3 Original Gifts for Him (under $500)
Let’s talk about giving a guy an original gift at the $500 price point. If you are looking to stray from the typical gifts, you have come to the right place. Let’s get to it…
1. Driving Experience. There are lots of these experiences out there, but you can definitely find one close to you for $500 or under. Some are offered by manufacturers and many other by private companies. There is one thing all of these having in common. They are awesome! These will driving experiences let your guy connect with the little kid in him. He will love it and he will remember it for years. Promise!
2. Set him up with a Custom Tailor. A custom shirt is an example of something a guy does not know that he needs (or even wants) until he has his first one. Custom shirts do not need to be much more expensive than a shirt from a department store like Nordstrom. You can find custom shirts all day long for $150.
No more extra long sleeves, stretched buttons, tight collars or muffin tops.
If you live in a major city, there are plenty of traveling tailors who visit your city. I have been getting my shirts from Nita Fashions for years and I think they are great, but it is not hard to find a custom tailor in most cities.
Traveling tailors will meet with him and take his measurements. He can pick out color, collar, cuffs and options like pocket/no-pocket (go no-pocket). Order 1 or 2 shirts the first time as the tailor will be able to tweak his pattern after you see how the first one or two shirts fit.
There are also online only options (like Tailor Store). Nita Fashions also has an online channel. Online is great because you can order shirts at any time, and they have good online configurations, but expect that it will take a little longer to get your fit just right.
Once he has a pattern that has been tweaked, he will never want an off-the-rack shirt again. He will look better in his shirts, he will feel better and he will have you to thank.
3. Niche Cologne. A niche fragrance is a great gift for a sophisticated man (or a guy who is just into colognes). These are going to range from $250-$500 depending on the brand and size of the bottle.
This is not something that all of the other guys out there are going to be wearing, so this will help him stand out from the crowd. A gift is often about giving someone something that they would not buy themselves, and this certainly qualifies.
Smell is very subjective, so my suggestion is to get something like this at a local high end store or a reputable website with a good return policy. At this price, you want to make sure he loves it.
The names of niche fragrance houses may not be familiar to you, but there are many. Creed, La Collection Privée Christian Dior, Tom Form Private Blend, Killian and Parfums de Marly are just a few houses to try.