With Father’s Day around the corner and birthdays looming year round, buying a gift for a man is never far away. Here’s a list of male-oriented products and gift ideas to aid in your celebration.
Tickets to a man’s favorite sports team will always go down a storm. If the dude isn’t into sports, than his favorite band or even opera will have the same effect. These can be purchased months in advance or the night before presentation.
I am not alone in having a favorite spirit to sip. Mine is single malt whisky, but that is not universal. If you really want to get in good, find out exactly what kind of drink he likes and get him a bottle of it. Having said that, if the dude is worth getting a bottle for, he’ll appreciate the gesture, regardless of which bottle you get him.
Beer and/or Wine
This can be treated like liquor but with the potential added benefit of increased quantity. For $70 you can get one bottle of decent whisky, or 14 bottles of cheap wine, or 42 bottles of craft beer, or 120 bottles of cheap beer. I guess it depends on the statement you’re trying to make. Places like Total Wine can sort you out.
Guns make great gifts because of their diversity. They make them for every price point and occasion. Rifles, pistols, shotguns, bolt-action, semi-auto, muzzle-loader, historic, new, custom; guns of any type can make a great gift.
Obviously, if the guy were a known felon, nut-job, or hates guns this would be a bad idea. You need to be sure before you go this route. If he already owns a gun, it is probably a safe bet.
If you know a guy who loves to golf but has been going on about how he needs to replace his whole set – or just wants a new driver or putter, consider getting him a gift card for his favorite golf shop. Specific club selection can be very personal, depending on how serious he takes the game. I would do backflips for a new set of sticks, but a better golfer (a status which would not be difficult achieve) would likely prefer to choose his own.
*Beware – Anything that has “golf” or “wedding” in the title usually implies obscenely over-priced.
No TV is too big.
Meat, lot’s of It
If he cooks, consider getting him half a cow from a meat shop and a freezer to store it in. Often the meat shop will throw in the freezer as part of a package deal. The Central Meats link is provided for generic pricing and product information.
Hobby / Collectable
Does the guy work on old cars, or collect antiques? Something related to his hobby would be appreciated. Depending on the resources available or the reason for the gift, there will likely be something appropriate ranging from very nice to humorous.
If you’ve got the cash, send him and his girl someplace nice on a vacation. You should have a firm idea of what he considers “nice”.
Still Can’t Think of Anything?
I don’t know of too many guys that ever expect gifts. Most dudes I know just like to hear from friends and family. If you’re broke or at a total loss for what to get a guy, just call him to say, “Hi”, that’s often gift enough.