Let’s talk about the hardest person in your family to shop for first: THE GUY WHO HAS EVERYTHING. Oh, we all have one of these. If you’re lucky, you have several.
But, guess what, I got you booboo.
Here are 10 super creative, totally unexpected gift ideas that are sure to light that guy up like a Christmas tree. And, there isn’t a single gift card idea or hard to find item on the list.
In fact, every single one of them you can order from the comfort of your own home. That’s right. Say goodbye to crowded shopping malls and Black Friday stampedes.
Believe me, this gift guide is going to save you – not just for Christmas, but for the next ten times that you have to shop for that person. That’s like – 2 years of gift ideas.
I mean, if you think about it, that’s the best gift anyone could give YOU this year, now isn’t it?
You’re welcome 😉
How Do I Know What You Should Buy Him?
Let me put it this way, if you’ve never sent your loved one a duct taped box that needed to be opened with a crowbar – are you even really trying?
I pride myself on creative, unexpected, and sometimes, downright unbelievable gift giving experiences. Because these people – these hard to shop for men – are usually the ones that deserve this the most. So, let’s surprise these special guys in our lives.
Get those pajamas on, girl, and let’s get shopping. Also, affiliate links are used, which means I may receive a commission at no cost to you if you purchase through my links. I only recommend products and companies I have purchased from here with amazing results!
This is a gift like no other. One of the times I have sent one of these was to my dad for his birthday. His retelling of the story goes something like this:
“I opened the front door and found a duct taped box sitting on my doorstep. There wasn’t a card, or an explanation, or even instructions on how to open it. The return address was the absolute bare minimum. For a second, I thought I was getting pranked, so I started looking around to see if someone was hiding in the bushes watching me.”
What happened next came from my stepmom, who told me how he took the box into the garage and began prying it open with a crowbar.
Finally, he won the war against the duct tape and pried open the crate underneath it, to find this gift:
By the time he got his meat-lovers paradise of a gift, he and my stepmom were in such hysterics, they could barely even tell me what happened. My stepmom was laughing so hard, she couldn’t even hold the phone to film my dad. Aww, that video would’ve been priceless.
Folks, when you get a very successful grown man to tell you that “this was the most unusual, creative gift he had EVER received” – you know you did good.
They have a crate for every guy – from the hunter to the maker. To check out the different ManCrate options, go to their product page.
But, absolutely, 100% spring for the Diabolical Duct Tape Cocoon on checkout.
Oh, and if you freeze when you have to write a gift card note, they give you all sorts of funny ideas on how to make it memorable.
How’s that for a nice gift?
Check out ManCrate here.
This is seriously one of the coolest gifts you can give right now. I have given 3 gift memberships to three different guys over the last year or so and everybody loves it. One of those was to my own guy and so I’ve been able to experience it firsthand through his subscription and I am obsessed!
Masterclass is an incredible learning platform where you can do short courses with the absolute best and brightest in their industry. It’s amazing and you can’t get the content anywhere else.
Here are some of the classes you can take – and they are all available with the subscription, so it’s a pay once and access everything sort of thing:
- Cooking with Gordon Ramsey
- Basketball with
- Humor/Comedy with Steve Martin
- Negotiation with FBI lead hostage negotiator Chris Voss
- Storytelling with David Sedaris
- Ballet Technique with Misty Copeland
- Makeup and Beauty with Bobbi Brown
- Business Strategy with Bob Iger
- Entrepreneurship with Sara Blakely
- Music for Film with Danny Elfman
- Poker with six-time world champion Daniel Negreanu
and seriously so much more. Because of the breadth of courses available, this is something that gives to them all year long. Plus, you can also gift this to a couple – such as your parents – and hit two birds with one stone.
Don’t you just love it when that happens?
Check out Masterclass subscriptions here.
Got a guy who’s prepping for an apocalypse? Have someone around who’s obsessed with Bear Grylls, Survivor, Lost and the idea of being lost in the mountains for days with only what he can find for food?
He might absolutely love a ClubTac subscription box. Voted #1 survival box, ClubTac lets you choose what type of crate you would like to send and shows you what might be included in the crate. Then, you can decide if you want to send it monthly, pay for 6 months, or buy a whole year of crates. The more you pre-pay, the better the deal.
This kind of gift is so cool, because it’s not something they would find in a store or likely buy for themselves, but they will totally love it. Even my guy, who is not outdoorsy AT ALL, would totally love this, because he likes to prepare for the very unlikely scenario of a global pandemic combined with crazy wildfires threatening us at every turn.
Anyway, the time has never been better for a military tactical and survival gear gift, wouldn’t you say?
Check out ClubTac here.
I’m not sure if you’ve been seeing these galaxy/star projectors all over Instagram like I have, but they are so cool. If you have a guy that really enjoys anything from astronomy to camping outside under the stars, they will be a big fan of this cool little device. It’s also a great gift for a younger guy, even a teen, who can be so hard to shop for.
Here’s how it works: using an app on your phone, you can choose from 16.7 million nebula colors by just turning the color wheel. You can also make the clouds and stars move as quickly or slowly as you want them to. Timers give you tons of control, as well as adjustable brightness – so your personal galaxy can be exactly what you want it to be. If you have an Alexa, you can sync your Atmosphere to that, too, for voice control of your galaxy.
Here’s a short video that really helps you see what this baby can do:
Seriously so cool. If you order on their website, you’ll be able to save another 5% off when you provide your email address! I found the shipping from their site and customer service to be excellent. I received quite a few reminders that my projector was coming, which I loved!
Don’t miss out on the Encalife Atmosphere Projector here.
5. Manscaper Set:
Another Christmas gift that was a MAJOR hit. This is the man’s grooming kit – with a sense of humor! The marketing here is absolute GENIUS, people. GENIUS. And, the products are really great. It’s not just fluff on crappy stuff. Nope, this is really good quality and the guy who received it still uses it all the time and loves it.
You’ve got to check out all their options. Affordably priced, very well packaged for gifting, and super useful.
Learn more about Manscaper here.
Have a coffee enthusiast in the house? Anything by Fellow will do the trick – but this award-winning coffee grinder might be the top pick.
Ode was designed to perfect your daily brewed coffee— AeroPress®, pour-over, French press, cold brew, and more. No more guessing what kind of grind they need for the perfect cup of joe!
With 64 mm professional-grade flat burrs, 31 grind settings, and unique single dose loading for maximum bean freshness, Ode is ready to hit the grind running! Plus, let’s be honest – she’s just pretty, isn’t she? A gift that will make the man and the lady of the house happy 🙂
Check out the Fellow Ode Brew Grinder here.
7. Beef Jerky Bouquet from Manly Man Co.
Okay, stop scrolling – this is the coolest gift of the year. I have this already for the big guy in the house and he is going to LOVE it. After all, women get flowers all the time, so why not give your favorite guy his own bouquet of edible flowers made of jerky?
I also love how well this was packaged. It looks amazing – just like the picture – and the glass it comes in is super well-made. I think this is just one of those cool, unexpected gifts that will put a smile on any guy’s face AND be something he will actually use and enjoy.
Shop for Manly Man Co. beef bouquets here.
World Traveler? Whiskey Drinker? Guy that enjoys an evening aperitif?
We got you.
This ship in a bottle decanter and globe etched tumbler set is perfect to be showcased in a man cave, on a bar, or just in a kitchen.
What a fancy way to enjoy a nightcap, am I right?
I also really love this globe version, by Godinger. Very classy and a great gift for the world traveler!
This is a very chic, refined gift for the man who likes to retire in his library with a single malt.
Grab this gorgeous ship in a bottle decanter set.
I feel like there comes a time in every man’s life when he wants to make his own beer. Or, they want to at least say they are making their own beer and feel really cool while saying it.
That’s why I got this gift for a relative who puts his life on the line every day at work. I figured, he should have the coolest glass of beer to come home to, and what’s better than one you made yourself?
He absolutely LOVED this gift, proudly shared his beer creations with his other cool friends, and has since purchased more beer making packs to feed his new hobby.
Plus, with several package options in different price points, you’ll be sure to impress your loved one while staying in budget.
Well played, I’d say. Well played.
Get yourself a Mr. Beer gift set here.
What about the man that can cook in your life? Or, the guy that “mans the grill” (said in a deep, gravely voice). He would probably really love The Big Green Egg.
I first heard about this when my dad, who had just designed and installed a built-in outdoor kitchen and BBQ, then went out and BOUGHT THE EGG ANYWAY.
Apparently, if your guy wants slow-roasted ribs or brisket that pulls apart when you just look at it, then this is the daddy bbq for your guy.
You may want to grab some of the corresponding cookbooks, too, since it is a unique cooking method. I picked up the two mentioned here for my dad as a gift and he gave rave reviews as well.
Get a Big Green Egg here.
Give the gift of a great neck massage to relax the hard-working loved one in your life.
I bought this for a family member who gets chronic migraines and headaches and they loved it so much, I bought myself one, too! You can even make a “get rid of headaches” gift kit using all the items I suggest in this post on how to get rid of headaches fast.
Of course, I have to try to pry it away from my husband, who has claimed it as his own. I guess it’s just another one of those gifts that absolutely everyone wants!
Or, another massager option that we have been LOVING lately is this massage gun off Amazon.
Grab the best neck massager ever here.
I have used this one a number of times, because with the revolving door of Groupon options, you can use the same gift trick, without repeating the actual gift.
And WHY GROUPON, you ask?
Because they make it so easy to find: really unique class ideas, for a really great price, that are little-to-no-effort to use.
Here are just a few of the class ideas I have given as gifts over the years:
- Indoor Kart Racing Experience: Super fast, adult sized go-karts on an indoor track
- Fencing Lessons: A month of weekly fencing lessons, all needed materials provided
- Archery Experience: Indoor archery lesson and shooting practice
- Beekeeping Experience: Learn how to make and harvest your own honey
- Indoor Trampoline Experience: We’ve all seen these, but kids still love to go!
- Hornblower Cruises: Doesn’t matter if you’ve been, going again is always suhweet
- Seasonal Activities: Plays, horse-drawn carriage rides, outdoor ice skating, paddle boarding
- Car Detailing: A luxury that car aficionados will appreciate
- Photography Session: Families with kids usually love this if they haven’t been able to for awhile
- Date Nights: So many options – Murder Mystery Dinner, Escape Rooms, Massages, Cooking Class
Listen, the sky is the limit here, folks. All you have to do is go to the Groupon Events page, search events within a reasonable distance of where this person lives, put in a price limit, and go shopping!
NOTE: Be sure to read the fine print, though, to make sure they have a reasonable amount of time to use the certificate before it expires, there are no surprise fees or requirements, and that they will have what they need to do the experience (i.e., equipment, physical strength, etc.)
Really think about the person and their unique interests and bucket list when making these choices.
True story: I have purchased one of these every year for my husband as a stocking stuffer. He now looks forward to finding out what his “adventure” will be for that year. I can’t wait to surprise him with this year’s idea!
Oh, and to wrap it: simply print out the email that they send you with the class information, fold it nicely, and put it in a pretty envelope. You can wrap the envelope in a bag or box, too, if you like, slip it into a stocking, or just hand it to the person.
Pick a Groupon Experience here.
13. BOX OF LOTTO SCRATCHERS:
I can’t even really take credit for this idea. But, it’s such a good one. Back when I was in high school, you know, in the dark ages (lol), we had this Christmas party every year at a friend’s house. The highlight of the evening was always the infamous White Elephant Gift Exchange – where you can steal a gift from someone else when it’s your turn.
I can’t even tell you how crazy people went over the box of scratchers. Every time. Without fail.
Something about that possibility, that question mark, that dream, of winning a ton of money….people loved it.
I never forgot that, and whenever I am really pressed to pick a gift for a hard-to-shop-for person – I got to the store, buy as many scratchers as I can afford, making sure to mix them up and get different types, and I wrap them in an envelope with something they can use to scratch away with.
Even if you only spend $20, there’s a possibility they could win hundreds! OR MORE!
It makes it so much fun and the person usually really enjoys it. One time, the receiver won over $500.
Now that’s a good gift 😉
14. SURPRISE GROUP GIFT:
This idea is for the brave gift givers, because it is the most difficult to pull off – but it always, always gets The Reaction.
The sky is the limit here on how you can do this. Start by pairing up with other women married to guys that are friends or your relatives (sister-in-laws, moms, moms-in-law, etc). Work as a team to find an activity that they would all enjoy, like going to a sports game together. Bust out those schedules to find a day that works for every guy and start looking for events.
Then, each of you will buy your guy a ticket to the same event. To make sure that their seats are together, you’ll all need to be ready to buy at the same time.
Then, print out the tickets if they’re not mailed to you and each of you wrap them differently, so the boxes or envelopes don’t look the same size.
Then, try to give them ALL their gifts AT THE SAME TIME.
One year, my sister-in-law, my stepmom, and I pulled this off with Sharks hockey tickets for the men in our life. The reaction was PRICELESS.
PLUS, they all had a total blast going together.
It’s not every year you can pull something like this off, but it sure is memorable when you do.
Alright, there you have it. 10 CREATIVE, INCREDIBLE, MEMORABLE gifts for the guy that is IMPOSSIBLE to shop for that he will LOVE, REMEMBER, and TALK about for years to come.
If you use any of these, please let me know. If you have more to add, send those, too!
And, for the other people on your shopping list, check out these other gift guides:
- 5 Epic Group Gifts They’ll Remember Forever!
- 11 Gifts for the Coffee Lover
- Creative Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything!
- Tween Girl Gift Guide
- 10 Gift Ideas for Kids Who Have Everything!
And, if you know someone who struggles to find gifts for that certain person – pass this along!
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Have a fabulous day,