Whether you are buying for your husband, your father, or your father-in-law, or looking for ideas to give your kids, buying for a dad can be tricky. Do you go for something to wear, something to eat, something to read, something for the house, or an experience? Here are our Fab5 recommendations. And you can check out our entire Men’s Gift Section on the site for even more ideas!
I have three sons, a husband, a father-in-law, and a brother, so I often feel like I’m buying men’s gifts. It can be a challenge to come up with something new and interesting and perhaps even useful for each of them. Here are my Fab5 items that have been well received in the past, or that I have my eye on for this year.
- Breville Foamer. This thing ROCKS. My husband uses this multiple times daily for his lattes and it creates the perfect foam at the touch of a button. If the man in your life doesn’t have a good foamer, this is the one to get.
- Vuori clothing. My husband isn’t one to splurge on tee shirts or shorts, but once he got his hands on these shirts, shorts, and pants there was no looking back. For more dressed-up casual looks (and work) these pants are now his go-to. The collared shirt is also for ‘nice casual’, as are the ‘nicer’ shorts. The joggers are for weekend wear or very casual work attire. And lastly the performance shorts and the workout shirt are for exercise. He’s found his uniform.
- Peter Millar 1/4 Zip Pullover. It’s not a casual sweatshirt, but not a sweater either – more like a super soft upscale sweatshirt that my husband has worn pretty much daily since I gave it to him for Christmas (when Joanne suggested it to me). He’s got it in 2 colors now.
- Monogrammed Fleece Throw Blanket. I gave my father-in-law this fleece blanket and my mother-in-law stole it so I got her one as well. This cashmere one from Quince is also really nice if you want cashmere instead of fleece.
- Goodr Sunglasses: For a lower-priced item that’s also great quality these Goodr glasses are great. The price can’t be beat so if you lose them you don’t need to freak out. My husband has two pair on rotation.
Bonus Items: Pickleball racquets, their special favorite food from restaurants all over the country via Goldbelly, and this portable tire pump which may seem like an odd gift but it really works great and can live in the car (we’ve used it many times actually!).
Men’s gifts can be tricky! Most men I know don’t really want anything, don’t like “stuff”, don’t care about clothes, and don’t bestow upon us a detailed list of things they’d like. This said, the following Fab5 items may do the trick:
- Aero Press Coffee Maker: My husband read about this on Tim Ferris (the 4-hour work week guy) and he’s been addicted to it! It’s a bit of a project but it keeps him entertained in the morning and I must say it makes a very nice cup of joe! Combine it with the Breville foamer Chrissie mentions above for the perfect gift.
- This pant from Lululemon has been enjoyed by the men in my family who were a little hesitant to wear pants from a yoga pant store. They don’t wrinkle, are breathable, have 4-way stretch, and retain their shape. Now in their wardrobe rotations, they have been a repeat gift in a variety of colors. The gift that keeps on giving!
- It’s a “can”demic around our house with all the varieties of water, beer, cocktails, mocktails, and other canned beverages we drink. I gave my husband this can crusher to add to his beloved chore rotation and to keep the recycle bin from overflowing! He’s in heaven.
- Who doesn’t like a hamburger and fries? I love to give gift cards from hamburger joints to keep in the glove box when the urge hits. Depending upon where you live, some favorites include In-N-Out Burger, Dick’s, and McDonalds.
- Cashmere socks: 3 times warmer than wool socks and sososososo soft. They are a treat for the feet!
Check out our entire Men’s Gift Section on the site for even more ideas!