While everyone knows Christmas isn’t really about material things, watching a special someone smile after opening an unexpected gift is one of the best parts of the entire holiday season. However, getting that special gift—the one that will not only be unexpected but memorable—is an art.
There’s a slight but significant difference between a gift that’s random and one that is pleasantly unexpected. If you’re getting something for a guy in your life, don’t leave him scratching his head when he finishes unwrapping. Really spend time thinking about who he is, what his hobbies are, and things that could make his life easier.
The Amazon Echo is an amazing device. It’s becoming a household staple because of its incredible convenience and ability to streamline everything that happens in your life. It responds to the name Alexa and can do everything from remember your grocery list to remember party playlists to read you audiobooks while you cook. For the guy in your life, there will be no more excuse to forget dates or miss important events – Alexa keeps tabs on everything you ask her to.
In much the same way, Google home is incredibly dynamic and can be connected to your entire home. You can ask it to turn down the lights, turn up the central heating, and give you news updates throughout the day.
Every guy expects his girlfriend or wife to get him some clothes. Women improving their guy’s wardrobe is a dynamic as old as time. However, if you want to throw a twist on the classic clothing gift, try getting something silly that will also be functional.
Christmas and ugly sweaters go hand in hand. In the spirit of the season, you can also get your guy a Christmas suit that is affordable, funny, and will be a hit at whatever holiday party you end up going to.
Everyone expects tangible gifts on Christmas—something they can wear, or play with on that special morning. However, people often overlook how fun the gift of a shared experience can be. If your guy is into music, see when one of his favorite bands is playing next, and buy tickets. If you want to push things to the next level, consider buying (well researched!) skydiving tickets, which has been touted as an amazing bonding experience. If he’s a sports fan, try to get some tickets to the next big game. The upside of this gift option is that it’s fun for both of you!
Look, many guys don’t like to admit they like to be pampered, but every single person is capable of enjoying a good day at a spa. This is another gift that you can participate in because if it’s his first time going he’ll probably feel more comfortable going with company. Spend a day lounging around whatever local, highly-rated spa you can find, enjoy steam baths and massage treatments, and find yourself incredibly relaxed and happy after a long holiday season. It’s the perfect way to cap off a year.
If his wallet is old and frayed in and bulging with forgotten gift cards, maybe it’s time to get him a new one. This is a functional and tasteful gift that any guy would appreciate. There are websites, like Etsy, where you can find wallet makers who will stitch his initials into the material—a subtle but tasteful touch. Try to get one that’s made out of real genuine leather.
Stylish Travel Gear
Have you ever been waiting for your luggage at an airport’s baggage claim and had trouble identifying which bag was yours? It’s much easier than you would think to leave the airport with a bag that’s not yours. Most bags are the same boring color, made of the same boring material, and offer few unique qualities to distinguish it from everyone else’s.
If your guy likes to travel or is on the road a lot for work, think about helping him upgrade his bag. He’ll be grateful to be traveling in style, and will never run the risk of confusing his bag with some else’s!