15 Wacky Gifts for Him
Drop dead gorgeous
Believe it or not, taxidermy is a dead-perfect gift right now. Don't spend too much time wondering why. Taxidermy is totally a Thing this year. Everywhere you look in the hip parts of town, dead animals are lighting up the room, decorating the walls, even topping the Christmas tree. Some ladies even sport barrettes decorated with squirrels' paws. If you can't stand the idea of real dead animals, there are plenty of tongue-in-cheek substitutes, like this mounted deer head Lego kit.
Sentimental value is one of the few things that actually can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Ask around in your sweetheart's family and see if someone is willing to part with a tool or toolbox that belonged to a beloved relative. This idea works best if the item is sentimental and practical all at the same time. He'll thank you every time he stabs his enemies in the heart with grandpa's buck knife or gives himself a close shave with great-uncle Al's straight razor.
Presentation is everything
Remember when Winnie the Pooh ate the honey that he was going to give Eeyore for a birthday present? But he gave Eeyore the empty jar, anyway, called it a Useful Pot, and it was Eeyore's favorite gift? The genius folks at the 826 Store have done a similar magic trick and you can, too. Buy him a Black Hole in a Can or a jar of Peg Leg Oil, and watch his eyes light up with wonder and delight.
Or you can do one better and make something yourself. If you make it yourself, you get the best of all possible worlds: handmade, inexpensive, memorable, and completely clever (that last part is up to you -- no pressure).
Everything old is new again
Nothing says one-of-a-kind-cool like an incredible vintage item. (Vintage is also easier on the wallet than brand new.) It's hard to go wrong with a vintage motorcycle jacket, but if your fellow is a little more uptown, try gorgeous silk ties, classic sterling cufflinks, or a serious antique watch. Those who have no patience for thrifting will be relieved to know that your local, hipster second-hand store should offer collections of treasures that have been thoughtfully curated for your shopping convenience.
Blast from the past
There's an irresistible appeal to old magazines, especially magazines about subjects we love. Is your man into cars? Science? Cooking? No matter the hobby, there's an amazing old magazine out there that would make a stellar gift. To make it even more interesting, try finding a magazine from the year he was born. Not sure where to start? eBay is your best friend for this one.
Bringing sexy back
We can thank Dita von Teese for today's resurgence of tasteful, intelligent burlesque, and a renewed celebration of the art of the flirt. If you want to flirt your fellow up this holiday season, try finding him a cheeky old girlie calendar. Bonus points for finding one from an industry or brand related to his hobbies.
And if your man's tastes run more to the masculine, try a vintage firefighters' calendar. There's nothing like 12 months of half-naked firemen to heat up his year.
What is your special man friend trying to accomplish lately? What values or activities make up his emotional foundation? If you can answer those questions, you're halfway to an unforgettable present. The second step is to consider what item might symbolize the thing he's trying to do or be, then give him a just-right version of it to keep on his desk. Whether it's a statuette of the Egyptian god Thoth (god of writing, among other things) for an aspiring writer, a laughing Buddha for your stressed-out sweetheart, or even a replica of Indiana Jones' fabled Golden Idol of Fertility for an adventuresome film buff -- he'll love having a physical reminder of his biggest dreams and deepest values.
Show him you've been paying attention and clear some clutter at the same time: Fix the broken thing that's been sitting in the back of his closet for so long. You know the thing -- everybody has one. It might be a perfectly worn-in pair of shoes that needs new soles, or a beloved bag that's begging for a new strap. Or it might be that road bike that's been crying for an overhaul since last summer when the gears started slipping and the tire went flat. Whatever it is, fix it. Then wrap it up and enjoy watching him have a second honeymoon with his favorite old thing.
Rock around the Christmas tree
There's no school like the old school, and it doesn't get any more old-school than a custom music mix. Pick a theme, and don't be afraid to get personal. (If he can't own his love of "Don't Stop Believin'" from the Glee cast, maybe it's up to you to help him celebrate that part of himself.) Once you've perfected the mix, take the time to make a just-right CD cover with the track listings printed inside. It beats the pants off a gift card to 7-11.
Hark! The herald angels sing
With programs like GarageBand and Audacity at your fingertips, it's easy to unleash your inner Gaga to create a present he'll never forget. Show him what a rock star you are and record him his very own holiday song. Cover songs are a good start, but try writing an original to really push this present over the top. Possible themes: the year's best (and worst) moments, how great he looks in his PJs, or even just a loving celebration of his favorite things (it's hard to go wrong with a song about video games).