Santa Claus is coming to town. In fact, he will be here before you know it. But the big guy might need a few on ideas on what to get for the guy who has everything. You might call him “Hubby”, “Sweetie”, or “Hot Stuff”. He may alternatively be called “Dad” or “Dada”.
It appears this guy has everything. Adoring wife, cute kids, maybe even a pet or two. He is easily pleased by a juicy burger, a cold beer, and a ballgame. So, how do you blow his Christmas socks off this holiday season? I have a few ideas that are perfect for that special guy in your life who has everything.
What to Get the Guy Who Has Everything This Christmas
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Give the Gift of an Old Hobby
You can never go wrong with getting your guy something that he will actually enjoy and use! Does he like playing golf, watching sports, or holding backyard barbecues? I know what you are thinking. But, Brittany, I already got my man his favorite jersey/new golf club/grilling tools! If you did not do this, start here! However, if you need a fresh take on an old hobby, read on!
The way to leave a lasting impression this holiday season is to give the gift of experience rather than material goods. Instead of a new putter, give Dad a lesson or two with a Golf Pro. You can find great deals on Groupon for this! A round of golf at his favorite golf course would be another great gift.
Is your guy a sports nut? Attending a professional game can get pricey, but the new rage is dynamic pricing of professional sporting events. This means that Game 7 of the World Series or NFL playoff games are still going to cost a small (or large) fortune. However, games that are held on a weeknight or early in the season are going to be far cheaper. You could even wait as the date approaches before buying because the price may significantly drop! It is a bit of a gamble, but a great way for your man to see his favorite team play.
If your man is a foodie, instead of buying him a new cover for his backyard grill, treat him to a meal out at a trendy, new restaurant. Or try several by going to one place for appetizers, one for dinner, and one for dessert. Like a pub crawl, but for the gourmet food lover. You could also buy him a cookbook for Christmas and plan a date night at home where you tackle the recipe of his choice together.
These ideas are all about having an experience rather than gifting a material good. Why not give him something that he will always keep in his mind? Don’t you want it there instead of something that will end up in the garage collecting dust? Now, we know Dad’s a really big kids at heart, so they still want to open something at Christmas. Try one of the FREE printables I made below and wrap it in the largest box you can find. Keep those boys on their toes!
2. Give the Gift of a New Hobby
I bought my hubby a starter kit for creating your own home-brewed beer last year for Christmas. It turns out that this was the gift that kept on giving. He started with brewing one gallon of Belgian Ale. The process was relatively easy and the result was so delicious that he moved on to brewing five gallons at a time.
Now, he has made ales, stouts, and a variety of IPA’s. The fun part is trying new recipes and taste testing the results. It is like cooking and science mixed together. I love helping my hubby come up with new recipes and taste testing each brew at various steps of the process. It is not about tying one on, it is about trying one out. One carbonated concoction at a time.
For my husband’s birthday, I ordered custom beer labels. Did you know that “Daddy’s Milk” is a slang term for beer? I had some real fun creating labels and even bottle caps! There are so many add-on items to this gift that you will have gift ideas for years. The links below are few of my favorites to get you started.
Go Big or Go Home(Brew) Starter Kit
If you think your guy is going to really get into this hobby, you might as well start him out with the 5 gallon kit. Once my husband upgraded, he has never used the one gallon again. We may use it to make root beer or ginger ale eventually, but if your man is going to do the work, he will want the highest yield. This kit is currently on sale on *Amazon for $99 (regular price $160).
The Try It Out Starter Kit
If you are not sure if this is the type of hobby that your guy will love or will sit in the garage with all of his other discarded projects, try this kit. It is less than $50 and comes with the ingredients to make a Czech-Style Pilsner that moms will also enjoy.
Directions…I mean Books!
We all know the old adage about men not liking to read directions, but if it looks like a book and feels like a book, it is probably a book! Not directions. No, no, silly. These are a few great titles to get your guy started.
Maybe brewing beer is not your man’s thing, but maybe he has expressed a recent interest in another hobby. Perhaps even one the two of you could do together? Use the holiday season to think of a new hobby that he (and you!) could look forward to in the new year.