It’s time to go Christmas shopping and you need to know what to get your boyfriend. Is it okay to go with socks? A shaving kit? A sweater? The answers are yes, yes, and yes—if they’re the right ones. Check this list before you make the buy. If it’s on here, you’re safe.
Concrete Fire Pit
Your boyfriend wants you to make this for him. He really does. It’s a ten-step process that you—yes, you—can follow to make a hearty outdoor fire pit using materials you can easily find at any hardware store. It will take one day, two at the most. He will be most impressed.
The Best Date Jar
This romantic DIY gift will keep the romance between you alive. It’s a way for you to idiot-proof your relationship for at least a year. When he’s at a loss for what to plan for date night, he can just reach in the jar, and voila. Instant happy girlfriend.
Eight in One Portable Workshop
There’s one fact that’s true for all guys, whether they’re Mr. Fix It types or not. They all want a set of power tools and a tool bench to cut things on. This workshop rolls everything your boyfriend needs into one. Watch out, he might start fixing things. Next year you’ll need to get him a tool belt.
Home Golf System
This one is for the boyfriend who wants to improve his performance on the links. It’s important, because some of the biggest deals in business are ironed out over a round of golf. And if he can’t hang with the big boys out there, he might not get a seat at the table back at the office.
North Face Goretex Jacket
Goretex is the fabric of choice for high mountain explorers, extreme snowboarders/skiers, and fisherman who make a living on the savage seas. One thing these men have in common is the need to stay dry and warm without overheating. Goretex does this better than any fabric, ever, hands down. But him a Goretex jacket.
Carbon Fiber Wallet
Millions of people today are carrying credit cards embedded with RFID chips. These chips transmit account information that makes purchases fast and easy. The drawback is that thieves can easily intercept the information. This wallet blocks the RFID transmission and keeps data safe in your pocket until you decide to use it.
Almost all dudes totally love bacon, and this homemade gift will cater to that love. It take a pound of bacon, a tablespoon and half of sea salt, and two teaspoons of black pepper. It takes two simple steps to make, and yields enough bacon salt to last for months.
All-in-One Dart Cabinet
A pub-quality dart cabinet is the perfect way to finish off a man cave. This one has a sisal fiber dartboard with a removable number ring. It’s got built in scoreboards, a game manual, and two sets of steel-tipped darts. The cabinet is made from solid pine and has a dark mahogany finish.
The Vikings were total badasses who lived in a cold, dreary area in Northern Europe. In search of greener pastures, they went forth and conquered France, England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. And they drank from horns like this one while doing it. Your boyfriend will enjoy channeling his inner warlord with this gift.
5-Piece Whiskey Serving Set
This elegant whiskey set made by James Scott is the ultimate item for the gentleman whiskey drinker. The handcrafted, fine-etched crystal decanter and four double-shot glasses will impress your friends in your home and add that extra gravitas when you seal the deal with a drink at the office.
Beginner's Guitar Kit
Let his inner musician out of the box with this great starter’s guitar set, made by the people who invented the Stratocaster: Fender. It comes with a quality guitar, an electronic tuner, plenty of pics, and an easy to use instruction book. It even has a play along DVD. He’ll rock your world before you know it.
Gerber Command Limited Knife
Gerber knives are the gold standard for hunting, combat and survival knives. This limited edition straight blade comes in a wooden box with a red velvet interior. The blade is cold grey steel, the handle is black powder coated aluminum, and it comes with a leather belt sheath.
Petzl Ulta Head Lamp
Petzl makes the best head lamps on the market. The Ultra cranks out four hundred fifty lumens and can last between four and thirty four hours, depending on the lighting mode. If the man in your life is a backpacker or rock-climber, this gift will be a welcome addition to his backcountry pack.
New Wave Leatherman
It’s finally time to let him retire that old gunmetal gray Leatherman and make way for the new generation of sleek stainless steel models. This incredible tool has almost twenty different tools, from knives to screwdrivers to wire cutters. It closes down to less than four inches and fits easily in a pocket.
Humminbird Fish Finder
This is for the man in your life who loves nothing more than to get out on the water, toss out a line, then sit back and wait for the fish to bite. This fish finder has all the latest technology to help make sure he comes back with dinner. Or at least a story to tell.
His & Hers Mugs
This is a crafty little idea that transforms a couple of plain coffee or tea mugs into a personalized his and hers set. All it takes is the mugs, a sharpie, and your imagination. Did we leave something out? Yes, we did. It might take a little bit of love, too.
Oktoberfest Ale Brewing Kit
This one is for the boyfriend who’s on the verge of brewing his own beer, but hasn’t quite taken the plunge yet. It’s a beginners brewing kit that has everything he needs to dive into the world of home brewing. It makes a gallon of beer—enough to let him know if he’s got the skills.
Red Wing Moc Boot
These boots have been protecting the feet of working guys for decades. They’re durable, comfortable, and they look classy. He doesn’t have to be a working guy to appreciate a pair of RedWings. He’ll sleep better knowing they’re in the closet, just in case.
Framed Travel Photos
Take your memories and put them on the wall for both of you to look at and smile. This easy project give you a reason to print your favorite shots from social media and give them a place in the brick and mortar world. It’s different—you’ll remember when you see them.
Deluxe Electric Football Game
These classic football games evoke an era before Madden, before Playstation, and before Nintendo. There’s no skill at all involved, it’s just dumb luck. Boys turn it on and they watch the players creep towards each other and end up in a big scrum. With ginormous smiles on their faces.
So he might not want to carry the future around on his wrist. Okay, that’s his choice. The least you can do for him is bring him from the world of the laptop to the world of the tablet. This iPad Air is the best way to start. It’s light, it’s sleek, and it does everything he’ll need.
Set of Green Army Men
Go full retro with this gift. We promise he’ll giggle with glee when he opens up with present on Christmas morning. He’ll probably set them up all over the living room, playing out elaborate battles complete with sounds effects. He’ll want to take them to work. Let him: the boss will join in.
Bear Grylls Firestarter
Bear Grylls is the guy who gets dropped into the middle of nowhere with a toothpick and a pack of matches and manages to live for three weeks on grubs and tree roots. Your boyfriend wants to be him. This waterproof firestarter comes with a ferrocerium rod, a metal striker, and a place to keep the tinder dry.
All Star Hot Dog Maker
Every guy wants to sit around eating hot dogs and watching the game. It might be Game of Thrones and a tofu dog, but nevertheless, it’s still hot dogs and games. This automatic hot dog maker roll-grills the dogs to perfection while toasting the buns in a tray underneath.
Turkish Linen Pajamas
Don’t worry, getting him these pajamas won’t mean you’re his mom. He won’t admit that he’s always wanted a pair of high-end linen pajamas. Not out loud, at least. You’ll know the truth when he tries them on as soon as he opens them and stays in them all day long.
Chrome Messenger Bag
Chrome sets the standard in messenger bags. They’re simple, understated, and uber-cool looking. Forget the laptop sleeve, the briefcase, or the kid’s book bag. If he’s going out into the world and he’s going to carry anything at all, give him this bag, and he’ll turn heads.
Fast-Drying Towel System
The first rule in traveling, according to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, is this: always know where your towel is. With this system, your boyfriend will always know where his towel is. Better than that, he’ll always have more than one quick drying towel at hand.
Waterproof iPhone Case
This is the holy grail of all iPhone cases. You can drop your phone in a puddle on the street and not have a four hundred dollar “ohmygod” moment. You can jump in the pool and take pictures underwater—it works perfectly. All the external ports are easily accessible, and the case amplifies sound as opposed to dampening it.
Garmin pioneered production of personal global positioning and navigation systems. Their systems are the standard to which all others are held. Get your boyfriend the original, the benchmark, but be forewarned. He’ll absolutely never ask for directions ever again.
You got him the Cuban cigars, now you need to get him something to keep them in. This wooden desktop humidor made by Ignis will keep his Cubans moist and fresh. It holds up to thirty cigars and has a built in hygrometer and humidifier worked into the lid.
Classic Long Sleeve Work Shirt
This button down shirt can do a wide variety of things very well. It works for chopping wood, going to work, or going on a date. It’s made of chambray stretch cotton and has mesh vents on the back. And if your boyfriend happens to be a bicycle commuter, it’s got a reflective collar and cuffs.
Silk Baselayer Top
There are all kinds of high-tech fabrics out there that simultaneously wick water away from the body and keep heat in. They’re all trying to mimic the properties of two natural fibers: wool and silk. Wool is scratchy, but silk is, well, silky smooth. Get him his first silk baselayer. He deserves it.
Smartwool Crew Neck Sweater
This is another thing that every man needs in his dresser drawer, or folded up on the closet shelf. A good, warm, gray wool sweater. Smartwool is a blend of Merino wool and synthetic fibers, designed to be durable, feel good against the skin, and keep your boyfriend warm and dry.
Silk Baselayer Bottoms
When you get him the silk baselayer top, you’ll have to get him the bottoms, too. A full set of silk long johns is the most comfortable way to face the winter. Whether that means walking to work in Chicago, or skiing the slopes of Aspen, there’s simply no comparison. Silk wins.
The Maglite is the flashlight of choice for police forces and military units all over the world. They’re well-built, they work perfectly, and if it’s possible for a flashlight to have gravitas, the Maglite has it. Get him one of these and get ready. He’s going to flip it up and hold it like a cop.
Smith Lowdown Shades
This pair of shades combines the classic, cool dude look of Ray Bans with the unbreakable quality Smith is well known for. These frames are tough and light, the impact resistant lenses will take a beating, and the no-slip nose pads will keep them in the right place.
Merino Wool Socks
Every man needs a pair of thick wool socks in his dresser drawer. Preferably three or four pairs, but definitely at least one. These socks are made from Merino wool, a natural fabric that keeps feet warm and dry. It’s not scratchy like regular wool. It’s incredibly smooth and comfortable.
Nike DriFit Turtleneck
Like a high-end Goretex jacket is for mountain sports and a pro-quality pair of bibs is for cycling, a good base layer is a game changer for running. It makes all the difference in the world. If he’s a runner, this Nike DriFit will be his go-to piece winter of gear for years to come. It’s really that good.
Wooden Bottle Opener
One look at this one draws an instant guffaw. You’ll look at it and wonder why you never thought of it before. It’s got to be the easiest and fastest DIY gift we’ve ever come across. Your bro will pass this one along for years to come.
Stanley Mixed Tool Set
Guys love tools. No one knows that better than guys. Give him his first set of good tools but be sure to remind him that you don’t expect him to become a handyman overnight. Just give him the set of tools, and watch the transformation happen. It will, if you let it.
Stainless Steel Growler
This is a great gift for the boyfriend who’s a microbrew connoisseur. He knows the best place to keep his brew is in the dark, away from harmful, flavor sapping light. Give him this gift and he can roll up to his local brewery, fill up the growler, and go home happy until the next refill.
This survival kit belongs in the trunk of every guy’s card. It’s got everything he needs in case the grid goes down. It’s got twenty-six feet of paracord, a thermal blanket, a fishing kit, a firestarter, a first aid kit, and an emergency whistle. Because the zombie apocalypse really might happen.
Ernest Hemingway and the famous American expatriates in Paris used these notebooks to jot down notes for their iconic novels. This classic notebook will inspire him to record his thoughts and impressions of the world, and maybe, just maybe, he’ll write the Next Great American Novel.
Travel Alarm Clock
Any guy who travels for work lives with the anxiety that the cell phone alarm might not work or the hotel desk might not call to wake him up for the big meeting. Your boyfriend can lay that fear to rest if you give him this trusty gift. It’s synced up to the US Atomic Clock.
Travel Charging Kit
Along with the fear of not waking up for the big meeting, guys that travel for work live with another fear: dead electronics and no charger cables. We shudder at the thought. This travel charging station comes with three USB ports and cables for Mac, PC, iPhone, and Android.
Pro Cycling Bib Shorts
The man in your life might be into cycling. He might have a couple of pairs of good cycling shorts around. If he’s really into riding and he doesn’t have the shorts with the shoulder straps, then you need to give him a pair. Pro quality bibs are a game changer. He’ll never go back.
The Terminator Anthology
Arnold sets the standard for action movie tough guys. Regular guys, like your boyfriend, can watch all three Terminators time and time again without getting tired of them. Give him this gift and he’ll always have something to do at home alone. Think of Arnold as a virtual babysitter.
A real whiskey flask is a piece of man gear as important as an air-pressure gauge in the glove box, a multi-tool in the backpack, and a spare tire and a jack in the trunk. Complete his man set with this high-quality, stainless steel flask. It comes with a funnel for easy refilling.
Mini Trekking Axe
This one belongs on the shelf right next to Das Horn. There’s more macho packed into this little axe than most people can handle. It’s got a hickory shaft and a hand-forged steel head that’s made to last until the end of time.
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