GIFT IT RIGHT
It can be tough to come up with fitting and reasonably priced gifts for the men on your list, from significant others to fathers, sons, brothers, and friends. Here are 25 ideas, each costing no more than $25, that deserve a place under the tree or in a Christmas stocking. There are options for foodies, hikers, hipsters, beer lovers, handymen, and more.
Prices and availability are subject to change.
CRAFT BEER AND ROOT BEER
Est. Price: $4 per 12 oz. bottle | Buy it from Craft Beer Kings
The craft beer scene has exploded with top-notch brews in every state. Some beers may be too expensive or unusual for an ordinary evening, but they make excellent holiday gifts for the guy who eschews sports bar pours. Grapefruit Sculpin is an IPA made by San Diego’s Ballast Point. For someone who prefers something sweeter, Not Your Father's Root Beer from Small Town Brewery is a boozy (5.9 percent) root beer. A 22-ounce version is 10.7 percent ABV.
CORDLESS POWER TOOL
Est. Price: $17 | Buy it from Walmart
Help him unplug while working on home projects with cordless tools. Compact and lightweight, this 18-volt cordless drill easily handles any task at hand, but for less. It comes with a charging station and an LED work light.
BEARD GROOMING KIT
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Ulta
Putting together the perfect gift for a dude with creative facial hair is actually fairly easy. This Billy Jealousy grooming kit includes beard wash, beard oil, and a bristle brush to keep his face fur neat.
Est. Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
Everyone sometimes needs a little extra energy in the morning, and music often does the trick. Save him from precariously balancing his smartphone somewhere near the shower by presenting a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. This one from VicTsing attaches to a shower wall with a suction cup and has a hook for hanging on the shower curtain rod. A cheaper speaker from SoundBot ($15 on Amazon) is also highly rated by scores of users.
Est. Price: $18 | Buy it from Philz Coffee
High-end coffee shops charge $4 or $5 for a cup of the liquid black gold, but a 1-pound bag of coffee like Philz Coffee’s Tantalizing Turkish can yield about 40 (8-ounce) cups. Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Four Barrel, and Sightglass are other well-known roasters that sell mail-order coffee for $10 to $18 a bag.
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Best Buy
Some guys just can't keep track of their keys and other essentials, making a lost-item finder a welcome and practical stocking stuffer. Tile Mate Bluetooth trackers have a range of up to 150 feet. Lost phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
Est. Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
A magnetic wristband is like a third hand during any DIY project. This one has 10 strong magnets that corral things like screws, nails, bolts, and drill bits, making home improvement that much easier.
Est. Price: $20 | Buy them from Coddies
Want try a new angle for your favorite fisherman? A pair of these colorful flip-flops may leave him reeling, as his feet will have newfound allure. Fish Flops come in mackerel, goldfish, and tuna, and are made out of a lightweight anti-slip material.
Est. Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
This stainless-steel Gerber multitool is the ultimate in convenience for any self-professed handyman. It has 10 tools, including pliers, wire cutters, a knife, a bottle opener, a file, and a screwdriver.
HOT SAUCE SAMPLER
Est. Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
Spice things up, literally, with hot sauce. There are hundreds to choose from, including the Good Hurt Fuego seven-sauce sampler, which runs from sweet and mild to melt-your-face-off hot. Or introduce him to a lesser-known Tabasco flavor such as garlic or sweet and spicy, available at the producer's very own country store.
A GOOD BOOK
Est. Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
Ereaders and iPads may make the idea seem quaint, but unwrapping a new hardcover has a comforting feel about it. Top picks with guy appeal released this year include "The Feather Thief," as well as "The Line Becomes a River" ($18 on Amazon) and "Killers of the Flower Moon” ($18 on Amazon).
Est. Price: $20 | Buy it from Back to the Roots
Here's an idea for the man with a discerning palate and a way with pots and pans: a grow-your-own-mushrooms kit. The first harvest of gourmet, organic mushrooms should take less than two weeks after watering begins, although some buyers report that it can take longer. The kit yields more than a pound of pearl oyster mushrooms.
Est. Price: $7 | Buy them from Owl's Brew
A full bottle of liquor may be too pricey, but mixers are a cheap alternative. Bring out your guy's inner mixologist with tea-based mixers from Owl's Brew. Bitters are an important ingredient in many drinks. A classic like Peychaud's ($14 on Amazon) belongs in a Sazerac, while Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters ($19 on Amazon) lend a touch of chocolate spice to a cocktail.
Est. Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
Know a fellow who always complains that his hands are freezing? A hand warmer will really heat things up. This Zippo comes in several colors. He can fill it with lighter fluid and slip it into a pocket for up to 12 hours of toasty warmth.
Est. Price: $13 | Buy it from Carhartt
You see these hats everywhere because they’re just that warm and practical. Made of stretchy acrylic rib-knit fabric, they come in more than 20 colors.
SCRATCH-OFF WORLD MAP
Est. Price:$22 | Buy it on Amazon
Is a man in your life a world traveler, or does he aspire to become one? Help him remember past trips or offer motivation to start packing with a scratch map. For each place visited, he scratches off the country, lotto-ticket style. Depending on the scope of his wanderlust, give a world map or a version that focuses on the United States ($13).
Est. Price: $25 | Buy it from Buff USA
Rather than just buying him more stuff, give the gift of an experience you can enjoy together. Wrap a map of national parks or a guide to local nature-rich spots in a pretty box and plan a hike at the location of his choosing. But also sweeten the deal with a versatile piece of hiking gear. The Buff is a multifunctional tube of moisture-wicking fabric that can be worn more than a dozen different ways. Users say it's indispensable for all types of outdoor activities.
COLLEGIATE FLEECE BLANKET
Est. Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Help him support his alma mater on chilly game days with a fleece NCAA blanket. At 45 by 60 inches, it's a great size for keeping cozy on the couch or at the stadium.
Est. Price: $15 and up | Buy it from Snapfish
Find a photo of the two of you or a special place you've visited together and turn it into a keepsake. A nicely framed photo may be tried-and-true, but the digital age opens up an array of options. Snapfish is also a good source for inexpensive personalized gifts such as playing cards and coffee and travel mugs.
Est. Price: $24 | Buy them on Amazon
An infrared thermometer provide instant temperature readings in point-and-shoot fashion. With these devices, he'll be able check the grill to see if it's ready for steaks, check the pool to see if it's as warm as the kids say, or check the engine block to see if it's safe to pull that radiator cap.
Est. Price: $16 | Buy it on Amazon
Brighten his life with a handy flashlight. One of the best-known manufacturers, Mag-Lite is based in California and makes its entire product line in America. The 226-lumen Mini Mag-Lite Pro, crafted from diamond-knurled aluminum, is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who needs a reliable flashlight to stash in a kitchen drawer or glove box. It also comes with a belt holster.
Sending a present to a family member who lives far away affords the chance to show off a signature local food. There's Garrett Popcorn from Illinois, for example, cheese straws from Mississippi, and chocolate-covered potato chips from North Dakota. Check local grocery or gourmet stores for tasty and novel ideas from your neck of the woods.