Unusually Practical Guy Gifts for $20-$50
Let’s face it: Guys are tough to buy for. They don’t make it any easier when they say such things as “I don’t want anything” or “It doesn’t matter what you get me” or even “I’ll tell you what I tell my mother: Please don’t buy me anything.” But that kind of negates the whole gift exchange concept.
So we’ve come up with a list of 15 reasonably priced items that any reasonable guy would enjoy. Most of them have a practical bent, because we have found that men tend to like stuff that does stuff or that helps them do stuff. Grunt.
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart-home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more.
It can hear you from across the room with seven far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music. Use Echo to tell your computer to play your favorite tunes, order a pizza, call Uber, whatever your heart desires.
Tuff Viking’s car trunk organizer keeps all of your motoring flotsam and jetsam neat and tidy. It expands up to 2 feet in length with plenty of compartments for tools and equipment, groceries, grocery bags, cleaning supplies, picnic and camping supplies, an emergency roadside kit, etc.
It is fully lined with water-resistant material and made of heavy-duty polyester with double-thread stitching. One side has two compartments to organize items while the other is a large open area. On the outside are two rubberized non-skid floor supports, 10 pockets, one expandable pocket, two buckles for closing the carrier and two handles. The collapsible design folds flat to 1.5 inches.
Kem Playing Cards bill themselves as “the finest playing cards in the world,” “preferred by industry professionals.”
Their Arrow Red and Blue, Poker Size-Jumbo Index Playing Card Set consists of one red and one blue deck made of a unique blend of paper and plastic that provides superior flexibility and strength for long-lasting use. The cards are scuff- and break-resistant and come in a hard black plastic box.
This beer cap map is both a piece of wall art and an homage to our nation’s great brews.
The dark-stained birch plywood map, shaped like the USA, displays over 50 beer bottle caps of your choosing. Perfect for a den or man cave or dude pad. Comes with headless nails for easy hanging.
The Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden is for your guy pal with a black thumb. Just insert the three basil capsules, fill the water tank and plug it in.
Specially developed Smart Soil and built-in sensors make sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen and nutrients so plants thrive with zero effort. It even comes with a grow light that functions on an automatic cycle. When your plants have been harvested, you can get new plants and re-use the Smart Herb Garden as many times as you wish.
If you want to kick your picture-taking up a notch, try the Aukey Ora Clip-on cellphone camera lenses. The Premium Ora 2-in-1 Lens Kit includes a 140-wide-angle lens plus a 10X macro lens (for extreme closeups) to help you capture travel scenery, wide landscapes, detailed close-ups and unique selfies.
Works with both Samsung and iPhone models; a detachable soft rubber clip is easy to adjust and won’t scratch your phone. Comes with a carrying pouch and cleaning cloth.
Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat
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For dads on the go,The Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat is 10 times smaller than a traditional booster seat but just as safe (and meets or exceeds National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards).
This compact, portable booster seat is designed for kids age 4 and up, 40 to 100 pounds, and 40 to 57 inches tall. It folds up to fit into a backpack, glove compartment or tote. Bye bye bulky booster during travel!
These all-natural, gluten-free baking mixes by Simple Mills are perfect for that health-conscious gym-rat pal. The almond flour-based variety pack comes in banana, pumpkin and chocolate flavors that can each be used to make 12 muffins.
The authentic flavors are sourced from unsweetened cocoa, dried bananas and dried pumpkins. The mixes are made with almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar for nutrient value and lower glycemic impact. They are free of grain, gluten, dairy and soy, and are paleo-friendly, non-GMO and kosher. What more could an organic foodie ask for?
If you’ve run out of cool gadgets for your phone or computer, what about a digital endoscope? Pontensic’s Endoscope Borescope/Waterproof Camera plugs into your phone or computer and lets you visualize hard-to-reach places, such as inside vent pipes or car engines, with a tiny, waterproof camera and six adjustable LED lights.
You can capture clear snapshots in high resolution, or shoot videos, and save them to your computer. The camera is on the end of a 16.4-foot cable that can both bend and hold its shape to access a wide variety of confined places. It also works as a digital microscope. (Note: Not iPhone compatible; do not use as actual endoscope.)
These adjustable collar stays by Cleverfit keep your collar from curling up or drooping down for a crisp edge.
With eight “quick click” sizing options, these stays were engineered to accurately fit all men’s traditional collared dress shirts: business, casual and formal. Four adjustable, stainless steel stays are packaged in an ergonomic travel case.
This rugged twill travel tray by Filson holds keys and coins in its water- and tear-resistant cotton fabric.
The edges are bound with saddle-grade leather. It snaps flat into a 9-inch diameter circle. Comes in several color options, including basic black, orange/tan and “otter green.”
The Mason Herb Garden Gift Set by MakersKit provides everything a man needs for a home herb garden, but unlike the kit above, he will have to get his hands dirty.
Layer organic peat pellets, vermiculite and herb seeds (basil, cilantro, parsley and mint) in four half-pint glass mason jars. Use the wood markers and stickers to help you remember which jar holds which herb variety. You will have to water, but the instructions make it easy for you.
Any guy who loves his dog will love you for remembering that.
The odor-free Best Bully Sticks are sourced from all-natural, grass-fed, free-range, American beef free from hormones, antibiotics or unhealthy chemicals, and are high in protein and low in fat. The six-inch-long sticks come 18 to a pack. (Honestly, his best friend would like them more if they were odor-full.)