Why do women have such a hard time with presents for their significant other. Kate has been nagging me for weeks about not ever being able to buy gifts for me, she says its too hard to pick out “boy things”. Except for clothes. She will buy me clothes all day long, which I don’t mind, but not during a time of giving! So, for my triumphant return to blogging I give you the 2009 Man Cave Wish List. This one is for the ladies, but more in the hope for all of those men out their to get something better than a pair of boxers.
For the driving man.
I drive a lot. I mean A LOT. I’m in the car for 2-3 hours everyday (well… on days without traffic). Most days its NPR in the morning and iPod on the way home. To me the worst thing about the iPod in the car is how you hook it up. Most of the options out there won’t let you have a clean, clear, and crisp sound. Those radio station hookups are horrible unless you live in the boonies, and the tape deck ones are the next best thing… but neither is acceptable for me. So this year I got something new: FM MODULATOR It’s $30 from Amazon.com. And if your driving man is even just a little handy, he should be able to handle it. This takes the ipod and connects it directly to your car stereo! Its perfect.
For the Music Man
For the music man in your life I suggest this book that has changed my little ears forever. Thats right FOR-E-VER. 1000 recordings to hear before you die ($7.98 on Amazon). This book will begin a lifelong journey. Its a book by Tom Moon, a music commentator and writer. He lists his top 1,000 recordings to hear before you die – and its AWESOME. I like it because I flip to a random page and find a piece of music that I may have heard a hundred times before, but Tom Moon tells you the backstory on each piece and gives you a totally different view on the music. For someone who is really into music of all kinds – like me – its a great gift.
For the man of the house
I found this company a while back called Simple Shoes. And since I’m a simple guy, I took a look around their website. All of their shoes are made from tires. Which means your dogs can’t destroy them. Proof is that we have found Big Molly chewing on these numerous times and they are still good as new. Last year Kate’s grandmother bought me a pair of the slippers. I wear them every day. They have rubber soles so I can wear them out to the Man Cave, but they’re really warm around the house, too. They are a little pricey at $60.00 a pair, but you’ll never have to buy another pair again so they’re totally worth it.
For the working man
I’ll admit that buying tools for men is very tricky. Every guy has his preference. But there are a few things that you can’t go wrong with when buying tools. In general, a good brand of tool like DeWalt, Craftsman, or Milwaukee are going to be a little pricier but they are going to last a lot longer. If you wanted to go a little cheaper, I’d go with Ryobi or Rigid. In my experience – and I have a lot of experience with tools – your Black and Decker brand tools aren’t going to last very long if you’re using them often. I’d spend the extra money and get a better quality that you know you’ll only have to buy once.
The type of tool will depend on what your guy is into or working on at the time. But I think any guy would appreciate one of the basic power tools like a cordless drill. If I could have any drill without price being an option, I’d choose the Milwaukee 18 volt cordless drill ($199.00 on Amazon). The one that I have had for years is the Ryobi 18 volt cordless drill. This one on Amazon is the new version of my drill and its pretty nice – especially for the price of $40.00.
For the gaming man
The best game out right now is Modern Warfare Call of Duty 2 ($59.99 on Amazon). Any adult male gamer will love this game. If your guy prefers sports, my favorites are FIFA Soccer 2010 ($49.99 on Amazon) or NHL 2010 ($56.99 on Amazon). If you want to save money on sports games, go for the 2009 version of the game. It just came out this year and is usually no different than the 2010 and you can find these for at least half the price. Another great gift idea for a gaming guy if he plays games A LOT is a GameFly subscription. It works like Netflicks, but its with video games. I think you can start out with plans around $8.00 a month.
For the unique man
Sometimes its fun to get tickets to events for Christmas. Think about any bands coming to your area that your husband likes (the Pixies are on tour right now…hint, hint, Katie…) and see if tickets are affordable. Or maybe there’s a sports team he follows that you could find tickets to. If the pro leagues are too expensive, lots of towns have minor league sporting teams with cheap tickets and those games are actually a lot of fun.
For the Man Cave Man
For the Man Cave dweller in your life, he needs a ping pong table for Christmas (I’m looking at you, Kate…).
Well, that’s about all the ideas I have, ladies. If you have questions about a specific gift, I’m happy to help or make specific suggestions. Just leave a comment for me and I’ll respond with a guy’s opinion. Also, if you have ideas that I haven’t listed, be sure to leave them in the comment section so others can get even more ideas. Or, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t want to leave a comment.
Happy shopping! Its good to be back in my Man Cave…
UPDATE! – I have been thinking about this gift since last night and i can’t figure out why I didn’t include it in this post.
For the Technology Man
There is a huge movement right now in the home media player. I’m an apple guy so naturally I bought the Apple TV when it first came out. If you don’t know, the Apple TV hooks to your TV and can store and stream movies, music, pictures, etc. from your computer. It is an awesome little box. At our house we have all of our DVD’s and TVshows on there so at any time we can sit on the couch and scroll through our entire movie collection, pick a movie, and it plays. The only thing you have to get up for is popcorn. The Apple TV is a little pricey at $229. But there are other media players out there for cheaper. This one from Western Digital looks fantastic at $99. Or the Roku HD Player will stream from Netflicks and Amazon OnDemand, for $99 its a sweet deal.
This would be a fantastic gift! And remember this is really a gift for BOTH of you because you will both be enjoying it. Good Luck!! and Happy Shopping!