For better or worse, the holiday shopping season is upon us. We know that this time of year brings countless e-newsletters and overwhelming gift guides showing off all the new gifts you should be buying. That’s why we’ve decided to take it easy on you this year by breaking down 2011′s top 10 must have holiday gift ideas for men. These are the only gifts you need to know about, and they’re all available over on The Man Registry shopping site. To learn more or purchase, just click on the product image or name.
We’re also happy to offer 10% off these items to our readers. To redeem savings, simply use the discount code spring13 while checking out over on The Man Registry site. Additionally, all orders over $149 receive free ground shipping.
Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel
10.) Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel – We introduced you guys to this dandy creation back in August when we interviewed bourbon expert Jeff Ames. The magic of the Bluegrass Barrel is that it allows the user to learn about the aging process and perfect his/her own blend from home. There are no expensive lessons involved because the kit comes with everything you need to know to get started. It can even be engraved with the recipient’s initials. If you’re not a fan of bourbon, you can also create wine, rum and tequila in the barrel. [$69.95]
Chalkboard Beer Mug
9.) Chalkboard Beer Mug – When it’s not moonlighting as our top selling groomsmen gift, our chalkboard mug [a TMR original] makes for an affordable and creative holiday gift. Whether you’re looking for a white elephant gift, something for your boss or just a fun mug for Uncle Frank to drink eggnog out of, we think this baby will do the trick. And yes, it does come with chalk. [$19.95] above photo credit destination wedding & honeymoon magazine
The Collegiate Sportula
8.) The Collegiate Sportula – The Sportula is exactly what it sounds like. It combines team spirit with a spatula, giving tailgate grill masters a brand new toy to add to their repertoire. And that’s not even the best part! The end of the Sportula is actually a bottle opener – because what guy doesn’t like to crack open a few cold ones as he’s manning the grill? With over 80 schools available, we’re sure that you’ll be able to find the team of your choice. [$29.95]
Apple Gift Pack (iPhone Cufflinks & iPad Case)
7.) Personalized iPhone Cufflinks & iPad Case – Our Apple Gift Pack features two items that every Apple fan needs. Our iPhone Cuff Links are ideal for work or more formal affairs and come in an engraved case. The iPad Case features a stand that turns any place into a work environment. It too can be personalized on the plaque that’s attached to the front. These two items should certainly be on the wish list for any man-on-the-go. [$24.95-$36.95]
Sweetwood Cattle Co. Ranch Hand Gift Pack
6.) Sweetwood Cattle Co. Ranch Hand Gift Pack – Last month, we posted our interview with Ryan Wood, the brainchild of Under Armour & founder of Sweetwood Cattle Co. Ryan’s ranch produces some of the finest beef that this writer has ever tasted. We were limited to including one Sweetwood gift pack in this guide, and we decided to go with the Ranch Hand. This pack includes two ribeyes, two flank steaks and one sausage link. Trust me, you’ve got to try this stuff to believe it. All orders are shipped in dry ice from a USDA approved facility – freshness guaranteed. [$75.00]
Remote control cooler
5.) RC Cooler – Another popular year-round gift is the Remote Control Cooler. Perfect for entertaining or showing off in his man cave, this baby is powered by one 9-volt battery and six C batteries. It will run on any surface (although faster on concrete or hardwood), features a control handle that’s shaped like a bottle cap and holds a 12 pack along with ice. Yes folks, it doesn’t get any more awesome than this! Available in blue and black. [$79.99]
Personalized gifts for the music lover
4.) Personalized Drumsticks & Engraved Guitar Pick – Have a music enthusiast on your shopping list this year? Surprise him with a personalized piece of equipment that he can put to use or proudly display in his jam room. In fact, you may want to order a few backup sets for his groupies. [$21.95 - $57.95]
Engraved Rawlings Baseball Bat
3.) Engraved Rawlings Baseball Bat – As the calendar turns to a new year, baseball fans begin to get excited for the beginning of spring training. If the man in your life falls into this category, our engraved Rawlings bats makes for a perfect gift idea. With up to three lines of personalization allowed, he can proudly display the bat in his office or man cave. [$59.99]
Personalized Storus 2-in-1 Money Clip/Card Holder
2.) Personalized Storus 2-in-1 Money Clip/Card Holder – From the leading name in money clips, comes our top-selling Storus cash and card holder. Take it from a guy, we don’t like carrying a big chunky wallet around in our pocket. It’s much more comfortable (and stylish) to use a slick money clip. Constructed from stainless steel and top grain leather, this beauty is available in black, brown and red. [$42.95]
Engraved Barware Collection
1.) Engraved Glass Pitcher & Beer Tankards – If you’re shopping for an amateur bartender or just a good ‘ol fashion beer lover, you can’t do much better than these two pieces of personalized glassware. Our 60oz. glass pitcher and set of four tankards can each be engraved with one initial. They’ll bit a hit the next time you’re hosting poker night or having the family over for a holiday dinner. [$34.95-$64.95]
Which gift suggestion is your favorite? What other items make great gifts for men? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Cheers!