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Creative Birthday Gift Ideas For Men That Are Hard To Please

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Looking to get a birthday present from someone who maybe claim they have everything, or rarely get excited?

Sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating, but if you’re at your wits end, you’ve come to the right place.

In this edition of my gifting guides, I’ve put together 11 creative ideas that are a little bit of a mix of everything. Most importantly, however, they’re useful things that people might enjoy receiving – even if they don’t show it!

And what’s better, it’s not going to break your bank.

Let’s get into it!

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Revolutionize his reading with a Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

If he even remotely enjoys reading, and doesn't have a Kindle already, this is for sure the way to go.

Some people are stubborn, including me back in the day, and refuse to make the switch over to an e-reader - but I PROMISE you, it's revolutionary, and they're going to thank you in the long run.

Go get them the Kindle Paperwhite. It's an excellent way for them to read all sorts of books without having to drag around a massive book!

A man reads a book on a kindle in a cozy home

Revolutionize it even more with a Kindle Unlimited Subscription for infinite books!

If they've already got a Kindle, or you'd like to add on to the previous gift, I really recommend you get a Kindle Unlimited Subscription!

With this subscription, they're essentially able to read any book there ever was.

Honestly think about that for a second: we live in a reality where any of us can read any book at any time, with something as easy as a little subscription. Even the most stingy, hard-to-please man on this planet has got to appreciate that just a little.

Get it right here!


Help him add ambiance to any room with these Smart LED Light Strips

Get some cool lights for them to add ambiance to any room!

I love using LED as a way to decorate, and there are so many cool items out there.

My favorite is for sure this one, that they can also hook up to an Alexa! Meaning, if they own an Alexa like this one, they can change the colors of the room by just talking. How cool is that?

Fun fact, the Alexa is only $22...


Enhance his mobile photography with a smartphone camera lens kit

If you know they have a remote interest in photography, or just tend to be put on "family photography duty", then this is the gift for him!

This little smartphone camera lens kit is an excellent way for him to easily take hobby photography to the next level - regardless of skill!



Gift him this amazing SMART Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle for ultimate hydration

Why get him a normal water bottle when you can get him this super fancy smart water bottle? It does all sorts of fancy things, like light up and remind him to drink - stay hydrated out there, you know?

It's the next greatest thing in unnecessarily cool technology, and I cannot recommend it enough!

Get it right here.


Keep it personal with a customized phone case

Everyone needs a phone case, so why not get him a nice customized one by your truly?

Go out of your way to find something you think he might actually like, and just send it. Worst case scenario, you at least show that you care and put some personalization into your efforts, which I think is the best gift anyone can get!

Go right here to get started.


Gift him not just your average digital picture frame...

This is not just another digital frame where you put in photos that will slowly alternate on the windowsill, which has been a true classic for grandparent frames the last 10 years.

No, this frame you can automatically upload photos to from anywhere in the world with an app - and you can add others to it!

So, you get him this frame, he can hang it up - and no matter where you are in the world, or where your siblings, or rest of the friend group is, you can all just hit a button and easily upload photos to the frame that'll automatically show up for him.

It's the perfect present for long distance friends or family members especially!

Check it out here!


Get him something cute and Zen with a full mini Bonsai Tree Kit

If you want to go with something safe that is literally impossible to not like, I recommend you send it with a little bonsai tree kit like this one.

These are beautiful and affordable little presents that add a lot of any desk or room. They're super cute, kinda give a "zen vibe" to the household, and are fun to tinker with.



Up his cheffing with a professional chefs knife

Do they have a nice high quality chef's knife?

Or maybe they just need an updated one?

Well, regardless if they're into cooking or not, even the most amateur chef needs to make dinner occasionally - and for a good dinner, you need a good knife.

I recommend you go with this guy right here which includes a sharpening stone and finger guard!


Add to the normal boring bottle-of-wine-present with an electric wine opener

If you were just going to gift a bottle of wine, but want to add something a little extra on top of it, I recommend you go with this electric wine opener!

Buy them a nice bottle of something they'll enjoy, and toss in the electric wine opener - an excellent way to gift two useful things in one!


Feed his pets for him with an automatic pet feeder, because why not

Do they have pets?

Then enough said, get them this automatic pet feeder! It's such a fun addition to any pet household, regardless of their furry friend of choice.


And There You Have It! 11 Creative Birthday Gift Ideas For Men Who Are Hard To Please

Picking out the perfect present is always difficult, but I guarantee you that by simply adding some love and thoughtfulness combined with a little effort, he’ll appreciate it more than he could ever let on.

Looking for other gift ideas? Check out our library of gifting guides here!

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