22 The Queens Courier • holiday • DECEMBER 10, 2015 for breaking news visit www.qns.com s holiday guide GUY GIFT GIVING By Craig W. Armstrong Some say they are hard to buy for, some say they will like anything. Either way, if you’ve got a guy on your gift giving list, it may take some thought. First consider your relationship to the guy. Is he your husband, brother, father or just a friend? This may impact what you spend or how much time you want to put into looking. Next, set a price point, based on your relationship. What do guys like? Stereotypically, guys like sports, cars and the outdoors. These categories don’t include all men, but let’s start here. If your guy loves sports, he probably has a favorite sport and a favorite team. Determine if it’s football, baseball, basketball, or none of the above. Does he prefer college or professional sports? What is his favorite team? Odds are this is someone close to you, so answering these questions shouldn’t be too tough. Once your homework is done, your options are many. Apparel is always a good place to start. You can choose from shirts, jerseys, jackets and what guy doesn’t love a cap? Beyond clothing, think dŽcor. Does he have a Òman caveÓ? If so, it could probably use some dŽcor of his favorite team. This means, pictures, posters, rugs, pillows, garbage cans, wall hangings and bobble heads, just to name a few things. This is just the tip of the iceberg for sports related shopping, but you get the idea. What about the outdoorsman in your life? Again, you will need to answer some questions. Is he a hunter, hiker, fisherman? If he hunts, what does he hunt? What kind of fishing does he enjoy? Once you have the answers, you can get started. These outdoor sports can be very specific, so get the advice from someone who knows what he likes or needs. You don’t want to get him something that is not the quality of the equipment he normally uses. You can also talk to the folks at the sporting goods store, they may have suggestions and will certainly know what merchandise is for the serious outdoorsman. If all else fails, there’s always a gift card. Next, the gear head or car lover. This one is even more specialized than the outdoorsman. Do not attempt to buy specific car parts or accessories without knowing what he really wants or needs. That is not to say that other car related gifts aren’t available. Think man cave again. There are posters, model cars, wall hangings, clocks, rugs, etc. How about a subscription to a car magazine? You don’t have to be a mechanic to buy for the car lover. Gift giving to the guy(s) in your life doesn’t have to be hard. Find out what they like and get specific once you do. All in all, guys are pretty simple. And if they don’t like the gift you give, then just fill them full of holiday food.
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