Gifts for the Practical Guy

Shopping for men is hard. Shopping for the practical guy is even harder. I consider myself an expert in this field because I have been married to the most practical guy for 23 years. Each time I read a gift guide for men from one of the many blogs I follow I know there’s no way my husband is going for any of those ideas. He rarely has a list of things he wants or needs because he has simple needs. The joke around here at Christmas or his birthday is since he can’t think of anything he wants then I’ll get the gift because after all he ALWAYS wants a happy wife! Are you searching for a gift for a practical guy?

My husband never sits still. Like never. While I am completely wrapped up in every movie on the Hallmark Channel he’s constantly working on a project. He doesn’t exercise so fitness apparel is out. He doesn’t use a watch, he likes his Iphone. Also?  Not a coffee drinker. No mugs or fancy coffee machines for my practical guy!

He’s no fashionista. He has his comfortable style but always looks presentable. Here’s the thing – when I married him 23 years ago we wrote our own vows. I vowed to accept him as he is and not try to change him. See? That’s what happens when you marry a mental health counselor, we throw stuff like that into the mix! But I honestly believe marriages fail because we try to make our spouse something they’re not. With that being said I fully accept that sometimes when we dress to go somewhere that it’s perfectly ok if I’m all glammed up and he isn’t. I don’t pick out his clothes because I AM NOT HIS MOTHER. I stopped picking out my own sons’ clothes when they were in elementary school. I am a true believer that you make your own choices and what my husband wears is not a reflection of me because, again, I AM NOT HIS MOTHER. We’re both happy this way! Of course if he asks I give my opinion but I trust him to be him, I love him for who he is. #rantover

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So without further adieu here’s what practical guys want. Practical guys like things that are well, practical, or useful. No surprise my husband was super excited when he found this Genesis Lithium-Ion 2 speed screwdriver. My sweet hubby was so excited about it he bought one for his brother too! Another item that brought equal excitement was this 3″colored power bit set. Actually I’m excited that it came in rainbow colors! Because he’s practical he found Season One of Outlander on Ebay. It was less expensive and he’s been dying to see this series.

On Thanksgiving morning I was up bright and early to check out the ads. When he woke up I proudly announced that he had been super busy while he was sleeping because he purchased the majority of my Christmas gifts! Oh was he ever happy and we laughed as we called him the master multi tasker! Once he settled down to take a look at the paper he found ONE THING he wanted: a Star Wars Last Jedi t-shirt from Wal-Mart. Sigh. The whole paper and that’s what he comes back with? Yes, absolutely.

This time every year is when my husband updates his wardrobe thanks to the Friends & Family Sale at Macy’s. My husband is a software engineer for FedEx and gets to wear jeans to work so basically we are buying pullover sweaters and long sleeve casual shirts.

I buy him cologne as well. We found one we both love and this enormous bottle lasts him the whole year.

I am surprising him with an O’Keefe’s skin care set. He has dry skin and when the humidity drops off he gets chapped hands and lips. I’m certain this gift will draw lots of excitement! #sonotkidding

So what’s on your list for your practical guy? Is your guy anything like mine? Have the best day my friends and happy shopping!



  1. December 12, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Well, Mrs R, I feel your pain. I deal with a similar situation. Drawing out present ideas is like drawing life’s blood and the list looks like that of a cerebral drunk! The wants are usually repeated each year, books, classical music, malt whisky, oh and golf balls just to mix it up a bit. This year he’s come up with undies, navy silk thermal long john’s and t shirt top. The family has been biting each others hands off to get in first. Messy.
    However, I AM his mother and have been his personal shopper for some years as he transitions from Dartmoor Hiker Guy to Hamptons Hunk (we live by the sea, poetic license exercised). I think I’ve gauged his style well.
    This year he’s added something new to his wants, a shirt. I’ve haven’t told the family, I’m keeping that beauty for myself.
    Hugs, x
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    • Kellyann
      December 12, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      I knew TP was not nearly as practical as my hubby – at least TP is asking for alcohol and golf balls which means he actually has a hobby – I mean golf not drinking BTW!
      Most certainly if my husband wanted some help I’d be happy to but he knows what he’s comfortable in best and honestly I have my hands full taking care of my-diva-self, lol!

    • Kellyann
      December 12, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Oh Anna, I would love to have a fashionista husband! You MUST post his pics on your blog, how fun! One of my sons is a bit of a fashionista so at least I get a little bit of a break but my husband would rather just save the money while I’d rather spend it, lol!

  2. December 12, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Well we can check another box in our long list of things we have in common. Kent’s about as practical as they come. You are so kind to accept him the way he is. I am always trying to up his game a little, one baby step at a time. It’s an ongoing process. LOL I think MOST men in general (there are def some high maintenance ones out there) don’t want/need things. My dad was always the same way too. He’d rather us all have something that something for himself. Kent would just rather save the money. 🙄😜 (I love that we can actually insert an eye roll.😂) The drill bits are practical (and pretty😉) and a cordless screwdriver is perfect. The only think I’ve bought for Kent so far are dark chocolate covered expresso beans. I’m thinking I’d better get a move on. He actually surprised the snot out of me the other night and mentioned he’s kinda interested in one of those ancestry things…so I’m thinking that’s my answer. Have a happy Tuesday sweetness!!! XO
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    • Kellyann
      December 12, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      Yes, we are twins separated at birth! I agree, most men don’t want much and mine loves saving money, lol while I love spending it! I mean, hey, SOMEONE has to stimulate the economy, right? I think all holidays should be for girls! Well, I’m off to go pick up my boy, 2 hour drive ahead of me but a little bit of heaven waiting on the other end!

  3. December 12, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Your husband sounds like mine! He isn’t really into clothes, but I do shop for him sometimes just to get some new stuff in his closet! LOL! 🙂 I’ll dress up for when we go out and he has his usual dinner out outfit he likes to wear. It is true, you really can’t change someone! We are all different for a reason and I love my husband’s differences! These practical gifts all sound perfect! I usually have my husband make an Amazon wish list for me to shop from… everything he’d ever want is on Amazon! LOL! If only I was that easy!

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    • Kellyann
      December 13, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks Carrie! I’m always telling my husband that his clothes have “expired” and then I throw them out when I do the laundry. I swear the man would wear the same old things over and over again and NEVER get bored. Different is good and we are the ying and yang so it keeps things interesting. Makes for a happier marriage and life in general when we just love our spouses as is. The Amazon list is a terrific idea. I’ll have to do that for his birthday in February. Seriously if Amazon doesn’t have it you don’t need it! Ha!
      BTW, I’m going to make your crockpot chocolate cake – my son just got home from college and I know he’ll love it and then I won’t have to eat the majority of it myself, I love to spread the wealth!

  4. December 12, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I totally need to get that hand cream for Keith’s stocking! Guys are just so darn hard to buy for but…who am I kidding I actually am too! Same issue with both of us…when we see something we want we just buy it!

    • Kellyann
      December 13, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      We’re the same way, I buy what I want and he buys what he needs (nothing according to him, lol). I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with the hand cream, he will be so surprised! Isn’t that crazy, it’s the little thins I guess that let someone know you care.

  5. December 12, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    My dad is very practical and hard to buy for so I often end up getting him things like birdseed for his bird feeder or a panera giftcard (he LOVES panera). I think it’s all good as long as the gift comes from the heart! Enjoy Outlander with your hubby! It’s such a great book series and show!
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    • Kellyann
      December 13, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      You are right Laura, as long as a gift comes from the heart it’s all that matters. Last year I gave my parents one of those paintings from a girl’s night out at a paint place. They were so happy you’d have thought I gave them diamonds!
      I’m anxious to see Outlander, I know nothing about it but my husband has been dying to see it!

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