How To Get Your Guy (And Get Him A Gift While You’re At It)

February 12, 2014    |    By +
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Shopping for gifts for men should be an Olympic sport. Seriously. It’s the hardest thing some of us do all year. Where can we look to connect with the male psyche when we are thinking about gifts? How can we tap into their wishes when they, more often than not, don’t want to reveal them? But I’ve found a few websites that can help give us a peek into men’s minds. And with Valentine’s Day so near, if you are still shopping for your guy, maybe you could use some extra inspiration.

For the Chef:
TheDomesticMan.com, founded in 2010, is a destination to get into the minds of men who love spending time in the kitchen or at the grill. This is a category of man that is expanding like crazy. The kitchen is no longer just a woman’s place, hallelujah! Russ Crandall, owner of DomesticMan.com, says, “I think my honest and unfiltered approach to cooking is a good reflection of what goes through a man’s mind when he’s in the kitchen. And, you’ll get a man’s perspective on which kitchen tools a man finds useful.”

For the Metro Man:
I’m not sure if anyone actually uses the term “metro man” anymore, but it fits the bill for the audience of UrbanDaddy.com.  Paul Underwood, editorial director at UrbanDaddy.com, says,UrbanDaddy speaks to the affluent and urban young male whose passions are to be the “first-to-know” and a buzz-worthy lifestyle of food, music, nightlife, travel and entertainment.” They also know that most guys don’t plan ahead, so they came out with their award-winning The Next Move mobile app, “which can guide you to a great bar or restaurant–in over 30 cities–even if you met your valentine at 7:48 p.m. on Feb. 14.” This seems useful for procrastinators everywhere, whether they are male or female.

For the Average Guy:
AskMen.com, founded in 1999, is one of the oldest websites for guys. This site is constantly tapping into what real guys think about. Sometimes it’s not what us ladies want to hear, but like Guillaume Jaillet, marketing manager at Ask Men, says, “It really is men talking about what they want.”

For the Runner:
Whether he runs for fun or is training for a marathon, runners are all about their shoes. Runblogger.com is a resource created by Peter Larson in 2009, an ex-biologist with an obsession for running science, to test and review running shoes and share his philosophy of running with the world. He’s a proponent of barefoot running, but don’t worry, that’s not all he writes about. If you want to get your runner a gift, read a few posts at runblogger.com first to help you be able to choose a gift with confidence.

For the Geek:
Founded in 2006, Technabob.com is the place to go for the geek in your life. Now, chances are that if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a geek, you are a geek yourself. But if you’re not, then you need to get up to speed before picking up a Doctor Who ashtray. This site has a nice sense of wit and gets to subjects that haven’t been done to death by other tech news blogs. So, whether your geek is into “Star Wars,” video games, gadgets or gags, this site will help you tap into the mindset.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.