Whether you are looking for gifts for Christmas, birthday, or special occasion sometimes buying gifts for the men who are in your life can be tough. Most of the time you find yourself buying traditional gifts like t-shirts, underwear, socks, gift cards, coffee mugs, etc. You feel a little silly year after year buying the same things over and over and maybe it’s even become sort of a joke in the family. Here are some great ideas to break away and begin buying non-traditional gifts for the men in your family who deserve something different.
Men who love cooking: Although it may sound like more of a gift you would get a woman, some men have their very own recipe collection and enjoy cooking everyday. If this is the case for the man that you are looking to buy for, a recipe book or a recipe box may be just the thing that he needs. It may be hard trying to find a more masculine looking recipe book but if you are having problems with finding one, it wouldn’t take a lot to make your very own recipe book for them. Since most men are not very good at taking the time to organize something, it could be an added surprise if you took the recipes and arranged them yourself and placed them in the book or the box that you have bought for them. If there is a small group of people who are wanting to put money into it then you could go in and buy him a cookware set. Of course, you would need to make sure before you go out and buy this for him that he truly needs a cookware set and doesn’t have a fairly new set sitting in his cabinets already. Knife sets make great gifts as well and the good sets are by no means, cheap. This would be a great gift from a group as well. If the recipient likes to grill as well, they also have electric grill cleaners that you can buy on-line and in certain stores. If he likes grilling you may also want to consider a grill utensil set. The sets usually come with different utensils that are used for grilling. Also, there are containers that you can buy or make yourself that have the ingredients inside a jar and all they have to do is follow the directions. In Collections Etc. magazine they have a flower pot that is full of cheesy garlic beer bread that have all the ingredients in the flower pot and all you have to do is follow the directions in preparing. You can make homemade jars from how to make hot cocoa to muffins. If you research the Internet I’m sure you can find how to make your own jar and different mixtures you can put together.
Men who represent the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”: I haven’t met a man yet who does not like homemade goodies to eat. If you research the Internet you can find some really great recipes on candy, cookies, and snacks that you can make. If you have some recipes on things like these already you may want to go ahead and use them. After making the goodies, all you need to do is find a decorative tin or container with a seal and place the goodies inside. If you place them in a decorative tin you will need to line the bottom with wax paper and then cover them with wax paper so they will keep longer. Of course, you don’t have to place homemade goodies into the tin or container, you can buy goodies at the store and provide a variety of candies and cookies, as well. If the man that you are buying for is a coffee drinker, also, you can purchase coffee and/or gift cards from the local coffee shop and put a gift basket together. If he is in need of a coffee maker you can maybe get a group of people together and buy a coffee maker for him.
Men who like hunting: If you are a property owner whose property is an ideal spot for hunting, you can give him permission to hunt on your property for a season if you haven’t already given someone else permission. If you are looking to spend a lot of money on him then hunting gear is where you will need to turn. Bows and guns are something that every hunter has to have along with arrows and ammo for them. Be careful when you are shopping for these items, however. You may get into a little bit more money then you want to spend. If there is someone else that you know that knows something about hunting items, you might want to talk to them and get their opinion about things. If you get on-line and begin clicking around, you will see that there are many items for people who like to hunt. You can find everything from furniture to collector’s knives. A good set of skinning knives would be an ideal gift for hunter’s if they skin their own animals, too.
Men who drink adult beverages: If the gift recipient is a man who likes flavored drinks you could make infused vodka for him. To make this you will need glass bottles with a tight seal, 1 liter of vodka, flavorings (such as 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, 4 vanilla beans, or 3 halved and seeded jalapenos). Divide the vodka and desired flavorings among the bottles. You can also experiment and find the flavorings that he may like. You may be able to try Jolly Ranchers in the vodka as well. I know the Jolly Ranchers work well with Zima, anyway. After combining the flavorings and vodka into the bottles refrigerate until the vodka reaches the desired level of infusion (which may take at least 3 days until no longer then 1 week). After 1 week remove the flavoring or instruct the recipient to. This may be kept refrigerated up to 2 months. If he doesn’t like flavored drinks, of course, you can always just buy him a case of beer of the type of adult beverage he prefers. If he simply does not like vodka, buy him a fifth of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam or whatever it is he likes to drink. If the man you are seeking gifts for has his own bar set up, your options have become even broader. There are pub glasses, mirrors, lights and other accessories that you can buy for him to place in his bar. Just research all your options on-line that you can purchase for a bar.
Men who are religious: Like in all the other topics, you can research your options on line as to what to buy them. If they do not have a Bible that has been customized just for them, this makes a great personal gift. There are many home decorations that you can buy from hanging wall crosses to plaques. If you are looking to buy home decorations, however, you will need to make sure that whatever you are planning to buy is going to go well with the home decor that they currently have. They have books that are specifically designed to help understand the Bible better, along with books that have a variety of Bible verses that are broken down and the meaning explained. If you know the name of their favorite gospel group or if you know a list of their favorite Christian songs then you can make them a CD or buy them their favorite group’s CD.
Men who are a new dad or grandpa: There are so many gift ideas that I cannot begin to name them all here. A scrapbook can be made for them. The scrapbook can be a “dad and me” or a “grandpa and me” theme or you can combine pictures of the whole family and group them together by the age of the child when the photo was taken. Photo frames can be made or purchased for him. They have ornaments that can be personalized through different retailers on-line. Can’t you just imagine his face when he opens and sees the ornament that you have personalized for him. Of course, ornaments can be made by you as well and personalized. You can buy the clear ball ornaments that you can personalize with a photo inside or by painting it. They make coffee tumblers that can be personalized with photos as well that would be great for the coffee drinking dad or grandpa. They can take their coffee on-the-go while also taking pictures to brag about wherever they are going. At Shutterfly, you can make your own photo book for him. If you would rather have the look of a book instead of the look of a photo album then this is the perfect idea. Just visit www.shutterfly.com to get the pricing and instructions that you will need to make the book for him. If you are good with Power Point on the computer, you can also compose a disc of pictures from the time the child was born until however old the child is now. Music can be added to give it a more personal feel and it will be something that he’ll want to watch over and over. This can be made for brother or uncle as well. It doesn’t just have to be for a new dad o grandpa.
Men who have everything: Well, of course, you know that the man you are buying for doesn’t exactly have everything but it may seem like he does when it comes down to it. If you visit www.uncommongoods.com, you will find plenty of unique gifts that he may not have or even have heard of. Gifts such as whiskey stones & gift sets, wooden watches, recycled windshield old-fashioned glasses, etc. If he has a lot of pictures, it would be a good gift to sneak them away and place them all in photo albums for him. It is a gift that is needed and will be appreciated by him, whether he lets you know or not. Speaking of pictures, you can also have a picture made for him. If he is looking for a family portrait but you would like to have a twist on it then visit www.danklepper.com to see how he takes a picture and turns it into an oil painting. This is something that he will cherish forever and you will love for the difference from other pictures.
Good luck on your gift shopping and finding the perfect non-traditional gift for that special male you are buying for.