Need a Gift Idea? Go for the Glam!

Okay. It happens to all of us one Christmas or another. We have to buy something for someone who has everything. You know, for the woman who constantly splurges on herself. She doesn’t need a thing. Or worse, she has all the latest trends, and you don’t have a clue what the latest trend is. Or you have to buy for a woman who has a gazillion times more money than you’ll ever have, and what could you possibly buy her that would be worthy?

Maybe I can help.

Several years ago, while watching the Today Show, I became quite enamored with a pair of cleaning gloves that were being shown in conjunction with a segment on housecleaning tips. Now these weren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill yellow Playtex gloves that you find for a couple of bucks at your local grocery store.

These were decorated, outrageously glamorous, FUN cleaning gloves. I became so enamored I just had to have a pair. And I never wear cleaning gloves. At least, back then I didn’t.

It took some sleuthing, let me tell you. I scoured (pardon the pun) the entire city of Omaha looking for them. I wanted pink. And I wanted fun. I couldn’t find anything that was remotely similar, but I wasn’t going to settle. I eventually found a pair that were so expensive I didn’t dare dip them in water, let alone into a dirty toilet.

So I decided to make my own for a fraction of the cost. In the time since, I’ve made dozens of these hand gloves. I’ve given them as gifts, and I’ve sold them, and I swear, every woman who has ever laid eyes on these paired darlings has laughed, rolled her eyes and fallen in love with them, one way or the other.

Here’s how to make the glamorous cuff:

Cut 2 pieces of fabric, 8 1/2 by 13 inches. But make sure these measurements fit your gloves. You may have to adjust slightly. ( In this version, I used pink and black leopard print pile. If you use a thinner fabric, you may need to use interfacing.) Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Sew the side opposite the fold with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn and fold in half. Zig-zag rough edges together.

Tuck the cuff inside the glove. Note: the cuff’s seam should be opposite the glove’s thumb. The zig-zagged edge should line up with the outside edge of the glove. Sew with a narrow seam.

Turn. Attach narrow boa with hot glue gun near top edge of glove.

And that’s it!

I’ve added big rhinestones to the ring finger for fun, too. I’ve varied the cuff, the fabrics, added buttons, bows, whatever look that happens to grab me. All told, the leopard print has been a big favorite, but here’s a couple more I’ve done.

A glamorous gift for the woman who has everything–or one who just wants to protect her manicure.Β  πŸ™‚

I’ll give away a pair of my glam gloves to a commenter who tells me why she’d like a pair, or tells me why they’d be the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy someone.Β  Or, if you want the gloves for yourself, tell me that–and why–too!


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26 thoughts on “Need a Gift Idea? Go for the Glam!”

  1. ok so those gloves are just beautiful! I love love love the bright colors! (pink is my favorite color) Honestly, I’d just want a pair because they are just so… glamourous? ya that’s the word I’m looking for… they are glamourous! and because of the bright colors! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, how much fun are those! You crafty lady, you. πŸ™‚

    I have visions of Donna Reed, June Cleaver…oh no, wait… I mean Dame Edna…in a cleaning frenzy wearing such gloves.

    Why would I or anyone else like these gloves. Because they make us smile! πŸ™‚

  3. PAM! These are hysterical and gorgeous. I want these!!!! And I NEVER wear cleaning gloves except to wash the toilet.

    Now, if I can just figure out a way to get my husband to put them on………….

  4. Oh, I know a couple gals who really “need” these. You’ve inspired my creativity. So where do you find pink cleaning gloves? Thanks!

  5. Hi, Becky!

    Yes, finding those gloves was a huge challenge, let me tell ya. Initially, I ordered them from a company in California, but lo and behold, I hit the jackpot when I found them at Linens ‘n Things and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

    These are the nicest gloves I’ve ever seen. Excellent quality without being too pricey.

    Glad you liked them!

  6. What a neat idea, Pam! That would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone. You’ve given me an idea! Bless you.

    You always come up with the neatest blogs. πŸ™‚

  7. Pam on my goodness I think you have the best idea, we are doing a secret Santa thing here at work and I am not sure what to get my person. She has more money and more things then most so I am not sure what I can get for her. I have been going through things for the last two weeks and have been asking friends if they would have any ideas what I could get for you. It is hard when you don’t know the person very well but you don’t want to give her something dumb. I think this would be the best thing to give her she has two liitle kids so I am sure she would love using these and it would be something just for her.
    I think this would be the best gift and I would be the most famous person at work. LOL
    Of course I would love a pair of these I have very dry skin and so I hate putting my hands in all the chemicals so this is would be very nice.
    Wow would you be willing to sell some of these???
    I wonder why I didn’t think to ask everyone on here what I could give as my gift to my secret peron?

  8. OMG, Pam!!! Those are BRILLIANT—and gorgeous πŸ˜‰ I’m thinking EVERY WOMAN needs a pair of glam cleaning gloves. I soooo have to make a pair for our White Elephant gift exchange *g* Could you just imagine a guy opening those up as his gift–I love it πŸ˜€

  9. Hi Pam!

    How beautiful and what a wonderful idea for a gift. I do wear gloves to clean or to do any job where I don’t want my hands to touch a poison or for protection.

    I need it for my nails. : )

    Creative post, Pam!

  10. Oh. My. Goodness.

    I’m putting my name in the hat because I’d love a pair of these. I knew you were creative, but these are just over the top darling. You are too clever for words.

    My kitchen sink is visible from my front door unfortunately. I always wear rubber gloves to protect my nails, and of course hang them up to dry, so they’re right out there in plain sight because I forget to put them away.

    I need a pair.

    Who’s the model? Amy?

  11. Your gloves are great! I would use them for myself since I never put on cleaning gloves and my hands pay for it. I have meant to get a pair of cleaning gloves for years but it’s one of those things I just never remember.

  12. Oh Pam, these gloves are GORGEOUS.

    I totally need to win these as a shower present for my newly-engaged daughter. They would be the best gift ever! And I could majorly promote your books at the shower. Becuase I would include some in the gift basket. πŸ™‚

    But if I tragically lose, I will contact you and purchase a pair, okay?


  13. I’m glad the Glam Gloves are a helpful Secret Santa/White Elephant gift idea for some of you! Definitely a bit different, eh? πŸ™‚

    Stacey, it would be an absolute hoot if a guy got these as a gift. Hee!

  14. Tanya, they’d be the perfect shower gift. Perfect, perfect! But I had to laugh that you’d include one of my books, too. How could any author resist an offer like that? LOL.

    Seriously, I’ll be happy to help you–or anyone else–out. They don’t take long to make once I’m in the groove.

  15. Pam – You are sooo talented. I can’t sew, so these seem like a miracle to me. Soo glamorous!
    I agree with Kate, you should sell them on ebay or something. They’ll go like hotcakes!!

  16. I think owning one of those pairs of gloves would make housework all the more fun. Those a just too adorable. I’d love to win a pair.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. I LOVE the glam gloves; they are awesome.
    I would love a pair so that I could use them and match with an outfit or 2. These would complete my outfit for work and make me the most glamorous Care Aide around. It would give the residents of our Personal Care Home something to talk about and I could do a ‘show and tell’ with them.

  18. These gloves would be a major attention-getter at
    our next family gathering! My sisters will all
    enjoy my stylish household cleaning wear!

    Pat Cochran

  19. What a very clever idea! I love the glam gloves and would love to win them for ‘myself’. I love to accessorize my outfits with jewelry or anything that will bring variety to my clothes. You can create so many new outfits with the same basics by using various scarves, jewelry , gloves, purses. etc.

  20. Oh I want them for my new son-in-law!!!! Honest. He does most of the cooking and a lot of the cleaning up too (yeah my daughter is lucky lol) and I think that would be hysterical to put in his goody bag that I always make up for Christmas. He has a great sense of humor. They can both fight over who gets to wear them – it may even get my daughter to do more of the clean up roflmao.

  21. WOW! Pam, you’re amazing! Those are really incredible! Don’t include me though–I know I’d manage to spill or splash something gross on them, and then I’d be crushed! ;p What a great way to perk up one’s dishes though!

  22. These gloves would make any job a joy (well, anyway they would surely make anyone laugh, especially if they were large enough for my husband.)

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