We draw names in our very large family (over 50 people!), and sometimes when someone draws the name of an adult male, there’s a little groan because men can be so difficult to buy for. It’s not that they are unappreciative, but it’s just hard to know what they’ll like. Here are some suggestions that should be helpful - or at least give you some ideas if you’re shopping for a man.
(1) The Kindle is the newest electronic gadget to have. It’s the new wireless reading device. It’s really cool, and if your man is a techie, then this will make him happy.
(2) You can’t go wrong with an iPod. If your man doesn’t have one, it’s a great gift idea - especially if he really enjoys music.
(3) Here is something I absolutely love - and so does RT. My Keurig single-cup coffee brewer brews a k-cup of RT’s so-strong-it-would-choke-a-normal-person coffee one minute, and the next minute it brews my so-mild-RT-can’t-drink-it coffee the next. It’s the one coffee maker that keeps us both happy. Plus they have hot tea and hot cocoa k-cups now - so the it covers all bases.
(4) One of the best inventions of mankind is the cordless drill. Before RT and I remarried, I had a DeWalt cordless drill, and RT had one, too. So now we have two which was absolutely wonderful when we were putting in doorknobs, towel racks, blinds and other jobs around the new house. We’d put a drill bit in one and a screwdriver bit in the other - and we were a team getting everything done.
(5) Many men have TV shows they particularly enjoy - or TV shows that they’ve heard about and thought sounded good but never watched - or TV shows that they like so much, they enjoy watching reruns of shows they’ve already seen. Sometimes we start watching a show in its second or later season and wonder what that first season was like - how the story and characters were developed up to the point when we started watching it. If any of those scenarios are the case, then a DVD with a season’s worth of shows is a great gift. We never could afford to have HBO, and so we never watched “The Sopranos” when it was on its regular run on TV. Now, though, we can buy the DVDs and see all the shows.
(6) I read the story of Burt’s Bees products not long ago, and I already loved the stuff. It’s great for your skin - both men and women. This particular kit has grooming essentials for men - shaving cream, soap bar, body wash and after shave.
(7) I LOVE this cookbook. When I was single, I gave it as a gift to some of the single men I know. It’s a simple cookbook that men who are not accustomed to cooking can use with relative ease. The directions are simple, the ingredient list is minimal, and the recipes taste good. Great gift idea for any man who wants to start cooking for himself.
(8) Okay, so this is probably not a male gift idea. However, I love my paraffin spa so much that I decided to throw it into the mix here anyway. If you’re looking for a gift for a woman, this is it. I absolutely adore the way this makes my hands instantly softer and smoother.
(9) I bought a webcam for my laptop a few weeks ago, and it has been so much fun playing around with it. There’s just something about seeing the video on the computer screen immediately - and playing it back over and over. I found I had a little bit of an actress in me - is YouTube in my futre? Your guy will most likely want to start making his own YouTube videos if you get him his own webcam.
(10) Okay, now this gift is for the guy who already considers himself a good cook - or simply a connoisseur of fine pizza. A pizza stone is the ultimate in making wonderful homemade pizzas. You cook and serve the pizza on the stone. It keeps the crust crispy and hot. A perfect addition to any kitchen - for both men and women.
(11) No matter your man’s interest, there is a magazine related to it. A magazine subscription is a great gift. I give magazine subscriptions every year. I usually buy a recent issue and place the gift subscription card in it - and then put the magazine in the person’s stocking - or in a gift box or bag.
(12) Every man needs a pair of Crocs for everyday wear around the house - or out and about. They’re comfortable, washable and practically indestructible. RT has one pair, and I have two pairs. They’re the ultimate go anywhere shoe.
(13) Every man needs a small tool kit - one that has the essentials for the home. Well, every woman needs one, too. I have one for the home and another one in my classroom at school. I use them both quite frequently. RT has his own tool kit that he uses often, too. It’s so convenient to have everything altogether in one kit, and I have found that we go ahead and take care of little things that need done around the house when the right tool is near at hand.
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