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Gifts for Him

I’ve heard it before, “men are so hard to shop for.” Well, it may be true because it seems like every Christmas I add to my collection of robes, ties, slippers. If you often find yourself getting the same ol’ gift for the man in your life, I’m here to help; giving you a male’s perspective on gift ideas for men.

Bring the Outdoors In

If your guy is like me, he loves being outside. If his ideal vacation home is a cabin in the woods, and yours isn’t, why not bring the cabin to him. Surprise him by revamping his space with cabin decor; his den and office can be a great place to retreat. Think about a few large signature pieces to really give him the cabin feel. If the game room needs some sprucing up, try a handcrafted game table. They can definitely be put to good use and they’re sure to stir up a little jealousy amongst your neighbors.

Put His Money in it

No, I don’t mean that you should use his money to buy his gift, I mean buy a gift he can store his cash: a wallet. You may think, “That’s boring.” Well it may be, unless you take it to the next level by personalizing it.

You must first understand what types of wallets he likes. Is he a two or three-fold kind of guy? Or does he prefer money clips? If he has a classic style, go with leather. It’s easy to get it engraved with his name or a special message. If he has a more modern style go for a money clip; you can find some with sports team’s emblems or engrave it as well. Add an extra touch by including pictures of his family, a few bucks, or a special note within the wallet.

Cook a Little Love

If the ‘way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,’ it stands to reason that cooking up an awesome meal would be a great gift. Well it is, trust me. But let’s change it up a bit. Surprise him at work by cooking a meal for him and his coworkers. Make his favorite meal and take it over, he’ll appreciate the gesture and, of course, so will his colleagues. Who knows maybe he’ll return the favor with breakfast in bed.

Buy Him some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

If he’s a sports fan he’ll love this next one. Buy tickets to a game in advance, ask him to clear his schedule for the night because you have something special planned. Don’t tell him where you’re going when you get into the car. Using a blindfold will prevent him from anticipating the location. He’ll be blown away by this gift. It’ll be sure to get his mind off of work and on you.

BBQ time

If he likes to crank out a few burgers over the weekend, a grill would be the perfect gift. Remember to get one that suits his needs. If he already owns a large grill and it sits in your backyard, think about a smaller, portable one that he can use for camping. If you want to take it up a notch, purchase a rill cover. They come in a variety of colors and sizes; look for some with his favorite team’s logo.

Whether it be for Valentine’s Day, his birthday, anniversary, or just because, you can make his day by getting rid of the played out gifts ideas and instead getting one of the gifts mentioned here. Don’t worry, you can take all the credit, too.

Daniel Swinton is an interior decorator and freelance writer. He specializes in cabin decor. When he’s not decorating for his clients, Swinton finds time to perform in local improv troupes and to hike on his favorite trails.

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