This one is for the good men in your life. The fathers and brothers, the husbands and boyfriends, the inlaws and grandpas. Even the uncles. Yes it’s true that sometimes, based on the news, it seems like there might be no good men left in the world, but happily, we know that’s not true. So let’s pick out something really wonderful for all the trustworthy, hard-working, kind, funny, and compassionate men we know and love.
Ben Blair helped me put this list together and it’s great. There are 50 items and lots of them are pricey — buying for men gets expensive! But I also included 14 items that are $20 or under — so don’t despair if some of these gifts feel out of reach.
I should also note, though I’m no man, I very much want many of the things on this list, and so do my teens. So don’t worry about the list label, and just check out all the cool stuff. : )
32 Unique Gifts for Men
Canvas Tent. This has vintage styling, but is modern and technically made. The material is Hydra-Shield — a 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable. And the ceiling height in this tent is 6’6″! This feels like a more durable, grown-up tent than a typical pop-up (though if you like pop-ups, we’ve got one of those below). It’s made for up to 8 people (and also comes in smaller sizes at lower prices). Can’t you just picture your family using this for the next 30 years?
See America Book — A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites. This book will help you figure out where to take that beautiful tent.
Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. This the real deal. Every household needs one. Ours is usually in the glovebox, ready to serve.
Pendleton National Park Wool Blanket. We LOVE our National Parks Blanket (we have the Badlands version), and these are one of my favorite things to gift. Beautiful and practical, it will last for ages and be handed down to the grandkids.
Arcturus Heavy Military Wool Blanket. I know the Pendleton blankets above are pricey, and I was delighted to find this heavy wool blanket that’s much more affordable. It weighs 4 lbs, is made of 80% wool, and is machine washable. This blanket will keep you warm, period.
4 Person Tent. Have you introduced the kids to the joy of camping yet? This tent gets great reviews and has a very reasonable price.
Katsu Japanese Pocket Knife. What can I say? It’s truly beautiful tool. It would be a pleasure to own. And it’s a cool, unusual alternative to the Swiss Army knife I shared above.
Climate Beneficial Wool Beanie. This hat goes beyond carbon zero manufacturing, and is actually good for environment. No really. Click through to read about it.
Water Purification tablets. Something for the stocking. This little bottle has 50 tablets (and you can get a two-pack for $9). Just knowing this is in your backpack would make you feel like you’re ready for any impromptu adventure.
Berry Picker. This tool caught my eye, but I didn’t know what it was for. Turns out it’s for picking blueberries, huckleberries, elderberries, and currants. Now I want to go berry-picking!
Backpacking backpack. For someone who’s ready for serious hiking. This is one of the best-reviewed out there. A pack like equals independence. You can walk off into the wilderness, or across the globe, with everything you need, right on your back.
Binoculars. It’s time to upgrade your binoculars.
Woodcut Book. This is a beautiful book, that feels artistic and manly at the same time.
Stanley Classic Thermos. I’m basically a Stanley Thermos super fan at this point. I love the traditional look of these.
Headlamp. This is an excellent addition to your camping gear stash. Picture it: with a headlamp, he can set up the tent in the dark, because his hands are free.
Sandqvist Swedish Backpack. We bought one of these in Sweden and Ben Blair uses it all the time. It’s great as a day pack. It’s sturdy and stylish.
Leather Grill Apron. Do you have a grill boss in your life? Do they have a leather apron? You know this will totally inspire them to step up their outdoor cooking game.
Brass Grill Scraper. Another great stocking stuffer. It’s practical, cool-looking, and it’s safer than a wire brush.
Flat Iron Grill. I confess, I didn’t even know this was a thing, but the minute I saw it, I knew Ben Blair would want one.
Moby Dick. Probably every library should have a copy of Moby Dick.
Heavy Duty Metal Tool Box. A really good tool box changes everything. I’m so much more likely to tackle a project when everything I need is right at hand and easy to transport.
Waxed Canvas Tool Bag. It’s described as a tool bag or an all purpose bag, and right now, I’m favoring the all-purpose direction. So handsome. I want a dozen just because. I would use one as a lunch bag.
Tool Pen. Do you have one of these? We use ours so often. We keep it in the kitchen catch-all drawer and it’s always ready to go for quick tasks.
Tiny Houses book. Looking at tiny homes, and day dreaming about building one, is one of our favorite things to do as a couple.
Dewalt Drill. Every household needs a drill. If you don’t own one, buying one as a gift is a good excuse to make it happen.
Telescope. I put a telescope on the Tween gift guide, and I put one on the Teen gift guide, and now I’ve got one here too. This one is the most serious version I’m recommending — meaning the most powerful and most expensive.
Hammock. Look at this beauty! I’m ready for a nap just looking at it. A hammock is a great reason to get aside.
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence. This book is really good and really intense — all about violence and justice. It will make you incredibly angry, and it will make you want to take action.
Duffel Bag. Herschel bags are legendarily good. And this stylish option is especially handsome. Just the right size.
Cork Globe. Isn’t this the coolest idea? You can pinpoint all your travels (or future travels!). There’s a smaller version too.
Clear Flask. True, I’m not a drinker, but I want to own this flask anyway. So cool.
Victorinox Watch. Yes, it’s a handsome watch, but the yellow… it makes you stand out in the best way.
Factfulness — Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Yes, please! I want all the reasons to think positively about the world.
Nintendo Classic Edition. Hello nostalgia! Remember these? Well, they’re back and looking as rad as ever.
Longboard. Longboards are longer and wider than skateboards, making them easier to balance on. They are a favorite dad toy — even if he’s not a stereotypical skater.
Kahuna Big Stick. Pair a big stick with the longboard so he can have even more control. Big sticks help with braking, paddling, and balance.
Football. It’s leather. It’s a good, solid, football. It’s a pleasure to own quality-made things.
Backyard zipline kit. Everything you need to create a functioning zipline in your own backyard.
Giant Tumbling Timbers. Made for your lawn, or a generous family room. You know this is going to be the first thing to get tested out on Christmas Day after the presents are open.
1000 Record Covers Book. It works for music lovers, or design lovers.
Echo Plus. It will turn on your music, turn off the lights, and basically run your household. The future is here. And it’s on sale.
Home Movie Accessory Kit. The ultimate accessory kit for the home video enthusiast. Everything you need to capture smoother video footage with your phone — including a stabilizer and 3 different tripods. You’ll have the best home movies on the block.
Miracle Cube Timer. It’s useful and practical, and also feels like a toy. Use it to time dinner, to time homework, to time a family workout, to time boardgames…
360 Camera. Does he like to be on the cutting edge? Here’s the newest camera to play with — it allows you to use your phone to capture 360 degree footage for use in virtual reality videos. Best price for a gadget like this that I’ve seen.
DIY Bluetooth Speaker. Perfect for someone who likes to tinker. And it looks really cool too — it’s a speaker with loads of personality.
The Singularity is Near. For anyone who is interested in the future, in robotics, in nanotech, in biotech, and transhumanism. More compelling than any science fiction, but it’s science, not fiction. Think of Ray Kurzweil as the foremost futurist (predictor of the future) in the world.
DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter. We love this drone! My brother introduced us to this a couple of Christmases ago and it’s the coolest.
Holy Stone Wifi Drone. And here’s a more affordable drone. It’s been described by reviewers as “the most bang for your buck.” This looks like a great way to satisfy drone curiosity without breaking the bank.
Your turn. Anything on this list catch your eye? What would you add to this collection? And what man in your life is the hardest to shop for? I’d love to hear.