2018 Gift Guide: Husbands, Dads, and Brothers

11 December 2018

If your male loved one is anything like mine, he gives you little direction on gifts – but is happy with anything you choose! Here, a few favorites that we’ve either gifted or gotten in the past that might become beloved in your family, too.

gift guide for guys

A. At-home whetstone | I’m no kitchen expert, but we have one of these and it seems to do a great job sharpening our knives with little effort!
B. Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth | A cult favorite in the finance community – one of the most successful self-published books of all time!
C. Landmark tees | John loves these soft tees, and with all their sharp-looking designs you’re sure to find a national treasure your guy loves.
D. Guitar hook | I’ve written about these before – so classy and useful if there’s a guitar in your home!
E. Work bag | This was my early Christmas gift to John this year, in celebration of his new job. I think it strikes a nice balance between youthful and professional!
F. Star spangled spatula | I know at least one patriotic husband who would really enjoy flipping burgers with this.
G. Leather work gloves | Made in the USA and handsome for house projects.
H. Ring door bell | To help him feel confident his beloved family is safe! :)
I. Fruit & nut clusters | John’s parents buy these for us every year, and they are DANGEROUS. So delicious!
J. Paring knife | John’s parents also put these in one of our stockings one year, and we’ve been hooked ever since! They’re perfect to take on a picnic, since they’re compact, super-sharp, and come with a plastic sheath.
K. Stowaway chair | If you love going to outdoor concerts or movies, these low-slung, reclined folding chairs are perfect!
L. Striped tie | I never really understood why people included ties on gift guides until John started a job where he needs to wear a suit every day. Now I get it :)
M. Southern honey | We visited Asheville Bee Charmer’s honey tasting bar this fall and John thought it was pretty much the coolest thing ever. His favorites were the sourwood and acacia, but you can’t go wrong with any flavor!
N. Socks | I’ve written before that one of John’s very favorite gifts is a good pair of socks. I also like these, these, and these!
O. Bottle opener | To coordinate with his spatula :)
P. Camping cookbook | For the backyard or deep in the woods. Add these roasting sticks for a complete gift!
Q. Pennant | I feel like this would be neat in John’s office, but fear he might find it too hipster :) Maybe your guy would think differently?

Of course, I also love giving experiential gifts – tickets to a game or a show, dinner out, an indoor skydiving place gift card… the options are endless :)

I hope this is helpful!!

2018 Guides:
Sisters, Moms, and Best Friends
Parents, In-Laws, and Grandparents

P.S. I’ve written two other guy gift guides over the years and still love all of the picks – here and here!

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December 11, 2018 7:06 am

Great gift guide collection!
On a bittersweet note- that star spangled spatula was designed by a RISD classmate of mine, Jacob Riley-Wasserman, who past away a few years ago. You might be interested in this http://area.areaware.com/remembering-jacob/ as it talks about him and his flipfor cancer project. It gives even more reason that this is a great gift, as he was an exceptional designer and person.

December 11, 2018 8:24 am

Landmark Project has gotten lots of business from people shopping for Dave over the years, ever since you first shared about them! :) I can’t wait to see you on Thursday and get caught up on all that’s going on in your house!!

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December 12, 2018 11:20 pm

Wow thank you so much for including us in your gift guide! I’m honored!! :)

December 13, 2018 10:24 am

So many fun things! I snagged a few ideas for Andy too. His big gift this year is a travelling garment bag. He usually just travels with loose hangers of shirts for our road trips but it doesn’t work well for flights haha

December 14, 2018 12:57 pm

Decided to get one of the Landmark tees for my sister in law since she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this year! Her trail nickname ended up be “Cactus” and the color shirt I picked out happened to be called cactus. Perfect coincidence!