Men make great fathers, partners, house fixer-uppers, fill in the blank here. But one instance in which they are notoriously difficult? As giftees. Men are particular. They like the things they like and predicting what those things are is close to impossible. Lucky for you, I compiled 10 fabulous gifts for those hard to shop for men. And they’re all available for purchase at your fingertips via QVC!
The L'Occitane Men’s Shaving Ritual Duo with Gift Bag ($37.50) is a great place to start. Every man likes to feel fresh, clean, and silky-smooth after a shave and nobody does body and bath products better than L'Occitane. This duo comes with a gentle foam shaving gel and aftershave balm enriched with shea butter and birchwood sap extract to help moisturize and protect that handsome mug of his. It’s the perfect gift for your man, your pops or your best male pal.
It’s hard to go wrong with gloves, especially when they’re as warm, practical, and stylish as the Muk Luks Fairisle Flip Gloves for Men ($29) are. These magical gloves can be worn as mittens with the cozy top on, or as fingerless gloves with the top flipped back and down. (Kind of like the glove version of a convertible car!) These mittens come in the perfect neutral dark grey with a single button at the wrist to fasten the top when your guy decides to go fingerless.
While preparing your man for the cold outdoors, don’t forget to help keep him toasty inside, as well, with Minnetonka Men’s Double Bottom Fleece Slippers ($54). Made of suede and leather with an übersoft fleece lining and an extra layer of leather on the bottom to help them last, these slippers are both cozy and functional. Plus, it doesn’t get more classic than Minnetonka Moccasins when it comes to slippers; and red and black plaid when it comes to design for men.
An unfortunate but important lesson we’ve all recently learned is to always be prepared for extreme weather…even when you don’t think you need to be. Make sure your man is set by getting him the ETON Hand Crank AM/FM NOAA Radio w/USB Phone Charger ($37) which allows him to cover all his bases at once. This compact weather radio is hand turbine-, solar-, and DC-powered (direct current) so he can still get weather updates, news, and music even when he can’t turn the lights on. And there’s even a USB port to charge up a phone in case an emergency call needs to be made. Other bonus features are: a bright LED flashlight and glow-in-the-dark locator.
Another product that will prove very useful for your guy (and you; this product comes in a pair!) is the Set of 2 Power LED Telescoping Flashlights w/ Magnetic Heads. Not only do these flashlights provide up to 100,000 hours of light, they allow the user to apply light in extra hard to reach places with their telescoping pole and flexible magnetic head. Next time you lose an earring while your power is out, your man will be armed with the perfect tool to find it. Oh yeah, and of course these flashlights are great assets in case of an emergency.
There’s nothing like the relationship between a man and his grill; and that includes the George Foreman Evolve Grill w/ 6 Removable Non-stick Plates ($121). George Forman Evolve is the grill your boyfriend, dad, or uncle already knows and loves but better. The Evolve comes with six interchangeable nonstick plates—including two grill plates, two waffle plates, one muffin pan plate, and one deep-dish/bake pan plate—so the men in your life can grill, bake, or cook a wide variety of delicious dishes all in one compact appliance. This cooking station is great for eating healthy as the Evolve is designed to drain the fat away from your food, rather than to keep it all in. Splurge on your guy now so he can spoil you later with a delectable, homemade meals cooked on his new George Forman grill.
If your man has plans for a Memphis-inspired BBQ in his near future, or even if he doesn’t, he’s sure to dig the Masterbuilt Smokehouse 3 Rack Electric Smoker with Cover ($149.76) This electric smoker comes with three smoking racks, so your guy can say goodbye to juggling his cooking, and hello to smoking his veggies, fish, and meats all at the same time. The Masterbuilt Smokehouse is fully equipped with a built-in thermostat so your guy can control the temperature of what he’s preparing, and a removable drip tray, making his cleanup a snap. Invite all your friends over for a scrumptious, Southern-style meal; with his new electric smoker, your man will be happy to cook.
You know when you attempt to drill a screw in the wall and you can’t find the stud? Well, now you don’t have to worry about that. Once you get the Black & Decker Rechargeable Lithium Screwdriver w/Stud Sensor ($44) for your husband, it will be his problem…only it won’t be a problem at all with the special sensor that detects studs through walls 3/4" thick! And that’s just the beginning—this magnetic screwdriver automatically adjusts for optimal and accurate results, and it has a battery that can stay charged for up to 18 months. Now when you make a stack of paintings and photographs you’d like hung up around the house, your husband won’t mind one bit.
If you’re as lucky as I am, to have both a dad and a husband who catch fresh fish for sport and good eatin’, then the FoodSaver Vertical 2 Speed VacuumSealer w/ Accessory Hose ($119.75) is a gift the men in your life will surely enjoy. Even if there aren’t fishermen in the family, this vacuum sealer is a food saver and lifesaver, still, one your husband will surely cherish. He can use it to store leftovers, excess food from bulk purchases (cereals, veggies), freshly caught fish or perhaps meat brought home from a hunting trip. Whatever he’s looking to store, this sealing system, with its proper airtight seal, will help him keep it fresh in the fridge or freezer till it’s ready to be eaten.
While this one is a bit of a treat, to put it mildly, there might be no better gift to get your guy this year than the Toshiba 40" Diagonal 180p 120Hz Full HDTV ($729.96). While that 20-incher with rabbit ears and a built-in VCR still technically works, its demise is about a billion eons overdue. Why not give your man the luxury to indulge in Sunday Night Football and all the PBS documentaries his heart desires on this deluxe entertainment box? Features include a 40” diagonal display, Full HD 1080p resolution, and a USB media port so one can listen to music or view slideshows of family photos; plus so much more. If you’re lucky, after this grand gesture, your guy will share remote control privileges with you.
This year, don’t let shopping for the men in your life get you flustered. Take control at QVC…and make sure to keep this list handy!
Dana Holmes is a lifestyle, gift & etiquette expert who is the editor-in-chief of Gifts.com(www.gifts.com) and the Gift Rap Blog (http://blog.gifts.com). She has worked in buying & trend forecasting for 10 years and has an expert eye for finding the perfect gift, every time. Along with the other gift gurus, Dana is constantly sifting through literally millions of products to find the few most fabulous gifts. She loves helping make every occasion unique with her handy tips & special touches. She has appeared on Fox & Friends, TODAY in NY and been interviewed by The New York Times, RedBook, and Real Simple to name a few. The best gift that she ever received was her engagement ring.