December 15, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style

What Your Husband REALLY Wants for Christmas

hanes-t-shirt-full-2 Hi, it’s Craig, Alison’s husband, a.k.a. Mr. GYPO.  You may remember me from this post that she twisted my arm to do earlier this year. When she asked if I could guest post and create a gift guide of items that men really want for Christmas, she didn’t like my answer much.  I told her that all men want just one thing…their wife under the Christmas tree wearing nothing but a bow.  Sorry if that’s offensive but ask your husband, it’s true.

Since she made me put together something family-friendly, a lot less fantasy world, and much more realistic, I decided to list out some of my much more attainable favorites/wish list items and here they are.

What Men Really Want for Christmas

List First on my list has to be the new Nike Air Max 2015 iD running shoes.  I love to work out and these have been, by far, my favorite shoes over the past few years.  Maybe not the lightest shoe in the world, but what they lack in weight they make up for it in style, comfort, and cushioning.  If your husband is over 40 like me, he’ll appreciate the extra cushion.  Not to mention, they look amazing and you can customize them any way you like on the Nike website.  You can be over 40 and not be outdone by the old guy in dress socks and 1985 New Balance sneakers at the gym…or anywhere you go for that matter.

Next on my list has to be Invicta watches! I’m a huge fan of watches and I’ve been through many over the years; Seiko, etc…as well as a few el cheapos.  I am very hard on watches and Invicta has been the only one that can take the beating I dish out.  I own several Invicta watches that I have used and abused, yet they have been very scratch and shock resistant.  Not to mention, these watches look incredible.  I love big watches and Invicta offers up some monsters.  No fear though, if your wrists don’t take well to large watches, they have smaller offerings as well.  These watches are, hands down, my favorite watches of all time…not to mention they are very reasonably priced.  My three favorites are this Invicta Men’s 1433 Russian Diver Black Dial Rubber Watch, this Invicta Men’s 6977 “Pro Diver Collection” Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Watchand this Invicta Men’s 1537 Reserve Venom Chronograph Silver Dial Stainless Steel Watch.

Even though I stay active, I also thoroughly enjoy my down time and there’s nothing that helps me with that more than my next two items.  These items are the Roku 3 and the Xbox 360 with Call of Duty Ghosts.  I’m not a couch potato or big gamer, but I do love occasionally relaxing and getting away from the stresses of life by watching a good movie or TV show on Roku or showing some 10 year-old boys who’s boss online while playing Call of Duty.  The Roku 3 makes streaming TV shows and movies so simple. I can easily connect to Netflix, Amazon instant video, or a bazillion other channels offered on Roku.  It’s so easy to watch an entire television series with no commercials and with much better speeds than the crappy built-in wifi on your TV.  As far as Xbox 360, there’s no need to buy the Xbox One for some occasional gaming because the Xbox 360 is just as capable at a much lower cost.  Disclaimer:  Both of these items can be habit forming, so if your husband is prone to that, buyer beware.

The last items on my list are clothing items that I think are both comfortable and stylish.  They allow you to look trendy, yet not look like you’re trying to dress like a teenager.

Buffalo Jeans are my favorite brand of jeans because I think they look good, are well made, comfortable, and fit well.  To each his own, but these are my favorites.

My go to daily shoes are my Cole Haan Santa Barbara loafers.  I absolutely love these shoes!  Proof of this is that I’m now on my third pair.  They are made very well and with their Nike Air insoles, they are super comfortable.

I live in Texas so it never gets super cold for any extended period of time, so I like to have a nice in between jacket that gets me through Fall, Winter, and early spring.  The jacket that does this for me is my The North Face Canyonwall.  This jacket is warm, comfortable, and in style.  I can’t say enough about it, it’s perfect and I love it.  Plus it doesn’t attract dog and cat hair like a magnet unlike my fleece North Face jacket.

Lastly is the Banana Republic Lux-Touch Button-Down shirt.  I like shirts like this that don’t look old-manish (is that a word), are stylish, and are comfortable.  Not much to say except that this shirt fits my style and works great with my Buffalo jeans.  Of course, Banana Republic isn’t the only place to find a shirt like this…just an example of one that I like.

Well, I hope you found my list useful and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Oh and by the way, if you liked these suggestions, Alison has convinced me to help her out with the Menswear Challenge coming up in 2015.


I finally did what you asked…please refrain from any similar requests…at least until after the New Year.  Unless you’re prepared to be under the tree wearing a bow on Christmas morning.  Then you can get pretty much anything you want.



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  1. This post made me laugh this morning. Nice to meet you Craig. You sound exactly like my husband. He love watches too,so I will be checking out the Invicta line. Merry Christmas! Susan

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post Susan. Definitely check out the watches, I think your husband would like them.


  2. I’m dying laughing! Hilarious! But on a serious note – great gift ideas. I’m going to tuck these away for my own guy, thanks Craig.! I’m excited to hear about the Menswear challenge coming in 2015.

    1. Thanks Audrey! I’m glad you liked my post. Your husband, myself, and many many others are saying the same thing I’m sure.


  3. My husband likes to remind me that all guys are like that it’s not just him. You should thank your hubby! This post proved his point! Too funny!! He did a fabulous job!!

  4. So funny Craig! Pretty sure that would be my hubb’s request too! Thanks for the gift ideas…going to check out the watches-my husband is so hard on his…hope all your Christmas wishes come true!

    1. Thanks Mary! If your husband is hard on watches I think he will be happy with Invicta. Maybe he can get a watch and something else for Christmas 😉 Tell him he can thank me later.


  5. Great post Craig! We have 3 teenagers in the house, so I have to remind my husband that his wife wearing just a bow, would not be a good idea! Ha! Great suggestions though and I like your sense of humor. Thx for sharing and Merry Christmas:-)

    1. Ha Ha Rhonda! You’re right, I never thought about it that way. In that case, I’m hoping for a very “family friendly” Christmas!


    1. Courtney, your husband is right! You can give him a present that he’ll be much more thankful for than shirts and socks for Christmas. Although, he’ll appreciate the shirts and socks too…added bonus.


  6. Oh Craig… ok I will have to be honest here. I have not your your finally shopping list as I have been wiping the tears from my eyes due to laughing so hard!! Seriously when I asked my husband what he wanted for Christmas that was his response!! I had to remind him we still have one 15 year old boy living at home, a 16 year old exchange student, and possibly an 18 year old who might end up being home on leave. And yes this is his request most years!! 🙂 Thank you so very much for the chuckle on a gray day!

    1. Thanks Peggy! Look at it this way, I just cut your shopping list for your husband down to one item…and you don’t even have to fight the crowds to buy it.


  7. My husband says the same thing! Great post; so funny! (and honest!!) Thanks for the ideas. I’ll be checking those out!

    1. Laura, I just couldn’t write this post and feel good about it if I left the one thing off my list that I really wanted. I’m sure the same goes for your husband too.


  8. Craig. I once bought a white fur trimmed red velvet bra and panty set and wore that with a Santa Hat and high heels. But I did it in the bedroom behind locked doors. It went over well.

    1. Ok Ania, you win the best wife prize! Now, if you don’t mind, get in touch with Alison and let her now how that is the best Christmas she can give me.


  9. I was with ya till the gaming items, but we are in our 50’s so geezers we are… but the bow? He’d totally tell me to do that… I guess wives in nothing but bows is ageless. Merry Christmas, Craig, you’re a champ for doing this!

    1. Kerrie, I’m sure you’re not geezers…50’s is still young.. I understand though, video games are definitely not for everyone. The bow thing, you’re right, that gift is timeless


  10. Thanks for the laugh! Loved your guest post and my hubby would agree about the bow wearing wife under the tree.

    1. Thanks Michelle! Now go cross everything else off of your list for your husband and make it easy on yourself 🙂


  11. Priceless! I’m not offended at all…it’s what comes out of my husbands mouth every year when I ask that same question! It sure is nice to know that we are wanted that much, right?! Loved it!

    1. Maria, it’s the one gift you can give to your husband every year and he won’t ever get tired of it. 😉


  12. HA! I love Craig’s original wish for Christmas…my husband would totally say the same thing Alison!
    Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. So funny! Yes that’s exactly what my husband wants for Christmas. He says it every time I ask. He did decide he’d also like Madden 15. Love the honesty.

    1. Leigh, Madden 15 is great too. If you could figure out a way to work the bow thing and Madden 15 into one gift…fireworks, that’s all I have to say!


    1. Thanks Alyssa! You’re too nice! Don’t give Alison any ideas. Too many posts from me on GYPO will surely take it to an all time low. 🙂


  14. Loved your post! I have heard the bow comment many times! I had to laugh about the gaming as well–my husband like to unwind by playing Halo online. He will come upstairs and say, “I just owned some middle-schoolers!” I think you guys would be friends!

    1. Too funny Lori! It does sound like your husband and I would get along well. If that’s the case, I know you would make his Christmas if you came through for him on his bow requests. 😉


  15. This is one of my favorite posts ever! It’s great hear some honest feedback for men. I’m going to check those banana republic shirts out for my hubby! I’ve already gotten him a bunch of golf gear for Christmas. I might have to surprise him with what he really wants…thanks for reminding us what the guys are thinking 🙂

    1. Wow Jenny, you’re too nice! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that I could give you some male insight. Probably kinda boring though, we are simple creatures and it doesn’t take much to make us happy. Sounds like your husband is going to have a nice Christmas and I hope you do as well!


  16. How True! I seriously laughed out loud at work! It’s so nice to know you are all hoping for the same gift! The practical ideas were nice too! Thanks for brightening my day!

    1. Lauren, I always love those moments when I laugh out loud at work. I look around to see who heard me because it’s obvious I’m definitely not doing anything work related. 🙂 I’m glad I could brighten your day…I’m sure you deserve it!


    1. Shannon, it makes me happy to know that you appreciate the list. I’m glad my post wasn’t all in vain. 🙂


  17. Hi Craig,

    I was at a loss as to what to buy my husband this year. He does have issues with his feet and shoes, so I took my chances, per your recommendation I bought the Cole Haan shoes. He LOVES them! Thank you!!

    A fellow Texan,

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