by Kimberly Blaker
Freelance Lifestyle Writer
Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything – and Even Men Who Don’t
It doesn’t matter whether it’s your father, grandfather or spouse, men are often difficult to buy gifts for. Because how many ties, sweaters, or bottles of cologne can you dole out to a man before they come to feel like worn out consolation prizes? This year, why not do something different? Try one of these gift ideas for the man who has everything that’ll elicit surprise and enthusiasm for your thoughtfulness.
Golf package. Give a round of golf at an elite course he’s been dying to play, or a weekend away at a favorite golf resort.
Gadgets. A man can never have too many of these. How about a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, multi-device charging valet, night vision binoculars, heated ice scraper, smartphone Wi-Fi storage, espresso maker, or wireless TV speakers?
Sporting event tickets. Whatever his favorite sport, a pair of tickets, particularly to one of the top rival games, is sure to be a hit.
Concert tickets. Whether the man on your list is a rocker or symphony fan, a pair of concert tickets will be a sure pleaser, especially if you can swing best seats.
Dinner at a posh restaurant. The old adage goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So this may be one of the best gift ideas for the man who has everything. Buy him a gift certificate at a top-notch restaurant he’s been reluctant to splurge on. It’s the perfect way for a man to enjoy a gourmet meal without guilt.
Massage certificates. This luxury is sure to please any man and can be had fairly inexpensively through Groupon.
Chef supplies. Who says kitchen appliances and gizmos are for women only? If the man on your gift list loves playing chef, consider a top-quality butcher block knife set, rotisserie, food processor, blender, or crockpot.
Remote car starter. This is an excellent gift for both hot and cold climates. With a remote starter, your gift recipient will be able to heat or cool his car before he steps out into unbearable temperatures.
Magazine subscription. Whether the man you’re buying for is a sports fan, outdoorsman, world traveler, hobbyist, professional, or business owner, there’s a magazine out there for every niche.
Record player & LPs. These are again gaining popularity. Collectible vintage model record players to brand new ones can be found online. Look for LPs at brick-n-mortar vintage record stores, antique malls, or online.
Audiobook subscription. If the man on your list loves reading but doesn’t have the time, an audio subscription may be the perfect alternative. He can download books to his smartphone or iPod and listen while working out or on his drive to work.
Music download subscription. It’s nearly impossible to ever have too much music. Subscriptions for music downloads can be found at Amazon, Napster, iTunes, eMusic, and Spotify, to name a few.
Annual non-profit membership. Make the man on your list a card-carrying member of the National Audubon Society, Earth Policy Institute, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, National Coalition for the Homeless, American Humane Society, or whatever organization he takes a strong interest in. Memberships to most organizations include periodicals among many other benefits.
A trip or weekend away. This gift could be as simple as a weekend away nearby for some rest and relaxation to a week-long trip to a favorite destination. Keep your eyes out for travel deals at Travelzoo, Travelocity, Google Flights, Airfairwatchdog, and Kayak.
Museum membership. Is the man on your list an art enthusiast or history buff? If so, look into museum memberships in your nearby metropolitan area. In addition to free entrance, museum memberships typically offer extra perks such as entry into special exhibitions, discounts on special events, and periodic newsletters.
Kimberly Blaker is a lifestyle content writer.