What are you getting the men in your life?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Older Bee.

My view on Christmas Gifts has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

I am now more into Life Experiences than actually Exchanging Gifts… especially if it Gifts just for Gifts sake.

My Dad is pushing 90.

He has EVERYTHING he could ever want or need in life

We now go out for a high-end Brunch or meal … and I give him a Cash or a Gift Card to somewhere I know he might like

Mr TTR & I exchange “token” Gifts because it is Christmas… I get him something that he needs or has dropped into a conversation

(Last year it was a Hockey Jersey)

And he does the same for me.

We tend to actually use the crazy Shopping Fever to stock up on perhaps an item or two for the house that is on Sale.

(A gift we share from one to the other)

BUT ultimately… our Christmas Gift to each other is time.  Quality time together… time with family.  Time to sleep in on a snowy Winter Morn, or a cozy December Afternoon infront of the fireplace … a romantic dinner out… friends over for drinks… a few days away etc.

It changes up from year-to-year based on our schedules… but basing my Christmas on EXPERIENCES rather than gifts has made it far more meaningful / enriching overall.

I know it isn’t for everyone… and some people still “expect” gifts… but it can be a pretty awesome thing when you finally get there.

Hope this helps

 

Post # 4
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Men are actually the worst to shop for. I find that the dudes in my life have everything…and if they don’t have it, they just go buy it for themselves! 

I got my DH a Crosley radio/bluetooth speaker thing. I don’t know if he will like it but we will see! 

I got my Dad a DVD set, but I feel like that is not enough. No idea what we are getting my FIL.

We got a DVD set for my BIL, but again I don’t feel like this is enough. Maybe we’ll add on a giant bag of M&Ms or something. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I dunno 🙁 . Dh likes presents though. I know he wants boots but I’m not sure if I can get right size or style but we like similar things so maybe. Or a nice coat/ jacket. He is like a cartoon- just wearing the sane things over & over. Maybe a journey cd 😛

Post # 6
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MarieeToBee:  My FI and I crossfit but with his new job he hasn’t had a chance to go in for a workout in months.  He’s made a lot of comments about wanted to set up a home gym in the garage and while I can’t afford ALL of that, I’m getting him an olympic lifting bar and my family is chipping in towards a bumper set (the weight plates).  It’s gonna sting, especially with wedding expenses, but he’s gonna freak out. haha

Added bonus, I’ll get to use it too!  🙂  We don’t live together currently – he’s stationed in MO and I’m in WA so he’ll only be opening a box with a photo of the bar and the clamps.  I’ll place the order the weekend after xmas so that he’ll be home when it gets delivered – it’s definitely not a gift he can take home via plane.

Post # 7
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418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I crocheted my SO a Denver Broncos themed blanket, and I also got him this little 3 in. treasure chest to sit on his desk to keep his fortunes from fortune cookies in. He never throws them away!

I’m making my future FIL some cherry-infused bourbon. I like DIY gifts 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My men are hard to buy for!

My dad never wants anything, so I got him two bottles of red wine and four big bars of high quality dark chocolate. He’s super healthy for his age, so he’s not loaded up with piills. The doctor just told him a glass of red wine at night and little dark chocolate would be good for his heart. He probably said this in passing, but my dear dad has made it his mission to have a little piece of chocolate and some red wine every day!

For my FI – we agreed to not do gifts this year. We’re getting married so close to Christmas that we figured we’d hold off since we’ll be spending money on plenty of other items! I got him a nice card and some little handmade vouchers for cutesy things like a massage (which I hate giving, but he loves), his favorite dinner, etc.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MarieeToBee:  GAHH no freaking idea !!!  Christmas is coming quick… He needs to give me ideas but he cant think of anything!!!

Post # 11
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I hate buying guys gifts.  Every time my FI wants something, he just buys it himself.

Before FI proposed, he teased that I needed to get him a gift, so I said I would buy him a tv when he proposed, not expecting him to actually propose as soon as he did!  So I went out on Black Friday and scored a great deal on a 60″ tv. Wink

For Christmas, I am using that excuse to buy a new stand for the tv.  FI is in the middle of remodeling his house so we won’t actually be able to set it up and use it for a few more months.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

FI isn’t hard to buy for, because I can flat-out ask him what he wants and he’ll, ya know, TELL ME.  My Dad, on the other hand, is pretty tight-lipped and I rely on my Mom for clues about what to get him, since she has an incredibly well-developed talent for paying attention to what people “covet” YEAR-ROUND and then whabam, that’s what they get for Christmas.

This is the first year in a while that I actually got my Dad’s present without any input from my mother!  Well, without any direct input.  We were talking on the phone around Thanksgiving and she told me about how he got really excited about shooting a pig and making his own Italian sausage, and how he’d like to make more because he’s got an unlimited supply of pigs on my uncle’s ranch, and DING I knew what to get him!  So two really nice books on charcuterie at home are on their way to my parents’ house, and I’m looking forward to the look on my Dad’s face on Christmas morning.

Oh, and I’m not kidding about FI being easy.  This year I didn’t even have to ask.  Him:  “hey, you wanna go halfsies on a PS4 as our present to each other this year?”  Me:  “Sounds good to me!”  Done and done.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My husband is getting a replica of Andúril, Aragorn’s sword from Lord of the Rings.

I’ll probably get my father another Leatherman.

Post # 15
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7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MarieeToBee:  Another Bee made mention in a thread this week about Duluth Trading Company.  My husband is a “tool man” too, and so I found some great items on there!  What about Sports Tickets for your sports guy?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, my hubby just got bought himself the playstation 3, something he’s been wanting for years so he is so excited to start getting games and acually wants the membership, so that’s an idea:  getting him the membership.  I was going to get him a watch he wanted but I am not sure of the specific one he wants.  Other ideas include a nice shirt (he wants an orange shirt to match his boots).  

 

My fil will most likely get cologne.  he has everything and buys whatever he wants for himeself pretty constantly… he is tough to shop for so I will nt stress.  I know the types of colocgne he likes so done.  

 

My bil:  not sur eif we’ll be getting him and wife gifts this year but if we do it might be a couple gift to save money.  If I do have extra money, I might get him cologne too.

 

And for our son, we got him the psp vita he’s been dying for.  It’s the one thing he wanted.  It comes with the walking dead game and we also got him 2 pairs of sneakers and a nice shirt.  he needs new underwear too so that will go in his stocking.

 

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