A basket of presents to be given every hour is an affordably thoughtful gift for your husband. It’s the perfect way to celebrate his birthday, Valentine’s, Christmas, etc. and it’s a simple way to make him feel loved!
Struggling to know what to give the person who has everything? Here are a few more classic ideas we think he’ll love – Reasons Why I Love You Book, Easy Homemade Tie Cookies, and A Year of Dates.
Birthday Gift Idea For Your Husband
My husband is super thoughtful, and he happens to be the best gift-giver in the entire world! The only problem with this is that I have to be thoughtful and creative with the gifts I give to him too… and I am definitely not as thoughtful as he is!
He likes a gift with meaning- something thoughtful that he can’t just go buy for himself. Each year for Christmas and his birthday, I struggle with what to give him. Because what do you give a man who has everything?
For his birthday this year I racked my brain and came up empty until finally, THREE DAYS before his birthday, I saw an idea that Mique did for her husband on their 8th anniversary. I adapted this great gift idea to fit a birthday present instead of an anniversary and it turned out perfect!
Here’s how it works:
Easy, Thoughtful Gift For Your Husband
The basic idea is to get your guy a bunch of presents (as small or big as you’d like) and give him a gift every hour of the day.
This year my husband was turning 34, so the kids and I had him open a present on the 34th minute of every hour- from 8:34 am to 8:34 pm.
The kids and I hit Amazon and Target and bought him things he needed and things he loved. (Shopping for these presents was almost as fun as giving them!)
Then, I simply wrapped each one and labeled each gift box with the time of day he was supposed to open it.
Here are a few unique gift ideas for any special occasion –
- favorite candy bar or snack (my husband LOVES beef jerky)
- a new t-shirt
- gift cards to his favorite shops + restaurants (Dick’s, Taco Bell, Texas Roadhouse, etc.)
- beard trimmer
- reflexology or massage gift card
- framed picture for his desk
- water bottle or coffee mug
- subscription to his favorite magazine
- novelty hot sauce or craft beer
- BBQ tools for the grill master
- a new gadget or upgrade his devices
(There are even more ideas in the comments section from our readers, so continue reading below!)
Remember, these gifts don’t have to be huge or expensive – the thoughtful part is in the delivery!
Because the fun came in the actual giving of the gifts, we got him things that would otherwise be boring. Like his favorite kind of potato chips and beef jerky – if I gave my husband a bag of chips for his special day, he’d probably shrug and say, “Gee thanks!” But knowing the kids and I bought a bunch of items that reminded us of him made it more sentimental and thoughtful.
Hourly Gift Variations
- If your guy is working, send him to work with a present for each hour.
- If he is out of town, mail him a big package with all these presents inside!
- For Father’s Day – Give a gift on the minute of how many kids you have.
- For Valentines Day – Give a gift on the minute of how many years you’ve been together.
- For an Anniversary Gift – Give a gift on the minute of how many years you’ve been together.
I like this idea because it made the entire day special. (And the kids had a blast watching the clock all day waiting for the hour to pass!)
Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing your ide with SYC.
Amazing idea, Beautiful creativity by you. Like to give this kind gifts to my husband on his birthday celebration.
I am so excited I came across this idea! Stephanie, thank you! Since there have been several people asking for gift ideas for the 12 little “happies”, I thought I would give some suggestions! I am planning to do my husband’s 42nd birthday in June. I will do stuff like…..a new charging cable for his iPhone, some new ear buds, a snack size bag of his favorite chocolate candy, a new coffee mug, some new white undershirts, a couple pr of his favorite socks, a new scarf to wear on cool windy days, a coupon for a home-cooked candle light dinner for two, a coupon for an Exclusive “HIM ONLY” Shoppimg trip to Bass PRo shop or his favorite sporting goods store, some new shotgun shells, a new Hunters Orange safety vest, a large pack of hand & feet warmers, tickets for you two to the movie, a movie rental from Red Box of his favorite all time flick, and of course gift cards,just enough for a sandwich & drink, a gift card to his favorite pizzeria, a new gas can & gas card with just enough to fill up the can for the lawnmower! Just use ur imagination! It’s fun! Thanks again Stephanie!
Thanks Leanne- those are great ideas!!!
Can you please share the ideas like what kind of things you bought for him?
That is such a great idea. My fiances birthday is coming up. A Valentine’s baby. So it kind of gets really crazy with Valentines and him not being around on his birthday since he works a lot. So this would be a great idea. I can place them in his truck and leave notes telling him when to open each gift. Thanks for the great idea.
I sure do love this idea,Stephanie! Guys are so hard to come up with ideas for. My husband has plenty of ties and shirts and…..ties and shirts! He always says “I don’t need anything or I don’t know,” my 26 year old son says that,too! And I can’t afford things too expensive or at all. So this will be just great! And I think they will love opening a gift all day long. Maybe even some gag gifts would be fun, like mexican jumping beans, a pair of superman pjs (cape included), stressrelievers,like a smooth rock, silly putty. Or a date night note for my husband and a bucket of ice cream from 31 flavors( a note, not ice cream, although that would be a good,messy gag gift) for my son. Or maybe a note that says you have to find a gift by following the instructions. And lots of ideas for girl’s gifts. Thank you for this awesome creative idea! Creativity rocks especially when we share them!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment and creative ideas! I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂
I love this. I did something for my hubby for his 25th b-day. I made him a gift basket and used things he like in sets of 25….a mug he liked w/ 25 hersheys kisses, 25 of his fav snacks, etc… Just use what the person likes.
That is a great idea!!! I might have to do this next year!
HI, this is great! we are on vacations for my husbands birthday with our sun, we are going to new york, we are from Argentina, any ideas??
Stephanie may i know what 24 gifts did you gave him?
I only did 12- we didn’t wake him up each hour of the night. And I don’t remember all of the gifts- they were just a few of his favorite things- his favorite snack, aftershave, candy bar etc.
Stephanie May I know what 24 gits you gave to your husband?
Oh Stephanie, this couldn’t have come at a better time. My husbands 60th birthday is in 2 days. I’d better get a start on this. Probably won’t be a good as yours, but I’ll try. And I’m going to have everything in a Mason Jar, wrapped with ribbons and a kids party hat. We’ll be on vacation, so that will make getting “things” there a little harder. But he’ll still love it. Thanks, Sandy
Perfect timing- I am so glad you like this idea! Happy Birthday to your husband! 🙂
This is a GREAT idea and so simple too! I cannot wait to get started! Thank you 🙂
I;m so glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by!
i didnt knw wat to be give…nt even 1 gift… so hw cn i thnk of 24 gifts……pls share the gifts u’v given
12 gifts not 24.
She said his favorite candy bar, his favorite snack, a new T-Shirt, just little things =)
I love this idea! I have been racking my brain to pick out a gift for my husband this year..I am sooooo doing this. 🙂
What can i do if he is spending his birthday out of town??? He is working and donno whatto do to make this day special despite of the distance 🙂
Check http://www.thedatingdivas.com. They recently had some great ideas for husbands who travel!
superbb idea:)hats off to yu..
Wish to know what all gifts yu arranged for him..
I gave him small things that he loves- his favorite candy bar, his favorite snack (beef jerky!) a new t shirt, etc.
love this idea…saw something similiar on pinterest but couldnt find it again and then came across this one…
love the fact for every hour and also you can adapt if for fathers day. for fathers day would you give, lets say you have two kids both kids their gift to dad at 8:02 or one at 8;02 and one at 9;02 ?
and what are some gift ideas you would give your hubby for b-day and fathers day ?
Awesome idea…my husband fishes and I believe I will give him all kinds of fishing lures that he uses for his 43rd birthday in March. Thanks for the idea!!!!!!!!
I did this for my girlfriend and it was so much fun just getting the gifts as it was watching her opening them !!! I spent way more that I was planning but I loved it an I think she did too !! Lol you have to really someone to do it !!!
This is such a fun & clever idea and I know MY husband would love the idea too! I will have to Pin it in hopes that I’ll remember to do on his birthday next April.
I did this for my boyfriends birthday in march….I got him concert tickets which he knew about but wanted him to have something to open…it was fun and we both laughed because I through in squirt guns (2 one for each of us) 🙂 spreading it out would have been more fun:-)
Does your husband have a brother? >.<
Super cute idea! I had a friend do this for me in college… she had all my friends write me cards.. and gave them to me one an hour. its one of my favorite birthday memories.. I am sure your husband loved this too.
This is a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!
Yay!! So glad that you found the idea and that everyone had fun. Guys are so dang tough to get gifts for. Ugh! Glad he liked it!
this is such a good idea! I pinned it so I don’t forget to give it a go!
That is a really cool idea. Thanks for sharing.