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Anniversary Gifts for Him

I can’t believe it, this month my husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary!

Every May as our wedding anniversary comes around, I get worried. What do you give the best husband ever for your anniversary? In the past, we have enjoyed vacations (or staycations) together or skipped gifts and spent the money on home improvement projects.

But this year I wanted to give my husband something special. And since I love to DIY, I wanted to be able to make something for him too. What I came up with is the perfect anniversary gifts for him.

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Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

My husband is the most supportive man I could have asked for. Anyone that puts up with my crazy DIYing must be amazing. He never complains when I drag him to the home improvement store on his day off to help me buy the heavy stuff.

Then just smiles as he unloads it all again at home. I wanted to give him an anniversary gift that said thank you for always being there for me.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

After a long day at work, he always comes home and empties his pockets. He unloads his cell phone, earbuds, and pocket change onto the nightstand. Where it sits until the next day when he loads his pockets again. He really needed a place to unload the day.

Someplace to catch all his things until he needed them again. Something like a beautiful nightstand tray, that I could DIY for him for our anniversary this year.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Then to make it even better, I added this amazing wood watch from Jord. These watches are so beautiful.

Each one is a work of art. And I love that the wood in the watch will make him think of his crazy DIY wife every time he wears it!

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

I absolutely fell in love with the Dover series Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood watch and knew it would be perfect for my husband. The face of the watch has all the gears visible.

It’s a beautiful contrast to the light and dark wood watch band. And for the man who loves to see how things are made, having the gears in the open means he can just enjoy watching it without having to take it apart 🙂

So this year I think I totally nailed the anniversary gift. My husband will be able to use his wood watch and nightstand tray everyday and hopefully will still be using them when we celebrate another 13 years!

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

How to Make a Wood & Leather Nightstand Tray

Supplies:

  • 8″ x 9″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
  • 48″ piece of 1/4″ x 2″ board
    • These thin boards are sometimes called hobby boards at the home improvement store.
  • Wood glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stain and sealer
  • Pieces of leather
    • I used a pair of old worn out boots for my leather.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Out of the 1/4″ x 2″ board, cut 2- 9″ pieces, 2- 8 1/2″ pieces, 1- 8″ piece, and 1- 4 1/4″ piece.

Trim the 8″ piece and 4 1/4″ piece down to 1 3/4″ wide. I used my table saw to do this. If you do not have access to a saw that can do this, you could buy a thinner board for these inside pieces. They wouldn’t be flush to the top like my tray is, but they would still allow separation.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Apply a thin bead of wood glue to the 9″ edge of the plywood. Line one of the 9″ pieces of board with the plywood so it is flush on the bottom. Hold the pieces tight together with painter’s tape. Repeat on the opposite 9″ side.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Secure the 8 1/2″ boards to the other sides of the plywood the same way, but make sure to add wood glue to the sides of the 9″ boards as well. “Clamp” with the painter’s tape.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Now you have a beautiful tray. It would be perfect this way, but I wanted to add some separators to help keep all my husband’s items super organized.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Glue the 8″ and 4 1/4″ board into the tray with the wood glue. Add glue to all edges except the top.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Let the glue dry, then remove the painter’s tape and sand. Stain the sides of the tray. After it has dried, seal it to protect the wood. I used a simple clear spray coat.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

To give the tray a little cushion, and make it more masculine, I wanted to cover the bottom of the tray with leather. I have been hanging onto these old boots for a few years now. The bottom of the boots are completely worn out and the soles have broken, but the leather on the top was still beautiful. So I kept them to use eventually. This was the perfect DIY to use them in.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Cut a piece of leather to fit into each of the tray compartments.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Glue the leather into the bottom of the tray. I used hot glue so the glue would dry quickly. That way I could stretch the leather to lay flat in the bottom of the tray.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

Now all that is left is to fill up your DIY wood & leather tray with a beautiful wood watch. These watches from Jord are a piece of art for your husbands wrist.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

My husband loves his new watch so much. It truly is the perfect anniversary gift for him.

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway here (see all the details on the first page of the post).

Here’s to many more amazing years!

Celebrate the man in your life with these perfect anniversary gifts for him. A DIY wood and leather nightstand tray for him to unload his pockets into. And to make it extra special, fill it with a beautiful wood watch so he will think of you whenever he checks the time. Housefulofhandmade.com | Gifts for Dad | Gift Ideas for Him | DIY gift ideas | Men's Watch | DIY Nightstand Tray | DIYI Catchall Tray

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johannes Megele

Monday 21st of October 2019

Love this site! Thanks for all the help!

Kati

Monday 11th of November 2019

Awe thanks Johannes :)

Cheryl

Friday 12th of May 2017

A rainbow anniversary sundial (a sun clock) for the window sill is a good idea, especially if you get a date line added to it that the time shadow will follow every year on the anniversary day. He'll never forget his anniversary with something like that in the house!

Kati

Friday 2nd of June 2017

That is a beautiful gift idea too! I love the subtle reminder of the date too ;)

Maria

Wednesday 10th of May 2017

Such a cute guy and love the watches, My son has one and its really great quality. Maria

Kati

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Thanks so much Maria! My husband loves his watch so much. It's beautiful!

bonbon

Tuesday 9th of May 2017

Hi Kati.....love the wood watch and the caddy is perfect as a gift for guys. Thanks for the ideas.

Kati

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Thank you BonBon!

Claire | Heart Handmade UK

Monday 8th of May 2017

Hi Kati, that little nightstand caddy is super and would make a great project for any of the Misters in my life! x

Kati

Friday 2nd of June 2017

Thanks so much Claire! I agree, it would be perfect for any man :)

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