20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything
Some guys are notoriously difficult to shop for. I’m sure you have one of these guys in your life. He almost never WANTS anything. And when he does want something, he is so picky that you’re afraid you’ll buy the wrong thing. Or he’s already got so many gadgets and toys that finding something new that he’ll like is a challenge to your creativity. (See also: 25 DIY Gifts for Geeks)
So what do you get for the guy who has everything? Good bets are things that allow him to DO something, such as have a unique experience or work on a new project, rather than things that are passively enjoyed. That way, you won’t feel like you’re just giving him more stuff to accumulate, but he'll still enjoy your gift for months to come. Here are some ideas. (See also: 8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants)
1. Gift Cards
Gift cards are almost always appreciated; especially ones that help him work on a pet project (such as building garden furniture or starting his new DJ business). Try ones from Home Depot, Harbor Freight, iTunes, Amazon, or REI.
He’ll definitely appreciate a bottle of Patrón, Jack Daniels, or his favorite spirit with a set of monogrammed shot glasses. He may even share. Artisan beers are a nice gift too. (See also: 10 Homemade Liqueurs for Tasty Gifts)
3. Board Games
Board games are increasingly popular, and it’s not hard to find one he doesn’t have yet. Special editions make an especially nice gift. Try fan favorites like Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, Dominion, and Ticket to Ride, which are sure to be hits with board game lovers.
4. A DIY Kit
Give him a project to work on with a DIY kit for a model plane, guitar, or beer brewing.
It’s not just women who appreciate a good quality chocolate; men do too. Even if you don’t go for the fancy stuff, some Ritter Sport or a giant Toblerone bar might hit the spot.
6. Swiss Army Knife
A Swiss Army Knife engraved with his initials is a classic gift, especially when accompanied with a promise to go camping someday.
7. Compact HD Video Camera
He may already have the latest digital camera, but does he have a compact HD video camera yet? The Go Pro HD Helmet Hero allows him to attach the video camera to almost any surface, from his surfboard to his bike helmet to his parachute, enabling him to build fun memories in HD. This gift is perfect for adventurers and travelers.
8. Anything Wireless
The EyeFi Pro X2 SDHC Memory Card allows you to transfer photos from portable devices to your computer wirelessly. Or maybe he’d like a wireless Bluetooth headset, a wireless keyboard and mouse, or other gadgets that keep his desk clean and clutter-free.
9. Beer Steins
Come on, you can never have too many of those, and they’ll come in handy at his next party.
10. A Donation
A donation in his name to a favorite charity might please him more than a gift for himself. Try DonorsChoose.org, LIVESTRONG.org, or Heifer International; or donate to a local organization. (See also: 31 Gifts That Keep On Giving)
11. A Universal Remote
A remote to end all remotes will help him streamline his entertainment system. Plus universal remotes are just cool gadgets.
Give him a certificate for a rock climbing class, amateur pilot training, yoga, or a cooking lesson.
14. Grown-Up Toys
Give him a professional-weight Yo-Yo, a regulation Ultimate Frisbee, a collector’s edition action figurine, or a remote-controlled helicopter to satisfy his inner child.
15. A Man Bag
16. DVD Sets
Buy him luxurious items he might not get for himself. Cashmere sweaters, leather jackets, silk ties, alpaca slippers, and silver cufflinks are all luxury items he'll appreciate. After all, guys need pampering too.
Spruce up his digs with a limited-edition art print from Etsy or a signed poster of his favorite musician. Or you could paint something yourself for a more personal touch. (See also: How to Buy Art as Gifts)
19. Gift Memberships
A membership to the local gym, art gallery, or aquarium, or to Costco, Sam’s Club, AAA, and other members-only clubs is a practical and useful gift.
20. A Book
Somehow this option doesn’t seem to be as popular as it used to be, but books can be a great gift for the right person. Try classics like The Christmas Carol and Catcher in the Rye, or bestsellers that might interest him such as Freakonomics, Guns Germs and Steel, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. For hobbyists, a book on photography, birdwatching, or graphic design might do the trick.
What are you planning to get for the guy who seems to have everything?