Are you having trouble deciding what to get for that special man in your life? What can you give him that he doesn’t already have, or doesn’t even know he needs?
Maybe you’ve tried handmade crafts, heartfelt letters, baked goods and delicacies, and now you’d like to spice it up a little further by giving him something more traditional to remind him that he really is special.
Well, look no further because whether you’re celebrating his birthday, Valentine’s day, an anniversary, Christmas, or nothing at all—here is a list of 10 manly gifts you can give to make your man feel extra manly.
1. Shaving Stand
Shaving is a big deal. Whether your man sports facial hair or not, chances are he’ll be needing to shave once in a while to maintain that sharp, clean look that you fell in love with. Some men even need to shave twice a day because of how quickly their hairs grow out!
This means that packing those brushes and razors away every time he uses them can be rather impractical. So if your man’s shaving tools are constantly lying around the sink and you’d like to help him tidy up a bit, then maybe you ought to consider getting him a shaving stand.
They’re incredibly useful and convenient. These stands even come in different shapes and forms. You can find them in either wood, plastic, or varied metals. Whichever style you pick will surely be a great addition to your bathroom.
The perfect gift for your husband and yourself, since you’ll be saying goodbye to a messy sink. Compromise makes the world go round.
2. Beard Care Kit
Some men prefer to keep it neat and clean by snipping away at their facial hair. Others would rather grow out their beards as long as they humanly can. Maybe the extra fluff keeps them warmer during the winter months, or perhaps they like the mystery associated with the look. Personally, I find they’re great for hiding my triple chin.
Whatever the reason, sporting a robust beard is about as manly a look a man can have. But, there’s a difference between looking robust and looking rugged. If he already has a beard or is in the process of growing one, I definitely recommend getting him a beard care kit to keep him from transforming into a behemoth.
Beard care kits generally contain these basic items to keep a beard well-groomed:
- a comb or brush (or both)
- a pair of scissors to trim off excess hair
- balm or wax for style
- essential oils to minimize itching and dandruff
Yes, dandruff can grow in beards and applying essential oils will help to minimize that discomfort.
Also because I doubt you’d want to snuggle with a man who has snowflakes wafting in and out of his beard… right? If you’ve no problem with it, then my only advice is: don’t breathe when you snuggle.
Other kits may go a step further and provide shampoo and conditioner, as well as a manual on how to use their products. There are a lot of choices on the market—scented or unscented oils, basic wooden combs or bristle boar brushes. There’s no right or wrong answer here, only the promise of a well-kept beard!
3. Whiskey Stones
Ah, whiskey. Alcohol. Since time immemorial, alcohol has been associated with manliness.
A fairly common stigma that’s survived the ages is that men who drink—and who do it well—are looked upon as being manly. In fact, you’ll find many a men in suits with a drink in one hand and even a cigar in the other in films and books. These guys usually run the show or are the “ringleaders” in their respective crews.
Whiskey stones are cubes made from a nonporous stone called soapstone. They work by retaining a drink’s cold temperature without any of the melting brought about by ice cubes.
Too much water spoils a drink. It just ain’t good.
These stones will keep your man’s whiskey cold for about 20 minutes. Not very long, but perhaps just enough time for you to work your… magic. Anniversary gift, anyone?
4. A New Watch
Watches are to men what jewelry is to women: they’re fashionable, timeless accessories that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
The right watch will direct your attention towards the strong bones in a man’s wrist, which some women find irresistible. If you’re one of those women, then getting your man a fancy new watch will benefit both him and you!
As with all things, there are a lot of options to consider like their dials, where they were made, or what material the straps are made of. As straps generally have the biggest impact, we’ll give you a crash course on how to pick them.
Remember: simple is formal. A refined analog watch—no digital please—with a leather strap is the best choice for formal events. Match the color with his best dress shoes and you have the perfect ensemble.
Metallic straps are acceptable too. Find one that will match the color of his other accessories. For example: a gold strap would go well with his gold wedding band.
The other types of straps such as rubber, cloth and plastic are best for casual and sportswear. Get your man one of these if he’s the type that enjoys being outdoors.
Advancements in technology have also given us smart watches which, combined with their health tracking abilities, can be perfect gifts to give to men who are health-conscious and like to workout.
Overall, you should find a watch that balances quality, design, price, and his lifestyle. Your man will thank you for the thoughtful gift, and he might even remember to devote more of his time to you whenever he checks it!
5. A Good Kitchen Knife
They say that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, the reverse can definitely be true, too! In fact, his culinary skills might even be what drew you to him in the first place.
Because a man who knows his way around the kitchen can be very manly, indeed.
Can he prepare your comfort food after a stressful day? Does he make you breakfast in bed? Has he whipped up something special to celebrate special occasions? And do you love it when he does all of these things?
Well, then he’ll definitely appreciate a new, quality kitchen knife—a chef’s most important companion.
There are plenty of great kitchen knives in the market, either sold by themselves or in a set. It’s only a matter of doing your research to find them. Trust that going the extra mile to find that perfect one for your man will definitely be worth the time and effort—your stomach will thank you, too!
6. Portable Thermos
This is a pretty common item, but one that isn’t used as often as it should be.
You can bring your thermos to the gym, to the cinemas, to when you need to travel to different places, or simply to drink from whenever you get thirsty. A thermos will not only keep your drinks at their desired temperature for longer periods of time, they also ensure that you have safe water at hand whenever you need it.
And we do mean whenever. For example, if the coronavirus has you working from home, consider getting yourself a thermos to sip from in between video calls and meetings. Isn’t that just so convenient?
It even lessens the amount of dishes that you have to wash and, by extension, the amount of water and dishwashing liquid you use. It’s a win-win!
Really, it’s a terrific and practical item that everyone should have. And it’s understating to say that there are a lot of varieties available out there, because they literally do come in all shapes and sizes. All colors and designs, too! You can find one that fits your man’s overall personality, style, and drinking needs.
Or you can simply go for the generic manly thermoses and have his name engraved on it for that extra touch. Signed, Mrs. Hubby.
This one’s for you couples who like to travel and experience new things together. A drone can capture all of your favorite moments in heights and distances you wouldn’t normally be able to reach.
And let’s face it, what kind of man wouldn’t enjoy flying a remote-controlled robot?
Drones have been in use for ages, but have only recently become affordable for the average joe. Some of the things you’ll need to take note of are the camera quality and resolution, battery life, navigation system, and stability. Thankfully, they’re no longer as pricey as they used to be so it’ll be easier to find one that’ll fit your budget.
Take note that if you’re both new to flying a drone, it’ll be better to start practicing with a cheaper model first. Don’t ruin the wonderful experience of trying something new together by crashing your drone into a tree on your first run. Ouch.
This is another simple item, but one that you should never underestimate the importance of. Yes, the main thing is that it helps hold up your pants, but belts can complete and transform your outfits, too. This holds especially true for men.
Like watches, belts help give off an aura of refinement that can make a man look truly sexy and manly. He can be dressed to impress or simply dressed to go out malling with you, it doesn’t matter. A belt will do wonders for his overall look.
If you think this is something your man needs or doesn’t have enough of, then I recommend getting him a quality leather belt—either black or brown with metallic buckles—for his formal to semi-formal attire.
You can find other kinds of belts for everyday wear, too. Some belts even have plastic buckles now so you won’t ever need to take them off when checking into the airport. Now that’s convenient!
9. Pocket Knife
It’s surprising just how many times you’ll wish you had something sharp to open a new package with. Or food packs. Beverages. Boxes. Envelopes. Cans. To cut off branches. All of the above, and more.
A pocket knife is a handy little tool that won’t take up much space in your man’s bag, or in the glove compartment of his car. Literally, it’s small and compact enough to fit inside his pocket, hence the name. So if he doesn’t have one already, then maybe this is something you can get for him.
Apart from practical reasons, a pocket knife might also be good to have in tricky, dangerous situations. Just make sure to keep them out of sight and reach from the kids you might have.
Believe me, I never thought I’d ever use my pocket knife but it comes in handy more often than I originally thought possible. Sooner or later, I might even start wearing cargo pants. Yikes.
10. Electric Clipper
The last on our list, but certainly not the least.
Men are generally hairier than women, which means they also require some manscaping every now and then—in fact, they probably need it more.
Electric clippers are safe, convenient, easy-to-use gadgets that will make the task of manscaping that much easier.
They come with varying blade sizes, too, that will determine just how much hair will be clipped off. As long as you keep the pressure steady, the chances of making a bad trim will be remote compared to if you’re using scissors or manual razors.
This is another must-have item for any man. What’s great is you don’t need to shell out too much money to buy them as some good quality clippers can be found with reasonably affordable prices. Again, it just takes a bit of sleuthing on your part to find the best one.
And there you have it—our list of 10 manly gifts you can give to your man. The items listed here range from fairly cheap to expensive. They’re also quite varied, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your man’s needs and personality, or at least something that will give you an idea of what to get him.
Frequently Asked Questions about Manly Gifts for Men
If you’re still unsure at this point, then here are a few FAQs about manly gifts for men!
What do you get a manly man?
Men are a practical bunch so get a manly man something that is useful and can be used frequently—like an electric clipper or a shaving stand. They don’t have to be expensive. Really, it’s the thought that counts. Anyone can appreciate a thoughtful and practical gift, and a man who loves you is no exception.
What do you give a man who has everything?
Realistically speaking, there will always be something you can give anyone, even a man who has everything.
New innovations are being released everyday. Some of them combine new technology with older ones—like smart watches. Or you might notice that your man has an item that’s become too old and torn up and needs replacing.
If push comes to shove, give him something he can’t get anywhere else but from you. This can be a personalized album or scrapbook, a heartfelt letter, or an exciting new recipe you discovered online. Play to your strengths. Unleash your creativity.
What do you give a man who doesn’t want anything?
We all know that one man—or woman—who adamantly insists that he doesn’t want anything. But does he really mean that? Experience tells me, no. What he might actually mean is, “I don’t know what I want”. In this case, it falls on you to decide what to get him.
A good idea would be to look into his hobbies and interests. Everyone has them. It could be as simple as reading a book, or watching a movie every afternoon. Take note and find something to complement those.
A Final Word From The Trending Man
I hope this article proved useful to you, whether you were looking for fresh ideas or just needed to validate that one idea lurking in the back of your mind.
The best gifts really are the ones that you’ve put some thought and effort into. After all, you can’t put a price tag on thoughtfulness. The perfect gift should tell your loved one that you know who he is, that you notice him, and—most importantly—that you care about him.
So get cracking and find that perfectly manly gift for your man. Thanks to the internet, even shopping has become a whole lot easier to do!