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10 Great Manly Gift Ideas: Gifts For Guys

Updated on December 8, 2010

Buying a gift for a man may seem like hard work, but it"s actually pretty easy. Unlike girls, men are easy to shop for. While not always the case, guys are generally less picky compared to women when it comes to gifts. Buying gifts for men is easy once you understand how men think and what we want. There are a few general rules to follow when buying a gift. Read further for some good ideas and tips when you go shopping. Learn how to avoid buying a bad gift. If you are looking to get a gift for a guy but don't know where to start, here are 10 great gift ideas that will make most men happy. This list is perfect for Christmas, birthdays, and other special occasions such as graduations and honors.

Under Armour Hoodie
Under Armour Hoodie

Hoodies And Sweatshirts

A hoodie. Clothing is very personal and it's not always a good idea to buy a guy clothes. We are very particular to our own styles. Hoodies and sweatshirts are exceptions. Hoodies can be happily worn by guys of many different styles and classes. It doesn't matter if your guy friend is a goth or a businessman. A casual hoodie is great for those days where he just wants to kick back and relax. Not everyone is going to wear a suit and tie while grocery shopping. A good hoodie is perfect for day to day comfort. Hoodies are great, versatile gifts for those looking to get something "safe". Final verdict: Hoodies are a surefire win.

Spyderco Centofante 3
Spyderco Centofante 3

Pocket Knives

A pocket knife is another excellent gift to get a man. Whether it be a stocking stuffer or a birthday gift, pocket knives are beloved by nearly all men. When shopping for a pocket knife, be sure to check your local state laws on proper carry restrictions. Mosts states allow up to a 3 inch blade while some allow for a 4 or 5 inch folder to be carried. Once you've checked your local laws, head to the sporting goods section and buy a folder. If you are looking to get something of higher quality, go online and do some research. Some high quality knife companies are Spyderco, Benchmade, and Cold Steel. If you have $100, you can get a very good knife. Knives are not just tools, they can also be considered "jewelry". Some high quality knives are very prestigious. A "gentleman's folder" if you will. If you want to try something different, consider purchasing a knife. Don't buy a knife if your guy friend is a sissy.

Watches And Timepieces

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre S
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre S

Watches. I'm not a big fan of jewelry but I do appreciate good craftsmanship when I see it. This personality trait is what attracts men to watches. Of course beauty counts also. A good watch must have good looks and good build quality. Both of these things are very important to men. There must be something else that goes through our minds that attracts us to these time pieces. Control. Men love control, at least I do. Part of our infatuation with control extends to time. I like to know what time it is. I like to be on time. I like to be accurate. Making any sense? Say for example we have a meeting at 5 pm and I am on time and you are not. I have control of my time management while you do not. Watches keep us on top of things. Not only do they keep time, but they are also a symbol of status. Showing off an expensive piece on your wrist maybe deceiving, but it sure gives you a sense of power and control. Cell phones may have replaced watches in the role of keeping time, but watches hold their value better. They are "timeless". Fortunately for me, I've always had an excellent perception of time and would wake myself up at 5 am if I so choose. I would still consider watches to be great gifts because I understand what they represent and appreciate their craftsmanship. Consider purchasing a watch as a gift if you have deep pockets. Never gift a watch you wouldn't wear yourself. If the man already owns a watch, 1-up it. Always upgrade. Never downgrade.

Snap On makes high quality tools
Snap On makes high quality tools


Tools. Power tools and hand tools are great gifts for guys who love to work with their hands. Mechanics, electricians, carpenters, and other blue collared guys love tools. It makes their jobs easier. Tools are very personal items to a guy. If you've ever get a chance to work or pass through a shop, there is a universal unspoken rule. Never touch another man's tool without permission. This rule is very powerful and it tells a lot about how men think. Tools can be great gifts but make sure the guy needs or wants it. When purchasing hand tools, look for names like Craftsman, Gearwrench, Snap-On, Cornwell, and Blackhawk. Don't get cheap stuff. Even if they feel heavy and strong, they will break. If you use tools, you'll understand what I mean. Tools are not good gifts for guys that hold white collared jobs.

Red Sox Jersey
Red Sox Jersey

Sporting Goods

Sporting goods are great gifts for guys. They are hits for both hard core and casual fans. Most guys have at least one sport they play and/or follow. It's not hard to find out and you can even ask in casual conversation without looking suspect. A good way to find out if you don't already know is to ask, "So Bob, do you watch any sports?" Whatever answer you get, you can always follow up by asking, "Oh, do you play it/any?" As far as what to get, do not generalize. Most guys are loyal fans of a specific team or person. For example, don't buy a Red Sox jersey for someone that likes the Yankees. You can even combine sporting goods with clothing. A Yankees hoodie would be a good gift.

Beard And Mustache Trimmers

"ohh no! It's a Braun!" - Tim Allen playing Micheal Cromwell in Jungle 2 Jungle as he rescues his Braun from falling in sand.
"ohh no! It's a Braun!" - Tim Allen playing Micheal Cromwell in Jungle 2 Jungle as he rescues his Braun from falling in sand.

Most guys in their late teens and older will have facial hair. In most cases, they trim, cut, or shave periodically. A high quality electric razor or mustache trimmer can be a good gift. Some good brands to look for are Braun, Norelco, and Remington. When I want to shave, I use disposable razors but I'd much rather trim. Sometimes I don't feel like taking out my bulky electric clippers so I end up trimming my facial hair whenever I get a haircut. Those can be few and far between. My face ends up very hairy and scruffy. This is where I think it would be nice to have a portable electric trimmer. If you are thinking about gifting an electric trimmer/shaver, be careful. You could be sending the wrong signals as if you want the guy to improve his hygienes. Try to gift this to a family member or a very close friend. If you are not very close to the man, make sure he's not the "easily offended" types.

A personalized, engraved flask by Things Remembered
A personalized, engraved flask by Things Remembered

Personalized Engravings

Engraved gifts are awesome. Guys love personalized gifts. Personalized, engraved gifts are great because it makes the gift that much more exclusive. Check out Things Remembered. There are a few of these store in my area and they do a great job with their engraving. Their men's section offer you items from wallets to alcohol flasks. Although their women's section is larger, it's still worth a look. Make sure you get the spelling right. It may sound obvious but I have a unique name that's been butchered all my life. I can't imagine anything more insulting than a misspelled name. "John's" and "Joe's" need not worry.

How Much Can You Spend?

The Lexus IS350. One sweet ride.
The Lexus IS350. One sweet ride.

If you have a lot of money to spare on a gift, how about buying a car? Guys love cars. We love our cars so much, some of us name them. They're our babies. Yes, cars are expensive and even if you may be considering a purchase, consider buying it pre-owned. Unless you are a really, really, really good friend, I can only see parents and family members choosing a car as a gift. Even still, a birthday may not be the most proper occasion. Cars are generally purchased as a college gift during a young man's teen years however it can be accepted on any occasion(for the guy receiving of course). If you are thinking about gifting a car, consider what kind of car the guy likes, what he needs, and your budget.

Cold Hard Cash

If you really are stuck with what gift to get, consider giving cash. I love getting cash. Getting cash eliminates many of the problems that comes with gift shopping. By giving cash, the guy can choose what he get himself and both parties are happy. Many people look down on the idea of giving cash. They see it as being lazy. I don't mind at all. Giving cash as a gift is better than getting a useless or hated gift. Cash gifts are good for close friends and family members. Stay away from this idea with casual friends. You never know how they would react. Remember, everyone reacts differently. Check with your man friend/spouse/etc if it's cool.

Gift Cards

A good alternative to cash is gift cards. Sometimes, you will have a super responsible friend that will just save money if he gets cash. Saving money is a good thing but when you're giving a gift, you sometimes want the person to enjoy it. This is where gift cards come in. Take the cash you would gift and buy a gift card instead. If he likes sports, get a gift card at a sporting goods store. If he like electronics, consider a Best Buy gift card. That way, you guarantee your gift will get spent and your guy will spent it on the stuff he likes. It's a win/win situation. Gift cards are also looked down upon like cash but have become increasingly accepted.

Now Go Shopping!

These are 10 great gift ideas for men. If you are still confused as to what gift to get your friend after reading this, then it may be a good idea to ask what that person wants. Most guys like straight talk. I personally cannot stand beating around the bush. If you are upfront and ask, you may get a more positive reaction than what you might expect. When you ask and show your intentions, you are giving the message that you are honest. If you start to pry and ask strange question, guys tend to be defensive and may often hold back the information you were looking for. Now that you know, go shopping!

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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      Great gift Ideas. Thanks

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      AdamMichaels 7 years ago from Boulder, CO

      Quality hub here. It's refreshing to see a hub about gift ideas that is well thought out and isn't full of Amazon modules (not that there's anything wrong with that). Watches, knives, hoodies, (new cars!) all certainly make great gifts. I'd also toss out the idea of experience gifts for men that "have everything" or are "hard to shop for." Things like driving a stock car, flying in a fighter plane, etc. Men love them...

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      amberr 7 years ago

      thanks for these!

      I think I'm going to get my bf an endraved thermos. Hmmm what to write?