Nick's last-minute gift guide for men

2014 last minute mens holiday gift guideI convinced my fiance Nick to come out from behind the camera and share a few last-minute gift ideas for the men in our lives (and drop a few blatant hints to help me out)!

Nick: There are only 5 days left until Christmas or, who knows, maybe it's 4. I'm panicking and forgot how to count. If you're like me and thought it was still October, you likely haven't done much gift shopping. This list can help you get a few presents for the men in your life before the 25th. And most of these items are available digitally, can still be shipped in time, or can be found—if you dare enter this time of year— in your local mall.

1. Amazon Prime Subscription - $99 a year for a bunch of movies, TV shows and e-books. And of course, the best part - free 2-day shipping on millions of items. Consider it a gift for him that makes it easier to buy last-minute gifts for her.

2. Cedar Shoe Trees - Ah, the holidays. They smell of fresh pine, mulled spices, and, my personal favorite, damp, dank shoe funk. Tell him you got these cedar shoe trees to help his favorite Cole Haans keep their shape. But you know the truth. Your entryway will thank you.

3. Spotify Premium Subscription or gift card - The upgrade from the basic version makes a great gift unless for some reason he's a huge Taylor Swift fan (she pulled her discography from the service). It's only $0.99 for 3 months, then $9.99 a month after that—still worth it. You get ad-free, offline access to basically all the world's music, and tons of comedy albums too. It's the most-used app on my phone not called Snapchat. (DIY gifting suggestion: write your Spotify gift message on an old blank CD-ROM)

4. Layrite Deluxe Pomade - $15 for hair goop? Haha, no way, why would I need that. I'm barely halfway through this $2 bottle of LA Looks gel from 1999. But, while I'd never buy it myself, if this stuff magically appeared on the bathroom vanity, I'd use it every day—the sign of a perfect stocking stuffer. (You can substitute the preferred hair product of his barber)

5. Leatherman Multi-Purpose Tool - True, he probably already has one. But I like to keep one in the car, one in the toolbox, and one in the…some other place I can't remember, which is precisely why I could use another. And this one comes in black, which means even fixing your lady's broken costume jewelry can be a badass Rambo adventure.

6. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription - If you know someone who, like me, pretends to prefer shade-grown single-origin Ethopian coffee over Folgers instant, they might enjoy a monthly delivery of beans from Blue Bottle Coffee. You can choose the amount of coffee and the number of months you want it delivered. (DIY gifting suggestion: put a notecard in a mug )

7. Oxo Wooden Spoon Set - Yes, just a spoon. I like cooking and making meals for us. But I'm sick and tired of reading a recipe that says to "stir with a wooden spoon" to which I must reply, "well, this half-melted plastic spatula will do." (Substitute whatever simple cooking item your guy might want, i.e. longer grill tongs so he stops burning off his arm hair)

27 comments:

  1. Hahaha Nick's really funny. LOL several times through reading. I got mine a multi functional tool this year but not very sure about that until now.Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Interesting gift ideas �� thx for sharing!

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  3. So practical...and hilarious. Thank you Nick!

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  4. Hilarious! Love #4!

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  5. Both hilarious and awesome. I love the gift packaging ideas that go along with each one.

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  6. Nick is a funny guy with some great ideas!

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  7. The Amazon Prime Subscription sounds like a fantastic gift for my husband who loves movies and tv shows! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

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  8. This is awesome. Love #5, so sweet. Go Rambo!

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  9. Loved this list - #7 had me laughing out loud (half-melted spatula & burnt arm hair!!!!)

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  10. This is actually a very good list! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  11. Nick, you are a hilarious writer!!! And these are great ideas!

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  12. haha, 7 was quite unexpected :P

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  13. bahahaha LA Looks gel from 1999 and the half-melted spatula.
    Nick you should definitely write more!

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  14. Haha, this is great! Thanks Nick!!

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  15. Haha, great post, Nick! I swear you and N are the same person, this list was perfect.

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  16. Great blog♥

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  17. Haha, my bf is also still working on his LA Looks gel from high school!

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  18. Never posted a comment before, but this is one of the best gift guides for men I've seen, and funny too!

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  19. Ahhhhhhhhh thank you so much for delivering on my request! Very, very much appreciated! Happy Holidays to you both :)

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  20. It's so cute that Nick came and helped out by writing a post himself! Anyways, I got my younger brothers boxes of Lucky Charms marshmallows--YUP just the marshmallows. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  21. love this, thanks!

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  22. "Consider it a gift for him that makes it easier to buy last-minute gifts for her." Amazing.

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  23. This is amazing. Nick, you should write more often. So funny!

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  24. Too funny, and great ideas too! Love the sense of humor Nick brings to this post. Hope to see more from him once in a while!

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  25. I can see why you picked him all those years ago in college and why you're marrying him. With his humor and honesty, he must keep you in stitches and pretty grounded. That's gotta be love :)

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