The Ultimate Husband Holiday Gift Guide (2016 Edition)


Let’s face it — men can be some of the hardest people to shop for during the holidays, so why not make it a little easier? Lucky for you, I polled hundreds of people to get great tips and ideas on how to find the perfect gift for the special man in your life. The below ideas are divided into categories, but there is probably at least one thing he’ll love in each one. Happy shopping!

For the outdoor enthusiast

Clockwise: Yeti cooler with rod holder ($10 and up), Survival bag ($160), and Zippo hand warmer ($19).

Clockwise from top left: Yeti cooler with rod holder ($10 and up), Survival kit ($150), Zippo hand warmer ($30).

Emergency Survival Kit ($160) Whether your husband is the type who wants to spend five days in the wilderness, or just wants to be prepared in case of an emergency, this is a perfect gift. It comes with a portable stove, a first aid and hygiene kit, waterproof matches, a survival whistle, a mylar blanket and poncho and more.

Maverick 88 Pump-Action Shotgun ($180) Does your husband love to hunt, but you can’t quite afford a $600 Mossberg or Remington? This is a great budget alternative. Even better is that this can serve as a multipurpose weapon he can use for both hunting and home defense. If you think he might want something specific, or you aren’t sure what kind of gun he would like best, then a gift certificate is always a good bet, too.

SmartWool Hiking Socks ($19) Socks may not seem like a great gift, but for your outdoorsy man, they make a great stocking stuffer. These socks are designed to help keep his feet dry and comfortable, and when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, that’s incredibly important. They even include extra cushioning to give his feet a little extra support.

Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer ($30) You could spend $5 and get him some flimsy one-use hand-warmers, but they don’t work very well and you’ll just have to keep buying more of them. This hand warmer is small enough to fit in his pocket, making it easy to bring with him on his outdoor trips, and it provides 12 hours of warmth on those cold winter nights.

Yeti products ($10 & up) Yeti exploded onto the scene a few years ago with products that are able to keep any beverage insanely cool (or hot). They have coolers, tumblers and a wide range of accessories perfect for your outdoorsmen. If he already has a cooler, for example, you can get him add-ons like a rod holder or a seat cushion, so his cooler can become a multi-functional device.

For the image-conscious man

From L-R: Costa Sunglasses ($150 and up), Icon Elite by Dunhill ($40), The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($50)

From left to right: Costa Sunglasses ($150 and up), Elite by Dunhill ($40), The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($50).

Costa sunglasses ($150 & up) These sunglasses are a bit of a splurge, but they’re worth it. The polarized lenses reduces glare and eyestrain, and they also feature 100% UV protection. Also built to be sturdy, they can handle whatever he throws at them. And best of all, they’re known to be one of the most stylish brands of sunglasses out there, so he’s going to look good, too.

Beard nectar & wax ($12) While beards are pretty “in” right now, they do require some maintenance, because come on, ladies — no one wants to have a scratchy, smelly beard rubbing against their face. There are several options when it comes to beard products, but a great choice is a company right here on the First Coast. Manhandle Products has beard nectar to keep the hair soft and smelling nice, as well as wax, to keep it styled nicely throughout the day.

Icon Elite Cologne by Dunhill ($40) Cologne is always a good gift for men, and maybe you already know what his favorite scent is, or have a cologne in mind that you like — if so, get that! But if you’re looking for a suggestion, then this affordable cologne got high marks for its woody, masculine scent that features notes of sandalwood, ebony, cardamom and orange blossom.

The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit ($50) Shaving doesn’t have to be a chore. With this amazing little kit, he can turn shaving into something that will treat his skin instead of abuse it. This kit includes pre-shave oil, luxurious shaving cream and a post-shave balm to soothe his skin.

For the guy who loves gadgets

From L-R: Garmin vívoactive Black ($130), Syma Quadcopter ($47), NES Classic Edition ($60 MSRP), Amazon Echo Dot ($50)

From left to right: Garmin vivoactive Smart Watch ($130), Syma Quadracopter ($47), NES Classic ($60 MSRP), Amazon Echo Dot ($50).

Garmin vívoactive Black ($130) This hugely popular smart watch does have sports apps for running, biking, swimming and even golf, but it has a lot more. It can be paired with his smart phone and alert him of incoming calls, texts, e-mails and even appointments on his calendar. The touchscreen is also readable in sunlight, and he can even get the weather forecast right on his watch.

Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis Gyro HD Camera RC Quadcopter with 2.0MP Camera ($47) Want to bring out your husband’s inner child? Get him a drone! They are incredibly popular right now, and this is a great starter drone that won’t break the bank. It’s wind-resistant, can be flown both inside and outside and can even do 360-degree flips.

NES Classic Edition ($60 MSRP) This may be hard to find, but if you can get it, this would be the ultimate Christmas gift for anyone who loves video games. It comes with two of the classic controllers, and using an HDMI cable, you just plug it right into your TV and get to playing one of the 30 retro games that come pre-loaded including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man and more. Right now, it’s hard to find a copy, but keep checking online. If you can pull it off, he’ll be thanking you forever.

Amazon Echo Dot ($50) This is a pretty cool little gadget that has gotten rave reviews. It’s a hands-free device that you can use to control smart devices — anything from your lights to the TV to the thermostat — as well as play music, find an Uber, locate local businesses, order pizza and even provide the day’s news, weather and traffic updates. It gets smarter as it gets to know you, too, and will even tell you jokes.

For the geek at heart

From L-R: Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon Quad ($78), Fantastic Beasts Percival Tie and Pin Set ($20), Star Trek Phaser Remote Control ($150)

From left to right: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Quad ($78), Fantastic Beasts Percival Tie & Pin Set ($20), Star Trek Phaser Remote Control ($150).

Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon Quad ($78) A drone is cool, but for the geek in your life, you can’t beat letting your husband actually fly the Millennium Falcon! This drone hides its rotors in the body of the ship, so it doesn’t take away from the fun, and comes with LED lights and sounds.

Fantastic Beasts Percival Tie & Pin Set ($20) The universe of Harry Potter has come roaring back into popularity, thanks to the box office hit Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. If your husband is a Potterhead, then this tie and pin set is for him! Modeled after MACUSA Director of Magical Security Percival Graves (played by Colin Farrell), this stylish set will not only let him look good, it’ll be a sweet little nod to his favorite fandom.

Tetris Stackable Desk Lamp ($50) How cool is this lamp? The seven interlocking pieces of this lamp light up when they’re stacked together and turn off when they’re disassembled. (There’s also an on/off switch in the base.) This is way more fun than your typical desk lamp!

Star Trek Phaser Remote Control ($150) It may seem little pricey for a remote control, but if your husband is a Trekkie, then you really can’t get a better gift than this. It’s a universal remote control, but it uses his gestures to control his entertainment system. He can program up to 36 gestures, and he can set a personal lock code so that he is the only one who can use the phaser. It’s also equipped with a variety of phaser firing sounds, as well as Starship Enterprise sound effects.

For the sports enthusiast

NFL Barware Crate ($80), NBA 2K16 ($25 and up), Ion Audio Tailgater ($100), Collectible Card Display Case ($40)

From left to right: NFL Barware Crate ($80), NBA 2K16 ($30), Ion Tailgater ($100), Collectible Card Display Case ($53).

A game of golf at TPC Sawgrass ($110 and up) If your guy loves to play golf, then contact his favorite golf course and pay for a tee time. If you really want to treat him, then there’s no better golf course than TPC Sawgrass, the most famous in the First Coast area.

NFL Barware Crate ($80) Ever heard of Man Crates? They’re basically gift sets, but they’re packaged in wooden crates that he has to break open using a crowbar (which is included). For sports fans, a great choice is their NFL Barware Crate, which comes with a bottle opener and four officially licensed team pint glasses, as well as gameday snacks like pretzels, pistachios and peanuts.

NBA 2K16 ($25 and up) This new game allows him to create a player and take him through his own NBA journey, from high school to college and then, the pros. He can compete against other NBA fans around the world, as well as control his own NBA franchise. The price depends on what game system you have and ranges from $25 – $60 on Amazon.

ION Audio Tailgater ($100) Does your husband love to tailgate? This wireless speaker system will make him the life of the party. He can stream from any Bluetooth device, or hook up a laptop, tablet or smart phone to play music. It also includes a microphone, has a built-in AM/FM radio, and he can even use it to charge his phone!

Collectible Card Display Case ($53) Does he like to collect sports cards? Then this beautiful display case is perfect for him. Made out of Australian beech wood with a black felt background, the case can hold up to 20 sports cards. It also comes fully assembled and with mounting hardware included, so it will be easy for him to display his collection with pride!

For the hands-on guy

Duluth Men's Fire House Work Pants ($65), Stanley 210-Piece Mixed Tool Kit ($100), Handy Dad ($19), MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband ($12)

From left to right: Duluth Men’s Fire House Work Pants ($65), Tool Kit $100), Handy Dad ($19), MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband ($12).

Duluth Men’s Fire Hose Work Pants ($65) If your guy is a total handy man, then he needs a good, sturdy pair of work pants that can outlast anything. And these pants are more than up to the task. Both tough and comfortable, he can work in these all day. The fabric allows for easy movement, so he can bend, climb and squat with no discomfort, and it also repels water and stains, so they’re easy to clean. And with tons of sturdy pockets, he can carry his tools around without worrying about poking holes in them.

Stanley 210-Piece Mixed Tool Kit ($100) If he doesn’t have a complete tool kit, then there’s no better Christmas present than this for the guy who likes to work with his hands. This 210-piece tool kit is durable and strong, with every item designed to be long-lasting, and they all fit into this easy-to-carry tool case.

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids ($19) HGTV Host Todd Davis gives the DIY dad 25 fun ideas for hands-on projects he can do with the kids. Ideas include building a tree house, a tire swing and a skateboard half-pipe.

MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband ($12) No longer will he have to work with nails, screws and lug nuts scattered sloppily all around him. This wristband lets him keep everything he needs close at hand, while keeping his hands free at the same time.

For the sentimental dad

From L-R: Handmade Christmas gifts from your kids (FREE), Shadow Box ($14)

From left to right: Handmade footprint Christmas gift (free), Shadow Box ($14).

Handmade gifts from your kids (FREE) Encourage your kids to make dad something that can’t be bought in a store. The only limit, really, is your (and their) imagination. Whether you make him a Mistletoes painting or a Christmas tree out of popsicle sticks, the important thing is that it’s something your kids made, just for their dad. And that’s something special that money can’t buy.

Tickets to a special event (Price will vary) Maybe instead of a gift, your husband would like to go do something with you! So check out Ticketmaster, find something that you know he would love — Jaguars tickets, a concert, tickets to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra — and buy those. A fun, kid-free night at an event that he’ll love could be exactly the kind of gift he is looking for!

Lingerie ($15 & up at Victoria’s Secret) Let’s be honest, ladies: All the presents in the world are nice, but there’s probably really only one thing that he wants, and that’s you. So if you really want to thrill him for Christmas, get some lingerie and make it a very merry Christmas indeed.

MCS Shadow Box Frame ($14) A shadow box is great for just about any man who is on the sentimental side. Whether it’s his alma mater, his time in the military, your wedding day or your children’s births, it’s a gift that not only preserves those memories, it also allows him to display them with pride. To make it extra special, set the shadow box up for him and surprise him with the completed project.

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