At this point, if you haven't got your big, juicy gifts figured out, you're likely a little behind. Because now? Now is the time for the really fun stuff - the little, fun, often silly and preferably candy-based gifts you use to flesh out your giving...the stocking stuffers!
And if you're looking to break out of the M&M candy cane and new toothbrush tradition,
My friend Brittni maintains an amazing handmade marketplace and blog called papernstitch, and while I regularly appreciate her updates and the amazing artisinal objects, the picks are unabashedly, well, girly.
Except for this week, where Brittni's prepared a great collection of handmade and independently produce gifts for guys.
Buying gifts for food people and home chefs can be a, uh, double-edged fork. On the one hand, there are endless kitchen gadgets and tools our there to play with, but on the other, passionate home cooks are likely to already have lots of the standards.
So, with that in mind, the brilliant food minds of America's Test Kitchen offer this great list of essentials, perfect for stocking gifts, as they all clock in at under $50.
Design überblog Core77 are sharing their holiday shopping recommendations, featuring, not what else?, seventy-seven creative tools and design gifts for makers and artists.
I couldn't even begin to assemble a comprehensive "ManMade Holiday Gift Guide for Guys," as I've found there's simply too much diversity among men to capture everything.
However, I always find it fascinating to see what other (read: female) craft bloggers imagine what guys will like under their tree, and I'm happy to pass them along.
There's nothing like giving somebody something awesome that also helps streamline their life, help them be more productive, or enjoy what they have just a little bit more...and those, friends, are (say it with me) tech gifts!
Of course, most standard issue popular technology - your smartphones, laptops, iPods, Xboxes, etc - are often pricey, and more than you want to spend on the average gift recipient.
Enter this great roundup - thirty tech gifts under $50!
So, you know how people always joke about how hard it is to buy gifts for your dad, husband, or brother? Everybody falling back on tickets to a game or some "manly" personal accessorie.
But, I wanna talk about what you give your male peers and friends. Like, there's no way I'ma give my buddy a wallet for his wedding, or my brother-in-law a tie. What are supposed to give to guys in your own age bracket, with whom you're perfectly comfortable talking about relationships and feelings, but who's preference in aftershave is never your concern?
So, this Friday is my birthday. So, for this week's Blow My Mindsday post, I thought I might share my wishlist of stuff I might actually open as a gift. Not all of it, of course, but maybe one or two?
Me, on my first birthday. I still make that face. Often.
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing by Mike Perry. A collection of contemporary printmaking artists, including Aesthetic Apparatus, Deanne Cheuk, Steven Harrington, Maya Hayuk, Cody Hudson, Jeremyville, Andy Mueller, Rinzen, and Andy Smith, and others and an illustrated how-to section? My birthday heart won't stop beating.
Suzuki Omnichord. I've been looking for an original
While I always advocate making gifts for your loved ones, especially for B-side holidays like Valentine's Day, it's not always the most feasible option: the timing's bad, a lack of original ideas, or perhaps you're DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff.
In those cases, of course it's okay to buy something; just don't head to the card store at the mall.
Instead check out some of these cool card and gift options for guys.
It's true - it isn't easy to find cool gifts for guys. Roundups and wish lists are generally reduced to practical clothing items (the standard tie), video games and media (which are cool, but expected) or tools and gadgets. And handmade items? Even more difficult.
But, if you know where to look, there are lots of cool items out there, all of which can still show up at your house before Christmas Eve. Tomorrow's free shipping day for plenty of places, so make those decisions quickly!