The 10 Best Gifts For Men
10. Porter-Cable PCCK614L4
9. Go Away
8. Trayvax Element
7. Del Rossa Robe
6. Sony MDR1000X/C Headphones
5. Mr. Beer Kit
4. Kattee Briefcase
3. PlayStation 4 Black Ops Bundle
2. Parker 96R Shave Set
1. Sonos PLAYBAR
How To Pick The Right Gift For The Man In Your Life
Let's face it — it's difficult to shop for men. The things they typically want are either outrageously expensive, incredibly stupid, or both (seriously, do not buy him that vodka-powered jetpack). Still, if you love him, you don't want him walking away from his special day empty-handed, so here are a few tips for finding a present he'll actually like.
The best rule of thumb is to stick to something you already know he enjoys. If he hasn't already expressed an interest in going for a mani-pedi with you, he's probably not going to be thrilled with that gift certificate. On the other hand, if you know he likes the Dodgers, season tickets will always be appreciated.
Try to get him something that he wouldn't buy for himself, either. It's important to realize that this can be a version of something he already has, provided you're getting him a better model. If you know he loves woodworking, but he uses a budget saw, spring for a souped-up version.
Your gift can also give him permission to spoil himself a little bit. If you're always getting mad at him for playing Xbox when he should be helping with the kids, giving him some games can let him know that it's okay for him to blow off some steam. Just make sure he knows that he still has to help around the house once he's done saving the world.
Don't feel any pressure to get too creative. This isn't a contest, and getting him something simple that he loves will be welcomed much more than the avant-garde sculpture you had commissioned (unless, of course, it's a sculpture of John Wayne). Sometimes, just buying him more of the things he already has is enough — like topping off his whiskey collection, or replacing his old, worn-out robe with one that won't get him arrested for indecent exposure.
Ultimately, you're the best judge of what will make a good gift, and if you're not sure, ask. We'd much rather you spoil a surprise than force us to act like we're excited you got us a framed portrait of your mother.
Helping Your Kids Buy Presents For Dad
Before we get started, I have to acknowledge that, yes, it is true — something the kids make themselves will be even more special than anything they could buy. But that doesn't mean that Dad will like it as much.
While we're on the subject of free presents, any parent knows that the most precious gift children can ever bestow on their parents is the gift of their own absence. Arranging to alternate babysitting weekends with another couple will always be appreciated, as will finding activities that the children can go do for a day while Dad stays home and gets re-acquainted with his flat screen.
Of course, this is also a great opportunity to provide him with the ability to spend more quality time with his children. Arranging for them to do something they all enjoy, like a fishing trip or a day at the movies, will help him create memories that he will treasure for the rest of his life, while also distracting him from the fact that you pawned babysitting duties off on him for the day.
Just stay away from tired, clichéd gifts, like anything that says "#1 Dad" on it. He's seen the official Dad rankings — he knows better. Personalizing his gift is still a good idea, and this can be a good chance to razz him a little. A flask engraved with "Mom's First Husband" or something sarcastic like that will make him laugh, and he'll want to show it off (of course, if he gets fired for showing off his flask at work, that's on you).
Regardless of what you get him, he'll love and treasure anything that comes from his kids. After all, he has to — it's part of the job description.
Buying Gifts For Male Acquaintances
Sometimes you have to buy a gift for a guy you don't know very well. Whether it's your boss, a neighbor, or that loan shark who's getting tired of asking for his money, a thoughtful gift can go a long way towards keeping relationships running smoothly.
There's only one problem, though — as we already mentioned, you don't know this guy very well. That makes it a little harder to be thoughtful.
In these situations, it's okay to be superficial. If the one thing you know about him is that he smokes cigars, buying him a box of stogies is perfectly acceptable. If you can, take the time to scope out his home or office for any clues (note: I am not condoning breaking and entering here). Anything that he displays prominently is something that he feels strongly about, and that represents a possible in.
If you have absolutely no idea what he's into, then there are still some options that he's likely to appreciate. It's important to remember that default gifts became default gifts for a reason: most people actually like getting gift certificates. Try to stick with the most general places you can, though; Amazon is a good choice, whereas a voucher for "Bob's Beekeeping Supplies" represents quite the leap of faith.
It should be noted here, however, that there are a few things to stay away from if you're clueless. Booze is a bad choice, as you don't want to be accidentally responsible for someone falling off the wagon. Also, stay away from anything that could be construed as criticism, such as a gym membership or a self-help book.
When getting a gift for anyone, though, it truly is the thought that counts. That said, it's always better to give them something they desperately want, which is why I've always believed in stealing and then returning their car.