Man Gifts - Function not Fashion


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Boyfriends, husbands and fathers are some of the most difficult to buy for when it is holiday or birthday time. Many children are taught from a young age to buy gifts that they themselves would enjoy and may not get on a regular basis.

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Man Gifts - Function not Fashion

  1. 1. Man Gifts:Function not Fashion
  2. 2. Man Gifts:Function not Fashion
  3. 3. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion Boyfriends, husbands andfathers are some of the mostdifficult to buy for when it isholiday or birthday time. Manychildren are taught from ayoung age to buy gifts that theythemselves would enjoy andmay not get on a regular basis.This is taught because oftenthey are attending birthdayparties of children their ownage and gender. However, this Page 1
  4. 4. Man Gifts: Function not Fashionapproach to gift giving doesn’talways translate. Boyfriends,husbands and fathers havesuffered enough from theendless photo frames, clothing“outfits” and random items thattheir well-meaning girlfriends,wives, and children give them.Men enjoy items that arefunctional, in fact, the morefunctional it is, the more it isenjoyed. Page 2
  5. 5. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion The Swiss Army knife is aperfect example of one smallitem that does so many usefulthings. When women startgiving functional gifts to thespecial men in their lives, thosegifts will spend less timegathering dust and more timebeing put to good use. Page 3
  6. 6. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion Technology While each man hasdifferent interests, there are avariety of technological toolsthat can be fun and functionalfor the user. Smart phones,tablets and computers havelimitless functionality, and any ofwhich would make a perfect“Man Gift”. Remember to dosome research into what he isinterested in and what he has Page 4
  7. 7. Man Gifts: Function not Fashionmentioned he would love toget sometime. That way you willknow you are getting himsomething he will use. Page 5
  8. 8. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion Small Tools There are also many smalltools that have a variety offunctions, such as multipleheaded screwdrivers, woodfinishing tools, and certainlymulti function oscillating tools.Whether the man in your lifelikes working on cars, the homeor even tinkering in thebasement or garage, small toolscan be a great option for Page 6
  9. 9. Man Gifts: Function not Fashionsomething they can find manyuses for. Page 7
  10. 10. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion Large Tools Several large tools havemany functions. Two specificexamples are air compressorsand tractors. There are varietiesof attachments that can beadded to both things that canmake them do many things.For a tractor, there can bethings added to the front andback to do heavy lifting, snowclearing or even gardening. Page 8
  11. 11. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion Their attachments makemany tasks easier and can helpthe man in your life to beinventive about the projects hetakes on. Air compressors alsohave a multitude of uses. Withattachments like nail guns,staplers, sanders, sandblasters,spray guns, and ratchetwrenches, the possibilities areendless. It is important to keepthe air compressors running well Page 9
  12. 12. Man Gifts: Function not Fashionwith new air compressor partsand perhaps updating the aircompressor with Ingersoll Randcompressor parts. With a newair compressor filter or newIngersoll Rand compressor partseven an older air compressorcan feel like a new gift for theman in your life. Page 10
  13. 13. Man Gifts: Function not Fashion As you shop for the men inyour life, remember to putyourself in their “functional”shoes and think about whatmay be useful for the tasks theyenjoy doing. When you knowwhat that task is, try to think ofsomething that would makethat task easier or moreenjoyable. Page 11
  14. 14. Finding a Gift ForGrandpa Can Require Extra Work
  15. 15. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Work Finding an appropriate giftfor grandpa can be a dauntingtask. For many men at or nearretirement, they have had alifetime to accumulate tools,knick-knacks, and hobby items.Often, due to a certain level offinancial stability and a self-sufficiency that has developedover time, grandpas havedeveloped the habit of justgoing out and getting (for Page 13
  16. 16. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Workthem) whatever it is they wantor need. Invariably,grandfathers answer “nothing”when asked what they wouldlike as a gift, whether it be for abirthday, anniversary, orChristmas. Page 14
  17. 17. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Work Despite the fact that yourgrandfather feels he doesn’tneed anything, you still have adesire to get him something asa way of showing your love tohim. Since it is likely that hewon’t give you any ideas as towhat might make a good gift,you will have to do some extrawork. That may mean talking toyour grandmother, or otherfamily members to find out if Page 15
  18. 18. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Workthere is something that hascaught his eye that he hasn’tmentioned to you. Mostimportantly, it requires that youjust know your grandfather.Become a student of yourgrandpa. Pay attention to thethings he likes and dislikes, aswell as the things he alreadyhas. Page 16
  19. 19. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Work Grandpas often like to workwith their hands. Manygrandpas came from ageneration where youpersonally fixed the things youhad, and made basic homeimprovements yourself. Yourgrandfather may have certainhobbies that involvecraftsmanship. A gift for theworkshop can be an excellentway to show your grandpa you Page 17
  20. 20. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Workcare, but it can be a challengeto determine what he needsand doesn’t need. Chancesare he is probably pretty set onmost tools, so you will want tomake sure you know what healready has. Yet, there are likelystill those tools or gadgets thathe doesn’t have, or maybeequipment that he has thatneeds replaced. For instance,he may already have a Page 18
  21. 21. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Workcordless drill, but perhaps thebattery on his is old and losespower quickly. He may alreadyhave an air compressor, butperhaps he needs new aircompressor parts or IngersollRand compressor parts to keepit well maintained. He mayalready own a ladder, but itmight not be as sturdy as it usedto be, or may not be as user-friendly for someone his age. Page 19
  22. 22. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Work For grandpas who have wellestablished workshops, consideritems that will enable them tokeep their workshops up todate. If you are not sure of whatyour grandfather might need,make your gift to him a trip tothe hardware store. There youcan pick up air compressorparts, new battery pack for hispower tool, Ingersoll Randcompressor parts, or whatever Page 20
  23. 23. Finding a Gift For Grandpa Can Require Extra Workelse he may need to maintainhis workshop. Page 21