Hello, misterarthur here reporting for Design Hole on gift guides for men. It’s never too late for Christmas shopping in a man’s world. Need proof? Visit a mall on the twenty-third of December and see for yourself. You’ll find the shoppers are 90% male, shopping at the last minute.
This being an interior design site, you might expect me, the man decorator, to have some interior design-y gift ideas for Christmas. I think it’s important to point out that in most homes, the manly parts are limited to the garage and/or the basement. Hence, while this gift giving guide may not appear to be directed towards improving the look of your home, it might make for a happier home life overall.
In general, follow these tips:
1) Bigger is better than smaller. (Size, volume, weight – it doesn’t matter. When in doubt, go for the larger option).
2) Louder is better than quieter. (Applies to everything from home theatre systems to tools).
3) Dangerous is better than safe. Always. (If there’s a risk of injury in the use of the gift, so much the better).
4) Not needed = Better
5) Warning labels are good.
Here’s what I mean. Men work in the yard. They rake leaves. You might think a beautiful, hand-crafted rake would make a nice gift. (And look nice, to boot). Like this beauty, from Coppice Crafts of New Zealand.
In a word, no. A leaf blower would be more appreciated. But remember the tips above. You might be tempted to get an electric leaf blower. Like this dainty Toro® model.
Or a small gas-powered model. This Poulan item is gas powered, hence noisier, hence better.
But not loud enough, or big enough. What you want to spring for is a Commercial Grade, Backpack model. Like so: A Shindaiwa EB630RT from Equipment for Construction Pros: Big, loud. Overkill.
The same rules hold true for “hand tools” Hedge clippers are cute.
Gas powered hedge shredders are a much better choice. Note the gas tank. Not that you’d really need gas powered hedge rippers, but that’s exactly the point.
Now that you understand the basics, here are some gifts you may not have considered. TV remotes are a necessary coffee-table irritant. Think of the genius who combined a Clicker with a bottle opener!
My friend, Joe Godard, put it best: “I want one for every television in the house”.
He also suggested an acetylene torch. “I don’t even know what to do with one, but it involves explosive tanks, fire, and I want one.”
He’d also like a nail gun. ”Part tool. Part weapon. All dangerous“, which is a nice summary of the kinds of things men want.
(That nail gun is pneumatic, so you’ll have to get him a compressor as well. Added bonus points for a gas-powered model, of course.)
I thought a nice gift would be one of those forced air heaters they use on the sidelines at football games. I found an excellent model at Masterheaters.com
You can run this model on Kerosene, Diesel Fuel Oil, and (if you can find it), Jet Fuel! Yay! Wrapping it might be an issue.
I hope this helps get you started. Best wishes for the man in your life this Christmas!