Small Gifts for Men

by Gregory Hamel

Shopping for small gifts for a man for a birthday or other occasion can be difficult if you don't know them well or if they don't seem to want anything. Men like to receive gifts that are related to their hobbies or are practical.

Hobby Gifts

If you know a man well enough to buy him a small gift, you are probably aware of some of his hobbies. Almost any hobby, even expensive ones, have small items that are useful. A golfer could use some nice golf balls and tees. A fisherman could use some fly fishing lures or other things for his tackle box. If he likes a certain sport, a new piece of equipment or tickets to a game can be a great gift. If you are unsure what to get for a hobby, focus on practical things rather than luxuries.

Utility

When you have no clue what to buy for a man, remember that men usually like to get things that are useful. Tools are usually a good gift choice. A new power drill, a set of screwdrivers, or a new hammer with some nails can be great gifts for a man. A sledgehammer or a crowbar can make good gifts even if the man has never needed them in the past; he will find ways to use them. Even if a man already has a certain tool, there's a good chance he could use another one. He can put the spare in his vehicle or cabin. Avoid kitchen-based utensils unless you know he enjoys cooking. If you simply don't know what to get, a gift card is always a good idea. Men appreciate the flexibility to buy whatever they wish with a gift card. It could be he needed for a very specific tool that you would never have though of on your own.

Technology

Most men love gadgets, especially new ones that few other people have. A trip to your local electronics store is likely to turn up a few small gifts that a man will appreciate. For a guy who likes games, some new games or new game controllers can be a nice gift. A flash storage drive or memory card for a camera can also be a very useful gift. If your guy likes to take photos or shoot video, an extra memory card or camera battery would make a thoughtful gift. A quality mouse or keyboard can be good gift for a guy that spends a lot of time on the computer.

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About the Author

Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.

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