Post # 1
I know my Fiance so well . . . I know that he loves tools, fixing things, hiking, outdoors, and all kinds of sporty stuff . . . but for whatever reason, I have been horrible at picking out the outdoors stuff or tools for him as gifts. 🙁 The special multi-tool thing I got him for his bike last year? Well, I got him the super-deluxe version. Little did I know it would be “too big” to be practical for him to really use and he would have preferrred the smaller version. (Same thing with the tool his mother got him — she did her best, but it was just the wrong size.) 🙁 The camel-back water holder I got him? Well, it was for the wrong sport, and a little too long. So he is also picky about his gifts when they have to do with his, or when they are things he can use on his hobbies. I’ll stop describing it there, but you get the idea.
I got him cologne, and apparently he *does* use that. But beyond that, I am so hung up on what to get him. I have no idea what to do this year. Ladies, do you have any suggestions on great guy gifts??? What has really worked for your man? Obvs they’re not all the same, but maybe we can give each other ideas here!!
Post # 3
i got my Fiance a cordless dremmel tool that he really loves and uses all the time. its great because it can be used for SO MANY things. anything from cutting to polishing to buffing and cleaning they are great and small enough to do what you need and no cords
Post # 4
@aprose: I bought Darling Husband a Dremmel a few years ago and it is one of his top two favorite tools. OP, if you go for a Dremmel, go for the corded. It comes in a nice kit and is much more powerful than the cordless. DHs other favorite is his new oscillating tool/cutter. He has been able to do so much with it. He replace part of our door frame and was able to cut out just the section that was broken without having to take out the whole frame, which he would have had to of done without that tool.
Another great thing for an outdoorsy guy is a fishing rod case. I got Darling Husband a few when I saw them on sale and they have saved alot of time and hassle because it keeps the rods from getting tangled together.
A convertible flashlight is always good too. One that goes from flashlight to lantern. Darling Husband uses that all the time.
Post # 5
I had such a hard time picking out something; I’m glad I’m not the only one. However, I decided on cologne this year so that’s obviously no help to you. Good luck!
Post # 6
I try to stay away from hobby-related gifts, unless I know exactly what it is Fiance wants.
It’s like when you’re a child and tell your parents you want toy A, and they figure “well it’s all the same”, and get you toy B, which isn’t at all what you wanted, and possibly already have.
But if your Fiance likes outdoorsy stuff, have you looked at the paracord jewelery? It’s probably too late to order from that company, but I’ve seen similar things at local gun/knife shows.
Maybe some first aid/emergency things? You can never be prepared enough.
I don’t know what else I’m getting Fiance. I’ve gotten him slippers and socks so far. THe most exciting gifts ever.
Post # 7
I stay away from anything tool or hunting related since most likely I will get the wrong thing, or he already has it.
This year, I got him a Bulova watch. He has a watch that he wears when he’s outside fixing stuff, but he doesn’t have a nice one for work. I tried to think about something that he should have, but he would not buy for himself.
Post # 8
Thank you ladies!! Good discussion . . . very helpful! So . . . I have gotten Fiance his gift . . . a nice shirt (one I just remembered he said he liked and wanted and mentioned several times after seeing it – how could I not have thought of this right away!!!) and a travel book to help us decide on our honeymoon location!! I stayed away from tools and specialty outdoors gear . . . until I have some direct clues or more knowledge about what he can use . . 😉
Post # 9
My SO is HUGE into tools, but we avoid this “what the heck to buy” problem by each making a list with at least 15 things (and two have to be “bigger” items within our budget). Here are some of the tool related things he has requested over the years:
-portable tool box (steel) for when he goes someone and only needs a few tools
-large tool box (steel) for his workshop
-locking screwdriver set (found at Canadian Tire… Mastercraft brand. It locks the screw onto the screwdriver rather than keeping it on the tip with a magnet. Kinda cool actually!)
-a large (5ft) and small (1 ft) level
-a rachet set
-laser level (that was much more expensive than I thought too!)
I also usually get help with tools from my dad. I bring my dad over, let him go wild in my SO’s workshop “looking for a tool” and he scopes out what is in need of replacement, what he might enjoy, etc.
Post # 10
My Fiance is a HUGE pain to shop for…and we decided on a SMALL budget this year. His hobbies are expensive (video games, etc.) and he will wear the same Wal-Mart t-shirts he’s owned for 10 years over a ‘nicer’ shirt I buy him any day of the week (when we go out, I actually pick out his outfit from the stash of things I’ve purchased him and force him to wear, LOL). I got him the first 2 seasons of his favorite TV show (It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia), a personalized Christmas ornament (we’re doing an ornament exchange) and a pair of nice / warm gloves and a hat because his new job will have him outside a lot in the winter. He got me my ring (which I already have), an ornament yet to be seen and one other thing that I don’t know but I suspect it came from Yankee Candle 🙂
On another note, my parents have been married for over 40 years and there has been only 1 Christmas gift my mom has given my dad that he actually uses, loves and continues to rave about…and that was his Kindle from 2 years ago. Sometimes men are just difficult!
Post # 11
Since our wedding is 10 months away and we close on our home in 4 months we decided to do a low key Christmas. I am a bargain betty so my low key was not really low key but I usually go crazier during the holidays. So our Anniversay is also Christmas Eve but this year I just got him Dolce and Gabbana cologne and oil which is my fav label and I never bought him cologne before because I feel it can be a little expected. I also got him the Hangover part 1 because we love that movie and we said we would show this movie to the guys on the night they go out for the bachlor party. Then I got him a Tiffany Money clip. These gifts are for both his Christmas and Anniversary gift.
Post # 12
Mike and I are seriously broke this year, I bought him a framed print of his favorite NASCAR driver for our NASCAR room. He bought me the Dance Workout game for the WII since it was finally on sale for a price I was willing to pay.
Our wedding is in 95 days and I need a car (I haven’t had one in over a year, and once I get one I will be able to get a job). So, my income tax return this year will buy my car, and my student financial aid refund will pay the rest of the wedding & honeymoon, and leave some funds in the bank. The wedding to us is more important to us than Christmas gifts this year.
Post # 13
My Fiance and I went on a day trip for Christmas this year to Biltmore Estate. Since we just got engaged back in November, I figured spending the day together was more important than spending money on each other. However I just love to by gifts! I got him a shirt, cologne, and some of his favorite candy and other little things.
I would say plan a day trip for just your two and just enjoy your engagement 🙂