It's the 3G rule: Games, Gadgets and Gourmet food. One or all of these will help you get the gift that will ring a bell in his heart.
Games because they like to get competitive. There is nothing like a steak and mashed potatoes dinner followed by ice-cream sundaes and a casual game of Banangram (for the Scrabble type), Catch Phrase (for the Taboo fan) or Citadel (for the more strategic folks). Get a party going with a game of Wii tennis or better now the Wii Fit or Super Paper Mario.
Alternatively, head outside for a round of Island Golf by the pool or a flying contest with Palm Size Helicopters.
Gadgets because they make them look smart.
It's hard to find a guy who doesn't like gadgets. Simple tools that solve problems fast like the Electric Wine Opener is always a party pleaser. If he's a java guy, then perhaps the Bialetti Cappuccino Maker. Or if he is a true foodie that cooks, he will enjoy Jamie Oliver's Spice Shaker, the modernized version of the mortar and pestle.
The printer and the navigator are staples to any guy's gadget collection. If he already has one, then upgrade it (sell the old one on eBay). If he doesn't already have one, then now's the time. No one is going to say no to either the sleek, black and glossy Samsung 3 in 1 printer, scanner and copier or the smart Garmin Nuvi GPS.
Want to get him outside to work out and catch some fresh air? He's going to want to show off this Strida Folding Bike at the park. Get a few more steps into his work out with Gaiam's Pedometer.
Gourmet food because it is the key to happiness.
For the one with a sweet tooth: surprise him with a few pints of gourmet ice-cream from Boule or fly in a box of shortbread cookies from Hawaii. If he's more of a retro person, he will appreciate a Blast from the Past candy basket.
Got a savory tooth? Then he has to try smoked salmon from Vancouver or a Cheese Lover's Starter Kit from California's famed Cowgirl Creamery.
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