When shopping for a man, you want to get him something that leaves a mark. You want him to look at the gift and not only be thankful that you thought of him, but also to be able to genuinely enjoy it. If you want to buy a gift for a real man’s man, than you want to hit the basic five gift areas: Booze, Cigars, Sports, Books and food.

Although there is a strong argument for including other items, such as DVDs or CDs, what a man really wants from you on any gift giving holiday is something that will leave its mark, and these five items cannot miss if purchased correctly.

Food

Food is the first thing to approach because there are less solid options to choose from. If you want to get something for a  man that you know that he will be pleased with than it has to be steaks. However, there are dozens of types of steaks, which one would be considered appropriate for a man’s man?

Although pretty much every steak would be enjoyed by most men, the one that you really want to buy is the filet mignon. This is the finest cut of meat and the most truly satisfying steak you can buy for a man. Although these can get very expensive, if you order through Omaha steaks you can get a pretty affordable yet very delicious cut of meat. You can buy a pack of 8 oz. filet mignons from the website for $99.99 and get your man something he will definitely enjoy.

Books

Although not typically thought of as a man’s endevour, the right book can be the perfect gift for any man. Outside of the obvious realm of sports related books about the local teams, you get into the realm of the novel. With the right book a real man will not only appreciate the gift, but appreciate that you have expanded him culturally.

There are a few basics that need to be considered.

First of all, if your man enjoys humor than the choice comes down to two authors: Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson. Then it comes down to whether or not he would enjoy a novel or semi-biographical story. Vonnegut’s story definitely pull from his life, but they are novels. Thompson wrote some of his most famous works about his life. Ideal choices would be Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut or Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson.

If your man wants a classic, than look no further than Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo may be the manliest book ever written even though it takes place in the early 1800s in France and has to deal with customs that no longer exist. The book holds up and is essentially the perfect book for any man.

Lastly, if your man wants a tough as nails modern age book, than you should look into one of two selections. Either Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, or Stephen King’s The Stand. Both of these modern classics capture that grittiness that he will definitely enjoy.

Sports

The obvious choice for a gift for a real man’s man are tickets to a game. Any local team playing anyone from anywhere inside the stadium will be considered an excellant present. However, there is an easier way to use sports to get your man an excellent gift.

If you have comcast, buy him the Redzone channel, which shows every NFL team’s possesion within the red zone all day long on Sundays. If it isn’t football season, order any of the sports channels for him for a season, he will love you for it and get to enjoy a plethora of sports in the mean time.

If you have Direct TV than you need to buy one of the sports packages. Although Comcast and Direct have their own advantages, one thing that Direct definitely has is the sports package system. They offer unique viewing channels and easily the best football package that any cable provider can supply.

Booze

Similar to the sports topic, you can really supply any kind of liquor and please a man. However there are two ways you can get a liquor related gift and really knock it out of the park.

Firstly, you could buy a set of glasses with a decanter with glasses and present them with a bottle of anything and he will be pleased. You have now given him the set he needs to start a home bar, which is something every man’s man wants.

If you want to stick to the liquor and you want to get him something nice,  than don’t look past scotch. Although many types of liquor are good presents, the end all is scotch. Good scotches are available for every price range. If you want a good cheap scotch than Johnny Walker Red is the best option. If you want something a little nicer, than look for Chivas Royal. If you want to go a little higher than you want to go with Glen Livet or MacCallan, and if you want to get him the nicest present he’s gotten any time recently, than get him Johnny Walker Blue, but that will usually run you $250.

Cigars

Although there are numerous cigar choices and as wide a price range as there is for anything else in the world, the choice for which cigar to get a man’s man relaly comes down to one. It has to be the Louixs ultra-premium cigar. This is not even close to a cheap present.

THe cigar that every man will enjoy runs $50 per cigar and is not to be smoked just for any occasion, but if your man enjoys a cigar and receives this present, than he will be very happy. The cigar is made in Nicaragua and is an inch around, and at $50 each, is one of the most expensive ciagrs you can find that isn’t a collector’s item. However, it would be an amazing present.

If you want to buy an entire box of cigars,  there are dozens of fine choices. The main thing to remember is that a good box of cigars should never cost you under $100 and should really cost more like $150.

With these gifts in mind, you should be able to get a fantastic gift for any man’s man.

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Elliot Boudin likes to write about tobacco pipes and specialty cigars. He carries forward the fourth generation of cigar enthusiasts in the Boudin family.