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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Guys

by Natasha Baker — 10 min read

Let's be honest — if you're giving a guy a pair of socks for Christmas, then it's safe to say you're either fresh out of ideas or you just don't give a sh*t.

So rather than resorting to panic buying that rude mug or a fetching pair of novelty socks, have a think about what they really want. Think about the person, their interests and passions. What fires them up and gets them excited?

To help you out, we've divided our Ultimate Gift Guide for Guys into 5 categories: The Hustler, The Outdoorsman, The Trendsetter, The Deep Thinker & The Sportsman. Within each one you'll find top quality items — from big fancy gifts to thoughtful stocking fillers.

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FOR THE HUSTLER

The Classic Pouch is the humble sidekick that can make a big difference to your day. Don’t leave behind your pen, charger, gum or lip balm, just because you can’t keep track of your essentials.

Ajoto strive to perfect the ultimate collection of timeless tools for your journey, each with a unique story that celebrates the people, places and process involved in their creation. The Pen is the ultimate tool to capture your thoughts and ideas.

From bestselling author Jake Knapp, comes Make Time, all about creating time and finding focus in daily life. “Read this book and do what it says if you want to build better products faster. Ev Williams, founder of Medium and Twitter.

Scientists have discovered that insomnia and sleep deprivation are linked to bringing our smartphones to bed. Break your addiction now with Norm Architects’ Tumbler Alarm Clock. We love its playfulness – simply turn upside down to stop the alarm.

For work or weekend, this drawstring bucket backpack will make carrying your essentials easier. Crafted in an organic cotton and recycled polyester canvas, this has leather details, an inner Ipad sleeve and can fit up to 15" laptops.

Charge multiple devices at maximum speed. The Eclipse charger by Native Union is a 3-port USB charging station featuring Smart IC technology. Simple, beautiful organisation that will look good on any desk.

Looking after your technology just got easier. This oak computer brush contains natural bristles in two parts. The long bristles are soft enough for screens and the shorter for cleaning between keys.

Designed by Francis Cayouette for Stelton, this rustic and elegant Theo French Press coffee maker is presented in matt black stoneware with a shiny glaze and combines Scandinavian design with Asian culture.

KeepCup Brew reusable coffee cup is crafted from blown tempered glass making it super durable. A premium drinking experience that feels good, looks smart and helps the environment. Join the reuse revolution.

Anthony Burrill is a graphic artist, print-maker and designer, renowned for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication. Printed using traditional letterpress techniques and signed by the artist, this print will look good next to any desk.

FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN

A practical and indispensable guide for anyone venturing into the outdoors, this classic resource by wilderness expert Branford Angier is packed with illustrated core survival skills and timeless advice.

Optimised for strength, the Leatherman multi-tool has all the features to get even the toughest job done. From wire cutters to a bottle opener, the Rebar is sure to be an instant hit on home projects the world over.

The Thermos Stainless Steel Food Jar rules for taking the food you love anywhere. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables cool for up to 14 hours or store your favorite hot soups or oatmeal, every sip stays piping hot for up to 9 hours. Your options are endless.

GoBites are civilized travel utensils that are equally at home in the backcountry or the breakroom. All GoBites are made from a special, extremely durable nylon and backed by a lifetime warranty. Real tools for real humans.

The DoubleNest is your all-access pass to relaxation. Big enough for two and palatial for one, it still manages to stuff easily into its attached compression sack. Take it anywhere, set it up in seconds and take a nap.

Bring some ambiance to your camping and light up your world with this innovative led light. Latch it on a tree to collect firewood; or to a any magnetic surface to light your whole campsite. Lighting has never been so easy or so fun.

At only 2.3 pounds, this NATO approved entrenching tool folds up to be a portable powerhouse. With a glass-filled nylon handle, powder-coated boron carbon steel blade, and 7075 aluminum shaft it is as tough as you need.

The new Tile Pro is a powerful Bluetooth tracker for finding all of your things. It has a 300 ft. range and is durable, water-resistant and loud, making it easier to keep track of all your important items no matter where you are.

Field Notes Original Kraft memo books are simple cashier style notebooks, a quiet nod to the memo books of days gone by. Made in the U.S.A. from durable materials, Field Notes brings you "an honest memo book, worth fillin’ up with good information."

Pencils work great but sometimes you just need a pen. This All-Weather Metal Pen writes on wet paper and upside down and the pressurized ink cartridge performs in temperatures from -30F to 250F. The ink won't leak, evaporate or blow up in your pocket!

FOR THE TRENDSETTER

"With an incendiary beginning and deeply personal social commentary, Lamar’s fourth album reveals an artist at his real and metaphorical peak " — Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian. This collectors edition features cleared coloured vinyl, a gem for any hip hop lover.

Uniform Wares set out to create watches that embody character and distinction through intelligent design, not branding. A highly considered, new breed of premium contemporary timepieces that have made their indelible mark on the watch industry.

Step aside, ice cubes. The Drink Rocks are here to lend a polished, contemporary flair to your favourite drinks. Featuring elegant and minimal geometric shapes, each stone is hand finished and features its own unique characteristics.

Comfort, made luxurious. A true investment in your downtime. Mahabis Luxe slippers feature a nubuck leather uppers, a 100% wool lining and a multi-surface durable sole. Beautifully minimal, inspired by Scandinavia and made in London.

Originally launched on Kickstarter, the Chicago comb became the most successful hair comb ever launched on the platform. Made of carbon fiber and designed with a loop at the end, its the perfect comb for everyday use.

A transitional pant that was created with your busy lifestyle in mind. Constructed using a fine cotton blend that stretches with movement whilst retaining maximum structure. The waistband uses a hidden elastic for a more refined look but combines with drawstring to increase comfort and versatility.

A blend of hydrating botanicals formulated for maximum slip to facilitate a razor-close shave; leaving your skin feeling smooth, calm and refreshed. Key ingredients include Sandalwood, Neroli Blossom and Panthenol.

Established in 2001, Folk has built a brand globally recognised for its simple styles made impeccably well. Each piece is well made, designed with care and finished with the man who will wear them in mind.

A bell shaped key holder with a sophisticated brass finish, it closes neatly and smoothly with a screw clasp. Wear it around your wrist, clip it to your belt or hang it on a wall hook to make managing your keys so much easier than with a regular keyring. You'll find it indispensable.

Inspired by vintage styles, Ray-Ban's 'Erika' sunglasses are inspired by vintage styles. With large round frames and an angular keyhole bridge for a distinctly retro look. Made in Italy from tortoiseshell acetate and is trimmed with slim gunmetal-tone arms.

FOR THE DEEP THINKER

MindJournal is the simplest thing you can do right now to massively increase your life satisfaction. Achieve your biggest goals, live your wildest dreams and face your scariest fears, with MindJournal’s innovative 30-Day Progamme. The only thing stopping you — is you.

Purify your complexion with this charcoal face mask. Utilising activated Charcoal, the treatment draws out impurities, transforming skin in just 10 minutes; simply peel away and reveal skin that is visibly clear, bright and healthy.

Michael Townsend Williams, an adman turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, is an advocate of ‘welldoing’ – leading a busy and productive life, but not at the expense of our health and wellbeing. And key to this? Our breath.

These stylish dominoes from Fredericks & Mae are made from 100% baltic birch and feature a silkscreen moon design. Play on your own or with a friend, they are the perfect set to take some time away from the screen.

Hay 'Time' is one of a series of designs from Hay that takes the humble timer and gives it an original, contemporary and minimal appeal. No frame, no gimmicks, just the essential elements of glass and sand united in one beautiful form.

These wooden incense cones fill your home and space with the scent of fresh lemon grass. High doses of purified lemon balm extracts have been found to be effective in the relief of stress, producing increased calmness and reduced alertness.

Sticking with smells, this large aroma diffuser by Muji uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and essential oil in the tank to produce a cool, dry, fragrant mist. At the same time the white cylinder also houses a lamp that shines with an ambient glow.

Minim is a deck of regulation playing cards re-imagined by NY-based designer Joe Doucet, who managed to successfully reduce the familiar shapes of hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades to minimal geometric symbols.

Get a great night's sleep with This Works deep pillow spray. Using an aromatherapeutic superblend of Lavender, Vetivert and Camomile to calm both mind and body, soothing you to sleep.

This small Jurassic Lab Ficus Terrarium from Parisian brand Green Factory presents a beautiful Ficus tree perfectly encased within a contemporary egg-shaped glass housing. A thoughtful gift for the green-fingered.

FOR THE SPORTSMAN

The multi-award winning Stay Sixty® reusable water bottle is beautifully crafted from stainless steel. Each water bottle is made from premium, food-grade, BPA-free stainless steel and coated in a unique rubberised paint to look and feel great in your hand.

AirPods will forever change the way you use headphones. Whenever you pull your AirPods out of the charging case, they instantly turn on and connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac.

Made up of two small magnetic lights, the Lucetta is the new, essential light for your bike. Easy to attach to any bike, the two small lights – 1 red and 1 white – switch on with just a click and are guaranteed to stay securely in place even on the bumpiest street.

A game-changing backpack for anyone spending time between the office and gym. The much loved Fit Pack has undergone not only a slight facelift but a total overhaul of refining features and additional designs. Coming together and crafting a perfect backpack for everyday use for modern day life.

Former chef to the Obamas, Sam Kass makes it easier to do a little better for your diet--and the environment--every day, through smart ways to think about shopping, setting up your kitchen so the healthy stuff comes to hand most naturally, and through 90 delicious, simple recipes.

At the touch of a single button, you can create super-smooth, great-tasting cold drinks and smoothies containing all the vitamins and nutrients found in your favourite fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Packed with quick and easy recipes, there’s even a guide included in the box.

Attack your training sessions with one of the most versatile and performance-driven cross-training sneakers. Designed to help you lift, sprint, climb and jump with confidence and stability, Nike Metcons provide the support you need to train at your highest levels of intensity.

The Everlast Nevatear punching bag uses specially blended filler that provides resilient shock absorbency and is constructed from vinyl for toughness. A layered matrix of synthetic leather and webbed vinyl has been engineered to outlast even the heaviest hitters.

An ultra-dense and spacious performance yoga mat that has unmatched comfort and cushioning. The PRO® will never wear out, guaranteed. Used by beginners and pros alike, the Manduka Pro has rave reviews all around.

This shower-sized packable towel is ultra-light, super absorbent, and quick drying. And it stays fresher for longer thanks to an antimicrobial fabric coating. Clip to or toss in any bag and hit the beach, trail, or gym.


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Written by Natasha Baker
Designer & co-founder of MindJournal. On a mission to help guys feel more, do more and be more. Easily distracted by dogs and hate having my photo taken. Start a conversation [email protected]