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We have snow flurries in the forecast today, which is getting me in the early holiday spirit. (Well, that and the two Christmas movies I’ve watched this week as I recover from eye muscle surgery.) I’m typically a fan of colorful holiday decor (including colored string lights; there are no white lights on our tree or house!), but this year’s neutral decor has caught my attention. In fact, I’ve already purchased three of these items: the wood trees in two sizes (No. 1), the welcome mat (No. 7), and the reindeer cocktail picks (No. 8). The cocktail picks don’t have reviews so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they arrived on Wednesday and they’re beautiful!
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My biggest pet peeve with holiday gift guides for men is that they’re so predictable. Not every guy wants a J.Crew sweater, whiskey stones, and a French press. There’s nothing wrong with those gifts, of course, but this year I thought back to some of the most well-received gifts I’ve given Dave and my dad to create this list — with a few extra ideas peppered in for good measure.
Pocket Axe – I honestly don’t understand the appeal of this mini axe, but my dad wanted it last year. My parents moved to a rural area a few years ago and my dad hunts, so I assume it’s handy for that lifestyle. If the guy on your list would rather hang out in the kitchen instead of the woods, this chef’s knife is a nice gift.
Bluetooth Speaker – I actually gave this to Dave last year for Christmas. It has great sound for being such a small speaker! It’s also waterproof, making it great for the pool or boat. (Dave’s brother in law tossed it in the lake last summer to test its claim of being able to float. It does, indeed, rise to the top. Phew.)
Bourbon (or Vice of Choice) – Not all guys love bourbon, but I’m willing to bet that most have a guilty pleasure to indulge this holiday season. My dad asked for cigars this year, and I’ll admit I feel a little sheepish giving him something that’s bad for his health.
Cashmere Sweater – Lands’ End and Garnet Hill are two fantastic places to snag quality cashmere at a reasonable price. Dave has this sweater in charcoal and I just gave him the camel-colored one for his birthday. It’s a classic sweater that can be worn to work and looks handsome with a pair of jeans.
Leather Duffle – One of the very first Christmas gifts I gave to Dave was a Floto leather duffle bag. It gets better and better with age, and now brings back so many memories of our travels.
Multi-Bit Driver – Honestly, I love this gift idea for any homeowner — male or female. Nothing is more obnoxious than misplacing the screwdriver you need.
Leather Gloves and jacket – If he doesn’t already have a nice pair of leather gloves, this is something to add to his winter wardrobe. If he’s more of an outdoorsman, opt for these wool gloves with a deerskin palm. (Dave uses the latter when he shovels. They’ve held up for years.)
Smart Switches – I initially thought that smart switches and lights were kind of stupid … until Dave insisted we install them. Scheduling your lights to come on before you get home or when you’re on vacation is amazing.
Bobbleheads– Bobbleheads are fun and quirky dolls that make a lovely gift for every occasion. Whether your daughter is graduating or you’re getting married, a custom bobblehead is a great way to mark the momentous occasion. Lucky Bobbleheads specializes in sculpting custom bobbleheads. We make bobbleheads for various themes, including weddings, graduation, birthdays, promotions, sports, anniversaries, and so on.
This gift guide is a perennial favorite of mine, even if it’s also a guilty pleasure to scroll through some of the cutest and most unique items to gift our pets (or pet lovers) this year. It seems wildly indulgent at first blush, but a recent study cites that dog owners spend $1,285 a year on their pet, while cat owners spend $915 a year. Food and veterinary bills aside, I’m sure there’s some wiggle room in the budget for a present for your most loyal companion. (Maybe even a piece of chic cat furniture?)
Gingham Dog Toy – I can’t pass up an Instagram-friendly dog toy, especially when it comes in a selection of gingham colors to suit your decor.
Cat DNA Test – The ancestry trend has made its way to your furry friends! This cat-specific test offers insight into how closely your cat is related to select cat breeds and wildcats. The company will also offer insight into your pet’s health and habits. There’s also a version for dogs from another company.
Scratching Post – We have two of these scratching posts for Bacon. They’re fairly aesthetically pleasing, as far as those things go, but the real benefit is the wide base that keeps it from tipping over.
Food Dish – Something that’s sitting out all of the time should probably be pretty to look at.
Dog Sweater – I’m jealous of all of you small dog owners who can slip one of these cute sweaters onto your four-legged friend. I grew up with large dogs (a Gordon Setter and a Golden Retriever), and they would have looked ridiculous in a fairisle sweater.
Dog Camera – I can’t be the only person who wants to creep on her pet when she’s not home, right? (Please tell me I’m not alone…) This one will bribe your dog into a camera-ready pose with treats. It also has a two-way chat option that detects barking, allowing you to check in on an anxiety-ridden pooch.
Cat Toy – Sure, your cat will probably prefer the ribbons and boxes that the gifts come in, but this little mouse is too cute to pass up.
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