Happy Holidays and welcome to the first annual BrandFlair Most Manly Holiday Gifts list. Woot! Men are notoriously hard to shop for and when we are asked what we want we usually reply with the usual shrug of the shoulders and “I Dunno.”
The fact is men want manly gifts. Stuff that we think is cool but that everyone else just doesn’t understand. So if you need help shopping for your man take a look through this list and pick out a manly gift for the holidays or any special occasion. Chances are if you think it is weird, he will love it!
Please note that I have linked each gift using Amazon Associates and will donate all proceeds from any BrandFlair Most Manly Holiday Gifts purchases to Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, Texas to help support their fabulous efforts rescuing, caring for, and placing cats and dogs into good homes here in Central Texas. We are looking to adopt a new fuzzy friend from them and it is a wonderful organization if you wish to make a donation.
The BrandFlair Manly Holiday Gift List Revealed on The Bruce Sallan Show!
1. Grillin’ & Chillin’ – Smoker and BBQ Gear
Men love food. We love cooking it, serving it and eating it. These four gift ideas are taken from my “Tasty Tips for Fantastic Home Barbecue” post and all are winners. I personally have this Weber Smokey Mountain and Chimney Starter (two actually) and have the gloves and book on my personal manly gift list.
2. Kitchen Gear – Margaritas and Mangos
Yes beer is manly but how many pint glass set do guys really want and need. This margarita machine will crank out fun frozen drinks in the man cave (type and strength is up to you). Margaritas are not manly you say? Not true. Like any good cocktail it is all in the recipe. The mango cutter is something that I picked up and seriously use all the time. Go buy a mango from the store and try cutting it with a knife. You will quickly understand the value in this kitchen tool. Plus it works (unlike apple cutters) and mangos are awesome!
3. Build Stuff – Lego Desk Calendar
During our family trip to Disneyland I found this in the Lego shop. Men love to build things, loved Lego as boys and we never need another desk calendar ever again. I have mine on my desk here at Dell and rebuild it every month. Crazy and cool!
4. Skate Tough – Longboard, Kahuna Big Stick, Chuck Taylors and Helmet
I loved skating when I was younger and still have my board and Chuck Taylors. Classic shoes for a classic sport. Cool thing about this gear is you can get a great workout while chilling out and cruising through the streets. Any man can kick back and enjoy this gear and of course real men wear helmets!
5. iTunes..NOT! – AC/DC Essentials
Fact: AC/DC rules.
Fact: Angus Young is the Honey Badger of Rock n’ Roll.
Fact: You will not find any AC/DC albums or songs on iTunes.
This is because Angus and crew do not believe that the albums should be broken up and songs sold as singles. They also don’t need to sell their music on iTunes. These are the four albums I would buy for your man to rip into his iPod. If you have to pick one…get Back in Black.
6. Protecting His Pack – VueZone (#DadChat Sponsored Item)
Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan) adds this gem to this years list. One of Bruce’s favorite gift ideas for the season is the VueZone personal video network, a wireless monitoring system that enables families to stay connected to their homes, kids, and pets from anywhere at any time. In a nutshell, VueZone is a system of miniature cameras that stream live video to your smartphone or any PC or Mac. From dads who want to see their families while traveling for business or want to make sure kids are doing their homework while they are out running errands, VueZone makes video monitoring simple.
7. Manly Shows – The Band of Brothers/The Pacifc & The Walking Dead
The Band of Brothers is a classic book to read and hands down the best made for television mini series I have ever seen. This collection includes the newer series about the war in the Pacific and belongs in every mans collection. You will find him watching it again and again for many reasons. It helped me understand a bit more about my grandfather’s (Major Robert L. Boyle Sr.) world as a young man the war he served in.
Zombies hold a special place in the hearts of many men and zombie movies are some of the most popular horror movies ever. Sad thing is many of then are not as great. That all changed when AMC brought Robert Kirkman’s comic series to the small screen. The Walking Dead is a fantastic series packed with zombie punch, bite and drool (the slow type from the classic Night of the Living Dead).
8. Jam Session – Amplitude iRig and American Fender Stratocaster
Every man wanted to be a rock star at some point in their lives. Many still have an old “axe” lying around the house but sadly do not own a working amplifier. The Amplitube iRig is a great gift to get instead of an expensive amp. With iRig you can plug your guitar into your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and jam anywhere. You can choose to shred on a Marshall or Fender Twin and add effects like distortion, chorus, delay and more! I picked one of these up this year and love it! Headphones are a must add.
For the man who does not have a great guitar but deserves the best, nothing is as classic as the Fender American Standard Stratocaster® Electric Guitar with 3 Tone Sunburst and a Rosewood Fretboard. It is a classic wielded by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and one every man would be proud to own. Think of it as the Tiffany of electric guitars.
8. The Power To Do More! – Dell XPS 17 Laptop
I love computers. Fact is (full disclosure) I work for Dell and love it! My current laptop is a robust Latitude loaded with power and goodies and it works great but my personal man gift list would have to include a loaded Dell XPS 17 Laptop. A manly configuration would be an Intel i7-2630QM processor, 8GB RAM, 17.3in FHD WLED AG (1920×1080) Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 3GB graphics with Optimus (think games), 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive (Say it again – One Terabyte…Aawwww yeah!), Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo and Windows 7 – 64 bit OS.
I like the Dell XPS models because they are workhorses for business and fantastic gaming machines in one. What more could a man want? Did I mention One Terabyte? Aawwww yeah!
Finally ordering through Dell is great because you can configure the new XPS or any Dell computer the way you want it to meet your needs. So give a guy “The Power To Do More” and get him an XPS 17. The most spendy item on my list this year but worth it!
9. Tool Time – Dewalt 18v Drill & Craftsman 154 Piece Mechanics Set
Tools and gift cards to Lowe’s and Home Depot are standard man gifts. The problem is most of the tools men get are lawnmowers, leaf blowers, weed eaters and “practical” things that scream “time away from the football game” and “honey do list.” Gift cards 99.9% of the time are spend on home projects that pop up and not on what a guy just wants to buy for the workbench.
Two great gifts sure to please any guy and make him grunt like Tim Allen in Tool Time is the Dewalt 18v Drill and Craftsman 154 piece mechanics tool set. No weekly chore is dependent on on either of these gifts and every man loves power tools and mega uber useful tool sets. You cannot lose gifting either or better yet both of these. Think of them as Nordstrom Bags and Belts for dudes.
10. Fitness & Training – Polar FT4M Heart Rate Monitor
There are many things in life deemed manly by popular culture but let’s face it, working out is not really one of them. Well pop culture is wrong. Taking care of ourselves so we can feel good (and more manly) and live long happy lives to enjoy family and friends is pretty awesome and something I could work on more in 2012. One of my favorite health and fitness Tweeps Heather Frey (@SmashFit) introduced me to the wonders of heart monitors. This thing keeps track of your fitness improvements, heart rate and calories burned. Guys like data and Polar delivers. This is a basic model to get started down the fitness track in 2012 but it is all most guys need anyway to get started. Plus when we all get really in shape and do Iron Man triathlons weekly we can do something else guys like to do. Upgrade technology!
11. Game on! – Wilson NFL Football
Every guy needs a good football. Nuff said!
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