Difficult to Shop For: A List of Gifts for Guys

Gift ideas for the men in your life

Holiday ads are everywhere. I always thought it strange that the gifts advertised for women are ornamental — diamond necklaces, tennis bracelets . . . the gifts for guys are utilitarian — shavers, power tools (Although really, who doesn’t love a power tool?).

Chainsaw on Grass
Please be careful with chainsaws

Men can be hard to shop for, especially if their answer, when you ask them what they want, is “I don’t know. Something that shows deep insight into me, and has a loving and sentimental touch.”

C’mon, can’t you just ask for warm gloves?

To help the readers shop for gifts for their husband/brother/father/etc., I surveyed my friends to find out what gifts have been a hit in the past.

Gifts for Guys

Two glass bottles, with yellow liquid and red liquid
I assume this is vinegar



silhouette of hockey player
Cheer on the Heartlanders!


Outdoor hanging out/cooking

A few more gift ideas for guys:

Check out more great ideas from a past gift guide for Father’s Day. It’s sure to spark more ideas — including ways to shop locally in the Iowa City area.

More Holiday Fun in the Iowa City Area

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Sharon Falduto is a Central Iowa native who came to University of Iowa in 1991 and essentially never left the area. She is involved in local community theater, notably as one of the co-founders of Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre. She has also directed children's plays with the Young Footliters group. Sharon works in with English Language Learners in a support position at Kirkwood Community College.. She lives in Coralville with her husband, Matt, and three daughters Rachel, Samantha, and Piper.


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