HOW are we already here? Just like that it’s gift giving season! This year I am determined to have my act together, to get my decorating done early so I can actually enjoy it (full disclosure: my tree and wreaths have been up for 2 days) and to at least know what I’m getting people. To that end, the research that goes into putting these gift guides together has been so helpful! I love discovering great gift ideas and of course, sharing some of my own favorite purchases with all of you. Here’s hoping you can cross some people off your list and be sitting pretty with a glass of sparkling something well before the holidays. I’m kicking it off with the gifts for guys, because we all know they’re the hardest ones to shop for right? Stay tuned because I have a boys, girls, your bestie, the hostess and under $50 all coming up!
ONE: Away Travel Suitcase If you’ve got a big traveler in your life, he’ll appreciate an Away Travel Suitcase. Not only can its hard outer shell take a baggage claim beating, its got super smooth 360 degree wheels for easy maneuverability and, best of all, a built-in battery to charge any of his USB enabled device. No more clamoring for real estate beside that one measly outlet at his gate!
TWO: Solo Stove Fire Pit A fire pit wherever you want one! The Solo Stove Fire Pit is sleek, light and best of all NO SMOKE. Nothing kills your s’mores vibe faster than sitting down wind from a smoky fire pit and the high walls on this little stove eliminates that annoyance altogether. It is perfect for small spaces and unlike most fire pits, it’s easy to move from the patio to the camp ground, etc with ease. We have one and it’s so great to be able to move it into the garage when we’re not using it.
FOUR: Railroad spike bottle opener A cool, conversation starting bottle opener, the Railroad spike bottle opener is made from an actual railroad spike (yes, the same ones they use to hold actual railroads), just converted into a handy craft beer bottle opening device. Brilliant!
FIVE: Monoprice Amp & Speakers If you’ve got a music buff on your list, the Monoprice Amp & Speakers are the perfect gift. This tube amp system delivers the warm sound of old school vinyl with the convenience of Bluetooth. Your audiophile will love that he can stream his favorites wirelessly while still enjoying that retro sound. And its cool design with lighted meters and the warm glow of the exposed amp tubes keep it from being a total eye sore sitting on your bookshelf.
SIX: Beats Wireless Headphones If he’s got a new iPhone, chances are pretty good he needs new wireless headphones (since the new phone has no headphone jack…thanks Apple!) The Beats Wireless Headphones have the same super clear sound as its bulkier counterpart but with an integrated mic to let him take calls. 8 hours of battery life and, maybe best of all, magnetic ear buds that keep the pair connected when not in use to cut down on annoying tangles!
SEVEN: Ember Temperature Control Mug If George Jetson had a travel mug, this would be it! This sleek mug holds his coffee, tea (or spiked cider…no judgement) at just the perfect temperature. But this is not your standard battery powered warming mug. Yes, it keeps his drink warm but it can also cool it down to just the right drinking temperature. No more burning all taste buds as he (impatiently) waits for his latte to cool down. Just pour it in the Ember, rotate the base to set the temp and it comes down to the perfect drinking temperature.
EIGHT: BakerStone Pizza Oven Box Kit For the pizza lovers and grilling enthusiasts (doesn’t that cover like 90% of men?), the BakerStone Pizza Oven Box is THE gift. This little contraption will turn his outdoor grill into his own little pizzeria, converting the temperature of the grill into a that of a real wood burning pizza oven. I love this thing and I know exactly who on my list is getting one!
NINE: Tenergy bluetooth beanie Exactly what it sounds like – a fleece lined beanie equipped with bluetooth compatible speakers to give him 6 hours of wireless music time. It’s perfect for all those winter sports….or for all those teens who insist on wearing beanies whether it’s 20 degrees or 70 degrees. Three touch buttons by the ear let you control volume and skip to the next track. And yes, the speaker is removable so you can toss this beanie right in the wash when it needs it. File this one under “why didn’t I think of that” ideas, right?! Also, in case any of you ladies out there are interested, they also have this cute pom pom topped style (not that we ever shop for ourselves when we’re shopping these lists, right?)
TEN: Tower Garden Growing System The cleanest, simplest and most efficient way to grow fresh fruits & vegetables right in your home ALL WINTER LONG. Using aeroponics (like hydroponics but with less water) he can chose from 150 different plants to grow in as little as a 3′ x 3′ area. I have seen this thing in action first hand and it’s unreal how fast the vegetables grow. Some leafy greens are ready in as little as 4 weeks!
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