If you can get the perfect gift and save some cash off the normal retail price, then you’re a champion. In honor of that, we’ve outlined the best time of the year to shop for gifts, based on the average number of sales we see from big box retailers and online stores. Some of these are going to be super obvious, while others may be a bit surprising, but it’s all here.
Our gift guides cover all the great holidays and occasions you need to shop for. Shopping for these women shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun! Whether you are shopping for a toddler, a teenager, a young mom, or an older woman, we have the gift guides that will lead you in the right direction for all of them. From toy suggestions to wine guides, we have got you covered for all the women in your life!
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.
Scuba Diving - This is something that a guy can’t justify spending the money on when it’s just going to be him. Not only that, but nobody wants to travel down in the murky blue without a mate by their side. If you know they’re lovers of the ocean and all things aquatic, then it’s time to slip on the wetsuit and roll back off the boat. These can also be coupled with a day out on the boat, which we are about to cover next.
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.
"I first got my husband a Man Crate last year for Father's Day. It went over so well, I decided to… more make it an annual thing. This year, I decided on the pizza grilling box and it was an awesome choice! It's not even a week after Father's Day and we've grilled pizza twice. My husband absolutely loves it and to him, it was the perfect box for US. This is something he can do for the two of us, and it's not just about him or to make him happy. That's one of his favorite things about this box. We haven't tried any of the recipes in the book yet, but they are certainly on our list! :)” - Ami less
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.
But what about birthday gifts for Dad? Personalized presents, whether it's a monogrammed tie or suitcase, also make great gifts for men, especially around Father's Day. You can personalize anything by adding his initials or his name. Kids can even get in on the action by giving their dad personalized mugs or plaques as about Father's Day gifts. And don't let him forget your anniversary! A framed reminder of your wedding date or the birth of your first child can make for thoughtful, unique gifts for men.
Men are also more angular than curved, which gives you something excellent to work with. Straight lines and sharp edges are a man’s best friend; they compliment naturally masculine features, even if they appear to be a bit under the surface. Think of seams and stitching that cut straight across, belt buckles that aren’t rounded on the edges, and shoes/boots with a bit of a point to them, or a square tip.
When you want to express your gratitude, choose from our selection of beautiful thank you gifts. Nothing shows appreciation better than the perfect combination of blooming bouquets, yard décor, and sweet treats. Express your heartfelt thanks to a loyal employee with an exotic plant to spruce up their office, or send along a gift basket filled with delicious items to help them get through long days at their desk.
The all-new voice controlled smart speaker by Sonos is one of our favorite gift ideas for 2018. With Alexa built it, you can not only play music, but also check news and traffic and control other smart devices. If the person you’re shopping for already has a smart speaker, or might not use it to its full potential, consider Sonos PLAY:1, their smart speaker made for playing music.
I found the perfect gift for my 14 yr old granddaughter but after reading the reviews I backed out on ordering. I searched for weeks and couldn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to take a chance and ordered the towel and, boy, was I surprised! It more than met my expectations. It IS plush. It was shipped very quickly. I also bought the matching flip flops. I will order from this place again and again. I’m so glad I didn’t let any negative review keep me from getting the perfect gift!
With all that shipping information at your fingertips now, there are a few things you can do to plan ahead of time so your guy doesn’t miss his perfect gift. For one, you’ll do well to grab it a month in advance and stow it away on the top shelf in your closet (because childhood taught us that the best gifts go there). Take gift receipts and return policies into consideration. We already talked about these higher up in the guide, but to reiterate, it sucks getting a gift you didn’t actually want. Getting it returned or exchanged can be the light at the end of the tunnel, but not if your gift receipt exchange window expired. Pay close attention to that when planning to purchase ahead of time.
Corporate Casual - A straightforward way to wrap a corporate casual gift, say at an office party or outing to a co-worker’s birthday after work, is to grab an inexpensive belt from your nearest store and wrap it around their present. It’s low maintenance, and while it allows them to see what the present is, it’s a corporate-friendly way to go about it and get a quick smile from the guy in question.
"I bought this for my son (a chemical engineer) for his birthday. He was very impressed with the… more quality of materials and how complete the set was. I had found other brew kits online, but they were made of plastic and other inferior materials that taint the flavor of the "brew" so this was a great find for a great price. Overall, I am completely satisfied with the product and the company. It was delivered the next day! I will absolutely be purchasing other items from Man Crates in the future!” - Deborah less
"My brother is officiating at my wedding tomorrow and does not need anything, so this was the… more perfect gift for the man who loves to make breakfast for his children and anyone else in attendance. He thought opening it was a hoot, and loved the products inside! Couldn't be happier about the outcome and would absolutely order another gift down the road. A million thanks!" - Leslie less
Guys are generally picky about their clothing, which is why going clothes shopping in an actual store can be sort of a bummer. Many people don’t realize that men encounter self-consciousness, as well as not knowing where they should be shopping for their style (another chance to grab gift cards, by the way). You’re going to help them bridge that gap with the perfect clothing-related gift.
We can’t tell you how to budget, but planning as far ahead of time as possible will keep you from experiencing unexpected expenses during rough seasons, and maybe even allow you to treat yourself for all the research and thoughtfulness you’ve done today. We do know that putting proper provisions in place allows you to stave-off all the anxiety and worry that comes with gift buying, and allow you to focus on fantasizing about their reactions.
I love surprises, whether or not anyone else does. That's why I can't stand asking the question, "What do you want?" when I have to buy a gift for someone. In a desperate attempt to avoid said surprise-spoiler, I often default to checking out the gifts most added to Amazon wish lists — especially if I'm shopping for my partner, dad, brother, or guy friends. The men in my life are notoriously hard to buy for, so I like to get a little insight from other men who've got their eye (or mouse cursor) on the coolest, most innovative presents on Amazon.
One of the easiest ways to keep a relationship fresh is to explore new things together, and cooking is a fun one to play with since you can do it together in the comfort of your own home, and then enjoy the delicious results (or have a new story of a cooking disaster to share!). This kit is clever: Your challenge is to roll the dice, each of which has a different food group or kind of ingredient on it (like cooking methods, grains, veggies, herbs and proteins), then try to concoct a dinner using the ingredients you rolled. Being creative together and problem-solving to build a meal will surely bring you closer together, especially if you don’t take it to seriously — and solve the problem with a glass of wine in hand.
You've done it: Year one of marriage is officially in the books. We're sure it's been a blur—and has come with its unexpected moments—but reaching this first major milestone is huge. Just as important? That first anniversary gift. Luckily for you, there's a traditional year-by-year protocol to anniversary presents, which makes things easier when it comes time to picking something out. Your first anniversary is typically marked with a paper gift. Why paper, you ask? As far as anniversary gifts go, the medium's price tag is usually on the lower end of the spectrum, which is usually appropriate for couples who are just starting out.