Monday, December 20, 2010

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Dude in Your Life

Christmas is a mere 5 days away.  If you're anything like me, you've probably still got a little bit of shopping to do.  If you're anything like I was in college, you won't start until Christmas Eve. 

If you're from one of the two molds listed above, I know why you haven't started shopping yet.  Its hard trying to figure out what to buy for every person.  I, for example, still have not bought a present for my mother.  She is difficult to shop for.  She has everything she could ever need, and every year she thinks that the gift I get her is lame.  Its impossible for me to figure out what the hell a 50 year old woman would want for Christmas, so I inevitably get her some kind of home ornament that has absolutely no practical value and is an unoriginal waste of space.  I don't fault her for it; its obviously my fault.  I have an inability to bridge the cultural divide between us.

But that got me thinking that women probably have trouble finding gifts for the dudes in their lives as well.  I mean, it should be pretty easy since almost all dudes love at least one of the following things: humor, sports, alcohol, electronics, gambling, or tools.  If you can somehow combine more than one of those categories into one gift, that's even better.  I would imagine that similar categories exist for women.  My best guesses as to what those are would include: tupperware, crochet needles, Lifetime movies, sugary alcoholic beverages, pots, pans, anything that serves no practical purpose, and vaginal creams.

As you might be able to tell, I'm not the best guy to ask if you're looking for a gift for your girlfriend.  However, if you are looking for a gift for your father, brother, uncle, son, or boyfriend, The Daily Anything is here to help with 5 last minute gift ideas for the dude in your life.

In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy1. In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks ... And Other Complaints from an Angry, Middle-Aged White Guy

A lot of you already know that I'm a huge fan of Adam Carolla.  I frequently listen to his podcast, have seen almost every episode of The Man Show, and loved The Hammer.  In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks is essentially a collection of the rants he's gone on and the opinions he's been espousing for years on his radio show and podcast, just done through a different medium and assembled in one place.  If your man enjoys a good laugh at the expense of, well anyone, he will certainly enjoy this book.

Price: $13.51

2. Exotic Beer

Ignore the Dudeweisers in the top right corner of that picture and you will find an array of exotic beers that your man would love to see hanging out in the fridge when he wakes up on Christmas morning.  Your man can share it with his buddies, or he can critique it alone.  Either way, he will find that there's nothing quite like experiencing and evaluating a new beer for the first time.  Just make sure he sticks to one or two types of beer in a single sitting.

Price: $20.00 - $40.00

3. Tools

Need a practical gift for dad or the boyfriend but aren't sure what he needs?  Tools are a simple, universally appreciated, and a great way to say "you're gonna do some work for me this year."  However, a little bit of research will be very much appreciated by the recipient.  If your dude complains about getting tools, he's either:

A) mad that you got him tools that he already has; or

B) a pussy.

Price: $30 - $----

NBA Jam4. Video Games

This gift idea is mostly for younger guys.  After all, its kinda tough to find a video game that grandpa would enjoy.  Try to stick to the younger guys in your life.  For me, I generally enjoy sports games and rpg's.  If I were asking for a video game for Christmas, I'd either choose NBA Jam or Red Dead Redemption.  Also, the NHL and FIFA games are always good.

Price: $35 - $60

ESPN Films 30 for 30 Gift Set Collection, Volume 1
5. 30 for 30 Box Set, Volume 1
From Wayne Gretzky leaving the Oilers to O.J. leaving L.A., the 30 for 30 documentaries were ESPN's big project celebrating the company's 30th anniversary.  The 30 for 30 docs cover some of the most important, and often least remembered stories from the past 30 years in the world of sports.  If your man likes sports, he will love 30 for 30.

Price: $45.99