The holiday season is officially upon us, and so we are entrenched in that excruciating annual process of trying to figure out what the heck to buy as gifts for the people we love. Well, I am glad to be the purveyor of presents, the provider of products, the giver of gift ideas for you.
This list of perfect presents are specifically for the dude-identifying guy in your life, but they are especially grand because if you live with this dude or if you hang out with this dude a lot or if you secretly just want to buy presents for yourself, you will also benefit from these products. You see, the best kinds of gifts to give are the ones that you can also enjoy.
Wow, a pizza cutter shaped like the Star Trek Enterprise is actually a brilliant idea. So many pop culture spaceships have that big, circular center! They should do this for all of them. The Enterprise works particularly well, though, because it is still easy to hold. (The Millennium Falcon would be less so.) This thing’s got a stainless steel blade, so it is made to work. It’s not just a toy. It will really cut your pizza.
This Bullet Space Pen
The bullet space pen writes in any direction. It’s sleek, it’s classy, and this one has a clip so you can always have it on you and whip it out in times of need. Bullet pens are super compact, so they’ll fit in even the tiniest of pockets (looking at you, ladies), and they write in every direction, so if you happen to find yourself in space, you won’t have to worry about the lack of gravity.
If your guy is an avid camper or even an avid attender of drive-in movies, this inflatable mattress, which is specifically designed to fit in his car, is for him. It’s a great emergency bed situation to have on hand for cross-country trips, music festivals, and things like that. It comes in three colors: blue, dark blue, or gray, and reviewers say that it is surprisingly comfortable!
This Chemex Coffee Maker
If you have a coffee drinking man in your life and he doesn’t yet have a Chemex, what is he even doing? Seriously. Ask him. This classic pour over coffee maker makes up to eight cups of deliciously rich and strong java. Not to mention it is super simple to use and offers consistent, delicious results. If you aren’t making coffee with a Chemex, you need to be.
Let loose your bathroom-bound rockstar! Admit it: You are already singing in the shower every morning or night. Maybe you prop your phone up on the sink and play music from there, but wouldn’t it be so much better if you had a speaker inside your shower? You know it would. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker comes with a metal hook (if you want to hang it off a backpack), but it’s perfect for the shower too.
This Delicious Hot Honey
OK, hear me out: You need Mike’s Hot Honey. And you need to put it on absolutely everything. I am not kidding. I once had pizza with hot honey on it, and it changed my life. Mike’s Hot Honey is the premier brand of honey infused with chili peppers to give it a spicy kick. It is your new favorite condiment, I swear. Perfect for pizza, chicken wings, ribs, biscuits, cheese, you name it!
Um, these fridge magnets are super clever and I love them a lot, especially because they look like the old-school Gameboy. The best part about these is that they are washable dry-erase boards, so they are perfect for writing down your shopping list. The minute you chug the rest of the milk, you can add it to the FreezerBoy magnet so you don’t forget to buy more next time you are at the store.
Magnets are a wonderful thing. And it seems like such a no-brainer to have a magnet attached to you when you are working with nails and screws and other tiny metal objects that can easily roll away from you and get lost. This is like, the best thing ever made. Whoever came up with this idea, to be able to have the nail you need right there on your person, deserves a medal.
It is a good idea for everyone to have a multitool, and this is one of the best ones money can buy. It may look intimidating at first, but once you get to know it, it will be the most valuable thing you own. It includes ten tools: needle nose spring-loaded pliers, a wire cutter, a fine edge blade, a retail package opener, scissors, a medium flat screwdriver, a crosshead screwdriver, a bottle opener, tweezers, and a file.
Oh my goodness, this is the perfect travel pillow for the person who travels a lot and likes to doze on the plane. I already put a hoodie up and then put my travel pillow around my neck as it is. This would eliminate the need for that hoodie! It comes in five different colors, too, so you are bound to find one that is right up the alley of the person you’re buying the gift for. (It’s you, isn’t it?)
People love this acupressure mat and pillow. If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain or even the occasional spasm, a quick 15 minutes on this thing can bring you a world of relief. It uses well-known acupuncture techniques to really put pressure on the areas of your back and your nack that will bring the most relief. So many people swear by this product, and we tend to agree that it’s kind of the best.
This Wooden Watch
A watch is quite the classic gift for a friend or family member at the holidays, but this wooden watch puts a hip, new spin on this old-fashioned gift idea. It is made of real wood and it has a genuine leather strap, making it perfect for the outdoorsy person in your life. If leather is not your thing, you can also get it with a wood strap!
These Whiskey Tumblers
Um, you will not be able to get over how fancy these whiskey glasses look. Every time you pour whiskey or bourbon into them, you will be like, “Damnnnnn! These are fancy!” They just look so good. They are also dishwasher safe, which is a fact that you just can’t beat. They come as a set of two, so your giftee will need someone to drink with…and who better than you?
This Toiletry Travel Bag
Raise your hand if you know a dude who, when he travels, stuffs his toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, and all his other toiletries into a plastic bag. Yeah, I have one of those in my life too. Dudes need to grow up and own a dedicated bag for their toiletries, and this Herschel case is the perfect one. I love Herschel — the brand is just really good, and this case comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns.
These Comfy Slippers
Memory foam slippers. They are the best. And every single person deserves a pair. Since they have a rubber sole, these slippers are perfect for lounging around the house, taking the dog out, going to get the mail, etc. They come in a bunch of different colors, patterns, and styles, but honestly, you can’t go wrong with these classic black loafers. They are the perfect holiday gift.
This little device is small but mighty. It can do a whole lot. It has a Bluetooth connection so you can stream music straight from your phone to your car’s speakers. Oh, and it has also got a built-in car locator, so you will never lose your car in a parking garage again. I know that has happened to you because it has happened to everybody.
This Winter Hat
Honestly, I want almost everything Carhartt for myself (I do own a pair of their overalls, which are amazing). This hat is no exception. If you know someone in need of a really solid, good winter cap, this is the hat for you. It comes in an insane number of colors. There are literally 27 of them, but I think my favorite might be Chili (pictured here). Whatever your guy’s style is, there’s a Carhartt winter hat for him.
Spice, spice baby! Spices are among the best gift you can give to the avid cook in your life because there are endless possibilities for using them! This set comes with five delicious, natural spice blends meant for grilling: a peppered habanero hot grill blend, a fresh bay sea blend, a burger seasoning blend, smoky southwest BBQ seasoning, and a sweet citrus pepper blend. Yum.
This Weekender Bag
No one can resist a classic, classy duffel bag, and this is just that. This is the perfect bag for a weekend trip. It will give your dude’s vacation gear an adult flair. (Believe me, it is so much better than that old L.L. Bean backpack he has been using since he was twelve years old.) And if this gray is not your preferred color, it also comes in blue, army green, coffee, dark gray, and khaki, and honestly, they all look great.
This Electric Griddle
This awesome electric griddle is perfect for the person who loves a good classic farmhouse breakfast. Not only can you use it to make eggs and pancakes in the morning, but it’s perfect for cookies, grilled cheese, and even stir fry! Of course, you will also benefit from getting this for your friend because all they are going to want to do is to cook for you!
Everyone needs a really nice notebook, and so there must be someone in your life who deserves the gift of this beautiful leather-bound journal. It is handmade in Italy, soft covered, and bound with a tie closure. Anyone would be proud to carry this around and write in it. It contains 352 cream-colored pages for all your brilliant thoughts and ideas.
This Cast Iron Cleaner
Taking care of a cast iron skillet is like taking care of a baby. It requires a lot of love and attention, and you have to clean it the right way, otherwise, it gets really upset. The Ringer is like the most heavy-duty sponge you will ever use. It is made out of stainless steel, which means it is built to last. And because it’s stainless steel, you won’t wash away any of that great flavor you worked so hard to build up in your pan.
These $27 headphones are perfect for that person who is always listening to music or podcasts but constantly inadvertently yanks their earbuds out of their ears while doing so. These are wireless, so they hook up with your phone by Bluetooth! We are truly living in the future, folks. These are especially convenient to use while exercising or running. Honestly, a pair of these will change your life.
This Back Shaver
For the particularly hirsute dude… Shaving your back or other hard-to-reach places can be super difficult and annoying, but with this genius invention, that will not be a problem anymore. It is contoured to be able to safely and effectively reach those places that were previously impossible to reach. No more awkwardly asking your wife to please shave your back. You can do it on your own from now on.
This Skin Care Set
Skin care should not be a gendered industry, but it is! So what the heck, get your dude a set of Burt’s Bees because that stuff is good. This set comes with shave cream, aftershave, body wash, hand salve, and their original beeswax lip balm. These products are made with natural moisturizers and oils like coconut oil and chamomile extract, so they will leave him feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
If you (or the person you are buying a gift for) does not have an insulated water bottle like this one, you need to rectify that situation immediately. These are so, so handy to have around, you don’t even know. The cap doesn’t ever leak so you are safe to drop these in a purse or backpack, and your mind will be blown at how cold (or hot!) these keep your beverages. Seriously, it’s insane.
This Stanley Tumbler
Stanley makes really durable tumblers that will last you a lifetime. Oh, and don’t you worry: The lid comes with a built-in bottle opener, so when you are out camping, you don’t have to worry about packing a separate one. I personally love this Hammertone Green color, but if it’s not for you, this 16 oz. tumbler also comes in crimson, navy, and matte black.
If you have a person in your life who likes to cook and is quite the fan of Star Wars, get them this Death Star kitchen timer! I know that kitchen timers seem silly because you can set timers on your phone these days, but I use mine all the time! It feels great to set it and forget it, until it goes off and you’re like, “Oh yes, My Death Star. ‘Tis ready.”
This Memory Foam Cushion
Hey, sitting all day is bad for you. Besides getting a standing desk and walking around the office at least once every hour, you should make sure that when you’re sitting down, you are being kind to your body. This one is ergonomically designed and made out of memory foam, so it’s especially beneficial if you suffer from back pain, but honestly, it’s good to have as a preventative measure.
This Grooming Kit
If your guy has a lot going on in the facial hair region of his face, there is no doubt that you will also benefit from him keeping his beard or mustache trim and moist and beautiful. This kit comes in a lovely carrying case with natural beard oil, beard balm, a brush, a comb and a fancy pair of facial hair trimming scissors. It is all he could ever need to take care of that creature on his face!
This Set of Grill Tools
Buy this for your guy or for yourself! This is the last set of tools for grilling that you will ever need. I swear, this set comes with everything! The 20-piece set includes one BBQ spatula, which is actually a 4-in-1 multitool (slotted turner, tenderizer blades, a serrated knife, and a built-in bottle opener), one fork, one basting brush, one tong, eight corn holders, four skewers, one corkscrew, and an aluminum case.