One very practical, yet still very fun gift that is sure to be loved is a good-to-go mug. Give her the gift of bringing her coffee (or wine – we don’t judge) with her wherever she goes. There are tons of different options out there, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something that will compliment her personal style perfectly. It is a great gift that the woman in your life will be able to get great use out of every single day.
Every holiday season, I always end up encouraging someone to buy the Sephora perfume sampler as a gift. Ten years ago or so, my grandmother bought me this gift set for the holidays and it honestly changed my life. I knew nothing about perfume, but I was able to dabble in a few best-sellers thanks to this kit. When I was done, I picked my favorite (Marc Jacobs Daisy) and redeemed the coupon in the gift set for a full-sized bottle of it. I still use Daisy today. This might be at the bottom of the list, and I might be recommending it for the random person in your life, but this is a life-changing gift and it’s actually great for anyone and everyone.
One of the sleekest and smartest trackers on the market, Fitbit's Versa makes a great gift for the health-conscious traveler. Some of our favorite features: auto-exercise recognition and built-in guided workouts, 24/7 heart rate tracking, room to store hundreds of songs for phone-free listening, and an impressive four- to five-day battery life. Toss in a few interchangeable leather straps and gift them as a bundle.
"I received this as birthday gift. It was an awesome experience opening up. A crowd gathered as… more everyone wanted to know what was in the Man Crate!! I love my coffee in the morning and this was an awesome gift. Comes with everything you need and the coffee is great (came with a medium roast). I plan on taking it with me on my trips so I can always have GREAT coffee!! Thanks Man Crates!!" - Ryan less
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.
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.
Even if it becomes about the kids or gifts for boys, or you’re always visiting his family for the holidays, you still can’t miss out on spoiling them with the right gift. Christmas gifts for men & Christmas Gifts for Dads usually comes with a few extra days off, whether it’s a four-day weekend or the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. This is the perfect time to introduce them to an experience, or grab a few gift cards and make an entire day out of federal holidays.
Another fantastic product that is gaining popularity is an essential oil diffuser. These are little devices that you add water and just a few drops of an essential oil of your choice too. Then, they diffuse the scent of the essential oil throughout whatever space they are in. Different essential oils have different benefits, so this can be a wonderful way to help her with a variety of things from getting over colds faster to getting to sleep easier or just simply filling her home, workplace, or even car with lovely scents in a more natural way than traditional air fresheners.
Bright floral prints keep a home looking warm despite winter chill—an ideal Christmas gift for friends who prefers bold motifs. Choose the frame and cut a piece of cold press board (sturdy, textured paper found in crafts stores) an inch smaller than the frame on all sides. To create the irregular white border, brush frisket (liquid similar to rubber cement that will mask areas you don't want painted) along the edges with an imperfect stroke; let dry. Place silk or plastic greenery (look for pieces that lie flat) on each board, and spray with a single coat of paint. Remove the greenery, and allow the paint to dry. Carefully rub off frisket, then attach the print to white paper backing and place in frame.
So you know what to look for depending on their style, but what if you’re not entirely certain what their “style” really is? Well, there’s going to be a certain gray area that you’re able to cling to. Go with function, go with neutral colors (which we’re going to talk about in-depth in a moment), find items that appear to be universally accepted by most men.
Three years ago, I bought the J. Crew Chateau Parka in royal blue. It was a bit of a splurge, but I wanted a coat I could dress up or down and wear in not-as-cold weather in addition to my huge, puffy winter parka. Since buying it, I've worn it hundreds of times. Even this month alone, I've worn it a bunch. The coat is still in perfect condition, and its timeless look is still very much in fashion. The pockets are not only stylish, but useable—and the zippers give it a city chic look and feel. The fur comes off the hood, too! This jacket is one of my favorite things, and I think it would make a great gift for any woman into fashion who lives in a place where you sometimes need a coat. It comes in multiple colors, but red, black, and green are my favorites this year.
"I purchased this crate for our boss from the crew. We paid extra to ensure it came bound in duck… more tape. The look on his face was priceless. After tearing through that and once got to the crate it was comical. I don't know who enjoyed the gift more; us for the pure enjoyment of watching him break a sweat busting into the crate and finally taking a hammer to it, or him for the goodies packaged inside. It was a great gift, which he really seemed to appreciated. I think he may get another crate next year!” -Lani less
John Willis Hulme founded his leather-goods company in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1905, and today the brand is still making its products—which all come with a lifetime guarantee—in America. This Editor Brief can fit a 15-inch laptop along with other daily essentials. The detachable shoulder strap is handy, but you can also treat it like a briefcase and use the sturdy handles to carry the full-grain leather bag.
If you’re going for big gifts or small (gifts for 1 year old boys), you’re going to want to hit late February for President’s Day sales. While these tend to apply to major appliances and mattresses, furniture and things of the sort, that could be the perfect thing. If he’s a gamer, and you’re going for a stellar top-budget gift, you could always check out gaming desks or gaming chairs. The trick to utilizing these sales is to see what their doorbuster items are. These are generally things they use to get people in the door (even virtually), and then sell them on great deals on larger items. Some brands even sacrifice making any profit off these items by dropping them so low, just to get you on their site. You’ll also see sales like this come around in late May for Memorial Day sales.
Young paleobiologists use the included, specially designed digging tools of this T-Rex Dinosaur DNA set to excavate and build a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur model from plaster-encased DNA fragments and skeleton parts. Upload the collected DNA information to bring it to virtual life. Set includes a brush, 2 AR play mats, a piece of soft wax, and detailed instructions. Ages 8-15.
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.
Some guys are far more attentive to their personal style and fashion. How many pairs of boots/shoes does he own? Is he big on rings, watches, sunglasses and the like? There are roughly three types of men when it comes to personal style and fashion, and we’re about to break them down to give you a better scope of what to, and what not to look for when figuring out their next gift(s).
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.
In truth, most men are relatively easy to shop for, but we’re so damn picky when someone asks us. Men don’t want to be an inconvenience or cost anyone money, which is why when you ask, “Hey, what do you want for X (birthday, Christmas, you name it),” he’s going to tell you that he doesn’t want anything, or simply shrug (don’t worry, we’re going to cover each holiday in a little bit).
They’re more about having activity-specific clothing. Patagonia jackets, hiking pants, functional clothing like altimeter watches; these are the sort of thing they’re looking for. Even if you haven’t joined him out on the trail, or taken a camping trip with him, it’s a part of who he is, and how he spends his weekends. Getting something with the great wilderness in mind is going to really resonate with him.
One of our mates received an engraved pocket watch to commemorate him launching his new business, but it was fairly ironic. His business partner spent some good coin on it, engraving it with Maybe now you’ll be on time since he’d been late to every investor meeting to date. It gave some good laughs but was also an extremely thoughtful gift that also doubled as something functional.
He works his fingers to the bone, and he’s being given a serious promotion. The kind of promotion where there’s going to be a celebration. Whether you’re orchestrating it or not, it’s up to you to get something that really makes an impact. These events don’t call for functional items, but rather, significant and personalized trophy-style gifts. Engraved pens, embroidered briefcases (for their new office), or a new custom nameplate for their new desk. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We’re personal fans of blending a few items with commemoration, and function. Things like custom mugs, custom luggage sets (if their new job means they’ll be traveling a lot and things of the sort.
Make a Christmas list and check it twice! This cute homemade Christmas gift is a fun take on regular chalkboards. To make, paint the bottom of a wood crafts plank in a bright color that matches a friend or family member’s kitchen. Paint the surface of the plank with a clear chalkboard coating. Stamp numbers along the side using a solvent ink. Drill a hole large enough for a leather cord at the top of the plank; thread cord through hole. Be sure to include a couple of chalkboard markers—they also double as great stocking stuffers in the Christmas season.
Every year, your wedding anniversary offers a special day to reflect on your most cherished memories together and to mark just how far your relationship has come. This year, make your present just as special as the person you're honoring, with unique anniversary gifts that celebrate your strong union, connection and commitment. Find anniversary gift ideas for every year, whether it's your first or the milestone 50th anniversary.
"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
Cute Christmas gift ideas that are customizable always win, and that's why we love these homemade Christmas coasters for family and friends. Print silhouette clip art onto heavy white paper and cut out the shapes. Use a pencil to lightly trace each silhouette onto the center of a wooden plaque. Trace over the pencil lines using a wood-burning pen fitted with a narrow cone point. Fill in the outlines by burning the silhouettes with a flow point on a wood-burning pen. Apply two coats of glossy polyurethane sealer to the coasters, letting each coaster dry between coats. Paint the beveled edges of the coasters gray, and let the paint dry before adding a final coat of polyurethane sealer. Glue four felt circles to the bottom of each coaster.
"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
When it comes to personalized Christmas gifts for daughters, girlfriends, or moms alike, this delightful charm bracelet is certain to capture the heart of that special someone this Christmas. The 8.5 inch adjustable stainless steel chain is equipped with an easy to use clasp that makes this bracelet a breeze to put on and take off, and the durable design helps reduce the risk of breakage or loss....
You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. When I was shopping for my wedding registry earlier this year, an employee at Williams-Sonoma encouraged us not to register for a Le Creuset, but instead a Staub dutch oven. I became curious and started noticing my favorite food bloggers posting meals in Staub cookware on Instagram—and I recognized that my favorite fast casual food place, Cava, used them to display food. THEN, we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed and our favorite overall was the Staub! Clearly these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get them for the person in your life who loves cooking. You can’t go wrong.
It is important to note that there is some variation in traditional gift materials for specific years of marriage, due to the country in which the list was compiled. The table in this section specifies for those particular anniversaries whether the traditional gift material was derived from a US source or UK source, which are the main two sources used across the globe.
Sales on electronics happen in early February just about each year, usually around whatever the upcoming “big game” is. Big box retailers use these days to bring in a lot of foot traffic, but in recent years, have found that they actually make a lot more money by doing it online. They reduce labor, advertising costs, and battle it out with their competitors to give you killer prices. For online sales, you can expect to see some of these roll-outs about a week early, to allow for shipping time.
Another twist on the tried and true blue and green anniversary “stones” is a set of agate coasters in deep jewel tones of sapphire and emerald. Much like a marriage partnership, the true beauty of these stones is found inside and created only over the course of many years — an analogy you can use as a jumping-off point for a thoughtful card to accompany them. The set includes four coasters, each between 3.5” and 4.5”, and each totally unique as the variations are naturally grown in the stone. They are selected for their fine ocean shades and polished to a party-ready sheen. He can put them to use in his man cave or perhaps now he will actually use a coaster.
Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.
These slippers have a 5-star rating on Nordstrom from over 3,000 reviews! The Dakota slipper has been around for years, combining fashion and comfort into one. You can even wear the shoe outside, as it has a rubber sole. Speaking from experience, you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers as a gift. In the past six years, I have given a different pair of UGG slippers to my mom, grandmother, grandfather, fiancé, and brothers – and each time, they were a hit.
These are time-spending events that you sign them up to or hand them a voucher for. Your biggest roadblock when giving experience days is going to be schedule conflictions, and upholding obligations. Not for you; for him. Experience days are something you could make an entire reality television show out of because they allow a man to either enjoy something you know they love, but can’t afford, or break them out of their shell and let them try to live on the wild side for a change.