A White Elephant exchange is only as good as the gifts that people bring to it, and you can make sure that this year’s will be a hoot with any of these gifts, all at a good price. See how people react to opening a giant inflatable unicorn horn, or a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of wine. These are the sort of gifts that create quite a stir at the party.
"Manly arts such as flying jets, riding cross country on a motorcycle, designing and building my own… more homes. Learning to paint with oils, running a small business, baking my own breads. Brewing beer, distilling and aging whisky. But I never bought a 5 pound pork belly until a week ago. Local butcher, apply the rub from Man Crates, bag and wait....but... I have never built my own cold smoker either. I had a week to complete that project. A little design and engineering from youtube and the web helped. Combination apple wood and hickory!! Stunning results. Perfection. Bacon with eggs, bacon with roasted brussels sprouts, bacon bits with tofu and vegetables and bacon with bacon." - Alan less
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This is a serious event in his life. He’s worked, planned, and gotten ready for this day for potential years. This calls for something for his business, something that he may one day pass down to his children when they inherit it. Custom frames for their first dollar, posh decorations for their office, or even a nice, strong bottle of top-shelf liquor with a custom label (that’s one they’ll probably bring home, but it’ll mean the world to them in their liquor cabinet).
Brighten a plain notebook or journal with colorful embroidery floss for a thoughtful Christmas gift. Sketch a design on a piece of paper; secure the sketch to the notebook cover using masking tape, making sure to wrap the tape around to the inside of the cover to keep the design from moving. Place the front cover on a cutting mat and pierce using a large needle or paper piercer, making sure the holes are evenly spaced. If you're using a circular design, bring the holes a little closer together when approaching a curve to get smooth lines. Remove the pattern from the cover and stitch using four strands of embroidery floss; knot on the inside of the cover to finish the special Christmas gift.
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.
The Huge Fort Kit is a wonderful Christmas gift for kids who love to pretend. Featuring more than 50 pieces including frame tubes, blocks and clips, this imagination station even comes with a convenient carrying bag for those trips away from home. Built stronger than the other play forts that are available on the market, Toydle Forts are designed for hours and hours of fun! Kids will have a great...
If you’re splitting up the bills, sharing your combined income to maintain your home, children, or anything else, then you’re with someone who gives their all and doesn’t expect much in return. While that’s a great trait (and one you don’t want to take advantage of), you’re treading on thin ice when it comes to gifts. These men want to feel humbled; not spoiled, and not like you’ve gone out of your way or had to inconvenience yourself to get them this gift. If they’re the breadwinner right now, and you’re doing your part to maintain the house, children, and everything else, some of these guys may get defensive and just not want you to spend any of that money at all. They’ll feel like they could have gone out and bought it for themselves since they technically earned the cash.
We’ve spilled the beans about the different gift categories, everything about style, function, and the whole shebang. Now, it’s time to figure out what you should be focusing on dependent on what event or milestone in their lives that you’re going for. We’ve broken down a few major events in a man’s life where a gift can really make a meaningful impact.
So you’ve gone to all the trouble to find what you thought was the perfect gift, only to read the expression on their face, and thank the stars above that you kept that gift receipt or proof of purchase. This is where you’ll have to pay serious attention to shopping online. Buying from stores that have brick and mortar establishments nearby will allow you to go with them, and physically exchange the gift for one of two things: store credit, or an item of equal or lesser value.
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