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Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

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To this day, Braun’s Father’s Day Gift Guide is one of the most visited pages on my blog. And I think it totally highlights what I personally struggle with – gift giving for guys!

I suspect it’s that last thing most women shop for. Christmas is about the kids, right? Maybe you and your spouse/boyfriend/partner decided that you wouldn’t get gifts for each other this year – totally fine.

But even if I say I don’t need/want anything, I still want the effort made. I want to open something on Christmas morning!

And so does your guy – I promise.

They’re usually the person expecting the least and being able to treat them and give them a few surprises is always fun. So, I recruited Braun again and asked him to put together some of his top items – and he totally came through!

BRAUN JEANS | SHOES | MY JEANS | MY SHOES

This guy does a lot for our family so it’s such a cool feeling to be able to surprise him Christmas morning with something he didn’t expect.

Now, some of these items are pricey but they’re what I would call ‘investment’ gifts. They’re all extremely useful and worth the money.. I love giving gifts that are useful and will be loved for years down the road.

Don’t feel like you have to do EVERYTHING. This list is more about choosing the one item you think they’ll most enjoy and then accompanying it with a bunch of small, fun items that I’ve listed below and tagged ‘*stocking stuffer’.

Stocking Stuffers

These are $20 or less items that are super useful like tweezers (is anyone else surprised by the amount of times your tweezers go missing or are ‘borrowed’ by your mate? Give him his own handy travel set), nail clippers (toe and finger), or a mini maglite (perfect for keeping in the glovebox – so handy!).

I love wrapping these and putting them in his stocking. And I dare anyone to say stockings aren’t the best part of Christmas.

And look carefully at this list – yeah, a pen isn’t SUPER exciting but when you find out it’s the pen astronauts take into space, is small and smooth so it can be carried in pant pockets, AND able to write underwater, over grease, at any angle, upside down, 3-times longer than the average pen, in extreme temperatures ranging from (-30°F to +250°F), and in zero gravity…it’s like the pen of superheroes and under $20.

Something For Every Guy

Or maybe your guy is the gun-toting superhero type who likes to take on a fly every once in a while, the salt gun (you’ve seen us use it a BUNCH) fly blaster is probably for him!

So check it out, tell me what you buy, and if there is something missing from this list? LET ME KNOW! It’s always nice to surprise Braun!

 

GIFT GUIDE
1.
Men's Leather Accessories
Andar
I think Braun has a new favorite wallet and airpods case. These leather accessories are so incredible - and so well made. As with all leather, these pieces only get better with time and use. A N D A R -- a Spanish verb with a meaning "to carry" started in 2015, where we set out to make something unique and minimal that would last. From there came The Baron, a unique and simple minimalist wallet. Since then, more designs and wallets have followed and many more projects are in the works. Andar strives to bring high-quality handcrafted goods at an affordable price. Our products are simple, unique, functional, and minimal. Use code "TARA15" for 15% off your order!
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2.
MEN'S HOLBROOK SUNGLASSES
OAKLEY
I think Braun has these in 2-3 different colors/finishes. He loves these because they fit well, snug but not too tight. They protect his eyes, don't fly off, are polarized...he loves these things.
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3.
Beard Trimmer
We use this guy a ton to keep necklines clean in between trims and Braun loves this for grooming!
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4.
COMBO CLIPPER SET WITH FINGERNAIL CLIPPERS AND TOENAIL CLIPPERS *stocking stuffer
TWEEZERMAN
Men should have their own set of nail clippers. They should keep them in their dopp kit or bathroom drawer. I can't say enough about men having their own tools for good hygiene. Plus, it saves yours!
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5.
AIR MAX 270 FLYKNIT SNEAKER
NIKE
Braun loves these shoes (he's wearing them above). They provide great cushion, lots of color options, and are made for the active person. Braun is quite mobile and walks a ton - having shoes that support him without looking orthopedic is a plus!
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6.
MAGNETIC PHONE CAR MOUNT *stocking stuffer
TRYONE
We both use this in the car, the magnetic pad will fit smoothly inside your Loopy case. It allows us to be hands-free whether we're answering a call, using it for GPS - it's the hands-free accessory every person should have.
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7.
FREE HOLD HAIR CREAM
KEVIN MURPHY
If you've seen Braun's hair tutorial, you know he loves this hair paste. It doesn't leave his hair hard but does give him a super firm hold. His hair isn't going anywhere!
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8.
DIAMOND CLEAN RECHARGEABLE TOOTHBRUSH
PHILIPS SONICARE
If you want your teeth super clean (or your spouses) invest in an electric toothbrush. It rotates much faster than a regular electric toothbrush, creating vibrations that are designed to make it even more effective at removing food debris and plaque. Combined with your normal brushing movements, this toothbrush will leave your teeth feeling so smooth and clean! Plus this black is pretty cool!
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9.
ALPHA 2 HANGING TRAVEL KIT
TUMI
Every guy should have a toiletry bag/dopp kit. We like the hanging ones at our house because it frees up counter space when we travel, keeps everything together, and is easy to toss in a suitcase. Plus, this one is 20% off.
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10.
TRAVEL TWEEZER SET W/BLACK LEATHER CASE *stocking stuffer
TWEEZERMAN
Repeat everything I said about nail clippers - men should have their own set. I like having the slant and the needlenose for everything from ingrown hairs to slivers. Your tweezers won't get bent or go missing because now he has his own!
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11.
HARRISON WEBSTER BACKPACK
TUMI
I love the really functional stuff - and I want it to look good. This bag is sleek enough for work but understated enough to go unnoticed. It's got a padded iPad pocket, 2 open padded pockets on the front wall, a zip pocket on the back wall, 2 credit card slots, 2 pen pockets, a key leash, and will fit a 15" laptop. It could also double as a go-pack/overnight bag.
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12.
ACCESSORIES POUCH
TUMI
I love a good accessory/cord/charger organizer and Braun loves this one to organize your electronics easily when you're on the go. With elastic loops to secure your chargers, battery packs, and extra cords, this zippered pouch has a harder outer shell for protection and is so good for on-the-go if you're a frequent traveler.
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13.
SWISS ARMY CLASSIC SD POCKET KNIFE *stocking stuffer
VICTORINOX
These are fun, so handy, and can go on any key ring. They're perfect for cutting loose strings, filing a jagged nail, unscrewing small screws, and come with either your choice of a small pen or toothpick. It also has a small pair of tweezers - it's a small but basic tool that every dad should have. Just make sure they leave it behind when flying!
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14.
4 PORT USB TRAVEL ADAPTOR *stocking stuffer
TUMI
If you travel a lot, chargers with different outlet configurations can get really expensive. This charger has 4 USB outlets and supports outlets from 150 countries. Like when you travel to the UK, you'll quickly find out that no bathroom has outlets - they're banned. But they do have a small razor/shaver outlet. This type of charger comes in handy when you're trying to make do with the impossible.
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15.
MINI LED 2-CELL AA FLASHLIGHT WITH HOLSTER *stocking stuffer
MAGLITE
The Mini Maglite LED flashlight has two different power settings - a maximum-power setting that yields maximum brightness and a 25% power setting to conserve battery power for reading at night, or for a prolonged emergency. You can also unscrew the top and screw it on to the bottom so the flashlight work more like a candle. I can't recommend this enough as a torch that can be kept in the car and can be used to search under seats, in the engine, in a deep purse, for power outages - every guy should have one of these mini flashlights.
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16.
POWERCORE 13000 COMPACT 2-PORT ULTRA-PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER POWER BANK
ANKER
Braun and I both carry these in our bags. For trips to Disneyland, Mexico, or just those super busy days where you don't have a chance to plug into an outlet but you still need a charge. There are lots of different options such as number of USB ports, total provided charge - but all of the Anker chargers provide like 8+ full charges and can be charged at night to be ready for your next busy day.
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17.
COOLSHOT 20 GOLF RANGEFINDER
NIKON
I'm putting the Nikon website description here because I literally have no idea what this is but Braun said, "Trust me, it's cool." The COOLSHOT 20 delivers world-class performance in a compact and lightweight body. With the speed, precision, and optical quality of the COOLSHOT 20, this rangefinder can help you develop club distance proficiency on the driving range and game management skills on the golf course. This easy to use tool can fit comfortably in any pocket or golf bag so there's no excuse for not using it on every shot. COOLSHOT 20 displays precise distance to the flagstick but is just as useful for getting distances to hazards, trees, mounds and other objects on the course. See your best shot option from a player's perspective and get on the straight path to a faster, sweeter approach--the right approach. Sounds pretty cool, right?
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18.
ELECTRIC SHAVER: WET & DRY, TRAVEL
BRAUN
I don't know much about men's shavers but I can attest to the smooth face this gives Braun! (no whisker burn for me, please.) This can also be used wet or dry and is perfect for travel.
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19.
100% NATURAL TALALAY LATEX ZONED PILLOW
MALOUF Z
Just know that two Christmases ago I had a whole TRUCKLOAD of these things delivered to my house for you guys...they're that good! Talalay Latex pillows are created using latex derived from sustainable rubber trees. The milky sap tapped from these tropical trees is whipped, poured into a mold, chilled and finally heated to set the unique foam consistency. Because of its proprietary production process, Talalay is the most resilient and consistent latex, instantly conforming to your body movements and providing the most consistent support.
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20.
PHANTOM BLOCK PARTY SLUB MEN'S 18" BOARD SHORTS
HURLEY
Braun loves these swimtrunks and I think they come in like 10-12 colors.
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21.
QUIETCOMFORT® 35 ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELLING® BLUETOOTH® HEADPHONES
BOSE®
Advanced noise reduction technologies provide exceptional elimination of outside noise and aural distractions. Cushioning provides long-wearing ease and a proprietary TriPort® acoustic structure helps project lifelike sound and reveal subtle musical nuances. An integrated microphone and voice controls allow for quick volume control and hands-free calling with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The best. Hands down. For the traveler.
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22.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 4 GPS + CELLULAR, 44MM SPACE GRAY ALUMINUM CASE WITH BLACK SPORT BAND
APPLE
We love our watches. You definitely don't HAVE to do the 4 series, but it has GPS, heart rate monitor, walkie-talkie capabilities, and texting. We love these things and wear them every day!
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23.
AIRPODS & CHARGING CASE
APPLE
I've used countless wireless headphones in my day, and looking back on it, the word that first comes to mind is "finicky." Pairing a pair of wireless headphones feels like flipping a coin: it either works or it doesn't. But AirPods are a different story: I put them in my ears and they instantly turn on and connect to my iPhone. That's it. I don't have to fumble with my Bluetooth settings or re-pair them—they just do what they're supposed to do, and when I'm done using them I plop them back into their charging case and go about my day. These are the BEST gift for an iPhone user!
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24.
SWIFT MEN'S RUNNING PANTS
NIKE
Tight enough that they don't feel like old tear-aways, loose enough that nothing is being squished, light enough that you don't feel bulky, and warm enough for cold winter mornings, this pant from Nike is one of Braun's favorite piece of clothing to wear (also perfect for travel).
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25.
BUG-A-SALT 2.0
SKELL INC.
Bug-A-Salt is a plastic gun that sprays table salt like a shotgun, in a conical spread pattern. Lorenzo Maggiore invented it to kill houseflies at a distance, without creating a mess. Maggiore sold 21,400 guns for over US$ 577,000 on Indiegogo by September 2012 - and we have a few in the Thueson home! We love this and it even makes for a great neighbor gift!
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26.
ASSORTED 3-PACK TAB ANKLE SOCKS *stocking stuffer
STANCE
Get rid of basic white socks. I love Stance socks! Whether you've got a guy that doesn't like his socks to show, or have one that loves a little flair (think Disney inspired long socks) Stance has you covered!
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27.
CHROME BULLET SPACE PEN *stocking stuffer
FISHER
Cited as an outstanding example of industrial art, the classic design of the Fisher Bullet Pen has been exhibited for years in the New York Museum of Modern Art. All Fisher Space Pens are handcrafted and able to write underwater, over grease, at any angle, upside down, 3-times longer than the average pen, in extreme temperatures ranging from (-30°F to +250°F), and in zero gravity.
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28.
The Best Cologne in the World... * stocking stuffer
Prada
You guys.. remember the story where Braun lined up no less than 30 colognes, put testers under every one of them and made me pick my favorite?? Most colognes make me want to hurl but this one is the best scent right from the start. You must get this for your man! You'll both love it.
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29.
Silicone Wedding Band
QALO
Braun actually retired his "fancy" wedding ring a few years ago (except for on dates and Sundays) and now just wears these. He loves how comfortable they are and I like that they are actually good looking. I even just bought one for myself for the gym too!
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30.
Car Litter Bag
CAR LITTER BAG
Your man won't know what he ever did without one of these in his car. Take my word for it. All the straw wrappers, gum wrappers, etc. will finally have a place to go besides the floor! Buy one for yourself while you are at it. They're the best!
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31.
Apple TV
APPLE
We are HOOKED on this little device. It makes TV watching so much better than it was before. Seriously though.. all your movies stored right in one place. Access to YouTube, your photo library, apps and games... you will wonder what you ever did without it.
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32.
22 oz Tumbler
HYDROFLASK
Braun surprised me with this cup last year and it is awesome. It keeps your water cold for HOURS. I truly didn't think it could get any better and then they went ahead and made the best straw lid to go with it! If your cup tips over, your drink doesn't spill and there is something so satisfying drinking out of a wide rubber straw! So add that to your order as well...
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33.
Rubber Straw for Tumbler
HYDROFLASK
ditto to everything I said above..
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