It’s time for another holiday gift guide and today we’re focusing on young men. I’ll be selecting a thoughtful gift for my son and son-in-law from this list, and I think you may find some good ideas for the young men on your list, too. This year my daughter and son-in-law helped curate this list of gifts for young men.
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For His Feet
While it may not sound very exciting, I find that the young men on my list do indeed appreciate the gift of socks. Ha! A subscription to the Sock Fancy crew socks would be a fun gift. He'll get a different pair of fun socks each month. I didn't select any socks from Bomba, but they're my (and my son's) favorite for activewear. You could pick him up a pair while you're shopping for those great Bombas men's Gripper Slippers. But I also love the other shoes we've listed here.
We gathered a few clothing items that young men uniquely appreciate. All of my kids like shopping at Madewell, and we've got a couple of great pieces from there on the list. But Vuori is also understandably popular with the young adult set.
Here we've collected gifts that he'll enjoy...just for the fun of it. These are things he'd love to buy himself, but he hasn't quite pulled the trigger yet. We have two options for a "personal fireplace," which evidently is all the rage (I'm not sure that's how the younger generation would word that, hahaha!). And I know my son-in-law loves those smart bulbs (and they may or may not have played a part in impressing my daughter when they first dated). And I bet both my son and son-in-law would like those vintage star vessel vehicle prints for hanging in a game room, office or elsewhere (if he can talk his wife into it!).
Most of the young men I know take pride and pleasure in keeping themselves well groomed and modern. So we've collected items here from beard balms to cologne. But he also might appreciate a puffy blanket for watching movies or a sunrise alarm clock for a gentle wake-up.
And this last collection of items will help him get those pesky maintenance jobs done. Whether he's tinkering on the car or polishing his leather accessories, these are the little things that will make the process go faster and more effectively. I especially love the plant water monitor and the digital tire pressure gauge.
EverStart Maxx 15 Amp Battery Charger and Maintainer
Blessed for My Day
One of the greatest gifts we can give our young adult children is their autonomy. And that gift sometimes feels like a really expensive one, doesn’t it? Surely it would be easier just to wrap up a well-intentioned gift that would help them to navigate their lives the way we think they should go. Maybe an accounting ledger for that budget we keep telling them to create, an automotive tool that would help them be more regular with car maintenance or a healthy recipe book. And truthfully, sometimes our kids don’t make it easy to give them that autonomy. They keep coming back asking for advice or help or assurance, which of course is normal and even rewarding.
But the Bible teaches us throughout its text that adults must live responsible, autonomous lives. We need to be dependent on God, not on the advice or comfort or bank accounts of other people. And when it comes time to make hard decisions, we must look to God’s Word for counsel and wisdom more than we listen to the opinions of others. Of course if we’re married we also must learn to lean into, protect and build that sacred relationship first and foremost. How are you doing at helping your adult children live autonomous lives with healthy boundaries? That’s something to think and pray about today.
Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bonesand flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. ~ Genesis 2:23-24