Gifts 🎁 For The Guys

Gift guide for men. Practical gifts for men. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Buying gifts for the men in my life used to leave me flummoxed. I’d wrack my brain for the “perfect” gift: something unique, creative, dazzling. Ultimately, I realized that the simple, practical gifts were the ones that were the most used and appreciated.

And that’s just fine with me. I believe in giving gifts that will be utilized, rather than some clever thing that will wind up collecting dust in the back of a closet, or worse, be in a landfill within a few months.

Practical Gifts For Men

Here are a few gift ideas for the men in your life. Some of these are gifts I’ve given that were a hit, others are suggestions from a recent survey of le Monsieur and some of my male friends and family members.

Le Bon Vivant: 1 | 2

He can always use another pair of socks, and they don’t have to be boring. Here’s a fun themed gift idea: a pair of Martini print socks and a good-looking set of cocktail tools.

Comfort Factor: 3 | 4

Has he been wearing the same old, worn-out sweatshirt and slippers at home since the last century? Here are some comfortable upgrades.

Well Groomed: 5 | 6 | 7

A couple of my friends with facial hair recommend this trimmer for keeping it neat. For Team Clean Shaven, this is le Monsieur’s favorite shave gel. He also recently upgraded his razor, and wonders why he waited so long.

The Techie: 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

I’ve been hearing great things about these new Airpod Pro wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. I think the idea of a keychain pouch for them is kind of brilliant. (And, you can have it monogrammed.)

A portable power source that’s wallet-sized sounds like a winner to me. And for those who travel or commute, I like this roll-up charger cord organizer to keep them organized and accessible. (Also can be monogrammed.)

The Outdoorsy Type: 12 | 13 (similar) | 14 | 15 (similar)

Ditch the disposables…these collapsable water bottles are great for travel or outdoor activities. The soft flannel shirt is made from 100% organic cotton, similar shirts here. The original Duck Boot, still made in Maine. Add warmth with a compressible puffer vest (similar) made from environmentally friendly recycled materials.

Experiential Gift Ideas

The men I surveyed also mentioned that they like receiving experiential gifts. You could also give:

What gifts have been most well-received by the men in your life?

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  1. I have tagged some of these gift ideas for the men in my life. I especially like the wallet size charger and earbud keychain. Last year, I gave my husband a gift subscription to Cairn that delivers a monthly box of gear and goodies for outdoor adventures.

  2. I enjoyed your comment that sometimes simple and practical gifts are often the most appreciated and used. It takes the pressure off of gift giving. We don’t always have to come up with an over the top gift idea!

  3. these are brilliant suggestions! That roll up is perfect for guys or gals- it’s an upgraded jewelry roll. and a lot of the colors are on sale. So true that most men are into practical gifts. My husband is such a gadget guy that he makes his own wallets, keychains, accessories, He is really into high tech miniature flashlights as part of his, EDC(essential Daily Carry).

  4. My husband and I both love experiential gifts! Over the past few years our grown kids have blessed us with a helicopter ride, dinner theatre tickets, a segway experience, snowshoeing in the moonlight compete with chocolate fondue, an afternoon at a Scandinavian style spa, and a rope course adventure. Can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!