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I'm a mother of five, a bargain hunter, a recreational comparison shopper, and always trying to make more time - for me and for you, too. On this blog I'm sharing my favorite tools and finds to help make your work-life juggle a bit easier.

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Gift ideas for guys

Categories: Books, Clothes, Food, Fun stuff for grown-ups, Gifts, Guys, House & Home, Kitchen


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 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—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 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 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 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 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.

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3 comments so far...

  • Your husband seems quite like mine.

    Still Playing School  |  March 13th, 2013 at 11:06 am

  • I LOVE anything from Think Geek - unfortunately I’m the geek in the family not dh. Although 12yo son is right with me. Dh would rather have anything golf - blech.

    My son (the geek/nerd) looooooves LIttle Big Planet. It’s a fantastic game for budding gaming designers as there is a section where you can create you own version of the game. There’s also a Little Big Planet 2 and some version that is a cross between LBP and Mario Karts that just came out. These are all huge hits in our house and with our son’s friends.

    Amanda  |  March 13th, 2013 at 11:24 am

  • Oh yay! Little Big Planet and Cooking for Geeks just went on my list. Your stories of Paul remind me a lot of my DH and I’ve used one of your suggestions in the past, although, I think you got the pick punch for your brother? Buuut. that post was my introduction to Think Geek, which, … what rock was I living under? I wish I could reciprocate with some good ideas…
    On a number of occasions, I’ve gotten DH a subscription to Games Magazine (though I love it as much as he does) and generally we agree that we “buy it for the articles.” I love giving magazine subscriptions - last all year, can be highly personalised, something you like but wouldn’t want to buy yourself, don’t take up space, reusable…
    I’ve also purchased concert tickets. YMMV.

    Karen L  |  March 13th, 2013 at 5:25 pm