Gifts For Him

In 2012 Lori and I asked our blog readers to suggest gifts they would like to receive. The list below is based on what men on The Generous Husband suggested, with a few additions or specific suggestion added by Lori and me. Many of the links are monetised, so using them will help us without adding to your cost. Where possible, links are to a search page for the item listed. 

Many merchants allow you to create “wish lists.” (Amazon for example) Check to see if a wish list is public or private (usually you can do either) or can be seen by a limited group of people.

There are many holiday specials (shop online at your favourite stores) and great coupon deals through companies like Groupon and Moolala.

Great Gift Ideas © Web Buttons Inc | dollarphotoclub.comPersonal Items

♦  an electric razor (Norelco
♦  a quality pocket knife 
♦ clothing (wool socks, polo style shirts, Clark’s shoes)
♦  cologne (the one that turns her on) 

Hobbies and Interests

♦  sports items (golf balls)
♦  fishing gear (Alabama fishing rig)
♦  home brewing items
♦ exercise equipment (exercise mat, heart rate monitor watch, crossfit equipment)
♦  books 
♦  camping/hunting (shooting items, anything camo, Coleman tent light)
flashlights (apparently you cannot have too many of these, hand crank L.E.D. flashlight)
♦  tools (door buster gifts at Lowe’sCraftsman 6″ slip-joint pliers, gift card to Home Depot)
♦  car care pack in a tote (duct tape, WD-40, ice scraper/brush, straight and Philips screwdriver, slip joint pliers, small adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge, roll of paper towels, glass and vinyl cleaner) 


♦ “My Christmas wish is to be debt free.” (I suggest Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University? Try the home course or join a nearby class.)
♦  silver or gold coins
♦  share of stock in a dividend paying company 


♦  beverages (Keurig K-cups, six pack of hard-to-get craft brews)
♦  candy (maple sugar candy)
♦  cooking equipment  

Electronics, Music, Entertainment

♦  eReader (Kindle Firecasepower adapter)
♦  pad/tablet (iPad 3G
♦  CD-r or DVD-R/Rw if they are into burning CDs/DVDs
♦  iTunes gift card
♦  ear buds (usually something in the $40 range is good)
♦ gift certificate to their favorite techie place – (,,
♦  external hard drive, case 
♦  thumb/flash drive or SSD hard drive (the bigger the better) Did they really need to say that?  :)

Quality Time (make a coupon)

♦  the gift of my wife’s time (going to events that I like)
♦  approval or planning for guy’s weekend or hobby project

Sexuality (make a coupon)

♦  seeing her in nothing but a bow and an enthusiastic mood
♦  lingerie that you promise to wear
♦  tell him that you want him sexually and make good on that
♦  have sex (a lot, when he’s not expecting it)
♦  specific sexual acts (Yes, men gave us a list. Just ask what HE wants.)
♦ a conversation about sex (what you like, what you want, not about what you don’t like/want)
♦  treat sex as something important (more important than housework, not on your “to do” list) 

Non Item Gifts

♦  a “service” 12 Days of Christmas (12 days of no dishes, 8 Spurs games my wife would watch with me, 5 thirty minute massages, etc.) 

Gifts That Give

♦  buy items for ministries or people (one gentleman shared how his kids bought him a goat that would be given to a family in a third-world country)

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5 Comments on “Gifts For Him

  1. By the way, the note about flashlights is very true. I can never have enough flashlights!…..and knives! and I do love my hand crank flashlights too though my kids lost my favorite one :(

    I remember way back when we were first married, I got my FIL a nice mag-lite for his birthday. Since he only had daughters they were like “You got him a flashlight?”

    I was like, no no no, a flashlight is a GOOD gift, and this is a MAG-LITE! (back when those were kinda new or at least not that common)

    He loved it! He later got me one for MY birthday. I still have it lying under my bed ready for use, for light, or to clock a burglar on the head if I need to : )


  2. “a set of led flashlights with pop open tripod legs and swivel heads.”

    Ah, something to add to my Christmas list!

    Last year my daughter got me one of those “Might D Light” camouflage LED folding worklights that have the integrated bungees. Nice!


  3. Question for ya on the workings on a man’s mind:

    I am a stay at home mom and hubby supports this. On fact, I recently suggested getting ab evening job and he said absolutely not . His job is too unpredictable and he doesn’t want us to be ships in.the night. I understand.

    However, more than once he’s told me that gifts from me aren’t really gifts because I bought them with the money he’s earned, so it is like he bought them for himself. I’ve.done homemade gifts….tried coupons and he didn’t like them. He gets massages all the time from me and I never turn down sex. (I.initiate a lot and we mostly his way).

    I was almost tempted to not buy him a single gift this year, but since I love it, I did anyway (two are really for us). I also started a home based business to earn some money, but i slow going.

    How does a non income earner get around this attitude?

    • I’ve been thinking on this, and I do not have a good answer.

      You could try coupons offering to do things for him. If he has a favourite meal which take a good deal of work, you are spending “his money” but you are putting in a lot of your work.

      There were times in our marriage where Lori did not earn any income, but I never saw things as your husband seems to. We have always been a team, and we work together to do all that needs to be done. Brining in money is one of the things that needs to be done. Caring for the house and the children are also on the list. I always felt she was “pulling her weight” (and then some most of the time) so I never thought our money as “my money”.

      It would be interesting to talk with him and dig a bit deeper. Does he see this as you think he does? You not earning money because you are not working, which is his choice, so how does that play into this in his mind? What is his attitude about gifts in general? Did he feel left out in gift receiving at some point in his life, or are gifts just not that big a deal to him?
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