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Unique Gift Ideas for Men

Updated on October 24, 2016

__ Days 'til Christmas

I saw a posting on Facebook last week reminding me that the number of Fridays before Christmas were dwindling. This threw my mind into Christmas shopping mode.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love the thrill of shopping for the perfect gift for family and friends. Usually, the hardest people to buy gifts for are the men in my family. I would like to NOT just give a gift card or an item on their list every year. Occasionally, I would like to have them open something that is a complete surprise! So, I thought I would share with you a few of the favorite gifts I found to surprise the men in my life...that were successfully received (unlike that golf-themed print I gave my brother years ago!).

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Travel map

The travel map hanging in our home.
The travel map hanging in our home. | Source

Gifts for the World Traveler:

My husband loves to travel and has visited many countries over the course of his life. He enjoys telling our children stories from his traveling experiences. When I discovered there were travel map gifts available, I thought this would be the perfect present for my husband to allow him to revel in the memories of his different trips. Several of the maps I saw available from online stores used tacks/pins to mark the destinations. I did not like the idea of piercing the expensive paper maps with so many holes, so I was excited when I found a magnetic travel map which used pin-like magnets. My husband loved his framed travel map, and we now have it hanging in our upstairs hallway. There are several perks to such a gift. Not only does my husband have a fun visual aid to use when talking to our children about his travels but also an easy way to sneak in a geography lesson! An added benefit is that I am able to give my husband additional sets of the magnetic pins as a stocking stuffer each year.

A cluster pins in Europe indicating places visited.
A cluster pins in Europe indicating places visited. | Source
The Pick Punch and some "punched" out guitar picks.
The Pick Punch and some "punched" out guitar picks. | Source

For the Music/Guitar Lover

My husband plays guitar and frequently I heard the question "Have you see my guitar pick?". So when I saw the Pick Punch in a catalog, I knew he would like the concept of creating his own unique guitar picks and having a constant supply of them. This item is the same concept as a hole puncher except it punches "picks" out of plastic materials. This a great way to recycle those old credit cards, gift cards, membership cards, etc.

Wooden beer crate tote with bottle opener.
Wooden beer crate tote with bottle opener. | Source

For the Beer/Wine Lovers

Alcoholic beverages are usually a popular item among most men I know. A wooden beer crate with a bottle opener is a unique and functional way to display and transport your beer. The attached bottle opener is right there with you when you need it.

A cork cage is also a gift idea that offers a unique way to display used wine corks. The gift recipient might even want to write dates/events on the corks to commemorate special occasions before tossing them into the cork cage.

Cork cage for used wine corks.
Cork cage for used wine corks. | Source
Turtle made with beer bottlecaps.
Turtle made with beer bottlecaps. | Source

Recycled beer bottlecaps items make a very unique gift option. I first purchased a turtle made from recycled bottle caps at a local gift shop in my town for my husband, but I have seen many gift options made with bottlecaps at online stores as well. To increase the uniqueness of your gift, you may even want to do an online search for some of the do-it-yourself projects to create your own homemade bottle cap gifts.

bugaboo camper cookset
bugaboo camper cookset | Source

Gifts for the Those that Love the Outdoors

When camping for several days, you need dishes to cook with and dine on. The Bugaboo Camper set is a very compact and packable dish set that makes a great gift for the frequent camper.

So your man will always have a useful tool handy, even if out on a camping trip, there are rugged belts made by companies such as Kavu and Yeti that have a bottle openers built into the buckle design. These belts are adjustable and can be cut off at the desired length. This makes them an safe gift choice since one size fits all.

If your man's love for the outdoors is more the landscape architect type and not the camping type, a gazing ball or other yard art is a great gift possibility....

Kavu Men's belt
Kavu Men's belt | Source
Mosiac gazing ball with ground stake.
Mosiac gazing ball with ground stake. | Source

A Weekend Away at Big Cypress Lodge

Our family recently made visit to Memphis, TN to the Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid. This expansive store with its wilderness decor will awe and impress you as soon as you walk in! The Big Cypress Lodge, a luxurious wilderness themed hotel, is INSIDE the Bass Pro Shop and is sure to bring a smile to your man's face. A stay at the lodge with a gift certificate to Bass Pro Shop would certainly be an unique and impressive gift!

(You can learn more about the Big Cypress Lodge and the Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid in Memphis at my Hub about my stay there!)

Memphis Bass Pro Shop
Memphis Bass Pro Shop | Source
Watch valet
Watch valet | Source

For the Watch Lover:

When questioned, my husband will say one of his favorite gifts was his watch valet. You can find a variety of options for these online.

A Parting Gift...

This is a diverse set of gift ideas from items that I have been excited to discover over the last few years. I hope this article will help you find inspiration as we will soon be entering the holiday season. Happy shopping!


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