Sometimes men have a hard time saying what they really want. If you ask your brother what he wants for the holidays, for example, don’t be surprised if he just says, “Cash.”
While a guy probably won’t turn down cash, there are things you can get him that will totally blow him away. Think about things that might be just out of his price range or that he wants but can’t really justify buying for himself — these are the perfect gifts for the holidays.
We asked our newsroom what they, or the men in their life, wanted more than anything, and here were the most common replies. Consider it a cheat sheet to what men really want, like really really want (dream about even) but will probably never get for themselves, because life.
Sure, this can be a pricy category, but you can’t go wrong in getting a guy a well-regarded gadget.
Damon Beres, HuffPost’s tech editor, says the giantSamsung Galaxy View tablet($499.99) is a good start: “I read a lot of comic books digitally and the idea that I could do so on a gigantic HD screen gets my spidey senses tingling.”
What better way to subtly tellyour man he should have better sheetsthan by giving him some high-quality, incredibly comfortable sheets yourself
, such as these ($102.95) from Egyptian Bedding?
A blend of 60 percent rayonand 40 percent Egyptian cotton, they’re silky and breathable, and HuffPost Pop Culture Editor Brennan Williams says they’re great for the “distinguished gentleman.”
And if you happen to sleep next to the recipient, well, then it’s like a gift for the both of you.
Craft A Brew
It’s easy. It’s really fun. And most of the people who answeredour newsroom call-out either said they really wanted a home brew kitor said they were getting it for someone.
Thesekits, from Craft A Brew, aren’tjust affordable ($45), they come with everything you need to start a brew of your very own, from brown ales to milk stouts — you’ll just need some bottles on hand to fill up.
World traveler or overnighter, every guy needs a well-made dopp kit.Aside from the suitcase, it’s arguably the mostessential pieces of luggage. And if he already has one, then hecould probably use a replacement.
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Personal stylists and interior designers can be commissioned for consultations, sometimes by the hour.
And since guyscould definitely use (and would appreciate) the advice ofa professional who can help them improve the everyday aspects of their life, such as what clothes to wear or what color palette should be in their bedroom, we think this could be a very thoughtful gift — at least it’s better than a singing telegram.
Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia
The best tequila is the kind you sip, and this bottle, from Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia line, is just what he needs (especially during the cold, hard winter months).
Afamily secret for 10 generations, Reserva de la Familia($135)was released 20 years ago in limited batches, each year’s bottlepackagedby a beautiful wooden box designed by a different artist.
The bottle itself is a gift, hand-blown and sealed in wax. It can be engraved for $10 more.
If you don’t want to schlep over that much money for something that he’s just going to drink, this wooden bottle, called the Oak Bottle Original Master Infuser
($79.99), isdesigned specifically to speed up the agingprocess. It gives lower-end liquors, such as tequila, a bit of an aged flavor, faster. In other words, silver tequila becomes aejo in just 25 days.
Baxter of California
A wet shave kit is something every guy needs and that most guys want, but it’s usually priced out of their budget.
This kit ($125), from Baxter of California, comes with everything a guy needs to get the best shave of his life:cream,a brush to lather it on, aftershavebalm and a chrome double-edge safety razor.
Fashion can come in and out of style in a matter of months, but some pieces are timeless. Awhite oxford shirt, a navy blue suit, Ray-Ban Wayfarers. These are all essentials to any man’s wardrobe. So is a sweatshirt, but in today’s world of “fast fashion,” there’s a good chance it will fall apart or shrink within a few years.
British designer Tom Cridland wanted to raise awareness to the disposability of modern fashion, so he created the 30-Year Sweatshirt ($82.50), a comfortable, well-built shirt that comes with a 30-year guarantee.
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“I’ve been dying, dying, DYING to take scuba diving lessons, which have been on the top of my Christmas list since high school,” Curtis Wong, the deputy editor of HuffPost’s Gay Voices section, said. But because it’s too expensive, his wishlives on.
Now that studies show how experiences, not things, make us happier, something like a pair of plane tickets for a weekend in thenext state over, or cookinglessons on how to use a grill, would be a great gift.
The Muppet “Whatnot Workshop”
(prices vary), through FAO Schwarz, specializes in customized Muppet Whatnots (“those zany looking extras you see in all Muppet productions”) made to look however you want. Just select the body, eyes, nose, hair and outfit, and your bespoke Muppet soulmate will be shipped out in two to three days.
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As if we needed proof, there are tons of studies out
that show how better our lives are with dogs in them. But the one that sums it up is this: We become exponentially happier just by looking into our dog’s eyes.
A 2009 study by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University in Japan found that yourlevel of oxytocin (the neurohormone that gives us the happiness feeling) raised intensely when interacting with a dog, and especially in those who looked longer into their dog’s eyes.
You can’t be there for your guy all the time. But this dog will surely make up for it (just be ready to take a backseat every once in a while).
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