I know how to get my husband to do more yard work. Give a guy a gift that involves fire, danger or destruction, and you'll have a man who enjoys working in the garden.
To get started, get practical. No need for shiny paper and big bows; instead pick up a masculine pot, like the river stone fiberglass planter (Item #248870) shown here. Now fill it up with cool tools that appeal to anyone who craves some excitement.
The "Inferno," a flame-throwing butane weeder (in store only) will warm the heart of any adrenaline-seeking male. This butane torch weed tool jazzes up the routine removal of plant growth popping up in gravel or in the cracks of the sidewalk and patio. Flame on and weeds gone. If I weren't so terrified of fire, I'd use it myself.
Just above the Inferno weeding torch you can see the shiny, pointed spikes of a soil cultivator (Item #286937) that looks like a ninja weapon--and that is exactly why my danger-loving husband will want to give it a try. These two gifts are part of my plan to get all the compost worked into the vegetable garden and all the weeds gone from the driveway ... while I watch from the window.
The long, pointed end of this plant irrigator (in store only) gets water down deep to the roots of trees and shrubs. But this sharp tool also makes a point to put liquid fertilizers right where they belong.
The old-fashioned muscle-powered lawn edger (in store only) completes this collection of man-favorite tools. My guy likes to make crisp borders between the lawn and flowerbeds. There is something about controlling the spread of plants that makes men want to dig in. This new edger will be the diversion I hand him when he has the urge to prune trees and shrubs back to ground level. It is safer to let him shrink the lawn with an edger than it is to turn him loose with a chain saw--especially after too much coffee.
Finally I'll throw in a pair of insulated garden gloves (in store only). Keeping your guy warm while he toils in the garden is just one more way to show you care.