Guys can be hard to shop for, am I right? And husbands are even trickier. If your husband is anything like mine, he doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on himself. He often says he ‘doesn’t need anything or ‘don’t get me anything expensive’ when it comes to birthdays and Christmases. But what fun is that? Gift-giving is one of my primary love languages, and I truly enjoy choosing something special to wrap and place under the tree for Chad.
Throughout the years it’s been challenging coming up with ideas though. Especially ones that don’t cost too much.
But I’ve found some goodies over the many Christmases we’ve spent as a couple, and I wanted to share some of those ideas with you.
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Mix Tape and Old School Walkman
✅ Best Portable Reshow Cassette Player
Time to digitize old cassette memories – This device isn’t a standard cassette deck – it does not record new audio, or play audio over speakers – it does have a headphone jack so you can hear what is being copied, though.
This device allows you to convert those old audio cassettes into files to play on the computer, iPod, or mp3 player.
✅ Best Optimally Designed Cassette for Voice Recording
Music To My Ears – Cassettes are sadly on their way out. The cassette is still good for dictation but music seems to have gone to MP3. I’ve had better luck maintaining cassette tapes than CD/DVDs. Great for popping into my old boom box and listening to some of the good stuff.
Seriously, if you grew up in the 80s with me, you’ll know exactly how awesome it felt to get a specially made mixtape from the cute boy in homeroom. Poor kids these days just don’t know the sheer joy of mixtapes. But you can bring a smile to your husband’s face on Christmas morning when he unwraps an old school walkman with a cassette tape of all the songs you and he have shared together. The song from the movie you saw on your first date? Your wedding song? The theme song from his senior year of baseball? Have fun with it and enjoy listening to it together and explaining the stories behind each song to your kids.
Letter Jacket/School Sweatshirt
✅ Best Original Varsity Letterman Jackets
Excellent jacket – Really nice jacket for the money. Genuine leather sleeves, colors true to picture (LSU purple/gold!), warm wool body, and nice traditional letterman fit. Construction seems good quality
✅ Best Lacoste Men’s Long Sleeve Graphic Fleece Sweatshirt
Great and comfy sweatshirt – Looks even better in person, the quality is great and the material is comfortable to wear.
It’s been more than 25 years since we graduated from high school. The intervening years were not kind to Chad’s favorite Overland Blazer athletic apparel. He wore out his old baseball and basketball T-shirts and sweatshirts long ago. A few years ago I decided to see if I could find some replacements. Sure enough, I was able to go to Spiritshop.com and design some items that looked a lot like the old shirts he’d had. His face lit up as he unwrapped his new items. This is such a fun idea for anyone who loved high school or college, especially if they were involved in a sport or activity.
First Date Gift Basket
✅ Best Spa Gift Basket for Women
Nice gift basket – Nice little basket. Wish it was a little bigger basket but it was nice. Light scent that smells pleasant. Had to gift the bath bombs and the little crystals .
✅ Best valentines day gift basket
Excellent gift and value – This ended up being the perfect Valentines Day gift. Quality items and a gift bag that was just the perfect size to arrange everything in. Excellent price. Excellent gift. A total win.
On our first date, Chad and I went to see Dances With Wolves, followed by dinner at the local Hot Dog Shoppe. Fancy, I know. But we were broke college students. After the movie, he was making fun of other patrons who were crying at the film. Meanwhile, I was wiping a few tears from my own eyes…I never let him live it down and we laugh about it now and again. So if I were putting together a First Date gift, I would add a DVD of DWW, a gift certificate to The Hot Dog Shoppe, with maybe a T-shirt or something as well, and a big, white hanky for all those tears.
Personalized Photo Item
✅ Best Personalized Custom 3D Photo engraved Crystal
Stunning product – Very pretty. The 3d effect is quite nice, especially since it is made using a 2D photo. Amazing gift idea.There was nothing to dislike about this product its absolutely stunning and excellent quality. It arrived well packaged
✅ Best DIY Picture Photo Frame Collage Set
Perfect for Pictures – love this product ! It required no assembling only a thumbtack to hang it on the wall . love the wood and gold chain combination and the little clothes pins are super cute . Recommend this for the home , office , and as a gift 🙂
My husband loves photos. Especially of his children. Through the years I have made several things for him with photos. One year, when our kids were young, I dressed them in cute outfits, took them to the backyard, snapped a bunch of photos, and matted them in a simple frame. However, I used a wide mat, so that each child could write their name or draw a picture on the mat as a sweet keepsake. It’s still hanging on our wall and Chad will tell you it’s one of his favorite gifts. We’ve all done T-shirts and hats, all with the same idea of preserving the kids’ handprints, handwriting, and drawings. You could find and reprint an old photo of him and his siblings, or best childhood friends, his first car, or any photo that would have a special meaning to him.
Concert/Event Tickets Basket
✅ Best Acrylic Raffle Ticket Spinning Drum
Great looking! – Works well, nice looking, dressier way to have a raffle. The closure could be sturdier and easier to open and close. Feels like it will last so long? Will See. Otherwise, nice works as intended. Wish it was a bit less in price. So far so good. Thank you.
✅ Best Aytai Acrylic Wedding Card Box
Great product – Delivery in a timely matter, instructions weren’t that great but can be kind of easy to figure out how to put together. A great product and will definitely order again!
What were your favorite music bands when you were in high school or college? U2? Depeche Mode? Led Zeppelin? Backstreet Boys? If it’s the last one, we might not have been friends….
Last Christmas Chad surprised me with U2 concert tickets. I was so thrilled I almost cried because for some reason, I’d never seen them in concert and he knew how much I love their music. When he found out they were coming to Pittsburgh with their Joshua Tree tour, he got the tickets. And we had so much fun together at that show. A totally romantic gesture, for sure.
If you’re able to find tickets for a favorite band of your husband’s, you could certainly make a basket out of it by including a vinyl album, or cd, a band tshirt, poster, or even an autographed picture. He will love it!
You could also choose a sporting event like an NFL game, with a new team jersey. Whatever your husband would love more.
An Autographed Photo
✅ Best Chris Evans Signed Autographed Picture Print Captain America
Captain America Fan – Big Fan Of Captain America . Great for collection . These prints are a must have. Perfect for your Marvel relaxing room. Would recommend.
✅ Best Tom Brady Patriots Autographed Poster Art Print
Great for the money – The quality of the poster looks very beautiful and real, but not sure if it looks good if you put it on the wall or door without the frame.
Did you know how easy it actually is to get free autographed photos from celebrities? Most of the time, anyway. If your husband has a favorite athlete, author, or other celebrity, you can put together a really fun, personalized gift.
Here’s how you do it:
- Google a published address for said celebrity. Usually, a fan address will pop up quickly.
- Buy an 8 x 10 mailing envelope, and a 5 x 7 envelope.
- Write your mailing address on the larger envelope and include plenty of postage to cover the return. Fold and place in a smaller envelope.
- Write a personal letter to a celebrity, telling him why you’re requesting an autographed photo and asking kindly if he will sign it for your husband. Be sure to hand sign the letter.
- Mail the letter with the enclosed return envelope to the celebrity address.
That’s it! I’ve done this multiple times over the years and only once failed to receive a reply. You do have to plan for this ahead of time, as it can take a few weeks sometimes to get an answer.
Once you receive the photo, frame it, wrap it, and watch the happiness unfold. It really is a fun gift to give.
✅ Best Golf Ball Display Case Cabinet Wall Rack Holder
Great looking golf ball case! – Works great for your golf ball collection. impressed with the cabinet overall, would like to see a better quality latch and locking mechanism.
✅ Best Piece Gardening Kit Set
Cute, sturdy and functional! – Cute gardening set with tote bag! you Love the subtle floral print on the overall solid colored bag. The tools were individually wrapped and all in perfect condition. They seem really sturdy and heavy duty
Does your husband love to hike? Golf? See art house films?
Many good husbands and dads just don’t have a lot of time to spend on personal hobbies. Between work, spending time with the kids, coaching, church, and whatever else, personal hobbies often take a back seat. Give your husband the gift of selfish time. You can put together a basket with gift certificates to his favorite golf course, a new club, a box of golf balls. Or if he loves to camp, plan a weekend away for he and some buddies, or for the two of you with some new camping equipment that he’d never buy for himself. If he loves to cook, book a gourmet cooking class or give him a gift card to a new fusion restaurant in town. He will love it.
A Childhood Toy
✅ Best Educational Toy Learning & Childhood Development
Good product – Great quality toy, very durable!!! But for the price they could send an extra set of balls.
✅ Best Kidtastic Set of 7 Take Apart Toys Engineering Kit For Toddlers
These are awesome, colorful – Very well built, good materials and good functioning. High product quality . These are awesome, colorful, fun and thinking skill type toys! Love them all!
We all have favorite toys we recall playing with as kids. And chances are, your husband fondly remembers a particular toy he loved as a kid. Maybe it was a stuffed bear, or Dukes of Hazard race track (just a random example) or a name brand baseball glove, vide game console, or Star Wars action set. Whatever it was, I’ll bet you can find it on Ebay. I’ve found that childhood toys are a great gift because of the memories they bring back. There’s nothing like some good, old fashioned nostalgia at Christmastime, and you can actually put gift wrap and a bow on it. I once spent months searching for a pre-war toy my dad remembered as his favorite. I finally found one I could afford and he loved unwrapping it on Christmas morning.
✅ Best Romantic Basket with Candles and Rose Petals
Perfect Gift – Great Idea, especially when you are planning a romantic night with your other half. Very reasonably priced and very good quality, just don’t forget to fill up the lighter. Definitely will be looking into other products this company provides.
✅ Best Valentine Amore Romantic Gift Set
Romantic Gift Set – This was an awesome product to play and experiment first, the ability to have this change certain dynamics was well worth the price, make your spouse feel amazing and let the spouse know you are thinking of them and that they are loved. The ability to float was very good and allowed for a relaxing and romantic bath experience.
If there’s one thing most of our husbands want more of, it’s…romance. I’ll just leave it at that, but I think you ladies all understand exactly what I’m talking about. We’re all busy and when we’re tired, we tend to, um, let certain things fall off the calendar. Christmas is the perfect excuse to plan a getaway for some serious romantic rekindling. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but it does need to feel special. Ask your parents or a friend to watch the kids for a night or two. Find a hotel in the city or a cabin in the country and book it. You can include other things in a box to unwrap as well, depending on whether you have him open it in private or not. Hint, hint. Ideas for a Romance Basket:
- tickets to a game/concert/event
- massage lotions
- restaurant gift card
- fancy duds (use your own imagination)
- etc (this is a G rated blog!)
That’s my list, and I’m sticking to it. Seriously, if you’re after that special gift, the thing he’ll really love, that item he didn’t even know he wanted, this list should help get the creative juices flowing.
Enjoy a great romantic 2021 Christmas!