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The Guy Gift Holiday Shopping Guide: You’re Stuck On What To Get, But Lifestyles Expert Vanessa Rae Has The Solution

The Guy Gift Holiday Shopping Guide: You’re Stuck On What To Get, But Lifestyles Expert Vanessa Rae Has The Solution

Most of us have a guy in our life, whether it be your dad, brother, uncle, husband, boyfriend, brother-in-law – you catch the drift. The problem around the holidays (besides the inevitable family feuds) is: what the heck do you get them…especially the ones who have everything.

Vanessa Rae, Features Reporter and Lifestyles Expert has appeared on The Today Show and MSNBC.com has the guru giving guide to guy gifts (say that five times fast).

121511 – 0845 – Vanessa Rae – 10 Gifts For Man In Your Life

Check out these gifts that Vanessa put together, and we think you’ll see something will match even the hardest guy to shop for.

The Guy Who Appreciates A Good Drink | The Wine Enthusiast | The Camper And TailgaterThe Music Lover
The Car Enthusiast or Adventure Seeker | The Guy Who Dresses To Impress | The Techie

For The Guy Who Appreciates A Good Drink

Make your own beer kit from the Brooklyn Brew Shop:

Your choice of Gingerbread Ale, Chestnut Brown Ale, Honey Sage Seasonal, Chocolate Maple Porter, IPA (and more). The 1 Gallon Kit contains your choice of mix, 1 Gallon glass fermenter, 3 piece chambered air lock, screw top stopper, thermometer, plastic tubing, tubing clamp, racking cane, and sanitizer. There are also some 5 gallon kits. There are easy to follow video and written instructions on the web site. Holiday Gift sets range from a $75 starter kit to $150 deluxe set.

Not sure what type of beer your guy likes? Don’t worry! You can get him a gift card and let him make the decision. And if he likes it, he can sign up for the brew of the month club….the book which has 52 seasonal beer recipes, illustrated step-by-step brewing and bottling instructions and equipment guide.

Whether or not he liked chemistry at school, the moleculer Cocktail Revolution Kit is a very cool gift for the wannabe mixologist, ($58.95).

The Wine Enthusiast

For the guy with more discerning tastes, try a great bottle of wine with a vacuum wine stop or a vacuum decanter, it will extend the life of the wine.

– Vacuum Wine Stop (great small gift or stocking stuffer ): Metrokane Vacuum Wine Stop, set of four for $8.98 on Amazon

– Vacume Decanter: Metrokane V1 World’s First Vacume Decanter $67.50

The Camper, Tailgater, Or Guy Who Likes To Grill Or Smoke:

As my boyfriend puts it, guys like to smoke things. And a portable smoker or grill makes an inexpensive gift for the guy who likes to tailgate, camp, or just cook out on his terrace or outdoor space.

Brinkmann Smoke N’ Grill Charcoal Smoker and Grill. At $39.97 this smoker and grill combo won’t make your holiday budget go up in Smoke. Available at home depot.


Bodum Frykat Grill: On Sale at Crate & Barrel for only $39.95!

Or if you think the man you’re shopping for won’t like the fiery orange, try this one: Weber-Stephen Joe Gld Grill 40020 Portable Grill ($35.20)

The Music Lover

Headphones: For the music guy, guy who travels a lot, or guy who’s always on the phone.

High End:

The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Don’t be frightened by the close to $300 price tag. Vanessa’s boyfriend swears these are worth it. The headphones go over the ears so they’re more comfortable for traveling and the noise canceling function is good whether you’re listening to music or just don’t want to hear anyone around you…like that screaming baby who will be up the entire plane ride.


Beat by Dr Dre Wireless Headphones:

These wireless blue tooth headphones are great for the music lover on the go, who wants to listen to music in between phone calls. The headphones has long lasting rechargeable batteries, the voice and music controls are on the ear cups, and they are iphone compatible: they come with an additional Monster iSoniTalk iphone enabled headphone cable with a built-in answer button and microphone.


Less Expensive Headphones and Earbuds:

Skull Candy headphones cost less and look cool, especially if you can find ones decorated with your guy’s favorite NBA or NCAA team. For stocking stuffers or gifts for co-workers, check out some of the less expensive ear buds and sports headphones. And they have free shipping.

The Car Enthusiast or Adventure Seeker:


The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

It’s a driving school in Chandler, Arizona that specializes in racing, stunt driving, police driving education, and more. It was starting by Formula One driver Bob Bondurant and it’s wear Paul Newman was trained in preparation for the 1968 film Winning. The school came highly recommended by a friend of mine who is the editor of Car enthusiast online magazine, Jalopnik.

If their website is down, call 480 403-7600 for more information.


Or, if the guys in your life can’t make it to Arizona, you could also try the NASCAR Driving experience. Normally $364 dollars for the 3 hour experience, it’s currently on sale at living social.com for $182. 9 locations including Miami, Atlanta, Richmond, VA, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Kentucky, and California.

Call 1-800-RACE-LAP (722-3527)

The Guy Who Dresses To Impress

A Beautiful Shirt

Skip the tie, socks, or sweater vest. A Beautiful button down shift is something that every guy needs in his wardrobe. Thomas Pink Shirts are offer classic elegance in a range of style, fits, and fabrics. The website has step by step instructions on how to measure the guy and use the size guide to get a great fit. And if you want the perfect fit, you can get the guy a customized shirt…but he’ll have to go for the fitting in New York, London, Paris, or Ireland. The Personally Pink tailors will help him choose from 100 exclusive fabrics to customize a shirt that fits his unique character, style, and shape. He can even have it monogrammed for the ultimate personal touch. With the gift purchase you will also receive a specially gift wrapped pair of customized brass collar stiffeners featuring a special name or date. The made to order shirts start at about $210.

Call 212 838-1928 or 212 514-7683. Email personallypinkny@thomaspink.com


Eco Friendly Shaving Kit: Jack Black Grooming Products for Men

Their award winning products with all natural ingredients make great stocking stuffers. Jack Black also has gift cards and gifts sets under $100, $60, and even $30 so there’s a nice range of presents for male co-workers, friends, relatives, and loved ones. There’s even a skin care line for athletes.

I love the pure performance Shave Brush with All-in-One Travel Case & Brush stand. It’s very portable so it’s great for travel as well as daily use. The pure tech bristles are treated with an antimicrobial agent that prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria and that are easier to keep clean than an animal hair brush so skin is protected from germs that can irritate and inflame razor burn and cuts.The super soft bristles are 100% cruelty free and allow for precision control when lathering the face around the nose, mouth, and facial hair.

The brush was the Men’s Health magazine award winner for Best Shave Brush in 2009. Pair the brush with the Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather with Macadamia Nut Oil & Soy ($12.50 for 3 oz, $22 for 8 oz), and/or the Post Shave Cooling Gel with Aloe, Sage & Lavender ($19 for 3.3 oz). Or the Beard Lube Conditioning Shave with Jojoba & Eucalyptus, which won the 2011 Men’s Health Grooming Award for Best Shave Cream. ($10.50 for a 3 oz tube).

Sold at Sephora, and at high end department stores like Nordstrom’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdale’s or online.

The Techie

This one’s kind of obvious, but who wouldn’t want an ipad?



Algoriddim makes a DJ App that works with iphone, ipad, and Mac computers using a turntable interface to mix a guy’s itunes library. The mac version basically transforms the computer into a full-fledged DJ system. It’s a great gift for beginners or more advanced DJs, allowing them to do live performances, record mixes on-the-go, and even use the automix mode to mix their favorite party play list automatically. Check out the mac app store for the iphone and ipod touch version, $.99, iPad version $9.99, and for the Mac version $19.95.

For a more upscale gift, add the Vestax Spin DJ USB Controller for use with the Mac for an additional $280.



Roll Up Travel Charger

This lightweight portable travel charger from restoration hard ware reduces clutter while exuding masculine style. Up to four devices can be simultaneously charged using only a single outlet. Just plug the devices into the charger’s single strip, which rolls up into a slip proof, brown nappa colored polyurethane mat. Compatible with most iphones and ipods.


Aglove Touch Screen Gloves

Great for the guy who uses an iphone, ipod, ipad, droid, or any other touch screen device, the Aglove touch screen gloves will keep his digits warm through the cold winter months. These seamless knitted gloves are hand washable in water and allow the user to text and operate touch screen phones, cameras, multimedia devices, game systems, and ereaders. At $17.99 plus $3.00 shipping they make a great small gift.


Steve Wozniak’s Nixie Watch By Cathode Corner

For the gadget geek, I’m mean guru, who wants something unusual:

I met apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at a recent Gizmodo Gallery party in New York City and asked him about his watch. He explained it to me, in between autographing other party goers’ iphones and ipads. It’s a Nixie Watch made by Cathode Corner. The watch uses retro-geek technology, nixie tubes, that make the displayed time very easy to read. No need to push any buttons, just hold the watch at a pre selected standard viewing angle and the hours and minutes will be displayed in clearly visible glowing orange 14 mm digits. It can stand a lot of wear and tear and the watch ships in about a week.

It turns out “Woz” is obsessed with this thing and it’s a must have for any guy who wants some old school gadget geek cred. But that cred will cost you about $395 plus $15 shipping. To understand the technology, look through the many videos of Woz explaining how the watch works on the internet.