"He's so hard to buy for!" Not anymore. We've handpicked gifts for nine common "types" of guys.
You know him better than anyone else, so why is so hard to pinpoint the right gift for your boyfriend for Christmas?! Never fear; let us be your personal shoppers. We've zeroed in on nine of the most specific types of guys — from sports fans to sartorialists — and picked presents that will bring joy to your boyfriend's world, whether he's been naughty or nice.
1. Sports nut
There are 2 kinds of guys into sports: couch-bound quarterbacks and dudes who think they smell better basted in their own sweat. Both men thrive on the experience. A shot of adrenaline when something extraordinary happens, the bro-zy camaraderie of us versus them and the sweet taste of a well-deserved beverage. Get the sports nut in your life tickets to see his team of choice (yes, it's best to bite the bullet and get one for yourself too — unless you enjoy it, too. Then, even better!). Check out Stubhub.com, and try to score the best seats possible from other fans.
2. Music snob
Is your guy crazy into Band You've Never Heard Of? Does he insist everyone’s new stuff sucks? Does he worship Jeff Lynne as his personal lord and savior? Normally, I'd say to give that guy a recorder and let him make music for you but instead, go for something that will let him experience his music in his own little world. Pick him up a pair of high-end headphones, like Bose's QuietComfort Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphones.
3. Comedy nerd
It’s not all wieners and fart jokes, ladies. From reveling in the majesty of Louie to sad clowning it up with Marc Maron to laughing at, well, really esoteric fart and wiener jokes with The State, some of us take our comedy VERY seriously. If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, you could get your guy improv lessons but there are a quarter of a billion US citizens who live outside of those MSAs. Instead, give him a history lesson. Give your comedy nerd the audio version of Steve Martin's Born Standing Up or Tina Fey's Bossypants
For your fella, reading is FUNdamental. He’s read the classics. Amazon just sends him books after a favorable review in The Atlantic. Your casual-reading Kung Fu is no match for his literati karate. Forget getting him some horse plop tablet reader, get him something classic, something collectable, something leatherbound. Get your bookworm a collectible leatherbound version of his favorite novel or a unique, antique book from a classic 19th century author. Try sites like Easton Press Books and Poor Man's Books — or visit a local antique books dealer.
our busy bee has no hands because his fingers have been worked past the bone. Lots of men define themselves by how their bills get paid, but your guy burns the midnight oil before the REAL nitty gritty gets done. While he probably needs a reminder that his mighty empire won't fit in his coffin, it’s the holiday season, so get him something that can go in a slightly smaller box. Get your little workaholic the gift of relaxation: a private session with massage therapist — and maybe even give you a few pointers for conducting future at-home massage sessions. Look up a massage therapist in your area at Spa Finder. Keep reading...
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