Guys aren’t easy to shop for. Maybe it’s because they don’t spend the four months leading up to Christmas dropping hints. Take a man shopping and he’ll keep his head down in the mall, praying to simply get through the experience without losing his temper. Women, on the other hand, will stop at window displays and point to something then say, “Oh, I love that.” Boom, the man gets an idea of what she likes.
Shopping for men is hard!
Even if you point to different things at the store or in a catalog many men will shrug and say, “Eh, it’s okay but, wow, look at that price tag!” or “My buddy has one I can borrow.”
Then there are men who’ll spend months deciding which pair of pants to buy. Once they’ve found ones they like they buy a pair in every color, leaving the women in their lives no opening to surprise them with more. Ditto for shoes and underwear.
My husband used to drive me crazy because he’d get into one hobby after another where the components were so specific, and he was so particular about them, that I had no hope of giving him anything he wouldn’t have to return. These days, my son isn’t much better with his particular requirements for video games he’ll play versus ones I think he’ll play but won’t.
Perhaps I’m over-generalizing, but I know I’m not alone when it comes to finding thoughtful gifts for men. My girlfriends are all equally frustrated this time of year, and more than one has asked “Why won’t he just tell me what he wants?!” (I half-jokingly suggested this is a man’s way of getting us back for the other 364 days out of the year. That joke was not well-received.)
How Is This List Man-Approved?
Earlier this month I sent an email blast to guy friends of mine to ask what was their favorite Christmas present they received, or that a friend received, over the past five years. I worded it that way because I wanted suggestions that they liked. At the same time, I didn’t want them to think I was inquiring about their Christmas wish lists: that would’ve only led to the same response that drives women crazy: “Oh, anything is fine.”
We know better! We have closets full of Christmas presents we bought because “anything is fine” but which have never been worn, watched, read, used or otherwise touched. We have proof that anything is not fine. And now, thanks to the responses I got to my email blast, we now have a shopping list for guys who just won’t come out and tell us what they want for Christmas.
Use it wisely. 🙂
15 Great Gifts For Guys
1. For the man on the go. A fly-fishing fanatic raved about The Beeracuda bag which carries 12 beers (or other canned beverages) and keeps them cold in an insulated shoulder-sling bag. He says it frees up his hands when he’s hiking in to his favorite fishing hole now that he no longer has to carry a cooler. $23.96
2. For the snack lover. A candy-addict was thrilled when his wife gave him this Desktop 3-candy dispenser to hold his three favorite treats. $15.75
3. For the DIY dad. One man who spent the Spring doing a slew of projects around the house said he loved how this laser tape measurer meant he didn’t have to climb a ladder every time he wanted to measure something higher than he could reach on his own. $39.96
4. For the Top Gun fan. “Every time I wear this I feel the need for speed!” said the man who received this Leather Air Force A-2 men’s bomber jacket for Christmas last year. $129-149
5. For the guy who’s outdoors no matter the weather. According to the man who takes this with him to late-season football games, or just while doing outdoor chores, this 12-hour Zippo hand warmer is something he’d never have thought to get himself but is so glad his wife did. $15.27
6. For the guy who misplaces his keys. One man’s girlfriend noticed that he kept losing his keys because he’d toss them on the dresser and they’d slide right off. “She saw I had a problem and fixed it with this. I haven’t lost my keys since!” he explained. The leather-lined valet tray now holds his keys, cell phone, wallet, change and all that other stuff he used to dump on the dresser. $15.99
7. For the gadget-lover. “I’m constantly asked about this thing, but I won’t let anyone else touch it!” said one man whose job requires him to take copious notes during meetings. His
Livescribe pen transfers whatever he writes to any digital device and allows him to replay audio from that moment, too. $119
8. For the traveling man. Using this triple pocket Dopp Kit with easy-to-clean vinyl interior made one man feel like a grown-up. “Before, I’d just throw my stuff in a plastic bag when traveling. Now I feel like an adult.” $29.77
9. For the football fan. “I’d never buy myself slippers but these are really comfortable, and they look cool, too” said the man who received NFL High-top slippers featuring his favorite team. $12.44-$27.99
10. For the man with a beard. “I don’t like my beard to look scraggly but I learned the hard way that I can’t trim it right with just scissors.” He loves the facial hair trimmer with attachments that his fiance gave him. $15.95
11. For the man who likes to smell manly. This manly grooming kit with shampoo, body wash, moisturizer, soap, and deodorant in manly man scents was supposed to be a gag gift, according to the man who received it from his wife. He’d been secretly using her expensive face cream but denying it, so she thought buying him this would get him to confess. Instead, he found he liked it even better than her stuff. $44.95
12. For the golf-lover. “I look like I know what I’m doing thanks to these, and they keep my clubs from knocking together in the caddy,” said the golf-loving guy who still spends more time in the sand trap than on the green of these padded, waterproof golf club covers. $24.98
13. For the would-be home brewer. One man who is now known for his excellent homemade craft beers got his start last year when his wife gave him this home brewing craft beer kit that makes 4 gallons of good stuff. $59.99
14. For the man-child. “This was a birthday gift in September, but I’d have loved it just as much for Christmas. It’s my favorite toy!” said the Star Wars enthusiast of this Millennium Falcon Drone that lights up and makes noises just like the one he saw in the movie. Operates up to 200 feet away. $88.84
15. For the cable-cutter. The Amazon Fire Stick TV with Voice Remote won rave reviews from the man who’d ditched cable in his efforts to get his budget under control. With this he can stream from ESPN, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more, as well as play games. (I have one and love it, too!) $49.99
So there you have it, 15 Great Gifts for Guys that are man-approved. Which one(s) would the man in your life like most?