Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gift Ideas: Man Presents

Shopping for men is quite often hard. Things they want usually fall into two categories: inexpensive items (that they've already gone ahead and purchased for themselves) and unfeasibly expensive items (boats, planes, jet skis, dump trucks etc.). There's a third category of lame things they don't want at all, and that's what they usually get.

Here are some gift ideas I've gathered from my experiences living with a champion man-shopper:






















1. Paste Magazine - Magazine subscriptions are usually a cop-out but this one comes with a CD of hot songs each month. To be honest, I usually tear it out and throw the rest away. Great for the music loving brother, BF or SO.
2. Total Trolley
- It's a step ladder! A hand truck! A dolly! A source of incredible joy to Rob and I'm sure many others like him. They're hard to find online right now, though.
3. Archery Set - I can't vouch for the quality of this set, but archery in general is a great hobby to introduce to a man in your life. Especially if they have an outdoor range or a large backyard nearby.
4. Sperry's
- Sperry Top-Sider is a shoe company with 72 years of serious boat cred. Rob likes the slip-on's pictured here (you can find them at Nordstrom Rack sometimes). Dads might like the traditional boat shoe design more.
5. Camp Axe - For the outdoorsman on your list. This portable axe and saw combo is another item that has brought Rob hours of joy. Perfect for making kindling around a campfire or sawing the base off a Christmas tree.
6. Dangerous Book for Boys
- Everyone and their brother is getting this for the holidays, and there's a reason why. The SAS Survival Handbook is another good choice.
7. Dremel Tool - Most men love Dremels, it seems to be part of their DNA. A starter set or an accessory pack is always welcome.
8. Sweater - Nothing something they necessarily want, but they'll definitely appreciate and use. Rob and many others I know are addicted to these half-zip sweaters.
9. Headlamp - Another great outdoorsy gift, and affordable enough for that hard to shop for brother-in-law or cousin.

15 comments:

Katie said...

Good list! The ear doctor woudl be thrilled by items 1, 2, and 5-9.

He's totally addicted to the half-zip sweater too! he has one in almost every color

Jessica said...

These are great ideas Emily. I bought the Dangerous Book for Boys for my brother-in-law who will be having a little boy in the next week or so. And I bought the Daring Book for Girls for my sister-in-law who is a new mom. They are so interesting I wish someone would buy me both!

Houch said...

And Paste is also running a 2-for-1 subscription special right now:

https://www.pastemagazine.com/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Paste Magazine idea. I hadn't heard of it, but it's perfect for my brothers-in-law.

joey said...

You just saved my hide...thank you so much for the ideas!

Anne said...

I got Walker The Dangerous Book for Boys too! :)

love.boxes said...

This is a great list Miss Emily. This is the part of Christmas that I find myself scratching my head. I just don't know how to buy for boys very well. I got the Dangerous Book and I think my husband would love that sweater.. do you have any more ideas for guys?

MissEm said...

Hmmm...What specific guys are left on your list? I might have a few more ideas rattling around.

love.boxes said...

Still the main guy. I'm good with toys for the little guys... the nephews love me, but the husband is harder to impress. :)

love.boxes said...

he's not ungracious or anything it's just that I want to get him this wonderful something that he never knew that he was always dreaming of. You know.. the perfect gift! :)

MissEm said...

Is he into photography? A vintage camera (find one with a leica lense) could be cool.

love.boxes said...

His hobbies are reading, flyfishing and working out.. but truth be told he's mostly a workaholic. I like the camera idea though.. he might like to get into photography.

Adrienne said...

The headlamp is genius. Men love things like that even if they're rarely in situations that would require such a thing.

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