Any woman who has ever shopped for men understands the frustration many of us feel when trying to come up with a gift that they will like and it isn’t a repeat from last year. These are a few of my favorite gift ideas; some have been favorites of my dad’s and some have been favorites of my husband.

FOR THE SPORTS ENTHSIASTS IN YOUR LIFE

Tickets to a college sports event are more affordable than pro tickets and the games are fun to watch. Many of the sports enthusiasts already have a favorite college team anyway-

  • Sports Magazine Subscription
  • Team Hats

Sports Books

A Sports Movie Basket-Choose a movie based on a sports theme-there are a lot of them to choose from, then pack a basket with lots of movie theatre type goodies. Packages of microwave popcorn, their favorite large boxes of candy. Anything they like to order at the theater is a good choice.

FOR THE HANDYMEN IN YOUR LIFE

There are some tools that you can almost give to everyone on your list-these include things like tape measures (they have a way of disappearing), laser levels, flashlights, and lights that can run off your car battery in the event that there are car problems.

FOR THE MEN WHO LOVE YOUR COOKING

You know who they are-whether it is your dad, your husband, son or nephew-there is someone out there who would love to be the recipient of a monthly gift of their favorite baked item. This can be a batch of their favorite cookies, a blueberry pie, or your specialty cheesecake. If it is their favorite, they will be very pleased and will be waiting for the day to arrive.

FOR THE GUY WHO NEEDS TO RELAX

The gift of massage is a wonderful gift; you can purchase gift certificates from most massage therapists in either half hour or hour long increments.

FREE GIFTS

Sometimes the budget is really tight or the best gift is really some of your time! In this case, a homemade coupon book is best. Coupons can include a half hour massage, cooking their favorite meal, an evening where the remote is all theirs (no complaints), a guilt-free night out with the guys, an evening of your time-you get the idea and can use your imagination to come up with some coupons of your own!

FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE WHO REALLY DON’T WANT GIFTS

Donations to a charity in their name are a good idea. This can even be done creatively-choose a charity or group that you know they would support to make a donation.

FOR DADS (FROM THEIR KIDS)

Favorite suggestions for gifts from the kids are always home-made.

Hand painted picture frames, personalized for Dad with the kid’ names on is a great idea.

Baseball hats decorated with a phrase like, “World’s Greatest Dad” decorated with fabric paints by the kids.

A hand painted coffee mug

Photo items (there are lots of great choices on Wal-Mart’s photo center at walmart.com, including

  • Photo Calendars
  • Mousepads
  • Mugs
  • Memory Books

Mens leather travel wallet The good thing about this gift idea is that you can choose from wide variety of modern designed items. Most of the best wallets now do come very stylish and fashionable. So it is also an ideal gift.

We all say that men are so hard to shop for unless you have a lot of money to spend. That’s not always true!