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9 Dude-Approved Holiday Gifts

November 26th, 2014

If shopping for the men on your holiday list typically leaves you perplexed, exasperated, and/or hunting for the nearest bottle of wine (no judgment!), you’ve come to the right place. Don’t spend another minute contemplating whether he needs another “tool” or maybe “something” for the yard. We’ll level with you: The answer is almost always no. So save yourself some stress this year, and check out these fun, dude-approved gifts we’ve rounded up instead. It’ll be our little secret.

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1. Personalized Craft Beer 12-Pack Bottle Cooler ($39.95). Perfect for toting 12 bottles or 18 cans of his favorite brew to the next tailgate or BBQ, this rugged craft beer cooler with an attached bottle opener, front pocket and a removable shoulder strap, will keep his beverages nice and frosty. Personalization included. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

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2. Personalized Men’s Leather Watch Case ($57.97). With a glass lid and 10 removable velvet cushions, this handsome leather watch case will keep his growing timepiece collection safe and organized at all times. Add his initial to the lid at no extra cost. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

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3. Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds ($199.95). Ideal for working out and traveling (or even just taking calls), these sweat- and water-resistant, wireless earbuds will keep him jamming for up to six hours of nonstop playback from a 30-foot Bluetooth connection. Available in five colors.

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4. Custom 3pc. Golf Set ($69.95). The perfect gift for any golfer, this set comes with a sleek golf shoe bag, handy divot repair/ball marker tool and a plush terry cloth towel. Personalization on the bag and towel included. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

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5. Oak Bourbon Barrel Mug ($59.95). Crafted from an American White Oak bourbon barrel, this is no ordinary mug. This is a man’s mug. Each mug is wrapped in black steel hoops and its interior is lightly toasted for enhanced flavor. Available in natural or finished wood styles in either 1/2 liter or 1 liter sizes. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

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6. Engraved Whiskey Barrel Machine Gun Bullet Pen ($66.95). This bad-ass pen works double-duty for both whiskey lovers and gun or military enthusiasts. The tip of the pen is crafted from a whiskey barrel, while the body is made from a spent 50-caliber machine gun bullet. Engraving included.

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7. Jawbone UP24 Fitness Wristband ($129.99). Whether he’s already active or resolving to get more fit in 2015, this comfortable fitness wristband will help him track his activity as well as his sleep, 24 hours a day, gently nudging him when he’s been sitting too long.

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8. Personalized Men’s Shaving Set – Badger Hair Brush + Razor ($119.95). Treat him to the ultimate close shave with this luxe shaving set, which comes with an authentic badger hair brush, a razor that uses Gillette Mach3 blades and a stylish storage stand. Add his initials at no extra cost. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

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9. Personalized Happy Jalapeno Grill ($29.95). An excellent gift for foodies, chefs or guys who simply enjoy the spicier side of life, this stainless steel jalapeno grill cooks those tasty peppers to perfection.  Personalization included. Use coupon code holiday14 for 10% off this product!

Which of these gifts would your guy love to unwrap this year? Let us know in the comment section below.

One Up Santa with 8 Groom-Worthy Stocking Stuffers

November 24th, 2014

We know the holiday shopping season can be stressful (especially if you’re also trying to plan a wedding). When it comes to stocking stuffers, you want to surprise him with something unique that he’ll actually enjoy. Of course, the search is time consuming and it’s easy to break down and end up filling his stocking with candy canes and a Starbucks gift card. Hoping to resist that urge this year? Consider one of these totally unique options instead.

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1. “In Case You Get Cold Feet” Groom Socks. We recently wrote about these customized groom socks, which are a fun wedding day attire idea for the groom. Is there a more appropriate way to gift them to him than on a chilly Christmas morning in a stocking?  [Buy for $29.99 on Etsy]

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2. Bourbon Barrel Stave Bottle Opener. Looking for a fun gift that’s one of a kind? These rustic bottle openers are handcrafted from the staves of an oak barrel that was used to age both bourbon and beer. Because no two oak barrels are exactly alike, your bottle opener will feature characteristics that are truly unique. [Buy for $19.95 at The Man Registry]

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3. The Art of Shaving Soap + Bowl. Remember, you’re both winners when he’s sporting a close shave. Stuff his stocking with the gift of a traditional shaving experience with this set, which includes Sandalwood Shaving Soap and a classic wooden bowl. [Buy for $50 at The Art of Shaving]

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4. Engraved Wood Grain Pocket Knife. This definitely beats whatever rusty old pocket knife he’s currently using. The Manchurian Ash handle provides the style, while the custom engraved surface offers a touch of sentiment to an item that no man should ever leave the house without. [Buy for $39.95 at The Man Registry]

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5. Leather Travel Journal. Is 200 pages enough for him to jot down his wedding to-do list? If not, don’t worry. This 6″ x 8″ journal from Rustic Ridge Leather is refillable! [Buy for $36.97 on Amazon]

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6. Port-O-Pong Floating Cooler. While summer may be the furthest thing from his mind on Christmas morning, he’ll appreciate the thought behind this floating cooler that can hold a 12-pack. Heck, it may even find its way into his honeymoon luggage. [Buy for $29.95 at The Man Registry]

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7. Patriotic Neckties. Ties with the words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence > ties without the words of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. [Buy for $45 at Uncommon Goods]

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8. Mr. + Mrs. Flask Set. Receiving can be equally enjoyable as giving. Gift him a “Mr.” flask, complete with mustache design and treat yourself to the accompanying “Mrs.” version with pink lips. [Buy for $47.95 at The Man Registry]

What are your favorite types of stocking stuffers? Let us know in the comment section below.

Beyond 4Cs: Educate Yourself Before Buying Her Ring

November 17th, 2014

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As many men can attest, the diamond buying process can be pretty daunting, to say the least. With so much information (and misinformation) out there, it can be tough to cut through the clutter and find the best tips to really prepare you for this major life purchase: her engagement ring.

That’s where Beyond 4Cs comes in. Created by a GIA diamond graduate, the informational website walks readers through every important step of the diamond buying process, including the four Cs and why they’re so vital, how diamonds are graded, the different diamond shapes available (such as the popular cushion cuts), major jeweler reviews and guides, and even how to properly care for diamonds.

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Education is key, especially when it comes to a purchase as important as this one. If you plan on shopping for her engagement ring soon, check out the Beyond 4Cs step-by-step diamond buying guide. It’s a great place to begin your research before you ever set foot inside a jewelry store.

What diamond shape are you planning to purchase? Tell us in the comment section below.

[Giveaway] Win a Pair of GroomSocks to Warm His Feet

November 12th, 2014

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Brides: Looking for a creative gift for your groom that he’ll actually use? We recently discovered GroomSocks, which offers awesome embroidered socks that make perfect wedding day gifts for the groom (or even the groomsmen or fathers). These fun, high-quality dress socks, which are available in a wide range of sock and embroidery colors, feature several verse options.

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Crack up the groom with a whimsical style that says “In Case You Get Cold Feet” or “I Gave Her Rocks, She Gave Me Socks,” or go the sentimental route for the father of the bride with something like “Of All Our Walks, This Is My Favorite” or “By Your Side Every Step of the Way.” You can even personalize the socks with your wedding date.

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Available in solid colors (black, chocolate brown, grey, tan/stone, navy blue, white) or patterns (argyle, stripes and polka-dots), GroomSocks can even match socks to the selection of David’s Bridal colors or custom match socks to your bridesmaid dresses or wedding colors.

Best of all, GroomSocks is giving away one pair of GroomSocks to one of our lucky readers! Simply enter the giveaway below via Rafflecopter and like the GroomSocks Facebook page. Follow GroomSocks on Instagram for an additional entry. Good luck!

Giveaway details:

- Prize: One (1) Pair of Groom Socks, in choice of verse and color, from GroomSocks
- Enter between 11/12/14-11/19/14 (11:59pm CST) via Rafflecopter widget below
- Winner will be randomly selected, announced and notified via email on 11/20/14
- Winner has one week to respond to email or new winner will be selected
- Prize value: $35; no cash value
- Free shipping included to U.S. only
- Winner has 90 days from notification to claim prize
- Giveaway open only to U.S. residents of at least 18 years of age
- No purchase necessary
- Past giveaway winners within 30 days are ineligible to win

 

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The Best of the Web for Grooms – November 7, 2014

November 6th, 2014

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If you’ve ever scoffed at those cheesy, staged photos where the wedding party’s jumping in the air or striking super-unnatural poses, you’ll love this photographer’s humorous take on staged pre- and post-reception photos.

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Photo – Jesi Haack Design

Stumped on bachelor party ideas? Zero Point Zero, the production company behind “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Brew Masters,” is casting a new major cable network series that will give grooms and their guy friends the ultimate bachelor party. If you’re more into ideas like jumping out of planes or hosting a private poker game with hand-rolled cigars than the usual strip club and casino outings, apply here. Good luck!

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Think it’d be cool to get hitched at 35,000 feet? Check out how these frequent fliers tied the knot on a recent Southwest flight.

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Looking for an original groomsmen gift? Create one-of-a-kind cigars for your crew with Custom Tobacco, by uploading your own design, choosing from a selection of premade bands, or using a customization tool to design your own band from scratch.

Still trying to nail down your ultimate wedding playlist? Check out Brad Paisley’s stellar suggestions and adjust accordingly.

 

See any other interesting groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.

 

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