If there’s one thing in this world that every girl can agree upon, it’s that getting gifts for boys can be harder than landing them in the first place.
First, there’s the question of whether to even buy one in the first place: get a boy a present when the relationship is still too young, and the only gift you’ll receive this holiday season will be the BOOT.
Then there’s the question of price point: how much loot does a boyfriend of 4 months merit versus a boyfriend of 4 years? And what about the sentiment behind the gift? Is your boy the type that will want a gag gift, some expensive piece of man jewelry, or something so sappy that you’ll have to keep it a secret from your friends/sisters so that they don’t think you’re more wack than they already do?
I’m getting a headache just thinking about it… someone pass the Excedrin while I offer up a few suggestions.
- A tippy top drawer dinner date. Some time ago, Snaggery and I decided to throw “stuff” gifts out the window and just stick to buying each other really fancy meals for Hannukah and birthdays. Why? a) We’re straight hood rich and need an excuse to eat something other than ramen every once in a while, and b) We were sick of tossing and turning for nights on end figuring out what to get each other. We need our beauty rest and cranky doesn’t go with either of our work wardrobes.
In DC, the following have been Snags-‘n-Mags tested and approved for meal-gifts:
- Tabard Inn – Snag’s present this Hannukah was a god damn delicious meal at this cozy townhouse in Dupont. It felt like we were at some old fancy couple’s holiday party, with the wood-paneled walls, copious amounts of Christmas decorations, and crackling fire. Great cocktails, great wine, dank food. AND our waiter’s name was Chaim- perfect for a couple of Jews celebrating Hannukah in the waspiest restaurant ever!
- Volt – Another home run by Snaggery… he took me to the flagship of Brian Voltaggio (that’s the older twin from Top Chef if you couldn’t quite put your finger on it) out in Frederick, Maryland. Yes, it’s a schlep from the district, but the long haul out there actually added to the special-ness of the date. Hands down the best food I’ve had in the DC area, and Frederick is absolutely charmant. Plus, Snags arranged for me to come back into the kitchen after our meal so I could meet the chef and have him sign my menu.
- Ties. I know, so typ typ, so obvious. But if you’re dealing with the kind of guy whose favorite blogs feature pictures of other males wearing well-tailored suits and tight sweater vests, he’s definitely going to appreciate some extra accessories to jazz up the ho hum shiz he has to wear to the office every day. Plus, unlike a sweater or any other clothing item, you never have to worry about the dreaded wrong size issue. Before we turned our attention solely to food, I hit one out of the ballpark by buying Snags three really great ties from Steven Alan, Jack Spade, and Pierrepont Hicks off of Gilt (eff you Beezus I like deals) – two were skinny knit ties and one was this cool wooly brown one (just like Larry, Snags loves “non-colors.” Men.) They were the kind of thing that he wouldn’t have bought for himself but that he wears all the time now. Below are the actual ties I got him
- Grilling equipment. Cher Horowitz once said that it’s good to have something baking when you have a boy over. Well, the male equivalent to that wise truism is that all boys should have something grilling when they want to impress a girl. Being unable to get a good sear on a ribeye is simply a deal breaker for me – sorry buddy, but if you’ve got that chip missing, I don’t want to know what other deficiencies you’ve got up your sleeve. So this Chrismakuh, encourage your boy to grow a pair and get to work on that Weber by buying him super cool grilling shiz such as the following:
- Monogrammed steak brand. It’s personalized, it’s nifty, and it’s unexpected. Snags actually got one of these from his sister a few years ago and it’s one of his prized possessions. Such a smart idea.
- Grill slinger barbecue belt. Like those belts that cowboys wear to hold their guns in Westerns, but filled with grilling equipment instead of firearms. Boys will dig this. That is a fact of nature.
- A Bacon Birthday/ seriously un-kosher Hannukah. I did a really cool theme present for Snags once where I just bought every weird bacon-flavored product on the market. Unfortunately, a bunch of his loot got taken away at security on his way through the St. Louis airport, so be warned that the TSA is not a fan of pork products. Click here for some cool ideas.
- Beer of the month club. The gift that keeps on giving, and there’s something in it for you too as long as your boyfriend isn’t a total dickwad and shares the stash. You can tailor your order depending on how much you want to spend- 2 months is $85.90, 6 months is $257, and a whole year is $515. Justify it with the opportunity costs of the saved shoe leather/gas money from constantly walking back and forth to the liquor store.