Gift Guide: Hard to Buy for Men

Most men seem hard to buy for.  My husband is no exception.  It’s not that he’s picky, it’s just that when he wants something, he buys it.  Which leaves little to no ideas come birthday or Christmas time.

Instead of scanning the internet for hours upon hours in search of ideas this year, I took a different approach.  This year, I posted to Instagram Stories and asked what was the best gift you ever bought for a man in your life.  As usual, y’all delivered.  I received +250 responses and got some truly amazing ideas.  I rounded up the best responses and my own ideas below.  Hopefully, you’ll get a great idea for that hard-to-buy-for dude in your life!

Head’s up:  I originally planned to keep all items under $100, but then I thought more about it and decided to include gifts for all price points.  That way you have options for all different budgets.


Gift Guide: Hard to Buy for Men angela lanter hello gorgeous

  1. Ember MugMy suggestion.  I bought this smart coffee mug for Matt last year for Christmas and it’s easily one of his favorite gifts.  It keeps your coffee hot and fresh tasting for hours.  Any hot drink lover will absolutely love this gift!  It also now comes in a travel mug version, which I think Matt needs.
  2. Tile Key FinderMy suggestion.  Matt misplaces his keys and wallet all.the.dang.TIME.  Our friend, Cece, bought him a set of Tiles a couple years back and MAN have they come in handy.  This is a great gift for pretty much anyone in your life who regularly loses things.
  3. The North Face Insulated CoatMy suggestion.  My mom bought Matt this coat a couple years ago and it remains his most worn winter coat.  He absolutely loves how lightweight and easy it is to pack up.
  4. KegeratorFollower suggestion.  This would make a great group gift for a beer lover in your life.  Especially if he has a man cave!  It holds four different types of beers and has a tap on top.
  5. Bug-A-Salt GunMy suggestion.  Another Cece gift!  Let’s be honest, she kills it in the fun gift department.  She bought Matt this salt gun to shoot bugs with and he’s had so much fun with it.
  6. Airpods My suggestion.  Both Matt and I use our Airpods nonstop.  Such a handy gift that anyone with a smart phone will love.
  7. Smart scaleMy suggestion.  If you have a fitness lover on your list, this bluetooth smart scale will be a major win for you.  It syncs to an app to easily display so much information about your body.
  8. Heated jacket.  My suggestion.  Have a man on your list who works outside in the freezing cold?  This heated jacket will be so appreciated!
  9. Ridge WalletFollower suggestion.  I think this wallet is pretty dang cool.  It’s super slim and has a money clip to remove the bulkiness that traditional wallets create.
  10. Ugg waterproof bootsMy suggestion.  I bought these boots for Matt last Christmas and they’re currently his most worn pair of shoes.  They keep his feet warm and dry while being stylish enough to wear with most casual outfits.
  11. CologneMy suggestion.  Because I love when Matt smells yummy.
  12. Bose SoundbarFollower suggestion.  Anyone who loves to watch tv or movies will love this addition to their tv setup.
  13. Garmin Golf Watch Follower suggestion.  Have a golf lover on your list?  Then they’ll LOVE this.  It’s basically a Fitbit meets golf.
  14. Saxx UnderwearFollower suggestion.  I don’t know anything about these undies, but they came highly recommended.
  15. Weighted BlanketFollower & My suggestion.  I talk about my love for my weighted blanket on my Stories all the time.  I feel like it would be a great gift for any bad sleepers on your list.  Who wouldn’t love the gift of a good night’s sleep?

BONUS:  A dart board!  My mom bought this Atlanta Falcons dart board for Matt a few years back and he loves it!  Every party we have, the guys end up in the garage playing darts together.  Such a great idea!


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  1. Bethany
    November 24, 2019 / 5:27 PM

    That Salt Gun is the real MVP!!!! We got those for all the men in the family last year and they LOVE them! Just donโ€™t leave them outside anywhere. Also mind blown at the heated jackets!

  2. Hilala
    November 24, 2019 / 5:31 PM

    Thank you so much!! Very helpful!!

  3. Lesley
    November 24, 2019 / 5:45 PM

    Thank you so much for this post!!! I’m having the hardest time thinking of gifts for my dad. That Bug-A-Salt is going under his tree for sure! I would love another post like this with more suggestions if you have the time.

  4. Kim
    November 24, 2019 / 5:49 PM

    Yes please provide more guy gift suggestions. These are so helpful.

  5. Ashley
    November 24, 2019 / 5:54 PM

    I think both my husband and I need the key finder!!

  6. Chasity
    November 24, 2019 / 5:57 PM

    Thank you for pulling this together!

  7. Lindsay
    November 24, 2019 / 6:05 PM

    I would love a post with more suggestions if you have them!

  8. Nicki
    November 24, 2019 / 6:11 PM

    Love these ideas! Why are guys so dang hard to shop for๐Ÿ˜œ
    I would love for you to do another one with some smaller budget ideas. I like to get a โ€œbigโ€ gift and then get some smaller things to go with it!

    • Ashley
      November 24, 2019 / 7:13 PM

      I agree on smaller items. I’m doing a $25 budget this year for each person’s gift.

  9. Ang
    November 24, 2019 / 6:13 PM

    Great ideas! Will be using a few of these! If you have more suggestions “for him”, keep sharing! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„

  10. November 24, 2019 / 6:39 PM

    These were really helpful! Thanks Angela!

  11. Allie
    November 24, 2019 / 7:25 PM

    This. Is. So. Good. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    Iโ€™ll definitely be using some of these! If you have more, Iโ€™d love to see them!!

  12. Jessica Rader
    November 24, 2019 / 8:39 PM

    Yes! Love this! Keep the ideas and suggestions coming!

  13. Sumaiya
    November 24, 2019 / 8:45 PM

    Hi, can you send me the link to the sunglasses showed in the FB story board? I have been looking for something like this for quite some time! Also, the link to your leopard printed sweater! Thanks, much love

  14. elona
    November 24, 2019 / 9:41 PM

    we asked & you delivered!! ๐Ÿ’“
    love this because now i know what to get my dad & my man!

  15. Maryrose
    November 25, 2019 / 12:12 AM

    Some of these were out of price range but when I make more money hopefully in the future I really want to get the jacket. Any other ideas you have for the men would be so helpful, maybe a lower price post? Like under 50 or 100? I love everything you post!

  16. Torri
    November 25, 2019 / 8:16 AM

    Would definitely love more suggestions! But this is a great place to start!! My brother…but especially my dad is impossible to shop for!!! But I think that heated jackets sounds great!!

  17. Kris
    November 25, 2019 / 1:29 PM

    Love these!!! I would Definitely like a few more ideas. Maybe some cheaper suggestions? We are on a really tight budget.

  18. Lauren
    November 25, 2019 / 4:47 PM

    Yes, more ideas!

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