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Gift Ideas for Male Friend

Jul 7, 2009

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Gift ideas for male friends can prove every bit as hard to come by as gift ideas for men in close relationships. You need imagination and confident knowledge of your friend’s personal interests, as with any other gift giving opportunity. However, on the plus side, you can scratch sentimental keepsakes, romantic dinners, and costly jewelry off the list and replace them with lighter, possibly humorous, or even business oriented options, depending on the occasion and the depth of the friendship.

When a woman gifts a male friend and she wants to maintain the platonic nature of the friendship...

Gifting Etiquette for Female Friends of Men
When a woman gifts a male friend and she wants to maintain the platonic nature of the friendship, she should keep the gift inexpensive and of a neutral nature. If you have any doubt as to how he will receive your gift, avoid alienating his significant other, and consider making your gift to him a “gift for two,” so she knows your friendship with her guy is not a threat. Your male friend will appreciate the gesture more than you know.

The Occasion
You should first consider the occasion when evaluating gift ideas for man-friends.  Is your friend celebrating a birthday, graduation or something work-related?  Perhaps you seek a religious or secular holiday gift.  For example, a birthday gift can be generic, like a simple CD, DVD, or keychain, but a college graduation gift generally involves some reference to the impending job search.  Gift the graduate a professional resume service to show your support.

Get your “nearly senior” friend an electronic metal detector, the idea being that he could keep up with the other geezers mining for small change on the beach.

Work-related gift ideas for male friends tend to be more professionally oriented but often, humor plays a large and important role.  A bottle of champagne, a subscription to his favorite imported beers or a fancy desk set are classic gift ideas for a new job or promotion.  If you have a good working relationship, consider a gag gift for a friend’s retirement.  Get your “nearly senior” friend an electronic metal detector, the idea being that he could keep up with the other geezers mining for small change on the beach.

Holiday gift ideas for man-friends overlap the other options with an added seasonal touch. Play up the holiday spirit with professional wrapping and trim.

Sorting out your friend’s interests is the next step when filtering gift ideas for male friends.

His Interests
Sorting out your friend’s interests is the next step when filtering gift ideas for male friends.  Is he obsessed with sports?  Consider buying him sports memorabilia, game, or season tickets or sports accessories for his own use. Is he a film buff? Get him a movie trivia board game or a framed poster of his favorite movie or film star. Spice up your gift with autographs, if you can get them.

Does his pet dog (or iguana) occupy much of his time, or do cars/boats/bikes hold his interest? Consider a book on his favorite animal or breed, or obtain a quality model of his favorite vehicle.

Get him the latest game in his favorite genre, or possibly an accessory for his gaming system.

Is your friend an avid gamer or electronics nut? Get him the latest game in his favorite genre, or possibly an accessory for his gaming system. Track down the latest gizmo in electronic assistants or add-ons for a device he already owns.

Gift ideas for male friends for whom friends and family are his focus can be more personal. Consider making a photo collage of his family’s photos or a buy him a board game he can enjoy with his children or grandchildren. How about a photo collage of good times you and he have enjoyed? Does he have a hobby where he collects things, like small-scale trains or airplanes? This is a popular hobby and you will easily find specialty stores and auction websites devoted to collectors.

The Gift of Adventure
Gift ideas for man-friends who love to interact with their environment are also readily available, and in a variety of price ranges. Some activity between an experience and a full-fledged adventure may put a real smile on his face. Your gourmet friend may enjoy a live cooking class or two. Your Type A risk-taker may enjoy bungee jumping, skydiving or even a flying lesson. He might even be the guy who gets to ride along with a stock car racer. The overstressed executive friend will really appreciate a deep-tissue massage or a round of golf. Closet musicians will get a kick out of DJ or music lessons. Even your friend, the couch potato, will leave the house for a bike and brewery tour.

Are you unsure which gift or adventure to choose? Buy him a gift certificate and let him choose his own gift. He just might enjoy his own shopping “experience.”

No matter which gift you do choose, when selected with his likes and dislikes in mind, your male friend will appreciate the attention and enjoyment it brings.

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