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.
"We got this for a friend as a thank you for some work he had done for us. He lets us know that he… more really liked it. He said that when he opened the box, he smelled MEAT. He added that his wife had her eye on the salmon jerky. Since they had recently traveled to Alaska, the knife was a hit. They'd been debating whether to buy one when they were there and hadn't, so now they have one.” - Julie less
We’ve covered a lot so far, but picking the gift is the easy part; that’s what you’ve got us for. Now comes time for logistics. Delivery times can be a real ball-buster when you’re trying to hit a deadline, like a birthday or an upcoming event that just can’t be moved to a different date. Giving a gift after the fact isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s not ideal. Not in the least. We’ve got some tips to help you steer clear of crappy delivery times, and ensure that it’s going to show up plenty early.
"I ordered a crate for my dad's birthday and he loved it! After opening, everyone started looking at… more the Man Crates site to see what crates they would want to have or send to others. I knew I had to check out Man Crates again for Father's day. I thought to myself 'Whats the Father's day equivalent to Mother's day flowers?' and this is it! I cannot wait for it to be delivered to my dad." - Jill less
Below we have put together a comprehensive and accurate table detailing the most recognized traditional and modern gift themes by anniversary year. You can click in the far right column to get a full overview for each year. After much research, we believe it to be the most detailed list of anniversary gift theme information available on the Internet today.
For one, procrastination is not your friend. If you’re reading this in a panic, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of last-minute gifters out there, but from this point going forward, you can’t procrastinate. Nobody likes the anxiety of trying to grab a last-minute gift, only to find that all the shipping dates suck. Since a lot of the products we review are available on Amazon (what isn’t, right?), we’re big advocates of getting Amazon Prime to cut-down on delivery time restrictions. Even during the holiday season, they manage to pull off miraculous deliveries that still shock most of us.
Fortunately, those days are over! With fantastic advances in technology, internet access from almost anywhere, and sites like ours, you can find amazing products to satisfy almost anybody’s wish list from the comfort of your own home! Why spend your season sorting through mounds of mass-produced items and searching for gifts that are all sold out when you can complete your holiday shopping with the click of a button or the tap of your finger?
Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.
How funny would it be for you to take it to the next level and buy yourselves matching underwear? MeUndies specializes in that sorta thing, allowing you to match your bottom half with your better half. They're supposed to be really soft, and if you're feeling particularly gifty, you can buy a membership box for as low as $32 per month and get a new matching pair every four weeks.
The last thing anybody wants is for their gift to be strewn aside weeks after the occasion or put in the giveaway bin during the next spring cleaning. It is possible to find both fun and functional gifts. Practical gifts are great for individuals who love travel, are minimalists, enjoy different hobbies, or just like to stay organized. There is no bad reason to give a practical gift, especially one that is sure to get used! There is nothing better than seeing a gift get used over and over again!
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.
Most experience events, if not all, should also have you included in the initial cost. It’s not much of an experience if they don’t have someone to go with, and if you’re a best friend or sibling, you know them intimately enough to get something they’ll truly, deeply enjoy. That’s an experience that they’ll want to share with you. The biggest mistake that experience day shoppers make, is not including themselves and running into financial problems. Just understand those experience days, on average, don’t include the cost of transit, tolls, food, drink, etc.