They say that a man must woo a woman by showering her with gifts. Well, okay. We admit that we women are always at the receiving end (pun intended). But, there are a few times in a year when you need to gift your man too - his birthday, graduation, house-warming, job promotion, Christmas or when you are playing the Secret Santa.
Everyone goes on and on about what to gift a woman but nobody tells us what to gift a man. More to that, if you have a budget of 20$, what on earth are you supposed to gift him apart from the cliché wallet, pen, tie or cuff-links?
The key to gifting a man is to buy him something that, if not out-of-the-box, is at least durable and useful in his day-to-day life. Men aren't very picky about their gifts. Further are mentioned a few presents under $20 that you can easily gift them without coming across as mingy.
Inexpensive Gifts for Men
Check out online shopping sites for great deals and discounts. If your guy is a fitness freak, burn a workout CD. Is he an aspiring musician? Then, get him a musical instrument help-book. It will even show your support towards his musical passion.
Add a little funk with t-shirts printed with sassy slogans. You can also get them personalized with one of the lines that repeats a lot or his favorite cartoon character, a picture of his passion or his own whacky photograph.
Cases for cell phones, iPods or mp3 players as well as other well-suited accessories for men's gadgets are some nifty ideas to gift a man on the cheap. Also, fragrant candles and aromatherapy bath accessories will make for excellent gifts.
You can gift a simple alarm clock to help him wake up early. These are typical guy-gadgets that not just look cool, but, he'll use them too. Plus, they all cost under $20 and you can easily find them at a gift store near you or order them online.
You can easily score a chocolate box under 20$. If you can't find one, make him a goodie bag of some chocolates. Simple.
Greeting cards come with a lot of variety and patterns, which makes it easier for you to shop for him. You can simply go to an arts and crafts shop and buy cards. If you are lucky, you might even get them on sale. Get the biggest one you can find under $20. It will definitely put a smile on his face.
Books are a man's best friend and worth the investment. Find out the book that he has been dying to read. You can also gift him one written by his favorite author that he hasn't read already. Most books are available under 20$ and make for powerful gifts if they interest the reader.
They have a great utility for students and especially help while studying subjects such as drawing, sketching and geometry. It is also appropriate for those involved in professions that require them to use a lot of stationery such as architects, engineers, writers, painters, etc.
If you are eyeing a bottle of exotic liquor, you can easily get one for less than $20. Go to the nearest store selling liquor and purchase the miniature of all his favorites. If he is in to cigars, get him a box of cigars with exotic flavors.
If you have a budget of $20 and want to gift a man something nice, you can always be creative and put your crafting skills to good use and make something for him like a photo album or knit a muffler.
Other thoughtful gifts under $20 include; if he likes to cook, stitch him an apron; if he is a gadget-freak, make him a cord organizer to avoid wasting his time trying to detangle the wires; if he is a coffee-drinker, make him a coffee mug sleeve; if he is a hiker, gift him a new tent; if he loves beer, a beer brewing kit would be perfect for him.
Apart from these, there are many small yet sweet things that you can give him such as an eyeglass holder, book ends or a magazine subscription of a journal he likes. Putting the gift to a fruitful use is a surefire way to get the person to cherish it. Hopefully this guide will serve your purpose and fill your man's heart with joy. Happy gifting!