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Friday, December 2, 2016

Not the Average Joe Gadgets

Hello, dear friends.  TGIF.  I hope that you had a good week.  Mine was a little work and a little play.  The tree is decorated, but the halls have yet to be decked.  Oh well, I'm in no rush.  As long as it's all done by the time it's ready to be taken down.  

There are a couple of things that I need to share with you when it comes to the Mister and the art of gift giving.  The Mister likes to get his shopping done early, which is good.  He gets very excited for his choice of gift for me, so excited, in fact, that he likes to give it to me the moment that he walks in the door.  I try to tell him that I would like to be surprised on Christmas, but he will have none of it.  After relenting, and opening my three-week-early gift, the Mister proceeds to ask me if I really like his choice for weeks to come.

The Mister is a different kind of gift receiver, as well.  The minute he finds out that I bought him a gift, he promptly asks me if it's a toy.  On Christmas Eve, when he is opening presents, he rips through the packages faster than a hyperactive four-year-old.  The boxes that look like they may contain clothes are left to the bottom of the pile.  To the Mister, it's all about the almighty toy.

So, in homage to the Mister, I offer you a few man toys for your consideration if your guy is a fan of toys, as well.  

Mister, as you are skimming this post, keep this in mind.  
Sweaters are cool too. 

For the traveler in your life that doesn't have much luck when it comes to checking his luggage, this bag tracker will take all of the stress out of worrying about not having clean underwear or a toothbrush for an important meeting. 
There is one caveat, though.  
He's got to remember to pack the tracker.

Would you prefer to have your selfies taken farther than your arms can reach?  Nobody wants to see your pores or what you had for lunch stuck between your teeth.  This selfie pen controls your iPhone camera with the click of a button.  


For the camper in your life - a flashlight AND handwarmer.  
That's what I call a dynamic duo. 


For the chef who isn't quite sure when the meat is completely done,  this thermometer can let him know what's happening on the grill  while he's got his feet up watching the game.


After receiving all the praise for the delicious dinner, the chef can save his elbow grease for the TV clicker and put this automatic grill cleaner to good use.


For the grill sergeant in the family that believes that there is a place for everything and everything in its place, this apron is sure to be a home run.  It will keep him hydrated, as well.


For the guy who hates to do yard work, an automatic lawn mower will be the hit of the holiday.  Be sure to keep the pets inside.

Your man will be the coolest cat at the tailgate party with this state-of-the-art cooler.  It has a built-in ice crushing blender.  
I smell daiquiris and instant popularity.

For the guy who likes to share his vacation photos on his iPhone with the neighbors, this projector will be a picture-perfect gift.  
Now all he needs is a captive audience.


If you're dating a guy who doesn't have enough energy to stir the cream in his coffee, the first thing you should do is buy this self-stirring mug for him.  The second thing you should do is to drop him like a hot potato.


There is no guessing or rounding out numbers with this digital tape measure.  My Mister has every measuring device and leveler known to man.  But when it comes to hanging pictures, he chooses to "eye" it.  Our walls look like it, too.  

Your date will be the big man on campus with this double drink dispenser.   Now that's what I call a people pleaser.


For the young Dad who doesn't want to step on a lone Lego or Barbie shoe, these slippers will help him step in the right direction.


And last but certainly not least, for the guy who means well but has a bad aim, this potty light will save you a lot of work.

By the way... the Mister brought home one of these for me two days before my colonoscopy.  My guy spoils me rotten.  I thanked him by calling his doctor and booking his colonoscopy the following week.

What was the best toy that you bought your Mister?

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. Oh My Goodness....that potty light!! I had my plumber here this week and he told me that most of the leaking toilet calls he receives are due to poor aim and not leaks.lol My physicist husband is hard to buy for...but this year we are calling our little house our gift so easy peasy. But that self stirring coffee mug may just have his name on it.

  2. Oh my word -- I LOVE these ideas! My Hubs loves gadgets too and my son is a top griller/chef wanna-be, so you've helped me twice! Many thanks! Their favorite toy from back when my sons were young was a fart machine -- I kid you not! So embarrassing - but hilarious to set it off on unsuspecting nephews/friends/neighbors -- I wonder why the neighbors never asked us to have the holiday party again! :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Love these, how great are these. Some made me chuckle...but that lawn mower idea! Cool. Sheila

  4. Oh my goodness, these are so fun!! I'll take one of each! I really need the slippers with flashlights for myself!! Do they come in leopard print? ;)

  5. The slippers might just end up on my wish list...i could shuffle in style every night at 2ish!

  6. Too funny! I can always depend on you to brighten my day. I think I'll get the flashlight slippers for the mister. He likes to venture to the kitchen for midnight snacks. No legos roaming here, but it might keep him from tripping on the stairs or step down into the dining room. '-)

  7. Here's a gadget even better than the potty light. My daughters father-in-law just put in a Toto toilet (or as I call it, the throne). When you walk into the bathroom it greets you by opening the lid, lighting up, the water starts swishing around, and the seat heats up! I hope the mister enjoys whatever toy or sweater you chose this year.

    1. OMG... what a riot!! I am going to google it right now. thanks for the tip!

  8. Hey, I spy a few really good gift ideas for our family's grab/steal gift exchange! I can see that double drink dispenser displacing the beer growlers some of our guys tote to the party, and maybe, as host, I should invest for the potty light for that very reason! One never knows what becomes "the" very gift everyone wants, but these are all great ideas.

  9. Bless you, Sis. As you know, Burt is SO hard to buy for. Not any more! I'm ordering oodles of those self-stirring mugs. You can never have too many.

  10. Love the gift choices...the Hubster also enjoys a good toy at Christmas...I keep trying to tell him that boxer briefs are the gift that keep on giving. I love the idea of the self-stirring mug, sometimes a girl can really be lazy in the morning (me). Take Care.

  11. Katie...these are great ideas! Between my sons, two sons in law and my hubby, I like the slightly tech/manly suggestions. The grill cleaner is brilliant...I think I'm going to take 5!

    Thanks so much for your comment on my Christmas tips! I'm overwhelmed at the response. And YOU made me feel so good! Thank you, my new and dear friend!

    Jane x

  12. So many great gifts!
    If my husband insisted on giving me my Christmas gift as soon as he bought it, I would open it on Christmas Eve, because he's a last-minute shopper.

  13. Ah, the toy! Who doesn't love one? And these are good ideas!

    I'm thinking the Mister should drop off his offering to you at a neighbor's to wrap and hide and not give back until Christmas Eve!

  14. These are GREAT, Katie! Wonder if that luggage tracker really works? Super smart idea.


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