Holiday shopping: What to get the guy who has everything

Two weeks left and counting and you still haven’t figured out what to get him. You know, the guy that’s impossible to buy for because he already has everything? The one you grow a temporary hatred for during the gift-giving season? The one you pick a fight with three days before Christmas so you don’t have to buy him a gift because it’s that difficult?

Okay, just kidding on that last one… but you get the point. Guys are hard to shop for to begin with. But what the hell are you supposed to get the guy who has almost everything? Or the guy that’s just plain impossible to shop for?

Most years I get so stressed and pressed for time that I just give up. Nothing says “I love you” quite like an iTunes gift card. Everybody likes music, right?

This year I refuse to give up (mostly because I’ve run out of places at which to buy gift cards). However, I also refuse to spend hours ripping out my hair because I haven’t found the perfect gift for that guy.

Here’s how I plan to keep my hair intact:

Many companies create holiday gift guides that offer suggestions for their most gift-able items. Why not use them to your advantage?

Bonobos, an online men’s apparel brand, has literally mapped out a gift guide to help you pick a gift for the man in your life who has almost everything (it’s like they read my mind).

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The guide is suitable for all budgets—from broke college student (me) who can only cough up about $20 to all you real-world folks with much more of an impressive bank account.

From shoes and apparel to electronics and home goods, you won’t be left digging for a gift receipt. You can pretty much count on the fact that he won’t have the campfire cologne, Buddha butter dish, or a literal trip to space offered on the guide. And let’s face it; he’ll be pretty darn impressed at your unique findings.

The reason these gift guides work so well? Someone literally got paid to do the work for you. Now your only job is to pick and choose what that hard-to-shop-for guy would like best. And trust me, finding something he doesn’t already have becomes a whole lot easier. Especially if you’re sitting on your couch in your pajamas browsing from your laptop. Not so hard to shop for now, is he?

Here are some of my favorite finds from the Bonobos guide:

1. MoMA Cube Clock –$38


2. Livingstone Cardigan–$275


3. Jack Spade York Dipped Brief $245


4. Snow Toggles Sweater–$168


5. Superga Classic Canvas Shoe–$65

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6. RAMP Frenzy Carving Skis–$599



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