In the 1920s, Emily Post, an American writer, attempted to solve the issue of what gift to give on the occasion of an anniversary by drawing up lists of anniversary themes in a book titled “Etiquette”, published in 1922. However, only some anniversary years were included in the book, the first, fifth, then every fifth year up to the 25th wedding anniversary. In 1937, the American National Retail Jeweler Association added additional years to the list, including all years up to 14 years of marriage, and every 5th year up to 50 years of marriage. These are known as traditional themes linked with each marital year. More recently, a contemporary list was created, and today, all the anniversary years from 1 up to 30 have been linked with a theme or material, and then every fifth year up to 75 years of marriage.
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.
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.
There is a myth out there that a gift is “better” if it’s more expensive, but that isn’t true! In fact, most women will appreciate a well thought-out gift much more than an ordinary gift that cost more money. It is easy to go to the nearest store and buy the first thing you see. Instead, take a little more time to think of a unique gift. The fact that you took the time will guarantee that she’ll love it.
These are less about function, and more about getting a trophy for a milestone or significant occasion in the guy’s life. Because of that, there’s a lot less expectation on the nature of the gift, but you do need to signify a greater meaning behind it. With that pressure off your shoulders, it’s simple to contour it to the occasion. We’ll give you some examples:
One more thing to take into account is the clip-on coupons you’ll see with a lot of online stores. These sometimes give you an extra 5% or 15% off, but then, there are some that benefit you in order to optimize their delivery procedures. If you’re getting this gift plenty early (which we’re about to discuss), you can opt-in for these little coupons, and get cash back rewards or digital downloads at discounted prices, just for delaying the delivery window by a few days or a week. If you’re getting the gift for someone, and it’ll be here in plenty of time, then why not treat yourself a bit?
Dads are fun to shop for because they have a wider and more varying group of interests. Not only are they men, but they’re also fathers, which opens the doors to plenty more gift ideas they’re sure to love. Get him one of those awesome helicopters you see in the malls, or a shaving kit to make sure he looks his best each day. You can also get him tools to fix things around the house, or video games to play with the kids.
Last but not least, a humorous twist on a promise to love your spouse forever: Denture-shaped soap that says you’re in it for the long haul. This handmade soap comes as a set of two (top and bottom, of course!) and is available is three luscious scents, including cake batter and black raspberry vanilla (yum!). Your spouse will enjoy placing them in the soap dish in the powder room to get a good reaction from houseguests, or using them every morning in the shower to start the day with a smile on their face. If humor is one of the things that keeps your relationship, er, fresh, this will certainly help!
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).
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.
Whether it's used for serving or for display, this pretty Christmas gift will brighten any kitchen. Create a colorful motif around the edges of a purchased platter with ceramic paints or porcelain paint pens, then sketch and paint a fun shape in the center. Many ceramic paints require baking to set the colors, so be sure to read the packaging instructions before you start the project. This gift is perfect for anyone looking to make their house feel a little more like home.
This adorable chalkboard look photo holiday card is spot on with this year’s trends! The chalkboard background looks just like you remember from grade school and sidewalk signs, and the artful fonts dancing across the right side of the postcard shaped personalized card are the perfect mix of Christmas and whimsy. Featuring traditional Christmas time colors of red and green writing, along...
Frame a special photo in a colorful wooden frame for a sentimental Christmas gift. Prime the frame, then paint with a coat of chalkboard paint; let dry. Package this unique Christmas gift with different colors of chalk so the recipient can update the frame's caption and design as they change the photo. We love this Christmas gift for kids or creative coworkers.
A custom mug is one of those ingenuous gifts that can work for practically anyone—a family member, close friend, coworker, teacher, next-door neighbor—you name it. What makes an ordinary mug extraordinary is how you customize it. And the Signature Style personalized coffee mug makes this easy and elegant. Simply add any name and select the colors you like and the unique design is created for...
There are so many opportunities throughout the year to show these women you care. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, special occasions like a graduation or a wedding - and the list goes on! No matter what the event is, you want to find that unique gift for her, and that is where we come in! We know all the greatest gifts to give for all the special days throughout the year. Our gift guides help you pick the perfect gift, and help make sure you don’t forget a special moment!
Well Played - If you want to throw some DIY in the mix and make it the most auspicious gift they’ll receive, this one’s pretty fun. All it takes is a large cardboard box, one sheet of wrapping paper, and a stapler. Put the box vertically, and make a 2x3 grid of circular cuts. Lay the wrapping paper along the inside and make it like a carnival game, while putting their gift behind one of the hole punches. It’s also fun to have them go through all of them without having the gift inside. When they turn around baffled, just hand it to them; you’re sure to get a laugh from the room.
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.
Men like to be spoiled too, okay? If you’re a SO that doesn’t live by Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone. In fact, most of us aren’t too big on the day, but it does bring up one undeniable benefit. Even if we would all like to think we cherish the guy in our lives, and show them every day how much they mean to us, it’s just not possible. You’ll be worn-out by a week in. Life picks up the pace when you’re with someone, and that honeymoon phase will eventually whittle down. That’s okay, because gift cards to his favorite restaurant, a night out on the town, or a pampering experience day are all ways to show him how much you care, and rekindle the flame on this chilly February day.
This comes down to gift cards for streaming media services, gaming equipment, and basically anything they can use, and pass the time with. Video games and gadgets, fidget spinners, attention-grabbing items and so on. Nobody likes to be bored, so these tend to include a lot of electronics, like speakers and drones, cameras and… you know what? You could check this guide out for some of the best electronic and entertainment gifts for your guy.
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.
Jenna - I sent this crate to a long-term contractor of mine who deserved a cool and unique show of… more appreciation. He absolutely loved the gift (and probably the crate and duct tape wrapping even more!)--he said it totally made his day (and week!). I had the gift delivered to his office and he said all of his colleagues were standing around watching when it was delivered, wondering what it was and how in the heck he was going to open it. I wish I could have been there to see it! Thank, Man Crates! :D less
When you portray your favorite person on a dinner plate, they'll feel like the guest of honor at every meal. Using a photo as a starting point, draw the shape and fine features of your muse onto a plain white plate using a porcelain paint pen. Use a paintbrush to add blush and hair. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues close to remove any mistakes. To set the paint, bake the plate according to the paint manufacturer's instructions. Although the plate should be food-safe, double-check the manufacturer's instructions or use it for decorative purposes only.
For the wine drinker on-the-go. I’m just kidding. This is actually great for ALL wine drinkers—not just busy ones. Keep her glass full AND cold this holiday season with Corkcicle’s stylish stemless wine thermos (that is a mouthful—also, no pun intended, again). It comes in many colors including one called “Unicorn Magic.” Now please excuse me while I purchase this in advance of the holidays, so I can attend all of my upcoming parties with it. MEET MY NEW PLUS ONE: THE CORKCICLE WINE THERMOS.
This is exact what I was looking for. The rose itself is perhaps 90% of the size of a real one, although the stem is shorter. The pot at the bottom is about the same size as the rose at the top. The rose part of this item appears to be solid steel (based on the weight and inflexibility of the material), not a rose dipped in something. The rose is completely unpainted. I'm not a flower person, but it looks like a rose to me (and it made my wife happy). It was exactly what I was looking for. Well mostly. It took a pair of pliers to remove the little plastic tag that they stick in the pot that says "11th anniversary". I got this for Mothers day (after our 16th anniversary last month), so the tag had to ... full review
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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.
the money maze gave us a fun novelty value. We had fun watching my Daughter tried to solve the box. it only took me about 10 to 16 minutes to figure it out. this is very sturdy, this is also prefect for Christmas stockings or birthday present love it. this is also money bank and It provides hours of fun loves that! just prefect one's you put your money in the only way to get it out is to solve the Maze!
When you’re looking for good anniversary gifts for her, or trying to pin down an assortment of anniversary presents for him, Gifts.com has what you need to make this a celebration they will never forget. You can find gifts for any wedding anniversary and every personality. Choose from 10th anniversary gift ideas for him or personalized gifts that he’s sure to love.
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.
November brings us one legendary sale, but before then, it’s all about Veterans Day sales to seriously stock up on housewarming gifts, home appliances, and small electronics. This is one of the more minor sales when it comes to gift-giving, but still a noticeable blip on the radar. If he’s a bit culinary guy, you can grab him something along the lines of a new countertop appliance, or take a look at the selection of grills. If he’s in a more snowy environment, it’s a good time to grab one of these for later and gift it during the summer months.
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.
But no matter the guy, food baskets make great gifts for guys. Whether it's a food basket stocked full of his favorite snacks that he can munch on while watching the game or a box of delicious chocolate-covered strawberries for an after-dinner treat, food always makes for one of the top gifts for men. When it comes to shopping for birthday gifts for him or stocking stuffers for Christmas, make it all about something he can use and enjoy right away. Picking Christmas and birthday gifts for men doesn't have to be hard!
"Received as a Christmas gift. just tried the first batch today. as a gin drinker, I have to say… more this is better than any mainstream store bought gin I have ever tried! I started a second batch today as well. Do not think the first batch is going to make to the weekend! Highly recommend, fun to make and tastes better than any gin I have tried. Can not wait for my friends to try it!" - Chris less
If you want to be the “cool” gift giver this holiday season, take a look at some of the trendiest gifts that are currently in demand. Choose from 100 gifts that all have that cool factor, all that’s required is to find the ones that resonate with your recipients and you’re set. With so much to choose from, the only problem is deciding on which ones.