11 Thoughtful Gifts for the Men in Your Life

Chances are you know a guy who is impossible to shop for. Have no fear: One of these gifts will surely have you covered.

1. Swanky Badger Personalized Decanter Set

With your guy’s name personalized on this handsome whiskey decanter, there’s no question whose booze is whose. The 850 milliliter container can hold more than an entire bottle of whiskey and comes with a set of customized glasses, etched in a stylish script.

Find It at Etsy for $45.

2. Table Top Cornhole


Uncommon Goods

Now, everybody can play this backyard classic all year long. The kit comes with eight mini bean bags and a pair of diving board-like “launchers” that send each volley soaring. According to the description on Uncommon Goods, “Adjustable launch pads accommodate all skill levels from beginners to seasoned pros.”

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $45.

3. Jean-Michel Basquiat Gold Crown T-Shirt

 JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT GOLD CROWN T-SHIRT
MoMA Design Store

Brooklyn’s Jean-Michel Basquiat began making graffiti when he was a teenager—and his work immediately caught people’s attention. Today, Basquiat's work is seen “as a bridge between graffiti and the gallery,” as the MoMa Design Store points out, with multiple pieces preserved in renowned art institutes. Pay homage to the king of street art with this attention-grabbing, 100 percent cotton t-shirt.

Find It at MoMA Design Store for $12.

4. Timex NKQ Nylon Strap Watch

TIMEX NYLON STRAP WATCH
Nordstrom

This classic “military-inspired” watch, which comes equipped with a domed face and a durable nylon strap, is the Swiss Army Knife of timepieces: handy in all situations, and perfect for the office and the outdoors.

Find It at Nordstrom for $89.

5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

WHAT IF? SCIENTIFIC HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
Amazon

Written by the creator of the popular webcomic XKCD, this book answers everybody's deepest shower thoughts: What would happen if you hit a baseball thrown at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can I drive over a speed bump? Can I create a jetpack with a bunch of donward-firing machine guns? (You know, the important stuff.)

Find It at Amazon for $14 and at these other retailers:

6. Montem Ultra-Strong Trekking Poles

Montem Trekking Poles
Montem

If he’s ever twisted his ankle in the wilderness or simply had a hard time hobbling down a mountainside, he’ll know how useful a pair of reliable trekking poles can be. (Sure, walking sticks are free—but they’re heavy and break easily.) Not only are these rugged trekking poles affordable, they were also rated the best by the product-testers at Wirecutter.

Find It at these retailers:

7. Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch
Amazon

With the Nintendo Switch, he can play games anywhere! The hybrid console can be docked into a tablet, played on a standalone tabletop mode, or connected to a television like a traditional video game console. (The two new “Joy-Con” controllers means he has to share with you, too.)

Find It at Amazon for $300 and at these other retailers:

8. Carcassonne

CARCASSONNE
Amazon

Named for the fortified city in Aude, France, Carcassonne is a tile-based board game that compels players to build their own medieval civilizations. With straightforward rules and endless possibilities, he’ll be talking about “meeples” in no time.

Find It at Amazon for $18 and also at these other retailers:

9. Bubble Wrap Calendar

Bubble Wrap Calendar
Amazon

Have him kick off each morning by crushing it. Like, literally crushing it. With this 4-foot tall calendar, he can keep track of the days and release any pent-up aggression. (It comes with bonus bubbles for rough days that deserve a little extra pop.)

Find It at Amazon for $25 and also at these other retailers:

10. Homemade Gin Kit

Homemade Gin Kit
Uncommon Goods

It’s illegal to make gin at home, so unless he wants a visit from the ATF, don’t let him do it. Instead, give him this “gin-making” kit—which uses vodka as a base and supplies you with juniper berries and mixed spices—to make a aromatic, tasty, and legal tipple.

Find It at Uncommon Goodsfor $50 and also at these retailers:

11. I Ate Some Pi Plates

Pi Plates
Uncommon Goods

Does he love math, pie, and puns? This sturdy yet nerdy set of 7-inch ironstone plates is the perfect addition to any number-lover’s China closet.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $42.

This E-Ink Android Tablet Feels Like Real Paper

Tablets are designed to make life more convenient: They let you take notes, play games, and surf the web from a device the size of a notebook. But even in the digital age, some people have trouble letting go of the old-school feeling of pen and paper. With E-PAD, a new e-ink Android tablet, you don't have to choose between one or the other.

The E-PAD e-ink tablet debuted on Kickstarter on March 26, and with a little over a week to go in its crowdfunding campaign, it's already raised over $340,000. The WiFi-connected and 4G-compatible gadget has the same features as a conventional tablet: You can use it to play music, read e-books, and send emails. But when you want to sketch or write something, E-PAD offers something most tablets can't.

Using your finger or the stylus, you can treat E-PAD like a real paper notebook. The glare-free surface of the screen mimics the texture of paper, giving you the same friction you'd get from scribbling something on a page. The display is sensitive enough to detect the pressure of your hand and adjust your pen strokes accordingly. Whether you're writing a to-do list, signing your name, or sketching a self-portrait, the device translates your unique style into a digital document.

Writing in an E-PAD also has some advantages over using a notebook. If you make a mistake you can undo it just like you would in a word processor—or redo it if you change your mind. You can also use the tablet to jot down notes directly onto digital texts, like e-books and legal documents. And if you prefer writing out notes by hand but can't decode your own handwriting, the E-PAD will convert your words to text.

The E-PAD is set to retail for $699, but it's currently available on Kickstarter for $449. You can pledge to the campaign now to receive it in August of this year.

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Turn Coffee Time Into Play Time With This LEGO-Compatible Mug

The magic of LEGO is that it can make anything more fun—even mornings. If you're looking to get the creative juices flowing while you caffeinate, this build-on brick mug might do the trick.

While the mug itself isn't made by LEGO, it’s compatible with LEGO and K'NEX Bricks, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, and Kre-O blocks, and it also comes with its own bricks. Basically, almost any buildable brick or block sets that you have lying around the house could be incorporated into your morning routine. The manufacturer, Fubarbar, also says it’s "a good way to spend boring conference calls" (but you didn’t hear that suggestion from us).

Most importantly, the cups are fully functional. Made of BPA-free plastic, these 12-ounce mugs are suitable for hot beverages like coffee or tea, as well as cold beverages. Just don't try to stick them in the microwave.

The mug comes in eight colors, and you can get it on Amazon for $11.75.

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