We’re getting a little tired of hearing about how hard it is to shop for people. Of course it’s hard – if it was easy to figure out what special thing would totally change a guy’s life, he would have already bought it for himself. So instead of complaining, why don’t we all start sucking it up and embracing the challenge? Here are a few cool gift ideas for guys that won’t cost you more than $50.
Guy Gift Idea #1 – Crystal Head Skull Decanter
This guy likes the look of Crystal Head, but really doesn’t like vodka (or maybe just really doesn’t like Dan Aykroyd for some reason). In that case, pick up this skull-shaped decanter for him. It’s got the same crystal skull motif going on, but he can fill it with whatever kind of alcohol he prefers to imbibe. (Price: $12.99 BUY)
Guy Gift Idea #2 – Gentleman’s Hardware Shoe Shine Kit
Any guy worth his salt should be taking care of his footwear. Maybe he already is and just ran out of supplies, or maybe he isn’t and needs a gentle nudge in the right direction. Either way, the Gentleman’s Hardware Shoe Shine Kit is the present he needs. Inside the zippable case are shoe brushes, two sets of shoe polish and a cloth. (Price: $29.61 BUY)
Guy Gift Idea #3 – Manready Mercantile Grandad’s Leather Treatment
Manready Mercantile is exactly what you’d expect from that name – a small business built on values, honesty, hard work and high quality, small batch products. Grandad’s Leather Treatment is a great gift for the man’s man. It’s a 100% all-natural mink oil treatment that will give his tough leather goods a new lease on life (just don’t put it on suede or delicate leather because, as the site notes, it “aint’ for foo foo stuff”). (Price: $30.00 BUY)
Guy Gift Idea #4 – Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Ambassador
The Swiss Army Knife is an old-school gift that still comes in handy. No matter how many apps they invent for the iPhone, we’re pretty sure it’s never going to include scissors, tweezers, a toothpick, a nail file or a knife. Simple but sophisticated, the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife isn’t going out of style no matter how smart our smartphones get. (Price: $37.00 BUY)
Guy Gift Idea #5 – Fuck It Flask
Sometimes all you need is a drink and a bit of cursing to make a bad day look a little brighter. And what could be better than combining both of those things into one, with this profanity-laced flask? Nest makes all kinds of unique gifts and home accents, but this funny flask is our favourite. It’s guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. (Price: $28.00 BUY)
Guy Gift Idea #6 – AViiQ Sleek Leather Document Folio
As airlines continue to crack down on heavy baggage with exorbitant fees, flyers are scrambling to lighten their loads. A frequent business traveller will appreciate the Sleek Leather Document Folio from AViiQ. It’s a slim and flexible solution to the problem that is practical, professional and secure (and it looks good, to boot). (Price: $59.95 BUY) – Okay, this one is a touch over $50, but it was too nice not to include.
Guy Gift Idea #7 – HoldFast Leather Camera Leash
If he fancies himself the next Terry Richardson or Mario Testino, try the Camera Leash by HoldFast Gear. The 15.3” camera attachment strap is made of English bridle leather with a split ring on one end and a nickel plated D-ring on the other. It’s a versatile accessory that can be used as a camera wrist strap, as a key ring, or as part of an elaborate structure for carting around even more gear. (Price: $50.00 BUY) – My personal favourite.
Guy Gift Idea #8 – Waring Pro Wine Aerator
For the classy, refined gentleman (or maybe just the snooty asshole who thinks he’s better than everyone else), there’s the Professional Wine Aerator from Waring Pro. Just place the aerator on a glass, pour and serve – it automatically mixes the proper amount of air into the wine at the right pace, enhancing the flavour and bouquet of his favourite grapes while eliminating the wait of the traditional decanting process. (Price: $24.95 BUY) – Perhaps a good one for Dad.