It’s that time of year again! We are a household of Christmas-lovers and I have almost all of my shopping done. Some people might think that means I’m ahead of the game, but what inevitably happens every year is that I leave the hardest gifts to buy, for last and despite my early start, I’m still one of those people rushing around at the eleventh hour.
That also means I typically haven’t purchased anything for Mike at this point. Gifts for dad are a major head-scratcher around here and it wasn’t until Walmart asked me to collaborate on a holiday gift guide for husbands, that the ideas started flowing. The best part? I didn’t blow my budget and I was able to find some things I know Mike (and other guys!), will be happy to receive come December 25th. Read on for my roundup of Husband Gifts for Less (and if online shopping is your jam, nearly every item is available on Walmart.ca).
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A great pj set is essential for those holiday vacation days spent lounging around the house. I like this Canadiana two-piece pyjama set ($30), because it’s festive without being overly so, and Viggo loves it because it also comes in his size so he and daddy can match. (There are also coordinating sets in women, girls, and infant sizes if you want the whole family to have matching pjs).
2. Wireless headphones
Mike really wants wireless headphone so I picked him up a pair of Sony Wireless Bluetooth Headphones ($120), to make his commute to and from Toronto each day a little easier.
3. A game
We enjoy playing board games together as a family, so I’m putting this Canadiana Toppling Tower ($14), under the tree for (our very competitive) dad.
4. A movie
To keep the fun going, I added Mike’s favourite holiday movie to the mix. Each year he and the kids make a point of watching Rudolp the Red Nosed Reindeer together (I’m more of a Home Alone girl), so I know he’ll be happy to see this 50th anniversary collector’s edition ($10), in his stocking.
Turtles: can the holidays even happen without them?
Speaking of classics, Old Spice Classic After Shave ($12), is a time-honoured stocking stuffer for men of all ages. I picked one up for my own dad as well!
7. Shaving accessories
When it comes to grooming, Mike prefers shaving with a safety razor so I was happy to see that Walmart carried some old-school shaving products like this Williams Mug Shaving Soap ($2), (admittedly Mike already has a ton of shaving soap but I couldn’t resist the packaging), and this Wahl Boar Bristle Shaving Brush ($13). Both make great stocking stuffers.
8. Grooming products
I also wanted to get Mike something that’s not part of his current grooming routine and I settled on this Neutrogena Men face lotion because it contains SPF 20 and it’s a steal at $8. I like the idea because while Mike slathers on sunscreen outside in the summer, he neglects to protect himself the rest of the year, despite being exposed to the sun while driving to the GO station every day or while he’s outside working on the various home improvement projects we have on the go.
Speaking of home improvements, since buying a house it seems like there is a never-ending list of things to do, so Mike is often searching for the right screwdriver for whatever job he happens to be working on. This handy Switch-a-Bit Screwdriver ($9), is actually nine screwdrivers in one, saving Mike (and myself) the frustration of him asking me to pass him the Phillip-head and then having to remind me of which one that actually is, for the hundredth time.
10. Bath products
I don’t know about other husbands, but mine enjoys a nice, hot bath to de-stress at the end of the day (it’s sort of a joke in our house because I do not), so I couldn’t resist picking up these cherry blossom-scented bath bombs by bodycology to add to Mike’s stocking.
The grand total of all the gifts in my Husband Gifts for Less guide, is about $250 on-the-nose (including tax)—not bad considering I chose 10 items including the wireless headphones. The icing on the cake though, is that I was able to purchase everything—from PJs to grooming products to electronics, in one place, which makes Walmart invaluable, especially during the busy holiday season!
The smug faces of some savvy shoppers who have already got their Christmas gifts for their main man wrapped and ready to go thanks to Walmart!
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Christmas Decor program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.