GIFTS FOR GUYS
Finding the right gifts for the men in your life can be challenge, but it doesn't need to be an exercise in tedium. Our guide features 50 inexpensive ideas, from grooming products to kitchen gadgets to fitness equipment, as well as novel suggestions sure to match the interests of just about anyone. Best of all, each is under $50.
STAR WARS WAFFLE MAKER
Price: $35 | Buy it from ThinkGeek
Fans of the Star Wars franchise looking forward to the latest installment, "The Last Jedi," coming out Dec. 15, will be thrilled to make waffles shaped like the Death Star.
LEATHERMAN WINGMAN MULTI-TOOL
Price: $50 | Buy it on Amazon
The stainless-steel Leatherman Wingman is a gold standard in the multi-tool category, and the splurge is worthwhile since it's useful in so many situations. There are 14 tools, including pliers, wire cutters, a knife, a bottle and can opener, a file, a screwdriver, and more.
DIY BACON KIT
Price: $28 | Buy it from The Grommet
Help a bacon lover truly appreciate pork in all its glory. The Original Baconkit comes with a curing bag, the cure, maple sugar, a thermometer, and directions. All you need to add is 5 pounds of pork belly, currently selling for about $5 a pound at a local butcher. The bacon can be made in an oven or a smoker and the entire family can reap the benefits.
HARRY'S ENGRAVED SHAVE KIT
Price: $40 | Buy it from Harry's
Available without engraving for $25, this set includes everything he needs for a clean, close shave: an aluminum razor, three blades, a travel cover, and foaming shave gel.
BUSHNELL FALCON BINOCULARS
Price: $31 | Buy them on Amazon
Hunters, hikers, campers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds need a second set of eyes. Backed by the Bushnell brand, these lightweight Falcon series binoculars feature high-definition clarity and come with a case. They're rugged and built for outdoor wear and tear.
MAPLE AND ROSEWOOD ENGRAVED PEN
Price: $29 | Buy it from Executive Gift Shoppe
No need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a fancy pen such as a Montblanc. This unique pen comes with free engraving and features gold accents, as well as a two-tone wooden case that will class up any man's desk.
'BULLETPROOF' ROCKS GLASS
Price: $15 | Buy it from Apollo Box
The only thing more outrageous than this rocks glass is the story he'll tell his friends about it.
AMAZON FIRE TV STICK
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon
One of the favored media streaming devices, the Fire TV Stick boasts strong processing power and is great for gamers as it has access to over 7,000 apps and games. This newer model also comes equipped with Alexa Voice remote so you can 'say it and play it.'
ROCKDOVE DOWN MEMORY FOAM SLIPPERS
Price:$26 | Buy them on Amazon
With a nonslip hard sole, these cozy-as-anything slippers double as shoes in a pinch for that frigid jaunt to the mailbox first thing in the morning.
COCKTAIL BITTERS TRAVEL SET
Price: $22 | Buy it from Bitters and Bottles
This traveler's set of bitters from The Bitter Truth makes the perfect gift for the drinker committed to quality no matter where he goes.
'YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE' BUCKET LIST BOOK
Price:$14 | Buy it from Target
Lonely Planet's compendium of daily adventures will inspire anyone to seize the day and live life to the fullest.
MYRON MIXEN PITMASTER GRILL TOOL
Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
This 3-in-1 grill-master tool slices, dices, and opens an ice cold beer. The only thing missing is a thermometer ....
LASER THERMOMETER GUN & TEMPERATURE PROBE SET
Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
Just point and shoot for instant temperature readings. 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. A digital meat thermometer completes the package for a backyard barbecue.
BLUE SKY MOSQUITO NET HAMMOCK
Price: $50 | Buy it from Home Depot
This stretchable hammock has a built-in insect net that offers pest protection for relaxing in the great outdoors (aka the backyard).
OMAHA STEAKS WARM WELCOME COLLECTION
Price: $50 | Buy it from Omaha Steaks
Give the gift of a fancy dinner courtesy of Omaha Steaks. The Warm Welcome Collection sampler includes two top sirloins, four Omaha Steaks burgers, four gourmet jumbo franks, a pound of Omaha Steakhouse fries, and four caramel apple tartlets. Meat eaters salivate at this combo, which ships for free in the U.S. The food is frozen and packed in a cooler with dry ice.
Price: $20 | Buy it from Tile
Tired of tearing up your house in search of your keys, purse, or other important items? Slap a Tile Sport on them. These Bluetooth trackers have a range of 200 feet — double other Tiles — and they're waterproof. Use the Tile app to ring any lost item with a tracker. Lost your phone? Pressing a button on any Tile forces it to ring, even when it's on silent.
MAGNETIC FRIDGE BOTTLE STORAGE STRIPS
Price: $28 | Buy them on Amazon
Beer enthusiasts will love these super-strong magnetic strips. Designed to suspend beverage bottles from the ceiling of a refrigerator, they help conserve precious fridge space by holding up a six-pack of brews, leaving plenty of room for snacks.
AGLOVES GRIP TOUCHSCREEN GLOVES
Price: $12 | Buy them on Amazon
With touchscreen gloves, people who live in colder climates can operate a smartphone without exposing their hands to the elements. These have 10-finger functionality as well as grippy dots on the palms for easy device handling.
GUANCIALE (CURED HOG JOWL)
Price: $5 | Buy it from Olio & Olive
Bacon now enhances nearly every type of food, from cupcakes to beer. Cooks often use pancetta, pork belly, or the standard smoked variety, but guanciale — cured meat from the jowl of a pig — would make a singular Christmas gift for a pork-loving foodie. Popular in central Italy but less known in the U.S., guanciale is leaner and boasts a more pronounced flavor than bacon. Olio&Olive sells 4 ounces for $5 or 2 pounds for $25.
ROCKETBOOK EVERLAST SMART NOTEBOOK
Price: $29 | Buy it on Amazon
Even pen-and-paper holdouts can go high-tech with the Rocketbook Everlast, which can easily send notes or sketches to a number of productivity apps including Dropbox, Slack, and Evernote to share them or keep them for posterity. The pages can be erased with a moist cloth and written on over and over again using a special kind of marker, pen, or highlighter.
PADAUK WOOD IPHONE CASE
Price: $24 | Buy it from Carved
Designed and handmade in Indiana, Carved Traveler cases are distinctive and practical. Rubber bumpers protect from bumps, scrapes, and drops. The cases come in a range of styles and sizes to fit a wide range of iPhones as well as popular Android models.
SENGLED SOLO JBL BLUETOOTH SPEAKER LED LIGHT BULB
Price: $40 | Buy it from Sengled
He'll marvel at the gift of wireless music packaged in an energy-efficient bulb that plugs into any standard lamp or light socket. Dual JBL speakers provide crisp, clear sound, and LED efficiency means the bulb should last up to 17 years.
WRANGLER RUGGED WEAR RELAXED FIT JEANS
Price: $25 | Buy them from Mills Fleet Farm
Rugged and reliable, Wrangler jeans are the perfect fit for a man who takes pride in hard work and appreciates clothes that will last.
MOORAY MEN'S SPORT POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
Price: $18 | Buy them on Amazon
For active men who love to hike, bike, and fish, these polarized sunglasses are ideal for blocking glare and keeping your eyes protected..
NCAA COLLEGIATE FLEECE BLANKET
Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Make him proud to show his pride with a cozy fleece blanket from his alma mater.
BEAR PAWS SHREDDER CLAWS
Price: $15 | Buy them on Amazon
Unleash the barbecue beast within and give the gift of meat claws for preparing pulled pork. Strong enough to shred other kinds of slow-cooked, grilled, or smoked meat, the claws also can be used to pick up food and carve large pieces of meat without slippage. More than 2,500 reviewers award the claws an exceptional 4.7 stars.
WEBER RAPIDFIRE CHIMNEY STARTER
Price: $15 | Buy it from Walmart
Most barbecue aficionados will tell you that charcoal beats gas any day. Help him get grilling quickly with this chimney starter.
BAGSMART TRAVEL CABLE ORGANIZER
Price: $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Perfect for the digital nomad who never leaves home without his laptop, phone, and a cluster of adapters and chargers to power and connect them, this handy organizer will help tame the cable chaos once and for all.
RAVPOWER EXTERNAL BATTERY CHARGER
Price: $33 | Buy it on Amazon
Great for that someone whose phone is always dying, this gadget charges a phone anywhere, extending its battery life. This particular model is compatible with the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and iPad. It has a standard USB port for charging e-readers and other devices, as well.
ZIPPO HAND WARMER
Price:Starting at $20 | Buy it on Amazon
If gloves aren't warm enough, a Zippo hand warmer will really heat things up. He can fill it with lighter fluid, slip it into a pocket, and get up to 12 hours of toasty heat.
MR. BEER PREMIUM HOMEBREWING KIT
Price: $41 | Buy it on Amazon
Beer lovers, rejoice: This kit is the perfect gift to get him into the art of brewing at home. It comes with everything he needs, and reviewers say it's easy and fun to use.
HYPER TOUGH CORDLESS DRILL
Price: $17 | Buy it from Walmart
Compact and lightweight, this cordless drill can easily and effortlessly handle any household task. It comes with a charging station and an LED work light, too.
WILLIAM SAFIRE'S 'LEND ME YOUR EARS'
Price: $42 | Buy it from Barnes & Noble
Inspire greatness with this collection of history's greatest speeches, a gift that celebrates the eloquence and wisdom of the spoken word.
TURTLE BEACH RECON 50X GAMING HEADSET
Price: $40 | Buy it from Walmart
Perfect for the gamer in your life, this headset is compatible with PS4, XBox One, PC, and mobile devices. It has a high-sensitivity, adjustable boom microphone and stereo sound.
WALIKI TOYS HOPPER BALL FOR ADULTS
Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
Is a special someone looking longingly at your toddler's hopper ball? Get them their own. The 29-inch Waliki Toys Hopper Ball is specially made for grown-ups, with a sturdy handle. Made from PVC-free rubber, it includes a double-action pump for quick inflation and comes in several colors. Nab the plush version to make a dream of riding a horse or a unicorn come true.
Price: $10 | Buy it on Amazon
Everything a binge-watcher needs for a successful night on the sofa can be stashed in a handy organizer that sits right over the arm of most couches. It holds the remote, a cellphone, reading glasses, and much more in six pockets. There's even a snack tray for food and drinks.
Price: $15 | Buy it from Zippo
This windproof lighter is an American classic that comes with a lifetime guarantee: If it ever stops working, he can send it back and the company will fix it for free.
THE ORIGINAL STORMY KROMER HAT
Price: $45 | Buy it at Stormy Kromer
Iconic as it is warm, the Original Stormy Kromer Hat is handmade in Michigan. Lined with cotton flannel, it comes in more than a dozen colors and six sizes to ensure a snug fit. An integrated ear band can be adjusted up or down depending on how chilly it is.
WHAT DO YOU MEME?
Price: $30 | Buy it on Amazon
If he's already a master of "Cards Against Humanity," this is the next runaway party hit for grown-ups. Play by pairing the caption cards with photos from some of the web's most-familiar memes, and the judge decides who has the most hilarious twosome.
CLASSIC SHERPA-LINED ZIP HOODIE
Price: $45 | Buy it from Old Navy
A slightly fitted hoodie with a warm sherpa lining is just what he needs to stay cozy and stylish this winter.
OAGEAR BACKPACK COOLER
Price: $20 | Buy it from Outdoor Active Gear
Backpackers or hikers looking for a comfortable cooler to take on the trail need search no more. This backpack features padded straps, a no-leak liner, and space for 20 cans.
GOLF AUTO PUTT SYSTEM
Price: $20 | Buy it from Walmart
If he's looking to practice his putt, this indoor golf set is a worthy gift. It's portable, easy to set up, and has a gravity return ball track.
CABELA'S MEN'S WOOL BOOT SOCKS 4-PACK
Price: $20 | Buy it from Cabela's
Stay warm and dry in these lightweight, cushioned wool socks. They wick away sweat, provide added arch support, and have reinforced heels and toes for long-term durability. Ribbed tops also guard against slippage.
NERF LASER OPS ALPHAPOINT PRO 2-PACK
Price: $30 | Buy it from Walmart
For the man who's really just a kid at heart, this laser battle pack is the perfect way to brighten his holiday and have a little fun.
MAINSTAYS 28" FIRE PIT
Price: $30 | Buy it from Walmart
Warm up on the patio the old-fashioned way with this economical Mainstays fire pit, a reviewer favorite. It comes with a mesh lid to keep sparks to a minimum and a weather-resistant PVC cover.
GOLD'S GYM CAST IRON KETTLEBELL
PRANK GIFT CARD BOX
Price: $4 | Buy it from Vat19
Give him a laugh by wrapping a real gift card inside a prank box that advertises a not-so-relaxing massage offered by self-professed foot lover Barry del Greco.
DIY HOT SAUCE KIT
Price: $35 | Buy it from Uncommon Goods
Want a little more spice from the condiments in your fridge? Make your own with this DIY hot sauce kit, which comes with spices, three pepper varieties, vinegar, gloves, and empty condiment bottles.
BLACK & DECKER CORDLESS DRILL AND 64-PIECE TOOL KIT
Est. Price: $45 | Buy it from Walmart
The perfect gift for someone who's setting up a new home and needs a set of tools for light-duty work, this Black & Decker set has all the essentials. It includes a 12-volt lithium-ion drill, a hammer, wrench, pliers, tape measure, screwdrivers and more. It also comes with a handy carrying case. A similar set sells for $15 more at Target.
HASBRO STAR WARS ULTIMATE CO-PILOT CHEWIE
Est. Price: $48 | Buy it from GameStop
If you know a Star Wars geek, get him this plush, interactive Chewbacca for the car, the office, or the man cave. Regularly $97, this Chewie figure is programmed with 100 sounds and actions, including roars, grunts, and even a snore.