While the holidays are always a great time to spend with friends and family it is not always the most enjoyable time when it comes to the wellness of our bank accounts. The overspending and trying to find something for everyone can suck much of the joy away from the holiday.
However, if you are slightly handy with tools or have the ability to cook soup, there are some great DIY gifts that you can make yourself at home that will leave your bank account happy and you beer loving friends even happier this holiday season.
First, do not worry if you don’t have a full workshop at your disposal or a large kitchen to work in, these projects are simple and can be done using only the bare essentials.
1. Homebrew: Yes you can easily make beer yourself and give out the fruits of your labor to loved ones this holiday. If you have the ability to make soup than you can brew your own beer, you can brew your own recipe or choose from one of the many clone recipes available of your favorite commercial beers. If you are new to the hobby check out one of the local homebrew shops like Northeast Hydroponics & Homebrewing in Dickson City or Simply Homebrew in Drums. They can get you set up with the necessary equipment or you can go to Northern Brewer and find an endless supply of great beer kits and start brewing delicious beer at home.
2. Bottle Opener: The first step to enjoying great beer is to open the bottle. This step is crucial and gifting a wall mounted bottle opener to a beer-loving friend is the perfect gift. You can find metal wall mounted bottle openers on Amazon or a slew of other websites, one you procure one. Cut out a shape of your choice using solid wood, preferably oak, popular shapes are rectangles, coffins, or beer bottles. Mount the opener to the wood using the provided screws and you now have the perfect handmade gift for your beer-loving friend!
3. Beer cap magnets: Every beer lover has a few favorite go-to breweries, so why not display this love on your fridge? This is a simple project anyone can do. Simply find small magnets, they can be found at hobby shops or online, and gather up used bottle caps, but be careful not to use ones that are too bent. Using a glue gun adhere the magnets to the caps and you are done. You now have beautiful fridge magnets for all of your friends.
There are endless arrays of other great projects that you can find detailed plans for online such as a reusable wooden 6-pack beer holder, tap handles and flight paddles. This year save yourself some money and impress your friends with your handiness and make some great DIY beer gifts!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.