Christmas gift idea help?

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
Hey guys. My family does a gift exchange game for christmas every year. Everyone makes a handmade/homemade gift.

I'm flat out drawing a blank on what to make this year and running out of time.

Anybody have any ideas on simple gadget/trinket/gift type thing that would be convenient or handy?

Some guidelines:

It won't be any type of a knife or blade.
It shouldn't be terribly difficult or time consuming.
I have typical knifemaking tools and materials.
Thinking small-ish?
Wood, metal, damascus type object?
Doesn't have to be cheap or expensive or really have any financial value attached.
Could be useful or decorative.

Any ideas appreciated.
 

JeremyBartlett

Well-Known Member
Only things I could really come up with. Damascus divot repair tool if its for a guy who golf's, Damascus Christmas ornament with 2020 on it from a nail.polish resist before etching, and maybe a Damascus bottle opener
 

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
Nobody plays golf but those are definitely the right types of ideas. The bottle opener could be something.

Thanks for the post.

Keep 'em coming.
 

opaul

Well-Known Member
Does any of your family enjoy oysters? A fancy oyster knife is always a treasure in the SE. I have to agree with the opener or some type of key chain or ornament for a key chain.
 

Chris Railey

Well-Known Member
Forge out a steak flipper. Always a big hit in my family. If there are females forge a few S-Hooks of varying sizes chics dig those. Forge out a plant hanger or bird feeder holder. Forge a cooking fork or spoon/ladle. Got family with a fire place? Forge out a poker, or a kindling froe. Holler if you need more ideas.
 

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
Forge out a steak flipper. Always a big hit in my family. If there are females forge a few S-Hooks of varying sizes chics dig those. Forge out a plant hanger or bird feeder holder. Forge a cooking fork or spoon/ladle. Got family with a fire place? Forge out a poker, or a kindling froe. Holler if you need more ideas.
I like the steak flipper idea too.
 

J. Doyle

Dealer - Purveyor
Forge out a steak flipper. Always a big hit in my family. If there are females forge a few S-Hooks of varying sizes chics dig those. Forge out a plant hanger or bird feeder holder. Forge a cooking fork or spoon/ladle. Got family with a fire place? Forge out a poker, or a kindling froe. Holler if you need more ideas.
Hey Chris....what do you do to "finish" that forged stuff? Wire wheel? Oil baked finish? Nothing?
 

Chris Railey

Well-Known Member
Depends on what I made. The S-hooks and non food stuff I paint with stove paint. For food stuff heat the piece up to black heat and rub beeswax or cooking oil all over it.
 

Chris Railey

Well-Known Member
If you go to you-tube and look up Black Bear Forge. Its an old dude in Colorado who is a VERY good blacksmith. If you search his videos you will find something to make for a gift. His videos are really good too, very well done.
 

billyO

Well-Known Member
Espresso tamper?? ......you guys are reminding me just how UNcultured we are. LOL.
Just thinking about what to do with my failed explosion mosaic piece.

OK....Paperweights???
People do use paper still, or am I the only one?
 
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