I’m not sure the last time someone told me that their husband/significant other/boyfriend/father/brother was easy to shop for. I’m sure there are Those Men out there. I just can’t think of one off the top of my mind. What I can conjure up is 45 years of having an amazingly fun father, two crazy, wonderful brothers, a sizable collection of the best guy friends a girl could ask for, and…let me phrase this carefully…having known many men.
While they all have their unique idiosyncrasies, and are all different, there are a few man rules most of them seem to adhere to in my observation, so let’s just stick to those rules while shopping for all the guys? Five of those rules are below where I’ve rounded up the just-right gifts.
Best Men’s Gifts For Guys Who Love To Play
1. Big Game On!
Men seem to gather around games. Whether it’s watching a game, shooting hoops, playing a round of golf, or enjoying games at home, guys all seem to bond best and smile biggest while they are playing something. Sure it’s fun to go out, but if you have the space and can swing it, some of these larger home games are fun for the whole family and over-the-top amazing gifts for the guys. And the Big Gun…well that’s for helping to repair the muscle damage they do when they forget they aren’t 20 years old anymore and play all the big outdoors games with their whole hearts and inevitably, get hurt.
2. Necessary Cases: Upgraded
Most men…are practical. Many of them keep things forever. I don’t know many men who switch out their bags, seasonally the way that some of us do. They get a good one, and use it until they kill it. Does your guy need a refresh on his work bag and dopp kit? These are a great place to start. And while the TB Brief above is sold out, (sorry, that was a tease,) there are PLENTY of other great TB cases, below. Oh, and fun facts: why do we call it a dopp kit? Charles Doppelt, he was that guy.
3. Have You Yeti(ed)?
YETI just makes better coolers and cups, with a certain cool factor. Get it? Giggle. True story: well-constructed, well-insulated, and great colorways. They aren’t inexpensive, they are an investment, but I’ve found over the years, that’s for a reason: they are built to last. The large cooler (M30) is great if there are enough adult hands to carry it, the Hopper works well as a crossbody bag and packs plenty, the BackFlip gives us free hands, and all the Ramblers and Tumblers in all sizes we can’t get enough of. This is that slightly self-serving gift where it’s great for the guys, but really works for the whole family.
4. All The Apple(s) Of Your Eyes
Apple. You either can’t live without them, or just won’t go there. Dad, now I’m all eyes on you…come to Apple, please???…then I can iMessage you from my laptop, and the kids can FaceTime you. Assuming you’d like to hear from us more often? Clean, sleek, functional tech fun. Guys love good-looking tech that improves their performance. See, they are just like us after all…
5. Set Him On Fire!
Just like gathering around a game seems to be a guy thing…so is gathering around a fire. It’s something to do while hanging out, whether it’s building and setting the fire in the pit, manning the grill, or making pizzas in an outdoor oven, a warmth and some outdoor fun does us all some good, always!
Hope my mansplaining of a different sort was a bit helpful and resonates, and that some of these ideas inspire the perfect gifts for all your guys!
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