Today: a seasonal PSA.
My husband is hard to shop for—as is my dad, my brother, my father-in-law. They know what they like, own most of it already, and don’t want more stuff. I always struggle to find them gifts that will delight them—or at the very least, be pleasingly practical—and won’t be seen as clutter, or worse, as a chore.
Last year I asked you all for ideas for my husband, and you delivered. (See #2 below.) This year, I wanted to return the favor, because I know I’m not the only one who struggles to buy gifts for the men in my life.
Today I’m sharing four-ish gifts that have been easy to find (for me) and much appreciated (by him). I’m sharing them today because if you want something tangible to give during the holidays—such as the first month of a many-month subscription—now is the time to order.
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Last year Will surprised me with a Misto Box subscription, and I LOVED it. (Still love it, actually, because I renewed it when it ran out this summer.) They also offer a wide variety of coffees—including decaf. Use the code 2PAL to save $10.
In the past I’ve given Will a Blue Bottle subscription, which he enjoyed. Blue Bottle has featured seasonal gift items in the past: last year I gave him a kit that featured two whole-bean blends and a bamboo coffee box that still sits on our counter. (It’s not in their shop right now—alas!—but they do have some nice gifts right here.)
We also love our Keep Cup, a glass travel “mug” that I love a thousand times more than the typical stainless or plastic travel mugs. Look for these in your local coffee shop, or order directly from Keep Cup (design your own!) from Amazon, or from Prima Coffee.
Last year I discovered the Cairn outdoor gear box subscription when you suggested it—and he loved it. The timing was perfect. This year our family has done more camping, hiking, paddleboarding, and general outdoors-ing than we’ve ever done before, both because we want to, and because our kids’ outdoor adventures for school and the like have dragged us into it (though not unwillingly, PHEW).
I subscribed in November so I could put the first box under the tree. Each box typically holds one piece of gear, a trinket, and a food item. Not every item is a home run, but each box has held something he’s loved and used. Will’s favorite Cairn box items have been the Serac hammock (the kids love it), a DrinkTanks tumbler (which I’ve stolen for tea on the go), and this inflatable lantern.
For less stuff with the same amount of fun try an Outside+ subscription. Will has been an Outside subscriber for years (renewing his subscription has been a common present over the years) but they recently introduced Outside+. This subscription includes two print magazines (they own over a dozen titles), digital access to articles from all the titles, Outside TV, a couple of app subscriptions and more. This is a great way to keep them inspired and equipped for the next adventure.
I first gave Will a Dollar Shave Club subscription two houses ago, back when all they did was razors—but they did them really well. Now they have manly smelling hand lotion, lip balm, and all the hair products your man could need from gel to cream to paste. But for gifts—and we’ve given a lot—I still like the starter set + an ongoing subscription.
Snacks and drinks don’t clutter the house and if you go a little nicer than he typically buys he’ll consider it a treat, not just groceries. I live in Kentucky, where bourbon is king, so our go-to is a bottle of something fancy from a small batch distiller. My favorite is to pair this with a great cocktail book like Tequila Mockingbird for drinks with a literary twist, or Gone with the Gin for recipes with a Hollywood spin. Check your local bookstore to see these fantastic collections in person.
For beer drinkers: try a nice insulated growler from DrinkTanks or a classic Stanley. Create your own subscription-of-sorts by adding a growler gift card to your local shop or brewery, should you be so lucky to have one, and he can refill it on his schedule.
Finally, The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg (a real shop in historic Williamsburg) has fantastic peanut snacks. I’ve given these pretty tins to my dad for more years than I can remember. Then Will discovered you can get these with a habeñero seasoning and they last a lot longer—he can only eat a handful at a time.
Readers, what gifts have been easy for you to give, and appreciated by the recipient? I would love to hear your ideas—please share in comments.
P.S. If you need some smaller ideas for his stocking some of the 100 Stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated are for (or will work for) adults.