It’s that time of year—
To spice up your love life by impressing the love in your life with the perfect Christmas gift.
Personally, I love giving gifts, anytime of the year, but especially on Christmas. Gift-giving is totally my “love language” and I look forward to finding the perfect gift for my husband that expresses how much I love him.
Unfortunately, after 11 years together, I’m kinda sorta running out of ideas and falling more and more into the generic cologne-`n-shaver routine.
Maybe it’s time to try something new and a little more exciting this Christmas for our men?
16 totally perfect Christmas gift ideas for the man in your life. 1 of 17
Image via j&j brusie photography
A cooking class. 2 of 17
Whether you get your man a solo cooking class so we can dazzle you with his skills in the kitchen, or book a romantic weekend away for both of you, the cooking class is pretty much a classic. Plus, who doesn't love a man in an apron?
Image via Jeff Kubina/Flickr
A gym membership. 3 of 17
Make sure that he doesn't misread your intentions with this one, of course. I made the mistake of getting this for my husband and was met with less than enthusiasm. Luckily for me, I had purchased the one week trial offer before making the big commitment. But a fitness buff or husband just looking to spend time time alone might really appreciate this gesture from you.
Image via slgckgc/Flickr
Any kind of power tool. 4 of 17
Every man loves a good power tool. Unfortunately, I have no idea what any of them are. So you might have to get a little help from friends or family to find out what tools he could actually need (or just pretend to use).
Image via Digital Internet/Flickr
A year’s worth of date nights. 5 of 17
A sexy photo shoot. 6 of 17
Make a memory book for him. 7 of 17
I did this last year and it was my very favorite present ever. If you have kids, this gift is great for the whole family present too. Use any photo website and pick your favorite memories of the year. Make this a yearly tradition and you'll have an easy way to update your photo albums every year. (Seriously, this took me maybe 30 minutes!)
Image via Emery Co Photo/Flickr
A digital meat thermometer. 8 of 17
If your man is into cooking, make sure he has a digital meat thermometer. It's just the right amount of tech to make cooking cool. Plus, I can personally vouch that it really helps your man's meat. Um, er, well, you know what I mean.
Image via Wheeler Cowperthwaite/Flickr
His favorite movies. 9 of 17
Round up his favorite movies with a nice hot chocolate and popcorn movie night package for an easy gift that actually shows you care enough to put some thought into what he loves.
Image via ginnerobot/Flickr
A vintage popcorn maker. 10 of 17
And speaking of movies, you might want to consider a high-quality popcorn maker. If you can swing it, go for the vintage kettle corn maker — he'll love it. (Ok, and it might be fun for you, too.)
Image via labormikro/Flickr
The ultimate car care gift basket. 11 of 17
Every man secretly — or not so secretly — loves to baby his car. Give him the ultimate car care package with new floor mats, those little special car wipes to keep it gleaming, and the shiny tire spray.
Image via Axion23/Flickr
A fireproof safe. 12 of 17
My husband has been hinting about this one for quite some time. There's just something about the indestructible quality of the fireproof safe to hide all of his valuable man items that is universally appealing. Now here's hoping the hubs doesn't read this article...
Image via Will Folsom/Flickr
A tech upgrade. 13 of 17
I won't even pretend to know what the latest and greatest tech gadget is out there on the market. In fact, I think it involves something about a watch pretending to be a phone? I don't know, but whatever version your man is currently at in the tech world, I'm sure he would appreciate an upgrade.
Image via Yutaka Tsutano/Flickr
A chia pet. 14 of 17
Oops, how did that get in there??
Image via anokarina/Flickr
A handmade blanket. 15 of 17
Give him something to curl up to when the real deal isn't available. And honestly, this isn't as hard as it sounds. Buy two pieces of fleece fabric, cut 2 inch strips around the edges and tie them together to create a "fringe" border. Voila! You are soo Etsy.
Image via regan76/Flickr
Skiing or snowboarding lessons. 16 of 17
I did this one year for my husband back when he was actually not my husband and it was so much fun for both of us. Especially if winter sports isn't something that your man normally does, a lesson can be a great way to try something new — together if you want. Look for specials for beginners that offer a lesson + lift passes with your rental.
Image via mlabowicz/Flickr
A indoor/outdoor fleece. 17 of 17
You really can't go wrong with a high-quality indoor/outdoor fleece jacket that can be layered or worn outside and still keep him warm. If you're on a budget, check out local outlet stores--they carry last year versions or discounted wear that still look great. I spent around $100 on a nice fleece jacket for my husband over four years ago that he still wears to this day. Totally worth it.
Image via j&j brusie photography