Every year when I was growing up my dad received the same gifts for Christmas and his birthday: ties, dress shirts, sweaters, socks, and underwear. My mom and I were guilty of giving these atrocious gifts, but other family and friends were co-conspirators. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but you would think we would have been able to come up with different gift ideas every year.

As I’ve discovered with my own husband, buying a gift for a man is just as difficult as buying a gift for a woman. It’s easy to shrug your shoulders and just buy the first thing that you see when you walk into the department store. C’mon, does your husband need another three dozen golf tees? Does he even golf?

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If you’re looking for a gift that’s out of the ordinary, you’ve come to the right place.

Cirque du Soleil Tickets

Cirque du Soleil Tickets

If you haven’t seen a Cirque du Soleil show yet, you are in for one heck of a surprise. The sets are elaborate, to say the least. For the show Varekai, a colorful and lively forest seduces you. Harmonious blends of greens, golds, and red filter the stage and taunt your eyes. Costumes are ingenious unions of accents and fabrics that mold to each cast member’s body like second skin.

The cast members are, to say the least, impressive. Contortionists flex their nimble bodies in ways that will shock you. Aerialists and gymnasts abound while flipping and rotating. The music is a complex and emotional extension of the show’s theme.

This isn’t the ballet or the opera. This is artistry and athleticism at its best. For more information, visit Cirque du Soleil.

Watch

watch

Watches are an ideal gift for any man. Choose a classic, conservative watch style for an understated look. For the man that likes attention, choose a watch that is out of the ordinary, something that is ostentatious in design or size. Whatever watch you choose, a watch can be a simple or grand gesture of love.

Liquor

Liquor

An expensive or quirky libation can be a conversation centerpiece or a truly unique drinking experience. A limited edition bottle can be inexpensive. Absolut has two special edition vodkas for the cities of Los Angeles and New Orleans, respectively.

Absolut Los Angeles is subtle blend of acai, acerala, blueberry, and pomegranate. Absolut New Orleans is an ethereal blend of mango and black pepper.

Absolut will donate 100% of the proceeds to a handful of Gulf Region charities. If you’re looking to spend a little more and your gift recipient has a flare for the dramatic, look for aged or vintage cognac, tequila, vodka, and whiskey. Hennesy Cognac Paradis can fetch as much $630.

If you’re looking for a beautifully bottled liquor, look for Don Julio Real Tequila — aged for years and made from 100% blue agave, Diva Vodka is filtered through crushed diamonds and the bottles are custom made with a variety of gemstones inside. The amount and kind of gemstones depends on the amount you want to spend. You can spend upwards of a million dollars.

Sporting Events Tickets

Sporting Events Tickets

What guy doesn’t like sports, the constant struggle between team against, man against man, man against himself? If you want to really impress someone, look into getting seats that are close to the action or even a luxury suite. You can get seats that are directly behind home plate or close to your favorite basketball team’s bench. If you’re going to go for the ultimate sporting experience, you can rent a luxury suite.

These suites can easily cost you $2000 and more to rent per game or over $100,000 a year to lease. You’re guaranteed to receive VIP treatment in these suites.

Most luxury suites include VIP parking, meals that are exquisitely catered, a service staff that will take care of you and your guests, and enjoyment your favorite game from the best seats in the house.

Whether you choose baseball, football, basketball, soccer, or even drag racing, your guy will enjoy a a few hours of the competitive spirit triumph. Forget the neckties, socks, and hideous winter sweaters with snowflakes on it. Surprise him with an unexpected gift. Isn’t he worth it?

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