Last Minute Gifts for the Southern Man

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So there is one day left before Christmas, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t started your Christmas shopping. I do all of mine on Christmas Eve, every year. I call it a tradition because that sounds much better than procrastination. Over the years I’ve developed a talent for knowing what to give and what to stay away from.

However, some of you may not be seasoned professionals, and some of you may have to buy for men. We tend to be hard to shop for because let’s face it, if we want it, we probably bought it already. So here are some tips for buying last-minute presents for guys:

  1. Something Thoughtful
    The best way to impress a guy is to get him something that he would never think about that complements something he often says or does. The best example of this would be getting a gift or keepsake related to a favorite movie. Is your boyfriend always quoting Caddyshack? Get him a gopher club cover (yes, these really do exist). Is your husband a fan of Old School? Get him a Speaker City shirt. It’s usually not the size of the gift that counts, but the thought that goes into it.
     
  2. Liquor 
    I’ve never been in a situation where I didn’t appreciate a bottle of whisky. It’s really hard to go wrong with the gift of a little liquid holiday cheer. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about whisky; if it has an off-white label and black lettering, you’re in business. Here are a few of my favorites:

    Gentleman Jack: A significant upgrade from regular Jack for a few dollars extra.
    Glenlivet: A little more expensive, but mmm, that’s some tasty scotch.
    Maker’s Mark: A good in-between that will satisfy just about anybody.
     

  3. Fun Toys 
    So guys like little gadgets and snarky jokes. Two sites to consider for a little online shopping are thinkgeek.com and www.bustedtees.com. Both have quite a bit to offer when it comes to smart aleck items. While it may be too late to order and have it before Christmas, you still have time for those people you won’t see until after the new year. Just think, there are a lot of people you won’t see until a week or two after Christmas, so you still have time to procrastinate!
     
  4. Things to stay away from
    I hate giving the fake smile and look of appreciation. You know what I’m talking about; someone gives you a gift, and inside you are thinking, “How the hell was this ever a good idea?” but you can’t say that, so you smile and say thank you, and act like you really like the gift. The number one offender in this category of gift is the “Bigass Toolset.” You’ve seen them displayed prominently at the front of hardware stores. They look big and impressive and that’s their entire point – to look good but not necessarily to be useful. These sets usually contain cheap tools that will break rather quickly. Most guys would prefer a few quality tools over a boat-load of crappy ones. So every time I get one of these sets, I smile and wish that I had a bottle of whisky instead.
    Another thing to stay away from is getting a guy a cheaper version of something they do want. Let’s say he’s been wanting a nice shiny new Blu-Ray player. Chances are you may consider getting him the version that you can afford and is appropriate for a Christmas gift, but it’s an inferior model to the one he actually wants. So it’s nice that you got him the $59.99 model, but really he wanted to buy himself the $300 model. Now he’s got something that isn’t what he wants, and now he can’t justify actually getting the one he wants since he already has the one you gave him. It’s sounds kind of crappy to say, but it’s the truth, and I’m honor bound to help you out with a dose of cold, hard reality. So instead of getting the cheaper version for him, get him a gift certificate to put toward it, or something else altogether.

    Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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