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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Men in Your Life

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Whether it's your brother, father, boyfriend, or friend, chances are there’s at least one guy on your gift list this year. Here are 11 clever gift ideas for the men in your life.

1. BEER CADDY WITH BOTTLE OPENER; $45

This handcrafted beer caddy is perfect for the guy who just can’t choose between his favorite brews. Made from reclaimed redwood beams found in San Francisco, this caddy is the perfect vehicle for a trendy assortment of craft IPAs. The attached bottle opener ensures that he’ll always be prepared to party.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

2. BOOK T-SHIRT; $34

These literary lithograph t-shirts are created entirely from the text of a classic book and hand-pressed to order in the color of your choice. The shirts display an average of 40,000 words—about the same length as a short novel. Whether your guy is a Hemingway devotee or a Vonnegut fan, you should have no problem finding a shirt that suits his intellectual fancy.

Find it: Lithographs

3. PRO-JECT TURNTABLE; $300

There are thousands of music gadgets and services on the market today, but sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics. This sleek turntable consists of a frame of sturdy and lightweight particle board with a 8.6-inch tone arm made from aluminum with sapphire bearings. Its motor control reduces unwanted vibration, and the platter bearing’s stainless steel spindle and bronze bushing ensure low friction. Both newbies and seasoned vinyl collectors will be able to appreciate a sound that smooth.

Find it: Amazon

4. HOMIDO VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET; $100

What do you get for the guy who owns every game and console in existence? Help him get ahead of the curve with this virtual reality headset from Homido. Users can insert their smartphones and strap on the wireless goggles for an immersive, 360-degree entertainment experience.

Find it: Amazon

5. KEYBOARD WAFFLE IRON; $85

This keyboard waffle iron raises the breakfast bar to new levels of nerdy deliciousness. It even comes with a booklet of 20 waffle batter recipes you can press into a computer-inspired package.

Find it: The Keyboard Waffle Iron

6. SNEAKER CUSTOMIZATION KIT; $45

Encourage the man in your life to explore his artistic side with this sneaker customization paint kit. Each set comes with sneaker wipes, a customization guide, a paintbrush, and five containers of white, black, red, yellow, and blue paint. The paint works perfectly on your guy’s leather Nikes or his canvas Chuck Taylors, and has been proven to resist water as well as wear and tear.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

7. USB FLASH DRIVE CUFFLINKS; $80

Guarantee that your guy shows up to the office both stylish and prepared. The cufflinks, made of rhodium-plated base metal with a gunmetal finish, double as USB drives that store up to 4GB of data.

Find it: Cufflinks

8. PORTABLE TABLE TENNIS SET; $45

The party goes wherever he goes. This portable table tennis set includes a net that collapses into a compact package and paddles that feature retractable handles for easy storage. In addition to the net, two paddles, and two balls, the set comes with a drawstring pouch so everything can fit into a backpack with room to spare.

Find it: Amazon

9. BALLPARK BLUEPRINTS; $185

Baseball season won’t be back in full swing for another few months, but until then you can satisfy your man’s sports craving with one of these framed ballpark blueprints. The 12 by 18.5-inch digital prints feature the gorgeous designs of America’s best ballparks, like Fenway, Citi Field, and Camden Yards. Each illustration is accompanied by design specs and highlights from that stadium’s history.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

10. NARRATIVE CLIP WEARABLE CAMERA; $133


The pressure to capture life’s best moments on film is a feeling everyone can relate to. With this wearable camera from Narrative, all users need to do is clip it on and let the device do the rest. The camera automatically snaps candid photos every minute and is capable of storing up to 6000 pictures at a time. Weighing in at less than an ounce, it will be easy for the man in your life to forget he’s even wearing one.

Find it: Amazon

11.1800 EA7 X KEITH HARING; $30

Satisfy his need for great taste and style with these special edition 1800 tequila bottles, decorated by the late street artist Keith Haring. A limited amount of the bottles are adorned with six of his original designs, part of the company's Essential Artist series.

Find it: Reserve Bar

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