The men in my life are always such a problem to shop for! I have the worst time finding gifts for my Dad, Father in Law… even my husband. Usually tech gifts are a hit and I always try to find something practical. Here are a few ideas if you have some special men on your list this year:
Wireless Charging Stand – I like this because it looks so sleek and keeps the phone upright and easily accessible. The actual charger needs to be plugged in but then you just rest the phone on the charger. We have so many devices in our house, there is constantly someone yelling that someone else has taken their charging cord.
Wake Up Alarm – this is something I saw in an advertisement that I have on my list for my husband. It is an alarm clock that serves as a nighttime reading light with 10 different brightness settings. In the morning, the alarm clock gently starts emitting a light that is supposed to simulate sunlight about 30 minutes before your alarm. The idea is to naturally wake up to a bedroom that is lit with light- like watching a sunrise. This is perfect for those that struggle to wake up or in winter when it is just so dark and so cold… its hard for me to get up for sure.
Bose Soundsport Free Headphones. New headphones are always a good idea for the active guy. These wireless ear buds are great for the guy that wants discreet headphones or something cordless that won’t interfere with movement. I personally love these over ear headphones too. These are bulkier but they are so fantastic for blocking out noise. I have these and absolutely love them for travel or if I am at a busy coffee shop or sports practice. They really block out the background noise to help me concentrate.
Sherpa Jacket. Sherpa jackets are the thing this year and this version for men is reasonably priced and looks great.
Grandparent Pen Pal Kit. This is a cute idea for a Grandparent that lives far away. A little pen pal kit for Grandpa or Grandma to keep in touch with the grandkids. I have this on my list to pick up for my Father in Law this year. My children are going to get a big kick out of getting letters from Grandpa.
The Nest. Does your husband fiddle with the thermostat constantly? The nest makes your home more energy efficient. It learns your habits to adjust the temperature to save you money and it does really cool things like running laundry when energy usage is low and connects with Alexa to allow for voice adjustments.
Make Your Bed. I usually like to include a book or two in gift guides and this one looks like a great one. Admiral William McRaven is a retired Navy Seal that gave a really inspirational commencement speech that wound up going viral (listen to it here). The book builds upon this speech, detailing his experiences as a Navy Seal and offers simple advice, encouragement, wisdom and inspiration. I think I will pick this up for my Dad this year.
Samsung QLED TV . This is actually the next major purchase our family will make. I REALLY want one of these QLED TVs they are absolutely gorgeous. I could care less about the TV brand, the size, the HD or not HD.. whatever. That conversation is wildly entertaining to my husband and I just go to my happy place and tune out the entire conversation. But this beauty is worth the enthusiasm. It looks like a gorgeous piece of art not like a big black box on the wall. There is an ambient mode that pulls from tons of options of gorgeous artwork so the TV actually looks like art on your wall. It also plays music in the ambient mode. The actual TV picture quality is spectacular too.
Outdoor Chair. Alright this is a gift I bought for my husband this year. If you have a Dad that camps or tailgates or spends countless hours on a sports field.. well a really great chair is a great gift. My husband has one of those crappy backpack chairs that I hate. It is so bulky and cumbersome and I have to kick it to get it to collapse. This chair is a great price and has a rocking feature so Dad can lean back and folds up into a nice little compact bag.
Storyworth. I really like the idea of this and I think I am going to grab it for my Dad. Storyworth sends one random question per week to a person of your choice. The person answers the question and at the end of the year, all the answers are bound in a lovely keepsake book. For an extra fee, you can also do an audio version where the person records the answer and it is transcribed into a book. I really love this idea for aging parents or grandparents and collecting family history. You can choose or edit questions or even write your own.
Indoor Grill. Back in the day, my husband had a George Foreman Grill that was his prized possession. He constantly grilled chicken, veggies, burgers, fish on that thing and loved the results. An indoor grill is a fun gift for a Dad that loves grilling but doesn’t always want to head outdoors to do it.
Hydroflasks. My husband definitely does not drink enough water and I like to get new water bottles every so often in the hopes that will encourage him to stay hydrated. We have had every water bottle ever basically and these Hydroflasks are far and away my favorites. Water will stay cold after this thing has been sitting in the hot sun for hours. Our kids exclusively use these for sports and I can guarantee we have had these all day on ball fields in triple digit weather and the water inside is still icy.
I hope some of these items are helpful as you are planning your shopping this year.
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