Gift Guide 101: Holiday Gifts For Men

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, I’m going to be posting a 3-part holiday gift guide 101 for the men, the women and the best friends in your life. First up today, we’re going to be taking care of the brothers, fathers, boyfriends, husbands and any other important men in your life. Guys are some of the hardest people to shop for during the holidays. You can’t just satisfy them with a pretty gift set of lotions or a beautiful handmade blanket scarf, like you can with women. Shopping for holiday gifts for men can be frustrating sometimes, but I did some research and reached out to some of the men I work with and their insight will help all of us out.

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Nike Half-Zip JacketChicago Blackhawks Sleep SetThe Art of Shaving SetChicago Bulls Snapback Cap
Hitcase Pro TM for iPhone 5 & 5sGrant Chronograph Brown Leather WatchRay-Ban 58mm SunglassesKiehl’s Shaving Starter KitTIMBUK2 Classic Messenger Bag

First of all, what I heard the most from all the men I talked to was that no matter what your budget is for the holidays, it’s really the thought that counts the most. Whether you spend more time to make them a personalized coupon book full of things they can redeem with you (such as a date night without the kids, making his favorite meal for dinner one night, an hour of listening to him go on and on about his favorite sports team without complaining, etc.) or splurge on that state-of-the-art speaker system he’s been eyeing for the past three months, the best part of the gift is that it came from you.

Next up, surprisingly enough, I found out that a good shaving system is right up there with the best gifts for guys. This would be a great gift for your husbands and boyfriends, especially if you’re a gal that likes kissing a clean-shaven man. I’ve heard great things about retro, full-service shaving sets from The Art of Shaving and they’ve got amazing sets in a range of different price points. Whether it’s an electronic shaver or one of those retro shaving sets, depends on the guy you’re buying for, of course. A great aftershave was also one of the top responses I got from the guys I talked to.

If the guy you’re buying for happens to be a sports fan – surprisingly, there are some guys are aren’t – then you’re in luck! A gift card to Ticketmaster.com, Stubhub or a pair of tickets to their favorite team’s game is always a gift you can’t go wrong with. Depending on the team and how close the seats are, it won’t necessarily be a budget buster either. Clothing with their favorite team’s logo – such as a windbreaker, jersey/jersey shirts, and pajama pants – are usually hits as well, granted that they don’t already own it. (Since I’m a huge Chicago sports fan, I linked items featuring Chicago sports teams, of course.)

Now, if you’re looking for something more traditional to give this holiday season, you’ve always got the classics to fall back on. Sunglasses, phone cases, watches and messenger bags/backpacks are great gift ideas for the guys on your list, as long as you know them well enough to pick out something in their style. If you’re going with a messenger bag or backpack, Timbuk2 has some amazing styles available and if you don’t find something you like, you can fully customize your own bag on their website as well.

On that note, I’ve been told that a simple night out is something that is also a great gift to get. It could be as low-key as taking them to a sports bar for a night of beer and wings while taking in whatever game they’re interested in watching, or it can be as lavish as springing for a delicious dinner at his favorite steakhouse before a night on the town. It all depends on the guy you’re buying for and what he likes to do. Whether it’s gift cards so your brother/father/best friend can take whoever they want or just you footing the bill when you’re out together, you can never go wrong with buying a guy some good food. As the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

So, those are my picks for great holiday gifts for men in your life. Next up, I’ll tackle great holiday gifts for the gals in your life. From the best new beauty gift sets to one-of-a-kind accessories for the women who have everything, I’ll have everything covered for you in part two of this holiday gift guide coming next week to TCL. Till then though, happy shopping!