Several people have reached out to me, asking what they should buy for their significant other.
I have not had to think about this for quite some time, as Dawson mostly asks for specific things like toe socks (yep), harmonicas, or Guinness.
Nonetheless, I love thinking of gift ideas! Especially for significant others, as most people tend to put excessive amounts of pressure on themselves. In reality (call me Steve!), a vase for flowers or a sweatshirt with a YouTuber would do.
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As I make Christmas lists, I try to be practical. I adore getting things for our future home or getting things that I would typically buy. For example, I spend entirely too much money on coffee and Manna DeKor and More, so gift cards to those places would be fantastic!
However, when Dawson asks what to get me, I always struggle to answer.
Honestly, I’d love to get something meaningful, something that would benefit us both, and/or something we could do together – even during this pandemic.
A gift card to her favorite restaurant and dessert place. Dinner with you that’s prepaid for? Yes, please!
A gift card for coffee or lunch, and a few gift cards to her favorite clothing stores. Let her pick the day and go on an already-paid-for shopping spree together! Dawson did this for me once, and it was a blast.
So many people are into true crime these days. How fun would it be to order a cold case file from Amazon, buy her favorite bottle of wine, and have a chill, at-home date? I think this would be a 10/10 night.
If your girlfriend is crafty, get her a gift card to Board & Brush or Wine & Canvas. Both of you can go, work on projects (possibly for your home), eat snacks, drink beer, and have fun creating together.
If you want her to have something to open, rather than waiting on the event, I suggest thinking about what she loves. Buy her clothes from her favorite boutique, pet accessories from Chewy, or something that she deems ‘luxurious.’ If she treats herself with Steve Madden wallets or candles, buy those things!
If you’re on the lookout for personalized or meaningful gifts, I highly suggest Etsy. If you give her a necklace with her favorite Bible verse, an ornament with a picture of you two, or a mug of her dog, you’ll have schooled good ole Santa Claus.
The magic of Christmas is love; if you’re showing that love, you’re golden.
Boys don’t tend to be as sentimental as females – if I’m stereotyping.
Many men like sentimental gifts, but many confess to not treasuring them as much as I would. With that theory in mind, I try to balance sentimental gifts and practical ones.
Most times, the men in my life express exactly what they want: new clothes, a pair of shoes, beer, grilling accessories, or food gift cards.
I try to get those things as much as possible, but also make it thoughtful. Additionally, I throw in a few other things.
This won’t work during the pandemic, but a huge hit is taking them to a comedy show. There are comedians like Nate Bargatze, who you can find tickets for relatively cheap on Groupon. Other comedians are Tom Segura or Bert Kreischer.
If you live near Fort Wayne, there is a place called Big Eye Dicks Axe Throwing. This place teaches you how to throw axes, provides snacks and beer, and has smaller activities. It is supposed to be one of the most fun dates around. I would recommend grabbing a gift card there and a gift card to Pint & Slice for afterward – that’s only eight-minutes of travel!
Who doesn’t love food? A super thoughtful way to revolve a gift around food is to get five $10 gift cards. I suggest getting them to fast-food restaurants that he frequently visits for lunch or dinner. Then, his lunch and dinner are on you for a while!
Something that gets overlooked often is a cooler – people love coolers! Get him a cooler, and fill it with his favorite soda or beer.
Not all guys, but a lot, love the Carhartt brand. It would be awesome if you got him something from Carhartt: a hat, a shirt, a lunchbox, a tool bag, etc.
Many are raving about weighted blankets, which is a great gift to give.
Luckily, The Office and That 70’s Show are being taken off Netflix around Christmas. Snag those on DVD for him, and he will be stoked! You guys could binge them together if 2021 is like 2020 (let’s hope not!)
This is kind of a weird one, but I love it, so here it is: Weather Tech. I love keeping my car clean, and it’s super practical! Having Weather Tech in my car has saved me – from a massive, shattered bottle of Rosé. Buy a set of Weather Tech for his car, and throw in a Black Ice freshener.
When buying for men, I always try to remember that the gift is for them. I try to be extra thoughtful while practical.
When buying for parents that you don’t know personally, you must think of two things: food and quality time.
I highly suggest getting the parents a box of DeBrand chocolate, a cheesecake, or custom cookies. Several small businesses charge about $30 for a dozen custom sugar cookies. Order some themed after their favorite Christmas movie, which is probably Christmas Vacation. They’ll love it!
Families love spending quality time together, and many spend this time playing games! Look on Amazon for some fun, innovative games that you can all play together.
Merry Christmas and happy shopping!
…yes, I will wrap your gifts for you!