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Shopping for men is infinitely harder than shopping for women. Men may disagree, but they’d be wrong. I have to admit that, for the most part, it seems to me that men mostly like boring things. My evidence for this is the number of men I know who seem to only be interested in beer and tech accessories. Also, if you look at most men’s gift guides, they are full of leather thises and thats and beer paraphernalia. My hope is that this guide will provide an antidote to the boredom (at least yours, if not his).
I really love this watch from Ted Baker. I love its clean design and the brightness of the face and case. The contrast stitching and loop add a dose of fun. If I were a guy, I’d be very excited to receive this as a gift (and that’s what matters, isn’t it?).
This turntable available from Nordstrom has a fun retro feel and it comes in a number of colors, so there’s bound to be something that will suit just about any man’s taste.
This wallet from Paul Smith is great. From the outside it looks like a classic black wallet, but on the inside, it has Paul Smith’s signature stripe design. It’s super cute and fun, but in a manly sort of way.
Vintage Cocktails is excellent. I actually bought this for my husband years ago. It’s full of simple and authentic recipes for classic cocktails and has gorgeous photos. We’ve never been failed by a recipe from this book.
This tool from The Gentleman’s Hardware is a credit card sized multi-tool designed to fit in a wallet. Believe it or not, It has eleven tools. This is a great option for a stocking stuffer or for someone you don’t have a large budget for.
Pottery Barn’s snazzy cocktail shaker has a moscow mule inspired design and is made from copper and stainless steel. You can add a monogram for $9.50 to make it extra special.
These whiskey stones are made from granite and provide a way to chill your drink without diluting it. This is the nicest looking set I’ve seen and I love that it comes with a little tray.
Here is my one beer gift: a beer making kit. This kit provides everything you need to make a gallon of beer yourself. It also gives you an attractive way to keep everything organized and you can choose Rye IPA or Amber Ale.
This blutetooth tracking tag is one of my favorite items on this list despite its practicality. It’s a tag that syncs with your phone and enables you to find whatever it’s attached to with your phone. I need these in my life.
The wood finish on this travel mug make it handsome and manly. I’m always happy when I find ordinary and practical objects that are also aesthetically pleasing. This is another great stocking stuffer or small budget gift.
This lovely shaving set from Baxter of California includes a double edged safety razor, a silver tip badger brush, and a stand. My husband, my father, and my brother-in-law have all switched to using safety razors and say they are superior to the multiblade razors we’re all used to. One nice thing about them is that once you make the switch, you just have to buy replacement blades and they are very inexpensive. This set has brass handles, is nickel plated and finished in chrome.
Last, but not least, I have a bar cart! I’m pretty sure Mark, my husband, would just about die of happiness if I got him one this Christmas. They are not toddler friendly, so I’m afraid he’ll have to wait. If the one I have pictured above is a bit dear, I found a less expensive one from Pier One that I think is very snazzy looking. I also found a rustic one if you need one that looks a bit manlier.
And that’s it! I hope this assortment of non-boring items helps you in your shopping efforts for all the men on your list.
If you haven’t already, you can check out my gift guide for her to get ideas for the women on your list too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!