"Manly arts such as flying jets, riding cross country on a motorcycle, designing and building my own… more homes. Learning to paint with oils, running a small business, baking my own breads. Brewing beer, distilling and aging whisky. But I never bought a 5 pound pork belly until a week ago. Local butcher, apply the rub from Man Crates, bag and wait....but... I have never built my own cold smoker either. I had a week to complete that project. A little design and engineering from youtube and the web helped. Combination apple wood and hickory!! Stunning results. Perfection. Bacon with eggs, bacon with roasted brussels sprouts, bacon bits with tofu and vegetables and bacon with bacon." - Alan less
"Finally a gift that puts the WIN in WINE!! I gave this as a housewarming gift to my… more engineer-brother who just relocated from Chicago to Dallas a few weeks ago. It was priceless to watch him tear into the crate, tell us how "Fancy" the rolling wine glasses made him feel, but all while he was actively engaged the Scratch ‘n Sniff Wine Guide. Truly the perfect gift for the man who doesn’t care if the glass is half full or half empty, just as long as there’s wine in the glass!!" - Ashley less
Every year, you have one less gift you’ll be able to get them. We know mates on their twentieth anniversary who already have a handful of engraved, personalized items, and all the gadgets their inner child could ever want. This gets tricky, but it’s not a lost cause. For everything he has, you can branch-off and get him something else. He enjoys his fine liquors; get him a new glass set. He’s a collector; there’s a never-ending list of watches we’re accumulating here. When in doubt, build on what’s already been built upon. It may no seem as “custom” to you, but if they have a clear interest in it, they’re going to appreciate it more than you think.
One of the sleekest and smartest trackers on the market, Fitbit's Versa makes a great gift for the health-conscious traveler. Some of our favorite features: auto-exercise recognition and built-in guided workouts, 24/7 heart rate tracking, room to store hundreds of songs for phone-free listening, and an impressive four- to five-day battery life. Toss in a few interchangeable leather straps and gift them as a bundle.
This is one gift that any women will really love. Everyone enjoys a good massage, but who has the time or money to get a professional one at any time that the urge arises? Instead, get her a massager of her own that she can use on herself. There is a huge variety of options out there, so see if you can catch her complaining about being sore anywhere specific as there are great choices for feet, head, back, and just all-over options too.
But no matter the guy, food baskets make great gifts for guys. Whether it's a food basket stocked full of his favorite snacks that he can munch on while watching the game or a box of delicious chocolate-covered strawberries for an after-dinner treat, food always makes for one of the top gifts for men. When it comes to shopping for birthday gifts for him or stocking stuffers for Christmas, make it all about something he can use and enjoy right away. Picking Christmas and birthday gifts for men doesn't have to be hard!
Instead of searching high and low for the perfect pillow, make this Christmas gift that you know your friend will love! Sketch a geometric design on a square piece of kraft paper to make a template, then trace onto fabric and cut to size. Stitch the shapes together and press the seams open. Cut solid-color fabric to make the back of the pillow covering. Stitch the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, press, and stuff with a pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.
If you’re not already a Gear Hungry member, you’re missing out on some serious perks. It doesn’t cost anything, it’s just a three-step process to make an account, and it’s primarily used for making epic wish lists. We’re popping the best gear on here every single day, from singular reviews to in-depth buying guides with immense coverage. When it comes to our gift section, we’re thinking forward about what the guy in your life is looking for.
Maddie is APW's Chief Revenue Officer. She's been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, she currently lives on a pony farm in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Michael, their son Lincoln, and an obnoxious mastiff named Gaia. Current hair color: Natural (gasp!)
Just Like the Newsies - There’s just something classic about brown paper and leather strip tying it all together. This is fairly cheap since the paper isn’t bleached or treated in most cases. It also saves you from buying a big roll of wrapping paper when you’re only wrapping a single gift. This wrapping is excellent for gifting clothing or stylish items.
Some exchanges may require you to bring a form of photo ID, even just for exchanges. If there’s a physical store, you can go for the same item in different colors or sizes, or as we mentioned, something of equal or lesser value. In the end, you could even grab the store credit, and transfer it over to the gentleman on your list who didn’t like the gift. That way, he’ll be able to go pick something out or use it with his own money for a larger purchase.
You've probably seen this trendy luggage on Instagram, since it's a travel blogger favorite. The brand is also one of our favorites here at Reviewed. When we tested checked luggage, Away won as our best hard-sided suitcase. It comes in 14 different colors and looks much different than your average carry-on. My personal favorite is the blush color. If you don’t want to splurge on a suitcase as a gift for the traveler, consider a duffle bag instead. Sole Society’s ‘Lacie’ Faux Leather Duffel Bag is a perfect, inexpensive option for the trendy traveler.
How cute is this camera?! This is a great gift for people who love taking pictures and HAVING pictures. I bought and used the Instax Mini 9 at my wedding this year for guests to take photos of themselves. A friend also had the camera while we were traveling in Greece this summer, and I have some of those pictures hanging on my fridge. Great for adults, college students, and teens, this Fujifilm camera is an excellent gift.
We can’t tell you how to budget, but planning as far ahead of time as possible will keep you from experiencing unexpected expenses during rough seasons, and maybe even allow you to treat yourself for all the research and thoughtfulness you’ve done today. We do know that putting proper provisions in place allows you to stave-off all the anxiety and worry that comes with gift buying, and allow you to focus on fantasizing about their reactions.
Christmas candles are an inexpensive gift for the holidays, and you can add a homemade touch by personalizing the wrapping paper. This easy gift is the perfect stocking stuffer (or gift exchange item), and our DIY wrapping paper is easy to customize when you create your own rubber stamps. Plus, friends and family will love the special touch you add to any Christmas gift with homemade wrapping paper.
Specialty Gifts: Never settle for generic products on the main aisle of your local big-box store again. Many of our unique merchants offer exclusive gifts you simply won’t find anywhere else. Find personalized Christmas gifts, custom creations and one-of-a-kind products that are as unique as each of your recipients, all from the comfort of your home or office.
Spread a little holiday joy this year with custom Christmas gifts from Personal Creations. Personalized ornaments make a great personalized Christmas present to add a special touch to your Christmas tree this year. Find Christmas gift ideas and shop our collection of personalized stockings, Christmas decor, and great customized Christmas gifts for her, him, and baby as well! Whether you’re looking for the perfect advent calendar to count the days down to Christmas or just a unique Christmas stocking to hang over the fireplace, Personal Creations will help add a personal touch that is guaranteed to delight your loved ones with great Xmas gifts this season. Find a unique Christmas gift today!
For one, procrastination is not your friend. If you’re reading this in a panic, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of last-minute gifters out there, but from this point going forward, you can’t procrastinate. Nobody likes the anxiety of trying to grab a last-minute gift, only to find that all the shipping dates suck. Since a lot of the products we review are available on Amazon (what isn’t, right?), we’re big advocates of getting Amazon Prime to cut-down on delivery time restrictions. Even during the holiday season, they manage to pull off miraculous deliveries that still shock most of us.
I have been wanting to buy Madewell's classic leather tote bag for a while now, so I did not hesitate to purchase it when they came out with a zip top version of the bag this year. The classic tote is big enough to hold all my stuff for work, stylish enough for me to use on weekends when I don't have a lot in it, and the zip top makes it perfect for traveling on weekend trips with (or using as a carry-on while flying). The bag comes in a few different colors. I have it in English Saddle, which is of course my personal fave.
In the old days, shopping for gifts during the holidays was quite the experience. People like you and me were forced to brave the harsh winter weather, combat crowds of frantic shoppers, and scramble from store to store to find great Christmas gifts during the busy holiday season. Most of us were limited to whatever the local shops and big-box stores had to offer, so finding unique presents and specialty items was quite a chore.
"My boyfriend had a rough week at work, so I decided to Google "man gift baskets" and came across… more your site. I ordered this crate and did next day shipping to have it delivered to his work. I just got a text message about how awesome the gift was and how much he loved it. Your site is easy to use, I love the idea of the reminders, and cannot wait to shop with you guys again!" - Aly less
The My Boot Trees make magnificent unique Christmas gifts for those boot-lovin’ loved ones on your holiday shopping list this year! Available in a wide variety of color and pattern choices, they are a great way to add a little pizazz to your recipient’s closet or boot storage area. Each pair even includes two black wooden tie-on tags for a touch of personalization. Hand created right here in...
Whether it's your first or fiftieth anniversary, you want to make it special. Surprise your spouse or significant other with a personalized anniversary gift that shows how well you know and adore them. Custom-made jewelry, personalized wall art and photo frames that commemorate the special day you met or married, are just some of our great anniversary day gift ideas.
Give the gift of a hand-painted Mason jar or glass container this holiday season. They make gorgeous vases, makeup brush holders, or pencil cups. To craft this Christmas gift, paint the outside of the jars with two coats of paint. We mixed several shades of pink with white to create a range of hues, but any color scheme works. For a touch of glam, mask the top of the jar with painter's tape and cover the bottom with glitter spray paint.
It’s everything that we’ve talked about, but on the flip side. They’re finally taking the final load off, and kicking their feet up on top of all their accomplishments. You can’t really get them anything for their career or business, so it’s all about them. For this, a relaxing experience day is just the ticket, or a celebratory night out with you, them, and a couple of others. Pay the tab on the food and drink, and give them a night they’ll never forget.
In our opinion, this is the easiest guy to shop for. He’s not going to be upset, but may not be totally enthused, either. Unless you get him something that blows his mind, or at least all other gifts out of the water, you’ll probably end up prying about how much he really liked the gift. They’re a bit less reactive and often quieter about how they really feel about a gift, whether positive or negative.
A six-panel window frame becomes a weekly calendar that makes a stylish Christmas present. Each day of the workweek is assigned a pane, and the sixth makes room for notes (or your Christmas list). To make, tape off the wood frame with painter's tape and spray several coats of magnetic spray paint on the front of the glass panes, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Paint each pane with colorful chalkboard paint using a paintbrush to edge and a small foam roller to fill in. Let dry. Remove tape from wood frame.