Everyone has an idea of the standard go-to’s as far as gifts for men go (the same applies for women’s gifts, but that is for a different article).  You might think to get him a nice watch, or a classy bracelet if that is his style.  You might think to get him a bottle of Scotch, Bourbon, or Whiskey.  You might get him a jersey for his favorite sports team, or some new standard athletic wear.  You might even want to get him a massage.  All of these gifts are great, and most guys I know would be very happy.  However, as a gift giver, I am sure that you want to give him something that sets you apart, or feels less “boiler-plate”.  Here are some things he has probably never received before, for our tech loving gents, to our class loving gents, to our woodsy gents, to our gents who enjoy releasing their inner nerd.

  • 1) Air BnB Gift Card

  • Who: The Traveler or Adventurer
  • The ability, nay, the requirement, to get away for a weekend. AirBnB may sound like an odd gift, but it's basically a pass to stay anywhere you want, on any weekend you choose. And some of the places up for grabs on AirBnB are mind-boggling, from castles to log cabins.
  • Get it Here
  • Price Range: Up to you!
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2) Bluetooth Gloves

  • Who: The Techie Gent
  • Good for the people who have (maybe too much) experience with those temperatures below which your fingers just do not function well enough to use your phone.  For these people, these bluetooth gloves might actually be the best gift of the season, you literally speak through your fingers, and of course are also touchscreen compatible, so you never have to take them off.
  • Get it Here
  • Price Range: $45 - $55

3) FREY

  • Who: The Classy Gent
  • Glossing over the fact this is our brand and the not-so-subtle plug... Objectively this is an exceptional product and gift idea that many people haven’t heard of despite some of our great press.  Everyone gets clothing for the holidays, what better accompaniment than an awesome brand that creates products designed to protect your clothing?  It is safer for your clothing, has scents inspired by the top men’s fragrances, and 10% of all profits are donated to charity.
  • Get it at FreyForMen.com:
  • Price Range: $8 - $20
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4) Masterclass

  • Who: The “Further-myself” Gent
  • For those who are always striving for self improvement and becoming the best version of themselves, these are no ordinary online classes, but online video tutorials from top professionals designed to help people that already know how to do something well, and teach them to do something excellently.  Taught by true masters of their trade, such as Serena Williams for tennis, Christina Aguilera for singing, Kevin Spacey for acting, and Deadmau5 for electronic music production, these classes will be an experience of a lifetime that you will not find anywhere else.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $90

5) Brookstone Remote Control Pillow

  • Who: The Techie Gent
  • I am not sure how this is functionally revolutionary, but it is a randomly awesome idea, which is exactly something that a lot of guys are really into.  They claim that it is a way to never lose your remote, which is probably very true unless you have a remote control 20 times the normal size.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $26 - $36
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6) Campfire Cologne

  • Who: The Woodsy Gent
  • As amazing as it smells, this is not actually cologne in the sense that you wear it.  It is similar to an incense which you light, and it brings the nostalgic, relaxing, sensual experience of a campfire into your own home (or wherever you are). They have a number of scents, and extremely short quirky videos showing you how to use each.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $12 - $15

7) Personalized Whiskey Glasses

  • Who: The Classy Gent
  • You can buy someone a nice bottle of whiskey, and they may very much enjoy it.  However, if they drink it to enjoy it, then it will sadly only last temporarily.  However, buying someone a nice set of whiskey or scotch glasses will be something they can enjoy for years even while using them frequently.  Adding the personalized touch just takes the thought a little further into making it something special just for them.  There are a lot of places you can find these online, but Etsy is a good place to start.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $25 - $200
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8) Chromecast

  • Who: The Techie Gent
  • This device plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, and allows you to stream audio and video from any compatible device wirelessly.  However, you can still use the device to do other functions (e.g. you don’t have to stop watching a video from your phone to answer a text).
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $25 - $40

9) Harry’s

  • Who: The Classy Gent
  • This company makes some very high quality shaving products at a very reasonable price when you sign up for a subscription.  It’s like a higher quality version of “Dollar Shave Club”, and you feel the quality when you use it.  You can choose what types of packages, razors, and frequencies the blades are received in, and they have a number of products available.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $2 - $35
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10) Magic Wand Remote Control

  • Who: The Nerdy Gent
  • They claim to be the world’s first “real” magic wand.  For those Harry Potter lovers, don’t expect to be warding off dementors with Patronus charms anytime soon, but you can use this wand to control your TV, or any other home entertainment system.  It comes nestled in a “faux dragonhide” box, so you know it’s legit.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $65 - $75
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11) Light my Fire Titanium Spork

  • Who: The Woodsy Gent
  • An extremely durable combination of a spoon and a fork which has a classy, somewhat satisfying feel to it.  It is easy to clean and reuse over and over again for almost any situation.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $10 - $15

12) Personalized Superhero Action Figures

  • Who: The Nerdy Gent
  • Help them engage their inner superhero.  Whether they fantasize themselves to be Batman, Superman, or Thor, this goofy gift could very well end up on their shelf for years.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $30 - $80

13) Star Wars Origami

  • Who: The Nerdy Gent
  • Star Wars… the classic movie which almost all guys have a love for.  This is a cheap way to give them something to entertain themselves, as long as you don’t mind a bunch of little folded star wars figurines everywhere.
  • Get it Here: 
  • Price Range: $10 - $15

14) Survival Bracelet

  • Who: The Woodsy Gent
  • More than just a rugged, rustic bracelet made of 16 feet of braided paracord (useful by itself), this bracelet has a fire starter.  Hopefully you will never have to pull any “Man vs. Wild” stunts, but an outdoorsy fashionable bracelet that also has this little nifty potentially life-saving utility will be very much appreciated.
  • Get it here:
  • Price Range: $8 - $10
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15) Take Lessons

  • Who: The “Further-myself” Gent
  • For people that aspire to try something new, here is a site that helps you find a teacher for almost anything and everything.  Unlike the MasterClass mentioned before, from this site you can be a complete beginner, but still learn theatre, improv acting, writing, instruments, or even test taking.  This site has it all and helps you find people locally to meet in person, or find someone online.
  • Get it Here:
  • Price Range: $20 - $120

Obviously, there are a ton of other great and unique gift ideas out there, but this can give you a starting point with things that the guy in your life may love.  If you are still searching, know that you can personalize almost anything these days, and it can change a gift they like into a gift they love.  Happy holidays to everyone!

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