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  1. gemma@thesweetestdigs
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    Love that! Simple and really cute. I’m sure he’ll dig it!

  2. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian at · Reply

    It is obvious to me that you are going to reclaim that crate. It is way too adorable, and you will find a much better use for it than James.

    Wish him a happy birthday from all of us!!

  3. Jessica@CapeofDreams
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    My husband would love this. He actually just posted on his Facebook yesterday the quote, “What do you mean, I am hard to shop for? Don’t you know where the liquor store is?”

  4. Martina
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    Such a sweet & simple gift. It’s true that once you have kids the whole showering an adult loved one with gifts kind of goes out the window a bit. Love the execution on this, very stylish/crafty/awesome.

  5. now at home mom
    now at home mom at · Reply

    oh! the crate, the leather tag: everything is well done Alex! 🙂 this is a nice gift to give him, he will be happy I’m sure and please wish him a happy birthday 🙂

  6. Kathy
    Kathy at · Reply

    Great ideas all. It’s better to take time (alone) with your husband and go somewhere where you can just be a couple again for a few days. Wally and I used to do that a lot. Gave us a bread from parenting and all that comes with that. We got to reconnect as lovers and friends again.

  7. Danielle from Storypiece
    Danielle from Storypiece at · Reply

    Such a gorgeous gift and one filled with stuff he’ll enjoy! You always come up with the most original ideas.

    And for the record, Frye Veronica Slouch boots come with the “Wow” factor, regardless of who buys them. 🙂

  8. Vanessa
    Vanessa at · Reply

    Such a cute idea! (And I LOVE Innis & Gunn. My fave beer by far.)

  9. Gilit
    Gilit at · Reply

    I know EXACTLY what you mean about the gift giving and this is genius. Just genius.

  10. Neaten Your Nest
    Neaten Your Nest at · Reply

    It’s awesome! I just love it. And I wish I could find adorable crates like that at my Dollar Store. I would buy a hundred of them!!!
    ~Erin

  11. Tara @ Suburble
    Tara @ Suburble at · Reply

    Look at your cuties! So sweet!

    Also, I have to say that men are WAY harder to get things for. Or maybe it’s just my men.

    That aside – I love how you and your hubby exchange “gifts”, and I also LOVE your boot choice! Good ones!

    The crate is gorgeous and I’m sure that James was thrilled to receive it. So creative and thoughtful.

  12. Holiday Gift Guide: for Him | Shoes Off, Please
    Holiday Gift Guide: for Him | Shoes Off, Please at ·

    […] 1-DIY personalized beer crate // My friend Alex of Northstory posted this gift she made for her husband, and as usual it’s simple and genius. Click through to see how to make your own. […]

  13. Thalita @ The Learner Observer
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    I love that you put “EST. 1979” on the leather! So good!!!! Also, the entire first half of your post had me nodding along with every word. Flower petals on the bed? Come on… no one really does that right?

  14. Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project at · Reply

    Jesus…Ok. I’ve officially fallen into a northstory hole & am now getting caught up on a bunch of the posts I missed.

    FYI I’m going to start a second blog called ‘Awesome stuff I made because I saw Alex do it’

    Also FYI – Rose petals on the bed. Guilty. But to be fair I was 21& it was our first Valentine’s day. I can admit now it was pretty corny – also TOTALLY stains the sheets. Don’t do it! LOL!

  15. 30 Handmade Gift Ideas for Men - Suburble
    30 Handmade Gift Ideas for Men - Suburble at ·

    […] Present a few of his favourite ales in a personalized crate. Alex shows how she made this one for her own hubby on Northstory!  […]

  16. Rory
    Rory at · Reply

    I know my dad would love this. Simple and cool! Thx for sharing

  17. Millie
    Millie at · Reply

    Hi, hey I am thinking of doing the crate gift idea for my brother. I am in the U.S. And wondering if you are or where you get that kind of beer? Thanks

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