Holiday Gift Guide 2011: For the Dudes

Guys can be pretty tricky to shop for. They never seem to tell you what they want, or if they really want something, they’ll just go out and buy it. Punks!

Hopefully this little gift guide will help make shopping a little easier:

For the Fitnessist-o πŸ˜‰

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1) Pacific Run Jacket

2) Insanity Asylum

3) Design-your-own nutrition bars and shakes

4) Yoga bag

5) Camelbak

-Gym or yoga studio membership (or punch card), new sneaks, gym bag, golf gift certificate for his favorite course, weight lifting gloves, iPod, Garmin, magazine subscription

For the Foodie:

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1) Grill and smoker

2) Mr. Beer brewing kit

3) BBQ Briefcase

4) Salts of the world

-Grill accessories, cookbooks, unique serving ware, wine of the month, fancy schmancy sea salts and olive oil

For the Stylish Guy:

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1) New sunglasses

2) Suede slippers

3) A classic watch

4) Designer denim

5) iPad cover

6) A man bag

For the AnyDude:

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1) Charles Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky

2) Tickets to an event: a concert, sporting event or comedian that he loves

3) K Cup coffee maker. We’ve only had ours for a week and the Pilot LOVES it. Bonus: the Cuisinart brand (which is what we have) comes with a reusable pod that you can fill with your own coffee, tea or hot cocoa.

4) Three Wise Men flask

5) North Face Jacket

6) A comfy tee in pima cotton

7) Anything techy: Xbox, iPad, video games, etc

8) A spa treatment- something they’ll pretty much never buy for themselves, but love every time.

Is your guy difficult to shop for? Any other gift ideas for men?

If ya missed it: here are this year’s holiday gift guide for the ladies, for the mamas

and last year’s gift guide for dudes

Happy shopping!



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  1. Caitlin on December 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    So many guys I know are obsessed with pima cotton tees. The Lacoste ones are great!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

      they’re so soft and comfy! i have a couple of pima tees from lulu and wear them all the time πŸ™‚

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I love the YouBar idea – I’ve got a gift guide post coming up tomorrow and those are definitely on it!

  3. Courtney on December 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Just wondering if there would be a December Schweaty workout coming up?? I love the monthly workouts they are nice to mix in and change things up.

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

      i was debating it since december is so crazy busy for everyone. was thinking of just doing lots of the workout quickies this month instead. what do you think? if you definitely still want one, i’ll be happy to do it

      • Courtney on December 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        I totally understand the crazyness of the month so I totally understand if you don’t put one together. I appreciate them but also appreciate the quickies whatever is easiest I am sure you are super busy with holidays and the upcoming arrival of your little one.

  4. on December 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

    good ideas!! my husband and dad are so hard to shop for. my dad pretty much returns anything thats not a book or wine haha. these are good ones though…i think my hubs would like the north face jacket…my dad the whiskey?

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

      my dad is so hard to shop for, too. i’ll either get him a golf certificate, or omaha steaks. he LOVES those πŸ™‚

  5. Emmie on December 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The beer making kit makes me want to add a wine making kit to my wish list.

  6. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on December 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hubby wants to wait until we move to a house to start making beer. I’m excited for that. The malty whiskey looks like a good idea and so does the camelbak! Perhaps it will encourage him to go hiking more. mua ha ha ha.

  7. maria @ a life to Bragg about on December 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the ideas. That pic of bella in the bath kills me though hahah. She’s adorable!

  8. Michelle on December 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    This is a great gift guide! My boyfriend and I were shopping at Saks Off Fifth recently and found a pair of really awesome cozy sweatpants, but not in his size. I have tried to find something similar, but didn’t think about checking Lululemon until you suggested the jacket. Do you know anything about the men’s Lulu pants? I was thinking about these:
    or these:
    Thanks Gina! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      the pilot has 2 pairs of the formula pants and loves them. i like them better than the kung fu pant- the fit is a little different and not as baggy.

      • Michelle on December 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        awesome! thank you!

  9. Ilana on December 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    trying to figure out what to get my man for our holiday/anniversary celebration is really impossible when he just bought himself a friggin Rolex. i might have to get him that three wisemen flask – with him, the key is buying and making him things he would never have thought to get himself that he will just enjoy immensely. awesome soft pajamas for hanukkah one year, incredible suede slippers the following valentine’s day…

    for my dad, it’s always a shirt from Lulu. It’s nice to have that in common πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      the pilot is the same way.. he just got himself a crazy expensive gun he had been wanting a few weeks ago. i was like “merry christmas?” haha.
      my dad wears lulu too! i think it’s so cute πŸ™‚

  10. Krystina on December 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for this! I now have the idea to buy my guy tickets to see Blue Man Group at Universal Studios. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      ohhhh he’ll love it!

  11. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on December 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    This is a great list, Gina! Guys are ridiculously hard to shop for. πŸ™‚ This helps a lot!

  12. Brittany @Little b's healthy habits on December 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    There are always a million things I want to get for my boyfriend, my problem is trying to to go overboard!

  13. Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe on December 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, that 3-Wise-Men flask is PERFECT for my brother!

  14. Allison on December 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Guys are always super hard to shop for and it makes it almost impossible to suck out any hints from them because hey never know what they want! At least my brother, dad, and now my Dear πŸ˜›

  15. Melanie on December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    My guy is impossible to shop for, but I actually grabbed a few ideas from this list πŸ™‚
    We also have the Keurig brewer – not the cuisinart, and it also came with the reusable K-Cup which I absolutely love! Saves the environment and we can brew exactly the coffee we want!

    • Jill on December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      I love the reusable K-Cup too… but the Van Houtte butterscotch coffee is also AMAZING and I hope I get some for Christmas. I wish I knew more people with Keurigs because the K-Cups make a great stocking stuffer and you can never have too many!

  16. kaila @ healthyhelper on December 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The only guy I really have to buy for is my dad but it is SO hard! The man has everything and wants nothing! And I like buying unique thoughtful gifts so it makes finding something even harder!

  17. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions!! Guys are sooo hard to shop for and pretty much only make it easy when they have hobbies! The guys I’m shopping for are also incredibly picky, which really puts the pressure on! Time to start shopping!

  18. Steffany on December 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    So far, I have bought three things for my guy, the most exciting being an expensive, remote controlled airplane ! haha he LOVES the r/c helicopters but has been wanting to get into airplanes and I found a model that should be good for him as a beginner. One day he wants one of his ACTUAL plane, but they are SO expensive !

  19. Gina (ha!) on December 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Hey! I just wanted to let you know that your breakfast cookie dough cereal is featured on FitSugar’s Healthy Alternatives to Comfort Foods article! I don’t know if this happens often or not, but I thought the shout-out was pretty sweet πŸ™‚

  20. Lauren A. @ Newest Obsession on December 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Does the comfy tea in pima cotton come with Bieber hair? if so, I’m getting it for my fiance ;-)!

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Is your guy difficult to shop for? = yes

    Any other gift ideas for men? = no b/c it’s hard!

    Scott and I actually haven’t exchanged holiday gifts in years (or anniversary, bday, etc.). We pool our money and put it into the travel fund and take a trip rather than doing gifts so I am getting off without having to think about men’s gifts anymore. My dad tells me not to buy him anything, so I have it good πŸ™‚

  22. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this, even though I already know what I’m getting my man. You’re right about men being hard to shop for!

  23. Erin @ Running Tall on December 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t know if my guy is difficult to buy for or if I’m just a brutal present person, but I can never think of anything to get for him! He’s been wanting to get into better shape so the Insanity Asylum program looks right up his alley. Thanks girl!

  24. Kasey @ on December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Such good gift ideas!! I feel like I’m always out of ideas to buy for the men in my brother & dad ;] haha my two favorite men! great post!! :]

  25. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Pima cotton is the best! I love it! And I love this gift guide. My boyfriend loves shopping so is easy to shop for him but I always appreciate extra suggestions!

  26. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I’m single right now, but I have the hardest time shopping for men (anyone really), so your gift guides are so helpful! I’ll be keeping this in mind for the potential future πŸ˜›

  27. Emily on December 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    My boyfriend is also in the army and he’s training to be a linguist. He’ll be at “school” in Texas after Christmas. Did the pilot like to use anything in particular when he was away? He’s so hard to buy for!

  28. Sarah Crowder on December 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    My husband always recommends the Mr. Beer as a great kit for a beginner. He started with one and now does all-grain mashes in a 15 gallon pot – our home is full of brewing equipment! So, I guess, buyer beware πŸ™‚

  29. Mena on December 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Great gift ideas for sure, but I think what makes things harder during the holiday season is when you’ve just started to date someone. Do you buy a gift, do you not buy a gift. If you do buy a gift how much should you spend blah blah blah. These things really do set the tone of the relationship going forward.

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      ehhh that’s a tricky one! i’d ask him what he’d like as a gift and see what type of ideas he gives. if he says “i don’t want/need anything” maybe then something smaller?? definitely a tough one

  30. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes on December 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    “anydude”…I’m going to start referring to people as that πŸ™‚

  31. Brittany on December 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The first picture of your dog is ADORABLE!!!!!!!! Such a cute little doggy!

    • Brittany on December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      ooops. Wrong post. Sorry about that!

  32. Alexa @ Simple Eats on December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Love this! My guy loves his home teams and coffee and any type of clothing, so I usually have some things to fall back on!

  33. Gena on December 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I am clueless when it comes to man shopping. What a great guide.

  34. Kiah on December 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    This is SO awesome…I got my husband slippers, but obviously need something more. I’m thinking of getting him a really nice pair of running sunglasses and a cool sports watch…just upgrade the basics πŸ™‚

  35. justine on December 5, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Oh good grief, Gina, you are a genius! You may have just saved my bacon!
    ( Ps I have the Asylum for myself. Nobody else is getting their mitts on that. Mine.) x

  36. Laura @ My Pink Thumb on December 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Ha! I actually just bought my guy a designer watch for his gift! πŸ™‚ He’s usually really hard to buy for – ie. he’s the type of guy who just buys himself what he’s wanting at the time… no matter the season. So I’m glad I actually managed to figure out a good gift that I really do know he wants! πŸ˜‰

  37. Neha on December 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Your post/guide was so inspiring, I went out last night and bought a Cuisinart K-cup for my guy!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

      ohhh he’ll love it!

  38. Mila @ loftyappetite on December 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I’m so glad I found this! I have been stumped on what to get my dad and my bf and this has a ton of great ideas! I forgot about home brewing kits…. Thanks! πŸ™‚

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