Holiday Gifts For The Guy Who's Got It All

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It's that time of year again: With only weeks to go before the big winter holidays, many people are starting to stress out over what to buy for their husbands, fathers and other men in their lives. Is shopping for your special guy difficult because he seems to have everything he wants and needs? Identify which category your man falls into, then take a look at the gift ideas suggested for him.

The Adventurer

Is the guy you have in mind always up for another adventure? Whether he's got wanderlust or a thirst for anything wild and crazy, an experiential gift is likely to be appreciated. Remember, the more extreme he is, the more wacky experience he's likely to want! For the mild adventurer, tickets to a vacation destination outside your norm might be just perfect. If you currently live in the South, consider a trip to a ski resort, for example. Northerners might like a surfing vacation in SoCal or Daytona Beach.

For those looking for more of a challenge, go all out and splurge on a skydiving class! Or perhaps your man would like to build -- and fly -- his own glider, under the supervision of the pros, of course. Mountain-climbing or bungee-jumping adventures are more possibilities.

The Rest-and-Rejuvenator

If your guy is either a workaholic or a dedicated couch potato, then he'd probably love a gift that will help him to enjoy the quieter pleasures of life. Consider a new spa built into his backyard or patio. If you're his romantic partner, then this is a gift for you, as well: Just think of the cold, starry nights you can spend soaking in a bubbling jetted tub! If this idea appeals to you, get in touch with a pool contractor at http://www.dolphin-pools.com for more information on spas.

Already have a hot tub? In this case, an accessory or two to add to the ambiance might be just what he wants. Imagine how lovely it would be to create the atmosphere of a jungle with some perfectly tropical plants to peer up at. This will only work if your hot tub is situated in a greenhouse or heated porch, of course! Some outdoor or patio lighting is another way to help your man relax; forget about jarring spotlights and go for softly twinkling LEDs instead.

The Traditionalist

If your dad, husband or brother likes the rhythm and routines of life, then a gift-of-the-month service might be just perfect for his gift. You can sign up with a service, or you can go ahead and make it your mission to present him with a lovingly wrapped gift twelve times in the upcoming year.

What types of items can you give him? This can range from bottles of wine or imported chocolates, to model cars or even homemade cookies. These also make great accompaniments to some of the gifts listed above; imagine presenting your guy with a special bottle of wine to enjoy each month while soaking in his new hot tub. It would be like a special getaway every 30 days!

The Collector

It's generally easy to buy for someone with a collection, because you can simply add to it. Instead of going that easy route, however, consider buying an item that would complement, but not match, his existing collection. Is your man a World War II aficionado? Buy him some WWII-era glass to display along with his weaponry. Does he collect watches? What about a beautiful timepiece to go on the wall, over his glass display case?

Buying a gift for the man who has it all can be a challenge, to be sure. By determining what type of guy he is, you can make the process a lot easier. Remember to think outside the box to avoid duplication, while keeping his unique interests and personality in mind, and you're sure to hit on a winning gift!

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