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10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Updated on February 4, 2008
Get Him Something He'll Love
Get Him Something He'll Love

10 Great Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Wives, Drum Roll Please...Number...

10. Anything with an output or capacity that can be measured in horsepower, lbs. of torque per sq. in., amps, gigs, watts, decibels, RPMs, BTUs, other cool sounding acronyms, warp, etc., but NOT pixels (ladies, I'm sorry, but you keep the camera, unless it's a video camera, then it's okay).

9. A blue oxford button-up (he may not appreciate it immediately, but he will need it one day, like when your parents visit).

8. A gift card to Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy, Circuit City, most sporting goods stores, and the like, NOT Pottery Barn, department stores, or any store that will require him to choose between categories of gifts (electronics, clothing, etc.). His brain does not work that way. There are tools, electronics, sporting good items he wants, but would never admit to. Give him the card, he will see the denomination and know which one he can get. If he has to try to think too hard about it, his head will explode (new ipod headphones or new jogging shoes....Ahhhh! Kapow!). Note: Sears is acceptable, but only because of its tool section, and that's probably the only section of Sears he knows about.

7. A sweatshirt with the logo of his favorite sports team. Always safe. Be sure to remind him to change when your parents visit (see 9. above).

6. DVDs and CDs are always good, but do not choose for him. A gift card to a video/music store is perfectly fine (and DON'T go shopping for movies or music with him, this is a decision that requires intense thought, " action movie you can watch over and over...or a classic?" Don't laugh, it's a decision that will last a lifetime.). If you are there pressuring him, remember: head, explode.

What Gadget Would You Need if Stranded on a Desert Island?


5. A dog.

...If he doesn't already have one.

...Unless he's allergic.

...Yes, really, a dog. Even if he's not a dog person, he'll love it, and love you for it.

...But not a "girly" dog (no toy poodles, or malteses-no offense to women, nor do I have anything against these dogs, he is welcome to give one to a daugher, or niece, or spouse, even joint ownership is okay, but just imagine the following:

Bill: "Hey John, what did you get for christmas?"

John: "A Shih Tsu."

Bill: "A What?"

John: "A Shih Tsu."

Bill: (Laughing intensely) "I know, I heard you I just wanted to hear you say it again. Wuss.

Why would you want to do that to him?).

4. A box of meat. Steaks, chops, burgers, even sausages will do. He'll love it. You may regret, but he'll love it.

3. A bag. A gym bag, backpack, brief case, barf bag, it matters not. Men love them, and we can always find something to put in them. The bigger the better. The more compartments and straps and hooks the better. Get it in whatever the latest, greatest and most scientificly tested material is trendy. Imagine:

Sales Associate: "Yes ma'am, this particular bag is made from a new polymorphic, thermally integrated, hydroscopic, alloyed polymer thread, with bullet-proof, flame-retardant resin zippers, buttons and latches."

Gift Buying Wife: "Made from what?"

Sales Associate: "He'll love it. Trust me."

Christmas Morning:

Man Opening Gift: "Wow! I love it. Did you know that this bag is made out of a new polymorphic, thermally integrated, hydroscopic, alloyed polymer thread?"

Gift Buying Wife: "Yes dear."

Man Opening Gift: "And did you know the buttons are made from a bullet-proof, flame retardant resin?"

Gift Buying Wife: "Yes dear. Siiiiiigh!"

He'll love it.

2. Black dress socks. It may not be flashy, but I assure you he needs them. Go look for yourself. All the ones he has now have holes in them because they are 197 years old.

And No. 1. (cue "Hail to the Chief" background music please.) A little love. That's all I'm saying. Treat your husband. Afterward, he won't care what you got him. Enjoy.


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      southernbelle13 5 years ago

      I really like all of these except the dog. I would replace that one with either guns, ammo, gun safe etc... or a nice pocket knife engraved. Number 1 is especially my favorite. I know he likes attachments for his Dewalt Drill and anything with horsepower is most definitely true with my husband :)

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      April 6 years ago

      Concert tickets work great too... I bought some for beastie boys 3years ago.... he still talks about it...

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      Alexis 7 years ago

      My husband wouldn't like any of these....well maybe #1 but who wouldn' would be a great gift for a woman too.

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      Alexandra 7 years ago

      OMG! Thanks so muuuch! Your ideas are wonderful I'll go for #1 and #3. Awesome!

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      Kathleen 8 years ago

      Dogs are a huge responsablity they are expensive and live for a ling time they need walks every day and can't be left alone for too long (ie someone working long hours) you're vacations have to be arranged around the dog (can I bring the dog or find some where for it to go while he vacations) so be sure this is the right thing to do. Not all people like the "surprise" puppy under the tree. last but not least do research not all breeds are the right fit

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      Tom.Gilbert 8 years ago from The North Pole

      Man I wish my girlfriend would get me a dog this Christmas! Great ideas!

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      Sam 9 years ago

      A dog! I just can imagine that little adorable puppy hehe

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      Chinchin 9 years ago

      vflo91, my dad loves pens too. hehehe. he just likes 'em. and when u look for it, it could either be misplaced or totally gone. that's why, the next day, u will see another new pen. hehehe.

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      vflo91 9 years ago

      WOW! I just NEVER knew that my hubby would like these things! You did for get "pens".My hubby collects pens of ALL kinds! Doesn't matter what it has on it...he just has to test it first then look at it & that's it! Hmmm,or maybe it's just my hubby who enjoys pen collecting. Thanks for your great ideas!

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      You know your dad and brothers better than anyone (except your mom), so I will trust your judgment, ripplemaker. Socks is on the list, though, so good for you. Men are practical, and they need socks.

      Thanks, MasonsMom. I'm glad it was helpful.

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      MasonsMom 10 years ago from U.S.A.

      These are just great!

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      Michelle Simtoco 10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have 4 men in my life - my 3 brothers and a dad! Well before there were boyfriends but not now (anyway :-) And I always end up buying them something practical like socks and something to wear I'll have your other ideas in mind. But not the dog. They wouldn't like that, I know.

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Whose tongue? What cheek? What man wouldn't love a box of meat, or gym bag made from a new polymorphic, thermally integrated, hydroscopic, alloyed polymer thread, with bullet-proof, flame-retardant resin zippers, buttons and latches?

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      I think there is perhaps a little tongue in cheek. Not that I care. Val would not let me get away with those considered ideas

      Thank you I found it very humourous.

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      It's hard to go wrong with that sally.

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      sally 10 years ago

      My friend who works as a florist in lakewood, loves that his wife just gives him gift cards for his birthday and holidays, since it's easier for him to get the gift that he really likes.