Sometimes for women, shopping for the men in their lives can be a trying experience. Before we get into some great Christmas gift ideas for the men in your life, here are a few tips you should keep in mind while shopping:
- Don’t use Christmas as a chance to try to change your guy’s style. I know most women would never dream of such a thing but I think we all know plenty of women who do just that. If you’re going to buy your guy clothes, pick something you could actually imagine him liking. If it will look completely out of place with everything else in his wardrobe, choose something else. In other words, if your guy is into t-shirts and jeans, stick with t-shirts and jeans as clothing gifts or if you want to change things up, go with a hooded sweatshirt.
- Sentimentality isn’t always the best way to go with the boys. Heartfelt gifts are a great idea but sometimes they can be lost on the men in our lives. Stick with something your guy can actually use or wear. They’ll appreciate the thought behind it a lot more. If you want something sentimental, pick out a t-shirt from a band you saw live together. He’ll like the t-shirt and it will also stir up those concert memories when he sees it.
- Know your guy. Whether you’re buying for your father, your brother, your spouse or your son, you really need to know what the guy likes and doesn’t like. Not all guys are the same. While the second tip I’ve offered is good for a lot of guys, it isn’t good for all of them. One of my brothers, for example, is a very loving, sensitive guy. Heartfelt gifts mean a lot to him. If that’s the kind of guy you’re buying for, then make something yourself or buy something you know has special symbolism for him. If your guy is a real handyman, you can’t go wrong with new tools.
When choosing a gift for a man in your life, it’s also important that you consider your relationship with him. You want to spend a little extra on those closest to you, your father, your brother, your spouse or your son, for example, but you can spend a little less on friends or relatives you aren’t all that close with. You also need to consider the age of the man receiving the gift. Below, I’ve listed some of the most popular Christmas gifts for men this holiday season and separated them into categories by age group. All of these gifts are excellent choices for the men on your list. If you’re looking for something for Dad, check out my review of ten popular gifts ideas for dads. Let’s get started.
Christmas Gifts for Boys
Product Name: Trouble Disney Pixar Cars 2 Edition
Perfect Gift For: Boys who enjoyed either of the Cars movies or who like cars.
This gift is perfect for the whole family. One of my favorite traditions from Christmas growing up was being allowed to open the board game my mother always got me on Christmas Eve and then spending the night playing it with her. It sounds cheesy but it was always fun. With this version of the classic board game Trouble, you get something you can play together as a family as well as something that ties in with a movie that is a favorite among children. If you know of another children’s movie that the boy you’re buying for likes more, you can probably find a board game that’s tied into it somehow. This one is really more of an idea starter than a specific suggestion.
Product Name: Play-doh Burger Builder
Perfect Gift For: Creative boys or Play-Doh enthusiasts everywhere.
You pretty much can’t go wrong with Play-Doh for creative kids but this set is especially good. The tools that come with the set are fun to play with and durable. Kids will have a blast making some of their favorite foods out of Play-Doh. If you want to spend a little extra for a gift the kids will enjoy even more, pick up a Play-Doh case of colors and maybe even add the Play-Doh Barbecue set. The kids will have a blast.
Product Name: Hot Wheels Basic Car 50 Pack
Perfect Gift For: Just about every little boy you’re going to buying a gift for.
This could not be a more ideal Christmas present for boys. Boys will be thrilled to open this on Christmas morning and will have a blast playing with all of the different cars. If you feel like spending a little extra money, you can purchase a basic track and then just sit back and watch the fun. This hefty pack also makes a great start to a Hot Wheels collection. What’s more than that, you can generally shop around and find this pack for under $50. A dollar a car? Not bad at all! This beauty went to two of the boys on my Christmas list this year.
Christmas Gifts for Teenage Boys
Product Name: Jasmine by Takamine Acoustic Guitar
Perfect Gift For: Musically inclined teenagers who are just learning to play.
Sure this isn’t the flashiest guitar on the market but if there’s a teenage boy on your list itching to learn how to play, this guitar will be one of the best gifts they receive this Christmas. Perfect for the budding singer/songwriter, this guitar has a beautiful tone but a lightweight design making it easy to carry anywhere. It has a spruce top, a natural finish, rosewood fingerboard and a lovely back. It’s durable enough to support your teenage boys needs, but not so expensive it can’t be replaced should the need arise.
Product Name: Longboard Pintail Skateboard
Perfect Gift For: Active teens interested in skateboarding.
With a broad range of color and graphics choices, this is one beauty of a skateboard sure to please any budding skateboarder on your list. With 71mm wheels, a 7” hanger and an aluminum alloy truck, this is a sturdy board that will be more than enough to stand up to the punishment your teenage boy inflicts on it while still looking cool enough to please even the most discerning teenager. It isn’t great for carving because of the rather large wheels but it can be altered if need be. Your teenager will absolutely love you for this one.
Product Name: Diamondback Session BMX Bike
Perfect Gift For: Any teenage boy interested in BMX.
If you want to be a hero to the teenage boy on your list, you must put this bike at the top of your list. It’s an incredible price for an incredible bike. A hi-ten steel frame and fork, K-rad tires and one piece crank make it a durable and sturdy bike and the 24 inch tires make it perfect for taller riders. It doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles as some of the more expensive bikes on the market but it still performs well and is sure to please. It’s perfect for a ride through the park or on trails but it’s also gutsy enough to stand up to jumps or ramps. If you’re looking for a great Christmas gift for a teenage boy, this bike is absolutely perfect.
Christmas Gifts for Men
Product Name: Flip UltraHD Video Camera – Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL
Perfect Gift For: Men who always have a video camera in their hand and are looking to upgrade.
This little camera is an absolute dream for any man who loves to capture all of life’s special moments on video. Able to record up to two hours of video in stunning HD, this model also offers image stabilization technology that enhances the clarity of any video recorded. The man on your list will also be able to quickly and easily share all of his videos with the software that comes with the camera. Some of the excellent sharing options include posting directly to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, creating personal (and private) Flip Channels or by e-mail using FlipShare’s e-mail that sends the video as part of the e-mail instead of as an attachment. This is a wonderful little camera sure to please any man on your list.
Product Name: Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue)
Perfect Gift For: Men who love gadgets or who like to take the internet with them wherever they go.
This super slick netbook comes in a variety of colors and offers a 250GB hard drive, a 10.1 inch widescreen display, 6 cell Lithium Ion battery good for up to 8 hours and 21 minutes without an adapter connected. This little wonder offers just about everything you could want in a netbook and makes the perfect gift for the man on your list who likes to take his work or play wherever he goes.
Product Name: Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – Black
Perfect Gift For: Men who have love taking pictures or who have a passion for photography.
This camera is ideal for any man on your list who loves taking pictures. Perfect for a husband, a son, a brother or any man you feel like really treating for the holidays, this camera offers high quality images, HD video capabilities, enhanced video options, a vari-angle 3.0 inch Clear View LCD monitor and a whole host of other perks. It performs well in any lighting conditions and is sure to make a wonderful Christmas gift for that special man on your list.
Flip UltraHD Video Camera – Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) NEWEST MODEL