the team's logo. Print it, using your computer's color printer on the transfer paper. Iron it on a jersey in the team's color. Embroider your husband's name on the front of the shirt. Add his favorite player's number on the back of the jersey, using another heat transfer.

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Married couples have times that have been special to them. Recreate that feeling by putting together an album that recalls a special event or occasion. Go through your mementos and pull out the ones that are appropriate. Fill in with photos. If you're a little short on items to include, hit the Internet. For example, if you had a wonderful trip to San Francisco and visited several noted restaurants, use the websites of the restaurants for photos. Many even have their menus online. It may have changed a bit since you were there, but the signature dishes probably haven't.

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Every husband has a dish that he loves. It might be something outrageous like lobster thermidor or hot and spicy pork chili with chorizo cornbread. The challenge with a food dish is that it's difficult to keep the food fresh while the present is waiting under the tree. So don't. Wrap the nonperishable ingredients for the dish, the recipe and a cooking pot and put those under the tree. Have the perishable ingredients in the refrigerator ready to go.

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Have the kids spend the night at Grandma's or a friend's house while you and hubby snuggle up with a favorite romantic movie. Package the movie with new pajamas for both of you. Embroider your names on the PJs. Add some gourmet snacks like chocolate-covered strawberries you've dipped yourself.

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