Gift ideas for guys seem to fall into the same category as gift ideas for teenagers: with so few ideas, sharing what little we have can only improve matters. So here are some of the things I’ve given Paul recently, in case they’d work for your guy too:
Cooking for Geeks (photo from Amazon.com). I was irritated but affirmed when I bought this for Paul for an upcoming holiday and then saw he’d checked the same book out of the library.
Paul kept complaining about (and breaking the handles off of) my “sucky” measuring cups, so I did a post asking for advice on a good manly set. To my surprise and dismay, the comments section filled up with suggestions for measuring cups that cost about triple the amount of money I’d had in mind. But I thought about it and got used to the idea that maybe better quality = costs more, and then there was a sale combined with a free shipping deal, and so I bought him a set of the Williams-Sonoma measuring cups and spoons (photo from Williams-Sonoma.com)—and Paul LOVES them. On the next gift occasion, he hinted that he would also like the odd-sizes set, so I got him those too. (He was slightly cheesed that the two sets of measuring cups don’t nest together, but it wasn’t a big deal.)
Little Big Planet (photo from Amazon.com). This is a game Paul not only requested, but in fact purchased when he saw it on a deal, and then handed to me to give him at the next holiday. He’d read good reviews of it, and it seemed like a good one to play in a house where there seem to always be children hovering around. It’s a series of puzzles to solve; it’s funny and the narrator has an appealing British accent.
Taco Night ‘98 shirt (photo from Topatoco.com). Paul found this online and laughed and laughed (his favorite part is that it says “Participant” on the back of the shirt). I secretly ordered him one while he was still laughing. He likes it a lot and goes around saying “PARTICIPANT!” at us while wearing it.
See’s Licorice Medallions (photo from Sees.com). When I buy gifts for Paul, I like to do an assortment: something to wear, something to eat, something to read, something for the workshop—like that. Some years he’s gotten almost nothing but books, and that doesn’t seem as good. So I was glad this year to find another gift-level treat for the ideas list: I know he likes black jellybeans, so when I was placing a See’s order for myself, I impulsively added a bag of their black licorice medallions. Paul says they’re the best black licorice he’s ever had.
Portal 2 pint glass and t-shirt (photos from ThinkGeek.com). I am shopping at ThinkGeek for almost every gift occasion now. A lot of their stuff is expensive, but they often have the very sort of thing that catches my eye when I’m despairing about what to get for Paul or the kids. We played a lot of Portal 2 around here, so I got Paul the t-shirt and the pint glass.