15 Great Christmas Gifts For Guys

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Find the right thing to give him this year from this list of Christmas gift ideas based on what men said was the favorite present they’ve received.

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15 Great Christmas Gifts For Men

Take the average guy shopping, and he’ll keep his head down in the mall, praying to 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.

I know I’m not alone when it comes to struggling to find thoughtful gifts for men. My girlfriends are all equally frustrated this time of year. More than one has asked: “Why won’t he just tell me what he wants?!

This List is Man-Generated

So, earlier this month, I sent an email blast to male friends asking them to tell me about their favorite Christmas present from the past five years. I wanted suggestions that they liked. At the same time, I didn’t want them to think I was asking what they’d like as a gift because that would’ve only led to the same response that drives women crazy: “Oh, anything is fine.”

Nope, we women know better. We have seen your closets filled with presents we bought you because “anything is fine” but which you have never been worn, watched, read, used, or otherwise touched. We call that clutter. So, thanks to the responses I got to my email blast, here’s a shopping list for guys who just won’t come out and say what they want for Christmas. Use it wisely.

1. The Fisherman

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. He says it frees up his hands when he’s hiking to his favorite fishing hole, so now he no longer has to haul a cooler in addition to all of his other gear.

2. The Snack Lover

A candy fiend was thrilled when his wife gave him a desktop dispenser to hold his favorite treats. (It actually showed up in more than one response to my questionnaire looking for great gifts for guys. Go figure.) For a high-tech version, go with this motion-activated snack dispenser and a couple of bags of his favorite candy or nuts.

3. The DIY Dad

One man who does many projects around the house said he loved this laser tape measurer because it made so many tasks faster. With a one-button operation, and the ability to measure in a continuous motion, he doesn’t have to climb ladders or ask for help to measure things. As a bonus, he says, it keeps the cats entertained, too.

4. The Top Gun Fan

“Every time I wear this, I feel the need for speed!” said the man who received this Air Force men’s bomber jacket for Christmas. The ribbed cuffs and hem keep the elements out, while the interior and exterior pockets hold plenty of stuff. And it’s made in the USA.

5. The Outdoorsman

The man who raves about this 12-hour hand warmer says it’s something he would never have thought to get himself but is so glad his wife did. Tucked into his pocket while watching football in the stands, or getting in some early-morning fishing, it keeps his hands warm without being bulky. It’s also easily refilled, so he doesn’t have to worry about it running out.

6. The Messy Man

One man’s girlfriend noticed that he kept losing his keys, wallet, and sometimes even his phone because he’d toss them on the dresser, and they’d slide right off. The leather and suede valet tray holds it all — keys, wallet, change. It even provides a spot for him to charge his phone, so it’s ready to go in the morning when he is. “She saw I had a problem and fixed it with this. I haven’t lost my stuff since,” he explained.

7. The Note-Taker

“I’m constantly asked about this thing, but I won’t let anyone else touch it!” said the man whose job requires him to take copious notes during meetings. This reusable notebook lets him take notes during meetings, scan them into his computer with a free phone app, then convert them to searchable text, which he can edit. Once that’s done, he wipes the page with a damp cloth, and, presto, it’s ready to be used again! (Update: A friend gave me one of these, and I use it all the time. It’s amazing!)

8. The Traveling Man

This leather travel bag features a vintage Dopp kit design and an easy-to-clean vinyl interior that one frequent-flier raves about. “Before, I’d just throw my stuff in a plastic bag when traveling. Now I feel like an adult.” Plus, it comes with reusable travel-sized toiletry bottles, so he can tote his favorite stuff in a carry-on.

9. The Football Fan

“I’d never buy myself slippers, but these are really comfortable, and they look cool, too,” said the man who received indoor slippers featuring his favorite team. (They come in women’s sizes, too!)

10. The Bearded Man

“I don’t like my beard to look scraggly, but I learned the hard way not to borrow my fiance’s scissors to trim it,” said one man. With the beard and manscaping set that she gave him, his beard looks great, and her sewing scissors are off-limits again.

11. The Man Who Likes Smelling Manly

According to the guy who received it from his wife, this was supposed to be a gag gift, but it has turned out to be a favorite that she now gives him for birthdays and Christmas, too. He’d been secretly using her expensive exfoliant and moisturizer but denying it (as if she wouldn’t know?) until she gave him this grooming set. They both love the way the manly soap, hand lotion, and shave gel smell.

12. The Golfer

“I look like I know what I’m doing thanks to these,” said one man who admits that he spends more time in the sand trap than on the green. These padded, waterproof golf club covers pamper his set while he’s on the course and also keep them from scratching up his car on his way home. They even stay put when he gets mad and throws his club on the ground, he says. “Not that I do that.”

13. The Beer Lover

One man known for his love of craft beers is now also known for his homemade brew thanks to this brewing kit. It comes with everything needed to make 2 gallons of beer in just 30 minutes — even the bottles — and there’s no need for a large brewing pot, either.

14. The Star Wars Fan

“This is my favorite toy!” said the Star Wars enthusiast of this Millennium Falcon Drone, which lights up and makes noises. Constructed of impact-resistant foam core, it survived light crashes while he learned to use the intuitive remote control. It’s also his favorite way to get the dogs running around in the backyard without having to get off of his seat, he says.

15. The Cable-Cutter

The 4K Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Control 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 Netflix, ESPN, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more. The Alexa voice control saves time searching, too. (I have one and love it, too!)

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