Photo and product by FreckleWonder on Etsy
8| Vintage rags – Guys hate shopping for their clothes. A recent shopping trip with Ryan really highlighted this fact for me. We have really tried to make it easy…in fact, his tastes are pretty simple as it is, so I never expected to feel so frustrated when shopping with him. He prefers plain white tee-shirts and Levis jeans on a regular day and he likes to dress up nicely with cardigans, slacks, and dress shoes when we are doing something fun together. Can this really be that hard? I wondered. Well, the answer is: Yes. Yes, it can. We left several shops on this most recent trip bagless and smileless, and on the way out of the last store I said to him, “Maybe from now on I should just do your shopping for you…” A big sigh of relief was proof to me that he was very excited to hear me make that offer. Gifting your guy some great vintage finds will help you save money while offering him some happiness and a cool new (to him) look.
Photo and product by AikosLove on Etsy
7| Nintend-art - If your 20-something male is anything like my 20-something male, then he’ll definitely appreciate some Nintend-art. Think about it…he’s out on his own now, decorating his own place, but he’s not going to want the curtains and duvet covers that you might be attracted to. Instead, he’ll probably just not decorate, but look around his flat occasionally and ask himself what he could do to fix it up. Then, when he realizes that he doesn’t like curtains and duvet covers, he’ll give up. I had the unique opportunity last night to observe three 20-something males from pretty different backgrounds all in one room, and the thing they had in common? Nintendo. Give him a familiar face like these two to adorn his new “grown up” walls and he’ll be eternally reminded that you really know what he is all about.
6| Concert tickets - Surprise him with concert tickets if you are sure you know his favourite band. Now’s the time to be getting all of that pesky youth out of his system before he hits his 30s, so encourage him to get out there and do stuff before he’s got other stuff tying him down. Make sure, though, that the band you think is his favourite really actually is. Tastes can change pretty quickly these days, and you don’t want him to feel like he has to go see that band he liked in high school but now thinks is pretty lame just because you were kind enough to track down the tickets. Also, try to consider his schedule as well. He’s an adult now so he may have to be up early the next morning to go to work. If travel is involved this will be less than ideal.
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5| Technology accessories – So maybe he doesn’t have an iPhone, but he surely must have an iPod, no? Either way, they both look sleek and feel great in the palm of your hand, but they don’t really do so well in pockets or backpacks without a little protection. Since we’ve already established that he hates shopping around, we can pretty safely say that he’s not going to take his time looking for the perfect slip cover — enter the gift giver. This is your chance. You can track down the coolest darn case that graces any store shelf or computer screen with the ease of a patient shopper (yeah, right.) and he will be all the more grateful to you on Christmas morning when he sees that you have found something he will actually use. Oh, and don’t worry about that strange little symbol. He’ll know what it means…
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4| Back pack or messenger bag - Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, but I just don’t understand how guys get along in life without carrying a purse! I mean, they’ve got stuff to carry, too, right? Keys, wallet, phone, iPod, a book, sometimes laptops… ah, never mind. I’ve figured it out. They make their girlfriends carry their stuff.
Ladies, if you’re sick of your boyfriend sticking stuff in your bag then the answer is simple; get him his own. Now here’s the tricky part…which bag? There are tons out there, and sometimes even if it is marketed as a “European shoulder bag” for men, it just looks better on women. So, stick to the basics. Backpacks and messenger bags are reliable and neutral. Go for a plain color like a black or blue because he’ll want to be able to take it to work, and, well, he’s not in college anymore! He can always add his own flair later on if he wants to, but chances are he’ll keep it just as it is.
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3| Bottle opener ring - We have a friend who prides himself on being able to open his beer bottles on anything and everything. Last night he borrowed a can of cat food from Atlas and Hugo to get the job done. We even know another guy who uses his teeth (“That’s right, Mr. Dentist, Sir, I have no idea how my tooth got cracked”)! Not all people are like this, though. Some people even opt to carry around a bottle opener as a more realistic solution to the same situation. However, if the person unwrapping your gifts this year has a bit of a fashion flair, you might consider giving him this ring. Not only is it man-chic, but it’s also incredibly useful. Perhaps he’s not brave enough to wear jewelry? Try a belt!
Photo and product by ParadiseBodyShop on Etsy
2| Man soap – Let’s see. If he doesn’t even want to figure out how the heck to buy clothes, do you really think he’s going to spend time and money on soap? Let’s not ask that question. I may be sounding a bit harsh here, but really, there are plenty of guys that I have met in the past who just couldn’t be bothered to buy themselves soap (luckily, I snagged myself a real clean kinda guy who actually has taught me a thing or two about keeping a clean home). Even at that, when those other guys did buy soap it would be a quick in and out at a pharmacy or grocery store and they might whine and complain about spending the money on that “stupid crap”. So, stuff his stocking this year with some MAN SOAP. If nothing else, he’ll get a real kick out of it.
1| Mugs – Now here’s the right person to give a mug! Remember the other day when I mentioned that Moms love mugs, but usually have too many to count, thus, you should steer clear of Mom mug giving? This guy, your 20-something male, will not have a mug in his entire apartment. He’s out on his own now, and is probably either too broke to buy mugs, or just doesn’t think about getting any and does just fine without them. However, if you’re a Mom looking to reduce her collection, you might consider going through yours to pick out a couple that he might have fond memories of, and sending them his way. And, this is another opportunity to toss the Nintendo thing in there. When Ryan and I went to Nintendo World in NYC, he was so excited not only to buy a Mario mug for himself, but also a Luigi mug for me, and a Link mug for his best friend. See what I mean? It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? He stays up late playing video games and needs coffee to wake him up in the morning for work!
(Click any of the photos for a direct link to the Etsy shop where it is sold. And make sure to check out my other 2010 Holiday Gift Guides!)
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