Have you ever started this conversation with the guy in your life? “What do you want for your birthday?” Of course you have. The answer—for this or any special occasion—is almost inevitably, “I don’t know. Nothing? Yeah, whatever is good. Shoes? I think I need shoes.”
It’s… well, maddening for one thing. But for another thing, it’s never accurate. Guys, like everyone else, always want something. It’s just that they:
- Don’t want to admit they want something.
- Don’t want to think about it.
The two are intertwined of course, but that doesn’t make it any easier. So, what you have to do is make it easy for them—and for you—by having him make a wish list. If he has the right tools, a true miracle will happen: your guy will suddenly remember that there are things he wants! Amazing.
To that end, I’ve put together some useful wish list ideas for guys. That way, you can skip that conversation and just get shopping.
How Guys Can Make Their Own Wish List
If there’s one thing I know about guys, it’s that they like to use technology to find the easiest way to do things. You might call it cutting-edge or you might call it cutting corners. Either way, it’s the best way to get them to do things.
That’s why I love online wish list generators. It allows anyone to shop from multiple stores and add items with one click. When you start a wish list, you can collect all your gift ideas in one place at your leisure. And your loved ones can buy directly from that list.
The user can also filter to make specific lists. For instance, if he wants an easy starting point (or doesn’t feel like being creative), then he can just search for “gifts for men” on the generator. Bam! You get hundreds of individual gifts as well as ideas for filtering further down.
So, what are some of those gift ideas? Here are some of my favorites.
Four Great Gift Guides for Guys
There are a million different things that guys like. It would be silly to say that these four are definitive. But chances are, your guy will find some things he likes in some of these or (even better!) be inspired to make his own guide.
Bar and Grub Gift Guide
A Bar and Grub gift guide is perfect for the dude who loves a good beer, a cheese platter, some smoked food, or anything else gustatory. It doesn’t matter if he’s a foodie or a normie, a snob or a slob. There’s something here for everyone.
Gadget Guy Gift Guide
There are guys who always want the newest thing. They want something with which they can tinker and toil, program and play, solve and show off. They’re like a little kid with a toy. So, if your guy likes cool games, the best headphones, tablets, telescopes, timepieces, and more, our Gadget Guy gift guide is the perfect starting point.
Daily Carry Gift Guide
Some guys just want practical gifts… but they want them to be awesome. The Daily Carry gift guide elevates the everyday and makes miracles out of the mundane. Beautiful wallets, sleek gloves, all-in-one keychain accessories, sturdy backpacks, sturdy flashlights, and more await. It’s the best way to face the day and conquer it.
Sport and Fitness Gift Guide
Game on! Is something your guy might say when they see our Sport and Fitness gift guide. Or maybe not—that’s a weird thing to say while clicking around on an app. But regardless, this guide has everything from weights to compression shorts to bats and balls to yoga mats to push-up pads and more.
Wish List Ideas For Every Guy
There are a lot of manly Secret Santa gifts. Meats, self-care products, cooking supplies, books, clothes, jewelry, music, accessories, sporting goods, razors, gadgets, toys, and more. There are a lot of things guys want… because there are a lot of kinds of guys.
Guys don’t have to be hard to shop for. It’s easy to get them to start a wish list, and it’s easy to buy for them when you have that list in front of you. If you have the right tech, you’ll never have to ask what they want again. You’ll already know.
If you’re looking for a great online wish maker for the guy in your life, turn to Elfster. Our Secret Santa generator simplifies the process, making it easy to organize a gift exchange or start a Wish List. Plus, you can access it all from an iPhone app or Android app.