Words that come to mind when you think of gifts for men might include: impossible, never, and I cannot think of anything. Okay, that last item might not be one word, but you get the point. Buying a man a gift can be difficult. However, there are several gifts just about any man anywhere will enjoy any time.
These gifts are universal man pleasers because they speak to their sense of masculinity, mischief, and adventure. If your gift targets any of these three personality traits, your reputation as a great gift giver will soar.
1. The dart board challenge
You might ask, “by dart board, do you mean dart board?” The answer is yes: dart board. You might further ask, “by darts, do you mean hand crossbow?” Again, the answer is yes.
You probably do not know it but every man everywhere has fantasized about owning a hand crossbow. They are compact, light, and toy-ish. This fantasy sets in around the age of 13. However, hand crossbows are also impractical, and most men make other purchases from age 13 and on. That said, the fantasy never quite goes away.
In order to make the hand crossbow gift complete, it must be accompanied by a few components:
- dart board
- 10 to 15 crossbow bolts
- hand-written note
- movie tickets
- dinner reservation
The hand-written note should read something like: “the first one to 50 points gets a night out and a movie.” Of course, the trick is to already have a dinner reservation lined up and the movie tickets purchased. If you lose, you take him to your dinner and movie. If you win, you request he takes you to the restaurant of your choice and your movie.
The beauty of this gift is that it is win-win. For your man, playing the dartboard challenge will be tons of fun. Additionally, you get dinner and a movie of your choice.
Cigars are the epitome of intellectual success. They often accompany brandy or bourbon, and they are often enjoyed in the presence of good company and leisurely conversation. However, in the same fashion the aforementioned dart board was sort of an accessory, so, too, are the cigars. A variety of accessories should accompany the cigar:
- cigar lighter
- cigar cutter
Please note: humidors are nice. However, humidors are more like jewelry, and (cave)men do not like jewelry. They like fire. When buying cigars for your man, the real gift, as you have already guessed, is a nice cigar lighter — read more here. Fire strikes to the heart of every man. So, too, do cigar lighters because a cigar lighter looks nice. It also allows your man to set things on fire, in this case, the cigars.
3. Battle Royale
King of the mountain is a classic children’s game. The adult version of knocking everyone else off a small mountain of dirt is called battle royale. Battle-royale games are the digital version of king of the mountain where everyone battles it out against one another. The last person alive wins. Buying one of these games for your man is a sure-fire hit as these types of games are very popular, and (cave)men like to kill, dominate, and boast. These games provide the legal, socially acceptable outlets to do just that. To make your gift-buying job easier, there are plenty of battle-royale games to choose from:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
- Apex Legends
- Rules of Survive
- Islands of Nyne
Again, a great accessory makes the gift even more fun. Accessories can include a custom game controller or, perhaps, a 3D headset. In these games, a headset can mean the difference between living and dying.
4. Aged bourbon
Aged bourbon is a classic man gift, but if you have noticed a common thread among all these gifts, it is this: the gift is never the actual gift. In this case, the bourbon will be wonderfully received. However, the bourbon should accompany three accessories.
- nice shot glasses
- crystal decanter
The important thing about the accessories is that they turn the liquor into a centerpiece, a bit of decoration that complements any open bar. The whiskey is not actually supposed to be down in a fury of mad drinking. Instead, it is supposed to be enjoyed, perhaps after a game of battle royale or crazy, crossbow darts. After such a game, the whiskey should be savored and, perhaps, accompanied by a nice cigar. There you go–you are an excellent, praise-worthy gift giver? Congratulate yourself. Borrow you man’s cigar lighter, and light one up. You deserve it.
Note: it is also okay to keep any of these gifts for yourself. (Which is what you were probably going to do anyway, was it not?)