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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Him This Holiday Season
The holidays are just around the corner, whether you’re ready for them or not! Maybe you’re a last-minute shopper, or maybe you’re someone who likes to plan ahead and get all of your shopping done now so you can have a more stress-free season.
Whatever the case, it’s always a good idea to have some gift ideas in mind – especially for the men in your life.
Some studies have shown that men are easier to shop for. But, that’s taking into account that most men aren’t picky about receiving gifts. Still, if you’re buying something for someone you care about, you want the gift to be thoughtful and meaningful.
So, whether it’s your father, spouse, friend, or any other man in your life, how can you make sure you’re giving them the perfect gift this year? Let’s cover some thoughtful ideas that can help you start shopping.
For the Outdoorsy Man
Is there a guy in your life who spends more of his time in nature than indoors? If so, he’s probably enjoying a lot of the physical and mental health benefits that go along with it. But, you might also be stumped when it comes to what to get him for the holidays.
More people have been spending time outside since the start of the pandemic. So, if his fascination with nature is new, take a look at what his specific hobbies are. Does he like camping and hiking? Consider things like a tent, hiking gear, or even a “care package” with first aid supplies, snacks, and more.
Has he gotten into sports? Buy some athletic gear and a water bottle.
Maybe his fascination with the great outdoors has overlapped with another hobby or interest, like working on cars. If he’s become something of a gearhead, a great gift would be a set of tools every DIY mechanic needs, including:
- Diagnostic tools
- An underhood work light
- Socket and wrench set
- Rachet extender
- Spark plug pliers
- Grass fed jerky sticks
You don’t have to be knowledgeable about any of these hobbies to find a great gift. Don’t be afraid to go to specialty stores and ask professionals for their opinions and suggestions. Getting any of these options will be meaningful to your recipient, and he’ll know you’re paying attention to his enthusiasm for the outdoors.
For the Fitness Buff
If there’s been another “positive” to the pandemic, it’s that more people have started to take care of their physical health. For some, that’s included joining a gym. For others, it’s been finding alternative ways to work out and stay fit, like running or playing a sport.
If one of the men in your life has started to take an interest in health and fitness, there are plenty of great gift options to consider, including:
- AirPods so they can listen to music while they exercise
- Gym clothes
- Reusable water bottle
- Solar lights for their bike
- A wearable fitness tracker
Most people who are into fitness are also into nutrition and fueling their bodies the right way. So, don’t forget the snacks when you’re putting together gift ideas. High-protein snacks like beef jerky or protein bars are great stocking stuffers and “extras” that you can add to a larger gift.
If you want to invest in a larger gift, consider paying for a yearly gym membership. It’s a big commitment and can be a bit costly to pay for a year upfront, but if they’re into fitness, it’s something they’ll love and “use” every day.
For the Everyman
It’s a classic gift-giving conundrum: What do you get for the guy who has everything?
Maybe one of the men in your life has multiple hobbies and interests. Maybe they seem to have everything they could possibly need or want regarding those interests.
While that can be a bit frustrating, at first, it allows you to get creative with your gift-giving endeavors. Don’t settle for a gift card! Instead, take a look at some gift ideas that are usually always welcomed and appreciated, including:
- Anything personalized (wallet, keychain, luggage, etc.)
- Getting their car detailed
- Cooking classes
- Subscription services
If you’re still stumped, now is the time to start paying closer attention to the things they enjoy. Do they enjoy an after-dinner drink each night? Try getting them a whiskey gift set. Are they amazing in the kitchen? Consider a “foodie” gift like a DIY meal kit or a fancy bottle of wine.
Gift-giving doesn’t have to be something stressful. In fact, it can be a lot of fun when you’re looking for something thoughtful. Seeing someone’s expression when they open a meaningful gift is well worth the effort of finding something great.
So, no matter what the men in your life are into, use these suggestions to spark even more ideas this holiday season, and enjoy shopping ‘til you drop for thoughtful gifts they’ll love.