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8 Great Gift Ideas To Amaze Your Man For His Birthday

8 Great Gift Ideas To Amaze Your Man For His Birthday

A lot is expected of men in the 21st century, and I know for sure how they struggle to find their place in the world. It’s been quite a subject online and offline — how to be a sensitive guy that will hear out his partner and offer her useful advice, and on the other hand to be the strong mysterious man of her dreams — and the bottom line is that these men need guidance.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a pretty great idea to do this subtly, and what better way to provide your special man with guidelines than to put them in a box and place a bow on them? Behind every successful man and accomplished gentleman, there’s a woman who has his back, so let’s see what kind of a birthday surprise can help you support him.

1. Tie And Cufflinks

    A gentleman dresses to impress. Sure, not all men see themselves wearing a suit on daily basis, nor should they, but having a classy outfit with the appropriate accessories to complete the look is a smart investment he probably won’t ever make by himself.

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    Getting a whole suit may not be a good idea because you may end up spending a lot of money on something he won’t like. However, surprising him with a classic tie and cufflinks set will do the trick.

    2. Travel

    A gentleman is well educated. Considering the fact that most of us find the usual ways of learning (through textbooks) a bit dull, you should perhaps explore new ones. As far as I’m concerned, traveling is the most exciting and effective way to learn about new cultures, history, and geography, so you should get a couple of tickets and set off to a beautiful place, like Singapore perhaps, or Petra, or Madagascar.

    3. Lingerie

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      Speaking of pleasant surprises, gentlemen like to have their fun, and a birthday is always a great opportunity to do something fresh in the bedroom — and you know for sure he’ll appreciate it. A surefire tactic is to get new lingerie. That way, you both have some birthday fun and you both get a nice present.

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      4. Gadgets

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        A gentleman is efficient. Probably the best way to increase your man’s work performance is through toys — boys love their toys, and work won’t seem like work if it’s fun. You should make your selection depending on your man’s area of expertise. There are many very useful gadgets out there, but make sure you do your research so you don’t end up paying a lot of money for something he doesn’t really need.

        5. Tool Set

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          A gentleman is handy. I know you can change a lightbulb and do stuff around the house, but you should leave it to him to get it done sometimes – that way, he’ll feel good about himself and his role in your life. There’s a nice way for you to let him know you appreciate his handyman abilities — by getting him a nice tool set. It may be a good idea to browse through his toolbox and see what’s missing first, so you can complete it.

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          6. Gym Equipment

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            A gentleman takes care of his body. Men can easily get lazy and put on some weight, but there’s nothing to be alarmed about really — they just need a reminder. Anything from a set of weights to new sneakers will do. If your special man already has a favorite workout, then my suggestion is to get him something that will enrich his experience. For example, if he’s into biking, I’m positive he’ll appreciate any useful accessory you might get him.

            7. Games

            A gentleman plays. Hard working boys deserve their time off, and what better way to let him know he’s been good than getting him that board game he’s been wanting, a new PC or console game, or a chess board, perhaps. If he’s into something that requires a bit more physical activity, you should definitely consider something like a portable table tennis set. It all depends on what he’s into, so pick carefully.

            8. Beer Basket

            This one is a classic that can’t really fail, since a gentleman loves his beer. If you’re in a long relationship and you’ve already gotten him practically everything he needs, getting him a beer basket is always a great option. This set will consist of beers from different countries, so I’m sure you two will have a good time deciding what you like the most. If you’re feeling generous, you can get him a great follow-up gift perfect for any man cave: a beer cap map. With it, he’ll be able to widen his knowledge about his favorite beverage and have fun collecting them all.

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            The secret in getting him a great gift is finding something that has a background story. That way, you’ll get him something he’ll actually like and he’ll know you care about his interests. One last piece of advice: take your time to figure out what to get so you don’t end up wasting a lot of money on a last-minute purchase that he may not like.

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            The Gentle Art of Saying No

            The Gentle Art of Saying No

            No!

            It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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            But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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            What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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            But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

            1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
            2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
            3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
            4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
            5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
            6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
            7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
            8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
            9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
            10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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