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What Are Some Good Gifts for Men?

By Dan Blacharski
Updated May 16, 2024
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It's always easy to find an appropriate gift for a woman, and if you can't figure out what to buy, she will tell you. Many men, on the other hand, won't give you a single clue. Try it, ask us what we want for our birthday. More often than not, the response you will receive will be something like, "Anything you pick out will be fine." Or worse, "I don't need anything."

When shopping for a man, resist the urge to buy a necktie and go for something a bit more exotic. Be aware that men and women are different sorts of shoppers. A woman will buy something unusual and exotic for herself, but for a man, shopping is a more utilitarian pursuit. There are things out there that a man wants, but will never buy. It's your job to find out what those things are.

Here's a few ideas for the man in your life. Every guy has a little bit of Indiana Jones in him. Unusual accouterments made of dead animal parts will usually delight. While a wallet is usually too ordinary, a wallet made of snakeskin, alligator, or something unusual will bring a smile. Another ordinary item is a keychain. Usually boring, yes? Not if it has a real cobra head on it. Other items with boars' tusks, whale teeth, or other types of animal bones will also be a treasure he'll keep forever.

If your man is a beer drinker, go to the import shop and get a six-pack made up of one beer each from six different countries. Or if you don't mind the prospect of him taking over the basement, get him a beer-making kit and let him make his own.

There is an old adage that goes, "a woman can never have too many pairs of shoes." So it is with men and pocketknives. If he doesn't have a Swiss army knife, get him one. If he has one, find a simpler pocketknife with just knife blades, but with an unusual handle. A carved bone handle with an Asian design is an excellent choice.

Men, too, will almost never buy jewelry for themselves. A nice masculine silver ring that reflects his personality will make him think of you always.

There are a few simple rules to follow when shopping for gifts for men. First, don't even bother asking him what he wants, he won't tell you. And if he does tell you, it won't be what he really, truly wants. Exotic but useful is the key. Keep that in mind, spend an afternoon shopping, and you're sure to find the perfect gift.

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Discussion Comments
By Valida — On Dec 20, 2013

My boyfriend is a real gym junkie. He often takes this vitamin staff for athletes, so I was wondering if such kind of present would be good for him. Once I noticed what he was taking – the product called BCAA. After some googling, I found a pretty hefty Christmas special for this type of product on amazon.

I think this is not a bad idea for a gift.

By anon323728 — On Mar 06, 2013

A great gift for a real manly man is getting him a customized cigar that has his name on it and he can enjoy after a nice long day of work.

By CrazyBill — On Feb 22, 2010

Try an engraved money clip. Depending on what you engrave it with, it can be more or less personal.

By anon60576 — On Jan 14, 2010

Whenever I get him presents I start with beer! Haha. No, really though, I usually get him a nice foreign 6 or 12 pack to start off with, then give him the rest of the gifts. Magically he seems to always like anything after he's got a beer in hand!

This year I got him a nice ring online. He has no idea yet but I know he will love it because we have already looked at it before!

By arunil — On Jan 01, 2010

When I'm trying to find a gift for anyone - guy or girl - I think it's a good idea to keep several things in mind. First, what are the person's hobbies? This can be a dangerous one, however; my dad played golf for years, and no one ever got him anything but golf-related gifts, to the point where he was sick of it. If you can find a unique hobby-related gift, however, it can be very rewarding. Secondly, it's often said that people get for others what they would want for themselves. So you can look at what the guy in your life has bought for other people and consider if it's the type of gift he might be interested in.

If all else fails, I always go with food. I bought my brother some high-quality whole bean coffee for Christmas, and it was a big hit.

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