This isn’t a bag thing, but it also comes with an additional difficulty factor, one that we wanted to flesh out in an entire section. The practical guy has three types of people who are going to understand his hobbies or understand what items will make his career/job easier to perform. They see these gifts as optimizing their life, which is a big up for the happiness factor. The types of people and the reactions they can expect are as follows:
We’ll start with the one that’s going to make your life the most simple: a gift receipt. These are like Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, giving you free range to correct your error as pain-free as possible. Even with these, you’ll still have to provide a form of photo ID in some places. It’s rare, but it’s something you don’t want to be caught without, especially if you’re stuck in the return line after a major holiday.
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This Christmas gift makes an adorable office decoration or home accessory. Colorful baker's twine and papier-mache come together to create a too-cute monogrammed Christmas gift perfect for mom, best friends or sisters. Embellish a flat wooden frame with varying widths of wrapped twine on opposite corners. Then display a twine-wrapped papier-mache letter inside the frame opening. For a full Christmas theme, gravitate toward red and green twine.
You work with the guy, you want to get something nice, but you just don’t know where to go. One of the main reasons to get a restaurant gift card is to tell them, “You deserve a night off, so this one’s on me.” There’s a little bit of careful planning that should go into it, though. Depending on your relationship with this guy, you’ll know a few basic details, like what city or town they live in, or what’s along the road on the way to, or coming back from work. The last thing you want is to get a gift card to a restaurant that’s going to be out of their way; you’re trying to make it convenient for them to get a meal essentially for free, so look at what’s along the way. This is a simple gift card to grab that doesn’t take too much knowledge, but buyer beware: try to get a feel for any possible allergies before you send them out for lobster.
The Air-King recently returned to the Rolex line after being retired for a number of years. It's the only Rolex whose logo—the crown and signature—is printed in two different colors: green and yellow. The self-winding mechanical movement of this antimagnetic steel watch, which is waterproof to 330 feet, is also entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.
For the wine drinker on-the-go. I’m just kidding. This is actually great for ALL wine drinkers—not just busy ones. Keep her glass full AND cold this holiday season with Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos (that is a mouthful—also, no pun intended, again). It comes in many colors including one called “Unicorn Magic.” Now please excuse me while I purchase this in advance of the holidays, so I can attend all of my upcoming parties with it. MEET MY NEW PLUS ONE: THE CORKCICLE WINE THERMOS.
"My sister gave me this for Christmas. The packaging and the content where fun, though I am still… more not sure if she was trying to kill me or just test my manhood. If you know someone who likes spice than this is the the choice for them. Just down right fun to open and fun to enjoy. How much hot is to hot? There is only one way to find out." - Tim less
Okay, this might seem silly, but it really is a great gift. Adult coloring books are just like regular coloring books, but they have more complex designs that are more appropriate for adults. They are a wonderful way to relax and decompress from a long or stressful day. They can add a little fun to her day in a simple and easy way and finished pictures range from being beautiful to hilarious depending on which adult coloring book you choose for her.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.
There’s nothing wrong with paying less attention to the stitch colors of a jacket or messenger bag, or not minding how the boots look, as long as they function. There’s a lot of guys out there who would much rather receive practical gifts, rather than something that essentially doesn’t serve a purpose (more on this shortly). They don’t find expensive clothing as attractive as a fuller wallet, which is totally okay. This guy understands and appreciates a new, hefty jacket to protect him from the elements when his job or trade requires him to work outside. He can find the joy and thoughtfulness in these items that blend function and fashion but generally enjoys the more practical or usable gifts.
Maddie is APW's Chief Revenue Officer. She's been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia. Current hair color: Natural (gasp!)
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A more modern four-year-anniversary gift tradition is to choose an appliance, and that makes sense: Maybe when you registered for gifts, you were afraid of asking for too much, or didn’t know what you would use, or had a vision for what kind of married people you’d be that may not have actually panned out. That’s fine, not all of us are meant to live on homemade veggie juice!
Whether you just started dating or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, you want to get her something special to commemorate the day. Maybe she would appreciate flowers delivered to her door on a monthly basis. Or maybe she would enjoy adding a personalized necklace to her jewelry collection. You could also consider pampering her with some delightful body lotions and bath soaps – she is worth it!
Part of the reason that many men don’t know what they look good in, is because they’re embarrassed or uneducated. Up until a short while ago, societal issues made it awkward or nerve-racking for men to pay serious attention to their style. Those anxieties are instilled, and it’s a tough barrier to break. When they don’t know what they look good in, you have a safe area to bench on that most men will look good in, and it’s all about color matching.