The end of the year is approaching and you’re faced with the daunting task of figuring out what to buy him for the holidays. With all of the stressful decisions involved in making plans for Christmas, you usually take the easy way out by buying him the same starchy collared dress shirt in multiple muted colors that will blend with the sweaters you got him for his birthday.
But you can’t go another year of watching his disappointment as he pulls off the lid of the drab department store box only to uncover what he needs, not what he wants.
When faced with dreaded holiday politics – which side of the family you’ll have to let down, making peace between your warring aunt and uncle, or worst-case scenario, hosting a Christmas dinner for your in-laws – the last thing you want is added anxiety over what to get your significant other. Now you can relax: here is a list of unique gifts that certainly won’t disappoint.
The Contour Helmet Camera is a sure-fire gift that not only satisfies his desire to record his adventures, but also enables you to finally capture those family vacation videos that are missing from the cabinet. Whether it is on the mountain cutting through fresh powder or catching the biggest trout on a fishing excursion with his buddies, there is a version of a helmet camera for every activity.
To make his anticipation of next year’s adventures even sweeter by providing multiple views of his outdoor feats, you can also get one for the dog and get them both out of the house on a day when all you want to do is curl up with Fifty Shades of Grey.
The add-ons to this gift make your shopping for the whole year a piece of pecan pie: a new flat-screen to watch his priceless videos, editing software to prep them for You Tube glory, or a digital voice recorder to provide narration for his monumental escapades. To top it off with some whipped cream, there are endless stocking stuffers to accompany the GoPro including a flash memory card, a grab bag of mounts, a charger kit, and different types of headgear.
He will be so mesmerized by the magical gizmos on Christmas morning that he will probably forget that you snapped at your pushy mother-in-law over the pot roast the night before.
Since video recording devices are becoming the democratic form of surveillance, you can also fulfill any boy’s fantasy of being an Avenger by giving him an iSafe sling backpack, equipped with reflectors, sirens and strobe lights to ward off the enemy (there’s also a book bag version for the kids, which would officially turn you into Super Mom).
Although he may not admit it, he has a penchant for superheroes, indicated by his nostalgic box of comics in the basement (with lock and key) that he refuses to give up. Grab one of these and a photo and AllPopArt will reincarnate him into his favorite character.
Prepped for virtual reality triumph, he will especially appreciate Marvel’s Super Hero Squad by Nintendo Wii or a GameStop gift card. With all of these new toys, he will worship you as much as St. Nick and refrain from being naughty in the New Year (except where it counts).
Resolutions often fail because they are projections rather than investments and boring commitments rather than exciting adventures. To ensure that you and your partner lose that pesky holiday weight, break away from the gym and sign him and yourself up for climbing lessons or a guided bike tour.
If he is more the self-motivated type, make sure he has the right equipment such as a new road bike, snowboard, or moped. Yes, he already has that hybrid, but men like variety and currency when it comes to make and model and they can never have enough gear.
Programmed with DNA that requires him to be prepared for every situation and never ask for help, he would appreciate a car top carrier for major excursions or a new tool kit (this would also provide a gentle push to finally fix the kitchen cabinet).
If he is a thrill-seeker, buy him skydiving or flying lessons. It’s never too late to learn something new and Christmas is the perfect occasion to kick-start a new activity in the New Year and mix things up. If he wants to be the next American Ninja Warrior, encourage him to try fencing.
If he is an intellect, but is always on the go, buy him an Audible Audiobook membership and an ipad or kindle so that he can listen to the latest New York Times bestsellers on his commute. In order to rekindle the romance, experience something new together such as a cooking or pottery class.
With all of these exciting activities on the horizon, the world will remain an enchanted wonderland after Christmas Day and the only thing that will melt away is stress.