Inexpensive Gifts for Men Who Have Everything

by Laurel Handfield

If you think he has everything, like the latest expensive high-tech gadgets or the imported car that cost more than two years' rent, think again. Skip the bank-breaking gifts and go for inexpensive ones that require time and thought, like a gift basket or a personalized picture frame. He’ll cherish those gifts much more.

Gift Baskets

For a horror movie buff, include classic movies like “Hell Raiser” and “Friday the 13th.” Make it a true movie fest and add in packs of microwave popcorn and a six pack of his favorite soda. Include the vintage candy he used to eat as a kid. Sure, he just bought a year’s membership at the fancy gym down the street, but he never has the incentive to hop into his car and go. For a fitness buff, give him gift basket filled with exercise gear like a new pair of sneakers and a basketball. He'll be able to get in a quick game with his buddies during lunch hour. He loves golf but has the worst golf swing. Include a new set of golf balls in the basket to replace the ones left in the sand traps.


Engrave his name or initials onto items like a money clip or a wallet. Purchase items for his desk at work like a stapler or a silver paper holder. Personalize the gifts with his initials engraved onto them. Give him a sterling silver picture frame. Personalize it with a cherished picture of the two of you or a picture of his parents. Purchase a book by his favorite author. Inside the flap, include a personal message, detailing why he means so much to you. Create a scrapbook with his most cherished photos. Include childhood photos of his family, as well as pictures of the two of you and his friends.


Some inexpensive gadgets include an over-the-ear hands-free book light so he can read before bed. Make computer use a little easier with a wireless desk mouse. Digital photo-frame key rings allow him to insert pictures of his choice. A Wi-Fi finder key chain is a practical gift for a guy who carries along his laptop wherever he goes. With the press of a single button, this key chain detects most available spots that have Wi-Fi within 200 feet. (See Resources.) Other inexpensive gadget gifts include portable JBL speaker system or an iPod stand.

Other Ideas

Give him a personalized T-shirt with his picture or a funny image on it. For a grill master, give him outdoor cooking utensils. Bake his favorite cookies and present them in a decorative gift box. Purchase a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant or sporting-goods store.

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About the Author

Laurel Handfield has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction articles for "Guide" and "Bumples" magazine. Although she has been writing for years, her career officially began in 2003 with the release of her first novel, "My Diet Starts Tomorrow." She graduated from Cheyney University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. It was there she became serious about writing.