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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Men in Your Life

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Even if the men in your life don’t ask for much, you’ll still want to surprise them with something thoughtful this holiday season. From refined to quirky to traditional, one of these 11 gift ideas will make the perfect present for every guy you know.

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1. FISHERS FINERY CASHMERE HAT; $40

You can’t go wrong with a classic ribbed knit hat, but you can make his gift special by going with this cashmere option. The soft knitted material will keep your favorite guy warm, cozy, and classy for many winters to come.

Find It: Amazon

2. SCOTCH INFUSED TOOTHPICK GIFT SET; $36

After a holiday meal with family and friends, scotch-infused toothpicks offer an unexpected post-dinner treat. Soaked in a single malt scotch and kiln-fired, they’re heartier than what you’d find at the grocery store, and the smoky flavor enhances what is normally an after-meal afterthought. It’s an ideal gift for the man who likes to expect the unexpected.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. LIQUID BODY FLASK; $45

For your brother-in-law who organizes epic tailgate parties or your favorite camping buddy, consider a sophisticated-looking flask. Its smooth, shiny exterior and unique shape add interest to an everyday object. And since it’s made of stainless steel, you know it will be durable enough for all kinds of adventures.

Find It: Amazon

4. WEEKENDER BAG; $55

Make sure his overnight trips and weekend getaways are handled, thanks to the Weekender bag. Constructed from canvas and featuring thick leather straps, the Weekender brings more style and polish to a man’s travel necessities than a standard duffle bag ever could. The guy who gets this durable and functional bag will probably want to plan more trips just for an excuse to pack up and explore.

Find It: BeSpokePost

5. PERSONALIZED WHISKEY BARREL; $85 - $200

Do you know someone who has always dreamed of opening his own distillery? That’s a guy who deserves a personalized whiskey barrel. He can age whiskey to his preferred level of oak-tinged flavor in either a 2- or 5-liter barrel. Regardless of size, the smaller barrels allow the alcohol to age more quickly, so he won’t have to wait until next December to enjoy a nice drink. (And if he’s really up for a challenge, include the rum and whiskey making kit as part of the gift.)

Find It: Uncommon Goods

6. LEATHER-WRAPPED CANDLE; $23

Guys enjoy scented candles, too, especially when the candle is handmade and wrapped in rugged, distressed leather. The letters are individually hammered onto the leather, further enhancing the personal vibe. Choose from scents like Bonfire and Cabin to add a masculine feel to any home—or actual cabin.

Find It: Etsy

7. BEVEL SHAVE SYSTEM; $90 FOR STARTER KIT

Let him be his own barber with an at-home luxury shaving kit. Each shave system includes a shave brush to lather and soften hair, a safety razor, and 20 blades. On top of that, the kit’s priming oil, shave cream, and moisturizing balm help to keep his skin free of razor bumps. With this carefully curated kit, he can achieve a professional-level shave.

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8. SYMA X5C-1 EXPLORERS QUADCOPTER; $69

Raise the bar with a quadcopter. This compact ‘copter is equipped with a 6-axis gyro stabilization system, which makes its flight pattern stable and precise. That’ll come in handy when he’s taking aerial videos with the attached camera. It also features an LED light so that it can be flown at night.

Find It: Amazon

9. WOOD WATCH; $99 - $160

A wooden watch is unexpected, fashionable, and perfect for the man who wants to keep something a little different in his watch rotation. The classic design gives this accessory a classy look and the lightweight feel makes it a good choice for everyday wear, which is great for the outdoorsy type with an office job, or anyone who appreciates a stately wood-paneled room.

Find It: Etsy

10. LEGO TECHNIC PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS; $300

You won’t need to clear space in the garage for this luxury sports car. The LEGO Porsche is an impressive showpiece for the car-obsessed guy who appreciates craftsmanship and attention to detail. Each model has its own unique serial number, a working steering wheel, detailed brake calipers, and tons of other highlights, making it even more fun to catch all of the special features as the model takes shape.

Find It: Amazon

11. BEARD PACK; $40

Help the bearded and mustachioed men you know keep their facial hair lustrous with the Beard Pack. The kit contains a wash, moustache wax, and oil designed to keep facial hair well groomed and healthy. And don’t think that beards are too manly to be maintained; a mechanic designed this kit, after all. Plus, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this is how Santa always looks so polished.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

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15 Umbrellas to Keep You Dry
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Make rainy days a little more exciting with a quirky umbrella.

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1. BANANA; $18.99

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This ingenious umbrella comes with a special cover to make it look like you’re lugging around a real banana. The covers come in green and yellow, but the umbrella itself is always yellow.

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2. MAGICAL UNICORN; $36.49

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Rainy days don’t have to be dreary with this colorful, pastel umbrella. The handle is elegantly shaped like a unicorn and mane, with its gold horn sitting atop the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

3. GAME OF THRONES; $37.89

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If you’re looking for something a little tougher, a Game of Thrones-themed umbrella might be just the thing. The umbrella is adorned with the show's logo and has a special handle that looks like the hilt of Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw.

Find it: Amazon

4. LETTUCE; $14.88

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Salad lovers will want to get their hands on this special umbrella, which, when closed, mimics the look of a head of lettuce.

Find it: Amazon

5. CARROT; $15.90

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For more food-themed umbrella fun, check out this carrot-shaped umbrella. Similarly to the banana version, it comes with a protective case that resembles a carrot. When you take off the top, it reveals an orange umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

6. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR; $25.96

The Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella
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For children who love Eric Carle’s creations: a Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella. The transparent plastic allows the child to see the caterpillar design even when they’re using the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

7. DOG UMBRELLA; $16.59

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Don’t forget about your furry friends when it's raining cats and dogs. While dog rain jackets are adorable, you can also opt for a special umbrella made just for puppers. The handle is situated on top of the umbrella so you can easily hold it above your short companion. It’s also connected to a leash so you don’t have to carry two things at once.

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8. SKY; $43.95

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Opening this umbrella will have you seeing sunny skies, even in the rain. Designed by Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, it looks like a plain black umbrella until it’s opened up, revealing its colorful underbelly.

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9. STARRY NIGHT; $43.70

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If you want something a little more surreal than a boring blue sky, there’s an alternate version with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night printed on it.

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10. CAT IN SPACE; $22.56

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Strangely, the “cats in space” motif is pretty popular online. From sweaters to calendars, there’s no shortage of felines floating through the galaxy. You can also get an umbrella with the unusual design, because why not?

Find it: Amazon

11. LED UMBRELLA; $23.66

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There are a lot of futuristic gadgets in the movie Blade Runner, but some are more obtainable than others. You can actually buy the LED light umbrella seen in the movie. The battery-operated handle glows blue, which both looks cool and keeps you safe at night.

Find it: Amazon

12. BIRDCAGE; $22.99

Birdcage Transparent Clear Dome Umbrella
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Ever feel like a bird in a cage? Now you can really get that experience with this clear umbrella that looks like a birdcage. It even comes with a bird printed on the side.

Find it: Amazon

13. COLOR CHANGING UMBRELLA; $34

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It’s hard to imagine actually getting excited about going out into the rain, but with this special umbrella, you might be watching for dark clouds. The special white ink changes colors when wet, so you can go from a monochrome umbrella to a rainbow one in seconds.

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14. RABBIT; €9.03

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This simple red umbrella comes with a nice polka-dot design, but the real novelty is the carrying case. Instead of a regular sleeve, it comes with a zippered bag that’s shaped like a bunny rabbit.

Find it: Perletti

15. KATANA; $28.99

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Carrying around an umbrella can be a bit of a pain, but at least you can look cool doing it. When wrapped up, this umbrella looks like a sword slung over your back. The hilt of the katana becomes your handle when you open the umbrella up.

Find it: Amazon

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15 Amazing Notebooks to Inspire You to Write More
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It can be hard to get started writing, but when you're using one of these awesome notebooks, you’ll at least be tempted to jot something down (especially with the right pencil).

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1. STAR TREK CAPTAIN’S LOG; $7.95

A lot can happen on a mission, so it’s important to keep a thorough captain’s log to help you remember it all. Trekkies will love writing their notes in this 64-page themed notebook, which is about the size of a passport and slides easily into a pocket.

Find it: Amazon

2. WONDERLAND PASSPORT; $7.95

It's unlikely Alice would have had an easier time exploring Wonderland if she'd had the proper paperwork, but this notebook modeled to look like a passport will please any literary bureaucrats you know.

Find it: Amazon

3. TREE TRUNKS; $9.17

Write down all your most outdoorsy thoughts in these notebooks, which have covers that look like different tree barks—and are textured to feel just like real trees. The 96-page books are made with FSC certified wood and recycled paper.

Find it: Amazon

4. LEFTYBOOKS; €9.50

Most of the notebooks designed for lefties are pretty basic. Not Leftybooks, which are made specifically with left-handed people in mind and are plenty of fun, too: Writers can choose from covers with fun designs like marble, feathers, cereal, and more.

Find it: Imborrable

5. MICROWAVEABLE BOOKS; $23.57

Your mother probably told you not to put non-food items in the microwave, but we’re here to tell you to put your notebook in there—or at least this one specific kind. The Rocketbook is a handy notepad that’s reusable: After filling it with notes and doodles taken with a Pilot FriXion pen, pop the notebook in the microwave. When the pen's ink hits 140°F, it turns invisible, rendering the the pages clean and ready for another use. You can microwave the notebook up to five times before you have to get a new one. Writers who want to keep their notes can download an accompanying app that will send your notes to the cloud service of your choice.

Find it: Amazon

6. TABLE TENNIS NOTEBOOKS; $20

When you have this set of notebooks, you and a friend can play table tennis anywhere. Two books act as paddles—they even have textured rubber on their covers, just like actual paddles—while the third book serves as the net. There’s also a scorecard on the inside of the books to keep track of your games, plus 100 pages in each for recording tactics and strategies.

Find it: Amazon

7. ETCH-A-SKETCH; $13.49

This may seem like an ordinary Etch-a-Sketch, but it’s really a notebook in disguise. Open it up and discover 200 blank, unlined pages waiting to be filled. The two white dials are secretly erasers, since shaking it won’t work this time.

Find it: Amazon

8. LENTICULAR MARIO BROTHERS; $7.61

The lenticular cover of this notebook features everyone’s favorite Koopa-killing plumber; Mario jumps up to activate a question mark block as you open and close the book. Inside, you can find 200 lined pages with grey illustrations along the bottom.

Find it: Amazon

9. R2-D2; $11.99

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Jot down your screenplay ideas in this officially-licensed i>Star Wars R2-D2 Journal. The end papers are decorated with even more R2, and there are 240 unlined pages waiting to be filled.

Find it: ThinkGeek

10. COLORING BOOK NOTEBOOK; $21.95

If you hit a wall while writing, take a coloring break—and with this fun notebook, you don’t even have to change books when you make the switch. The hardcover book lies flat when you open it, making it easier to color every inch of the 50 pages that feature illustrations (the notebook has 176 total pages).

Find it: Coloring Notebook

11. DECOMPOSITION; VARIOUS PRICES

Decomposition Notebooks are a lot like regular notebooks, but these are made with recycled paper—and they’re absolutely adorable. The fun designs vary from dinosaurs to feline cosmonauts. Each book is made with soy-ink and contains no chlorine, so it can be recycled again.

Find it: Amazon

12. RAINBOW PAGES; FROM $28.45

Your notes will look beautiful when jotted down on pastel paper—especially when that paper is also handbound in colorful leather. The 120-page A6 journal can be purchased with either lined or blank sheets.

Find it: Etsy

13. SUSHI CATS; $5.99

When picking out just the right notebook, why not choose one covered in sushi cats? You can even get matching puffy sushi cat stickers to put on it.

Find it: Amazon

14. LEGO MOLESKINE; $17.92

If you love building with LEGO bricks, pick up this Moleskine notebook. The black hardcover comes with a fancy LEGO design and a real LEGO plate. Inside, you can find two sheets of LEGO stickers.

Find it: Amazon

15. INSPIRATION PAD; €11

Created by a Brussels-based design and advertising firm, this notebook is meant to break the norm of traditionally lined paper. The Inspiration Pad features a different pattern on each page: You can watch as the lines warp and shift in spirals, slopes, and waves. The notebooks are available in yellow, brown, or blue and can be shipped internationally.

Find it: TM Shop

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