Personally, I think men are really hard to buy for and I thank Pragmatic Mom for making me challenge myself in this way. My default gifts – scarves, gloves, or a nice sweater – just don’t work if your recipient lives in Florida most of the year. So I have to get creative. Luckily I had a brainstorm session with Pragmatic Mom!
For instance, my dad is a gadget guy and my husband’s dad is not, but both would love a digital photo frame(especially one pre-loaded with images of adorable grandchildren). If you want to make it even nicer, have your siblings send photos, (to tech-y grandpa) CDs of pictures, jpegs or even a flash drive. He can set it up, no problem. Or pre-load it with pics for someone who doesn’t care for that activity, then re-package the frame an you are good to go.
Pics? Art? Is he into boats? baseball? architecture? Check out this photographer’s site for a cool photo stretched on canvas – Sharon Schindler Photography.
There is always a tie – really? Did I just write that? Yes, not just any ties but a Hermes tie or a Ermenegildo Zegna tie. If you need to make a very nice impression then this is the way to go. Big bucks – $180 for Hermes and about $175 for Zegna (although I am a bargain shopper and have seen the Zegna’s for less).
Books! You know I am a bit of a book freak do the new Michael Pollan book (Food Rules)is s great choice another the non-fiction book of the moment. Personally, I would giveSaul Bellow’s Letters and a copy of my favorite book by Bellows (choose from some of his best-known works: The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein). I also really likeThe Match: Complete Stranger, A Miracle Face Transplant, Two Lives Transformed by Susan Whitman Helfgot and William Novak. This amazing story took place at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Here is a link to the NY Times non-fiction hardcover best seller’s list (Spoiler alert: It is top heavy with Republican politicians Bush and Palin) http://nyti.ms/i0rHTh. If he loves fiction – the NY Times fiction best seller list is full of ‘guy’ books, Patterson, Baldacci, King and Grisham dominate it at http://nyti.ms/3O8Ry. If he is a gadget guy and a reader (especially one who travels frequently) get him an e-reader – they are light, with adjustable font size like the Kobo e-reader (which I have and love) from Borders.
For a sports enthusiasts – especially of one particular team – it is easy – there are tons of shirts, hats, and paraphernalia – go to the team website or your local sporting goods store (especially nice if you don’t support the same team, you look gracious and maybe a little heroic). For the sporty guys, just go for nicer stuff than he would buy for himself. For a golfer – go to Titleist and order personalized golf balls (with their name or nickname). For your tennis player, get tennis balls, some court time (with you?) at a place they don’t usually play. Runners are a cinch – new UnderArmour long sleeve shirt – about $50-60.
Architect or Engineer types? Don’t overlook building kits like this from Frank Lloyd Wright and Lego – not cheap – about $100 at Target.
Don’t forget the experience gift – a pair of tickets to a game or event – whether it is theatre, sports or music. Maybe you will even get invited to go along. Now, this brings us to the Mothers and Mothers-in-law, be sure to make the gifts of equal value! Obviously, you know them best – but here are some thoughts that Pragmatic Mom – ever the diplomat – put together.
The 12 Days of Shopping
I will be posting The 12 Days of Shopping jointly with Pragmatic Mom. Each day, please visit her blog to see the other half of each post. Thanks!
Tue, Dec 14: Tutors/Teachers
Wed, Dec 15: High Tech/Low Tech
Thu, Dec 16: Hostess/Doing Good and Getting Something
Fri, Dec 17: Sanitation Engineers, Mail Carriers, Hairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer
Sat, Dec 18: Husband, Me (Our Own Wacko List)
Sun, Dec 19: Dog/Cat
Mon, Dec 20: Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store
Tue, Dec 21: ’Cause I Am So Together, Last Minute Home Made Gifts