1) For the sports nut. There are 2 kinds of guys into sports: couch-bound quarterbacks and dudes who think they smell better basted in their own sweat. Both men thrive on the experience. A shot of adrenaline when something extraordinary happens, the bro-zy camaraderie of us versus them and the sweet taste of a well-deserved beverage. Get the sports nut in your life tickets to see his team of choice (yes, it’s best to bite the bullet and get one for yourself too – unless you enjoy it, too. Then, even better!). Check out Stubhub.com, and try to score the best seats possible from other fans.
2) For the music snob. Is your guy crazy into Band You’ve Never Heard Of? Does he insist everyone’s new stuff sucks? Does he worship Jeff Lynne as his personal lord and savior? Normally, I’d say to give that guy a recorder and let him make music for you but instead, go for something that will let him experience his music in his own little world. IPick him up a pair of high-end headphones, like Bose’s Quiet Comfort Acoustic Noise-Canceling Headphones.
3) For the comedy nerd. It’s not all wieners and fart jokes, ladies. From reveling in the majesty of Louie to sad clowning it up with Marc Maron to laughing at, well, really esoteric fart and wiener jokes with The State, some of us take our comedy VERY seriously. If you live in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago, you could get your guy improv lessons but there are a quarter of a billion US citizens who live outside of those MSAs. Instead, give him a history lesson. Give your comedy nerd the audio version of Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up or Tina Fey’s Bossypants
4) For the bookworm. For your fella, reading is FUNdamental. He’s read the classics. Amazon just sends him books after a favorable review in The Atlantic. Your casual-reading Kung Fu is no match for his literati karate. Forget getting him some horse plop tablet reader, get him something classic, something collectable, something leatherbound. Get your bookworm a collectible leatherbound version of his favorite novel or a unique, antique book from a classic 19th century author. Try sites like Easton Press Books and Poor Man’s Books – or visit a local antique books dealer.
5) For the workaholic. Lots of men define themselves by how their bills get paid, but your guy burns the midnight oil before the REAL nitty gritty gets done. While he probably needs a reminder that his mighty empire won’t fit in his coffin, it’s the holiday season, so get him something that can go in a slightly smaller box. Get your little workaholic the gift of relaxation: a private session with massage therapist – and maybe even give you a few pointers for conducting future at-home massage sessions. Look up a massage therapist in your area at Spa Finder.
6) For the foodie. Truffle oil. Ginger, cayenne, peanut butter ice cream. Argmanac-infused duck liver. Squid ink jumbo prawns in a bed of garlic, lime baby field greens. Your guy lives to eat and won’t take “turkey on white” for an answer. Unless you can get Anthony Bourdain to take him on a vacation, let’s add some punch to your flavor savor-er’s own kitchen. If your foodie loves to cook, get him a super high-end set of knives, like Wusthof or Henckels. If he’d rather dine out, make reservations at a nice restaurant.
7) For the satorialist. Some guys love American Psycho for the violence and snappy dialogue; others love it for Christian Bale’s style sense and morning beauty rituals. If your guy is the latter, we got you covered. It’s likely that your clotheshorse is not a vain man but we’ll play to his vanity anyway. A pair of high-end jeans or a pretty cashmere sweater could cover him, but let’s think outside of the bolt (of fabric) and get him something he can wear everyday, like a an ultra sharp wristwatch. Try brands like Tissot, Bulova and Ingersoll.
8) For the world traveler. You’ve heard him say, “Were we heli-skiing in Switzerland? Maybe it was cattle rustling in Patagonia? Or was it diving off the coast of Ceylon, which I will never call Sri Lanka? Whatever the case, you just have to go.” Forget the children in these exotic locales that my look half like your fella, globe-trotting is all about the memories. Get your world traveler a high-end globe that he can set on his desk while he visualizes an excursion for just you two.
9) For the boyfriend who’s impossible to buy for. Some men buy what they want when they want it. Some men just hate stuff. In either case, it’s aggravating. I know, I’m both of those guys. Normally, I’d advocate to make a coupon book that would make the Kama Sutra blush, but you may have to tell your or his mom about it eventually. For the man who eschews material gifts, get something he can actually consume, like a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue or Chateau Mouton Rothschild – or some Omaha Steaks! (YourTango)