From tech gadgets to everday items, the men in our lives are never expecting, but always hoping for that perfect gift. Here are some ideas for the dads, husbands, brothers, and best friends in your life.
Print from a local artist
Marc Roulstone is a printmaker artist featured at the Downtown Boston Holiday Market. He sells prints of his animated art, T-shirts, and figurines. The fantasy designs would make an original gift for any guy.
$10-$20 on MarcArtShop.com
Weekender coffee set
For the man who loves to consume coffee and “all the news that’s fit to print,’’ there’s this coffee set sold by Starbucks. It includes a bag of Starbucks Espresso Roast whole bean coffee, a coffee press, and an eight-week subscription to The New York Times.
$40 from Starbucks
The hottest gift of the 2013 shopping season seems to be the GoPro camera, now used by everyday people and not just extreme athletes. This starter GoPro camera is waterproof and meant to take video from a first-person point of view. And with Wi-Fi capability, every guy in your life can share his videos straight from his smartphone or tablet.
$200 from GoPro
For the avid traveler there are several apps out there to make traveling a more efficient and enjoyable experience. Smarter Travel rounded up the best travel apps to gift, an easy process through the Apple App store or through a gift card to the Amazon app store. Travel App Box is the “Swiss Army knife’’ of travel apps because it includes size, currency and unit converters, tip calculators, maps, translation tools, and dialing codes for international travel.
$1.99 on Apple
When the winter cold arrives, every man is going to need a pair of slippers. This J. Crew version comes fleece-lined and in two different colors.
$60 from J. Crew
GPS running watch
For the runner man, a GPS watch is the perfect gift. This Garmin model tracks distance, speed, pace, personal records, and calories. Whether your gift-reciever is in training for a marathon or just an avid runner, this watch will track everything in one place.
$130 from City Sports
Chemistry book flask
To bear all those holiday parties, the chemistry nerd now has a great hideout for that extra holiday fun. The flask hidden inside the chemistry book will provide laughs for the chemistry enthusiasts in your life.
$19 at Barnes and Noble
Pancake breakfast set
After opening gifts on Christmas morning, everyone works up an appetite. Please every man in the house with Williams-Sonoma’s pancake breakfast kit, complete with pancake mix, syrup, a spatula, and a dish towel for cleanup.
$50 from Williams-Sonoma
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Local company, Corn and Co. offers a huge variety of gourmet flavored popcorn, from the classic caramel to the weird dill pickle, and everything savory and sweet in between. Their gift tins and samplers will give even the biggest popcorn fan something new to try. Corn and Co. will also be at the Downtown Boston Holiday Market through the month of December.
$35-$60 from Corn and Co.
Circular saw and drill set
For the handy man, tools are always a good bet, with a gift receipt of course. This combo set comes with battery-powered tools, a circular saw, and drill.
$100 from Home Depot
Talking grill meat thermometer
For the ultimate grill master and party animal, the grill alert meat thermometer tracks meat temperature then alerts the griller when the meat is ready.
$70 from Brookstone
Personalized leather wallet
Even the most minimalist man will appreciate a handmade leather wallet with his initials. Wallets make great gifts for the man who has everything and needs nothing. Wallets can be found in many places, but look to Etsy.com for handmade and personalized ones.
$80 from Fat Cat Leather via Etsy
Boston sports T-shirts
It’s no secret that Boston sports fandom is a body of devoted followers. Get the Boston fan in your life a clever and locally sold T-shirt. I Love Boston Sports sells shirts and apparel for all the teams with a cheeky twist. They will also be featured at the Downtown Boston Holiday Market through December.
$20 from I Love Boston Sports
Hobbit sting letter opener
Lord of the Ring and Hobbit fans can extend their fandom beyond the movie screen this holiday season. This Hobbit sting letter opener captures the adventures of Bilbo Baggins in a practical household item.
$30 from Barnes and Noble
Keep the men in your life looking stylish while giving to a charity. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family’’ fame has started his own line of bow ties to support marriage equality. $20 from every $25 purchase goes to various LGBT causes working toward equal marriage rights for all.
$25 on TietheKnot.org