I saw this Timex Weekender watch ($40) the other day at REI and wanted it for myself. It's classic yet rugged, and I love the olive green canvas strap (also comes in black or striped canvas). The watch face is large and has the Timex Indiglo feature for telling time in the dark - a must, right?!?
leather passport cover ($40) from Eddie Bauer is the perfect gift for the avid male traveler in your life. I received a cover like this from my mother-in-law and have loved it for many many years - it protects your passport and provides convenient pockets to stash other paper items like receipts, IDs, credit cards, cash, etc. A traveler's must have!
remote control holder from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Store. I could just kiss the couple that designed this because it neatly organizes remote controls and other handheld electronic devices in a design-friendly (almost sculptural) way. What man wouldn't like something that always keeps his remotes within reach?
Outside magazine ($24/year) - is a gift that keeps giving all year long. Adventures, sports, outdoor activities, travel, survival tactics, you name it....it's in here. And, I don't mind a quick read of it myself.
Duct Tape wallet ($15) from ThinkGeek.com is available in bi-fold or tri-fold designs and is guaranteed not to get sticky, lift, or peel.
Leather LED Flashlight ($31) in Pottery Barn the other day and thought it was really neat. It's a good size and feels solid. The leather handle adds a nice masculine touch and the strong LED glow makes it technologically advanced for our modern men.
Kindle Touch ($99) is one of the #1 gifts all-around this year. It's the easy to use, easy-reading Kindle classic with the convenience and updates of a touch screen. We love our iPad, but sometimes you've gotta read when it's sunny outside, and for that purpose a Kindle is key.
coach's polo ($65) can be ordered in any college team's style at collegefootballstore.com. My husband loves getting a new one every year or two since the designs are updated most every year.
Survival Straps luggage tags ($15). They make your luggage stand out from the rest of the totes in the sea of baggage at the airport, and they do it in a more subdued way (not the orange spray-painted "x" you see on some bags).
Survival Straps survival bracelet ($35) is also a really great guy gift. It's made of 550 test military spec paracord that can be unraveled and used in emergency situations. Bracelets can be customized in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. Yes, it's a "bracelet" but it screams (or, yells...) "manly man!".
Band of Brothers & The Pacific Special Edition DVD set ($80 on Amazon.com) is the perfect gift for a guy who loves our military and American history. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaborated to produce both of these amazing HBO series. Award-winning and epic, this film collection will be watched for generations to come.
Nathan Tritan Water Bottle ($15) is rugged, well-designed, light-weight, and fits in a bike's bottle holder. You suck fluids through a straw instead of having to squirt it in your mouth - a much easier way to hydrate while biking, running, or hiking. The top has a built-in clip making it easy to attach to a backpack or bag for travel.
Fossil's Ridge Key Fob ($20) has plenty of space for keys, a convenient clip, and a bottle opener. This isn't one of those cheap-looking bottle-opener keychains...it's classy-looking and convenient all the same.
All these gifts are practical, manly, well-designed, and thoughtful - just like the guys in our lives. Could it get any better? -Kristen