Lifestyle 26 August 2020
Gifts have the power to heal grieved hearts. They can bring a sense of appreciation and strengthen relationships too. However, the selection process can be overwhelming since you cannot tell whether a particular gift will impress the recipient.
You need time to learn about your man's interests and research on their perfect gift. To save you the hassle, we have discussed some unique gift ideas that your man may find impressive.
Buy them a DIY toolbox
If the recipient of your gift loves making DIY home improvements, you can amaze him with a complete DIY tool kit. Ensure that the package contents include all tools that can perform all DIY tasks at home, including the garage. The complete kit will touch his heart since you would have saved him the cost of hiring the tools or calling a professional to provide the repair services. It will also improve working convenience since the devices will be confined in one closet. You can find the best toolkits in your nearest physical store or from online shops such as Amazon.
Give them a personalized gift
You don't have to buy a gift worth millions to impress your friend. A small gift is enough to make their hearts miss a beat. They will portray your love's sincerity to the recipient; they will make them feel special and appreciated. You can get gift boxes for men uniquely customized with manlier add-ons to fit your male friend's preferences and the subject occasion.
This gift will also remind them of their life events like birthdays, anniversaries, and add glamour to the décor of their homes. You can even choose to surprise them completely by gifting them manly bouquets like beef jerky ones. This will tell your beloved one how much you care about their emotional and physical wellbeing in a unique way.
An interesting board game
Another way of impressing your loved one is by rewarding them with a board game. Board games offer the best way to better our creative and creative skills. They also provide an avenue to interact and strengthen relationships with family members. Further, board games help one in forgetting about their bad experiences at the job and killing boredom.
When selecting, ensure that you choose an interesting game with a simple user-interface and fit for family size. Examples of such board games include chess, trivial pursuit, backgammon, scrabble, and Taboo. Some games like scrabble and Taboo can help them in studying new English vocabulary.
Get them a watch
Is your man business-oriented? If so, then a watch is an ideal gift for them, as it will help them plan their schedule of activities and stick to it by setting reminders. Some high-end watches like Eberhard Chrono 4 Full Injection Chronograph and Greubel Forsey GMT Earth can tell you about your man's personality and social status. The watch's ability to speak on behalf of the owner can bring up a conversation among parties sharing the same social class. Such discussions may result in the establishment of strong relationships and business networks. As such, your man may end up learning new business ideas and winning new clients just because of your precious gift-'the watch'.
Beer brewing kit
A significant percentage of men use beer to let go of bad experiences of the day, reduce stress, and boost their cognitive skills. Though the wealthy guys can afford to stock their cabinets with all types of beverages, there is nothing more comforting than drinking a self-made beer. So, you touch the heart of your true man by gifting them with a beer brewing kit. Ensure that the package includes a storage jar like an uKeg growler and home-distillers to make your gift stand out. The latest models of storage jars should keep the drink carbonated and alert them when the stock is almost depleted for brewing. Good examples of brewing kits include Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit, Grumpy Old Bugger IPA Home Brew Beer Kit, and Craft A Brew Oktoberfest Ale Beer Brewing Kit among others.
Buy them workout equipment
Many people find it challenging to find a perfect gift for their precious friends, and if you are one of them, perhaps acquiring workout equipment will do wonders. Before you settle on the equipment, you can do a background search to establish whether they have some and then decide on the ones that suit them most. For instance, if they are heavyweight, you can invest in an elliptical bike with adjustable settings for resistance and various workout displays. The idea is to get them anything that impacts their health positively.
You can gift your male friends in different ways. You can buy them a board game, workout equipment, or a bouquet, among others discussed in the article. All you should do is ensure that your gift is unique and adds value to the recipient's life.
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Like so many millions across the globe, I deeply mourn the loss of one of our greatest real-life superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. To pay tribute and homage to him, my family rewatched his amazing performance in Black Panther. T'Challa was one of Boseman's most important roles both on and off the screen, as his portrayal of the heroic warrior and leader of the people of Wakanda inspired viewers of all ages.
Re-visiting the futuristic city of Wakanda on screen caused me to reflect on how Blacks in America once had our own version of Wakanda: Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was the name given to the wealthy, thriving, Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood in the early 1900s. The nearly 40 square-block neighborhood had more than 300 businesses and over 1,000 homes, including several stately mansions. Like Wakanda, Black people in Greenwood built their own hospitals, schools, theaters, newspapers, churches, and everything needed for their community to flourish.
Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.
With only 42 years separating the moment Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Greenwood's founding, the amazing feat of Blacks building Black Wall Street is something that required supernatural acts of real-life superheroes the likes of which we see onscreen in Black Panther.
One of these real-life superheroes and leaders of Black Wall Street was my great-grandfather A.J. Smitherman, owner and editor of the Tulsa Star. The Tulsa Star was the first daily Black newspaper with national distribution and was a source for Black people to stay informed about issues affecting them throughout the US. A member of the first generation of Blacks born free in the late 1800s, Smitherman attended La Salle and Northwestern Universities. After receiving his law degree, A.J. began his career in community activism, politics, and the newspaper business.
A fearless leader in the Black community not just in Tulsa but throughout the nation, he dedicated his life to empowering his race in all categories of life in every way: morally, economically, physically, and politically. A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community. As one of the most influential founding fathers of Black Wall Street, his contribution and investment in Greenwood was and is immeasurable. Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.
Unlike Wakanda—the fictional land hidden in the mountains of Africa, mostly invisible to the outside world and protected from foreign threats—Greenwood was exposed. Greenwood was not only visible, but the 11,000 residents and their luxurious lifestyle were a constant reminder to their poor white neighbors across the tracks that Black people had surpassed them in economic empowerment and success. Eventually, the jealousy, greed and contempt for the growing Black economic and political power ignited a horrendously evil act of domestic terrorism by white Tulsans.
A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community.
On May 31st, 1921, thousands systematically looted and burned down Greenwood in a 36 hour-long massacre resulting in the murdering of over 300 Blacks. Thousands more were detained in concentration camps where they remained for months through the freezing Oklahoman winter.
In a recent interview, I was asked what goes through my head when I see the racial unrest taking place today and compare it to what was happening 100 years ago leading up to the Tulsa Massacre. The short answer is that I am incredibly sad. I'm sad for so many reasons. One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.
I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith.
A.J. Smitherman's writings in both the Tulsa Star, and thereafter in the Empire Star, a paper he founded later in New York, reveal a man full of hope and ambition to make a difference and contribute to his race and his country as part of the first generation of Blacks born free. He worked tirelessly to this end until the day he died in 1961. Tragically, A.J. died still a fugitive of the state of Oklahoma, having been unjustly indicted by a grand jury for inciting the massacre. This is another point of tremendous pain and grief for me and my family. It is a travesty that he never saw justice in his lifetime, and he furthermore never saw his dream of racial equality.
But perhaps what saddens me most is the fact that I truly believe that in his heart, he still had hope that America was on a path to find its way out of its dark past and into the light of a new dawn. He hoped that the nation would one day become a country where his descendants would no longer be subject to racial hatred, discrimination, and economic disenfranchisement. And I'm certain that he believed the days that Black people would fear being lynched would be long gone by now.
One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.
I can feel A.J.'s blood in my veins, and I feel a responsibility to carry the torch of the light of hope. I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith. I'm very grateful for the attention being brought to the legacy of Black Wall Street and A.J. Smitherman. Knowing their story of success and triumph and how it tragically turned to massacre and destruction is vital to insuring history doesn't continue to repeat itself 100 years later.
One thing I know for certain is that building a brighter future will require all of us to summon our own inner superhero, like A.J. Smitherman and Chadwick Boseman before us, and work together to continue to fight for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.