Shopping for gifts can be tricky, but the men in your life can be especially difficult to find good gifts for. An ordinary gift just won’t do. You want that gift that will light up his eyes, not make him deliver a halfhearted thank you. If you are having trouble finding a gift for that special someone, here are seven good ideas to inspire you.
Men often shy away from jewelry because they don’t know how to approach it. Take away the uncertainty and pick out a nice accessory that suits him. The right statement piece can give a boost of confidence and add a unique sense of style. Men’s gold chains, timeless watches, sleek rings and even simple bracelets can elevate your man’s everyday look. Be sure to cater to his personal style and purchase something you could actually see him wearing.
2. Gadgets & Games
If a functional gadget or a fun game is what you imagine your guy will enjoy the most, there’s no shortage of these types of gifts. For example, for beer drinkers there are instant beer chillers or themed games, such as Beeropoly. Or opt for a customized dartboard, which can be a fun way to pass the time. For gadget lovers, consider virtual reality headsets, waterproof tech or smart home devices.
3. All Things Sports
For some men, nothing is cooler than sports. Take advantage and find a gift in honor of playing or observing his favorite sport. You can do so much more than his favorite team’s jersey. For the player, personalize a set of golf clubs or other sporting equipment. For the tailgater, find etched beer glasses and a themed bottle opener.
Or for the technical and history buffs perhaps an MLB travelers map, unique sports coasters or a New York Times custom sports history book would be appropriate. From football to polo to basketball or baseball, there’s a unique gift out there for any sports fan.
4. Foodie Related
Probably the worst kept secret is that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Gifts for foodies can go far beyond the classic men’s gift of a BBQ and spatula combo. If you aren’t much of a chef yourself or just want to treat him to something special, book a fancy wine, brewery or food tasting tour. But try to stick within his preferences so the tour won’t be a flop.
To keep the fun going at home, look into DIY bartending and brewing kits. If he’s not too handy in the kitchen, opt for some cool utensils to make things easier like veggie slicers, multi-tools or automated devices. For the chef of the house, get some fancy ingredients he can experiment with. And if he’s been dying to try something adventurous, surprise him with his own pasta maker, sauce press, or a nice set of specialized knives.
5. Unforgettable Experiences
Sometimes the best gift isn’t anything tangible at all. Try to check something off his bucket list or show him something new. Rent a Ferrari or other exotic car that he can take for a spin. Take to the skies by organizing flying lessons, a helicopter tour or a hot air balloon ride. Or adventure in nature with a kayak, zip line, or rafting weekend.
If you want to go all out, book a trip for him and his boys — or opt for a couple’s experience, so you can make new memories together. Keep in mind that, depending on his tastes, some experiences may be too far outside of his comfort zone to be fun. So choose wisely.
6. Gifts That Keep Giving
Can’t decide on one thing but have several ideas? Subscription boxes are the perfect solution. There is something for every type of guy and each month your guy will have the opportunity to try something new. From grooming and self-care boxes, to treat boxes with artisanal snacks and wines, to stylish clothing and cool gadgets, this is truly the gift that keeps on giving. He’ll be reminded of your thoughtfulness each time he opens the mailbox.
7. Weird, Wacky or Hobby-Related
For the man who has everything and wants for nothing, have a little fun. There are Star Wars-themed fire pits, giant beer bottle cap maps, remote pillows, absurd colognes and caffeinated shaving cream. If you are totally lost or feel that you know him better than anyone, go for something that hits the funny bone, such as suit pajamas. Or if he has a hobby, like horseback riding or rock climbing, find a gift that’s related to that.
Disclosure: This article was written by a guest author.