Let’s kick off the 2014 Gift Guides! Hooray!
I asked who your most-challenging-to-shop-for person was, and the resounding answer was the men in your life. So let’s start there! Every Christmas I shop for seven men: my husband, 2 brothers, 2 brothers-in-law, father-in-law, and dad. I have a lot of experience, and I’m sharing it all with you. To make this list EVEN BETTER, I asked these guys to tell me what is on their wish list and about their all-time favorite gifts. I have culled the list down to our collective favorites, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect choice for every man on your list.
13 TRIED & TRUE GIFTS GUYS WILL LOVE
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock ($16)
My brothers are obsessed with their hammocks and keep them strapped up at the cottage. And I have to say, they are super comfortable for an afternoon nap or reading a book. Plus, these lightweight parachute versions can be rolled up into the size of a softball. You’ll want some tree straps ($8) to make it super easy to tie on any tree.
Popcorn Popper ($29)
We would eat popcorn every night as a snack, if we could, and since I wrote last year’s gift guide, we have upgraded to this new version of the Stir Crazy popcorn popper. They changed the design so the base can sit inside the lid, making it much easier to store in a cabinet! Win.
Riehle’s Select Popping Corn 3-Pack Gourmet Popcorn ($14)
This popping corn is absolutely the best. Last year, we ordered ten bags, and it is 100x better than the generic grocery store stuff. The three samples included in this set are favorites, but do yourself a favor and order a couple bags of Ruby Red, too ($6).
Everlane Chunky Knit Raglan Sweater ($88)
This merino wool sweater has modern, geometric detailing and baseball style sleeves. The thick knit is ideal for the cold winter temps we’ve already been getting here in Indiana.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption ($10)
If you want a good book to gift any man, this story of Louie Zamperini–a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero — is it. My husband couldn’t put the book down or stop talking about it.
Nike Internationalist Mid Sneakers ($143)
Originally designed for the ’82 New York Marathon, the mid height and mix of textures made my husband instantly add these shoes to his wish list. And that’s saying a lot – the guy really likes shoes.
Wigwam Wool Socks ($12)
If my husband ever had gazillions of dollars, his idea of ultimate luxury is a new pair of socks every day. The least I can do is get him a couple pairs for Christmas every year. He always loves it.
Paddywax Apothecary Jar Candle ($20)
I’m drawn to more masculine scents. Anything too flowery or sweet makes me feel a little nauseous, so this tobacco and patchouli candle is perfect for a guy. Plus the packaging is scientific and cool, and the candle is hand-poured soy wax. He’ll love having this candle burning on winter nights, and I bet you will too.
Homak Industrial Toolbox ($56)
My father-in-law always buys his three sons tools for Christmas, which is such a great gift idea. After doing a lot of repairs on our new house, we’ve noticed my husband needs somewhere to corral all his tools and this box has great reviews and a metal tray insert.
Carhartt Standard Tool Belt ($42)
Along the same lines, Zach mentioned while working how much easier it would be to have a tool belt keeping all his tools accessible. And I took note.
Swiss Cross Canvas ($60+)
My husband’s family is part Swiss (hence, “Kubly”) and this canvas would be the perfect manly original artwork for my brother-in-law’s bachelor pad. And I would love it in our house as well!
The Settlers of Catan ($38)
Our go-to game of choice with family (remember, brothers on both sides of the family). It has been the best-selling game in Germany and the U.S. If you have it and love it, try Dominion ($28) for a new challenge.
Timex Weekender Watch ($31)
A perennial favorite, we’ve given this watch to brothers lots of years. The price is right, and the black face and black band are classically cool without trying too hard.
Need more ideas? Here is the entire collection of gift guides, with smart choices for everyone on your list! Happy Christmas, everyone.