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35 Christmas Gifts That Turn Boys into Men

Ideal for the guy who’s just off to college, coming-of-age, or in a hurry to grow up, this list of gifts should give you the inspiration you need to find his perfect gift. They’re hand-picked to help him make that all-important leap into manhood with rugged style.

Gerber Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

Gerber Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

When the zombie apocalypse comes, he’ll be thankful that he has enough weapons to go around. This kit contains 3 knives, 2 machetes, an axe and a parang, so nothing undead will get near him. Alternatively, for the realist, it makes a fantastic hunting companion.

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Men's Vintage PU Leather Briefcase and Messenger Bag

Men's Vintage PU Leather Briefcase and Messenger Bag

Your guy can get a lot of use out of this vintage leather bag. It can be used as briefcase for work, a laptop carry case for those chilled-out study days, or a vacation bag, for long weekends away. We know which we’d prefer.

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Genuine Leather Handmade Journal with Aged Paper

Genuine Leather Handmade Journal with Aged Paper

A good journal has heaps of uses. He could use it as a travel writing book, a scrapbook for photographs of his college or travel adventures, a recipe book, and more. The paper has an aged look for that vintage feel and the whole thing is bound in leather for a touch of class.

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Gearbest Bewell ZS – Men's Wooden Analog Watch

Gearbest Bewell ZS – Men's Wooden Analog Watch

An attractive watch can be the crowning jewel of any suit, whilst a unique watch can set him apart from the crowd. This watch is crafted from wood, giving it an attractive, eye-catching look. Where everyone else is sporting metal, he’ll be wearing something nobody else in the room has.

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Sonic Alert SBB500SS Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

One of the hardest things to adjust to when entering into the world of work is the earlier starts. With this gift, he’ll never have to worry about sleeping through his alarm. Extra-loud and aggressive enough to shake the mattress, there’s no way this piece of kit will let him be late for work.

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Everlast 70-Pound MMA Heavy-Bag Kit

Everlast 70-Pound MMA Heavy-Bag Kit

Train his fighting spirit with this fixed MMA punching bag. He’ll learn the art of self-defense, whilst increasing his overall physique and fitness. The confidence gained from training on a punching bag can boost his confidence in the corporate world, too, where the competition pulls no punches.

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Carbon Telescopic Fishing Rod Kit with Reel

Carbon Telescopic Fishing Rod Kit with Reel

Everybody can gain something from a relaxing fishing trip. For father and son, it’s truly the best way to chill out and bond over a beer and the great outdoors. For a group of friends, it can easily turn into a competition to bag the biggest catch.

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SOL Original Survival Tool

SOL Original Survival Tool

This is the ultimate survival tool for active men, combining lock-blade knife, ultra-bright LED torch, a fire starter, rescue light and more. It’s an essential safety aid for any extreme sportsman, hiker or adventurer. Don’t let him out into the wild without one of these handy.

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Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Tool Kit

Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Tool Kit

This tool kit carries everything he should ever need for a spot of home DIY, and more. If he doesn’t yet know his screwdriver from his wrench, then it’s about time he learned some new skills. Fixing up the home is far cheaper when done yourself, and this gift will pay for itself.

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Landing Leathers Men's Air Force Leather Flight Bomber Jacket

Landing Leathers Men's Air Force Leather Flight Bomber Jacket

He may not be a pilot, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be Tom Cruise with this Air Force leather bomber jacket. Made from 100% leather and with authentic U.S branding, he’ll feel every bit the part wearing this jacket, which is made to the same standards as the authentic military-issue version.

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SereneLife Security Safe Box

SereneLife Security Safe Box

We tend to accumulate an awful lot of important ‘stuff’ in our lifetime. If he’s getting to the age where he can’t be without his phone, wallet or keys, then he needs somewhere secure to store them. This security safe box will keep his belongings same from any would-be thief.

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Nature's Blossom Bonsai Growing Kit

Nature's Blossom Bonsai Growing Kit

One of the most important lessons to learn is how to look after yourself. If he can keep a bonsai tree alive, then he probably stands a pretty good chance of keeping himself in shape, too. This set comes with 3 different trees to grow, just in case he kills the first one.

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Men's Rugged Flex Mud Wellington Work Boot

Men's Rugged Flex Mud Wellington Work Boot

These rugged work boots are weatherproof, waterproof and life-proof. They’re the ideal gift for any guy working in the trades, or simply for anyone who likes to throw themselves at nature. Be it working, hiking, or camping, he’ll appreciate the protection these boots offer.

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Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench

Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench

Working out at home doesn’t have to mean being restricted to a small pair of hand-held weights. This bench has all the bells and whistles of a piece of professional gym equipment, so he can get ripped in the comfort of his own home.

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Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit

Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit

When the whiskers start coming through, it’s time to invest in a razor. Electric shavers may be quick and convenient, but nothing is better than a wet shave, and every man should know the technique. This set has everything he needs for a smooth, close shave.

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Manly Indulgence Bachelor Pad Scented Candle

Manly Indulgence Bachelor Pad Scented Candle

This candle promises to have his apartment smelling like a bachelor pad once lit; don’t worry, that’s a good thing. With hints of cologne, cedarwood and freshly-groomed hair, it’ll make sure that his pad smells great even after a workout or a long day in the office.

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Flint and Steel Fire Starter Kit with English Flint

Flint and Steel Fire Starter Kit with English Flint

Our ancestors learned how to create fire from nothing. Though he may not have a need to do that any time soon, nothing is more satisfying when camping than lighting your own fire without conventional fuel. With this flint and steel kit, he can do just that.

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Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package

Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package

This military-themed crossbow comes with the whole package; with 3 arrows and a quiver, and firing0 bolts at 315 feet per second it’s just perfect for fighting off the walking dead. Or, you know, for hunting; whichever takes his fancy.

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HDE Silver Swan 10 Hole Blues Harmonica

HDE Silver Swan 10 Hole Blues Harmonica

If he really wants to impress his buddies and learn a skill that isn’t so widely seen, then buy him a harmonica for Christmas. Easily stored and super-portable, he’ll soon be playing the blues on the go. Great for campfires, or nights in the bar.

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Standing Valet Home Office Suit Organizer

Standing Valet Home Office Suit Organizer

As his collection of suits grows, he’s going to want to keep them organized and pristine, ready for the working day ahead. Rather than cramming them in amongst the fall sweaters and scarves, this home office suit organizer will keep them pressed and easily accessible.

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Handpresso Wild Hybrid French Press

Handpresso Wild Hybrid French Press

We’re willing to bet that there are many office workers who would love the power to shoot espresso from their hands on a cold winter Monday. Well, now they can. With this hand-held espresso machine, he’ll never be more than an arm’s length away from a shot of rocket fuel.

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5 USB Port High Capacity Car Charger

5 USB Port High Capacity Car Charger

Mobile phone; check. Tablet; check. GPS; check. If he has about fifty different gadgets with him at any one time, then it pays to have a way of charging them all, too. This charger sports a whopping 5 USB ports to ensure that his lifelines don’t run flat.

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Doublju Men's Wool Slim Double Breasted Trench Coat

Doublju Men's Wool Slim Double Breasted Trench Coat

The trench coat is a classic look for men who are interested in style and looking their best. Though they may not be the ideal coats for heavy rain, they’re just perfect for keeping out the cold whilst maintaining a stylish, dapper look.

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America's Great Hiking Trails Guide

America's Great Hiking Trails Guide

Road trips aren’t the only right of passage for any young man; the USA has a tonne of hidden and well-known trails that turn boys into men and challenge even the most physically fit. If he thinks he’s up to the challenge, this book has plenty to keep him busy.

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Vaultz Locking Personal File for Legal Documents

Vaultz Locking Personal File for Legal Documents

Make sure he keeps all of his important affairs in order and his identity safe, with this lockable storage for legal documents. It’s completely portable so he can easily take his work to and from home, or lock it up and forget all about it.

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Adjustable Hand Grip Strengthener

Adjustable Hand Grip Strengthener

Weightlifting is a sure-fire way to tone up the arms, but it’s all too easy easy to neglect the hands, which take a great deal of the strain. Give him a means to improve that vice grip with this pair of grip strengtheners. Exercises that you can do in front of the TV are the best kind.

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Fossil Men's Ingram Extra Capacity Trifold Wallet

Fossil Men's Ingram Extra Capacity Trifold Wallet

Wallets grow quickly. Credit cards, store receipts, voucher books, and more; it’s a struggle deciding what to keep and what to leave in the car. This wallet is extra large, without sacrificing on quality or style, so he’ll always have that loyalty card with him when he needs it.

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Magnetic Bottle Opener

Magnetic Bottle Opener

Anyone can carry a keyring bottle opener around, or store one in the kitchen drawer. This project will give him a long-lasting, mounted bottle opener, which will retain all of his caps. If he’s into craft beers with funky caps, this is a cute gift that will gain value with every bottle he drinks.

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California Basics Home Brewing 16 oz Glass Bottles – Set of 12

California Basics Home Brewing 16 oz Glass Bottles – Set of 12

When packaged with some freshly-picked berries, we think that this could make the perfect gift. He’ll just need to add liquor, berries or fruit, and sugar, and hey-presto – by next Summer, he’ll have his own homemade booze to impress the friends and family at the BBQ.

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Daveliou Calligraphy Pen Set – 12-Piece Kit

Daveliou Calligraphy Pen Set – 12-Piece Kit

Write with style using this 12-piece calligraphy set. In an increasingly digital world, remembering the origins of written word has never been more important. When he lands that new job, he’ll love having this set to sign off important letters with style.

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Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar

Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar

Packed lunches can get boring fast, which is why we recommend this thermos food vacuum. When there’s a whole heap of dinner left over from the night before, he can take a little of home into the office and keep it warm til lunchtime.

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Battery-Powered Rotating Tie and Belt Closet Organizer

Battery-Powered Rotating Tie and Belt Closet Organizer

Ties are a real favorite when it comes to buying a Christmas, father’s day or birthday gift. When he’s inundated with ties and has nowhere to store them, give him a tie organizer. It’ll keep them pressed, well-presented and tangle-free.

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13” Tactical Survival Fixed Blade Hunting Knife

13” Tactical Survival Fixed Blade Hunting Knife

If he’s into hunting or fishing, then he needs a solid, reliable blade. Complete with a sheath, this knife has a 12.5” blade and is designed in simple military green and black. Whether he’s using it out in the wild, or slicing up steaks for the BBQ, he’s guaranteed a clean cut every time.

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Men's Warm Winter Leather Driving Gloves

Men's Warm Winter Leather Driving Gloves

A cold night can turn the car into a freezer. This pair of gloves combines the comfort of leather and sheepskin to keep his hands warm whilst he drives. The design even works with touch screens, so he won’t be out of touch whilst wearing them.

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Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed 6 x 8 “

Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed 6 x 8 “

Every home should have a place to lock away the unnecessary bits and pieces when they’re not needed. This shed can be turned into storage for all of his tools or ride-on mower, or turned into a mini man cave.

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