Tommy Bahama reversible half zip sweatshirt for men

Gifts for Husband & Wife (Day 9), 12 Days of Shopping

Gift Ideas for Men, My Husband in Particular

My husband, like most men, is difficult to shop for. If I buy him something he doesn’t like, he claims to like it but it will sit unused in a corner or the back of the closet until it’s time to purge. I’d rather he’d ‘fess up so I could return it and save the money. This year, I am doing something different. I am asking him. No surprises. This might be the way to go. 

Is your husband easy to shop for? If so, please share your ideas! It would be nice to have one surprise under the tree for my husband! Capability:Mom shares her list too!

p.s. This is my list from last year for him.

Book Ideas for Husbands

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

My husband is a rock and roll kind of music lover and he likes biographies. He likes Bruce Springsteen too, but not in that fanatical way that anyone who’s been to a concert is. Yet.

Who I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townshend

This also looks good for a classic rock kind of guy. And apparently, he can write too!

Gifts for Handy Men

Husky Tool Chest, $134.

A tool chest is a gift for both the man in your life and your home as it might get all the tool clutter in your basement or garage organized!


Gifts for Golf Dads

Medicus Golf Club Training Club, $90

When my husband used to own a small golf shop decades ago, this training club was very popular because if your swing is incorrect, the club breaks at that hinge. For anyone working on their swing, this is one training club that actually works. I know because I used it and my swing apparently is bad.



The Big Three and Me by Billy Casper

My husband collects golf books and this one looks fun. Billy, William Earl Casper, Jr. (born June 24, 1931), is an American professional golfer who was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s. If your man likes to “talk story” about golf, this is the book for him, especially if he appreciates the old-time legends of golf.


Gifts for Men Who Hate to Shop for Themselves

Tommy Bahama Half Zip Reversible Sweatshirts, $98

I would not be surprised if this is Tommy Bahama’s best selling item. My husband doesn’t like the itchiness of sweaters so this half-zip sweatshirt is perfect. It’s also reversible which is great for travel and it’s dressy enough for casual Friday. And it comes in many, many shades of blue.

Tommy Bahama reversible half zip sweatshirt for men

Smart Wool Socks, $13-20

Warm feet are happy feet in a New England winter. The socks come in dressy and casual styles.


Cashmere Lined Dress Leather Gloves, $30

Somehow we lose gloves from winter to winter and my husband won’t buy these for himself since he rarely needs to be dressed up. It’s a small indulgence but for $30, he’s worth it!

Gifts for Wives or at Least Me

The older I get, the less I want. I’m not sure why. It could be that we have a small house and it’s busting at the seams. I just feel like I don’t really need anything and I usually buy something myself when I want it so it’s not like I keep a long list for the holidays. And, I think I am with the French women who buy very few items but of the highest quality. Left with no guidance my husband will buy jewelry and I really don’t need that so here’s my list.

Tata Harper Serum, $150

I am investing more in skin care as I approach 50, and I really want to try the Tata Harper serum that everyone seems to rave about over at beauty blog, Into the Gloss. Still, it’s ridiculously expensive so I wouldn’t buy it for myself but I would be delighted to open it up on Christmas day.

Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, $130

I’ve tried essential oil skin care lines in years past and I love good quality essential oils. It just smells so good. This is pricey but the quality of the essential oils is what drives the price and they are impeccable.

Toms Black Suede Fleece Botas, $99

When the Olsen twins designed cashmere Toms, they caught my eye but I didn’t get them and now they are gone forever. I love my Ugg sheepskin slippers that I wear in the house during winter. Sometimes I just want to wear a house slipper (because we take our shoes off) that can go outside because I get tired of changing my shoes. These would work for a quick car pool drop off or pick up which is basically my life.

toms cozy boots

Japanese Farm Food by Nancy Singleton Hachisu

When I cook, I want to make simple but satisfying ethnic home cooking. This cookbook sounds perfect!


Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes by Nigella Lawson

I love everything about Nigella Lawson and her food with the exception of her fondness for English mustard and peas. This is the only cookbook of hers that I don’t have.


Chunky Knit Sweater … like this one by Isabel Marant, $700

Every winter, I crave one new sweater, the warmer the better. I LOVE this one but it’s a little pricey. Maybe it will go on sale.

Isabel Marant sweater chunk knit

Clu Sweater, $245

I like how this sweater is comfy but also a little dressy.

Clu sweater

This should give my husband some ideas for Christmas and my birthday which quickly follows. How about you? What do you want for the holidays?

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The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I have resorted to asking as well…so much less frustrating. I do find an occasional surprise something but nothing expensive. Love your list – will be sharing another link with my family! Thanks!
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  2. Sarah

    I have been married for 21 years and always ask! I got upset early in our marriage with unused gifts. Now I give him money prior to the holiday and he picks his gifts. I add little surprises but the main, read costly, gifts he picks out himself.

  3. Ann

    Wool socks sound good! My feet always are cold. I like the expensive sweater and fleece booties too!

    I get so caught up in what to get for the kids I usually neglect myself and husband! Hmm, for me… I could use a couple sweaters. Working from home really cuts down on the amount of clothes you need but it feels good to have a few nice new things!
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