This post was last updated April 18, 2023.
Men always think shopping for women is hard, but it’s really not.
Women like candles, jewelry, chocolate, spa days, flowers, a good book, a pretty journal, a funny saying on a dish towel the list could go on and on. I think there are so many “easy” things to get for women…even women that have everything or say they don’t need anything.
But men…men are hard to shop for. Impossible even.
I suppose you can get candles or chocolate or even flowers for a guy, but (to me at least), it doesn’t have the same effect.
So every year when my husband’s birthday rolls around in April, I struggle with what to get him.
I finally started saving ideas throughout the year and it has made such a difference when it comes to shopping for him for special occasions (birthday or not).
Now I just consult my list of ideas, pick a few of those, and I’m done!
Because I’ve assembled quite the collection of ideas over the years now, I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.
So, below are my top 10 gifts for the impossible man in your life!
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Set of Pliers
I can’t tell you the number of times my husband has said specifically that he needs a certain type of plier that he doesn’t have.
Yes, it’s just tools, and yes tools are usually on every list you find when you are searching for men.
But I bet there is a pair or two of pliers your guy is missing from his tool kit (because mine was for a while!), so this set of pliers is a great gift idea.
Pliers are practical, but still more unique than a drill or a hammer.
It’s also not too expensive, which is great when it comes to tools because those things can get pricey!
Smart Night Light Alarm Clock
This little alarm clock is awesome. I got it for my husband when his phone broke and he didn’t have one for a few weeks.
It runs on batteries, so no cord, and it has a built-in night light that is a soft nightlight (which you can turn off too if you don’t want it).
The other weird, random feature of this clock is it has an indoor temperature gauge monitor, which has been surprisingly accurate.
All in all, it’s a great practical gift for that impossible man in your life (who probably already has everything!). It has some cool features and comes in a few different colors too.
USB Rechargeable Candle Lighter
This thing is so cool. It is a lighter that is rechargeable!?
I love this lighter and it is a great practical gift idea that is eco-friendly too!
You can even include a candle with it. There are tons of candle options out there, but I love this rustic-style candle bowl. It would make a great gift for the impossible man in your life.
Full disclosure, my dad found this awesome company and gifted my husband a year’s worth of jerky one Christmas.
JerkyGent is a great gift for the impossible man in your life. My husband loved getting these packages in the mail every month, so I knew I had to put this on the list.
JerkyGent always sends unique and tasty jerky…seriously some of the best we have tried that we never would have sampled otherwise.
You also get discounts too in the monthly subscription package so you can purchase more individual bags of anything too.
It’s a great subscription box for a jerky lover in your life, and a unique birthday gift too!
This will probably be on any list that I have because it is a great gift idea and I truly believe there is a coffee blend out there for everyone.
Case in point, Oak & Bond Coffee. My husband is a bourbon lover (which a lot of guys seem to be), so I knew this coffee would be right up his alley.
Not only do they have classic single-origin coffee blends, but they have Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee too (along with Scotch Whisky and Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Coffee too!).
This is such a unique take on coffee and a great gift idea if the guy you are shopping for is a whisky or bourbon lover too.
You can also get Oak & Bond products off Amazon via Prime (which is awesome if you are a last-minute shopper like I tend to be!).
To read more about Oak & Bond, check out my monthly coffee review!
It sounds kinda lame, I know.
But, I’m not talking about just any old bar of soap.
If you are looking for a gift for the impossible man you have to check out the bar soap from Dr. Squatch.
Dr. Squatch is a brand that provides hygiene products for men that are natural, healthy, and still smells great. Their bar soaps are awesome and come in a number of different scents.
They also have limited edition collections featuring Star Wars and Batman themes, which are so much fun (and still smell great!).
I got my dad the Star Wars soap collection set for Christmas one year. The box is beautiful and he saved it to display in his office because it’s really just that cool!
In addition to soap, Dr. Squatch also has a variety of other products, all of which are made just for men.
Emergency Seat Belt Cutter Tool
A seat belt cutter and window hammer tool is one of those weird emergency preparedness gifts that I just think is good to have.
It’s also something most people don’t have because it’s not something you think you will ever need. But you never know what could happen.
So not only is it practical, it makes a great, unique gift especially if you are shopping for gifts for the impossible man in your life.
A Book on Prepping
Continuing along those same lines of preparedness, a book on prepping or building a bug-out bag is a great gift too!
My husband actually gave this exact book to me one year (because we both like prepping!). But, it’s a great resource with a lot of helpful tips and ideas.
You can also combine it with the seat belt cutter above or include something small like a LifeStraw or Fire Starter for a unique survival basket/bundle gift (bonus points if you wrap it by putting it all in a bug-out bag!).
A Custom Gift Box
This is actually something I’ve done not just for my husband but for other friends and family members too!
Order a custom-made gift box.
It sounds fancy, but really it’s just having someone else do the work for you
There are lots of companies that do this, but I love Winnie Lu.
Patricia at Winnie Lu is amazing and I love the range of products she has.
I gave her a budget and told her a few things about my husband. She then sent me back some specially curated options to choose from!
It was such an easy process and I was SO excited to have my husband open up a little box of items specially curated specifically with him in mind.
I think of all the things on my list, this is my new favorite way to shop for anyone (but especially that impossible man in your life!).
Popcorn from Opopop
My husband loves popcorn and this is just a fun unique gift idea (for anyone really, not just guys).
Opopop is a popcorn company with unique, unexpected flavors for a fun twist on microwaveable popcorn!
The Flavor Wrapped Kernels Starter Kit is their starter kit, but also a great little gift bundle too!
To jazz it up even more you could also include a new movie or credit/gift card to Amazon Prime to rent/watch a movie there!
From there if you want to add more flavors from Opopop you can, but that kit is really all you need, and it makes a great birthday gift all by itself.
If you are interested in trying out Opopop, below are some discount codes that are currently active:
ALLTHEPOPCORN = $10 of a purchase of $100+
POPCORNPARTY = $5 off all purchases $80+
OpopopSave10 = 10% Off any order
Guys are hard to shop for, I know. But, hopefully, this list makes it a little easier next time you are hunting for that perfect, unique gift for the impossible man in your life.
If you have any great gift ideas for guys that are impossible to shop for, tell me about it in the comments below!
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8 thoughts on “10 Unique Birthday Gifts for the Impossible Man”
Thank you for this post, always struggle with gifts for my husband have added a few as ideas for christmas gifts
Men are so hard to shop for! Glad I could give you some ideas!
My husband would love the coffee and popcorn. He’s a big lover of food! Thanks for sharing these great ideas!
Not a problem! My husband loves those things too. Can’t go wrong with food gifts either! 🙂
Nice list. I can see myself getting several items as options for my hubby and the other men in my life.
Yes, they are great gifts for any guy in your life!
I like the alarm clock. 🙂 My husband needs one. Will keep in mind!
I love practical gifts like that one! I also use the alarm clock too, so it’s like a bonus gift for me also 😉