Since about 99% of my readers are women... and we shop for other people waaay more than we shop for ourselves, I thought it would be fun - and hopefully useful - to give you some gift ideas for the men in your life.
I know that may seem like a strange thing to write about on a baking blog, but you know... maybe not. It can be really hard shopping for men - especially thinking of something unique or useful that's not a tie or socks or a tool (although I do have one tool on my list).
So, as a blogger, I want to write things that are helpful to my readers. I hear it over and over again... what do your readers NEED? That's what you should write about.
And while yes - you need recipes and cake tutorials and of course, sweet deals on cake stands. You also need gift ideas for your guys, right?
Yes, yes you do. I know I do too. So I made a list.
And these are good gifts. Every single gift I've listed here is currently in my home being used by my guys. These are gifts I've personally given to the men in my life with overwhelmingly fantastic reviews. Things I hope the men in your life will also use and love!
So here we go....
Gift ideas for the men in your life.
Anker Portable Bluetooth Speaker. My oldest son bought this speaker for my husband for Father's Day this year and he absolutely loves it. He uses it in our Mustang. We use it for homeschooling. It's small enough to drop in my purse (although heavy) but it puts out clear, beautiful sound and easily connects to my laptop, our cell phones and the kids Kindles.
Mission Belts. I initially bought a set of these for my husband and he loves them! And then my son's started "borrrowing" them on a regular basis - so I bought them one. And this past month... I bought one for my Daddy. He loves his just as much. They come in dozens of colors and they're adjustable. The buckles are interchangeable and you can cut them to size. They're awesome belts. My husband has even put in a request for a new buckle in the gunmetal color.
Warthog V-Sharp Knife Sharpener. I bought my husband one of these 3 Christmas' ago and he still uses it all.the.time. I also bought one for my Daddy the next year - he loves it too! They're fantastic and if your guy uses a knife often (or you want him to sharpen your kitchen knives for you), you'll love this gift!
Swissmar Mandoline Slicer. Richy, my husband, loves to cook. And I can't remember why I initially bought this for him, but it was a HIT! It can slice and dice an onion in record time with no tears. We've also used it to shred, slice, and dice innumerable other veggies. It's a kitchen tool he can't live without now.
Shiatsu Kneading Back Massage Pillow with Heat Balls. Okay - I know this thing looks like an alien. And let me admit - I bought it for myself, not my husband. But we both have frequent and severe back pain. And when I read a review about this crazy looking pillow, I ordered on a whim (on a night when my back pain was especially bad). But when it got here, he ended up using it way more than me. And I'm so glad we have it!!
My Pillow. I recently overheard a friend making a joke about the My Pillow pillows. I understand that the ads are a little cheesy and I understood her teasing. But I immediately came to the defense of these pillows. The hubby and I both have one and they've been lifesavers for us. I owned, at one time, probably 10 different pillows. Not one of them was comfortable or helped with my neck/back pain. But then out of desperation a couple of years ago, I ordered a set of these. Mostly for me, but there was a "deal" if I bought two, so I did. And we will never sleep on another pillow. The hubby and I both love them and believe they're worth every penny!
Tactical Flashlights. My husband, sons, brothers and Daddy are all outdoorsmen. They're hunters, fishers, and they work in the yard and on the cars all the time. And they all have flashlight collections. The tactical flashlights are a recent favorite, but I seriously don't think you could go wrong buying any kind of flashlight for a man! They love the lights - that's all I'm saying!
Porter-Cable Oscillating Multi-Tool. When writing this list, I asked Richy which gifts I've given him over the years that he loves the most. First he named the Mission Belts above, then he said this tool. I'm sure you're already seeing a pattern here, but I bought this tool for my husband and my Daddy and they both love it! I know Richy has used it to strip floors, cut nails, make special wood cuts, sand, grind and more! It's truly a "multi" tool and it's one of his favorites! I bought it almost 5 years ago and at this minute, it's sitting by our front door for a project he's going to work on tomorrow. If your guy is a "tools" junkie, this is one he'll love to add to his collection.
Leather Sachel or Tote Bag. My oldest son is a bit of hipster/artist type. When he graduated from high school (homeschool) a couple of years ago and started apprenticeship school, I wanted to get him a really nice bag for his books and art supplies. Since he doesn't go to a typical college (he works 40 hours a week and does class one night per week), he didn't need a backpack. So I stepped up my game and bought him this bag. It's more than 2 years old now and he still carries it everywhere with him daily. Guys will love that this bag is big and wide (plenty of room for books and a laptop and art supplies) and it's held up beautifully and it's such a nice, classy, masculine gift. It was well worth the investment and I don't see him replacing it anytime soon.
Okie-dokie. If I think of anything else, I'll come back and update this list.
I really hope you've found something on this list that helps you with your shopping this year. What unique gifts do you love to give the men in your life? Leave me a comment!!