When your sense of appreciation is considerably bigger than your wallet, you need to find a small and thoughtful detail to express what you want to say on a limited budget. Fortunately, despite an ill-deserved reputation for being difficult during gift-giving occasions, men can be very appreciative of such small details, and when he says he would be fine with anything, he's not being difficult or uncommunicative. He usually actually means that he would be fine with anything. Even on a limited budget, some of the best gift items for men are small, inexpensive and practical items.
Men are used to their close friends buying them a drink to express their gratitude, and a nice bottle of alcohol can be a thoughtful and inexpensive gift for a guy. If you know what brands or types of wine or spirits he likes, the gift can be particularly meaningful and practical. While fine alcohol can be quite expensive, you should be able to find a decent bottle for a reasonable price.
Body Care Products
Although some colognes can be expensive, look around for reasonably price kits of shaving or soap products. The sets can be practical for a man (ask any man how many times he has woken up to find that he's out of shaving cream or soap) and tend to be attractively packaged so that you can be sure that your present will be impressive when it's opened.
Forget Muhammad Ali's autographed boxing gloves on auction for thousands of dollars, but you can find reasonably priced memorabilia like autographed sports programs or trading cards for as little as $5 or $10. Though sports items can be expensive, just seeing his team's logo should make a fan happy and appreciative. Just be sure you know who his favorite team and players are.
It is true: Most men are fascinated by gadgets. Depending on his interests, something as simple as a nice compass, a good knife or the newest advance in tie-hanging technology will not only be well received, but will keep him entertained for a good while without costing you that much.
Most men don't particularly like getting clothes as a gift, but if you don't know him well or you do know that he's fashion conscious, the usual list of inexpensive men's clothing items can be a good option, including ties, vests and shirts.
Books and Music
If you know some of his favorite bands or authors, a book or CD is a relatively inexpensive gift. As a last resort, books and music can make for good humorous gifts if you share some inside jokes. Remember that if you can at least make him laugh when he opens your present, he'll appreciate the gesture no matter what is inside.