I approach gift shopping quite pragmatically; I like to go one of two routes - either something I know the person wants, or something I know the person wouldn't buy for him/herself. Since I'm a savvy shopper, I stay on the lookout for good deals on my "wishlist gift" items so that I can stay within my holiday shopping budget but not skimp on gifts to the people that matter most to me. I have an aversion to giving gift cards because I tend to think that if I don't know you well enough to pick something out for you, I probably shouldn't be buying you a gift! (though don't get me wrong - I don't mind receiving gift cards)!
Since the bulk of my shopping is practically done, I thought I'd put together a few gift guides so I can shop vicariously through this blog. To start, I picked the men since most people tend to find them the most difficult to shop for!