Holiday shopping is tough in general and especially challenging when shopping for the men in your life. A good rule to follow when you’re looking to do something different this year for your father, husband, grandfather or brother is to take cues from what they really like to do and where they spend their time.

Consider this: Some of the most popular spaces in the home for men-and their last domain for fun and leisure-are the garage, the deck or patio, the entertainment room or workout area. Gifts for these spaces are practical and can be enjoyed year-round and last for many years.

“My husband was so surprised to receive Gladiator GarageWorks cabinets and a work surface as gifts,” said Marilyn Wortman. “They suit him perfectly since he enjoys spending time in the garage and having an organized work area meets his needs perfectly.”

Storing outdoor equipment

For sportsmen, gifts for the garage or rooms they use to store equipment in make it easier for them to do the things they enjoy. Possible gifts could include fishing pole holders, a golf caddy or a special bicycle-hanging device.

Men who enjoy entertaining and spending time out on the deck or patio would appreciate new grill tools, specialty sauces or rubs, a grilling cookbook or even- as a splurge item-a new grill.

Gadgets are good

Men who prefer to lounge in their state-of-the-art media and entertainment rooms will appreciate the latest gadgets. Possibilities could include gifts such as a new television, speaker system or Blu-ray media player.

“I got my husband a large plasma screen because he loves football,” said LeeAnn Swan. “He just loved it-and definitely takes advantage of it all season long.”

So is fitness equipment

Finally, if your guy enjoys working out at home, consider new fitness equipment or something as simple as workout clothes.

Once you know the type of man you’re shopping for and his favorite interests, take time to research the perfect present. Gift sites dedicated to men, like Man, can help you find the right gift and, in some cases, allow you to order directly. Remember, the perfect gift is out there; you just have to know where to look. – Courtesy of NAPS.

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