5 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Clueless Wives

Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for my husband has been harder than I thought it would be. Over the years, I've learned a good list goes a long way.

If you’re like me, you can feel a bit ashamed to admit that you don’t know what you get your husband or boyfriend for Christmas this year. We’re women after all; men are the ones who are supposed to need help shopping for us. Not the other way around.

Many years, I’ve found myself saying, ‘I’m plumb out of Christmas gift ideas for my husband.’ If you’ve heard yourself express that same sentiment lately, I’m officially giving you the freedom to come out of the closet and admit that you’re no expert at coming up with Christmas gift ideas for men. 🙂 As an aside, if you’re looking for ideas to give your husband for yourself, check out Mr. Frugal Rules’ post on Christmas gift ideas for clueless husbands.

Coming Up with Christmas Gift Ideas for Men Can Be Tough


Shopping for men isn’t easy. There, I’ve said it. Many men can be just as picky as women, especially if they don’t tend to love the traditional gift ideas. Mr. Frugal Rules isn’t an avid golfer and prefers to pick out his own clothes but loves to grill and appreciates the value of a good tool set.

This has left me struggling many years to come up with good Christmas gift ideas for him. If you’re like me you appreciate frugality, especially when you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift.

That’s why every item on this list is under $50 and can be purchased conveniently on Amazon. Whether you’re shopping ahead or trying to beat St. Nick before he stuffs his fat butt down your chimney tonight, I hope these Christmas gift ideas will help you round out your list.


This is about as ‘techie’ as I get when it comes to Christmas gifts for my husband, mostly because I am just ignorant as to what to pick that he would enjoy. I’ve learned he likes tech that provides value, especially when it comes to entertainment, which is something I think the Amazon Fire TV Stick provides. We bought the Fire Stick early this year and have really come to enjoy it after cutting the cord. If you’re considering cutting the cord, or an Amazon fan this is a gift that both of you will enjoy.

You can read our Amazon Fire TV Stick review to get the lowdown on how it works to see if it’s something you believe your husband will enjoy. If the TV stick seems like it may not do the trick, you can upgrade and get the Amazon Fire TV for not a whole lot more.

For the Grill 


My husband may not like to prepare a gourmet meal in the kitchen, but he absolutely loves to grill. Since we have a gas grill, it’s something he can do year round. While I have gotten him grill tools with his favorite sports team on them in years past, this year, I’m thinking BBQ sauce, a grill kit and maybe some spice rubs are in order.

This four pack of bbq sauce from Pig of the Month caught my eye. I’m thinking of pairing it with this Cuisinart Grill Kit and a few spice rubs.

tool kit


If your man enjoys tools but you’re all thumbs when it comes to knowing what to pick out for him, let someone else do it for you. One thing I like about this tool kit from Stanley is that it’s packed with 65 versatile pieces that give your guy everything he needs to be a handyman around the house. At $35 it’s a great value and it removes all the guesswork for you.

golf locker


I’m going to hit you again with another traditional Christmas gift idea – golf stuff. While I love to golf, my husband hates it. So, for this idea, I shopped around for something that I would like to receive. Whether your husband is an avid golfer or only hits the course for networking opportunities, this Samsonite golf locker will help him stay organized.

He won’t have to dig through his golf bag to fumble around for his keys, tees or balls. They’ll all be conveniently available right there with his golf shoes and gloves.

pocket tools


When we first got married, Mr. Frugal Rules carried around a big, red Swiss Army pocket knife. With about 40 tools on it, it kind of weighed him down a bit. Now that he carries a smart phone in his pocket, along with a wallet and keys, there’s just no room for a Swiss Army knife. He does still however appreciate the convenience of having a multi-purpose tool on hand.

If your husband is the same way, he might like this Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool from Victorinox. It’s award-winning design, LED mini light, 13 tools and craftsmanship caught my eye and I think they’ll catch my husband’s as well.

Coming up with Christmas gift ideas for my husband has been harder than I thought it would be. Over the years, I've learned a good list goes a long way.

I hope you’ve found these ideas helpful. Not only are they inexpensive, in my opinion they add value and best of all, can be bought from the comfort of home. That’s a big plus in my book since in-person shopping usually requires me dragging all the little Frugal Rules’ out into the cold.


What are your best Christmas gift ideas for men? What’d I leave off the list that’s on yours? What’s the biggest Christmas gift ‘flop’ you’ve engineered for your spouse?




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