When it comes to shopping for gifts, I either know exactly what to buy for someone, or I'm at a complete loss. Some people are just easy to buy for; I'll see something in the store or online, and it has their name written in capital letters all over it. For others, gift giving takes a little more thought and planning.
Thankfully, most of my gift-giving involves that kind of see it, grab it, give it process. If I had to make a list of everyone I should buy a gift for and find something for all of them - all for the same occasion - I'd be in huge trouble. I do not envy those of you who are just beginning to think about Christmas shopping. Better you than me! I hear it is never too early to start planning, though I'd probably leave it to the last minute because once I buy a gift, I need to give it to that person NOW. How do you stand waiting?
If you are starting to think about gifts for the men in your life, the following list of gift ideas may be handy. Wait, or don't; it's up to you.
Subscription boxes have become extremely popular in the last few years. Your recipient will receive one box a month filled with goodies. There are many different subscription options with boxes available for gamers, golfers, cat lovers, bakers, and pretty much anyone else you can think of. Subscriptions really are the gift that keeps on giving. They may not be the cheapest gifts available, but your gift recipient will remember you every month when that box comes in the mail!
I tend to think that practical gifts make some of the best gifts. Think about something that your gift recipient does, or likes to do, on a regular basis, and give him something to help him with that. If your guy likes to cook, perhaps get him that new kitchen gadget you've seen advertised, something he might enjoy but not actually buy for himself. If he likes to keep his facial hair to a minimum, consider some high quality shaving supplies nicely arranged in a basket. The key is to tailor the gift specifically to your recipient and think of something he will actually use, instead of just putting it away somewhere (after saying "Thank You" of course) never to see the light of day.
Homemade gifts are the most personal of all gifts. Anyone can go out and buy something at the store, but it takes immense time, dedication and consideration to handcraft a gift. Homemade gifts can also be a great way to stick to a tight budget. Think about where your talents lie and give something that uses those talents. If you're a baker, bake some cookies or banana bread or something you know he really likes. If you can crochet or knit, a scarf or hat might be really appreciated. Making something yourself is a great way to show someone you care about him without spending a ton of money.
Do you have any other great gift ideas?