8 Gifts the Man in Your Life Really Wants
If you want some sure fire hits for that special man in your life, whether it be your husband, dad, boyfriend, teacher, or taekwondo instructor, you can't go wrong with the following gift choices. Some of these might not be for city dwellers, but there’s plenty to choose from here. I have either received, purchased, or used these items personally and can vouch for their awesomeness. Okay a few are on my Christmas list, but they are still awesome. (See also: 20 Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything)
Every man needs a head lamp. Honestly I think everyone could benefit from a head lamp — not just the guys. I received the Petzl e+LITE from my good friend who works at REI, so he knows his outdoor gear. This is an impressive piece of gear. It sports 3 white LEDs that can burn out your retina in approximately 45 milliseconds. It also has a red LED to avoid enemy detection when you are in the bush. And this thing is so tiny you can wear it like a headband (or my preferred method where it clips right on to your baseball hat). Finally it runs off of CR2032 lithium batteries that have a shelf life of 10 years.
Let’s face it, when it comes to mobile computing there are times when you need much more than a trackpad. When you’re playing Call of Duty (I mean working on your Pivot Charts) the use of a full blown mouse is terribly useful. If you’ve got large hands, those tiny portable mice are a trip to the Hand Surgeon waiting to happen. Enter the Microsoft Arc Mouse. This bad boy is regular mouse size. Oh and did I mention that it folds? It folds up to hold its tiny USB adapter that you plug into your laptop for wireless mousing bliss. Perfect for all of your late night fragging (I mean number crunching). (See also: The 5 Best Computer Mice)
I don’t think much else needs to be said about this device. It is the veritable swiss army knife of the personal gadget world. I love mine.
For that man in your life who likes his Martinis shaken not stirred, give him the gift he has always wanted — a Walther CP99 Compact Air Pistol just like James Bond’s, minus the 9mm ammunition. This bad boy uses CO2 cartridges and standard .177 BBs. Slap in the 18-shot BB magazine and he’s ready to go. Look out Dr. No, he’s armed now.
Digital Clock Kit
If your guy is an electronics nut who enjoys firing up the soldering iron from time to time, you can’t go wrong with this Ice Tube Clock Kit. Harken back to the cold war with this kit that utilizes a Russian Display Tube to project your clock digits. Frankly most anything from Adafruit is awesome.
Tauntaun Sleeping Bag
What guy wouldn’t love to recreate Luke’s time on Hoth by cutting his way into his own Tauntaun Sleeping Bag for a snuggly night’s sleep? With details like a lightsaber zipper pull and printed internal intestines, your jedi in training will thank you.
I hope my wife is reading this one, as I didn’t add it to my list in time, but the folks over at Black and Decker have come up with the MSW100 Ready Wrench. In one socket wrench you get 16 of the most popular sockets combining both metric and standard in one tool. I’ve handled this in the store and it is so choice. This one should be available at most any big box hardware store for you last minute shoppers, and it’s so new there’s little chance he already has it, even if he’s a tool hog like myself.
Man’s Pocket Knife
I know you think those little swiss army knives are cute, but if you want to get him something he’ll really want you’ll score the SOG FSA-98 Flash II. This one is half serrated and half straight which is perfect for whittling, hacking through branches, or picking your teeth. I wouldn’t call it a switch blade, but it’s “assisted” so you can have it out ready to work fast. SOG makes a lot of knives for the military. They are extremely well made and should last a lifetime.
Good luck and Happy Holidays.