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Useless Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life When You Can't Afford the Mustang

Updated on May 19, 2012

Ford Mustang is on his Wishlist


He'll Need Some Decent Driving Music

The Biggest Challenge of Them All is Buying Men's Gifts

There are seven men in my life, my father, husband, two adult sons and three brothers-in-law that present me with the biggest challenge of all time, not only throughout the year with birthdays and father's day but especially at Christmas. Trying to think of something special and different for each of them leaves me in despair. What to buy for the men in your life? Coming up with good gift ideas for men has never been easy for me.

Why is it so difficult? Surely there are many things men need and desire, apart from the obvious. The biggest dilemma is, of course, the things they want and yearn after, cost way more than I can afford. Let’s start with the husband. On the top of his list is the 1968 Mustang Fast-Back (the red one in the photo is a 1969). He's had his heart set on one of those for twenty years with a price tag of twenty thousand dollars, or the latest and greatest Holden Monaro GT whatever you can pick up at any bargain basement for $80K.

The subject comes up every birthday and again during the festive season. The main reason I even bother to ask is on the slight chance there might be something on his list that could make it into the Christmas stocking. I venture to ask.

"Is there anything you would particularly like as a gift from me this year?"

"Sure, a 1968 Mustang would be nice. Or if you really want to lash out, the Monaro GTS 350 has come down in price."

Yeah, great, what are they now $79K? Apparently you can pick one up second hand for about seventy thousand.

Gift Ideas for Him That Won’t Cost a Fortune

Seriously now, what could be considered great gift ideas for him that won’t need me take out a mortgage to cover the costs? I found a few on Amazon that could be in the must have list for every man except for their lack of usefulness. But there are some ideas for the younger men in your life because I'm all for giving a man ideas on things he should know.

Karanda's Gift Ideas for Men

The remote is in there so he can dream big and think he's in control and yes, you guessed it, after wracking my brain, searching the Internet and browsing the products in Amazon, I am no closer to knowing what to buy for any of the afore mentioned men this Christmas.

Top Gear Reviews the Mustang GT500

The man in my life will have to make do with a YouTube Video from the gang at Top Gear. I've always had a thing about Mustangs myself but we disagree on the model. That means we have to save up for two. I wonder how many hubs I'll need to publish before I can buy two of these?

© 2010 Karen Wilton


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    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Sorry I missed your comment way back when Mercredi. He thinks the 1968 Mustang Fastback is a great car so I'm sure he'd work out a way of paying for the fuel, a second job perhaps!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Ah yes, Ivorwen the t-shirts are the back up and no doubt that is what he'll end up with but gee how many t-shirts can one man have? He never throws any of them out!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the credit on the title Winsome. I started writing thinking I could find some useful gifts for men but same old story, they really are so hard to buy for. Interesting about the seats on the 60s Mustangs, I'm sure it wouldn't dissuade him at all. Lovely of you to stop by, have a read and make a comment.

    • Ivorwen profile image


      8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      When all else fails, I go for the absurd t-shirts, for the men in my life. At least it is something they can and will use!

    • Winsome profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Karen the title cracked me up and drew me in. I was fortunate to have a 65 Mustang GT convertible in college. It was fun but my Accord Hybrid with its dual assist engines would blow it away and I don't have to think of those dual carburetors guzzling away my paycheck. Plus the seats are really uncomfortable in those 60's Mustangs. Get him a fast-paced video racing game and he can have all the excitement while sitting in a very comfortable chair. =:)

    • Mercredi profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me of a great car. But if you got one for him then you'd have to start worrying about paying for the fuel!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi Diane, of course the mute button on the remote, so that makes that gift not so useless after all. Thanks for having a read and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

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      Diane Inside 

      8 years ago

      Hi Karanda, Yes the Mustang, or in my case motorcycles. But in anycase, I think He might actually like that remote idea. Of course the mute button would get wore out pretty quick I suspect. Nice Hub. I really enjoyed it.

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Eiddwen what a wonderful surprise to see you here, too. Yes, hubby loves his muscle cars, I hope I can make enough money to buy him the mustang one day. Thank you for the votes of confidence, take care and many blessings to you and your family.

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Hey Adam, what a great idea! Of course the matchbox version of the Mustang could be something to strive after for the future. Is that true, that every man wants a 68 Mustang? Fastback or coupe? I love the coupe but he wants the fastback.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      This is another great hub .

      I see that your other half is just like mine with his cars then .

      This hub is useful, funny and informative. Ticking 3 boxes is very good.

      I am finally getting round to reading more of your work and I am so glad that I have.

      Take care and God Bless you Karanda.

    • AdamMichaels profile image


      8 years ago from Boulder, CO

      Ha! What man doesn't want a '68 Mustang? Have you thought about finding a Hot Wheels or Matchbox '68 Mustang and giving that to your husband? It'll fit in his stocking, and next year he'll have to come up with a better suggestion for you...

      On a serious note, I don't think you can go wrong with any of your music suggestions - great picks!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Perhaps they do get tired of the jocks and socks and are grateful for anything different. Thank you for your comment MarieAlice. Always good to see a new face on one of my hubs.

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      Maria Alicia Cardenas 

      8 years ago from Spain

      really nice hub, it is funny how men (not all of them course) can enjoy a useless gift, or even enjoy receiving a useful gift they will never use!!!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Good to see you again DjBryle and thanks for vote of confidence. Only one safety pin? How about a whole box of them neatly wrapped with ribbon and a bow?

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      8 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      I love this hub! I am thinking of giving a really useless gift now like a safety pin for my hubby! lol! Thanks for sharing! Voted up! =)

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it Amberr

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      8 years ago

      Loved it!

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      LOL or should I say ROFL, that is what I was doing when I read your comment CMHypno. A tea towel and a mop, perfect! We were only talking about the roles of men and women this afternoon. He maintains the car, I clean the toilets. You have given me the idea of the century. You know he's getting the toilet brush for Christmas.

    • CMHypno profile image


      8 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      If you want to buy a man a truly useless gift, buy them a tea towel and a mop - then you can be sure that they will never be used!! LOL Men are really hard to buy for, won't tell you what they really want but moan when they get more socks.

    • Karanda profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Vern, thank you for taking the time for such a hearty response. Can you put me on your gift list? I would much prefer a poem or an allegory than, well, maybe not a mustang, but better than a cake of soap or even a bottle of perfume, candles and scarfs are good though.

      It is the receiving that is difficult for some especially those who aren't used to getting gifts.

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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Yes, yes, giving the gift they want. I have almost given up trying to give that gift for either guys or gals. Well, not totally. But everything men and women seem to want is always out of my reach, and even if ordinarily, it is in raach, maybe at that given moment of the festival occasion, it is out of reach!! My wife likes theatre tickets and on any given day, I might be able to afford them, but on any given day, I won't be able to.

      Sometimes IOU's work, you just have to remember and come through!!

      I enjoy writing an allegory about the person him or herself, print it up very nicely, and even bind it into booklet form. Or some times, I write a poem about the person's special qualities, print it out on very special paper, like parchment, and then either laminate it or frame it. I use to make candles and crochet scarfs, of course neither one was like a Mustang or that other car!!

      I'm learning how to receive gifts, and maybe we need to teach our loved one, big and small, how to receive gifts and slap them when they say they want a mustang!!

      Thanks for the interesting hub and information.



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