Here at Everyguyed we know what a struggle it can be to find the perfect gift for the men in your life. What will they appreciate? What’s something he’ll be glad to show off? Will he actually use it? These are all questions that have plagued the minds of many and have become commonplace for gift givers trying to decide if their thought will count or will be overlooked. Not to worry. We’ve scoured through webstores, battled through the trenches, and have done the brunt of the leg work for you, so you can focus on the more sincere aspects of the holidays, like spending time with your family. Over the course of the next three weeks we’ll bring you a new installment of our four-part gift guide designed to suit any budget. We’re guaranteeing that these gifts are not only foolproof, but are bound to improve the recipient’s life in one way or another.
Sid Mashburn V-Neck Cashmere Sweater
If there was only one sweater a man should have in his arsenal, it’s a fitted cashmere light grey v-neck sweater. While cashmere holds a significantly higher price tag than cotton or wool, it also feels much more luxurious to the touch – which should be a necessity around the holidays. The added benefit of fine cashmere sweaters – aside from style, of course – is that they don’t require the need to be laundered as often as cotton versions. Atlanta-based menswear haberdasher Sid Mashburn hits the sweet spot with their in-house line of v-neck knits. The “V” opening isn’t too small or too large, just the right size to let a bit of shirt and tie to show or a peek of a t-shirt underneath.
Why it won’t miss: Cashmere is a gift of luxury. Even he is the kind of guy who doesn’t source out luxury goods on his own, he will appreciate owning one. The coziness of cashmere is unparalleled in other fabrics. And for that reason alone, he’ll be reaching for it in place of his hooded sweater faster than you think. ($275 at Sid Mashburn)
Apple iPad 2
Did you really think we were going to do a gift guide and not include the iPad 2? I mean, really. What was once a conceptual idea to make the laptop experience more portable and compact is now a reality and is an improvement from the 1st generation version. Whether he’ll use it for personal or professional use (or both), he’ll be glad he has the world at his fingertips on a screen that’s bigger than 4.5”.
Why it won’t miss: Even if the guy you have in mind isn’t much of a computer guy, he will appreciate how this tablet will help benefit his life. When he’s got to pretend he can actually cook a meal for a lady friend, there’s an app for that. When he’s lost in traffic and needs to get out of a bind, there’s an app for that. When he comes home from work and wants to dial into the latest sporting news, there’s an app for that. You get the idea. ($500 at Apple)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Digital Camera
We’re not knocking the convenience of snapping photos with your iPhone or other mobile device, but for those times when he’s actually planning something rather momentous, like taking a vacation to Costa Rica or Italy, he should be armed with something that doesn’t require a lot of fussing but takes exceptional photos. Enter Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FX78 digital camera. It features a smart touch operation on a large 3.5-inch, 16:9 aspect LCD screen, which has touch auto focus, touch zoom, touch shutter, and touch playback capabilities. One of the strongest points of the camera is that it truly excels in low-lighting scenarios, which is something that a lot of similar cameras pale by comparison.
Why it won’t miss: Digital cameras are ideal for the guy who loves/wants to document key moments without a cheap Instagram filters or grainy camera phone photos. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to operate it, either. Just turn it on, point and shoot. Once he sees the difference in image quality, he’ll wonder why he was settling for low-resolution pictures in the first place. ($309.99 at Amazon)
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
There is no denying that Bose is at the top of their game in making exceptional audio products, any audiophile website can corroborate that statement. But it’s the brand’s QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones that are easily the most coveted item in their product lineup. These would make a perfect gift for the guy who is constantly on the move.
Why it won’t miss: Whether he frequently travels for business by plane, or is making a short commute to work on the train, he’ll be able to drown out that screaming baby or that chatty girl who wholeheartedly feels that everyone wants to know the status of her relationship. Hell, even if he works from home, he can put them to good use. These babies are the best for a reason. ($299.95 at Amazon)
Danby DBC514BLS 5.3 Cu. Ft. Silhouette Beverage Center
There isn’t a single guy on this planet that wouldn’t appreciate a separate fridge for beverages. Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely true. But we challenge you to find us someone who would take offence to receiving one of these beauties by Danby. It’s ideal for the single bachelor, but just as appropriate for the family man who has been demoted to the mandatory man cave. The best part about this model is that’s not an eyesore like so many beverage coolers on the market, and has the capacity to store bottles of wine and liquor in addition to cans. Another useful feature is the exact digital thermostat displayed in LED lighting on the front of the fridge. This allows for precise temperatures to be set and seen in plain view through the UV tinted tempered glass door.
Why it won’t miss: This isn’t the beer fridge he got in college. It’s sleek, refined and is something that will do its job properly. In the event he ends up sharing it with a partner, she’ll likely appreciate that it has a function to protect wine from harmful damage. But we have a premonition it will remain his beverage domain. ($897.99 at Amazon)