If you’re still yet to buy for the man in your life this Christmas, help is at hand. Here is my Christmas gift guide for men – a top 10 run down of what we like to have waiting for us under the Christmas tree.
I didn’t realise until recently, but we men are apparently quite hard to buy for. Whether it’s Christmas time or a birthday treat, us blokes make it as hard as possible for people to give us stuff!
After discovering this revelation, I’ve put together a few things I really like getting and some other things that will hopefully inspire a shopping spree.
If you’re a fellow fella and you want to point the missus in the right direction, just text her the URL to this post! Bingo.
Christmas gift guide for men
As a general rule, us blokes enjoy receiving alcohol. Even if he’s not a big drinker, a guy will like having something in the cupboard to pull out when friends are over.
If he doesn’t have a favourite tipple or if you’re not sure, go for something manly. Scotch, an interesting selection of craft beers or even a cool subscription concept like this, cognac, a good red wine – these won’t miss the spot.
I love these gift sets of Remy Martin VSOP cognac and Cointreau Noir (a blend of Cointreau and cognac).
And don’t forget to check out our boozy Christmas gift guide for more ideas.
4×4 driving experiences
I’m not much of a rev-head and know very little about cars. However, off-roading is something I’m very keen on. I’ve only done it a couple of times and it’s awesome.
The Australian Offroad Academy has multiple training sites along the East Coast of Australia. The one on their home turf – Fraser Island – is amazing. You can get gift certificates or just book up direct.
Alternatively check out companies like Red Balloon.
Wallets and watches
We were in a shop near Christmas once and heard two ladies talking about presents. One of them announced: “You should buy him a wallet. No one ever buys wallets for themselves. You get them as gifts.”
If your man wears a watch, there are some really beautiful pieces out there. I love my Jord. It’s made almost completely out of wood (apart from the mechanism and clasp) and is even self-winding. Check out the range here.
Male grooming products
It can be hard to choose a new skin or hair care product for a man. They might be the least fussy about what they use until they use the wrong one.
Uppercut Deluxe make a beautiful range of men’s grooming products that venture to bring back styling from the good old days.
Uppercut Deluxe have a range of gift sets that cover a range of different levels. They even make an excellent travel set small enough to fit in hand luggage.
Think beyond magazine and newspaper subscriptions (though he might like one of these too!). There are some really cool concepts out there for product subscriptions.
My favourites are the Beer Days’ monthly box that sends you a range of rare and exotic Aussie craft beers each month, and Secret Bottle, which sends test tube tasters from tiny Australian wineries. Some of these guys are so small they don’t even have a cellar door.
Never be afraid to buy your man T-shirts. We can’t get enough of them. I also love getting plain polo tops too. They’re so handy.
If you’re not sure if he’ll like the tops, keep the receipts and don’t take it too hard if he doesn’t like them. We can be very picky sometimes.
Socks are actually fine – just don’t make them the main present!
I was genuinely surprised when one of my mates said he liked getting tools for Christmas. He doesn’t seem particularly handy, but getting a power tool for Christmas is a joy to him.
If you’re not sure what your man’s garage is missing, you can get him gift certificates for hardware stores that he’ll be able to spend at will.
Why not get him tickets to his favourite team? Or even a national game? Or if you really want to go all out, how about a season ticket?
Alternatively, if he’s a film buff, what about some movie tickets – Gold Class of course!
Barbecues and barbecue stuff
It’s such a part of the Australian dream, isn’t it? Fire up that barbie, stand in the boiling sun and cook up a storm (or burn everything if you’re my dad).
If this is his thing, get him BBQ tools or a good meat rub like Owen’s BBQ Tatonka Dust. If you’re really keen, get him a Yoder Smoker. These are incredible ‘low and slow’ smoking machines that make the most amazing food.
Of course, if he has any hobbies, this is a great place to start. I asked my mum what my dad wants for Christmas. Once again she’s come back with a list of fishing stuff. It’s as easy as that.
And if you’re wondering what about presents for the ladies, here’s Mrs Romance’s ideas for what to buy her too!
Do you have any genius ideas of what men want for Christmas? Tell us in the comments!