This is Day 5 of the 30 Days of Giving: Making Christmas Meaningful campaign, which is designed to bring the community creative and practical ways to cheerfully give this holiday season through gifts, relationships and charity. Come visit the 30 Days of Giving Advent Calendar each day in our countdown to Christmas for intriguing and original ways to help you to experience and spread the spirit of joyful giving that God intended throughout the holiday season.

If you’re not sure what to buy your partner for Christmas, these seven ideas should get you started.

Most men are practical and have certain interests and hobbies. Take advantage of those traits to tailor the best Christmas gifts for him.

1. Tickets to See His Favorite Sports Team

Winter is the season for football, basketball and hockey, and chances are good that your partner is a fan of at least one of those sports. He’ll love finding a pair of tickets to see his favorite team in his Christmas stocking. You can go with him to show your interest or tell him to bring a friend and make it a guys’ night out. Check out sites like or to score deals on tickets to your man’s favorite game.

2. A New Tool

Many men are do-it-yourselfers who love doing projects around the house. If your partner is one of them, head over to one of the big box home improvement stores and get him a new tool. You’ve probably heard him complaining about how much he’d love a power screwdriver or how annoying it is that his drill doesn’t hold a charge anymore. He’s just given you a perfect Christmas gift idea.

If you’re not familiar with tools, don’t worry. You can check out complete tool chest combos for a range of prices or check with a home improvement stores typically have sales associates who can help you choose something suitable. If you’re still worried about buying the wrong thing, opt for a gift certificate for your partner’s favorite home improvement store.

3. Fitness Equipment

If your guy is into running, working out or a particular sport, you have a wide variety of Christmas gift options. Guys who run or jog will enjoy a tracker like the Fitbit or Jawbone. Those who work out might like new weights, while a cycling enthusiast will appreciate items to help him maintain his bike. Other sports have their own equipment requirements, so head over to a sporting goods store and pick out an appropriate gift.

If your partner isn’t into a particular sport, or if you think he can use some gym time, buy him a fitness club membership. Some, like Planet Fitness, are as cheap as $10 a month. Having the membership will help inspire him to use it, especially since the time after Christmas is all about New Year’s resolutions. Get a membership for yourself, too, and commit to going together.

4. Hobby Equipment

What does your partner love to do? Is he a hunter? A bowler? Does he spend hours on the lake fishing or out on the golf course? The best Christmas gift is something he’ll use, so he’ll love it if you choose an item related to his passion. If he’s just starting out a new hobby like golfing or fishing, invest in some private golfing lessons or a guided fishing tour.

If you’ve ever seen the Christmas classic movie, A Christmas Story, you know how much the Old Man enjoyed his bowling ball. That’s perfect if your guy is a league bowler, and options for other interests include golf balls and tees, a fishing rod, lures, a hunting jacket or whatever else will fit his favorite pastime.

5. Car Care

If your partner babies his car, he’ll love finding wax, a shammy, leather conditioner or other useful supplies in his stocking or under the tree. This car care kit gives you the whole package for one affordable price.

If he likes to keep his car in pristine condition, but isn’t big on doing the work himself, a gift certificate at a local detail shop will make him smile on Christmas morning.

6. Gadgets and Accessories

Guys love technology, so if your partner is all about gadgets (and your budget allows), surprise him with that phone or tablet he’s had his eye on. If you can’t quite afford that, get him something practical that he can use with the gadgets he already owns, like a cordless recharging mat, solar powered charger or a cover for his iPad or cell phone.

7. A Necktie

Yes, this one can be cliché, but if your partner works in a business environment that requires him to dress up daily, it’s also very useful. Hopefully you have a sense of his style and can choose something he’ll be proud to wear rather than a garish novelty that will sit in the back of the closet.

Of course, many companies are shifting toward casual dress, so a tie might not be practical. In that case, you can go for old standards like socks or underwear. No, they’re not exciting, but guys tend to be practical so most will appreciate something they can use throughout the year.

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