Birthday Gifts for Ten Types of Men
The man in your life is another year older, another year sweeter. It’s that one day a year where he can celebrate just being alive, and he gets to go out and enjoy himself. And whether he’s your brother, your dad, your significant other, or a friend, you want to get him something for his birthday.
We know it’s hard to pick the perfect gift for him. He has everything he needs, and is vague about what he wants. So, to help you, we’ve assembled a list of ten types of men and what to get for them. There is a gift for every budget, and every type of man. We’ve selected fun gifts that are still useful (mostly) and will definitely make the man in your life smile.
For the Meat Lover: Get him a Bacon of the Month Club membership. Few men can resist the greasy temptation of bacon. In fact, we’ve yet to meet one who can. Depending on the club you join, you can get anywhere between a few ounces to a pound of bacon per month for a year. He’ll get flavors he’s probably never heard of in his bacon dreams, like sundried tomato. You can also get him a bacon soda to quench his manly thirst.
For the Office Drone: Sometimes, a man wants to goof off and have some fun, even though he’s stuck at the office in the ol’ cubicle. For these times, get him a remote control missile launcher. There are a few really good ones that are controlled by his iPhone, and can fire foam darts on an automatic rotation to strike fear into the hearts of his cube-mates.
For the Hipster: Mustaches are all the rage with the hipster crowd now (don’t tell them, they’ll drop it like it’s mainstream), and your man may have hipster tendencies. Instead of worrying about what American Apparel T-shirt is in this month, get him a mustache watch and matching wall clock. This is a gift that is practical and enjoyable, and he can show off his new gear at work.
For the Nerd: Some men love comics. It’s hard-wired in their DNA, and now you can get them a gift that isn’t too ostentatious, but will still make the superhero in him delight. Flash drives are extremely useful in the office, so get him a small collection of superhero-themed flash drives. Superman, Batman, Robin, Green Lantern, and a variety of others are available, so you are guaranteed to find his favorites. He can have a phalanx of heroes on his desk from now on.
For the Tech Geek: Different than the nerd, the tech geek enjoys a good electronic gift. Give him what he wants with an iPod Nano and a watchband to mount it on. The Nano is an unobtrusive iPod that has a clock feature, so your man can easily hide his music and games if the boss comes in. The watchband is a great way to carry around the Nano, for easy access. He’ll wear it proudly, and love the thought you put into getting him something both techy and useful.
For the Sports Fan: Some great sports moments can be relived over and over again, with no less enjoyment found in them. Get the sports fan in your life a collection of some of the best stories in sports, from some of the best storytellers. ESPN’s 30 for 30 features thirty documentaries with personal points of view. He can watch the stories of issues, athletes, teams, rivalries, and games that transformed the sport. The collection covers sports from 1979 to 2009, and he’s sure to enjoy every story.
For the Overworked: Office life can be draining, and if your man comes home every night exhausted and sore from surfing the cubicle, you can get him no better gift than the iNeed Pro Neck and Shoulder Massager with heat. This amazing device drapes over his broad shoulders and relaxes him. Your man can unwind at the end of the day, and wake refreshed each morning. And he’ll let you use it, too. Probably.
For the Sentimental: Some Dads love their children so much, they want to have a memento of them on their person at all times. Give him what he wants with locket cufflinks. A much manlier version of the locket pendant, Dad can slip a tiny image of you, his children, or even his dog into his cufflinks, so he has a reminder of the love he possesses every day. They come in a variety of metals and prices, according to your budget, and he’ll love the sentimentality of it.
For the Caveman: So, he’s is a little hairy. He gets five-o-clock shadow by 11 AM, and constantly nicks his face with his razor. Get him a razor that’s a little bit more sophisticated than his old three blader. Get him an electric razor from Braun, along with Braun razor parts. This way, he’ll be able to maintain his smooth skin, rugged shadow, or full beard in style and comfort, with high-quality parts and blades. He’ll look and feel more handsome.
For the Movie Buff: “Back in his day,” drive-in theaters were the place to be, and where to bring a date. Nowadays, you may have to drive for over an hour to find a drive-in movie theater. To recreate the magic he once felt, give him an outdoor home theater kit. Even if he’s younger, he’ll still love the retro feel of sitting on a blanket with his family, watching his favorite flicks.
No matter what that man likes, you can get him something he’ll genuinely love. His birthday is a day to appreciate the man in your life, and with these gifts, he’ll feel so appreciated, he’ll show off his new gift for the whole year.
Sara Stricker is part of a team of dedicated writers who contribute hundreds of articles to various blogs and sites. She forays into the world of men for this article. Follow her @StrickerSara for more articles.