Buying Gifts For Men
Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women.
Follow these rules and you should have no problems.
When in doubt - buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already
has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man,
you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.
If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word
ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George, can
I borrow your ratchet?" "Sure. By the way, are you through with my
3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.
If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car. A 99-cent
ice scraper, a small bottle of de-icer or something to hang from his rear
view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.
Do not buy men socks. Do not buy men ties. And never buy men bathrobes. I
was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn't have
invented Jockey shorts.
You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn
out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the
little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips,
Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after shave or deodorant.
I'm told they do not stink - they are 'earthy'.
Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple
of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups.
Saucers. Doors. Locks. Sink." You get the idea. No one knows why.
Never buy a man anything that says "Some Assembly Required" on the box. It
will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over.
Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber,
Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab Tire. NAPA Auto
Parts and Sear's Clearance Centers are also excellent men's stores. It
doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. He'll say, "Hey, from NAPA
Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a '68
Ford Fairlane? Wow! Thanks."
Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will barbecue. Get
him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas
line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"
Tickets to a RedWings/Lions/Pistons/Tigers game are a smart gift. However,
he will not appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century
Quilts." Everyone knows why.
Men love chainsaws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chainsaw. If you
don't know why - please refer to Rule #8 and what happens when he gets a
It's hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension
ladder. Never buy a real man a step ladder. It must be an extension
ladder. No one knows why.
Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least
the Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8" manilla
rope. No one knows why.
This page was last updated December 1, 1999.