“When you’ve dated the same guy for seven years, you begin to run out of gift ideas”. That’s a tweet I saw on my timeline and I laughed so hard. Follow me? (@KacheeTee).

I could definitely relate. By next year, I’ll have known Tee for 10 years! I honestly prefer buying male gifts to female gifts. It’s a whole lot easier! But judging from the comments on my Instagram, a lot of ladies have difficulty buying male gifts.

Gift ideas for Men

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday but rather than a Father’s Day guide, I thought I’ll just list my 11 classes of men gifts that work all the time. So you can get ideas for Father’s Day if necessary and also birthday and surprise gifts for all the men in your life. Including your brothers! Not everyday boyfriend or husband, sometimes brothers.

1. The Essentials

I’m just going to merge all of that in here – Socks, Boxers, Handkerchiefs and Vests! Please, why do they not realise that these need to be changed really often? Of this category, I absolutely love to buy socks! And no please, not boring black socks. But fancy pretty socks! Remember how I got stuck on buying Tee’s socks? Read it here. Oh, and sleeping clothes also count. I once bought a dog onesie! It was hilarious but cute.

2. The Classics

“Oh baby you’re a classic man… ohhh you’re a classic man”. Does anyone know that song by Jidenna? I only know the chorus. You know what goes in here. Shirts. Ties and Tie clips.  A good briefcase, Cardholders and Wallets. Cuff links. A wristwatch. Sunglasses. A Suit. A pair of shoes. I’ve never been able to buy a pair of trousers, but I guess you can add that in here too.

3. Sport Paraphernalia

The average man probably is crazy about some kind of sport. Find it and get something related. Tickets to a game, Sporting Equipment, Jersey? Top on my elder brother’s list has to be an Arsenal Jersey. The husband loves one too, but too bad they don’t do ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’. Arsenal’s been so terrible recently, so I’m ignoring all their emails to pre-order the new jersey.  But please, go ahead and buy for the men in your life.

4. For the Tech-Savvy

They love techy stuff and not necessarily the common ones like phones and iPads. They buy expensive big gadgets but often forget the little ones. Screen protectors and cases for devices. Headphones and Speakers. Travel power banks and car chargers. Apparently one of the best gifts I’ve got is a blue tooth speaker which costs only £20! When he beings to play KWAM 1* really loud in the house though, I almost regret buying that particular gift. Oh, how could we forget consoles (Xbox, PS4 etc) and related devices?  For the men who are totally into this, a game CD is always welcome. In the alternative, give them the gift of not complaining while they go on for hours playing.

5. Groom Up

No, this is not limited to that time when he’s a groom. But absolutely anything that helps him glow up! So Perfumes. Shaving and Beard grooming sets. Hair clippers. Manicure and Pedicure kits.  Women love body grooming, but men love it too. Even though many refuse to admit.  So Bath and Body gift sets are a good one. But if they’ll rather not be seen with such, then maybe Spa Tickets will be preferred. That way if anyone sees them, they can say they were taking YOU to the spa.

6. Personal Development Stuff

This is quite a useful category. A training or course he’s been meaning to take? Gym membership or Swimming lessons, Photography or Cookery courses?  His subscription to the Financial Times? Once I saw a financial related seminar on Groupon which I thought was really useful and I got it. Wifey brownie points anyone?

7. Money and Gift Cards

Men aren’t too fussy, or so I like to think. So if you’re really stuck, I’m so sure money will always be welcome. My younger brother falls into this category. Just give him money! And if you find it strange giving money, just get a gift card from his favourite store with lots of options to pick from. Save yourself the stress and hopefully, he can make up his own mind.

8. Food

I just had to put this in a separate category. They say the way to man’s heart is through his stomach? I can’t verify that statement, but food is always a winner. Special breakfast treat.  Lunch/Dinner surprise or inviting a private chef to cook for you both. For the food and chocolate lovers, don’t forget to include that in whatever else you get for them.

9 Drink Up! 

I know I know. Not every guy drinks alcohol. But the ones that do, really love a good drink, and those that don’t probably love coffee or teas. So you can always get something drink related. A vintage bottle of wine, a cocktail maker or a whisky glass set are pretty good ideas. For the coffee enthusiasts, really good coffee or coffee maker or even just a coffee mug should be welcome.  I’ve got a personalised beer glass from the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam for both my Dad and Tee.

10.  The Physical Activity Dudes

I mean the gym buffs and the guys who love DIY and fixing things up! For the former, you can always get a Fit-Bit, Gym outfits and some equipment. For the latter get some tools and a toolbox. Apparently, there’s something about a man getting old and owning his own toolbox. Once I was having a chat with a partner at work, and he said all he wanted for Christmas was a torch with a headband so he could have his hands free while DIYing. I really hope his wife did not attempt to spend millions on his Christmas gift.

11. You Figure it Out

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I can only give tips. And if there’s nothing appealing in 1 – 10, then you figure it out! You know the men in your life best. If he’s a fan of James Bond, get him the complete set of all the James Bond movies and if he’s a book lover, you cannot go wrong with a good book.  If his spirituality is dwindling, get something to help raise it up and if he loves a particular artist, get something related to that.

In all of this, I’m such a fan of personalising stuff. So if you can add that extra layer of thought and throw in a card with some really nice words, I’m sure that’ll be great!  And it doesn’t always have to be a physical gift, as you’ve probably realised. An experience counts as well. It appears girls would rather have a gift + an experience though.  I know because 90% of the girls in this post said they’d rather have both.

Also, I don’t really think buying gifts should really be that hard, and I don’t really believe that expensive gifts are best. A little bit of thought (and a little bit of cash is all you need).

Finally, if in doubt, I really think it’s okay to ask what they need or want. Especially with stuff you may have no idea about like techy stuff.

What do you think of gift shopping for the men in your life? Which of the above is your go-to category? What have I missed out? If you’re a man, what’s the favourite item you’ve ever received and what’s the funniest?

I think I once bought a key ring, telling him the car key to be used on it will come later. Well, we’re still waiting…

Share your thoughts!

Love,

Kachee… Xx

pS: Writing this post just reminded me of how much of a good wife I can be. *clears throat*.

*KWAM 1 – Nigerian (Yoruba) Fuji Musician


Read too: First Date Disasters! and What are Your Sibling Goals?


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  1. Precious

    June 15, 2016 at 15:52

    The essentials have been my go-to for a while now. I really love buying boxers for my man and my brothers because they hardly buy enough for themselves. They rejoice when I buy for them.LOL at you almost regret buying that particular gift when he begins to play Kwam 1 really loud in the house. The Mr. N is tech savvy so maybe I should get him something techie this Father’s Day. Or I’ll just write a poem for him… hahahaha.I truly run out of gift ideas sometimes so this is really useful. Thanks for sharing, Kachee!And oh, you better get that car for Tee. Don’t let the key ring waste. LOLwww.preciouscore.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 15, 2016 at 16:17

      I don’t know why they hardly buy enough essentials for themselves! A poem works to be honest! HahahahaYou’re welcome Precious.By God’s grace I’ll get the car oh! xx

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    • Nedoux

      June 16, 2016 at 16:02

      Precious, make sure that poem is written on love-infused paper. Lol

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      • Precious

        June 20, 2016 at 05:32

        Hahahaha Nedoux, how do I infuse the paper with love? You eh!

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  2. Berry Dakara

    June 16, 2016 at 01:03

    I always had a hard time buying gifts but with Cakes it’s been easier. Gotten him watches, shirts, and he LOVES going to the spa. As in, he goes more than I do!Now my dad – he’s the one it’s hard to buy for. I like getting gag gifts or tech stuff. This year sha we’re taking him and my brother-in-law to brunch. When money is better, maybe we’ll surprise him.Berry Dakara Blog

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2016 at 13:05

      Cakes loves the SPA? He’s such a fresh kid! Loool. I think a Brunch works ohhhh and yes more gifts when there’s more money. I was going to say a cruise, but from what you said he’s not a fan! Haahaa

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  3. Osar'

    June 16, 2016 at 01:47

    I really like this post.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2016 at 13:03

      Hey Girl, Thanks! And thanks again for sharing. Xx

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  4. Ijenna Osuji

    June 16, 2016 at 09:56

    I can’t even afford my Dad’s style 😂😂 so yea, I’ll probably stick with a card designed by me, a thoughtful note or text.www.miralabelle.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 16, 2016 at 13:03

      Lol! Yet you stay borrowing his shirts.Don’t mind me, any thoughtful gift works!

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      • Ijenna Osuji

        June 16, 2016 at 20:36

        😂😂😂 I don’t borrow them anymore: He just hands them over. Like, “Here” *resigned face*

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    • Nedoux

      June 16, 2016 at 15:46

      Lol… Ijenna, you are the Queen of thrift and all things thrifty. I am certain that you’ll come up with something that’s both pocket-friendly and amazingly useful for your Dad. 🙂

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      • Ijenna Osuji

        June 16, 2016 at 20:36

        I sincerely doubt that. My dad’s really tough. For my mum, I could most definitely come up with something.

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  5. Nedoux

    June 16, 2016 at 15:59

    Ah Kachee, “KWAM 1” cracked me up majorly. For some reason, I started humming a fuji beat and jiggling in my seat. I’m clearly in dire need of an Owambe to groove at.You have a great sense of humour, the sort that subtly stares one squarely in the face, unblinking. :-)I’m reminded of a joke I once heard about a guy who showered his lady with lavish gifts (Range Rover car et al) on Valentine’s day, and she simply presented him with the default no-brainer gift of boxers and handkerchiefs. The way I see it, no gift is too small especially if it fulfils a daily need. LolAlas, there’s such a thing as a luxurious yet useless gift.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 17, 2016 at 07:12

      I didn’t even know what genre of song KWAM 1 sings. I had to google. So disappointing. Lol. Ah please find an owambe and groove. It appears these days, there’s one in every corner of Lagos.My friend called the “Boxers, Vests and Handkerchief” gift pack the “Atilogu Starter Pack”. I laughed so hard. Thanks for your comments Nedu!

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  6. cassandra ikegbune

    June 16, 2016 at 17:59

    Lol I always know what to buy but I’m almost always broke to afford it, so I settle for a card and nice words 😭😭😭😭😭😭www.cassiedaves.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 17, 2016 at 07:08

      Well Well! I guess for now cards and nice words will work. But in the future, make up for it with all them lavish gifts!

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  7. Bisola

    June 16, 2016 at 18:52

    I wish, but my bank account be giving me *see your life* look. Let me be wishing from afar, and buy cards.Adifferentshe.blogspot.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 17, 2016 at 07:06

      Looool. Don’t worry! The thought is everything. I’m such a huge lover of cards myself and I keep all my cards!

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  8. Paula Olaitan Benedict

    June 16, 2016 at 22:06

    Thanks for the tips gurl …. I always know what to buy but it always seems too expensive …. why are their gifts soo expensive though?

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 17, 2016 at 07:09

      You’re welcome love! I think the world generally thinks men have more money so their things are more expensive! But we can still find average priced products.

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  9. BagosMutendiBlog

    June 17, 2016 at 14:54

    Hmmm…perfect post for my brother’s birthday. Ehen, you have found a new ‘Kacheever’ in my bestie. He talks about your blog everytime and you needed to see me ‘peacocking’ the fact to him and his friends that we went to university together. I have never felt prouder but then again you have always been destined for greatness. Have a lovely weekend dear.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      June 17, 2016 at 14:56

      Your comment has totally made my day IJ!!! Thank you so much. My regards to your bestie! And tell him, thank you!! Have a great weekend love! Xx

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  10. KIKELOMO OMOTALADE

    July 1, 2016 at 15:08

    I like how you have categorized the gifts…….Gifts for men can be expensive sha alot of times but I definitely agree that we don’t need to break the bank to get the men in our lives gifts.Lol @Kwam1 music though…..that’s deep mehn and you still haven’t sharpened your Yoruba vocab………u need to be gifted a Yoruba bible or dictionary…lol

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 16:31

      I’m sharpening my skills Kike! Loool. We don’t need to break the bank biko. Simple and thoughtful gifts are often really appreciated.

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  11. AB x MeeMee

    July 4, 2016 at 12:25

    Going to bookmark this for later, lol! I have only known bae for half of 7 years and I’m always stuck for ideas! One thing that came to me recently that you could also add, in the Classics category. Stationery. Quality pens they can do shakara with, and well designed personal letterheads or notepads, I think everyone that’s working, (male or female) would definitely appreciate those!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      July 19, 2016 at 16:34

      That’s so flattering, that you’ll bookmark this post! And I agree – Quality pens and stationery make for a great gift!.

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  12. Live In Ibadan

    December 10, 2016 at 20:55

    All na money, kachee. Getting gifts sint a easy job in any way. Last time, I had to crack and rack my brain just to think up a gift. At the last minuite which was on his birthday, a guy just took me to shoprite and helped me select a perfume that cost my entire pocket. I wantd to cry but it was worth it. At least, he loved it. So thanks for this post. I will surely book mark it cos it will be absolutely needed in consequent times.www.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

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