Christmastime is coming…Christmastime is here….so why not take on 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. 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 😉
So Who Am I To Give You This Advice?
Do you even have to ask? Okay, maybe you do. 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.
I’ll say it – I’m not ashamed – I WANT A REACTION.
It could be anything: ruckus laughter, delightful glee, shock and awe, soft glistening tears – I’M NOT PICKY. I JUST WANT IT.
Because these people – these hard to shop for men – are usually the ones that deserve this the most.
They are the hard-working dads, the selfless grandpas, the brothers that are also policemen, the uncles that come to holiday dinners after 15 hours in an E.R..
They are the caretakers, the sacrificers, the protectors.
They are hard to shop for because they are unique and special, and maybe they have the means to buy themselves the big, fancy things you probably wouldn’t buy them anyway.
So, what you can do, is surprise them. And, with these gifts, you will.
Oh yeah, you sure will.
Get those pajamas on, girl, and let’s get shopping:
1. THE MANCRATE EXPERIENCE:
This is a gift like no other. I sent this 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.
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?
Yes, another meat gift. Don’t worry, if the special man in your life is vegan, there are options later for you, too.
The Beef Jerkey Flower Bouquet from the Manly Man Company (yes, that is their name) is a play on the floral bouquet, with beef jerkey flowers in a reusable double walled, stainless steel, beer glass.
Meat and beer. Is there anything else?
I think this is a hilarious gift for the manly man in your life. Agree?
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.
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.
I know what you’re thinking – a t-shirt? COME ON.
But, I picked up this t-shirt for my husband as a gift and not only did he LAUGH OUT LOUD, but EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. he wears this out – he gets stopped. People have so much to say about this shirt. They laugh, they high-five him, they ask him where he got it. It’s a major conversation starter – and for good reason. This shirt really stares a double-standard between moms and dads right in the face.
Or, right in the chest.
Either way, it’s a fun gift to give. It’ll be both well-received by the recipient, and by all who see them wear the shirt out in public.
Get it for the deserving dad in your life and pat yourself on the back for doing your part to change double standards for all who see it.
Mr. Fix-It? We got you, too! This engraved hammer is a sweet way to celebrate a loved one, while also giving them something useful.
And, since I’ve bought this as a gift for my husband, I can tell you that it is also well-made! Very heavy and beautiful wood. The engraving is clean and clear and easy to read.
Plus, with the engraving options provided to you, you can be sure that it’ll look perfect. We went with the “Dad, we love building memories with you.” option and had it engraved with our kid’s names, too.
And if they already have a hammer they love – they can hang this on a pegboard and use it for garage decoration. No downside here. Just a great gift that will get a sweet reaction from whoever you give it to.
7. MATCHING HATS:
Haven’t you heard? Matching isn’t just for the girls. There are so many adorable options to get the boys in your life to match, and Littlest Prince Couture has some of the best. With matching dress shirts and ties to matching snapback hats, you’ll be sure to find something that your guy will love.
Personally, I went for the matching hats, which are also well-made and totally adorable. With a flat bill, gray tweed fabric and a stamped, vegan leather patch – they’ll look cool while they match. The boys loved wearing them together.
While some gifts can end up lost or tossed after awhile, these hats have been lovingly displayed in both rooms when they’re not in use. It’s definitely been something special for them both.
Highly recommend. Plus, if you sign up for their emails, you can get 20% off your first purchase, making these a really affordable, special gift.
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.
9. 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 😉
10. SURPRISE GROUP GIFT:
Here we are, the number 10 spot, are you still with me? Of course you are. You want to know what number 10 is. I don’t blame you.
This one 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. Use what is near to you and available and in your budget. Also, consider the interests of the people involved, but don’t worry so much about that, because the big idea is the group surprise aspect.
Let me explain: the truth is, if you’ve got ONE hard to shop for guy in your life, you probably have TWO. And if you have TWO, you might even have THREE. Or, maybe you and ALL your sisters and mothers and cousins are ALL married to guys that are impossible to shop for.
This is when you group up. You work as a team.
Bust out those schedules, find a way to get all of the guy’s schedules to sync up on one glorious day and time, and find out what show or sports game or concert or special event is happening near you.
Buy ALL OF THEM a ticket to the SAME EVENT. Of course, make sure that their seats are together.
Wrap them differently, so the boxes or envelopes don’t look the same size.
Try, if you can, 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 been years since we have been able to pull something like this off, and something makes me think it’s time to dust this one off again. Hmm….
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, if you know someone who struggles to find gifts for that certain person – pass this along!
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Have a fabulous day,