Gift buying is supposed to be one of the greater joys in life. Not only is it good karma, gift-giving is your chance to be funny, thoughtful, or just plain awesome! But with a tight economy and tech gifts that can blow your budget in one...
Gift buying is supposed to be one of the greater joys in life. Not only is it good karma, gift-giving is your chance to be funny, thoughtful, or just plain awesome! But with a tight economy and tech gifts that can blow your budget in one fell swoop, finding the right gift for a good price can seem like an existential nightmare.
Add to this the inherent difficulty of shopping for guys, and you can see the dilemma we have on our hands.
But, rest assured, there are some really great, inexpensive gifts for guys out there….
New and Unique
If you want to have a little fun, it’s always great to buy a gift that is unique, or new to the market. RealSimple.com offers over a dozen different ideas for unique gifts guys will love! Just a few:
-Swipe tie: Silk tie with micro fiber lining that’s perfect for shining a tablet or phone
-Fun leather trimmed needlepoint flask covers
-Hygiene spa kits just for men!
-Solar crank radio
-60 Years of Mad Magazine (book)
-Funky zig-zag corkscrew
-Knotz cuff links
-Games like ‘Rock Me Archimedes’
-Opena case: an iPhone case with a bottle opener in it
-‘How To’ magic or mind reading tricks
These are just a few fun ideas for guys, and most of them are only $40 or less. Anything that is functional AND fashionable is a good bet. And don’t be afraid to buy something that is just fun, like a paintball set, or a new bowling ball!
The words “gift basket” conjure up images of bows, baby showers, and scented bath soaps. But you can also put together gift baskets that are great for guys.
With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the kinds of snacks and treats your dad likes. This can include everything from beef jerky to a chocolate covered strawberries. Inexpensive Father’s Day gift baskets treat dad to gourmet sweets and savories, nuts, wines, gift cards and even golf sets.
Depending on the guy you’re buying for, books and magazines can be terrific gifts, especially a magazine subscription. That may be something he would enjoy, but not really think of for himself, and even better, it’s a gift that will keep giving all year round. Huffingtonpost.com writer Jason Pinter wrote an article in 2010 strongly dispelling the myth that men don’t read. Guys love to learn about historical figures, sports heroes, and you can’t go wrong with spy thrillers either. Some recommended reading:
Magazines: Men’s Health, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Fitness, Details, Complex, Men’s Journal, Muscle and Fitness, Backpacker, Travel and Leisure, Motor Trend
Books: Evil Star, The Dead of Night, Satch and Me, Marlfox, Sea Wolf, My Father’s Dragon, Thirteen Days to Midnight, Code Talker, Title Shot, Empire of Gut and Bone
And to get the best deal on these literary buys, do some comparison shopping. Look for online deals, or check out Amazon.com for great prices.
See, you don’t have to go broke to do something really nice for the important men in your life. Just be realistic about the kinds of things they enjoy and the kinds of gifts you can afford.