Tackling the Impossible: Finding Gifts for Men
We all know that men are impossible to shop for. Fathers, brothers, boyfriends, sons – it seems like they’ve got everything they need already and everything they want is either extremely expensive (sports car? sports tickets? a Lil Wayne-style grill?) or involves video games in some form or other (we’re trying to encourage communication here, not aid and abet the enemy). Getting gifts for guys often involves stress, anxiety, dread and occasionally just straight out panic. So what to do? How to make buying gifts for men a less traumatizing experience?
When Shopping for Gifts for Men, Think Outside the Box
Ok. So think about your guy. What does he do in his free time? Is he the kind of guy who would rather spend an evening at home cooking dinner together and having a good conversation while knocking back a few pints or would he rather go out and do something active, like watching a football game or wandering around a museum? Does he care about his appearance or is he a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy? Make a list of his interests, but don’t just stop at the obvious conclusions. If your guy is the cook-at-home type, think about buying a sampler gift set of beers from a local brewery and pairing it with various courses that you can cook together. If he’s a well-dressed, groomed individual, think about subscribing him to a monthly beauty box such as GlossyBox, which for 10£ a month, mails luxury samples of high-end grooming products such as antiperspirants and eau de cologne, and men’s fragrances specially selected for discerning men. See, that’s not so hard. Now let’s break down some qualities of good gifts for men.
How Can You Find the Best Gifts for Men?
First and foremost, any gift you give should reflect the relationship between the gift-giver and the gift-givee. How does the gift reflect both of your personalities? Is it something you can enjoy together? Is it something that will make the recipient think of you every time he uses it? Men’s gifts are so often unoriginal. Remember the joke about getting dad a tie or a bottle of aftershave every Christmas? When you’re buying gifts for men, you first of all want to find something that isn’t run-of-the-mill, so that he’ll think of you when he uses the gift, and second of all select something that shows you’ve considered his personality. When trying to find a gift for him, start by writing a short description of him and think of a few things he likes to do in his free time. Look at your list and think about a gift idea that will enhance an aspect of his personality or is something you know he’d love but never think of doing for himself. Because ultimately, the best presents will be the ones that show you’ve taken the time to get to know who he is.