Gift for Guys: Guy-Friendly Bouquet

by Alison Needham

Overview

Special occasions call for special gifts. Why not treat your man to a “bouquet” filled with all of his favorite things? All wrapped up and tied with a bow, this bundle of goodies is sure to make him swoon. Watch our video for a quick how-to!

Choose a Theme

What is your guy in to? Plan on putting at least a dozen small items into the bouquet. Think about adding things like mini booze bottles, a flask, cigars, golf tees, concert tickets, handkerchiefs, playing cards, poker chips, notepads, a compass, a pocket knife, hot sauces, a flash drive, ammo, gift cards, lottery tickets, candy, cuff links, or a fancy wine bottle opener.

Assemble Needed Items

Gather up everything you plan on putting into the bouquet, as well as 12 long wooden skewers or green plant stakes (found at garden centers), green tissue paper, a hot glue gun, a container of some sort (think bucket, wine decanter, cocktail pitcher, beer stein), something heavy to weigh down the container such as marbles or sand, and a ribbon. If your contents aren’t too top heavy and you don’t have to worry about weighing down your vase, you can use more lightweight fillers like mixed nuts, coffee beans, roasted in-shell peanuts, wood chips, or anything else that works with your chosen theme.

Make the Bacon Roses

Decide how many bacon roses you want to include. Each rose uses one slice of bacon. Roll bacon slices up tightly and place them in a mini muffin tin, fat side down. Set tin on a rimmed baking sheet (in case the grease overflows). Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove each rose from the tin and cool on a paper towel. Insert the pointy end of two skewers into each rose at the base.

Prepare the Rest of the Bouquet Items

Heat the glue gun. Carefully glue one skewer to the backs of each item you plan to include in your bouquet. Cut green tissue paper into 1 inch by 3 inch strips. Stack three or four strips together and pierce with the pointy end of one skewered item. Slide the tissue up to the bottom to give it a leafy look. Do the same for all of the items for the bouquet, including the bacon roses.

Assemble the Bouquet

Fill your container with marbles (or another heavy material such as polished rocks or sand). Insert skewered items evenly into the container. Tie a bow around the bouquet and present to your favorite guy.

Photo Credits

  • Alison Needham

About the Author

Alison Needham specializes in gluten and allergen-free recipes, cooking for families, and local and seasonal cuisine. She's written for Disney Family, Spoonful and her local newspaper. A graduate of UCLA with a degree anthropology, she is a self-taught cook who found her way to the kitchen because she was hungry.