I often hear that men, whether it be a dad, boyfriend/husband, or brother, are the hardest to shop for. Which likely means that although we are less than two weeks out from Christmas, you probably still haven't figured out what to buy for the men in your life. Your worries can stop here though because, I've put together an ultimate "for him" gift guide from the perspective of me aka: a man, father, and boyfriend. Keep reading to find the perfect gift(s) for your favorite men!
The Adventurer + Traveler
Is the man you're shopping for adventurous or on a mission to see the world by travelling whenever he gets the chance? Below are a few options that he will not only appreciate and use, but also show that you understand him and what he's passionate about.
1 - Duffle Bag: A duffle bag is first on my list for an adventurer or traveler for obvious reasons. If they're always on the go exploring somewhere new, they need a quality bag that will work as a carry-on, but is also big enough to fit airplane essentials and at least an outfit or two. One of my favorites if by Herschel Supply Co. - the Herschel Novel Duffle. Not only does it have a sleek design that is available in numerous colors, it also has a designated shoe compartment. Perfect for your explorer!
2 - Noise Cancelling Headphones: If you're buying for an adventurer or traveler, I'm guessing they are on airplanes often. A must when flying often is a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. You never know what kind of noise you're going to have to drown out, so the investment is worth it - take my word for it! Based on reviews, the best pair out there right now is the Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3. They are bluetooth enabled and even come with a small carrying case.. like they were made for a traveler!
3 - Carry On Cocktail Kit: It's no secret that alcoholic beverages are extra expensive at the airport and on flights. Why not save your man or dad a little bit of money by giving him a six pack carry on cocktail kit that makes a total of 12 drinks? This Carry On Cocktail Kit Six Pack is my favorite - complete with old fashioned, moscow mule, gin and tonic, bloody mary, hot toddy and a champagne cocktail. You can't go wrong with this unique gift for your traveler.
This category includes ideas for any man that has an interest in the arts or creative world. Maybe he even has a creative job, such as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer, musician, even a tattoo artist. Check it out...
1 - Personalized LP Record: I have to admit, I didn't know this was a thing, but once I saw it was a thing, I thought HOW AWESOME! The creative in your life would really appreciate this piece of decor worthy of hanging in any room in the house. Customize it with anything you see fit - their name, a significant date/time/memory, a relevant quote - then add five of your favorite songs. Learn more about the Personalized LP Record.
2 - Balance Lamp: It's no secret that creatives tend to be in touch with energy and finding the right balance in life. Insert the Lume Room Balance Lamp. This lamp is a perfect addition to any creative dude's desk. "The simplicity of the lamp induces feelings of calmness and comfort, while the high quality LEDs ensure that the glow produced from the lamp is warm and easy on the eyes, so you can rest easy after using the lamp at night." Need I say more?
3 - Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit: What is it with guys and hot sauce? Honestly, I'm a guy and I can't even answer that... I just know that I like hot sauce. If you have a creative man on your hands, give him another way to get creative by creating his own hot sauce wit this Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit. This DIY kit offers a variety of ingredients to test out your dad or husband's hot sauce making skills.
The Manly Man
Everyone has their own idea of a "manly man", but when I hear that term I think of the men that build things with their bare hands or enjoy spending as much time as they can roughing it outdoors. Those dudes that love to get down and dirty whether it be for their job or for fun. Here's some gift ideas for the manly men out there.
1 - Homebrew Starter Kit: Does your manly man need a new hobby? Give them a break from their work life by providing a means to brew their own beer with the Homebrew Starter Kit. It's likely that your manly man likes a nice cold one to kick back with at the end of the week. Here's his chance to give making his own brews a shot!
2 - The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: If you have a hunter on your hands, why not educate them on how they can cook the meat or fish that they bring home? This is helping you out ladies... The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook, brought to you by the show and podcast MeatEater, has all the recipes and techniques your manly man needs to whip up a good meal.
3 - Carhartt Rain Defender Paxton Hooded Heavyweight Sweatshirt: I don't own this particular sweatshirt, but based on reviews it seems it's a must if your dad, husband or brother works outside, hunts or camps. The Carhartt Rain Defender Sweatshirt is considered "men's water-repellent" and one of the best heavyweight sweatshirts for outdoor work or play. Give it a try!
What are you go-to gifts for the men in your life? I'd love to hear about them, and I'm sure the other female readers would too, in the comments below :)