Has anyone else noticed that men are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for? I grew up with 3 brothers and a dad, and every year I struggled trying to figure out what to buy them at Christmas and for birthdays. I thought that I once I got married, it would be easy to buy for my husband. I mean, he’s my soul mate (said very dramatically and probably with fluttering eyelids). It should be easy. But alas, it is not. So I’ve done a little brainstorming, as well as asked my hubby and brother for some good, inexpensive, manly things to do or give for Father’s Day. We tried to keep most gift ideas under $25 but there are few that are a little more expensive. Here’s what we’ve come up with; hopefully we’ve given you some good ideas.
1. Fun bottle opener like one of these there from World Market ($9.99)
2. Yankee Candle has recently come out with Man Candles (or as we like to call them, “Mandles”) with scents such as Mountain Lodge, 2×4, Riding Mower, First Down and Man Town. We checked them out yesterday and both guys liked them. In fact, we liked them so much we took pictures and Instagramed them. ($4.99 – $27.00)
3. If your guy happens to really be into candles and also into bacon, why not get him a bacon scented candle ($11.99) from Perpetual Kid?
4 . Perpetual Kid also offers a wide variety of novelty (and completely unnecessary) man gifts your man might enjoy.
5. Or how about a personalized apron? Have his name (or maybe something a little more fitting like “Master of the Grill”) embroidered on a William Sonoma apron ($19.99, includes embroidering).
6. Pamper Dad with a straight shave, which I think is probably the man equivalent of a pedicure or facial. Just do an online search for a local barber shop, and call them up to see if they offer straight shaves. Make it even more fun by scheduling a session for your man and his dad or best bud.
7. If your man likes superheroes, Star Trek, or Star Wars, Hallmark offers a line of mugs, tumbles, and various other items. And right now, the superhero mug is only $5.95 with the purchase of 3 cards.
8. Get your man a subscription to a comic book or a magazine about his favorite hobby (sports & fitness, hunting, food & cooking, golf, photography, National Geographic, cars, gaming, home renovation, beer brewing, etc.). Check out Amazon for discounted rates on magazine subscriptions.
9. Help your man improve his prayer life by purchasing a prayer book by Andrew Crase. Mr. Crase has taken passages of Scripture and turned them into prayers specifically tailored for your children or your wife (there’s one with prayers for husbands as well). I have two of his books and love them; they have helped me overcome rote and repetitious prayers. I am now able to pray for my son and husband in ways I would not have necessarily thought to. Hard copies of his books can be purchased for only $4.82 (enter coupon code: 4HM3HHEE); Kindle and Nook versions can also be downloaded for free at www.HisMagnificience.com
10. Fun new mug (try a new travel mug or chalk mug like this one ($3.99) where you can write him a sweet message every morning)
12. Get your man a new accessory, like maybe one of JC Penney’s Zoo York watches ($30)