Every holiday season, retailers sell a ton of wallets, ties, and sports-themed sweatshirts. They'll always be dude-gift staples, but you don't have to be the one to give them. Because you did some research and know what gifts guys actually want. In fact, I'll bet you all the money in my wallet (a cool $13) that no one else will be able to steal your gift thunder with the gems on this list. Take that, awkwardly close cousin who always gets your dude the cool gift!
And might I say, it's a pretty exciting time for dudes. The once-rigid (and still kind of rigid) boundaries of masculinity are expanding, and our definition of what it means to be a man is evolving. So many men are experimenting with skincare products, hairstyles, fashion trends, and interests that they would have never had so much freedom to pursue in the past. Yes, it's all pretty great.
And even hipster lumberjacks with manly beards and unnecessary but impressive log-splitting skills are open to expressing themselves in new ways that both embrace and defy gender identity. See, we've been telling the world that feminism is good for men since forever. But anyway, long story short, it's a good time to be a person looking for a cool gift idea for a dude. Let this list be the tip of your trendy iceberg. You can thank me after the dudes in your life are finished making you their queen.
Musicians who upcycle things into guitar picks are way hot.
Bust out your childhood cartridges, blow on them, and Mario the day away.
3. Bacon Coffee
There's bacon. There's coffee. And now there's bacon coffee. This is not a drill.
4. T-Rex Tee
I can't think of a single person who wouldn't love this shirt.
What? You have a record you want to listen to? Well, good thing I have this briefcase record player! Yo DJ, pump this party!
6. Air Cannon
Watch your step, because you're no longer safe... from fun! (See what I did there?)
And if they sell out, here's another place you can grab them:
Just as long as you know...
Because winter is coming, obvi.
Now you never have to worry that you won't survive camping or that questionable music festival.
Coffee isn't just for your cup anymore.
It's manly. It's crafty. Nothing has to die. Well, except a tree. But trees don't have eyes that stare back at you no matter where you are in the room.
These claws make handling hot food and shredding meat like chicken, pork, or ham a breeze. And not only are they heat resistant, they look cool, too!
Or check out this set:
Any place with a flat surface is the place where your favorite dude dominates the paddles.
I feel like we need to take a minute to talk about this wonder of culinary science. It lets you make crispy grilled cheese in the toaster! In the toaster! It's a great time to be alive.
15. Mug With Hoop
He shoots, he scores, he has a nutritious breakfast. He is the MVP of the morning! The crowd goes wild!
16. Dog Hammock
Maybe your dude is more of a dog person. Showing some pet love will get you close to his heart.
17. Bar Set
No more drinking fancy cocktails out of plastic McDonald's cups.
When your dude has an adult sleepover at your house, he will now have his only handy place to keep his most important stuff.
These gloves have a waterproof outside, a cozy lining, and best of all: a compartment to comfortable hold cans, bottles, or Solo cups in the cold!
No dude of yours will use some regular old USB port. Not when you could be as smooth as the Hoff when you charge your phone.
So your dude can protect his teeth, counter tops and other hard objects.
If he's the kind of guy who likes self-assured, dark-haired women and breakfast foods, he needs this more than you can know.
These headphones comfortably wrap around your head and are great for working out in, sleeping in, and running with. They Velcro securely to the head and are machine washable, too!
Seriously, though? A stuffed animal that looks exactly like your person? Get one that looks like you, too, and you can have so many imaginary adventures!
Profish doesn't have to mean boring. Plus, a little humor (and a little fear) makes for good morale.
26. Beard Comb
Beard maintenance isn't optional.
The place you got married? The place you met? The coordinates of your first home? The possibilities are endless.
It's a lightbulb. No, it's a speaker. No, it's both! Tiny-house-approved.
29. Zombie Head Bowl
You'll forever be known as the person who made eating Cheerios out of a zombie head a reality.
30. BBQ Briefcase
Serious tool for serious fools.
Because there's gluttonous day drinking and there's profesh day drinking and this mug lets you know which one is happening.
Make his childhood dreams a reality.
This glass container with stainless steel mesh container fits perfectly in the fridge and makes cold brew that's 70 percent less acidic than the hot coffee you get at the store — and way cheaper, too!
34. Golf Ball Marker
Whenever that special guy in your life hits the lynx, he can be thinking of you.
If your dude is a photographer, this is a useful and sentimental gift.
So many tools. So little space.
37. The Wallet Ninja
This slim wallet insert has 18 different uses — including a bottle opener, fruit peeler, an eyeglass screwdriver, a box opener, and a cell phone stand. If you know a guy who loves fixing everything he come across, he'll love this.
Manscaping it hard work when it's your back that needs a trim. Think of this like a back-shaving buddy, or the third arm with a cutting blade on it that you've always dreamed of.
39. Booze Toothpicks
Classy dudes shouldn't use non-classy toothpicks. Because digging steak out of your teeth crevasses is a classy act.
Have beer, will travel.
Because bonfire gourmet is totally a thing now.
This is pretty romantic.
43. Pizza Lanyard
If the dude in your life is a fan of video games, repairing things, or other hobbies that involve using his hands, the pizza lanyard is a must.
44. The Bottle Loft
No more wasted precious fridge space means room for even more beer.
45. A Portable Grill
This portable grill is easy to fold up and take wherever you have some charcoal and some burgers. It's made of heat-resistant steel and makes a surprising amount of food.
46. Beer Cap Map
If your dude loves travel and beer, this is a more appealing way to save those bottle caps from faraway places than, say, an old fishbowl or empty pizza box.
These turn signals are waterproof, easy to install, extra-bright, and fit on any curved or straight handlebar — and a must-have for anyone who bikes at night.
48. Laser Razor
It's true. We live in the future. You can use a laser beam to get a smooth shave, Mr. Jetson.
49. Whisker Dam
It's whiskey, not mustache tea.
50. Camera Lens Mug
Perfect for the photo lover in your life.
Military? Hiker? Bunker builder? Doomsday prepper? He needs this.
52. Camping Hammock
Literally a nap sack.
53. Steak Stone
Every day is hibachi with the steak stone.
54. Travel Backpack
This waterproof backpack has space for a laptop, but also has a separate compartment for camera equipment, but is perfect to also fit things like gym shoes, umbrellas, and your wallet.
55. Man Bag
There's no more shame in rocking a dude-purse.
It's personalized. That makes it better than any other grill set, ever.
Fun. Kind of ridiculous. Inexpensive. Is there a downside?
This aluminum, adjustable cell phone stand is perfect for catching up on your favorite videos or tv shows while you're doing other things — and it's sturdy enough to hold a tablet, too.
Fancy wine technology for fancy dudes.
60. Cat Dad Mug
Dudes love their cats. Pride
And now you're the most popular giver of dude gifts on the planet. Congratulations!
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