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How To Find Great Gifts For The Hard-To-Buy-For Men On Your List

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we can all relate to each other when it comes to shopping for men…

Whether you're shopping for your dad, brother, boyfriend, or husband, the men on your list always seem to be the hardest to buy for. Most men deliver the same dreaded responses year after year: "I don’t care what you get me,"  "Surprise me," Or – even worse – "Don't get me anything!"  

How do we, as thoughtful gift givers, select a gift that will provide utility, delight, and surprise? Get personal! When you're shopping for the perfect gift, think about your guy's unique personality. Is he a foodie, outdoorsman, or a cocktail enthusiast? Once you hone into what he's most passionate about, it's easy to choose a pre-curated (or custom) gift set.  

The 4 Types of Hard-To-Buy-For Men

Coming up with great gift ideas for men shouldn’t feel like a heroic undertaking, but we’ll be the first to acknowledge that it’s tricky. We’ve listed the 4 types of guys who’ll probably be on your gift list at one time or another and shared a few of our best tips for giving thoughtful gifts to each and every one, from your college-aged-nephew to the best man in your wedding.

Mr. Hard-To-Buy-For

He’s your hero. Dad, Gramps, your spouse, or older brother--as far as you’re concerned, he’s the last great man on earth. And yet, it’s close to impossible to find a gift that’s as special as he is. If you’re lucky enough to find exactly the right gift for him, you’ll still have to top it with another brilliant idea next year.

Here’s where our collection of men’s gift sets can come to the rescue. Consider his hobbies: is he an avid outdoorsman, or the guy always manning the grill? Maybe he’s mentioned that he’s always wanted to moonlight as a bartender. Pay attention to the details and you can give him a customized gift of all his favorite things.

Mr. Treat Yourself 

Sometimes known as “the guy who has everything,” Mr. Treat Yourself is the most confounding giftee type, because he lives for the present (pun intended) and has no wish list. He sees it, he likes it, he buys it--leaving you wondering what you can possibly give him that he hasn’t already found for himself. Here’s where you have to get personal--choose an assortment of products from one of our gift builder themes to surprise him with a unique gift box. Even if he’s seen the items before, odds are good he won’t have picked out the same combination that caught your eye, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve given him a completely original gift.

Mr. Latest and Greatest

Much like Mr. Treat Yourself, Mr. Latest and Greatest likes his gifts with a side of instant gratification. Some new gadget or gourmet treat catches his eye and it’s as good as his, right? With a little exploration, you’ll never lack for creative gift ideas--find yourself in cahoots with the artisans behind small, local businesses so you can be the one to introduce him to the next “Hey, you GOTTA try this!” product.

Our Shop By Ethos feature allows you to select gifts with your guy’s values in mind: is he into sustainable gifts? Gifts that give back in some way? Or our own favorite, exceptional products from woman-owned companies?

Mr. No Frills

Let’s face it--if you have a Mr. No Frills, the gift giving is really about you. He doesn’t go in for fancy gadgets or accessories, and might not even notice if you skipped his anniversary or birthday gift this year. You could probably get him a new pair of socks for every present (and feel seriously bummed about it), or you could surprise him with a gift you KNOW he’ll enjoy, like a gift basket packed with his favorite snacks. You might feel like you’re playing it safe, but it’ll show how well you know him, put a grin on his face, and satisfy your own need to give him a cool gift.

Still at a loss? Here are a few of our bestselling, can’t-go-wrong gift sets for him: 

Is your special guy a grilling master? If so, the "Some Like It Hot" will bring him a juicy, smoky, falling-off-the-bone meal. Complete with a tasty set of 4 hot sauces, cedar grilling planks, and a useful BBQ basting brush, your guy will be a top-notch pro in no time!  

The Wine To Go gift set has been flying off the shelves. Why? Because no matter who he is, he doesn’t have this yet! It makes a great gift for both business and personal gifting, and frankly, women like it as much as men do. Give this to him and he’ll be remembering your thoughtfulness for years to come.

Your road warrior will appreciate The Road Warrior, an upscale travel set where style meets function. This is a great gift for the executive guy-on-the-go. 

Still can't decide what your guy will love? Our concierge can help you create a memorable, personable gift. Contact us today – we'd love to help you!