Guys Break Down Which Gifts They Actually Want To Receive This Holiday Season
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In our toxically masculine, gender-obsessed world that pigeon holes us all into a couple categories, it can be easy to make some assumptions about which items make the best gifts for certain people.

But a recent Reddit thread turned that all on its head.


Redditors--mostly guys, but some well-versed partners of dudes--discussed what they truly want to receive when the holidays roll around.

Some of the suggestions may surprise you.

magic_neems asked, "What do men actually like to receive as gifts?"

The Gift of Ideal Portion Sizes

"My husband asked for 'sweatpants I can wear to the store,' house shoes (rubber on the Bottom in case he needs to go outside) and cereal bowls that are 'bigger than soup bowls' lol" -- haleymcgirl

"The cereal bowl thing has me dying. My husband eats cereal out of a mixing bowl." -- AnArmAndaPlague

Exactly What He Wanted 

"I'm a single dad so I buy Christmas gifts for myself from my kids because obviously they want to get me stuff for Christmas but they don't have any money."

"This year they got me an Xbox series X, a subscription to keto Krate, a new electric roasting pan, and immersion blender, and and air compressor. 😂😂"

-- HiroshiHatake

How Things Change 

"As a kid the thought of getting socks as a gift would disgust me, but as an adult, a new pack of socks brings a smile to my face."

"Same goes for underwear, but different strokes for different folks there."

-- senoralippysgreencar

Just Solid Overall Advice 

"The best gift is something a person wants, but cannot quite justify spending their own money on." -- blyat56

"Good general gift advice that. Also not too expensive, so they don't feel bad if you missed the mark." -- obscureferences

"Or something they wouldn't have thought to get. I'm getting my brother a set of throwing knives." -- The_First_Viking

The Gift of Actual Utility 

"Appliances. Every time I use my waterflosser, air fryee, coffee bean grinder, etcn, I think of the giver and remeber them fondly" -- phroexx

"This. I'd rather receive something useful than something "for decoration" cause I live in a small place due to exorbitant rent." -- nguyenning198

Temporary, but Deeply Appreciated 

"For me, pretty much just food. Maybe an item of clothing you really, truly, deeply believe I'd look really good in. Everything else I'd kind of prefer to buy myself because I know what I'm looking for."

"Pastries are my biggest weakness."

-- Mythnam

Know Your Audience 

"Stuff related to our interests, just like anyone else. My dad got me a nice set of grilling tools this year, and I cant wait to try them out, as grilling is a huge hobby of mine."

"If he had given the same set of tools to my brother, however, he would have probably regifted them. Different strokes for different folks. Learn what your man likes, and give him that."

-- BrilliantWeight

Always On the Mind 

"You know what I really want? A nice comfortable desk chair. Because if it is comfortable to sit in, I will think of you each time I sit in it."

"And if it is quality and lasts a long time, I'll be thinking of your gift for quite a long time!"

-- brettBPK

A Good Strategy 

"Best thing to do: identify a shoddy item I use. It could be a stapler, it could be scissors, it could be a socket wrench set that I just can't find that 10mm."

"Buy him a quality replacement."

-- PoissonsRevenge

Everyone Wants to Smell Good 

"Candles. I may be a guy, but my place still needs to smell nice and give off a pleasant ambiance. I could be stuck smelling candles at Walmart for hours." -- Kesenai_

"My boyfriend and his best friend also love candles! But their guy friends never get them as gifts , so I always end up buying them cookie and vanilla scented candles that they love lol" -- FiniteCommunist

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