Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Five Gifts for Guys

For the last four or five years in a row, we've gotten one of my brothers-in-law in the holiday present draw. He's really hard to shop for because he doesn't really have interests, he buys himself everything he really needs, and we just don't know him that well. Here are some gift ideas for the man who seems to have it all.  Our limit is $50, so everything here will be around that or lower.

1. Mini Drone with Camera ($39.99 from Amazon)
My husband has vetoed this because he concerned about privacy issues, airspace issues, and danger (honest to goodness conversation we had: "What if it flies into a plane engine?" "It's not going to go higher than fifty feet." "But what about a crop duster?" "I'm no longer talking to you."), BUT it's really just a remote controlled toy for a grown up. Who wouldn't like that (except for my husband)?

2. Victorinox Swisscard Lite Pocket Tool ($26.69 from Amazon)
It is the size of a credit card and fits in your wallet. It has thirteen tools, an LED light, and I kind of want one, too, even though I'm not a guy.

3. Case Mini Copper Lock Knife ($50 from Guideboat)
Am I the only one who gets really excited when my husband pulls out a pocket knife to do something? I think it's an attractive feature of men that they always have these handy doodads in their pockets. Anyway, a pocket knife is my all around go to gift for men.

4. GustBuster Umbrella ($39.95 from Amazon)
Nobody wants to buy an umbrella on his own. It's just not something you do unless you're caught in a rainstorm without one.  But a man with a nice umbrella on a rainy day has a classy look to him. GustBuster is a well-known brand with a good reputation.  Do your random male relative a favor and give him this gift. He may not ooh and aah over it on Christmas Day, but he'll use it.

(If you have a higher budget, the London Undercover umbrellas are gorgeous. For the mere price of 115 pounds, you can have this handmade bumbershoot, made right in London.)

5. A nice roller ball pen (this is a Lamy All-Star from Paradise Pens for $42)

My husband loves his roller ball so much. Again, from a strictly aesthetic angle, these pens are much better looking than a ballpoint pen, especially if you just grab the nearest Bic. And it's the gift that keeps on giving - you need to give him ink and cartridge refills every year!


  1. I bought the Swisscard for my nephew last year and his girlfriend stole it on Christmas Day. I kept asking him for weeks to show it to me and he would say she still had it. I was so angry.

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