Guys are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. For every man that cringes around his significant other’s birthday, I guarantee there are at least three women panicked about the prospect of getting a gift for their guy. Men seem to crave the high-end, tech toys we all know and love, but don’t limit yourself to “i-anything” gifts. Though those are great options, here are a few more ideas for what to get your guy for his birthday.
If you haven’t heard of this site, you must check it out. After submitting your song idea in 160 characters, you get an original song all for the nominal fee of $29.99. A brilliant, original way to say, “Happy Birthday!” to your guy. For an extra five dollars, you also get an MP3. Can’t beat that!
Many men are simply overgrown kids who just happen to hold down a job. With that in mind, check out toys that older boys might enjoy. Type in “cubicle toys” at amazon.com for a plethora of items sure to entertain your significant other and his coworkers. I’ve enjoyed playing with a few of these myself, including a car-shaped computer mouse!
Because what man doesn’t like to grill? It doesn’t have to be fancy, something like this stainless steel set will do.
I’ve received this as a birthday gift a few times, and each time it’s a hit! Each month (or quarter, depending on how dedicated you want to be), you simply get your guy a book you think he’d enjoy or has been itching to read. The great thing about this is that you can make this as deluxe or as simple as you like. Hit up the used book store for an “experienced” copy of that novel he’s been wanting to read, or order the entire hardcover boxed set of Harry Potter. Be sure to include a short note explaining why you think this book is great for him. This idea also works great for baked goods…like cookies!
Be it a concert or sporting event, this is a gift that’s sure to please. It, too, can double as a date night, or as part of his guys’ weekend!
See #2. Boys and their toys! My guy loves to play around with his toy helicopter I got for his birthday a few years ago. It’s been durable and provides a lot more entertainment than you’d think!
This makes for a perfect desk “toy” but is also long-lasting, with a lifespan of 2-3 years. No feeding or water changing required for this particular EcoSphere, so it’s perfect birthday gift for a nature-loving guy who also appreciates relaxation.
I don’t know many men who wouldn’t enjoy the opportunity to hang out with their friends, no strings (or kiddos, or honey-do projects) attached. Surprise your guy with a card and then send him on his way. Be it golfing, or playing video games with his buddies, he will be sure to enjoy his well-deserved break. If you really want to go the extra mile, talk to his boss and see about getting him a day off from work to better enjoy his time with the boys.
Is your guy a travel connoisseur? Is there a trip he would love to be able to cross off his bucket list? Give him the gift of a lifetime, and send him packing to a location that can’t be beat. Bonus: if you go with him, that’s invaluable couple time!
The better to read your book of the month pick! With all due respect to the traditional paper book, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best of both worlds: the ability to read his favorites while embracing his tech-savvy side.
Deciding what to get a guy for his birthday is a major pain in the butt, but with a little bit of creativity, you can find the perfect gift on any budget! If you need more ideas, make sure to check our post during the holidays with over 25 great ideas: What to Get Your Husband for Christmas.
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