Your Special Guy: Gift Ideas for Men

As promised, I didn’t want to come across as SELFISH with sharing this Mama’s holiday wishlist, so this post is dedicated entirely to gifts for the men in your lives.

Let me preface this with a generalization: MEN ARE REALLY HARD TO SHOP FOR.

Like, REALLY hard. Hard in the sense that they want something, but they only want that one particular thing, and that one particular thing always seems to be unattainable or unavailable during the gifting season. Again, this is a generalization, but I cannot begin to describe the amount of instances in which I’ve heard my husband and Father say, “I don’t care. I don’t need anything. I guess I might need this/that. Just get me whatever.” But that whatever almost ALWAYS goes back to the store. So “whatever” doesn’t really mean “whatever.”

Also along the lines of “whatever,” men don’t want us to get them clothes. It’s my default (because who doesn’t love new clothes?!) and what I pick out is inevitably returned because “it’s not my style,” “it’s not my fit,” and/or “I don’t need this.” So unless your gentleman asks you for something very specific relating to his wardrobe, it’s best to think outside of this category.

Tangent. Over.

Now that I’ve told you how much of a challenge shopping for men can (and probably will) be, here are some ideas that have seen success. But don’t hold me accountable if these items get taken back by your loved one(s). I did warn you that men are hard to shop for…

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Swiss Gear Backpack

Okay, so this isn’t a sexy gift, but it sure is practical. My husband has a similar bag and he’s refused to replace it with a briefcase. Ladies, men don’t carry purses. Many men also don’t love messenger bags because of the “over the shoulder” aspect of it. This backpack is great for its many compartments, padded straps and extra protection for their computers.

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Pottery Barn Library Decanter (and Rocks Glasses)

Wine and martini glasses are usually the most gifted spirits accessories, but what about those who prefer WHISKEY? I purchased this decanter from Pottery Barn for C.D. two years ago and it was a great purchase. The glass has nice checked etchings for texture and is more modern than most traditional crystal decanters. Pair this gift with a high-end whiskey, like Johnnie Walker Black Label (or Blue if you’re really feeling generous) to open up their bar!

Shut the Box  |  Yard Dice

If your guy is competitive by nature (and maybe likes to partake in a little friendly gambling), they need these games! Shut the Box is a fun game to play at family events while the Yard Dice creates opportunities for outdoor entertaining when the weather warms up.

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Insulated Backpack Cooler

Yes, another backpack, but this one is super cool!

Does your guy golf? Does your guy golf and drink? If so, he may want this! C.D. was gifted a similar backpack cooler several years ago and that thing goes on roughly 90% of his golf outings. The bottom is insulated to keep canned beer chilled while the top allows protected space for a change of clothes, socks/shoes, etc.

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Burberry Modern Check Tie

I did it. I put a tie on this list. I’m so cliche!

Here’s my thought on a REALLY nice tie. As women, it’s not unusual for us to ask for expensive shoes, expensive handbags, expensive jewelry. But what kind of accessories can men wear that are high-end and premium? If your guy has to dress in business attire for his job, consider gifting him with a really, really nice tie. This is something he’ll hold on to for years and presents him as fashionable and successful. Just sayin’!


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Skagen “Hagen” Round Leather Watch (40mm)

If your guy isn’t one to wear watches often (or at all), this is a nice option to start with. The look is clean and leather is soft, making it easier to get used to wearing. Plus Skagen watches are both pricey while still being more affordable than some high-end watches.

Next to come on the Holiday Wishlist series… kiddos!



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