The 50 Best Gifts For Men Under $100

Dec 4, 2018

Category: Gear

Now that November is officially over, we’re well into the middle of the gift-buying season. And your opportunity to find the perfect gift is quickly waning with each and every day. Lucky for you, we’re still hard at work putting together collections of some of the best gifts out there, whether you’re looking for activity-specific offerings or you’ve got a rigid budget.

In this case, we’ve got a monstrous guide to help you find the ideal present for one or all of your gift recipients at the price of less than one Benjamin — Franklin, that is. And you’d be surprised just how expansive your options are — with offerings that include everyday carry gear, sipping spirits, style staples, and so much more. Whether you’re in a full-blown purchasing panic or you’ve been waiting for the ideal item to present itself, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for on our list of the best men’s gifts for under $100.

Jetboil JetGauge

When backpacking, knowing how much fuel you have in your camp cooking canister is of the utmost importance, but it can also be hard to gauge. That’s what Jetboil’s handy JetGauge device is for — it will measure exactly how much fuel is in your canister by weight. That way you can properly ration your gas.

Purchase: $15

PPK Rubber Band Gun

Modeled after James Bond’s gun of choice, the Walther PPK, this rubber band pistol is a beautifully-crafted all-hardwood toy that will bring out the kid in anyone to whom you gift it. It can also fire up to 20 feet, comes with 50 rubber bands, and has semi-automatic action, making for a much more fun game of shoot-em-up.

Purchase: $20

Panasonic Any-Battery LED Flashlight

Compatible with D, C, AA, or AAA batteries, this might just be the best flashlight to have in your home, overlander, camping gear, bug-out bag, or apocalypse shelter. It also has a battery life of up to 86 hours, a variable brightness to illuminate your path, and doubles as a lantern.

Purchase: $21

Best Made Limited Edition Franklin Cup

Every good day starts with coffee, but the mug you choose says a lot about you as a person. These special edition offerings from Best Made feature the wise words of one Mr. Benjamin Franklin upon them — to help inspire you and keep you thinking about your impact on the world day-in and day-out. They’re campfire safe, dishwasher safe, and hold up to 14 ounces of liquid.

Purchase: $24+

Amazon Echo Auto

Amazon has taken their AI assistant, Alexa, on the road with their new Echo Auto. With an included mount and Bluetooth capabilities, this device will make any car smarter, adding voice control to your navigation, music selection, and more. It also boasts eight onboard microphones and can even distinguish the sound of your voice from the music playing through your speakers. Essentially, this is an onboard digital butler for your car and it’s a great gift for any frequent driver.

Purchase: $25

Armatus Vita Kydex EDC Wallet

Made from insanely durable mil-spec Kydex, this minimalist wallet can fit easily into even the most crowded front pocket, has a capacity of up to eight cards plus cash, is waterproof and ultra-tough, and weighs just 1.6 ounces. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it was also made entirely in the USA. When it comes to unique everyday carry, this cash and card carrier is superb.

Purchase: $25

Wraptie Multi-Purpose Straps

Whether you need to tie down a load in the back of your pickup truck, securely wrap up some gear in your garage, nicely bundle up some firewood at the campsite, or anything else, you can make it all happen with Wraptie’s multi-purpose straps. They’re a lot more versatile than your average automotive tie-downs, they’re bright orange for excellent durability regardless of their use, and they’ll keep working time and time again.

Purchase: $29+

Glencairn Crystal Whisky Glasses

When it comes to high-end whiskey, the vessel from which you sip it does actually have a pretty profound effect on the spirit. As such, if you care about your liquor, give it the respect it deserves by serving it in these Glencairn Crystal Whiskey Glasses. Available in a pack of four, these vessels are specially shaped to let your beverage breath and to capture the aromas for an all-encompassing sensory experience. For anyone with a home bar, this is a must-have gift.

Purchase: $30

Bradley Mountain Utility Roll

Compact enough to slip into your back pocket, but capacious enough to house a multitude of hand tools and everyday carry gear, Bradley Mountain’s Utility Roll is an ideal on-the-go solution for hauling a fully fleshed out complement of gear without having to lug a bulky tool bag around. Made in the USA from Martexin heavy waxed canvas and boasting a premium oiled leather strap, this handsome hauler will keep your drivers, wrenches, knives, pens, or otherwise safe and sound in transit and keep them at the ready for when it’s time to get to work.

Purchase: $30

Douk Douk Friction Folding Knife

Named after the Melanesian spirits of destruction, the Douk Douk is an iconic French friction folding knife that has been made by the same family for the better part of a century — and it’s so perfect that the design has been practically unchanged in that entire span of time. While it’s gorgeous, this blade is also a tough workman’s folder, boasting a carbon steel blade and a ferro-blackened folded steel handle that will hold together through even the toughest of tasks. Utility and style, this EDC knife has it all.

Purchase: $30

Victorinox Swiss Army Cadet Knife

One of the most important folding tools of all time, the Victorinox Cadet is about as close to the original Swiss Army Knife as they come. Alongside its gorgeous construction of stainless steel and the brand’s signature Alox textured handle scales, it boasts nine built-in functions — including a slipjoint blade, can and bottle opener, and more. Tiny enough for any pocket and useful enough to serve EDC fanatics for generations, this is an iconic tool that should be in everyone’s arsenal.

Purchase: $32

Stanley Master Flask

While we might not suggest carrying one around every single day, a flask is an essential piece of carry that every man should own — even if they only use it on occasion. And few of them are as adventure-ready as this one from Stanley. The Master Flask can hold up to eight ounces of your liquid of choice, is leakproof, boasts a BPA-free stainless steel construction (with a powder-coated exterior), and even comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Purchase: $35

The Bartender’s Knife

Just like cooking food, making cocktails requires some very specific tools to get the job done right. And if you or someone you know has an appreciation for well-crafted drinks, you may want to get your hands on the Bartender’s Knife. Specifically designed to help with slicing and/or peeling fruit, as well as picking accouterments from your bar caddy, this is an essential tool every mixologist should own. It’s also made from premium stainless steel, polished hardwood, and has brass hardware. It even comes with its own sharpening stone.

Purchase: $35

Nordic Pocket Saw

Especially if you (or someone you need a gift for) is a backpacker, a camping saw is one of the most important tools to keep in your arsenal, as it will allow you to make firewood or shelter from large logs much more efficiently than an axe or hatchet. Of course, many saws are also quite cumbersome. Not the Nordic Pocket Saw, however — this carbon steel cutter isn’t rigid, so it can collapse small enough to stash in your bag, jacket, or pants. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that it has won more awards than any other outdoor hand-powered chainsaw.

Purchase: $35

PF Flyers Sandlot Edition Sneaker

Guaranteed to make a kid run faster and jump higher … Okay, so maybe The Sandlot was exaggerating a bit about these PF Flyers. But they’re still some of the most iconic sneakers of all time. And now you (or someone you’re getting a gift for) can rock the same sneakers Benny the Jet wore in everyone’s favorite baseball-themed ’90s movie. They probably won’t really help you hop fences and steal bases, but they’re stylish as hell, nonetheless.

Purchase: $44+

Aer Cable Kit

Any technophile can tell you that one of the biggest downsides to loving high-tech gear is having to deal with all the peripherals, cables, and accouterments. Luckily, there are a few great ways to keep them secure, organized, and safe — like the Aer Cable Kit. Compact enough that it can slip into your average everyday backpack, this comprehensively organizable bag is the perfect way to keep all those little extras in order.

Purchase: $45

YETI Boomer Dog Bowl

If you know a dog lover, it’s a pretty safe bet that you could get a present this holiday season for their pup and they’ll be ecstatic at the prospect. And if that person also happens to like taking Fido on adventures, then the YETI Boomer Dog Bowl might just be the perfect offering. Not only is this thing nearly indestructible, but it’s also rust-resistant, comes in a number of colors, and holds up to eight cups of water.

Purchase: $50

The James Brand Halifax Keychain Multi-Tool

Especially if you’re shopping for an everyday carry enthusiast, new pocket gear is almost always a welcome boon in the holiday season. And that goes double when it comes to the offerings from The James Brand, one of our favorite gear manufacturers. Their Halifax is an impressive keychain tool that’s TSA-friendly (making it great for travel), boasts more than four handy built-in tools (like an integrated bottle opener), and it’s made from sturdy and lightweight titanium.

Purchase: $50

Sawyer Water Bottle Purifying Filter

Whether on a day hike, a week-long outdoor adventure, or a backpacking trip with no end, access to potable water is one of, if not the most, important thing to keep in mind. And that’s gotten a hell of a lot easier thanks to these Sawyer purifying filters. Available in three different types (customizable to your water-drinking needs), these water bottle toppers can filter over 99% of all impurities from any water. And they’re all good for up to 800 uses.

Purchase: $51+

Bellroy Card Sleeve Wallet

There was a time when carrying a stylish wallet meant awkwardly hauling around an uncomfortably cumbersome hunk of leather. Now, however, thanks to brands like Bellroy, heirloom-level pocket gear can be had without an embarrassing pocket bulge or a screwed-up spine. Their Card Sleeve Wallet is slim enough to fit unnoticed in your front pocket, it can hold up to 8+ cards, and it’s made from gorgeous environmentally-certified leather. Ditch the bulky old bifold and swap in this stellar minimalist cash and card carrier.

Purchase: $55

Peak LED Solutions Eiger Ultra X Flashlight

The Peak LED Solutions Eiger flashlight was already one of the best on the market. But now it’s been improved upon even further with the new Ultra X edition. Fifty percent brighter than the previous iteration, this new one has now taken the crown for brightest single AAA battery EDC flashlight ever made. It’s also constructed from hard anodized aluminum, has an unbreakable polycarbonate window, and operates with a simple and straightforward twist.

Purchase: $55

Pillbox Bat Co. “Baby Shark”

While everything the Pillbox Bat Co. makes is impressive — and perfect for any baseball fan — this particular offering holds a truly special place in our hearts for its battlefield-inspired paint job. Done up as an homage to the vintage warplanes that took to the skies during WWII (and, of course, the pilots who risked their lives), this mini bat is equal parts a piece of art and a reminder of what makes our country great. It doesn’t hurt that it’s made entirely in the USA, either.

Purchase: $56

Earnest Tungsten Fabrication Gloves

Whether it’s metalworking, woodworking, engineering, or even just working in your garage, DIY projects can be really hard on your hands and unforgiving even to the toughest work gloves. That is, except for the Earnest Tungsten Fabrication Gloves. Boasting the title of the world’s most advanced welding and fabrication gloves, they’re made from heat-treated cowhide and boast weld and spark friendly Kevlar double-layer stitching. If you know someone who likes to get their hands dirty with homemade projects, these are a top-tier gift option.

Purchase: $59

CRKT Freyr Tactical Axe

Modeled after traditional Norse designs — you know, the ones used by the Vikings — this monstrous outdoor-ready chopping tool is made out of hot-forged 1055 carbon steel and Tennessee hickory, making it both formidable in use and remarkably handsome. And the materials are only backed up further by the fact that this hatchet was designed by none other than Elmer Roush, a veteran and one of the minds behind CRKT’s Forged By War line. Add a bit of iconic styling to your adventure-ready loadout with this modern Norseman’s axe.

Purchase: $60

Rudy’s 1-2-3 Shower Essentials

We all enjoy traipsing about in the dirt, dust, and mud from time to time, but we also know the value and relief that comes from getting cleaned up afterward. And nobody does cleaning quite like the folks at Rudy’s. Whether using their shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or all three, they offer up chemical-free comfort for your skin and hair that will make you never want to go back to the cheap stuff again. Of course, it will also make you smell great, which is just an added bonus.

Purchase: $60

Craighill Desk Knife

Any designer worth his mettle can tell you the value of a precision cutting tool — but your average X-Acto is actually pretty unsightly. By contrast, the Craighill Desk Knife is a functional piece of art, machined from solid stainless steel in Wisconsin and finished in the brand’s NYC workshop. It also draws its inspiration from Japanese kiridashi knives, boasts 0.5″ measurement markings, and looks so good that you’ll want to leave it out to gaze upon when you’re not using it.

Purchase: $60

The James Brand Benton Pen

Having already mastered the construction of everyday carry pocket knives several times over, The James Brand has now turned their focus to another EDC staple: the pen. And, wouldn’t you know it, they nailed it on their first try. The Benton is machined from solid stainless steel, features a handy pocket clip and a laser-etched grip, and it fits the ever-popular Schmitt brand’s ink refills. Everyone should carry a pen, and this is one of the best.

Purchase: $60

Coalatree Trailhead Adventure Pants

Comfortable, stretchy, durable, water-repellant, and now available in more colorways than ever before, Coalatree’s record-breaking Trailhead Adventure Pants are the most-funded outdoor pants in the history of Kickstarter. And that’s with good reason — they’re some of the best ever made. They’re also super easy to clean, made from a naturally anti-microbial fabric, and they’re remarkably durable thanks to a ripstop nylon construction. They might not be the best outdoor pants ever made — but then again, they very well could be.

Purchase: $62

The Sneerwell Noble Flask

Flasks are up there with pocket watches when it comes to iconic everyday carry gear — especially since they’ve existed far longer than the phrase “everyday carry.” And that makes it worth consideration for just about any gift-giving occasion, whether it be the holidays, a birthday, or even as groomsmen’s gifts. And few are quite as impressive as those made by The Sneerwell. Not only are the 6-ounce Noble Flasks made from durable food-safe stainless steel, but each one comes with a uniquely applied patina and boasts a hand-etched design.

Purchase: $65

Barebones Living Woodfired Pizza Kit

When most folks think of camping food, the things that often come to mind are not always the most appetizing — trail mix, granola, MREs, etc. But there’s an art to camp cooking if you want to do it well and enjoy it. And the folks at Barebones Living have just made it much simpler to make one of our all-time favorite foods while out on the trail. This pizza kit includes a cast-iron skillet, a flour blend, pizza flavoring, and seasoning — all you need to bring are your sauces and toppings. The next time you decide to go camping, try out a trail pizza with this kit; you won’t be disappointed.

Purchase: $67

Quiet Carry Q 2.0 Titanium Knife + Key Organizer

With a titanium body, an AUS-8 steel hideaway knife blade (complete with a back lock to keep it securely deployed), and space for up to eight normal-size keys, this is one of the handiest EDC key organizers ever built. It also has a keyring hole for a fob attachment, weighs just 2.6 ounces, and measures up at under 3″ when closed.

Purchase: $68

Brazyn Morph Trek Foam Roller

If this handy fitness device looks familiar, that might be because you’ve seen it on Shark Tank. Of course, even if it hadn’t been on the show, it would still be an impressive tool, thanks to its unique collapsible format that lets it transform from a foam roller into a pad that’s just 1.85″ thick. Great for working out knots and loosening up after a workout, this innovative tool is a must-buy for any fitness fanatic.

Purchase: $68

Teva Ember Lace Boot

Like a puffy winter jacket for your feet, these ultra-comfortable lace-up boots are perfectly cozy campground wear for the colder times of the year. The upper is also made from a durable nylon, there’s a ribbed collar to keep the cold out, and their soles are cushiony for your feet yet durable enough for outdoor terrain.

Purchase: $70

Heimplanet Monolith Dopp Kit

With the ability to both hang and stand on its own, Heimplanet’s Monolith Dopp Kit is one of the most versatile carry solutions for all your travel toiletries. The dual compartment interior is plenty spacious and there are loads of organizational options to keep all your gear just the way you like it. And there’s even a removable shaving mirror if you find yourself somewhere without adequat reflection.

Purchase: $75

Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle

Whether you prefer pour-over coffee or a bit of hot tea on a cold day, the Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle is one of the most stylish and sophisticated tools you can keep in your kitchen. Made from sturdy stainless steel, it’s safe to use on just about any stovetop — gas or electric — and it can boil up to a liter of water, which is more than enough to share. It also boasts an ergonomic handle and a specially designed spout for the perfect pour rate every time.

Purchase: $79

Silver Piston Buffalo Nickel Money Clip

Made in the USA from solid nickel and featuring an authentic carved buffalo nickel soldered to it, this Silver Piston money clip is one of the most impressive and unique ever made. This is an excellent gift for the patriot in your life.

Purchase: $80

Pioneer Carry 10XD Ripstop Matter Bifold Wallet

Made from an innovative proprietary fabric that’s completely waterproof, washing machine-safe, and ten times stronger than steel — the Pioneer Carry Matter Bifold Wallet is as impressive an everyday carry cash and card carrier as there ever was. It can also hold up to eight cards, a wad of folded bills, and it’s slim enough to still fit in your front pocket, if you so desire. It also boasts the brand’s FutureForm technology which will ensure that it will break in over time without ever breaking down.

Purchase: $80

Mophie Powerstation Wireless

Now that wireless charging is an increasingly common feature in high-tech gear — all of Apple’s new iPhone’s offer it — it makes sense that aftermarket peripherals would follow suit. Mophie looks to be one of the earliest to that party, however, with their Powerstation Wireless. With enough battery to charge your phone up to three times, this Qi-enabled powerbank is one of the best ways to charge your gear on the go. Of course, there is also a physical USB port if you still have wired tech in your arsenal.

Purchase: $82

Buck Mason Brushed Loopback Hoodie

While it’s not as stylish as, say, a three-piece suit, the classic pullover hoodie is still an iconic style piece that offers up some of the most comfort and warmth of any staple piece of apparel. And this one from Buck Mason — inspired by those worn by heavyweight boxers in the ’50s and ’60s — looks as good as it feels with a construction of 100% brushed French terry cotton.

Purchase: $85

Filson Outdoorsman Shorts

Leave it to Filson, an American heritage brand, to make one of the most impressive pairs of outdoor-ready shorts ever imagined. Crafted from nylon fabric, they’re lightweight, water-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and plenty durable to go with you on any adventure. They even have a bit of stretch built right in to ensure you’ve got an excellent range of motion whether you’re lounging at the campsite or climbing atop a craggy peak.

Purchase: $85

Craighill Nocturn Valet Tray

Everyone needs to empty their pockets at the end of the day, but — if you love and respect your gear as we do — the idea of stashing it haphazardly on a countertop somewhere is a non-starter. Instead, give your gear a comfortable and handsome home, like the Craighill Nocturn valet tray. Made from American hardwood, this USA-made gear catch-all is more than beautiful enough to keep on any counter and it will keep your gear organized and safe for the next time you need it.

Purchase: $88

Filson Ballistic Nylon Daypack

With its ballistic nylon exterior, this Filson daypack is plenty rugged enough to take with you into battle, if you had to. But the brand’s spot-on styling also makes it handsome enough that you could be proud to carry it with you anywhere else, as well. With 21 liters of internal storage, a simple and secure drawstring closure, and a reinforced base, this is an everyday carry backpack that will get you through the worst and help you come out on the other side swinging.

Purchase: $95

Benchmade 556 Mini Griptilian Knife

Benchmade’s Griptilian family of folding pocket knives are legendary amongst the everyday carry community. Of course, the standard one is a bit on the big end of the spectrum. But that’s why they make the Mini you see here — so you can get the same top-tier quality (courtesy of a 154CM steel blade, glass-filled nylon handle, and the brand’s signature AXIS locking system) at a fraction of the size and weight.

Purchase: $95

Mahabis Classic Slipper 2

There are slippers, and then there’s Mahabis’s Classic Slipper 2 — which are so comfortable they almost belong in their own category. Made from Merino wool, boasting a foam-lined insock, and featuring a sneaker-like sole, this is some of the finest lounge footwear known to mankind. And anyone who appreciates a good bit of relaxation would be happy to have a pair.

Purchase: $95

Vollebak Black Light T-Shirt

Anyone who exercises outdoors can tell you that visibility, especially in low-light situations, is extremely important when it comes to your safety and the safety of those around you. But most safety-minded gear also comes in ridiculous neon colors. That is, except for the Vollebak Black Light T-Shirt. This is the world’s first all-black visibility-minded workout shirt. That means you can stay safe without sacrificing style.

Purchase: $95

Taylor Stitch The Cash Shirt

Taylor Stitch specifically made their denim Cash Shirt to be as memorable as possible. You see, they didn’t want it to be just another shirt; they wanted it to become something more — a go-to you’ll cherish for years. That’s why they made it from high-quality selvedge denim, gave it a tailored-style fit, and even went to great lengths to ensure it’s as soft as they could make it.

Purchase: $98

Birdwell 808 Limited Edition Board Shorts

Even if you live in the Great White North, every man needs a solid pair of board shorts — even if you only use them for the hot tub or polar plunge. And nobody does it better than American brand, Birdwell. Named as an homage to surfing’s Hawaiian roots and modeled after the brand’s original short design, these stretchy swimmers are the upper crust of swimwear and definitely deserve your consideration.

Purchase: $99

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon

Especially around the holidays, a really good bottle of whiskey can make one of the most enjoyable gifts. And one with a pedigree like Elijah Craig’s Barrel Proof Bourbon is even better, as it expresses to your gift recipient that you value their taste in high-quality spirits. Just don’t let them mix it with soda, as that might count as blasphemy against the whiskey gods.

Purchase: $100

PlayStation Classic Retro Console

Forty percent smaller than the original, Sony has revived their original gaming console in the PlayStation Classic. This retro device has 20 built-in classics, comes with the brand’s iconic original controller, and even has upgraded HD output for both video and audio. For gamers young and old, this is a top-tier holiday gift idea.

Purchase: $100

Leatherman Wave+ Custom Multi-Tool

Leatherman’s Wave was already one of the best multi-tools ever. Then they added replaceable wire cutters and made it even better. Now, they’ve taken it a step further by giving users the option to aesthetically customize their own 18+ function multi-tool. Choose from a variety of patterns, pictures, or upload your own and have it etched onto both the outside of the tool and the main cutting blade. This truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

Purchase: $100+

25 Best American-Made Gifts

Perhaps you’re seeking presents for the patriot in your life? Then you should be in good company amongst the offerings on our list of the 25 best made in Amerca gifts for 2018.

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