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.
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 …
Gifts for the book bag would be small targets, old CDs to shoot at, earplugs, safety glasses.
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.