Welcome to this weeks link up of Handmade Christmas gifts. All the categories will be open for links through Nov. 31st so make sure to go back through and see what everyone is linking up. Also, feel free to link up items as you complete them.
The hardest people for me to make gifts for are men. Partly because men are usually a little more utilitarian than women and they just don't see the need for more than one tote bag, for instance. As my boys grow into teens and adults they're not quite so excited about mama made stuff as they used to be.
But that's ok because I know you guys are going to link up some amazingly awesome gifts that we can make for the guys in our lives this holiday season.
With the cooler weather coming I decided to make a "rice warmer" to send to Christian. Not really a Christmas gift but more of a "I love you and miss you" gift. A "rice warmer" is a tube sock filled with about 3 cups of rice with a flannel case over it. You heat it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to warm up and it will stay warm for a long time. It's really good for when you have muscles aches and need a hot pack or when it's cold and you want to snuggle under blankets. If you get really cold feet these are great for warming them up.
You can also use field corn - it will stay warm a little longer. We've used these for years and have never had a problem but I have read reports of people catching their microwave on fire by leaving them in too long. But you guys are smart so I know you would never do that.