Brittany from Denver, CO
You could also get CD's of the music he likes - or his favorite movies on DVD (or sports outtakes and the like). You could get him tickets to a big game or concert. Of if he is crafty - a tool or something to do with his craft - like leather to carve or wood to cut.
Men also like things like pen knives to carry around - as well as little personal items like a nice key chain, a money clip, or a gold toothpick! (I got my nephew a silver bracelet last year.) They also wear their wallets to pieces - so a new one might be just the thing. They like leather accessories - a new new leather belt (with a good buckle) - a new check book cover, a cover for their cell phone or PDA and so on. Maybe they need a new computer case, portfolio, or briefcases to look professional.
Then there are little things for their desk or den - a new pen set, a decorative paperweight, a paper knife - or something to hang on the wall. (My husband likes seascapes, my brother historical things. I have found him old documents to frame.) Or get something for their collection - my husband likes model boats, my brother toy soldiers and my nephew oriental stuff for his dorm room.
You can even get them cologne or body products, as men never buy them for themselves. And this hasn't even gotten to special t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, scarves and gloves! Hope this helps to inspire you.
By Pamela Munro
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Pamela Munro is out of L.A., and has made penny pinching a high art. She is a frequent contributor to Thriftyfun, has written a newspaper column on doing everything on a shoestring, and is working on a book on her own stylish frugality.
Men need masculine looking nail grooming kits. Cologne is a thought if you know his preference. Nice tins with mixed nuts. Does he have any hobbies? Something for his car or office. Nice wallet or tools. Depending on your relation to him/boyfriend or brother...A sexy photo of you for his private viewing. Set up a free massage at a local spa. Hope my ideas help. Lisa
I found a terrific item for one of my husband's gifts. It is called a REZAP Battery Engineer (a battery charger that will not only charge rechargeable batteries but regular disposable kinds too!) It will recharge AAAA, AAA, AA, C. D, N, 9v and 6v lantern batteries no matter what type: alkaline, ram, titanium, hi-cd, Hi MH etc. It is also a battery tester. I found it at QVC.com but it is probably available elsewhere too. It was $49.99. It would also make a good family gift. Just think of all those battery operated toys, electronics and gadgets. And a great gift for the frugal person on your list or environmentalist, reusing the batteries instead of throwing them away.
It would totally depend on the guy you are buying gifts for. Tools would be good for a man that likes to work in the garage, hunters like things related to their sport, book readers like books or gift certificates for books (my husband only reads the tv guide so a book is NOT an ideal gift for him!) I would only buy cologne if I absolutely knew it was the guys' favorite, same with a music cd, only if I absolutely knew that it was a favorite artist. I have bought nice leather driving gloves for men, but I think some men would rather not get gloves for a gift, they may rate it right along with getting a sweater, socks, ties, or underwear. Food is always a good thing if you know their preference, my husband likes nuts, jerky, and beef sticks. Of course, this would not work for someone that is a "healthy" type person! One gift that I gave my nephew one year was a bucket, sponge, and all sorts of car cleaning supplies, and little air-freshners that hang off the rear-view mirror. When the youngest started to drive I bought him an emergency car kit to carry in his trunk, I don't think he liked the gift too much, but his parents thought it was great!
By Persnickety Paula
My brother in law loves to get beef jerky, homemade is best or store brand; nut mixes and old spice soaps. He tells my sister he really likes getting this stuff. Once I got him a one year subscription to Sports Illustrated. I make a snack Christmas mix which he looks forward to now.
My 32 YO son is a progressive thinker and environmentalist. He likes local bought items from local venders and craft artisans. He likes things made from wool & natural fibers, especially when I make them. (wool socks & hats for snowboarding, fingerless gloves for working outside) A handmade wool rug, etc. He'd rather have something made by a local artist.
For others, a gift certificate works even better,
Anyway, YOU GET THE IDEA. If they like to cook, make them a favorite family recipe book. Tape (or video) for him, his parents' story of his birth and his parents' life stories from their birth. (Priceless). Maybe include a picture book to go with the voice tapes. Each Christmas my son downloads to CD a set of my favorite educational radio shows to listen to while I work. This is inexpensive and I just love them!If they don't have money, buy them a year's worth of cable. (or upgrade their internet). Or you can sign your guy up for a year's worth of seasonal Organic local produce delivered to their home. (GOOGLE "organic Farming Cooperatives" in you local area or State)
Here's by far the BEST IDEA YET: GIVING TO OTHERS in their name http://www.heifer.org/ Give to make a difference helping hunger and poverty. Families who for generations knew only poverty are given cows and goats to sell their milk. Chickens (eggs to sell) http://kiva.org/app.php KIVA is an organization that offers micro-loans ($25 plus) to small businesses in poor countries. (you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence) The repayment percentage is over 98%. These are but a few of the great organization you can give to in someone's name. Perfect for someone "who has everything"!
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I just registered at KIVA today & made 2 teams.
Please feel free to join this one
(the other one is for people in this town/area)
I would LOVE to see ThriftyFun become a field partner
I would love that I could make simple crafts
& the winnings (if my craft/photo/tip/recipe made it to the contender stage)
go right into the loan system to help others !
I plan on making a loan
but this might help make a second one
(i just hope it doesn't seem like bribery or blackmail or something & I need a way to have a possible cash prize deposited into my paypal account then into one of many loan requests!
I like the youtube videos I have watched today about all this & passed them on
so please consider either making your own team or join & loan $25 or more as an individual
either way - it helps someone
& helping others
helps ourselves get our own miseries off our minds awhile sometimes !
& thats GOOD
This may sound odd to some people, but ask for a list of ideas from your guy. Our family has been doing this for 25+ years. And now we spend more time enjoying our gifts, instead of standing in line to return them. We haven't returned any gifts since about 1986.
Everyone has different interests, so why guess? Just ask for a list of ideas from the person you are buying for. And gift ideas may change, so don't ask in July. Ask in Sept what your guy would like.
Some things I liked each year were food: baked potato chips, baked corn chips, meringue cookies, or jerky. Turkey jerky is really good and is easier to chew than beef jerky. I personally avoid high fat foods like sausage and tins of popcorn.
Some of my more favorite things I received (after getting married) were power tools. Not large power tools, but smaller ones I could fit in my garage mini-workshop. If your man is a DIY person, ask him which tools he would like. I liked them because I knew I would use them a lot for fixing and building things.
While in college I liked to get things for a dorm room, like a leather jacket, or snacks or food I could heat up in my dorm room (cafeteria served only 2 meals on Sunday). I was also lifting weights so I appreciated pull-up straps and weight lifting gloves. And rechargable batteries for my walkman. (Minimum walk to each class was 10 minutes.)
I have trouble getting "guy" gifts. Even for my own son. About all I ever give him is sweatshirts (because that's all he seems to wear. Even on Holidays). He is 37 and has a family of his own. Any ideas for a "family" gift - He and his wife have a girl 6 and boy 4. HELP! nhcremepuff2000 at yahoo dot com
Pam in RI
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