It doesn’t take a whole lot of gift giving before we come to realize that the price tag on the gift means nothing in comparison to the thought behind the act. It’s what the holiday season is all about, sharing in the joy and altruistic nature of family and friends. It’s a time of year where worries are thrown by the wayside, spirits are raised – and poured – all while we reconnect with those near and dear to us.
And when it comes to gift giving, especially for us guys, it’s really fairly simple. Odds are we’re excited for anything -from flasks to multi-tools to pocket knives to portable speakers – that allows us to unwind, repair, or tune out at a moments notice. But if gift giving isn’t one of your strong suits not to worry, we’ve compiled an all-encompassing list of the 30 best gifts for men under $30 that will warm the heart without having to spend too much cold hard cash.
RAK Magnetic Wristband
One of the most cumbersome aspects of assembling or preparing just about anything is keeping track of all those damn nuts and bolts. Not anymore, thanks of the RAK Magnetic Wristband. It features 10 strong magnets embedded within each band that will hold anything from nails to drill bits to holding screws to bolts. Perfect for the fixer-upper in your life.
Uppercut Deluxe Pomade
Nothing wrong with looking slick this time of year. And with holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations right around the corner, he’ll want to be looking good in his ugly sweater. Uppercut boasts a medium/strong hold with medium shine and a light coconut and vanilla scent. Stay dapper my friends.
Stanley Classic Flask
Booze on the go. It’s what we do, it’s how we operate, it’s how we keep face at social gatherings. And as long as he’s not behind the wheel, this classic Stanley flask will certainly bring a smile to his face this season. They’re made from rust-resistant 18/8 stainless steel, are BPA-free, leak-proof, and come with a lifetime warranty.
Outlaw Hair Of The Dog Soap
For the rustic individual. This soap leaves you smelling like two of our favorite beverages: whiskey and coffee. Each bar is made with an all-vegan combination of oils that exude the scent of an outlaw on the lam.
Exotac FireSLEEVE Waterproof Lighter
Don’t let a little water get in the way of his need to feel the burn. This waterproof lighter floats , and even works after being submerged for 30 minutes in depths up to three feet. It also hosts a gas lock the keeps things lit as long as needed and it’s made right here in the USA.
Gerber Dime Mulit-Tool
You can never go wrong with a multi-tool, no matter what time of year. So if a sign of gratitude is what you’re after, then be sure to gift this Dime piece. It’s made from durable stainless steel and boasts 10 tools including needle nose pliers, a wire cutter, an edge blade, scissors, flat driver, and bottle opener among several others.
Stanley FatMax Claw Nailing Hammer
For the Mr. Fix-It of the family, this Stanley FatMax Hammer is a perfect option. It features torsion control grip technology, AntiVibe technology that reduces vibration upon impact, and is precisely balanced for a quality hit each and every time. Oh, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty as well.
Carhartt Fixer Work Glove
When it’s time to get things done around the homestead a quality pair of work gloves is a must. He knows this, which is why a pair of Carhartt gloves would be more than welcome as a gift this year. This pair features a nylon and polyurethane makeup, are hand washable, and host breathable spandex with a synthetic and water-repellent palm.
SmartWool Crew Socks
It’s cold out there this time of year. And since no one likes to get cold feet a pair of these SmartWool socks will be a warm welcome this season. They’re made in the USA out of Merino wool, nylon, and elastane and a boast medium cushioning for impact reduction when out and about on the trail.
Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp
Light up the night with this headlamp from Black Diamond. Perfect for camping with friends, shuffling around in the dark, or even performing some much-need car maintenance at night. It hosts several modes depending on the task or need at hand, and a three-level power meter displaying the remaining battery life so he’s not caught in the dark without any light when it’s needed most.
Bluelounge Posto Headphone Stand
Let him treat those prized headphones with respect by giving them a stand to lean on. This Bluelounge stand offers both a minimalist aesthetic that seamlessly integrates into the workspace while its silicone makeup conforms with ease to the shape of any headset.
Keysmart Compact Hey Holder
Time to rid yourselves of the bulky key chain. This Keysmart is made from aircraft aluminum, stainless steel hardware, fits up to eight keys and comes with a loop for those awkwardly-shaped key fobs. So with easy access, compact storage capability and a sleek design, it’ll be the gift that keeps on giving day after day.
Lightning Nomad Key
With our lives as interconnected as they are, the battery lives of our smartphones, and ability to upload/download at a moment’s notice to a mac or PC is imperative. Thankfully the Lightning Nomad Key connects to your iPhone on one end and hosts a USB stick on the opposing end. You can also fit a couple traditional metal keys on the piece as well. Nothing like killing two birds with one stone as they say,
Soto Pocket Torch
Turn an ordinary disposable lighter into a blowtorch with the Soto Pocket Torch. Each wind resistant torch burns at 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit and actually conserves the lighter’s fuel in the process, increasing the life of each burner by up to 60 percent.
Fisher Space Bullet Pen
Considered an art piece on and of itself, the Fisher Space Pen opens into a perfectly balanced pen, boasting a tough and durable brass interior and containing a pressurized ink cartridge that works at any angle, yes including zero gravity as well as underwater. Not a bad option for the artist on the go.
Gearward Keychain Duct Tape
Duct tape is one of those items that you never know you need until it’s too late. Don’t let him get caught without some by opting for this keychain duct tape. It’s a chapstick-sized refillable metal tape roll that easily attaches to a normal key chain, keeping him prepared at all hours of the day for a quick patch or repair job.
Kershaw 3410 Chill Knife
Boasting a blade length of 3.1 inches, a closed length of 3.9 inches and an overall length of 7 inches, this lightweight liner lock knife is sure the please any gear junkie in the family. Its blade is bead-blasted and finished nicely while the Kershaw’s G-10 handle ensures this one lasts for many holiday seasons to come.
Carry On Cocktail Kit The Old Fashioned
Any traveling man understands that in-flight cocktails aren’t exactly of the utmost quality. Instead, enjoy a proper Old Fashioned with this Carry On Cocktail Kit. It comes equipped with a spoon/muddler, aromatic bitters, and cane sugar. Simply add the bourbon or rye of your choice and enjoy a mile-high cocktail made right.
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
If you’re constantly surrounded by in-wall outlets then we’re sorry to say but you’re not living life to the fullest. So for the wayward traveler who still likes to plug in from time to time, opt for this power bank for both iPhone and Android that boasts a 10000mAh battery and high-speed charging technology.
Rainbow Cloud Sandals
Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a flip-flop-friendly climate year round, or maybe you and your family are excited to finally take that tropical vacation this winter. Whatever the case, a quality pair of sandals are in order. Rainbows have been manufactured in Southern California for decades and continue to be the preferred choice of locals in the area. They’re comfortable, durable, and best of all, made right here in the USA.
Model PPK Rubber Band Gun
Nothing like some office warfare to help pass the time during those boring afternoons. And with the model PPK Rubber Band Gun, he’ll be instantly transported to those childhood days long ago. Each ‘60s PPK model is handmade from White Oak and Walnut and can semi-automatically fire five rubber bands up to 20 feet.
Audio Technica Sporfit In-ear Headphones
If over-ear headphones aren’t his thing, or if they’re the more sporty type, be sure to check out these Sporfit In-Ear headphones. They boast C-shaped eartips designed for enhanced stability and comfort, making them ideal for habitual runners or athletes.
Matador Pocket Blanket
Make him take you on a picnic without worrying about lugging around an oversized bulky blanket. This pocket-sized pack folds out into a large 63” x 44” blanket. It’s water repellant, hosts weighted corners for those windy afternoons and folds up tight, fitting into the mini storage pouch that quite literally fits in your pocket.
Bull & Stash Travel Stash
If he’s the more visceral type who enjoys taking notes on a daily basis, this Bull & Stash notebook is a perfect gift. It’s pocket-sized, hosts a tanned and naturally oiled leather cover, and 50 refillable pages of 60lb bleed-resistant paper.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
We all know whiskey is one of nature’s best kept secrets to keeping warm in the winter. And since shots of the cheap stuff is off the table for the grown adult, might we suggest this bottle of Four Roses? It’s a subtle and smooth bourbon, hosting notes of winter spice and buttery toast in addition honey and fruit. Truly a marvel in and of itself.
Dovo Silver Shavette Straight Razor
Every man needs a straight razor. This imported razor from Germany features an aluminum blade carrier that adapts to any and all brands of both standard and double edged blades for a close professional shave every time. Just in time for the annual visit from the in-laws.
Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Who doesn’t need a water bottle? This here in a no-brainer. And whether it’s H2O or hot coffee he’s sipping on every morning, this BPA-free, 18/8 stainless steel vacuum-insulated bottle will keep his thirst at bay and a smile on his face. It’s finished in handsome powder coat and keeps hots hot for six hours and colds cold for up to 24.
Recycled FireFighter Money Clip Wallet
Made from decommissioned fire hoses, these wallets are made right here in the USA and are sewn together with T-90 nylon thread. They also boast a slim, minimal design and hold between 4-8 cards depending on how much cash you typically carry on your person.
JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker
JBL has a reputation for excellence in sound quality and this portable Bluetooth speaker is no exception. It features a built-in microphone that allows you to answer calls, hosts a 5-hour rechargeable battery, and clips onto just about anything instantly turning a garage workstation or overly quiet patio into a tunes-infused atmosphere.
Griffin Pocket Tool
Talk about a lifesaver in the form of a singular piece of metal adorned in cerakote black. The Griffin a culmination of the most useful items in your tool box, incorporating 11 items in total. Some of which include a bit driver, bottle opener, four sizes of hex driver, a scoring tool, and 5/16” hex wrench.
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