Since no two men are exactly the same, there’s no singularly perfect Christmas gift that will please all of the guys on your list. Here are five personality types, along with a big-ticket and corresponding small-fry gift for each. Go with one, the other, or something in between and make him happy this Christmas season!
Christmas gifts for men: For the Die-Hard Sports Fan.
The Whole Enchilada: A trip to MLB Spring Training in Florida or Arizona plus game tickets. This Christmas gift is a baseball fan’s dream come true. To give this present, first take a look at the team schedule for your sports fan’s favorite team and determine whether he’ll be going to Florida or Arizona. Then, choose a few games and purchase the tickets. Prices vary widely depending upon the team in question, but expect to spend $50 to $100 per game for two tickets. After you’ve chosen your tickets, search for transportation options. Sites like Expedia.com and Travelocity.com can be a great resource if you’re booking air travel. Present him with his tickets and itinerary on Christmas morning, and you’ll have a holiday to remember.
The Value Meal Version: A pair of tickets for him and a buddy to see their favorite local team or individual sport in action at home. Baseball, hockey, football, soccer, gymnastics, figure skating, even the Ices Capades. The possibilities are endless. Go with his all-time favorite event and you won’t go wrong with this Christmas gift. Average cost: Roughly $50 to $100.
Christmas gifts for men: For the Devoted Dad.
The Whole Enchilada: A Canon Rebel DSLR camera. Give the man in your life a way to record those precious moments with the kids with this awesome and practical Christmas gift. I own the older XT version of the Rebel DSLR, and it’s a great camera. Whether he’s a pro who enjoys shooting using settings he chooses for himself or a total amateur who goes 100% automatic, this is a winner. The Rebel XSi sells for $639 via Amazon.
The Value Meal Version: Digital Photo Keychain by Brookstone. This photo keychain fits comfortably in the palm of his hand and provides him with the perfect way to show off his little ones to everyone he meets. It can hold as many as 100 photos, and comes complete with a USB cable to quickly and easily upload the photos of his choice. It’s available from Amazon for about $30.
Christmas gifts for men: For the Traveler.
The Whole Enchilada: A Weekend Getaway. Plan that trip he’s always talked about taking and make it happen! Maybe he talks about visiting the local wine country, or perhaps a bed and breakfast by the beach or in the mountains is more his style. Whatever his preferences may be, do the legwork and put together the two or three-day getaway as his Christmas gift. The pricetag on this one is open-ended, but for a really deluxe experience, think close to four figures.
The Value Meal Version: A set of vintage postcards.Moody’s Collectible Vintage Postcards offers up a wide array of postcards from destinations all around the globe. Prices range widely, from about $5 to $25 each. Select a few from his favorite locations, secure with a nice ribbon, and your traveler’s Christmas gift is ready to be delivered.
Christmas gifts for men: For the Quintessential Messy Single Guy.
The Whole Enchilada: Housekeeping service for a year. It’s true that not all men are messy; in all honesty, my husband is much neater than I am. However, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate free housekeeping for a year. Do a search for reputable, licensed cleaning services in your area, and talk with friends to find out who they recommend. Pay for the service in advance, and let him know about his gift on Christmas morning! The cost will vary significantly depending on your area, so be sure to get quotes from multiple sources if your main interest is in getting the best deal.
The Value Meal Version: Hoover U5140-900 Widepath Bagged Upright Vacuum. Highly rated by over 1,000 users on Amazon and perfect for everyday clean-up, this vacuum cleaner would make an excellent Christmas gift for the men on your list. It retails for about $70.
Christmas gifts for men: For the Budding Chef or Bobby Flay wanna-be.
The Whole Enchilada: Cooking classes. Give him the skills he needs to be a great chef this Christmas by giving the gift of cooking classes. Of course you’ll want to research and choose a school in your area, but an example is the New School of Cooking in the Los Angeles area. This cooking school offers both professional-track and basic cooking and baking classes for tuition ranging from $325 to $2500. You could also select a few one-time courses on specific topics (for example, a Fresh Pasta Workshop for $95 or Baking with Chocolate for $90). The choice is yours, but he’ll love this Christmas gift.
The Value Meal Version: The Ultimate Grilling Collection by Williams-Sonoma. This set, perfect for anyone who enjoys the art of grilling, includes four different spice rubs: Adam’s Steak Rub (1.5 oz), Chili-Lime Rub (1.5 oz), Potlatch Seasoning (1.5 oz), and Memphis Rib Rub (1.8 oz). Tell him Merry Christmas with this spicy gift for $24 from Williams-Sonoma.
Great potential Christmas gifts for men are all around you if you know what to look for!