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Great Gifts for Grown

A boy becomes a man and a girl becomes a woman but once a tomboy, always a tomboy. At least that's been my experience. Like many adult tomboys I think frilly, girly, perfumed, and prissy things make tiresome gifts. Sometimes, I wonder if the people who give them to me have even met me, much less gotten to know me. Sure, I like some feminine things, but if you want to hear me squeal with genuine delight, you'll have to appeal to the tomboy in me. If you have a grown-up tomboy on your list, you might consider some of the ideas below.

Ahhh, what red-blooded tomboy doesn't like Swiss Army knives? Of course that's a rhetorical question and a few might just exist in the world but the Swiss Army knife is held near and dear to the hearts of most of the tomboys I've known.

When choosing Swiss Army knives for the adult tomboys on your list, think about their hobbies and tool-using behavior. The reason I say that is because there are dozens of different Swiss Army knives, many specialized for certain uses. For example, I tend to use wire cutters an awful lot so I'd prefer a Swiss Army knife with a wee wire cutters on it instead of one with a corkscrew on it. Women who are hunters would likely enjoy the hunter's Swiss Army knife and tomboys who are also tech lovers would probably love the USB Swiss Army knives and so on. The Swiss Army knives below are just a few of the varieties available. If you look through all the varieties listed on Amazon, you'll surely find one perfect for the grown-up tomboy on your list.

You might be thinking, hey, that's just another version of a Swiss Army knife! Well, you probably aren't a tomboy then. Both Swiss Army knives and Leatherman's tools contain tools but the Leatherman's tool is a much rougher, tougher, and more tool-focused, swiss replica watches rather than knife blade focused, tool that doesn't even pretend to be a pocket knife. You can get a multi-tool with a hammer that is fully functional or with pliers you can really apply some torque with or wire cutters strong enough to tackle coat hangers. Some even have all three! Leatherman's tools and other multi-tools contain a different assortment, sturdiness, and combination of tools than those found in Swiss Army knives.

Also, while I might carry my Swiss Army knife in my beaded clutch purse when going to a cocktail party, my Leatherman's tool would stay in its belt sheath on my workbench at home. But when camping in the woods, the Leatherman's tool rides on its case on my belt and the Swiss Army knife goes in my pocket.

I guess you've figured out that I like tools by now. One year, my ex-husband and I were part of a family gift exchange. He got a really nice set of socket wrenches and I got a plush snowman. He looked over at me and said, "That's an awfully nice snowman you've got there."

I replied, "That's an awfully nice socket set you've got there."

We swapped the gifts and everyone roared with laughter. They thought we were joking but he loves snowmen and I love tools.

But tool-loving adult tomboys tend to have tools they'd prefer and tools they'd have no use for, just like any other tool-lover. Find out what kind of things your tomboy likes to work on before buying her just any old tool set. A woman Replica Panerai Radiomir who likes to work on cars would probably have no use for wood-carving tools or a carpet knife but would probably squeal with joy over a deluxe creeper. A woman who likes carpentry would probably have no use for a spark plug wire puller but she might enjoy a nice punch and chisel set or a big sturdy case to put her carpentry tools into. You get the idea.

If you aren't sure what to get the tool-loving adult tomboy on your list, you can always get her a gift card to a local tool and hardware store or one of the big box stores like Lowes, Menards, or Home Depot. Unless, of course, she's into electronics, in which case, a Radio Shack gift card would be a better bet.

Not everyone likes bicycles but many tomboys of all ages enjoy cycling. I know I love it and one of the most thoughtful gifts I've gotten as an adult is my bicycle. Avoid overly girlie colors and I'd go so far as to say, go ahead and get a "boys" bicycle.

Did you know the difference between men's and women's bicycles? Women's bicycles are designed so one can wear a dress or skirt while cycling. Yeah, I can't even imagine wearing a dress on a bicycle. Bell bottoms were bad enough when I was growing up in the seventies. The darned things liked to get caught in the chain. Dresses would be way worse.

As with all of the other gift options I've listed for adult tomboys, find out what the recipient likes. I'd suggest, however, leaning toward science fiction/fantasy or combat style role-playing games, first person shooters, or sports-themed games. Just try to avoid the excessively girly stuff out on the market and you should do fine. If you really have no idea what she likes in video games you could always get her a gift card to GameStop, Toys-R-Us, or any other store that has a wide selection of video games. But I think a paid subscription to a game rental service such as GameFly would be even better. That way she can choose whatever games she wants to whenever she wants to.

I used to have my own plastic-tipped darts to use when I went out with my best friend. After we played some pool or video games together, we would usually end up in front of the dart board. One year for Christmas we both got each other dart boards so we wouldn't have to go out to bars to play darts together. Neither of us discussed it ahead of time but I started laughing as soon as I saw the round, dart board shaped package in his hand.

I lost the dartboard in one of my moves but I still sigh wistfully when I think about it, partly because I miss Dale and partly because I miss my dartboard. I think the dartboard and darts below are nice but I would enjoy any well-made and sturdy dartboard and darts.

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