2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Guy Stuff

Guys are pretty easy to shop for. Most of the time you can just get stuff you’d buy for yourself. Yet sometimes, when you’re shopping for your dad, brother or any other guy on your shopping list, you have to cast a wider net as tastes obviously vary. But at least you can pick up some stuff for yourself as you’re browsing.

Click on the image next to each item to purchase it online, and for more gift ideas, check out the other categories in our Holiday Gift Guide.


A nice watch is the ultimate accessory for men, and the right watch can make any man look good.

Tendence Gulliver Round Urban Men’s Watch

Here’s a slick and trendy new watch featuring a black silicone band and a black, round face with stylized white numbers. It’s a trendy look that’s not too extreme and should appeal to a wide variety of consumers. It’s great for a night on the town but also for everyday use. It’s the kind of watch people will notice, and you can check out other round watches from Tendence for other colors and styles.

Leather Strap Watch from Calvin Klein

If you’re looking for something elegant but with beautiful understated design, check out this Calvin Klein Stainless Steel Case Leather Men’s Watch. The silver, stainless steel face of the watch contrasts nicely with the black leather band. The watch is also water resistant up 100 feet. It’s a perfect watch for business or evening attire.

Luxury Sport Watch from Tommy Hilfiger

Most guys would love to have a nice sport watch, and this Sport Luxury Chronograph and Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch from Tommy Hilfiger offers a great choice. It has a stainless steel case and bracelet, and black chronograph dial for a sporty but elegant look that can be worn anywhere. It’s water-resistant to 165 feet and features a durable mineral crystal to protect the watch from scratches. It’s a high-quality item for a reasonable price.


Dakota Watches

Much like that other watch company named after a certain archeological discovery, Dakota has been providing quality wristwatches at respectable prices for several decades. Ranging from sports watches to elegant timepieces, Dakota’s unique collection has something for every personality, gender and age. One of the more popular styles – the Dakota Spider – resembles a high-end luxury watch at a fraction of the price, with 330 feet of Stingray water resistance, mineral glass crystal and a stainless steel band. (There’s even a cool Rose Gold variation that’s perfect for the special lady in your life.) The collection also includes digital watches for those who lead active lifestyles, leather bands for formal and casual settings, and an entire rainbow’s worth of eye-popping colors. But most importantly, Dakota makes great watches that you can depend on, and until that changes, you won’t find a better gift for that friend or family member whom you’re not sure what to buy.

Gear & Style

Device Leather Jacket from Icon

Whether someone rides or not, the leather jackets and other gear from Icon offer superior styling. The quality of this Device Leather Jacket is also excellent as it’s meant to protect you as well if you’re on a bike. The Device Leather is built with 1.2-1.4mm thick Brazilian cowhide for durability and quality. CE approved field armor (elbows and shoulders) equips the jacket to handle the impact absorption duties, while gathered stretch panels provide much-needed mobility. So it’s very practical and also makes you look great.

adidas D Rose 4 Shoes

Derrick Rose has had some tough luck lately, but his new sneakers from adidas are out there getting the job done in style. The adidas D Rose 4 shoes feature an exclusive, tailored design inspired by Derrick’s distinct on- and off-court personalities. From SPRINTFRAME stability to support any player’s explosive and attacking style of play, to the sleek, clean upper mirroring Derrick Rose’s off-court style, these shoes combine premium performance and innovative design for the ultimate signature basketball shoe. Comfort is top priority if you want to take your game to the next level, and the D Rose 4 seamlessly-bonded SPRINTWEB provides breathable, lightweight support that any player will appreciate. You can find the new D Rose 4 shoes for $139 online at Dick’s Sporting Goods.


OGIO Endurance 9.0 Duffle Bag

We’ve suggested our share of backpacks and laptop bags over the years, but never one targeted specifically at athletes. OGIO’s Endurance 9.0 duffle bag is so awesome, however, that we just had to feature it in this year’s gift guide. Not only is the bag really well made (with high-tensile strength and a durable, lightweight construction), but there’s a pocket for just about everything you could possibly imagine, including an H20-resistant wet/dry storage with 360 degree ventilation; a molded EVA lockable armored case for important gear like glasses or smartphones; an expendable Lycra helmet sleeve; a ventilated shoe compartment to help keep the stink out; dual insulated water bottle pockets… and that’s just scratching the surface. Though it’s clearly been designed with cyclists and triathletes in mind, OGIO’s newest (and largest) duffle bag would serve almost anyone who needs plenty of room for their sports or exercise gear with all the added benefits that come with it.

Lookmatic Glasses

Eyeglasses aren’t cheap, especially if you don’t have insurance, so it’s nice to see a company like Lookmatic providing designer-quality glasses at a fraction of the price of your local optometrist. Lookmatic has a large selection of styles for men and women with various frames and tint colors to choose from, and they all come standard with polycarbonate anti-reflective lenses. Better yet, their virtual try-on tool allows you to sample different styles using a webcam, and for those that need to see the real thing in person, you can request a free home try-on kit with up to five frames. Lookmatic will even contact your eye doctor directly for all the prescription mumbo jumbo that we laymen can’t understand. Though there are some optional lens upgrades that will increase the price, a base pair only costs $95 (including free shipping), and quite frankly, you can’t beat that, especially in today’s economy. Gift cards are available as well, making this one of the easiest gifts you’ll give this holiday season.

T-Shirts from So-Cal Speed Shop

For guys who are into cars, particularly custom cars and hot rods, check out the So-Cal Speed Shop online store for some great gift ideas. This company has been involved in the So-Cal racing and hot rod scene for generations, and now offers great gear like t-shirts. We had several sent to us and we love the quality of these soft, all-cotton shirts made in the USA. So consider So-Cal Speed Shop for the car lover in your family, or anyone who appreciates quality t-shirts and gear.

Tommy Bahama NFL Half-Zip Sweatshirt

Here’s some great branded gear from Tommy Bahama for NFL fans. Full-zip jackets are also available. The featured teams at the moment include the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers

adidas BIG Logo Gear

If you’re looking for cool NBA-themed gifts for the holidays or some new gear for yourself, check out these new BIG Logo uniforms unveiled by adidas and the NBA that will be worn by all 10 teams playing on the Christmas Day games. The BIG Logo Holiday Collection incorporates short-sleeve jerseys featuring oversized team logos in a reflective chrome color scheme on the chest as well as holiday-inspired warm-up jackets and shooting shirts, and are available for purchase at NBAStore.com. I suspect plenty of NBA fans would love to get this as a gift and then see players wearing them on Christmas day.

Real Mens Wallets

If you’re looking for a wallet for someone who has a sense of style, browse the high-quality wallets at Real Mens Wallets. You’ll find genuine crocodile leather wallets, ostrich leather wallets, shark, snake and lizard wallets and much more. The selection is excellent and the prices are reasonable considering the quality.


Grooming products are always popular as holiday gift ideas. Check out the items below along with products from our Grooming channel.

Panasonic 3-Blade Wet/Dry Shaver

This new wet/dry shaver from Panasonic has a ton of features. You can enjoy the convenience of a dry shave or you can use it with foam or gel, in or out of the shower, as it’s 100% waterproof. This flexibility is great when you’re giving it as a gift. The Panasonic features a 3-blade cutting system and 30-degree inner blades featuring Nanotech technology to cut the hair at its base. It features a fast, linear motor operating at 14,000 CPM to cut through the thickest of beards. It performed nicely for us. The multi-fit arc foil follows the contours of your face for efficient coverage and maximum comfort. It also features a popup trimmer for grooming mustaches and sideburns, and comes with a charging stand and holder. Maintenance is easy as it features unique water shutters that allow water to flow freely throughout the head for easy maintenance.

Panasonic Wet/Dry Self-Hair Clipper

Most guys have tried cutting their own hair at least once in their lives, and while these new wet/dry clippers from Panasonic won’t miraculously transform you into Vidal Sassoon, they will make the job a lot easier. While the ability to trim your hair whether it’s dry or wet is a great feature, the fact that you can do so in the shower without worrying about getting electrocuted is a bigger draw than you might realize. Not only does it help prevent that disgusting, hard-to-clean mess in the sink, but it will likely shave a few minutes off your morning routine as well. It can even be used as a beard trimmer thanks to the comb attachments (which adjust from 1 mm to 10 mm), and the 45-degree blade delivers a sharp, precise cut every time. Removing hair from the clippers is also a breeze with the handy water inlet, and the blades easily pop off for deeper cleaning. This isn’t as fancy as other electric trimmers, but it’s excellent for those looking for a no-fuss substitute to visiting your local barber.

Philips Norelco Click & Style

Here’s a super-flexible electric shaver that can handle all of a man’s grooming needs. In today’s world, a simple daily shave usually won’t cut it. With the Click & Style, regardless of a man’s preferences (or his gal’s preferences!), a man can have one handy tool that can help you take care of business. The Click & Style is a complete all-in-one system equipped with three attachments that are easy to click on and off for shaving, facial styling or bodygrooming with a single product. The two-headed shaver with ComfortCut blades gives you the close shave that you can expect from Norelco products. If you’re into some stubble or more growth instead of the all-clean look, you can snap on the beard styler with five lengths for the perfect stubble or a neatly trimmed beard. Finally, the skin-friendly bodygroom shaver gives you the flexibility for a close and comfortable shave or a trim on all areas below the neck. The “skin-friendly” feature is critical – we’ve tested beard trimmers in the past that are a real problem if used directly on the skin! The Philips Norelco Click & Style also features 100% waterproof technology so you can trim, style and shave wherever you want in wet or dry settings. So if you shave in the shower, you can use this there as well.

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

This cologne has a bright fresh scent of citrus and has been very popular for a long time. Women love this one. You can get it at Fragrance.net, which specializes in cologne, perfume and other beauty and grooming products. It’s a great site to browse as you start your holiday shopping. Other men’s fragrances worth trying include Kenneth Cole Black, which has a very masculine scent, and Davidoff Cool Water, a careful blend of jasmine, musk, oak moss and sandalwood that creates a natural scent that is reminiscent of camping trips, hikes and other outdoor activities.

Also, check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide from earlier this year for more gift ideas for men.