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.
Bring your children's imagination to life with all the baby & kids toys and gifts that Crate and Barrel has to offer. Dress up clothes, accessories and playhouses allow your kids to dive into the world of make-believe. From summer camp to the bottom of the ocean to an African safari, find the perfect props for pretend play. Don't forget to add some fun games to your playroom as well! We've got lots of choices from wooden blocks to puzzles to checkers. Help your kids play house with baby dolls, toy kitchens, and fake food. If you have a young baby or toddler, we've got plenty of toys and activities here for little ones, too. Find rattles, balls and activity mats all designed specially for babies. Searching for a kids gift? You've come to the right place. Shop by age or by price, and don't forget to check out our personalized gift options to add a special touch to your present. Our toys and games make the perfect gifts for holidays and birthdays, no matter what age your child is turning! And of course, if you just cannot make up your mind on what to give, keep it simple with a Crate and Barrel gift card.
This coaster quartet takes shape with plain porcelain tiles painted with musical motifs. Download and resize free musical instrument clip art, then shade the shapes with a pencil so you can see the design on the reverse side. Flip the patterns over and place on ceramic tiles; trace around the shaded shapes to transfer a faint outline of the patterns to the tiles. Attach rubber cabinet bumpers to the backs of the tiles to protect surfaces and keep the coasters from shifting, then fill in or paint around each silhouette with a thin paintbrush and porcelain paint.
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.
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. 

Inspire creativity and encourage imaginative growth with these versatile Christmas gifts for kids this holiday season. The Colossal Fort Kit features 160 magnificent cubic square feet of space! Get the kids away from the video games and TV and let them create their next big adventure. Whether the kids want to imagine they are in a royal castle ready to defend their empire, aboard a massive...
It can be fun to buy themed gifts; for instance, coming up with fun Christmas gifts for sisters or moms. Again, consider something that is special to her when you are developing your Christmas gift ideas for her. Another special occasion is her birthday. A great gift idea for her birthday could be as simple, yet thoughtful, as matching monogrammed mugs if the two of you enjoy drinking tea or coffee together. Something you share together can be a great birthday gift for her.
You’ll find gifts of all types for the foodies in your life. Satisfying the sweet tooth of a good friend or family member is simple with any of our delectable treats; from chocolate delights to gourmet popcorn, it’s easy to provide that jolt of sugar they crave. You can also surprise your resident chef with a variety of personalized kitchen utensils. They’ll love whipping up a new recipe while wearing a personalized kitchen apron or displaying the perfectly selected charcuterie plate on a customized cheese board.

For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.


Women can be the hardest to shop for, but this list should give you a strong footing on the kinds of things she might like. You’ll have to use your own judgement and personal knowledge to screen this list for things that apply to the woman in your life. These items have been hand-picked to be woman-approved, so no matter which one you go with you’ll at least be given the benefit of the doubt.

TV Service, Movie, or Gaming Gift Cards - Just about everyone on the face of the Earth loves movies or at least video games. Getting something to an online download service for games, streaming service like Netflix, or a Fandango gift card to grab some movie tickets, shows them that you’ve paid enough attention to know what to get them. Maybe they mentioned a new movie coming out that they really wanted to see, or you know about a game title that’s about to drop, and they just have to have it. This takes the risk away from getting the wrong gift, by allocating the funds you’re spending on them to a specific service or set of services. If you’re not a gamer, and you grab the wrong title, the exchange and wait are a lot more awkward; gift cards put them in control, but you’re still treating them.
Now that you’ve really honed in on your tastes as a couple, register for something you’ll really use and enjoy, like a wine fridge. This 54-bottle cooler can either be installed into a built-in space or work freestanding, so you can use it in the kitchen, basement or even a corner of the living room. It can be set to a range of temperatures to get the perfect chill for your favorite wine, and will automatically set to your last saved temperature should the power go out, and it’s virtually silent when it runs so it’s not adding noise pollution to your space.
This stunning $4 Christmas gift (yes, really) is easy enough for DIY-newbies to create. Purchase four 4-inch flat corner braces from a hardware store. If you can't find brass braces, no worries! You can spray-paint the braces with metallic gold paint. Adhere a brace to each corner of a simple white picture frame using multi-surface adhesive. This metallic Christmas gift is perfect for any modern-design family.
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.
Make that morning commute to work a little less painful. Whether he’s hopping on the train or driving forty-five minutes to make ends meet, if he’s a music lover, you’ll be able to transform that commute into an experience. Spotify gift cards are excellent for streamers with endless data, or an iTunes gift card for local storage music if they don’t have an unlimited GB bucket. Either way, there/s some new tunes, all courtesy of you.
Give a child a unique gift they’ll treasure forever with a personalized book. Imagine the joy on a child’s face when they realize they’re the hero in the book they just received! Our selection of personalized books for kids features the work of award-winning writers and illustrators. More importantly, they feature the children who love them. Kids delight in seeing their name in print and their photo on the printed dedication page, where you can include a loving message to the child. Bright, colorful, and imaginative, customized books are keepsakes children will treasure as they grow into adulthood. Help a toddler discover the world of reading with our sturdy customized board books, or spark an older child’s imagination with tales of fairies, pirates, astronauts, and princesses! This is their special book, made only for them, and they’ll enjoy it again and again.

If you’re zoning-in on their interests, use the knowledge at your disposal to garner a good foundation. If you’ve heard anything in passing, such as, “I’d really like to do this, but I don’t have X to do it with,” you just figured out something vital: they don’t have everything they need to complete their desired tasks, and you now have a much more narrow margin of error. Bonus points if you remember exactly what they said they needed, even if it’s something that’s not inline with your interests. 

It is generally considered important that each wedding anniversary is celebrated in a memorable and meaningful way, because the anniversary is like an annual renewal of the commitment between two people. This is one time of the year when time and effort needs to be invested into finding a suitable gift, and a gift that is romantic, unique, or symbolic in some special way for the couple.


For the fashionista in your life, consider giving her a subscription to the Trunk Club. She can get a rotation of high quality apparel and shoes on a monthly or seasonal basis. The first step is to initiate membership and set up a style profile. She will have the option to consult with a stylist and pre-approve the items before they ship. When the Trunk Club box arrives, she can try on the garments and decide whether or not to purchase them. Wardrobe staples include denim, sneakers, sweaters, and outerwear and range from $40 to $300. Nordstrom backs all inventory. Each trunk has a styling fee of $25.

These retro-inspired coasters will take your parents or grandparents back to their childhood Christmas celebrations. Flashy centers and simple construction save surfaces and show off bold colors in any holiday living room. To create this DIY Christmas gift, use rounded-corner paint chips and vinyl flooring samples. First, round the corners of the flooring samples by tracing around the paint-chip corners and using scissors to carefully trim excess material. Use spray adhesive to secure a paint chip to the center of a vinyl sample. In a well-ventilated area, apply five coats of glossy clear sealer, allowing full drying time between coats. Affix felt pads to the coaster bottoms and start whipping up holiday punch.


Admittedly, some of the presents might seem a little strange at first, as it's doubtful most men will shriek with delight should they receive a gift of lace or china. But despite a few head-scratching selections, the list features a range of helpful, thoughtful and diverse gift ideas that can serve as a jumping-off point for shopping ventures. In fact, many men and women struggling to locate the perfect anniversary present have been delighted by this handy guide, which takes out much of the gifting guesswork. Of course, if you find that your creativity is stifled by such specificity, rest assured that you can choose to interpret the suggested material as loosely as you like.


Need a memorable Christmas gift for that special woman in your life? We have the top Christmas gifts for women already sorted out for you. She'll love our personalized jewelry, clothing, gift baskets and home decor. And she'll love you for taking the time to find that special something just for her. From truly heartfelt to romantic to silly, we have everything you need to make this Christmas morning truly memorable.
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When it comes to exchanging, you might hit restocking fees or shipping fees if you’re going to send it back to an online store or manufacturer. Restocking fees generally apply to electronics or other easily damaged items that need to be inspected and tested before they can be put back on the shelf. Even if you gently opened the box, they can still require new packaging, and again, it’s all depending on store policy. You can pay anywhere from five to twenty percent for a restocking fee, which will require you to fork up some more cash if you’re trying to get a gift of the same caliber.
Is he a major man of style? He’s always kicking in Vans shoes or slipping into Hollister when you guys hit the mall together, and appreciates high-end clothing; you’ve just found your perfect gift for him. For men like this, there’s never enough room in their wardrobe, and they’re constantly making amendments. Grab him one of these gift cards, and you’ll be able to let his credit card take a break before he burns a hole clean through the mag strip.

Christmas gifts are specially selected presents that are given to loved ones during the holiday season in western cultures. Personalized gifts, unique presents, gift baskets, handmade items and the like are wrapped in festive paper and placed under decorated Christmas trees or presented at gift exchanges all over the world to celebrate the Christmas holiday. In the United States and some other countries, these gifts are typically opened on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (December 25th). Christmas gifts are a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ child by the three Magi. A highly commercialized practice in the U.S., approximately 86% of Americans buy Christmas presents for their family members and friends.


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.
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:
"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

It can be fun to buy themed gifts; for instance, coming up with fun Christmas gifts for sisters or moms. Again, consider something that is special to her when you are developing your Christmas gift ideas for her. Another special occasion is her birthday. A great gift idea for her birthday could be as simple, yet thoughtful, as matching monogrammed mugs if the two of you enjoy drinking tea or coffee together. Something you share together can be a great birthday gift for her.
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