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Getting a gift for your Dad or the guy in your life shouldn’t be a pressure-filled experience. Who wants to run around and spend money on a gift that you’re not sure he’ll like just for the sake of having something.
A great gift is something we know the person will actually use. But most guys, when they receive a gift that they immediately know they have no use for, will smile and say “thanks”. Then they’ll stick it in a drawer somewhere, never to be seen again.
So, don’t spend your time pacing around the mall, stressing out over having something for your guy and then come home with an electric tie rack. I know because my Dad never used the one I got him. He probably doesn’t need the switchblade comb. And he probably already has the beer guzzler hat.
There are certain things guys would love to have but we don’t buy for ourselves. Either because we don’t get out and shop very often, or we’re just saving money.
Here’s a list of 23 things we’d actually use but may not have. So, if you want to get him something he’ll like and use take a look at this list. He’ll be glad you did.
Kindle Fire 7
Does your guy like to read? The Kindle Fire 7 is one of those gifts that a guy with a family might hesitate to buy for himself because he doesn’t want to spend the money on himself. I received a Kindle as a gift and never realized how much I’d love it. You can bring an entire library in your backpack. Use it on the beach, on vacation, your lunch break, or on the hammock. Having an entire library sitting on your night table is also a great way to keep a clutter free home.
The Life Straw Personal Water Purifier
Does your guy hike or camp? Or does he get lost on the way home from work? With the Life Straw Personal Water Filter you could literally drink out of a mud puddle. Not that I’m encouraging that, but if you hike or spend time in the woods, you never know when you’re going to be lost or delayed. Something so small, yet it can be a lifesaver.
Have you ever brought a container of hot or cold water with you and by lunchtime it’s lukewarm? Not with the Hydro Flask. This will keep hot liquid Hot for 6 hours, and cold drinks Cold for an amazing 24 hours. My daughter brings ice water to school in one of these every day, and I’ve opened it the next morning and found the water still cold. Hydro Flasks come in a variety of sizes, with several different types of cap and almost every color in the rainbow.
I like to grill all year round, night and day, but the average porch or deck light doesn’t put the light where you need it. This Grilluminator Barbeque Light clamps onto the grill wherever you need it. You’ll never eat hockey pucks again because your guy couldn’t see the grill clearly.
Subscription to Spotify
Does anyone even use CDs anymore?
Digital music can go with you anywhere. Hanging out in your backyard? Have your entire library – hundreds of songs right there with you on your smartphone. Have your best music at the beach, at your friend’s house, or just hanging out at home.
I love having Spotify in my car. Even if your car radio can’t do Bluetooth, get an AUX cable for less than $10 at your local Walmart. That’ll connect your smartphone to the car radio so you can blast your favorite songs instead of hearing the same eight songs on the radio.
Spotify has a larger music catalog than both Pandora and Apple Music, with over 30 million songs. And once you download all the songs you want, you can set the ‘Playback’ option to ‘offline’. That way you can play music all day and not use any of your data. You also have the option of sharing your playlists with other users. Spotify has an introductory offer of 3 months for just $0.99.
This is something I hesitated to buy for a while, but I use now literally every day in the house, in the car, the backyard, on a run… wherever.
I bought a nice Bose ‘Soundlink’ Bluetooth speaker for myself for $129.00 which I’m very happy with. When I recently went to buy the same one as a gift for my son I saw this Altec Lansing model displayed next to the Bose that I have, priced the same as the Bose.
The sound from the Altec Lansing blew the Bose away. Not only was it loud, but crystal clear with great bass and treble at a loud volume. Altec Lansing has been making high-end speakers for a long time and they have a great reputation for quality. This one is built especially to take a beating, with padding all around so take it tailgating, to work, to the beach or the backyard. And it looks pretty cool too. Pair this with your subscription to Spotify and it’s party time!
The perfect game for any backyard. Setup these Horseshoes in a corner of the yard and forget about maintaining any broken parts or bringing them in when it rains. Horseshoe stakes are supposed to extend 15 inches above the ground. The stakes in some sets are only 18-19 inches total, but these are a full 24 inches. If you’re having family over, horseshoes is a great game for any age, young or old.
Anybody from your 2nd grader to Grandma can play Ladder Ball. It’s the perfect game for a family gathering, tailgating or just a lazy afternoon in the backyard. Nobody’s gonna pull a muscle or get a bloody nose playing ladder ball. And it’s so easy to take with you since it disassembles into a small bag you can toss in your trunk.
If your guy is a runner, works out or is just pretty active, wired headphones can get annoying. You either have to tuck the cord in your clothes or deal with it waving around. Not with Bluetooth Headphones. They’re nice and compact so you can concentrate on the task at hand rather than a cord pulling at the plugs in your ears.
What does an Amazon Echo do? What can’t it do!
The Echo plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice. You can say things like, “play eighties music” or “play my beach playlist”.
Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio.
Echo hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
It answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather. It actually reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
You can actually control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more if you have a smart home system from companies like Philips Hue or Samsung SmartThings. You can control the Nest thermostat using voice commands. Imagine just sitting on the couch and saying, “Alexa, turn off the kitchen light”, or “Alexa, turn up the air two degrees”. Or even, “Alexa, place my last order at Domino’s”. Seriously!
Samsung SmartThings Hub
A guy opening a new Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit system would be like a kid at Christmas. What is a “smart home” system? These are not the same as security systems. But they do make you feel more secure and comfortable. They’ll enable you to set and control everything from your thermostat, lights, doors, windows, water detectors, cameras and a ton of products from various other manufacturers.
These are no longer the old systems that required a house full of wiring and a complicated setup. This basic system is $99 for the hub and $199 with four sensors to start with. You can customize it by adding additional sensors wherever you need them.
It’s easy to install and operates using your home wireless connection. No cables and no complicated connections. You can see and monitor everything from the hub at home or even through your smartphone. And another cool feature is that the Samsung SmartThings system can control devices from other companies like Bose, First Alert, Schlage, Yale, Cree, Osram, Lightify, and Honeywell to name a few.
It also works with Amazon Alexa, so any device you control through the Samsung system can then be issued a verbal command through Alexa.
Just a few of the things you could do with the Samsung Smart Things are:
- You could be alerted on your smartphone if your smoke or CO2 detector went off.
- You could be alerted of you suddenly had water in your laundry room or basement.
- You could be alerted if your kitchen window suddenly opened while you’re in bed.
- You could place a camera outside your home and be alerted if someone knocked on the door.
- If you also have the Amazon Echo, you could issue a voice command to control many of the features.
Having a smart home system isn’t really complicated anymore and you don’t have to pay someone else a monthly fee. They can save money and add convenience to your home.
Roku Streaming Stick
Have you been itching to cut the cord with your cable subscription? A Roku Streaming Stick is the perfect way to dip your toes in the water and see what kind of content is available before canceling.
Just disconnect one TV from your cable connection, connect the Roku to the TV and start streaming content through your internet connection. Watch anything from Netflix, Amazon Prime, even Roku’s own channels. With cable, you pay month after month to rent their equipment. Roku is a one-time cost for the device and then you’d pay only for the content that you want – not 150 channels you never watch. Once you see the quality of content you can watch for a fraction of the cost, you’ll probably tell cable to hit the road.
No, this isn’t for a little weekend surgery. There are just so many times when you’re working on a task, or camping, hiking, even grilling where you need both hands but also need some strong light. This LED Headlamp is something most guys wouldn’t think to buy for themselves but would always find a use for.
Anyone who’s ever tried to challenge themselves with a longer distance run knows that the key to success is pacing. Get carried away and go out too fast and you’ll pay for it in the second half. If you break down your anticipated finish time into mile splits and can stick to it, you’ll have a much better chance of finishing where you planned. The Pace Band can be ordered with whatever finish time, for whatever distance you choose, along with split times. When you’re in the midst of a race it’ll be much easier to just glance at your wrist than fumbling with a watch.
Push Up Bars
Running or jogging is great for losing pounds, but without any weight training, you’ll lose both weight and muscle tone. Pushups are one of the best exercises for working your entire upper body. Doing them with Pushup Bars enables you to keep your wrists straight, shift the effort to your shoulders, chest, and arms and gain more range of motion in your push up. I like to use these with my feet raised up onto the bed or a chair. Use these at home and then just kick them under the bed, or toss them in your suitcase to get some work in on the road.
Car Battery Jump Starter
A dead battery happens at the most inconvenient times. Like when you’re leaving a mall at closing time and get stuck in a dark parking lot. Or how it happened to me on one of the coldest days last winter when I ran out on a lunchtime errand. There went over two hours while I waited for AAA. Jumper cables may work – if you can find a trustworthy person to help you out.
Or you can call Triple AAA and wait an hour for service. But having your own Portable Instant Charger would enable to start your car instantly and be on your way within minutes. This is a real lifesaver for you or someone you care about to keep in your trunk. It’ amazing that something so powerful and useful takes up less space than a shoebox.
Makita Cordless Drill
A drill is one of the most useful tools around the house. Especially a cordless drill. And the Makita 18-Volt model is great for anything from building an addition on the house or just hanging a few pictures. Don’t bother dragging extension cords around with you. Just pop on one of the two 18 volt batteries and you’re on your way. One charge is enough to drive hundreds of screws or work several days. It’s got a nice ergonomic design and weighs only 3.9 pounds with the battery. This is a great price for a quality drill like a Makita, and it’s a gift he’ll use for years.
Bit and Driver Kit
Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received are small, inexpensive tools or gadgets that I find myself using all the time. And each time I use the gift, I think of the person who gave it to me. This Tekton Drill/Driver Bit Set has a bit that will fit any screw you have around the house. You can use these bits with the included driver or in a drill (like the Makita above). I guarantee he’ll keep this little set handy, will use it often, and will think of you each time.
Rainbowl Motion Sensor Toilet Seat
What guy’s gift list would be complete without a cool toilet gadget? The Rainbowl puts the fun in functional! We’ve all had that feeling when, woken up by nature’s call you’re lying there in bed, planning out your bathroom trip. You don’t want to switch on the blinding lights and not be able to get back to sleep. But you don’t want to bump into stuff if you don’t.
I don’t know who keeps this stat, but there are over 30,000 toilet related injuries each year in the US alone. The Rainbowl’s motion sensor lights will illuminate just the target area – in whatever color you want. No need to switch on or off blinding lights or wake up anyone else. And it shuts itself off. Now if they could just come up with a flush silencer.
Bike Mounted Cell Phone Holder
No, I don’t recommend texting and riding, but this Bike or Motorcycle Cell Phone Holder can let someone know to pull over if they receive an important call or text while they’re out riding. Or listen to music without digging into a pocket. Having your cell phone in a pocket while riding is distracting and leaves you open to an accident by dropping it or by taking your eyes off the road. It fits iPhone 7 (5, 6, 6s, Plus) Samsung Galaxy or any smartphone and fits easily on almost all bicycle and motorcycle handlebars.
Stainless Steel Bottle Opener
Does your guy have a favorite hangout in the backyard or man cave? It might be nice not to have to fumble around for an opener. This stainless steel opener will never rust and always come in handy.
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
This Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker makes a delicious breakfast in literally 5 minutes. Just plug it in while you get your English muffin, egg, cheese and choice of meat out of the fridge. Put half of your muffin in, then top it with cheese, meat and slide the separator over. Crack your egg into it, pop on the muffin top and close the top. In five minutes enjoy your own delicious McDaddy.
Insulated Padded Drink Carrier
This padded, Insulated Neoprene Drink Carrier is the perfect way to take a six to your local BYOB. Take it to dinner, tailgating, picnics or just hanging by the pool. It’s nice because once it’s empty, it’s soft enough to collapse and stuff into your bag. Give it to him with a six of his favorite brew inside and you’ll see a real smile, not that polite, “oh how nice” smile.
Well, there you have it. Whatever your Dad or favorite guy’s tastes are, there’s probably something here that he’ll actually get some use out of. Cute coffee mugs are nice, but if you want to see your guy’s eyes light up, get him something he can grab a hold of and use. And he’ll think of you each time.