A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

A Men’s Holiday Gift Guide to help you with shopping for the men in your life!

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Today I’m super excited to share a post written by my husband, Tobin!  I thought it might help you to have some ideas for gifts for the men in your lives, because I know how hard they are to buy for.  Seriously, why are men SO hard to by for?  I hope this guide will give you some useful ideas so you can get your Christmas shopping done relatively stress free!

 The Hubbys Christmas Gift Guide

Hello A Pretty Life readers, I’m Tobin, the husband behind the blog!  I’m hoping that I can shed some light into what to buy for your men this holiday season.  

Whoever said it is better to give than to receive never got a custom splitting axe for Christmas.  Being a husband and a father seems to have triggered some sort of auto response when asked for a gift list for the holidays.  “Oh, I could use some work shirts, a new pair of gloves, maybe a new shaving kit…”  I ask for the practical things, the everyday things that we need…BORING!  Sure the shaving kit is something I need but let’s be honest, I am just going buy it anyway.  Do you want see your guy light up like a Christmas tree?   Give him something he wants, but would never buy…let’s do this!


For the Outdoorsman

I love to go camping.  One of my favourite things to do when we camp is split wood for the fire.  Most axes out there are run of the mill, big box store axes.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the mainstream axe – they cut wood just fine.  But when you pull up to the group campground and your guy can pull out an axe with hand forged steel and an American Hickory handle, he is going to chop wood like a champion and be the envy of every firestarter in the campground.  If your guy already has an axe, you can never go wrong with a camping hatchet.  If your guy splits wood in flip flops you may want to skip this one…I’ve added one of these Gransfors Bruks Axes to my list this year.

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JORD Men's Watch

For the Every Man

Guys either love watches or hate them, there is no in between.  If your guy hates watches, I am sure we can find him something else…unless he splits wood in flip flops, then he is on strike two.  For the rest of us, watches are an indulgence.  Most guys will have an everyday watch that works well but never the fancy one because we’re either just too practical or we don’t want to spend the money on ourselves.  But really, a great watch is a nice way to round out an outfit and make a guy feel good.  I think we need to view watches as a great accessory to an outfit.  We need to look and feel good too!  And there are amazing affordable watches if you know where to find them.  I was recently introduced to a brand called JORD, and not only are the JORD watches very stylish, they are made of wood, which I think is so unique and awesome.  JORD watches are hand-crafted wood timepieces that come in a variety of colours and styles.  I chose this Ebony and Rosewood Jord Watch, and I love it.  It’s classy, unique and goes with everything.

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For the Cook

I love to cook and have been using an old set of knives we got over 15 years ago as a wedding present.  They work fine and I could probably use them until I either cut off all my digits or get so old I only eat mushy food, but where is the fun in that?!  If I find Japanese handcrafted steel under my tree this Christmas, I am going to be happier than Godzilla rampaging through Tokyo.  Paring knives are a good start and chef knives are over the top.  For the guy who already has a good set of knives, try a pair of kitchen shears.  This is one of those win-win gifts, your guy is inspired to cook more and you can enjoy the spoils of his labour!  I’ve been eyeing up knives from Knifewear.com!

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For the Fashion Conscious

Guys can be horrible to buy clothes for.  A safe bet for things that always fit are socks and underwear.  Now I know what you are thinking, socks and underwear are boring.  Not so fast, you can make them exciting…and not in an edible, weirdo kinda way.  Online sock stores have come along way from the knee high 80’s gym sock special…unless you are a hipster, they pay a premium for those.  For the rest of us, nothing beats a funky pair of socks, the wilder the better!  My kids gave me these socks from Sock It To Me this year and I love ‘em!

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Next up is underwear.  Gone are the days of Dad opening up the old 3 pack of tighty whiteys.  No child needs to sit through that 5 minutes of uncomfortableness.  Give your guy the gift of comfort and joy.  I was put onto Saxx this past year and they are without a doubt, the MOST comfortable and life changing underwear in the universe. Plus, they have a lumberjack print that goes great with the Axe.

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For the Shoe-a-Holic 

Does your guy have 50 pairs of sneakers?  Does he come home with a new pair of kicks everytime he goes shopping?  Are his shoes carefully showcased in your closet?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you have a Shoe-A-Holic on your hands.  If you want to Mic Drop the Shoe-A-Holic this holiday season, go online and order a pair of custom shoes.  Many top brands have custom options where you can take your guys favourite shoes, pick unique colors and patterns, add text, and essentially make a one of a kind shoe that no one else on the planet has.  Nike and Vans, both have pretty cool custom options!

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For the Time Crunched Guy That Needs Some Exercise

This one is near and dear to my heart and a gift I gave to myself.  We have three kids and our family is always on the go, between work and family commitments there is barely enough time in the day to stop and think.  I needed exercise but wanted to do something fun, fast, and as a total body workout that I could drop into anytime.  Seems like a lot to ask right?  Well, I found 9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness and it is AWESOME.  9Round is a 30 minute kickboxing themed workout consisting of 9 different stations that you do in 3 minute intervals.  I get to sweat hard, get a great workout, and punch and kick ALL my stresses away in 30 minutes.  The stations change everyday so no routine is the same, and the trainers are amazing!  Again, a win-win gift.  Your guy turns into a chiseled stud…or at least is a lot less stressed and can swing the axe a few more times without breaking a sweat!

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For the Garage Guy

Everyone knows that one guy who has a garage that is immaculate.  You could eat off the floor, he has every tool known to man, and his garage is his man cave.  If you don’t know this guy, you should find one, he is super handy.  One thing the Garage Guy usually neglects though, is the garage door opener.  How could a garage door opener be unique and cool?  Let me tell you.  I have a Ryobi garage door opener in my garage and every single guy that comes to the house marvels at it.  The Ryobi opener is super quiet, like sneak-into-the-house-at-3AM-and-not-wake-the-baby-ninja, quiet.  The Ryobi opener also comes with several optional attachements…retractible cord reel, laser parking assist, fan, bluetooth speaker…this thing is like the Swiss Army knife of garage door openers and the accessories make great birthday or Fathers Day gifts.  Another cool feature that I love is that I can open my garage door from my phone, from anywhere.  I can also get alerts on my phone if the door is open too long or if my kids are trying to sneak in at 3am like ninjas.  And if you ever forget your house key and are locked out of the house, and your garage door is locked on vacation mode because your kids fiddled with the opener, leaving you stranded outside in minus 10 degree weather, but you have your phone, you are saved because you can disable said mode with the app.  Ask me how I know.  Best garage door opener ever.  For real.

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For the Beer Drinker

Part of the reason I need to go to the gym is my love of craft beer.   An easy gift for craft beer lovers are  large format bottles (think 21 ounce/650 ml), these are great as stocking stuffers.  Check out your local breweries, they usually  have unique seasonal offerings that most Beer Guys will be happy to try.  To take your Beer Guys tasting experience to the next level you can put a set of tasting glasses under the tree.  The Spiegelau glass set will tickle any beer geeks tastebuds and have him blaming the turkey for his post dinner ”nap”.  IPA, Stout, and American Wheat Beer Glasses are a good start for any Beer Guy.

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If you really want to spoil your Beer Guy, help make his favourite brew portable.  Most Craft Breweries have growler bars.  For the non beer type, this is essentailly a tap where you put a bunch of beer in what looks like a moonshine jug.  The problem is the beer is usually only good for two days in the usual Growler format.  But not with the ManCan!  The ManCan utilizes CO2 cartridges (awesome), stainless steel casing, and threaded fitting and gasket seal (super awesome) to give you 30 days of crafty beer freshness (mind blowingly awesome).  You can also order online and get it personalized with logo’s, graphics etc to make your Beer Guys ManCan a one of a kind!

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And with that, I leave you to find that special gift for that special someone…assuming that special someone is not a flip flop wearing, watch hating, underwear avoiding, non drinker who hates exercise.  If that is the case, soap on a rope might do the trick.

 Happy Holidays,

Tobin  (AKA the blogger husband)

For more gift guides and holiday shopping ideas, visit here:


Women’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Teenage Girl Holiday Gift Guide

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Disclosure:  We received the JORD watch and Ryobi Garage Door Opener for review, but if I didn’t love them there’s no way I would have included them in my holiday gift guide!  Only things we love and use end up on these lists!  And my kids bought me the socks…they’re awesome like that.

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  • Reply Virginia Fynes December 1, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Tobin!!! ITs great to see you here, great picks for xmas!!

  • Reply Daiana Bijou December 22, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Thanks for the great picks for Christmas! Completely not blaming you but For other disclosure purposes, the Jord watch I received here in Canada had a brokerage charge of $63.46!!! Yikes, I wasn’t expecting that!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

      OH my goodness I wouldn’t be expecting that either! Thank you for letting me know!

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