As much as men tend to complain about the women in their life being difficult to buy gifts for, the truth is that men aren’t much better. Men tend to buy things when they want them, and don’t tend to communicate much in terms of what they might want as a present when it comes to Christmas, or for their birthday. It’s far more likely that a woman will have, for example, an Amazon wish list than a man will.
Because of this, men have become accustomed to receiving the same old gifts year after year. We’re talking personal hygiene sets, and socks. At a push, someone might buy them a nice new tie, or a set of shirts for work. They’re all functional gifts, and use will be found for them, but they don’t exactly have the wow factor. As much as people might try to persuade you that socks are actually a fantastic gift idea, most men probably wouldn’t agree.
While the important man or men in your life might not be much use to you when it comes to trying to think of a gift idea for them, we’re trying to pick up the slack. Here are a few gift ideas which might just surprise and delight them – even if it’s never crossed their mind to outright ask for them!
A Night At The Casino
Virtually every man has fantasized about being James Bond. We don’t recommend trying to buy your man a license to kill, but you can give him his own’ casino royale’ experience. We might be living in the age of mobile slots now, but there’s still a lot to be said for visiting a casino in person. If you know that the man you’re thinking of loves playing Vegas Slots, then he’ll find the same range of slot games in most major casinos, but many large casino brands now offer vouchers for special days or nights out, including chips he can spend on card games and roulette. Some casinos even offer vouchers for specialist tutoring sessions inside the casino so they can sharpen their skills at most common gambling games. That means when he goes back to playing online poker or mobile slots at home, he might even be better at it!
A Breakfast Sandwich Maker
You’ll hear people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ll also increasingly hear that due to our busy work schedules, people no longer have time for breakfast in the morning. This simply isn’t the case. You make breakfast in less than five minutes – and we’re not talking cereal! Specialist breakfast sandwich makers, which cost less than thirty dollars, were created for this exact purpose. The small tower-like devices contain separate areas for eggs, bacon, ham, bagels or bread depending on your taste and appetite, and cooks them all to perfection at the same time, in less than five minutes. They also don’t generate all the washing up you’d normally associate with making a fried breakfast, so they save on both time and mess. Perfect!
A Vintage Car Rental
If the man you’re considering buying a gift for is into cars, then what better gift could you possibly buy him than a vintage car to drive for a day? Several websites now offer this service (we don’t want to favor any of them by mentioning them here, so give it a Google search), and it probably costs less than you’re imagining. This could make for a great combination on a birthday day out – book a restaurant somewhere special, and let him drive there in a classic car from the 1950s or 1960s! Almost every historic make and model of car is available if you look in the right places, and it’s a gift he’ll never forget.
Nobody likes doing the housework. He doesn’t enjoy it, you don’t enjoy it, and the kids claim you’re trying to force them into slave labor when you try to pass it off on them. If you live in a busy household, you’ve probably had at least one argument about who’s supposed to be doing chores, and when they’re supposed to be doing them. There’s at least one chore you can eliminate with a simple piece of technology; the vacuuming. With a Roomba, all the vacuuming gets done for you by a clever little robot which can move across the floor of its own accord. The only interaction it needs from a human owner is some programming to tell it when to start and stop, and emptying once it’s done. Most men love gadgets, and this is definitely a gadget. You’ll suddenly find him volunteering to arrange the vacuuming whenever it needs doing – which means you’re both happier.
An Acoustic Guitar
There are three types of men; those who can play the guitar, those who want to play the guitar, and liars. Rock music may not be as fashionable as it once was, but the majority of men (and the majority of people in general) wish they could play at least one musical instrument. You can pick up a reasonable acoustic guitar for less than $100, and so you might even have some spending room on top of that to pay for a few lessons for him. It will give him a new hobby to indulge, and when he gets good at it, it will be an outlet for his creative side. Just don’t blame us if he decided to start a band and practices in your garage three nights a week.
A Bourbon Subscription
If he enjoys a nice glass of bourbon every once in a while, make sure he’s never found wanting for any when the mood takes him. With a bourbon subscription, a brand new bottle (usually a rare or unique kind) will be mailed to his door every month, two months, or three months depending on what you’re willing to spend, and what you feel is appropriate. It will give him a little more variety than he gets from his regular tipple, and it’s a gift he can enjoy all year round as opposed to just the day of his birthday, or Christmas. Better than that; if he really likes it, he might even just ask you to renew the subscription each year, which means you’ll never have to worry about what to buy him for a gift ever again!
An outdoor hammock
Men really enjoy their quiet, alone time. Whereas women love to be sociable, men would often be totally fine being on their own for long periods of time. So why not buying your favorite man a nice hammock they can spend hours at a time in, reading a book, playing a game on their phones, or just relaxing. This is particularly appropriate if your male friend has an amazing backyard and, of course, a few trees you can hang the hammock off. Check out this in-depth buying guide from PingPongETC on some of the best and most affordable hammocks out there right now. The most affordable on their list (which I personally bought) was less than $40.