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)


27 thoughts on “Nick’s last-minute gift guide for men

  • Reply Anonymous December 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    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.

  • Reply Kristina December 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Interesting gift ideas �� thx for sharing!

  • Reply P December 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    So practical…and hilarious. Thank you Nick!

  • Reply Sasa Zoe December 20, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Great ideas! 🙂

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply Anonymous December 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hilarious! Love #4!

  • Reply Phoebe December 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm

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

  • Reply Erica December 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Nick is a funny guy with some great ideas!

  • Reply prudence yeo December 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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


  • Reply Vickai! December 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

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

  • Reply Ella Pretty Blog December 21, 2014 at 12:33 am

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

  • Reply December 21, 2014 at 2:12 am

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


  • Reply Lauren December 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

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

  • Reply annie lee December 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    haha, 7 was quite unexpected 😛

  • Reply Christina December 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Nick is really funny! Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous December 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

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

  • Reply Abigail Hare December 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Haha, this is great! Thanks Nick!!

  • Reply Petite-ish December 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

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

  • Reply Julie McQueen December 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Great blog♥

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  • Reply Anonymous December 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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

  • Reply Rachel December 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

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

  • Reply Sonesta December 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

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

  • Reply Audrey Lin December 21, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    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

  • Reply Tish Baily December 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Anonymous December 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

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

  • Reply Melissa December 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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

  • Reply Tina December 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jenny December 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    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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