Christmas shopping for guys is always a struggle. On one hand, there are the things you’d like to get them: that amazing blazer you spied at Topman, or a hair makeover at one of those precision-cut Korean salons. On the other hand, there are the things they’d prefer you got them, often falling under a vague and frustrating category called “something cool.” And then there are the differing male interests that serve as guidelines—whether gadgets, sports, or heavy machinery—but which we may or may not be familiar with. How’s a girl to shop?

This year, we’ve got his wish list covered! Forget that boring old pair of socks you had reserved at the department store (even if they are designer). Surprise your man with a fun and original present this Christmas, and you’ll be coolest thing ever in his eyes. Read on for our gift guides for every type of gentleman.

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For the techie

Guys love gadgets—that much we know. So if you’re plan on getting your man some gizmos for the holidays, make sure they’re up to par. Techie.com.ph’s Geekmas Thrift Guide places the XM-I X-mini II speakers at the top of its list. This burger-shaped mini sound system is compatible with most MP3 players and laptops and produces great audio quality, considering its size. Also on Techie’s list is Apple’s third generation iPod Shuffle in an array of vivid colors, with brand-new talking controls and a low, low price you won’t be able to resist!

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gift_guides_guy_lost_symbol.jpgFor the bookworm

If your guy is a booklover—which makes us love him in return!—scope out this year’s best reads to make the perfect Christmas bundle. The Top Ten Picks at Fully Booked Online include Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” the acclaimed author’s thrilling follow-up to his bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time—“The Da Vinci Code.” You could also pick up Max Brooks’ wildcard bestseller, “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead.” Whether or not your guy believes in life after un-death, this comprehensive paperback will teach him everything he needs to know about zombie behavior and how to defend against it—or at the very least, issue him a couple of laughs.

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For the music-lover

So he’s got speakers, an iPod, and supersonic storage on his computer. But does your music-loverboy have tickets to the best shows in town? Beat him to it by reserving both your passes—on you! International hit-makers are flocking to the metro in the next month, including Ne-Yo (January 9), The Beach Boys (January 27), and The Killers (January 31). The anticipation of seeing his favorite acts “Live in Manila” should propel your favorite guy into a joyful holiday spirit.  To order your tickets, visit www.ticketnet.com.ph and/or www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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For the sportsman

Even if you aren’t the sporty type, shopping for an athlete shouldn’t be as daunting as it seems. Take a trip to a reputable sports shop or specialty store to find your present (and bring along one of his buddies for that indispensable second opinion). It may be as straightforward as getting the complete fanboy paraphernalia for Kobe or LeBron—or Becks, or even Pacman, depending on his sport of choice—as ezinearticle.com suggests. Or it may be more specific: say, those sports shoes he’s been drooling over all 2009. In that case, Menshealth.com.ph recommends the Nike Air Max 360 Bball shoe, the market’s top-of-the-line baller footwear with innovative cushioning. If the cost is a bit too steep for your budget, the same Men’s Health article includes 5 other alternatives, with prices arranged in descending order.

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For the sartorialist

Shopping for a beau who loves his wardrobe is definitely more our scene—but it can be overwhelming, giving the wide variety in men’s apparel. To help you out, Cosmo.ph has compiled the Top 60 Fashion and Beauty Items for Your Guy, full of great ideas for polishing your partner’s overall appearance.  The list features 12 different categories: namely, shirts, jeans, jackets and hoodies, belts, caps, boxers, sneakers, wallets, fragrances and grooming products, and even a spa treat for two! How’s that for a gift guide?

 

What will you give your significant other for Christmas? Leave a comment below or talk it up with other GIRLTalkers on our forum!

 

(Photo sources: iPod, techie.com.ph; The Lost Symbol, Doubleday Books; Nike AirMax, menshealth.com.ph; Salsa Jeans, cosmo.ph)

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