Nick’s last-minute gift guide for men

2014 last minute mens holiday gift guide

I 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 Subscriptionor 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)

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  1. Jenny wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 12.25.14 Reply
  2. Tina wrote:

    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!

    Posted 12.23.14 Reply
  3. Melissa wrote:

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

    Posted 12.22.14 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 12.22.14 Reply
  5. Tish Baily wrote:
    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  6. Audrey Lin wrote:

    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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  7. Sonesta wrote:

    Ahhhhhhhhh thank you so much for delivering on my request! Very, very much appreciated! Happy Holidays to you both 🙂

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  8. Rachel wrote:

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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  10. Great blog♥

    My Blog:

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  11. Petite-ish wrote:

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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  12. Haha, this is great! Thanks Nick!!

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  14. Christina wrote:

    Nick is really funny! Thanks!

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  15. annie lee wrote:

    haha, 7 was quite unexpected 😛

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  16. Lauren wrote:

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

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  17. This is actually a very good list! Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  18. Loved this list – #7 had me laughing out loud (half-melted spatula & burnt arm hair!!!!)

    Posted 12.21.14 Reply
  19. Vickai! wrote:

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

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  20. The Amazon Prime Subscription sounds like a fantastic gift for my husband who loves movies and tv shows! Thanks for the recommendation!


    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  21. Erica wrote:

    Nick is a funny guy with some great ideas!

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  22. Phoebe wrote:

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

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Hilarious! Love #4!

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  24. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Great ideas! 🙂

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  25. P wrote:

    So practical…and hilarious. Thank you Nick!

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  26. Kristina wrote:

    Interesting gift ideas �� thx for sharing!

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    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.

    Posted 12.20.14 Reply

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