12 Practical Gift Ideas for Men
Gift giving has been part of a long tradition for mankind.
We do it to show appreciation or gain favor from other people. Giving gifts to women is fairly simple. Flowers, chocolates, and jewelry work almost all the time. But giving gifts to men is a lot more complicated.
There is no single category that works for most men, except perhaps alcohol. But even spirits requires a lot of research because there are men who prefer specific brands and types of drinks.
General ideas on gifts for men
If you are giving gifts to someone who is not close to you such as a distant relative, a workmate, or an acquaintance, then it would be difficult to research what kind of preference they have with certain things. (You can check out their FB or IG page).
The best gifts for men is something they can use, a lot. Very few men collect anything, and if they do, it’s something expensive.
1. Minor jewelry
Cuff Links, Sunglasses, classy lighters, and branded pens are great gifts for working executives. It’s not too expensive, but they are not cheap either. If you can’t afford those, then neckties, handkerchiefs, and coffee mugs are your next bet.
2. Sports and hobbies
Only a minority of men collect anything, but most of them have one hobby or a sport that they are passionate about. Tool kits or tennis/golf paraphernalia are good gifts for men.
If they support a particular sports franchise such as LA Lakers or Manchester United, then any item with their team logo will make its way to their collectible shelf. Fantasy UEFA or NBA subscription app may also work for men who are too engrossed in a particular type of sport.
3. Car Trinkets
We have already mentioned hobbies, but there are men who are too passionate about their cars. Young men love to customize their vehicles to reflect their own tastes and giving them something in-line with it for their car are one of the best gifts for young men.
4. Coffee/ craft alcohol subscription
One of the most challenging people to give gifts to, are men who have everything. It doesn’t matter if you give them something cheap or expensive, chances are it’s something they already have or owned at some point in their lives.
If you encounter this problem, the solution is finding novelty. Regardless of how much money they may have, it’s practically impossible for them to have researched everything. The smaller the item, the more likely it is that it slipped through their radar.
Coffee subscriptions, for example, are usually from small brands that were curated by connoisseurs to guarantee quality. They are also fairly cheap compared to most things you can give to man. Look into craft subscriptions and it’s likely you can find one of the best gifts for men who have everything that won’t cost an arm or a leg.
5. Gadgets and electronics
Most men can’t have enough of these, but it is an expensive choice. A lot of men dream about game consoles, home entertainment systems, mobile phones, laptops, and other electronics that they wish they could have, but are restraining themselves.
If you are close enough to the person and can afford it, then electronics is a great gift for men.
6. Modern grooming kit
In terms of personal hygiene and grooming, men go from one end of the spectrum to the other.
There are men who simply don’t care about how they look, while there are others, who are too vain that would put women to shame. Regardless of where they are in the chart, they would love to use or try out advanced grooming items such as electric toothbrushes, electric shavers, and even electric beard trimmers.
A lot of men still prefer to read the traditional way.
They do research on the internet and watch youtube instructional videos and TedTV, but they still find the time to read a good book. Assuming you know what kind of topic that would interest them, Books are practical gifts for men that would last a lifetime.
8. Netflix subscription
Men love movies, not all types of movies, but movies in general. A Netflix or similar subscription will surely be appreciated.
9. A chair
Speaking of movies, lazy boys or office chairs is probably the only furniture in the house that most men appreciate. A man’s home is his castle and every castle needs a throne. The right chair will be a perfect and unique gift for a man who spends too much time working or watching TV.
10. A big dog
If you want something unique, go for a big dog, not just any dog, but a big macho dog like a German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, or Labrador. Notice that I mentioned big in the description, which means dogs such as Pug and Chihuahua are out of the question. Dog-loving men will not care much about breeds and love all dogs the same, but having a big strong best friend strokes their masculine ego.
11. Drink paraphernalia
You would be surprised how many accessories were invented to support a man and his love for alcohol. Beer caps, Personalized Mugs, Beer holders, and other items to support their favorite beverage are always good conversation starters.
12. Retro games
Beer pong kits, Family computer, or other board games such as Cards against Humanity or a poker set is always a good and one of the more unique gifts for men. You would be surprised to see how men never really outgrow their childhood when they see their childhood toys return to them.
Given that it is a bit more challenging to give gifts for men, especially men who can afford to buy their own trinkets. However, difficult as it may seem, it is not impossible. It just requires a bit of research and creativity on the gift giver to find the best gift for their man or any man for that matter.
Gift giving is an art and a science. It doesn’t only apply to men, but don’t worry about it. Unlike some women, when men don’t like their gifts, they won’t take it against you. However, since you want to give a gift anyway, a bit of research will let you find the best gift for men that won’t break the bank.
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