Know the man you’re shopping for. If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas for him, start by figuring out who he is and what he likes. Then consider these suggestions for each type of guy.
Whether you’re shopping for a male friend, a colleague, your cousin or your husband, the first step to finding the right Christmas gifts for men is to truly think about who he is. How does he spend his spare time? What does he like to do? What kind of man is he? Once you know the type of guy you’re shopping for, coming up with great Christmas gift ideas for him will be a whole lot easier.
Here are some Christmas gift ideas for men tailored to fit five different kinds of guys.
The Foodie: If the guy you’re shopping for loves food, consider these Christmas gifts for him. Various companies ship premium cuts of meat and seafood, vacuum-sealed and ready to grill. Even if the weather outside is frightful, he can still cook an inspired meal inside with his new cast iron pan and use his digital meat thermometer to guarantee that perfect level of doneness. Another great gift idea is a collection of kitchen essentials like a high-quality chef’s knife, or an assortment of imported olive oils, flavored vinegars or exotic spices. Or if he’s a guy who loves experiences above all else, you can send him to a series of cooking classes, or give him an American Express® Gift Card for that new restaurant he’s been meaning to try.
The Sports/Entertainment Fan: Looking for Christmas gift ideas for men who live for their favorite team or band? Pick up a pair of tickets and take him to a game or concert so the two of you can enjoy it together. If he likes to tailgate before kickoff or the headline act, get him a portable grill, a folding chair or a cooler. Signed memorabilia, a framed panoramic photograph of his favorite stadium or a limited edition concert poster will be great décor for his home or office.
The Outdoorsman: Are you shopping for someone who loves to be outdoors? Just because he’s roughing it doesn’t mean he can’t be plugged in. A portable generator can help power any car-camping adventure; for the more backcountry type, try a lightweight filtering system that makes unsafe water drinkable. New LED headlamps or a lantern can be versatile Christmas gift ideas for him to find his way around the campsite (and the house when the power goes out). Is he more of a day-hiker or wildlife watcher? Try a new set of binoculars or a regional guide to nearby hiking trails or natural areas.
The Tech Head: Finding Christmas gifts for men who are always in search of the latest and greatest can be intimidating. But chances are he can always use a new pair of headphones for his smartphone, tablet or even plug into the in-flight entertainment system on his next trip. If you know the brand of his devices, a good emergency charger will give him a jolt of power when he needs it most.
The Groomer: If the guy you’re shopping for likes to be well groomed, consider enrolling him in one of the many shave clubs that are extremely popular right now. A regular supply of new razors and blades with refined shave gels, creams and aftershave (or a beard trimmer) is the gift that will keep on giving, well beyond the holiday season.
Still need help deciding? An American Express® Gift Card is a versatile option for every type of guy. Even if you know what he likes, he can still choose what he wants most right now. An American Express® Gift Card can supplement any of these Christmas gift ideas for men or stand alone as a personalized (even last-minute) gift that he can use virtually anywhere American Express is accepted. To appeal to his sense of humor, add a hand-written note offering offbeat ideas for how he might want to use the gift card.
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