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I love making gift guides. It's like being a personal shopper for you, where I can share all the cool things I've come across on the internet. I know it can be hard to shop for the grown man in your life, he often owns everything he thinks he needs. I think this gift guide has plenty of gifts for men that don't suck.
So many gift guides for men include the same things: whisky stones, ties, and some sports memorabilia. Well I don't include ANY of these items, yet I have a variety of gifts in a range of price points that are sure to please, whether it's your husband, boyfriend, son, relative, friend, or even yourself!
Not only did I search the internet for unique gifts for men I also asked a few guys in my life for their honest thoughts. They nixed a few, and suggested some I hadn't known about! I hope you like it, and if you have any ideas for gifts for men that don't suck, please share them in the comments!
Gifts for Men That Don't Suck: 30+ Fresh Ideas
The Venom Go by Hyperice is a revolutionary heat + vibration wearable with unmatched versatility and customization. Choose from 9 combinations of heat and vibration to soothe sore muscles in an instant. Place the Venom Go wherever your body needs it most and remove with ease.
Highly rated for everyone, athletes and those with arthritis, you can control heat and vibration, and apply this anywhere. Reviewers say they can even sleep wearing it. All that and it's HSA/FSA/HRA eligible so you can get a great gift with the money you need to use or lose before the end of the year. Under $150.
If your guy loves his Hawaiian shirts but is ready for an upgrade, check out Tombolo's cabana shirts. Quirky and comfortable yet oh-so chic (check out the brand's press and the celebs that rock these shirts), Tombolo likely has a cabana shirt with a color or style that fits your guy's interests or personality. I bought my husband this shirt last year for Christmas and it was well-received and great quality!
I bought this mug for my husband for Christmas one year and it was by far the favorite gift. This is great for coffee and tea connoisseurs and gadget lovers, and I can say a year later after traveling all over the East Coast with us on vacation and being used almost daily, it still works and looks great. Keeps your hot drink at the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F - 145°F). Control with your smartphone. Pair with the Ember App to set your temperature, customize presets, receive notifications, and more. 1-hour battery life on a single charge. Or keep the Ember Mug on the included charging coaster for all-day use. Perfect for the office! Available in a variety of colors.
I got my husband and I Yeti tumblers last year and now I wonder why I waited so long. Made from durable stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to protect your hot or cold beverage at all costs. The magnet on the included MagSlider™ Lid adds an additional barrier of protection for keeping drinks contained and preventing heat or cold from escaping. These will keep your beverage the temperature you desire all day or night, whether it's sitting in front of the computer for work or sitting in front of the bonfire for play.
Available in 10 colors and also customizable! Add his monogram, name, short phrase, or even a logo for a unique gift (this is also a great gift for coworkers and team members!).
This is the kind of jacket that only gets cooler with time and wear. If you get it now while it's on trend, you can continue to rock it even when the trend fades because it will be well-worn and part of your signature look. 100% cotton with 100% polyester faux-shearling trim, available up to 3XL, this jacket will be a favorite for years to come.
If you think the guy in your life would appreciate vintage, head to Etsy where you can find a great range of vintage Levi's sherpa trucker jackets. This link will take you to Etsy's current offerings.
Whether your guy is on the front lines or likes to be handy and prepared, this tool from LEATHERMAN is a switch from the traditional multitool but just as valuable. Equipped with 6 essential tools, including folding emergency response shears, a strap cutter, a ring cutter, a ruler, an oxygen tank wrench and a carbide glass breaker with a holster to have it on you at the ready.
Developed with the input of special operations medics, EMTs and fire professionals familiar with standard shears, the Raptor shears were crafted with just the right balance of multipurpose features for emergency response without an overkill of tools to complicate sometimes life-threatening situations. This is a great tool to have in every car's glove box or console. Multiple colors to choose from.
My husband LOVES the noise canceling of his AirPods but hates the fit. I'm tempted. to get him a pair of these new Beats earbuds with wingtips to keep them in place. With Active Noise Cancelling, and Transparency Mode, and Adaptive EQ as well as Spacial Audio and the ability to use Siri, these are an elevated alternative. Under $200.
Sport sunglasses that also look cool? I own a pair of these, my husband owns a pair, and we're both obsessed. I used to have a different popular brand of sunglasses on this gift guide and replaced them with ROKA because they're just as cool looking but lighter weight, more durable, and will stay on your nose even if you bend over, get sweaty, in windy conditions, or running. AND they're cheaper than the other brand!
Manufactured with a combination of high-performance alloy materials, the ROKA Phantom Titanium Aviator was engineered to provide lightweight performance at the optimal strength-to-weight ratio without sacrificing durability. Anti-scratch, anti-glare, and anti-fog lenses that are polarized and resist fingerprints make them a joy to wear while looking good.
Honestly, I recommend any frames by ROKA. My husband now has three different types of frames from the brand. Eyeglasses, readers, sunglasses... they are all. perfect blend of function and fashion, super lightweight, super durable, and perform great whether on the golf course, on the beach, on the trail, or on the back deck enjoying a cold one.
Another item that my husband owns is the PACE 2 from COROS. If your guy is looking for a SmartWatch that will track his fitness but also let him check emails and texts and doesn't cost a lot, this is the best on the market. Under $200, 30 hours of battery life between charges, and chock full of really useful features.
COROS watches offer everything one would expect from a GPS Sports Watch, plus some of the most desirable aspects of a smart watch including phone notifications, caller ID, Sleep Tracking and Fitness Level analysis. This version is lightweight, comfortable, and perfect whether it's for tracking CrossFit, running, Peloton, hiking, and a range of other activities.
This is another item my husband has and loves. If the person in your life sleeps best in complete darkness, wants an effective sleep mask but sleeps on their side or stomach, if they find eye masks don't fit their face shape, or can't/don't want anything touching their actual eyes when sleeping, this mask which is under $40 is for them.
You can adjust the eye pads for fit, there is zero eye pressure, it's breathable and comfortable, fits a range of head sizes, and will keep out all light, even in the middle of the day. This is a great eyemask for those who sleep on planes or trains and it's a neutral design that appeals to a range of people.
This is my husband's favorite bag for travel, and one of mine too! We each have one and have been using them for years. Designed to qualify as a maximum-size airline carry-on bag, the Aeronaut can be carried as a backpack (with its zip-away backpack straps), or with its padded handle can be carried on-edge as one would a traditional suitcase.
The Aeronaut converts easily to and carries comfortably as a backpack: the shoulder straps are contoured and padded, and they feature a removable/adjustable sternum strap; the back panel is padded with 3/8" / 10mm thick closed-cell foam as well. Thanks to a zipper hidden inside the lining of the bag, the back panel foam is removable (or swappable) if you don't find you need it and want to save the weight/bulk.
Tom Bihn bags are made in the USA and have many accessories you can add to customize it (shoulder strap, hip belt, interior frame, packing cubes, etc.). This bag has been all over, has been thrown and shoved and overstuffed and still looks and works great. Several colors to choose from too! $320.00
We own this hammock and LOVE this hammock. For over a decade, this hammock has gone with us on camping trips, been strung up on porches at Airbnbs, and hangs in our backyard. Supports up to 400 pounds while weighing less than 20 oz. and spacious enough to fit two people (or one person and their furbaby, or one person who wants to take a comfortable nap) it comes in a variety of colors and packs up in its built-in pocket for easy storage and travel.
Lands' End Full Length Turkish Terry Robe
When my husband said he wanted a bathrobe and one that would cover his legs, I was stumped. I could find long robes for women, but all men's robes seemed to be knee-length. Then I found this one from Lands' End. It's made from 14-oz. Turkish terry in state-of-the-art mills by skilled artisans who draw on generations of expertise.
This robe is absorbent, substantial, and feels like luxury against your skin. Has two pockets, a belt and belt loops, a roomy "no-gap" fit, and no need to size up. It comes in four colors and sizes up to 3XL, you can get it monogrammed, and I can honestly say that five years after it is purchased it will still look great and feel great.
Our neighbor has one and is obsessed. He takes it on his boat, brings it on camping trips and tailgates and potlucks. It won't leak even if all the ice inside melts, but it will take forever for that to happen because it's so good at keeping things cold. You can open it and it will stay open, acting like a cooler for easy retrieval. And with Yeti bags you can get all sorts of attachments as future gifts (or stocking stuffers) to trick it out.
The Dude abides. This style debuted in 1972, but when The Dude wore an original in the film "The Big Lebowski," fans clamored for a comeback. Now it's back by popular demand, down to every last color and detail. Available in three colors up to size XXL.
This monthly mail subscription service sends detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR or Parks’ police report when she refused to give up her seat. Each letter comes with pertinent information to explain any additional context and cultural significance.
Here's how it works: Each month, a team of archivists scours the world for fascinating documents on a given subject, like foreign diplomacy or women’s rights. Graphic designers replicate them—handwriting, signatures, and all. A letter is then sent via FedEx to ensure swift delivery after purchase. Each of the subsequent five letters will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail with a historically themed stamp.
This is the first year I have added a book to this list. When asking my husband and some guy friends what they wouldn't mind getting as a gift this year, more than one said Be More Human by Tony Riddle. Riddle is well-known in the fitness and wellness communities, whether it's focused more on being an athlete or just being more comfortable as we grow older. A description of this book:
The bright lights, late nights, and constant hustle of our modern world have detached us from the way humans were supposed to live, connect and thrive. Tony Riddle explores how so many of us are actively going against our biology and do not sit, breathe, eat, sleep or move as nature intended. Tony offers practical ways to easily build in change our every day. Relearn healthy natural movement with 6 key posture-enhancing shapes, including squats and heel sitting, to liberate joints and the spine. Be your own breath guru by understanding how to use breathwork as a calming tool in times of stress. Reprogram gut health by learning why and how to eat more intuitively.
After my husband completed the Peloton boxing series of classes, he wanted to continue boxing, but we don't have the space or money for a punching bag and we live in a New Deal-era row home with relatively thin walls. Doing research, he came across the Quiet Punch and bought one last year. This is a fitness gadget he continues to use and enjoy, and in fact, my kid also enjoys it!
All you need is a doorway, the Quiet Punch fits right into it, is very easy to set up and remove, and even travel with. The sound is not loud; while I can hear him using it upstairs, it's only a subtle sound and I can't hear it when wearing my headphones or watching TV. You use a free app on your phone to follow workouts and more. $125+ depending on style you choose (the basic, FYI, is really great).
You can't go wrong with a classic, especially when it looks this good! Inspired by watches worn by World War II infantrymen, this rugged leather field watch features Swiss-jeweled movement and date-indicator window to ensure accurate timekeeping. Stainless steel case, water-resistant up to 50 meters, and available in three colors.
Whether he's working on the car, repairing the tree house, helping to renovate the kitchen, or working on his favorite hobby, he may really appreciate a magnetic wristband. Embedded with 8 super strong magnets for firmly holding screws, nails, bolts, drill bits, fasteners, wrenches and small tools. A 3rd reliable helping hand helps save time and effort, no more headaches from losing or dropping small items while working. While designed for the wrist, this can be wrapped around a handle, a belt, and other places depending on the project. Under $15
Durable construction, 10 colors to choose from, and RFID shielding make this slim card case a great gift. Slip pocket and four card slots. $25.00
Nothing cooler than the classic, especially when it's so effective. This classic Stanley bottle has vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold for 32 hours or iced for 160 hours. The insulated lid doubles as a cup. Made from 18/8 stainless steel it won't rust and is BPA-free.
I bought these very slippers for my husband last Christmas, and they were the first things he wanted to put on this fall when the temps dropped. Available up to size 14 in six different colors, these water-resistant slippers from The North Face also have a durable ripstop upper and high-traction rubber tread to bring both indoor and outdoor practicality to a slipper lined with PrimaLoft® insulation. The collapsible heel makes it easy to slide on for morning coffee or a dash outside to check the mail. They range in price from $45 - $59 depending on color.
I'm telling you, if you gift this they will laugh, others may roll their eyes and be disgusted, but whatever bathroom has it will end up the most popular in the home. Even better, this one is under $40 and super easy to install. We got one during Lockdown when toilet paper was hard to find and fell in love and got another for a second bathroom.
With the need to find ways to have fun and be active in socially distant ways, my husband bought two sets of these throwing axes in 2020 to enjoy in our backyard. He built himself a target with items around the house (there are plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to make targets and several premade ones for sale online) and the whole family enjoys this activity to this day. It is also super fun to do with friends; we often have some going during a fire pit on the weekend.
We added colorful tape strips to the handles so the throwing axes are easy to find if they are in fallen leaves or in the woods; this is also a great way to distinguish which axes are used by whom. And gosh this is a great way to get out frustration! Under $60
My husband has the Shark, Goat, and Beaver versions of this hat; I'll admit I stole the Beaver one and occasionally wear it to the gym! These are conversation starters for sure, and provide a little humor while also looking cool. Over a dozen different animals to choose from.
Outdoor chefs from the backyard to the backwoods agree: The thrill of the grill comes from the process. Adding these advanced LED lights to your barbecue illuminates the entire cooking surface for better grilling, day or night. Powerful magnets mount each light securely to any metal surface, while flexible goosenecks let you focus super-bright beams on what's sizzling.
Lenses adjust from spotlight to wide coverage and offer three brightness levels. The durable aluminum bodies are heat- and dent-resistant. Toss the set in their included storage case and take them along for camping, tailgating, and even quick repairs or projects that require extra light. $30
Now that he's a grown-ass man, he should care for his shoes like a grown-ass person! This ten-piece set features a first-class wooden valet box with foot pedal. Includes two tins of Kiwi Select premium paste polish in black and brown, two 100% horsehair brushes, two soft shine cloths, two shoe daubers and one shoe horn. The complete shoe care shine kit for the perfect professional finish.
Stylish and versatile, the original Clarks® Desert Boot launched in 1950 by Nathan Clark and was inspired by a rough boot from Cairo's Old Bazaar. An instant hit, it became the footwear of choice for off-duty army officers. Premium leather is teamed with an unfussy lace fastening and our signature crepe sole. Five options to choose from (even vegan options), this is a classic shoe that looks cool with jeans and chinos for a range of personal style aesthetics. $150
From football games to weekends camping, this is a practical gadget that will provide easy and safe warmth. Easy to fill, flameless warmth, this is small enough to fit into any pocket and rugged enough to survive the wildest weekends. Nine colors to choose from. Under $15.
Stocking stuffers are hard to find for men, but gadgets like this, when high quality, are always appreciated. Small enough to fit in a wallet, this stainless steel multitool is a can opener, flat screwdriver, ruler, beer bottle opener, wrench, saw blade, and more. Under $7
A nice break from working from home or a great addition to the man cave, this over-the-door basketball hoop gets great ratings for durability and ease of installation (all tools are included).
This is another item I got for my husband last year for Christmas. He thought it was ridiculous, and then he tried it. And now he is on his second bottle. This stuff truly works! He had two stress fractures on one foot and while they have healed his foot still aches after a long run or when it rains. When he applies this the pain goes away. He also uses it on mosquito bites! There is a version without fragrance; the scented version smells like patchouli.
Made with a warm, durable, heavyweight 100% organic cotton flannel, this is a classic shirt that will remain stylish as well as in great shape for many years. A relaxed fit with a straight hem that looks good buttoned or unbuttoned, tucked in our left out, it comes in over a dozen different prints. Under $100.
All this and Patagonia does so much activism for this planet and its people including Patagonia’s self-imposed Earth tax, 1% for the Planet, which provides support to environmental nonprofits working to defend our air, land, and water around the globe.
The TRX GO Suspension Trainer helps you create workouts that match your goals anywhere and at any time. TRX Training allows you to use your body weight and gravity resistance. Weighing just one pound, this is easy to travel with. We've taken this exact set on travel and love how it can connect to a hotel or bathroom door. In fact, we have it on the downstairs powder room door to do some workout while waiting for water to boil or a casserole to cook in the kitchen next door. It's something that works for all abilities since there aren't any weights. Under $150.
I got my husband a subscription to MasterClass one year and he LOVED it. He learned tips for gardening, cooking, public speaking, more about philosophy, science, and more.
Membership to MasterClass includes access to an incredible catalog of 100+ classes taught by the world’s best on cooking, leadership, photography, writing and more.
Each class includes around 20 video lessons that are 10 minutes long on average, along with an in-depth workbook. You also get access to our smartphone and TV apps, offline lessons, a members-only newsletter, and our dynamic community of members around the world.
This one was recommended by a reader and so I got one for my husband. It is fantastic and used so often! It holds a charge a long time, looks cool, and is great for items you don't want to get as close to as you would with a match or traditional lighter. Four colors available for $30
The Barsys Smart Coaster is equipped with Barsys Smart Bar Technology that makes it super easy to create uniquely handcrafted cocktails with your smartphone. Choose a cocktail from the Barsys App which guides step by step while the coaster precisely measures each ingredient to create a delicious cocktail every time.
This is great for the budding mixologist, anyone who wants a foolproof way to make great cocktails at home, and it's also a fun party activity. The link goes to where you can purchase just the coaster, or the coaster and cocktail glass. Price starts at less than $100.
When I asked my husband what I should add to this gift guide for men, he immediately said a pair of USB-heated gloves. Hrm, is that a hint as to what I should get him this year for Christmas? I did some research and Outdoor Research, which is a reputable brand, gets the best reviews for such gloves for men.
The Outdoor Research Gripper Heated Sensor Glove is a heated glove for winter work. When you're outdoors in the winter, you'll need a way to keep your hands warm. The ALTIHeat heated glove technology offers on-demand warmth with the simple push of a button and three different settings. The GORE INFINIUM fabric is three layers, windproof and water-resistant so you can get the job done. Grip at the palm keeps tools from slipping and touch-screen compatibility allows for a quick text or change of music on your device. Usually $199 but this link has them for under $120.
Does anyone NEED spurs for their Crocs? No, but it's a fun and funny gift for your Crocs wearer, and could make for a super cute stocking stuffer as well. It's worth checking out this Etsy seller's entire shop as they create all sorts of things for Crocs!
Do you have any tried and true gifts for men that don't suck that aren't on this list? Please share them in the comments! And know that there are comments from previous years. Instead of creating a new gift guide each year, I update the old one with new products, new versions, and items I've bought for guys that have gotten rave reviews. Who knows, your recommendation may pop up in this gift guide next year!
Such a creative and fun list every year, Allison! Thank you for the hundreds of hours you put into compiling them for us. I’ve bought more than one thing on here in the past few years. Here’s another fun idea for all on your list: A professional quality, unfinished ukulele just waiting for your creative personal touch. You can paint them, woodburn them, decoupage them…. the options are endless. Plus they sound good too. Check it out: https://www.butterflyukes.com/
Brenda Ulrich says
Wow! Your gift guide for men is the only one I make sure I don’t miss, so many good ideas over the years. My sons and I have all started taking boxing classes this year, so that doorway boxing pad is perfect for our house. Thank you!
OK, I am immediately suspicious of 90% of gift guides out there, but this is GOOD. I found several things on here that my DH would like. How brilliant is that tool wristband?!
Karen S Weitzman says
Hi Alison! Once again, thank you for a great list! You helped me back in 2019 find a backpack for my son in law so I thought I’d ask for help again. I am looking for 1) a cordless vacuum cleaner that is good with pet fur, 2) a nice quality knife set, and 3) good pair of headphones to wear on the plane to watch movies on a tablet.
If you or your readers have any ideas, I would greatly appreciate it!
Grace Decker says
Fantastic gift guide.
(Bought the bidet!!)
Love this list! My husband has one of those Levi’s lined trucker jackets that’s older than our relationship and still going strong. We also have a Tom Bihn bag for every member of the family now that we upgraded our teenagers from their old tween duffles. And I think I remember looking at that Pendleton sweater last year and giving it some serious consideration.
For a gift idea that’s super personal, here’s something my husband discovered this year and has loved: ballpark-style underwear. These are boxers or briefs with a built-in pouch to gently support the balls. That’s not a need I’d ever thought of, but they seem to genuinely make his life better. His favorite are by Saxx (https://www.saxxunderwear.com/), but there are other brands out there.
To get philosophical about underwear, these have also been a good self-care exercise for my husband. These are much more expensive than he’s used to paying for underwear. (They run around $25-$35 per pair, which costs more than a pack of the fancy Hanes from Target.) But I want him to feel the same mix of indulgence and self-care as I do when I put on my expensive, comfortable, well-performing underthings! I love all your pieces on how quality underwear helps us feel better, so I thought you’d like to know about this option for the men in our lives as well.
Nat Campbell says
Thank you so much for this, it was so helpful! I purchased a customized Yeti (son in law), the history by mail (daughter) and a credit card game for each of them.
Karen O. says
Thank you for coming through for me when I was blanking out on what to get my brother. The credit card size PacMan and Space Invaders have just been purchased! Men are always the worst for me to get gifts for so this list is much appreciated.
Hey, if those throwing axes entered this house, my husband would have a quick choice to make — it’s either me or those axes. They totally freak me out!
I second your recommendation for Knomo and Timbuk2 backpacks (in the comments) — my son has one of each, and I think both are super high quality and will likely last for years.
PS. I should add that my son considers the Knomo his “dress backpack” and the Timbuk2 his “working backpack.” LOL! High maintenance!
This is a sun gift guide! I haven’t clicked through everything yet, but I’d love it you could recommend some plus size menswear options last year, or mention the size range in what you recommend. My husband is a 3x/4x.
I live & work in a town of actual Rocket scientists. & we’re pretty much all of the age to be the 1st to have played video games. The pocket games would be great for a gift exchange, stocking stuffers, etc.
Another great list! I always look forward to your gift guides and have discovered a couple things for hard to buy for men. Thanks!
Great list Alison, nice and unique ideas. My husband was peering over my shoulder as I was looking at those shirts and immediately pointed to one he liked. Thanks for all the hard work you put into these, much appreciated.
This was excellent! Thank you so much. I ordered three things.
As someone with a husband and son, I support and endorse this list! My guys have several of these items (between them) and love them all!
Hi Alison! If there is a way to make this product get you affiliate credit, it might be worth adding to your list: https://bit.ly/3wwTsOi.I got one of these rechargeable lighters for my husband and it is great. It is great for lighting candles and firepits and since it really truly recharges via USB I feel like it’s better for the environment in some ways, too?! Win/win! My husband has size 15 feet and I have 15YO and 17YO sons who are currently size 14 (please let their feet stop growing soon) so appreciate the slipper recommendations from you and Karl, too! Thanks!
Great ideas here! The throwing axes, “paper” airplane, and CBD lotion will be hits with my DH! Also wanted to add that his favorite gift EVER was the bidet you mentioned in this post https://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/things-i-bought-on-quarantine/
Karen Weitzman says
Thank you for the great gift suggestions. I just received a wish list from my son-in-law. Do you (or Karl) have any suggestions for a work backpack for men? Preferably under $200.
Thanks so much!
Alison Gary says
A few good ones:
This one from North Face: http://bit.ly/2NMfhV7
This sleek one from Herschel, though any from this brand is a wine: http://bit.ly/2XdHeZc
I think KNOMO London makes super elegant yet practical backpacks for men: http://bit.ly/2XbFcca
I also love this one from TIMBUK2 and it gets rave reviews: http://bit.ly/33Y0zjT
All of these are under $200 also!
Karen Weitzman says
Thank you so much for such a quick response. I really like the TIMBUK2. It is very tricky buying something like this for someone else but at least Nordstrom has free returns. I love all of your posts. Thanks for being real and relatable!
Alison Gary says
My pleasure! <3
Alison, your gift guides always kick ass and this was no exception – thank you!!
Alison Gary says
Ha, this list surprised me! There are more things on it i would buy for myself than anyone else. I love it!
Alison Gary says
Oh I’m so glad!
I was tickled to see the shoe care kit in your list. We have the one just like this that my FIL used all the time. When he passed away, it was something of his I wanted to keep. Not sure when he got it but I joined the family in ’81 and it already looked like it was used regularly; I know he used it frequently.
Alison Gary says
My dad had a similar kit, I think they’re great and need to come back in style!
I always look forward to your gift guides, as they’re some of the only ones I find actually useful! This one sorts my brother and nephew – please please tell me you’re doing another teen list again this year!!
Alison Gary says
Yep I hope to have one!
I rarely find gifts for DH on shopping guides BUT there are at least 2 on here I will be getting for him. He has no interest in fashion, so a few weeks ago I mentioned he’d look great in some chukka boots and he told me he doesn’t “see the point of them”?!?!! He will be getting these for sure! Those outdoor gloves will be great too- our new house is requiring a lot of outdoor work! And of course the Bluetooth paper airplane.
Alison Gary says
Yay I’m glad you found it helpful!
Every member of my family has a pair of Clark’s desert boots. My daughter and I got them first and the boys followed shortly after.
Great list BTW!
Some great ideas here! I think every man in my life will get one of those multi tools this year. Like others have said, I appreciate the early gift guides as I try to do all of my Christmas shopping by the end of November. And I especially appreciate that this guide is one of the first as my father is almost impossible to buy gifts for! He is that terrible combo of buys himself everything he wants/has quirky taste/is not at all into clothing. Thankfully, my husband is MUCH easier to buy gifts for and is delighted that I enjoy doing all of his clothing shopping for him. 🙂
Alison Gary says
Awesome, I’m glad you liked it!
Nihongo Dame Desu says
Just purchased a 5 pack of the multi-tool. I went to buy one just for myself, then figured I could give to my father and brother in law as well. Since the 5 pack was cheaper than the 3 pack, my husband will get one, too, and I’ll have an extra. Thanks for the great suggestion!
Alison Gary says
I thought it looked pretty awesome! Glad to help!
Linda B says
Many great ideas here. I have a terrible time buying my husband gifts, because he just goes out and buys himself whatever he wants. Maybe something here will be just right! For instance, that multi tool that fits in a wallet is something unusual that he would appreciate I think. (But BTW, the link doesn’t work.)
Sidenote: I know I am not the only woman who has this situation where the husband buys himself whatever he wishes for right away! The related piece is that I dither and dither about buying myself anything new most of the time, so the imbalance in this situation is an “interesting” dynamic. You would think after being married for 38 years we would have figured this one out!
Alison Gary says
Grrr here is a replacement link: https://amzn.to/32uoSUS
My husband does the same thing, shopping for him is hard. I end up finding things when doing guides like this, hence the Ember mug last year.
yes, I have same situation exactly and also married 38 years!
I’m so relieved that my partner and I don’t ‘do’ Christmas (and since we are in the UK certainly not Thanksgiving), because he wouldn’t want any of these. Not that they are bad gifts. But, for example, why would he want a holdall when he has a perfectly good one that he bought 25 years ago? Or a cashmere jumper, when he has one he bought 15 years ago? Etc. The only gift giving we do is on birthdays and I usually buy a couple of books and a tshirt with a penguin on because he loves penguins and some of his favourite tshirts are past their best after 20 years or so (especially if bought secondhand). Anybody else have a partner like this? I must add that he is a wonderful man.
Alison Gary says
See, we don’t do birthdays! I think every couple and family is different.
As we all accumulate more and more stuff over the years, I really prefer to give and receive nice dinners and drinks out instead. Or else, get people magazine subscriptions (If they’re not hoarders) and ebooks.
The one exception is gifts for kids, of course!!
Melissa Stamos says
Thank you for posting these before Thanksgiving. I know you explained your timing to use in a previous post. I love to begin thinking about holiday gifts in early November, so that I have my shopping plan ready by the time Black Friday deals begin. I do not shop well under pressure, starting early keeps it fun for me. Great ideas on you list, too!
Alison Gary says
I’m glad you liked it!