Gift Guide: For Him

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Most men I know are difficult to shop for. But if you pay attention all year (a lesson that took me many years to learn), you can pick up on little things they might enjoy for their hobbies and routines. Here are some things I have purchased for the men in my life in the past, and a few I think they would love this year.

1 Thermacell Repellent

We have gifted this to several people over the years and they all actually use it, which is the number one sign of a successful gift, IMO. The device uses a heat-activated EPA-approved insect repellent that creates a zone of protection around you. The one I linked can be used with a holster when you’re hiking, and there are also tabletop or lantern versions for the patio. And who doesn’t appreciate a bug-free hangout?

2 Sandman Box Set

If you know someone who loves comic books, graphic novels, or fantasy, they will definitly appreciate this cult classic box set by Neil Gaiman. It’s a bit of a splurge but the right person will treasure it as part of their collection.

3 Wool Ball Cap

My husband is always wearing a ball cap – this would be such a nice upgrade from his sports themed ones in handsome army green wool. I also love this version for when it’s really cold outside and this one for when we get dressed up.

4 64 oz Insulated Water Bottle

I bought one of these water bottles earlier this year and everyone in the family has become obsessed with it. It’s large, so you don’t have to refill all day, it’s made of durable metal, and it keeps water ice cold for 24 hours. Steve has his own version now and he fills it wih water and ice in the morning to bring to work or complete a project. I even bought the 40 oz versions for the boys for Christmas (so they stop stealing ours!)

5 Navy Sneakers

I love a minimal navy sneaker he can wear with sweatpants and jeans to look a little more polished and with chinos and dress pants to dress them down. These sleek black leather ones are another great option.

6 Bar Tool Set

If he is the cocktail maker in the family, he needs a professional bar tool set. This one is nice enough to sit out on your bar cart or countertop all the time.

7 Tortoise Sunglasses

Tortoise elevates any outfit and I don’t see guys wearing it often. These would look great with all the handsome neutrals in my husband’s wardrobe.

8 Super Soft Henley

We walked into a newly opened Old Navy the other day and my husband felt this shirt and said, I wouldn’t mind if you got me this for Christmas. Since he never says that, I bought him every color. It truly is super soft, and I love the henley style.

9 Bluetooth Meat Thermometer

Is hours-long meat cooking very trendy right now? It seems like everyone I know is buying a smoker. This bluetooth meat thermometer is a great gadget to have when he has people over – he can set an alert for a certain temperature or just monitor it right from his phone.

10 Bose Wireless Speaker

We have had a few inexpensive wireless speakers in the past few years but they always stop working. This year, I decided to invest in one with a little more quality as a gift for my husband, who loves playing music when he’s working on a project or when we’re having people over.

11 Binoculars

If there’s a guy in your life who’s outdoorsy, stuff his stocking with a good pair of binoculars to keep in his glove compartment. You never know when you might see a bald eagle or a great blue heron while you’re driving along (pull over before birdwatching).

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