In general I find it more difficult to make handmade goodies for men than for women. I usually have grand plans, then cave at the last minute and run off to the bookstore or something. The reality of a man in my family carrying a patchwork tote finally hits me and I realize that a) either he won't use it, or b) he will, and will be beaten up on the street because of it. Both outcomes, not good.
The t-shirts I made last year actually got a decent amount of wear. It warmed my heart each time my husband came out in his. This year, Elliot and I conspired to create a little coffee cup cozy for my husband...one that retains his masculine image (lol!), while nodding to fatherhood. This coffee cozy may look all business on the outside- being wool with a boyish print, but inside is hiding one of Elliot's drawings printed on fabric.
So as he sits in Starbucks working on his laptop, and he reaches for his cuppa joe, he'll think of us, and be grateful we skipped the tote.