Here's just a sampling of recommended gifts "for him" that won't be purchased for Sean anytime soon (though just in case one of these are your thing, this post contains affiliate links!):
- Jewelry. Some men can wear jewelry and pull it off, but that's not Sean's thing. Aside from his wedding ring, he wears no jewelry whatsoever—not even a watch. Still, every year, I see lots of man-jewelry on the gift guides, roll my eyes, and move along. This year's favorite: Men's Stainless Steel Magnetic Skull Bracelet.
- Underwear. I think marketing people decided that they should just translate popular gifts for women over to men. Jewelry for her? Great! Lingerie for her? Sure! But for him? I'd venture to say underwear and socks are about as exciting a gift as, well...underwear and socks. If he needs some, buy some, but don't call it a gift. Also, there's a ton of briefs for him on the guides this year. Are men's preferences shifting?
- Skincare. One well-known retailer featured knockoffs of ProActiv and clarisonic in their men's gift guide. Again, maybe good for her (if she asks for it guys, no need to encourage any insecurities), but Sean won't be scrubbing his face with fancy gadgets anytime soon...or probably ever.
- Heart-print anything. Nothing says "look at my manly man" like bright red heart-shaped cufflinks. Or a heart-engraved flask. Or pretty much anything with hearts. If you're a more fun couple, you can break rule #2 here with some heart-print boxers...as long as there's still a real gift somewhere.
- A manicure set. Sean is good to go with nail clippers. I think the remaining 5 pieces would overwhelm him, and when the choices for case color are lime green, pink, or baby blue....yeah, I'm not sure he'd carry that around anyway.