The Hardest Things About Buying For The Men In Your Life And What You Can Do About Them

Women are pretty easy to buy for, for the most part. Flowers, chocolates, jewellery the list goes on and on. But what about the men in your life? Do you find it as easy buying for them, as their female counterparts? The chances are that you don’t. Why is that? Is there less of selection available for men? Or are they more just picky? This post aims to answer those questions and come up with some ways of making gift buying for the guys in your life a bit easier.

Instant gratification

One of the biggest problems with our society is that we live in a world of instant gratification. Well, that might be true, but what on earth has that got to do with gift giving you might say? It matters because if someone really wants something the pervasive trend, these days seems to be to go out and get it right there and then.

With online shopping and credit readily available people don’t even need to leave the house to buy the items of their dreams! This can be a real problem when you are trying to get a gift for the man in your life.


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So what do you do to work around this issue? Well, it’s unlikely that you will be able to stop him buying something if his heart is set on it. So it can be best to steer clear of any danger items and go for something off the wall and quirky. If you are drawing a blank, check out something like these unique gift ideas for men for help.



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The alternative is to use this issue as an advantage and instead of buying him the item itself, use that money to get accessories to go with it. For example, a smart watch may need extra straps. Or a camera may need an expensive specialist lens cleaner. Items like these are both thoughtful, and useful, and they don’t run the risk of doubling up.

Theme / Genre gifts

Many savvy gift givers take notice of a theme or genre that the men in their lives particularly like. This could be something such as golf, science fiction or even a particular spirit such as whiskey or gin. Then they arrange a gift around that. This is a good way of ensuring that you are in the right ballpark.



The problem is that there is so much variety and selection within these themes, that while the topic can be spot on, the gift may still fall short.

To get around this is better to initiate conversations on the theme to see where their current interests lie. It could be on a particular series of books, of which they need the second or third. Or, they could fancy attending a gin festival if spirits are their thing.


Another major issue when selecting a gift for a guy is the element of surprise. It’s important to note that some people don’t like surprises even if they are good ones!

Make sure to find out whether they would prefer to look forward to their gift or be totally surprised when they receive it.


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