10 Gift Ideas Men Would Love To Receive On Special Occasions

I grew up with all girls at home. Although, I consider myself as ‘one of the boys,’ I still don’t know what kind of gift, men would likely to appreciate. Some of them prefer expensive ones while others are content with just a simple dinner date. Conversely, now that I have 3 boys (and a girl) I’m slowly learning what kind of gifts men would really want to receive on special occasions.

Anyway, special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, are often stressful, as we couldn’t think of anything creative to give aside from the usual ties, hankies, and belts!  So, I asked friends and researched what kind of gifts men really want to receive aside from the typical ones!

Are you ready? Grab a pen and a paper and start writing these creative gift ideas down!

10. Swiss Army Knife

Two of my friends who work as chefs overseas revealed that they have been wishing to receive Swiss Army Knives as gifts. Basically, men are “builders” by nature, thus, a Swiss Army Knife would be a great deal for their “handy manny” tasks.

Swiss Knife

The Swiss Army Knife, depending on the model, has different functionalities like a very sharp blade, screwdriver, can opener, and grips. This multi-tool pocket knife was first produced in 1891 by Victorinox.

9. Gym Membership

Apparently, men who answered my survey would want to receive a gym membership card (good for a year!) Well, just like the saying goes, “health is wealth.”

gold gym

8. Shoes

It could be sneakers, leather, espadrilles, and a lot more. Apparently, men are also obsessed in collecting their favorite pair of shoes. In fact, celebrities and musical icons, Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, particularly, Pharrell, are sneakerheads and love receiving shoes instead.

Sledgers Shoes for Men

Sledger Shoes for Men is located at the following store: TriNoma, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Center Cebu Northwing, SM Annex Davao, SM Cebu and at the new Style De Vie at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall

However, there’s a hilarious Filipino superstition, that if you give your partner a pair of shoes, “he will use them to walk away from you.” To prevent that from happening, the receiver must give a coin, so it would look like the receiver bought it from you. No comment.

7. Clothes

If your partner is a debonair or fashionista, might as well, give something that will compliment his looks – an article of clothing from his favorite brand. If you want to support local brands, you may check out Timoty Scotch Clothing. It has great designs for men, that I’m sure they would really love!


6. Watch

Apparently, men value the art of timekeeping. And, surprisingly, among the 20 male friends who answered my survey, 8 of them answered “watch” as their preferred gift, regardless of the occasion.

men watch

The famous singer and brilliant songwriter, Seal, loves to collect luxury watches. He either buys it or gifts from friends and ex-wife Heidi Klum.

5. Camera or Lenses


A brand new or second-hand camera or lenses might be a good idea for your partner, who loves photography. Or even if he isn’t a professional but a hobbyist, I’m sure he’d love the gesture of having one. As we all know, this is an expensive gift, so just give when your budget permits.

4. Gadgets or mobile phones

Who doesn’t want to receive a brand new mobile phone or a PS4? Most of the answers to my survey are the following: PS4, Flatscreen TV, hoverboard, and smartphones.


Truthfully, men are gadget junkies! If you’re planning to give a flat screen TV, LG just recently unveiled their newest TV series. OLED TVs stands as slim as three credit cards thin, and with its near bezel-less display edges, something like your men would surely want to receive! Furthermore, Hoverboards and smartphones dominated the survey, too!

3. Vacation/Staycation or Quiet Time

Everyone needs a break from the paper chase. Men are designed to be the “worker” and provider of the house, hence, they carry a lot of burdens and often don’t tell us. Plan a vacation tour or a simple staycation at your favorite hotel!

Masasa Beach

“The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” Thomas Edison

2. A Surprise Ride!

Most men love cars, but since it’s not always easy to just get up and buy one, why not RENT one for a special night out?  (DRIVER included!) Royal Carriages has a wide selection of vintage rides that your man will surely appreciate! From the classic Jaguar to this cool Benz limousine!

Royal Carriages (01) Royal Carriages (02)

1. Of course, “the way to a man’s heart is through his tummy.” So, treat him at sumptuous buffet places!


In Psychology, gift-giving is the critical form of human interaction – to help build camaraderie, relationships, and strong family ties. It has been proven that it is always the giver, who feels and receives the best feeling in the world: the satisfaction of buying and seeing his (or her) expression. Just like the old saying goes, “it is better to give than to receive.”

Ultimately, men are simple by nature, so a gift of love and kindness is enough to give on special occasions or every day!

How about you, do you have any other gift ideas we can add to this list?