It’s a common stereotype that men can be tough to buy gifts for. If your man wants something, he’s already bought it. Time to go out and buy him a mug or a pair of socks. At least, that’s how the thinking goes.
In reality, there are plenty of good ideas for men. Think beyond simple ideas like a set of tools. Unless your man is a mechanic, he’s probably not going to be thrilled by a new ratchet set. A good gift lets the other person know you care about them and took the time to get them something truly unique.
We’ve put together a few helpful suggestions for just that perfect, unique gift. Each one of them is something that a lot of men are going to love. Between them all, you’re sure to find at least one thing that will bring a smile to that special man in your life.
A Home Brewing Kit
We started out by talking about a stereotype, so let’s talk about another one: guys love beer. This is backed up by a 2016 Gallup poll, where 54 percent of American men listed beer as their adult beverage of choice.
That’s more than twice the percentage of men who prefer wine or liquor. And while we’re talking about stereotypes, yes, women prefer wine by a similar margin.
Of course, coming home with a 12-pack and shouting, “It’s Miller Time!” isn’t the best way to celebrate Christmas with your significant other. On the other hand, a home craft brew kit is an excellent gift.
For one thing, a homebrew kit allows him to make his own, unique brew. When he’s done creating a batch, it will be something you can never, ever find on a supermarket shelf.
Not only that, but a brewing kit is also a hobby. He can begin with the basic starter ingredients and make a simple, no-frills brew. Or he can kick things up a lot by choosing from a variety of hops and other ingredients. You might just create a monster.
Homebrew kits can be used to create just about any kind of beer. Depending on the ingredients, you can brew anything from a rich stout to a tart IPA. Many providers are even selling gluten-free beer kits with a rice base instead of grain. As an added bonus, most homebrew kits can also be used to brew wine!
Homebrewing might sound complex, but it’s actually fairly straightforward. A basic homebrew kit will include everything you need to get started. If you’ve got a pot and a stove, you’ve got a full set of supplies.
A Weekend Getaway
If your man is like most people, he could probably use a break. So why not turn Christmas into an opportunity to do something special?
When we talk about a weekend getaway, we don’t mean Christmas dinner with the in-laws. We mean a couple of days just by yourselves after the turkey has gone into the fridge. The holidays are a great opportunity to do this. After all, what better time of year to leave the kids with grandma for a night or two?
Now, a vacation might seem a bit spendy for a Christmas gift, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few ways you can save on the cost of a vacation.
For one thing, look for somewhere nearby, within a few hours’ drive. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you time. Remember, this is a two-day jaunt, not a weeklong vacation. You don’t want to spend half your weekend going through airport security.
If you’re fresh out of ideas, the internet is a great resource. Look for a state park with good hiking, or visit a museum if the weather is too brisk. Alternatively, if you’re a frequent flyer, you can burn some miles on a pair of tickets and go somewhere a bit more exotic.
For lodging, you can get creative. For instance, there are plenty of Airbnb rentals that have just as much charm as a nice hotel. You won’t have a concierge, but you also won’t have an absurd bill.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not stay at a state campground? Not only is it cheap, but it’s also fun to do, provided the weather allows for it in your area.
Of course, there’s no reason you have to leave the house to get a weekend getaway. If you’ve got kids, pack them off to the in-laws for the weekend, visit a local hiking trail, and watch movies. If not, you can do the same thing, but you won’t have to send the kids away first.
To make a staycation feel even more like a vacation, try shutting off your phones for the weekend. This will let the two of you connect and enjoy your time together without outside distractions. At the end of the day, a vacation is more about a state of mind than it is about your geographic location.
A Fancy Watch
According to a recent poll, men love a good quality watch. Maybe it’s because every action star from Bond to Ethan Hunt has worn one. Maybe it’s because a mechanical watch oozes style and class.
Of course, a high-quality mechanical watch can run in the high hundreds to thousands of dollars. That said, there are plenty of microbrands that offer the same quality at a relatively reasonable cost. You’ll still have to shell out a few hundred dollars, but in most cases, you’re getting the same parts as the brand name without the expensive logo.
A Long-Lasting Floral Arrangement
Getting roses is a lovely, warming experience, whether you’re a man or a woman. This is doubly true if those roses come from your special someone. But if you order roses from your neighborhood florist, they’re only going to last for about a week. After that, even the most nutrient-rich water won’t stop them from wilting.
Venus ET Fleur® sources our roses directly from the world-famous rose fields of Ecuador. Once they have matured, each blossom is picked and carefully packed for shipment to our New York workshop. Because most of the roses are originally red, our experts use a non-toxic bleach solution to painstakingly remove the original color.
At that point, the roses are treated with a non-toxic, hypoallergenic wax to preserve them, along with natural oils. This combination dehydrates the roses without compromising their shape, color, or texture. Even the scent is left intact! In fact, Venus ET Fleur roses will maintain their smell for as long as a month.
The final step involves staining the roses to their final color. In this stage, the roses are soaked in dye, creating the rich, colorful blooms that arrive at your door. Best of all, Venus ET Fleur’s Eternity® Roses will last over a year as long as they’re properly cared for. They come lovingly packaged, ready for gift wrap or a bag.
If your man favors an elegant option, consider the Le Clair Cinq. As its name implies, this is a stunning five-flower display, housed in an acrylic case that shows the blossoms off from all angles. It also refracts sunlight when you set it on a windowsill.
For a bigger, bolder display, a large box of flowers suits the bill. Venus et Fleur’s Large Square arrangement is a gorgeous black box with 42 to 49 blooms peeking out of the top. The flowers are available in 22 different colors, so you can match them to the décor in his favorite space.
If you want a more understated display, you should look at the Le Mini Round. This is a single bloom, displayed in a small round sleeve. It almost looks like the rose is peeping out the top of a mug, and it’s small enough even for a desk or nightstand.
There’s a popular holiday song that goes: “All I want for Christmas is you.” As it turns out, for a lot of men, that statement is literally true.
According to a recent YouGov poll, 20 percent of men wanted some alone time with their special lady more than any other gift. This made it the most popular choice in the poll, although “a card” came in a close second with 16 percent of the vote.
Admittedly, this poll was about Valentine’s Day, not Christmas. But if you want to make this Christmas extra special, there’s nothing stopping you from spending some time together under the mistletoe.
Remember, It’s The Thought That Counts
Good news for all gift-givers: the thought is far more important than the gift itself.
As a matter of fact, 88 percent of Americans agree with that sentiment. So don’t worry if you can’t afford the biggest, most expensive gift this year. A small gift, given with love, is the best gift of all.