When it comes to holiday shopping, the people I have the hardest time shopping for are the men on my list. First of all, men don’t like to admit they need anything so it’s really hard to get them to give up a wish list. Second, unlike chatty females, most men are not an open book so it takes a lot of guesswork to figure out what they might want or can use. I spent some time talking to (okay, badgering) some of the men I know to find out what gifts they would actually want to receive. That’s how I came up with this list of the best gifts for men, Day 11 of 30 days of gift guides.
Each day this month I am sharing a new gift guide to help you find gifts for everyone on your list from teachers to your eccentric aunt. If you missed Days 1-10, you can find all of the gift guides by clicking on the image below.
Best Gifts for Men
Not all men drink hard liquor, but for those who do, these chillin’ cubes are the best (and most stylish) way to keep their drink at the perfect temperature.
For men who prefer beer or soda, these stainless steel chill sticks will keep their beverages icy cold, even on a hot summer day.
If you’re married, or have sons, have you noticed that men will wear underwear long past the time when they should be swapping them out for new ones? Giving someone underwear for Christmas seems more like a job for Grandma, unless you gift them an adorable set from Me Undies.
While we’re hanging out in men’s closets, let’s take a look at their shoe rack. If your husband/son/dad/brother happens to have a nice pair of shoes, is he taking good care of them? A good pair of leather shoes should have a cedar shoe tree insert to help it hold its shape and fend off odors.
As long as we’re talking about men’s garments, let’s talk about something else they need–help dressing well. I realize there are a whole slew of fashion-forward men out there, but most of the men I know are fashion-challenged. That’s where Trunk Club comes in. Men complete a style survey and then are assigned a stylist who puts together a selection of clothing for them that they can preview online. Then the items are shipped to him and he has 10 days to try everything on. He keeps what he likes and returns what he doesn’t. You can get him started by giving him a gift card.
On the subject of subscription services that help our guys look good, a far more affordable option is dollar shave club. Rather than messing with expensive razors that he has to remember to get at the store, every month a new box of razors will show up at his door. At $6/month, this is a gift you can afford to splurge on for the entire year.
If you really want to spoil your favorite guy, you might opt instead for a Bespoke Post subscription. Each month they send what they call a “Box of Awesome.” The goal is to help each man be better in a different way each month so one month it might include items to help him cook better and the next month it will include grooming supplies.
If you love the idea of a box catered specifically to men, but don’t want to commit to a subscription, you’ll love Man Crates. There are dozens to choose from so you can pick the perfect one for your guy whether he’s a fisherman, sports fanatic, or poker fiend. I love the wooden crates (that even come with a crow bar), but they also have ammo cans if the man you’re sending the gift too is more of the military or prepper type.
Another great “man” gift that comes pre-packaged in an impressive box is this flask and cigar set available on Amazon. It comes with man essentials like a flask, funnel, shot glass, cigar cutter, and dual cigar tube.
Has it occurred to you that a lot of men stop maturing at age 12? There’s a reason dads are usually the fun parent. They still like all the same things the kids do. That’s why they still like toys and games. This magnetic dart board and bullseye set is perfect to hang on the back of the office or closet door so he can take a play break whenever he needs one.
Of course, some men are the opposite and instead of being immature and playful, they are serious and pensive. Those are the guys that will warn you about how easily people can steal your identity and drain your bank accounts. For men with this mentality, these RFID blocking cards are a necessity and will make you a hero in their eyes.
Both serious and playful men will appreciate a laser measurer. Serious guys will find practical uses and playful guys will measure ridiculous things just for the fun of it.
Another piece of equipment every man should have, and thus, will appreciate receiving, is a multitool. A multitool is essentially the grown-up swiss army knife.
This final suggestion is a bit of a splurge but is a gift that almost any man will love. Despite the fact that once he has it, he will probably only use it a few times in his lifetime, every man secretly wants a generator. I think it has something to do with a primal instinct to protect his family. Don’t wait until it’s hurricane season and all the stores are sold out or are selling them for double the price.
I hope you found some gift ideas to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Don’t forget to check back every day this month for new gift guides for everyone else on your list. You can always find all of the current guides on my Gift Guides page.