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Carpool Candy holiday gift guide for men 2013

There are so many gift possibilities for women– we love clothes,  jewelry, accessories, home goods, beauty products… I could go on and on. But men, not so much. Guys either think they don’t need anything, or can be picky and ambivalent.

Here are some suggestions that might earn you a smooch under the mistletoe.

Williams Sonoma steak brand and carving board on carpoolcandy.com

Steak brand and carving board:  If your guy takes pride in his grilling skills (I know mine does) he’ll love this customized branding tool to put his mark on every steak he serves. Personalized carving board seals the deal. ($70)

3 in one grill tool on carpoolcandy.com

Three-in-one BBQ tool:   While we’re in the backyard, this guy gadget serves many purposes and is perfect for those who like being first to have the new thing.  This baby functions as a spatula, fork and tongs all at once.  ($38)

Mark and Graham leather ipad case on carpoolcandy.com

Leather iPad case:  Sometimes you just want to feel like a grown up. ($79)  

Grommet cord organizer on carpoolcandy.com

Cord organizer:  And while he’s feeling mature, how about untangling his affairs with this leather cord organizer. So simple, yet so handy. ($40)

Adonit Jot Script Evernote stylus on carpoolcandy.com

Touch screen stylus:   Let’s round out the tech section with this new precision stylus, specifically for note taking. The Jot Script Evernote allows your handwriting to flow as freely as your thoughts. ($75)

Complete Worst Scenario survival handbook on carpoolcandy.com

The Complete Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook:   This important tome offers advice on challenges as varied as wrestling an alligator to calming a crying child, to extinguishing a barbecue. Gag gift or a lifesaver? Quite possibly both. ($17)

weird beard hat on carpoolcandy.com

Weird beard hat:   I don’t know if any man you’re buying for would want to wear this but it was too hilarious to exclude. It does look warm…. ($30)

Superduper tiny tool kit on carpoolcandy.com

Superduper tiny tool kit:    Smaller than a credit card, this gadget has 11 functioning tools, including a screwdriver, wrench, and bottle opener in a minute stainless steel package. It’s also a steel –see what I did there?– at $5.  

Beer tote on carpoolcandy.com

Beer tote:  This sturdy, wood carrier is great for the guy who likes variety and needs a safe way to transport his cold ones.  ($40)

Bathroom guest book on carpoolcandy.com

Bathroom Guestbook:  I guess I’m putting this on the men’s list because all males find anything remotely related to bodily functions hilarious. Guests can scribble their deep thoughts or criticisms of your loo’s décor or amenities in this cheeky john journal. ($13)

Shutterfly photo phone case on carpoolcandy.com

Photo phone case:   Keep your favorite people close at hand with this personalized phone case. This is exactly the kind of gift Wilson would never buy for himself but would be happy to have. ($28- 56)

Gary Poppions gourmet popcorn on carpoolcandy.comGourmet popcorn:     If you have a foodie in your life, this variety pack of Gary Poppins popcorn is a high-end treat. Samplers include standards like caramel and cheddar, but also kick it up a notch with white cheddar jalapeno, cheddar bacon ranch, creamy dill, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate Oreo. Yum! ($28-56)

Digits glove tips on carpoolcandy.com

Smartphone glove tips:     In my exhaustive research I found this cool website with products invented by regular peops like you and me. Digits are fingertip-sized pins that attach to the gloves you already own, and enable you to use your smart phone and stay warm.  ($12)

flag cufflinks on carpoolcandy.com

Flag cufflinks:   You can’t go wrong with patriotism and style, right? ($50)

If you didn’t find a match on this list, try last year’s here.

Wilson is trying to establish a “no-gift” policy between us this year but I’m going to buy him something anyway. Which do you think he’ll like best? Tell me in the comments…  and let me know what you’re getting the guy (s) in your life. I promise not to tell!

Carpool Candy holiday gift guide for guys

Wilson is difficult to buy for because he often feels uncomfortable receiving gifts. He doesn’t think he needs anything and would truly rather spend money on the kids.

But that’s no fun.

I listen all year for the few times he utters a need or want….and strive to find just the right thing. Past successful ideas include sessions with a trainer, a fire pit for the back yard, a new briefcase, and a vintage box filled with printed out notes from friends and family about why he’s so great.

But if none of that works for you,  check out these suggestions (each one has a link you can click for easy access) for the man on your list.

air popcorn popper candy gift guide

Popcorn and movie package – Wilson and I love to watch movies–when we can find the time– and he often makes popcorn as a late night snack. How about an air popper ($40) (or box of microwave popcorn for the less motivated)  and these salty and sweet seasoning mixes ($10)  paired with a subscription to Netflix  ($48 for 6 mo)  or a few DVD’s he’s always wanted to see, or would watch over and over. This gift has the bonus of romantic evening potential.

bat bottle opener candy gift guide

Baseball bat bottle opener –  If your guy’s a sports fan, he’ll like this tool made from the wood of a real MLB bat from his favorite team. Sports memorabilia that opens your beer. It’s a win, win. ($85)

man can grooming kit candy gift guideThe MAN CAN  Is your guy a metrosexual, or do you sometimes wish he were? If you want a gift that encourages self-care in a masculine way, try this grooming kit with shaving essentials, soap and cream. ($50) And while you’re at it, throw in some Man Candles with scents like pizza, sawdust, and fresh-cut grass. ($14)

iphone case candy gift guideCustom smartphone/tablet case – The fun ones seem too expensive for what they are but that’s why they make the perfect gift– this might not be something he would splurge on for himself. Wilson would love a University of Michigan case but you can pick from many schools, classic colors, or a custom design with a photo or monogram. If you can’t decide, how about a gift card to case-mate.com?  ($28 and up)

Golf toys –  If you’re buying for a man who likes the links, try this laser putter, which attaches to his club to provide instant feedback on the speed and distance of his swing. ($18) Or these gag balls are fun: one explodes on impact, another doesn’t putt right, and one ejects ribbon when you drive it. Your guy can be a course cut up while his buddies are slicing. ($9)

Personal crossword puzzle – If you like a creative and personal gift, check out this website where you can provide information for a completely original crossword puzzle, for the man who thinks he knows all the answers. ($195)

nypost hedlines coffee table book candy gift guide

Coffee table books –  If your guy is bookish, how about a cool coffee table book that says who he is? Here are a bunch for varied interests: Sports Illustrated Greatest Pictures, The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker,  Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Headless Body in Topless Bar: Best Headlines from the New York Post or try a masculine take on cooking with How to Cook Like a Man.

fitbit-onecandy gift guideFit Bit – Let’s face it, guys like techy stuff more than say, socks or ties. This wireless gadget tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed during your waking hours, and measures your sleep cycle to improve your zzzzz’s  at night. I don’t understand how it works, but men do. ($99)

garmin watch candy gift guideGPS running watchAnd speaking of gadgets, the Forerunner 10 from Garmin not only tracks your distance, pace, and calories,  it will also  automatically alert you when you complete each mile, and report your time for that mile. It can summarize your run and even let you know when you achieve a personal record, like your fastest mile or longest run to date. Too bad it can’t take out the garbage. ($130)

Hope there’s something here for the dude in your life. If you have other gift ideas, tell me in the comments. I’m always on the hunt for that perfect something for Wilson, whether he likes it or not.