My recent post about fiction book bags as Christmas presents proved very popular so here another one about creating non-fiction book bags for blokes. (Book bags for ladies coming tomorrow.)
First up, how to sew a fabric bag for a book. There are very clear instructions here on the Design Dazzle website.
I did some research and found out what some of the most popular hobbies for men are. Here are book bag ideas based on those.
First up, a couple of ebook suggestions:
The Garden Seed Saving Guide. To go with this – pair of gardening gloves, small trowel, small flower pots, sticky labels.
Preparing a Garden from the Ground Up. All of the above gift suggestions apply as well as packs of seeds.
I don’t know a thing about golf apart from that it’s very popular, so I won’t offer advice on which ebooks to buy. There are zillions of ebooks on the subject to choose from. However, some golf balls, socks, tees or a pair of golfing gloves would fill up a book bag for a golfer very nicely.
Again, there are lots of books out there to choose from, but this looks interesting – Fishing – Learn from the Tips and Laugh at the Tales. Into the book bag go some hooks, flies, line, disgorger, lures, small bags of boilies etc – the list of little fishy gifts is endless.
Pilots might enjoy Thunder in the Tummy, a collection of funny true tales by a pilot.
Youngsters thinking of learning to fly will benefit from this book, Teenage Pilot.
Suggested book bag goodies might be a chart, sunglasses, flying gloves, pilot’s watch, model aeroplane, tie with planes on etc.
5. Homebrewing and Winemaking
A promising looking ebook for all homebrewers is Beer and Ingredients here.
And for 99 cents you could add a work of fiction on the subject in the shape of Secret Life of the Brewer’s Yeast: A Microbiology Tale.
I came across one for winemaking which was 582 words long and cost $6.99 so for obvious reasons I won’t be recommending that one. Not the sort of ebook you want to see out there.
Again, there are plenty of little things you can put in a book bag – stoppers, brewer’s yeast, straining bags, funnels, tube brushes, litmus paper, labels …
Here’s a good ebook: Why You Can’t Shoot Straight
Gifts for the book bag would be small targets, old CDs to shoot at, earplugs, safety glasses.
Exploring With GPS: A Practical Field Guide for Satellite Navigation
And a novel to go with it: Twin Falls
You could pop an old-fashioned compass into the bookbag, but most useful for the geocaching man in your life would be a selection of small items he can put in the caches he finds. What happens in geocaching is that you take a small item from the cache you find after signing the log, and leave something in its place. You could also put in a plastic container with a very tight seal in case the geocacher wants to create his own one somewhere.
Hope these ideas help.