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Do you find shopping for men to be a challenge?!

Why is it that men are so elusive when it comes to what they want?

My husband just celebrated his 34th birthday. I used to get stumped as to what to get him for his birthday… but in recent years I’ve come across some great gift ideas for men. Today I’ll be sharing my fabulous gift ideas with you!

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Magazine Subscriptions

What interests him? Cars, hockey, weightlifting, travel, architecture… find a magazine that gels with his interests and buy a subscription.

Beer (or Wine) of the Month Club

Does your guy like beer or wine? Many places offer beer or wine of the month clubs. A few years ago I bought my husband a beer-of-the-month subscription.

Every month, 6-8 exotic beers were shipped to our house and he got to try them out! I also included a beer journal so that he could document his beer “tastings”.

A Class

No, I do not mean, buy him class… I mean buy him a class. My husband loves horses, so one year for his birthday, I bought a horsemanship course!

Think about what your guy is interested in; art, sailing, cooking, martial arts, diving, etc. Whatever it is, guaranteed you can purchase a workshop or course for him to attend. Depending on the class, this gift may even be tax-deductible!

A Basket of Love

Grab a basket and fill it with a variety of things he loves! Potato chips, beef jerky, licorice, candy, new socks, beer or wine, gum, chocolate, etc. Mix it up and make it fun!

Tickets to an Event

Whether it’s a concert or sporting event, most guys like the opportunity to get out. Make it even more fun and buy a ticket for a buddy of his!

T-Shirt of the Month Club

I love my subscriptions… they’re the gift that keep on giving! Last Christmas I bought my husband a shirt of the month membership from Busted Tees. This was a great gift! Every month he received a voucher to claim a free t-shirt of his choice from their website. They have a lot of fun, humorous, and original t-shirts.

A Wallet of Cards

Get your guy a new wallet and fill it with gift cards to his favourite places; coffee shops, electronic stores, book stores, clothing stores, etc.

Get Him a Toy

Has he told you a zillion times about that G.I. Joe Doll he had when he was a kid. Scour antique shops, ebay, garage sales, thrift stores, and try to find that novel toy from his past.


Plan a weekend for him to get away from the pressures and stresses of life. Contact some of his buddies and see what you can come up with. Perhaps a camping trip, fishing trip, or a weekend of golf?

Annual Passes

There are so many places that offer annual passes and memberships. My husband loves the zoo, so one year, I bought him (and our family) an annual membership to our local zoo. He loved it! Other membership ideas can include; art gallery, museum, golf course, and/or fitness centre.


Donations are always a thoughtful gift. I particularly like donations in which the recipient decides which organization or individual to gift the money to (i.e. www.canadahelps.org, www.kiva.org or www.charitygiftcertificates.org).

Whimsical Novelty Gifts

There are some great gift ideas out there… you just might need some inspiration. One of my favourite websites for unique gift ideas is www.thinkgeek.com. Browse their pages for a few minutes and I’m sure you’ll find the PERFECT gift for your guy!

When all else fails, you can always ask him for a list and get some ideas for items from the birthday boy himself!

Bonus Idea: Dollar Shave Club

If you’re guy is anything like mine, he LOVES the practical gifts. Well you can’t get more practical than the dollar shave club.

These razor blades are long-lasting and good quality. There are 3 different levels to the club… select what your guy would like the best. Trust me… he’ll swoon once he starts receiving his shipments of razors.

Do you have any great gift ideas for guys?

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Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.

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