Holiday gift ideas for me, your boyfriend

Hey it’s me, your boyfriend. I know that with the holiday’s right around the corner, you might be feeling a bit of anxiety about getting me something. Truth be told, I’m happy with just about anything you get me because you’re the greatest gift ever. You can wrap a bow around you and I’d be happy…but I know that makes it hard to know what to get me.

So, let me give you some gift ideas that I, your boyfriend, will like:

Liquor:

Thank you for remembering how much I love a good bottle of booze! Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with getting any bottle of mid to top shelf liquor, but if you want my personal recommendations here they are:

Gin

  • Baltimore Shot Tower Gin, Baltimore Whiskey Company

Whiskey

  • New Southern Revival Sorghum Whiskey, High Wire Distilling
  • Harmony, Hibiki Suntory Whisky
  • Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, William Grant & Sons

Rum

  • Zacapa 23, Ron Zacapa Centenario

Vodka

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fifth Generation

Now, some of those suggestions may be harder to find than others. So if you can’t find any of those, you’re safe at the $25 and above price point. Anything over $80 is probably past the point where I’d be able to taste the difference, so don’t feel like you have to break the bank to get a nice bottle of something to share together.

Videogames:

Since I’m your boyfriend, you clearly know how much I love playing videogames. I’ve spent countless hours in fantasy worlds fighting Super Mutants, hunting Basilisks, riding Chocobos, and dunking on LeBron James. So. Much. Fun. But now you’re wondering what games or consoles you can get me.

This is where I recommend treading carefully, and doing a bit of research first. I would suggest doing a bit of work and research to figure out the sort of games I’m interested in, the console that I play on, and what I currently own.

When it comes to figuring out games I’m interested in, look to the games I already own, or the games I’ve probably spoken to you about. You can group games into a few basic categories, which will help you figure out what I might like: Sports, Role-playing games, first person shooters, action-adventure games, strategy games, and All-ages games. For example, if you notice that I like playing basketball, football, or soccer games, check to see if I have the current year’s game and if I don’t pick up the newest version (which is usually a year ahead i.e. the latest version of my preferred Basketball videogame is “NBA 2K18”).

As for new consoles, check what console I currently have (an Xbox One) and see if there is a newer version that’s available (Xbox One X). Keep in mind, a new console can be pretty pricey. Even if you don’t buy a new console, knowing which console I currently own is very important when buying videogames. Buying me a PS4 version of Assassin’s Creed: Origins means I’ll have to go back to the store and exchange it for an XBO version of the game.

Sports:

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me, your boyfriend, complain about the Knicks and Mets. Oh and sorry again for talking endlessly about fantasy football. I know it’s silly, but it gets fun when you get into it. The good news is, all this talk about sports should give you a good idea of some gifts to get me.

You can’t go wrong with team apparel from one of my favorite teams. T-Shirts work, but I know that some boyfriends like jerseys even if I’m not a fan of wearing them. For those sorts of guys, their favorite player’s jersey is a good bet, especially if it’s a retro jersey.

Another great gift, for me (and I guess other people’s boyfriends) would be getting a streaming package so that I can watch live, sometimes out-of-market games. NBA League Pass and NFL RedZone are good for me, but I’m sure that some people’s boyfriends might be into NHL.tv, or an equivalent sort of paid streaming service for Soccer.

Lastly, tickets to a game are never a bad bet. I’ll even take tickets to see the Nets because seriously, I love the Knicks, but tickets are way too expensive and then when the game is over we’re in Midtown, which is the worst.

Pop Culture:

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me, your boyfriend, drone on and on about pop culture and all the weird/strange/nerdy stuff I’m into. I’ve successfully convinced you of the quality, humor, and storytelling merits to be found in Comic book movies. I’ve given full-on TEDtalks to you about Game of Thrones and the differences between the HBO series and the books (and extended materials!). I am also truly sorry that I make you watch so many terrible movies and series, I know my tastes are weird. Luckily, this all will pay off in the form of gift ideas.

You already know what I’m interested in, and you can absolutely get me anything related to my pop culture interests: Tickets to the latest movie you know I’d be interested in *cough* The Last Jedi *cough*. A cool new Thor ornament for the tree. A HODOR T-shirt. A Black Panther graphic novel from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on the comic. You really can’t go wrong.

Clothing and Accessories

You know how much I, your boyfriend, loves a good t-shirt, but I’ve already mentioned those in other sections. Instead, let’s focus on things that aren’t t-shirts. You can’t go wrong getting me flannel anything (shirts, pajamas, even bed sheets).  Now that I have to dress a bit more business and a lot less casual, ties would be cool. You can’t go wrong with simple, classic patterns, but if you see some funky ties you want to throw in, that’s cool too. Same goes for pocket squares and lapel pins. I personally don’t wear bow ties, but I’m sure other people’s boyfriends would be into the idea. Quirky socks are low risk because you know, they’re just socks.

Besides those things, feel free to use your discretion when getting me something, just be aware of my sizes (which you can figure out by just looking at the clothes I leave lying around), preferred colors/color warmth (cooler blues and greys, and obviously black), and preferred brands (Uniqlo for shirts, Levi’s for 511 jeans, pretty much any brand for cozy grandpa sweaters). Be sure to keep the gift receipts, some stuff fits me weird.

I hope that helps you pick out a holiday gift for me, your boyfriend. I guess if you’re reading this and I’m not your boyfriend, I guess this could be helpful too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Good Luck Out There.


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