Cool Men Deserve Cool Gifts
If you're tired of giving the same old neckties and bottles of cologne, then this list of cool men's gifts should inspire you to look beyond the obvious standards. Whether the man on your list is a techie or traditionalist, there's something for him here.
Dr. Squatch Soapscription
After a rugged day on the job or in the great outdoors, real men need a real scrub down. Offering an all natural soap for men, Dr. Squatch is available as a monthly subscription. A typical bar of soap lasts an average of about two weeks, so the most popular monthly subscription is two bars for $14. The "manly" scents are what make this soap even cooler, including cedar citrus, deep sea goat's milk, spearmint basil and pine tar, among others.
Deluxe Jedi and Sith Robes
There's been an awakening. Have you felt it? For the big Star Wars fan in your life, the Deluxe Jedi Robe sold at Amazon.com is a comfortably cool gift regardless of whether he aligns himself with the dark side or the light side of the Force. It's offered in a range of sizes with kimono style sleeves and a roomy hood for under $30.
Star Wars fans will immediately recognize this as the cloak of such greats as Obi-wan Kenobi, yet it's still basic enough as to not scream out the recipient's fandom as he relaxes at home, leaving him as cool as ever while he honors his favorite movie.
The WAHD T-Shirt
Shirts and coffee mugs proclaiming that the wearer is the "#1 Dad" are a dime a dozen, but a growing demographic that has gone largely underrecognized is the stay-at-home dad and the work-at-home dad. Indeed, the $22 WAHD shirt by Pop Lyfe celebrates all the cool roles he plays, including kid taxi, entrepreneur, and full time parent. A proud dad is a cool dad.
Bond & Knight Origami Wallets
Every man needs a good wallet and some of the classiest and most unique wallets are by Bond & Knight. The Mark 1 Billfold is handmade in England and is the company's original origami wallet; there are no stitches whatsoever in a cool vintage design inspired by the 1950s. Prices start at about $100.
HoldFast Maven Strap
Photography is a classy affair built both on substance and style. The Maven Strap by HoldFast is a classic neck strap made with American bison leather, differentiating it from the standard issue camera strap. Available in three lengths and five colors, it offers "unparalleled sophistication" for the classy shutterbug in your life for $135.
Microsoft Surface Book
The first ever laptop by Microsoft itself, the Microsoft Surface Book is actually a very powerful hybrid. The screen is detachable, re-attaching via a unique accordian style hinge. Plus, the touchscreen is compatible with the Surface Pen for creative and productive applications. The base configuration with a Core i5 processor, 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM is about $1,500.
Sonos PLAY:5 Wireless Speaker
The ultimate in a cool wireless speaker system, Sonos offers several components that connect directly to the Internet via Wi-Fi and are controlled via an app on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Stream everything from Spotify to Google Play Music, as well as music on your home network. The Sonos PLAY:5 features six smartly synchronized drivers for the best sound quality possible anywhere in the home. Retail price is about $500.
AeroPress Coffee Maker
True coffee aficionados won't accept regular drip from a $10 machine. For a purer brew with a stronger punch, the AeroPress coffee maker cannot be beat. The cool manual system allows for greater control over temperature and pressure, developing a perfect cup every time. Starter kits, including all the needed accessories, sell for around $30.
Ice Butterfly Safety Razor Set
For an extra classy gift for an extra classy guy, steer clear of mass market electric razors and consider the Ice Butterfly Safety Razor Set from House of Knives instead. Featuring a mixed badger hair brush and a shiny polished finish on both the stand and the razor, this set taps into some cool retro nostalgia to let men shave like how their grandfathers once did. Regular price is about $180.
Lowrance Elite-3X Fishfinder
There are few manly pastimes quite as leisurly and enjoyable as a fishing on the lake. Rather than tossing the line into the water blindly and hoping for the best, men can utilize the technology afforded by the Lowrance 000-11448-001 Elite-3X Fishfinder. Tested for durability, it features a large color display and, making it even more cool, it will work with muddy waters. This perfect catch can be reeled in for $99.
Portable Table Tennis Set
You never know when inspiration might strike for an impromptu game of ping pong. Whether it's in the office or on the table in the man cave, this Portable Table Tennis Set makes it remarkably easy to whack a few balls between friends. The net retracts and the whole thing packs away simply and easily. Retail price is approximately $40.
Recon Jet Smart Eyewear for Athletes
For fitness junkies who seek to elevate their sports and exercise experience, the Recon Jet is on a whole new level. The smart eyewear provides athletes with real-time metrics, an integrated sensor suite, and an integrated point-of-view camera. Making the concept even cooler than it was to start with, it will also display incoming calls and texts from a smartphone. Retail price is about $500.
DrinkTanks Personal Insulated Growler
Craft beer culture is on the rise clear across the country and around the world. While many breweries offer the option of purchasing a refillable growler, they're typically only made of glass. The DrinkTanks Insulated Growler is literally way cooler, keeping beer cold, fresh and carbonated with its stainless steel construction and double-bail locking cap system. Available in a multitude of colors, the DrinkTanks Growler sells for around $70.
Sphero BB-8 Remote-Control Droid
What happens when you take the world's most popular space franchise and combine it with a spherical droid that can be controlled via a smartphone app? The Sphero BB-8 is born. The ball-shaped droid featured in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens can move autonomously too, exploring your home or office on its own. List price is $150 for the droid that even men who aren't fans of Star Wars will find cool to control.
Tried and true gifts can only get so far for the extra special fathers on your shopping list. By thinking outside the box, there are some much cooler options to be considered than previous top gift ideas.