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Christmas Presents for Men Hard to Gift

Updated on July 2, 2015

Getting a guy a present for the holidays can be awkward, especially if the dude is older, younger, enjoys stuff you have no idea about, or already has everything and really should be getting you the gift, darnitall! You could go the gift certificate route. But if you really want to give him something he'll like, here are some nifty Christmas gift ideas that are affordable, creative, and appropriate for a male coworker, friend, dad, husband, colleague, neighbor, etc.

Body Back Company's Duo Self Massage Tool Bundle: Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Massage Tool and Body Back Buddy Mini - (Mini Color May Vary)
Body Back Company's Duo Self Massage Tool Bundle: Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Massage Tool and Body Back Buddy Mini - (Mini Color May Vary)

I own one of these and use it regularly, though I do admit to being not a guy. But this handy, rather large tool called the "Body Back Buddy" is great for male athletes, guys who sit at a desk all day, older men, or any fellow who has muscle aches and pains.

This massage tool is easy to use to target tight trigger points and knots in the hard-to-reach places like the back, legs, and arms.

For something so high quality and useful, it's cheap, it's different, and it looks like some complex martial arts accessory, so it's a conversation piece. Plus, when it's wrapped up all wonky in gift wrap, he'll never in a hundred years be able to guess what it is.

Note that every one of the curves and knobs offers a different angle and pressure.


Chocolate Tool Kit

Milk Chocolate Tool Set Gift
Milk Chocolate Tool Set Gift

This milk chocolate tool kit has a saw, pliers, wrench, hammer and more. An inexpensive, but thoughtful gift for a guy who likes to putter about in the shop.

Also a DIY craft idea: There are also chocolate molding sets out there with tool shapes that you can use to mold your own tool-themed chocolates, especially if he has special dietary restrictions. You will need to learn a bit about tempering chocolate (if you don't, it will melt at room temperature). You also want to remember to always pour in the chocolate when it is at room temperature, not hot, as most candy mold pans are made of plastic that would melt otherwise.


Gadgety Guys - Myth or Reality?

You've heard that all guys like gadgets, right? Well, I'm here to tell you that's a silly old stereotype. There are plenty of men whose technical ability barely surpasses starting a microwave oven.

That said, I happen to personally know several men who do, indeed, like gadgets, especially ones that are a little different in the vast sea of "wow-they-didn't-actually-make-that" gadgets that seem to be out there right now.

SolidTek DM-L2 DigiMemo L2 8-1/2-by-11-Inch Digital Notepad
SolidTek DM-L2 DigiMemo L2 8-1/2-by-11-Inch Digital Notepad

For guys who like to draw or take notes, this digital drawing pad will bring him up to date. It's for those times he wants the comfort of old-fashioned media but the convenience of digital. It's a nice size, too, for an electronic device - same as letter-sized paper.

Springfield Wireless Weather Forecaster
Springfield Wireless Weather Forecaster

Does he live where there's real weather? Is he a weather geek and does he spend half his time on the NOAA website? This portable wireless weather forecaster will have him "oohing" and "aahing."


Guys are Foodies All - True or False?

How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition
How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition

I already touched on the "gadget" stereotype about guys above. So now let's tackle the old saw that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

Well, that one's true. It's true for women, too, mind you, but it's twice as true for men. A man who likes cooking and food especially will smile at receiving these delicious male-themed Christmas treats.

You could give him food, or you could ENABLE his food. Pick one....

A kind of cooking bible for people who cook not-so-much, this volume promises much, and delivers, too.

A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel
A Christmas Carol: The Graphic Novel

An unusual Christmas gift for a man who has everything, this is the stunning "comic book" version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. As you can see when you use the Look Inside feature at, the graphics capture the gothic quality of the story. This is a creative Christmas gift for a younger man or one that's hard to find presents for.


Those Weird Guys...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies!: A Book of Zombie Christmas Carols

This may seem like an odd book, but that's only because it is. Humor is priceless. Christmas carols are fun and heartwarming. Zombies are morbid. Combine them, and you have the perfect gift for guys with a weird sense of humor.


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