The City on the Hill. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. A city doesn’t earn this many nicknames by being boring, so if you’re looking for activities that make great gifts for men, there’s no better shopping catalog than Boston itself. Whether it's kayaking along the Charles River, sampling beers at the city’s many breweries, or something entirely different, chances are the Boston area has the perfect gift for him. Here are a few of our top recommendations.
For Thrillseekers: Skydiving
Boston lays claim to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, but how many people can say they’ve gazed at the city from 10,000 feet up? Or while freefalling at 120 mph? Local skydiving companies such as Skydive Barnstable let people do just that, and a Groupon for tandem skydiving is one of the more unique gifts for men—one that lets him see Cape Cod, Providence, and Boston from an entirely new perspective. (Just make sure he reads up on our beginner’s guide to skydiving before making the jump.)
For Team Players: City Scavenger Hunts
Oftentimes, the best gifts for boyfriends, parents, or close friends are activities that the two of you can do together. City scavenger hunts fit this bill perfectly, since they’ll require you and your giftee to work together answering questions, taking goofy selfies, and discovering things about Boston that you never knew before. Check out companies such as Crazy Dash Digital Adventures for more details.
For Outdoorsmen: Urban Fishing
Picture this: early in the morning, a group learns to forage for bait, cast nets, and paddle kayaks. Then, they float and bike out to some of the area’s best fishing destinations—which just happen to be in the heart of the city. This out-of-the-ordinary fishing charter comes courtesy of Fishaholiks.
For Your One True Love: Rest and Relaxation
If you’re looking for gift ideas for a boyfriend or husband, then couples massages are a good choice. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Getting him a Groupon for landscaping or interior painting might not seem romantic, but it’ll clear up both of your schedules and make room for the two of you to do something together. Maybe dinner and a movie.
For Foodies (or Anyone Who’s Hungry): Fresh Seafood
Food gifts are always a safe and reliable option, and Boston has its fair share of places to wine and dine your guy. Take advantage of the city’s access to fresh seafood at restaurants such as Yankee Lobster, which specializes in New England preparations of lobsters, clams, and crab cakes. For added authenticity, the restaurant fills its aquariums with water pumped directly from the Atlantic.
For the Young at Heart: Amusement Parks and Video Games
Sometimes the best gifts for boys and gifts for men are one and the same. If the guy on your list has ever mentioned a love of roller coasters or Ms. Pacman, then tickets to local amusement parks or a night at the arcade bar might be the perfect gift. These also make great gifts for dads, who can take their kids along for the day. Consider CoCo Key Water Park and its indoor attractions. That way, your gift won’t be spoiled by the harsh New England winter.
For History Buffs: Museum Tickets
True, someone who lives in or near Boston has probably already toured the city’s wealth of museums and historical attractions, but here’s a pro tip for history fans: look for a museum that frequently rotates its exhibits and brings in special attractions. You can also find out his favorite museum and gift him a membership.