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Why are men so hard to shop for? It's tough to find a gift you know he'll like, often because you're not sure whether to go for "form" or "function." A lot of people dread Christmas time, as that's when they have to rack their brains to try to come up with a gift for the men who have everything.
What's the bottom line?
Finding a gift may not be as hard as you think. In the end, the best gifts for him are practical: ones he can use around the house, but they're stylish, "cool," and fun.
Below, we've compiled a list of the best gifts for men of all shapes, sizes, and preferences. If you've got a man in your life, consider getting him one of the unique gifts for men listed below.
Made with durable leather upper, great lacing system, solid sole, supportive, medium weight, no blisters, minimal break-in time, great stability and ankle support, good-looking, great for heavier hikers, and easy to slip on/take off.
Reviewers report that the seams wear out quickly; and the laces tend to come loose.
Details: If he's a hiker, these are the boots that will "go the distance" for him! Few boots can match the durability of these bad boys; in fact, users have reported hiking for thousands of miles without discomfort. He won't need to break in the boots, but can start hiking with them right out of the box. They're beautifully stylish, with a design that's easy to slip on and off without struggling. The leather upper is durable and long-lasting, though the seams tend to wear out quickly.
Thanks to their medium weight, excellent foot and ankle support, comfort, and durability, he'll fall in love with these boots. The leather uppers are highly resistant to wear, with Gore-Tex waterproofing that protects his feet from getting wet as he hikes. The synthetic sole delivers excellent traction, with a deep tread that is perfect for descending dusty hills or scrambling over rocks.
Price: Though the boots are a bit pricey—anywhere from $135 to $290—they're definitely worth it considering he won't need to replace them for years to come.
6-item complete shaving kit, durable razor with great blades, reliable badger hair brush, beautifully-scented soap, simple lather bowl, great value for the price, and delivers a VERY close shave.
Blades are tricky to replace correctly, and the soap doesn't produce the best lather.
Details: If he wants to shave like a real man, this is the kit to help him do just that. It comes with a bowl and shave soap, with a badger hair brush to lather it up and apply the soap to his face. The durable stainless steel blades deliver a very close shave every time, and the solid handle of the well-built razor will feel comfortable in his hand. With the potassium alum block, he'll never have to worry about razor burn, irritation, or weeping cuts.
The kit isn't perfect—the blades are tough to replace and the lather isn't as thick as he might like—but it's the perfect "intro to proper shaving" gift. Plus, the soap has a beautiful scent and will leave his skin nice and soft.
Price: At $55, this is a very well-priced kit considering everything it delivers! You'd spend far more buying each item separately, and with this shaving kit you end up with quality at a great price.
Simple, compact, accurate, and reliable; FitBit clip-on design is ideal for those who hate watches/bands, and the device is compatible with all smartphones. Additionally, with a 10-day battery life, this clip-on workout tracker is unobtrusive and supremely effective - tracks steps and distance, syncs automatically, and allows you to set goals, view progress and earn badges.
The device is very small and easy to drop and may fall out of rubber casing if you're not careful.
Details: If he wants to get in shape or improve the quality of his workout, this is the gift for him! The beauty of this FitBit workout tracker is that it's a compact device that clips onto his belt or can be worn as a rubber wristband.
It's versatile and easy to use no matter what he's doing, and comes with all the features he'll need: calorie counter, pedometer, activity monitor, stair counter, sleep monitor, and even a silent vibrating alarm to wake him up. It's easy to sync to a FitBit account on PC/mobile app, with a beautifully user-friendly set-up. It's a simple device with no frills, but it's ideal for people who just want a fitness tracker and don't care for fluff!
Price: Expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $200, but it's definitely worth it for such reliable, accurate, and user-friendly addition to his workout routine!
Complete mixology set, easy to use, quality stainless steel equipment, affordable, sturdy design, and easy to keep organized.
Prone to rust/water marks and must be hand-dried.
Details: This little mixology set has everything he needs to be a bad-ass bartender at home! It comes with 10 pieces: a double-walled ice bucket with lid, drink stirrer, cheese knife, cocktail shaker, jigger, strainer, bottle opener, corkscrew, tongs, and a stand to keep it all organized. Made from durable stainless steel, the tools of the bartender trade are able to withstand regular use.
Be warned: the tools are a bit smaller than you'd expect, and they MUST be hand-dried (with a clean towel) to prevent rust and water marks. However, they're a complete set of tools for mixology and everything he needs to get his drink on.
Price: At $33 for the 10-piece set, you're getting him a complete mixology set for a pretty sweet price. It's the perfect gift for his wet bar or man cave—plus, you get to enjoy all those delicious cocktails and mixed drinks he'll make!
A cookbook just for men, useful diet/clean eating information, recipes he'll want to cook, and a great gift to help him improve his eating habits.
Some cooking skill required (heh heh).
Details: For guys who need to clean up their diet a bit, this is a gift that will help him do just that. The book is loaded with a wealth of information that can help him to improve his eating habits, but it's presented in a "guy-friendly" way. He'll learn what's unhealthy about his current food choices, and how he can start making better, cleaner food choices.
It's not a book to ram healthy eating down his throat, but it goes the route of "fun" education. The recipes are all variations on his favorite foods, but with a focus on nutrition as well as delicious flavor. He'll find the information contained in the book will give him a better understanding about how to mesh healthy eating with the unhealthy foods he loves.
Price: If $17 is too much to pay for the paperback version, you can always opt for the $5 ebook. However, the paperback will ensure the book stays in plain sight: on his bedside table, in his office, or in the kitchen. That way, he'll HAVE to read it.
11-in-1 kit, portable, flip locks for easy access, 1-year warranty, durable tools, and good range of survival supplies.
Case isn't waterproof and batteries not included.
Details: If he wants to be prepared for anything, this in-car survival kit is just what he'll love this Christmas. It comes with all the tools needed to survive in emergency situations: a thermal blanket, key-ring flashlight (batteries not included), tungsten steel pen, pliers, saw, whistle, compass, knife, and fire starter. All of the tools are packed into a case that is compact, fairly lightweight, and easy to fit in any backpack or bag. However, it's intended to be carried in your car, and it's small enough that it will fit in your glove compartment or under your car seats.
Though the case isn't waterproof, it's durable and will protect your survival tools from damage. Definitely a handy item to have in case of any emergencies!
Price: At $22, this is a great little gift that he will love. He'll need to stock up on batteries for the various devices, but other than that, it's a kit ready to be used in any situation.
Durable stainless steel case and band, beautiful, water resistant, multi-functional, excellent precision, uber-masculine, break-resistant dial window, and rugged.
Watch is much larger than expected, and some reviewers report quality control issues.
Details: If he's the kind of man who ONLY wears stainless steel watches, this is the one he'll love. It's rugged enough to survive the sort of beating sustained during overseas travels, outdoor adventures, or athletic activities. The stainless steel case and band will keep up with his active lifestyle. The dial window is both break-resistant and flame-resistant, making it a durable choice indeed.
The watch comes with a built-in tachymeter, day of the week/month dial, second hand, and large numbers that light up after dark. It's water-resistant up to 100 meter (330 feet), making it a great watch for using while swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. The appearance is stylish, with the coin-bezel edge and clear black numbers engraved into the polished stainless steel. It's a "guy's watch" for men who want something that will last for years to come.
Price: At $79, this is one VERY well-priced watch. He'll love its durability and rugged design—it can keep up with anything he can throw at it and look good all the while.
Inexpensive, perfect for beginners; great for performing tricks; tough little quadcopter.
Doesn't handle well in high winds.
Details: If he's a drone enthusiast, this is a great choice for him to practice with before buying a more expensive one. The camera snaps decent-quality images at up to 1280x960 resolution, the video camera can stream live to his smartphone, and it can be set to store the footage/images to the onboard storage device. While the range on the drone is not ideal (less than 100 feet), it zips through the air with surprising speed.
The camera can be a bit shaky if the wind is high, but on calm days it takes clear, blur-free pictures. The controller allows you to adjust the throttle, trim, camera, and even monitor the battery life.
He'll get about 9 minutes of flight time, but the battery also only takes 45 minutes to charge. However, it includes a bonus battery pack to extend his flight time. It's not suitable for use in heavy winds, but on days when there is no wind, it handles like a dream, even for newbie pilots.
Price: Priced at $90, it's a solid little copter that can take a beating and still run well. If he wants to get into drone-flying, this is an excellent first-time choice, as it handles easily and can survive crashes thanks to the plastic rotor guards.
Track multiple devices, iOS/Android compatible, Bluetooth-enabled, can be used on a keychain or in his wallet, online community to help him find his lost items, great battery life, inexpensive, highly reliable, and good range.
Not very loud and Bluetooth must be enabled at all times.
Details: If he's the kind of guy who can't remember where he left his keys, wallet, sunglasses, hat, or briefcase, this is the perfect gift for him! All he has to do is attach the Tile device to his key ring or slip it into his wallet or briefcase, and he can track his stuff using his phone.
The Tile is Bluetooth enabled, meaning he won't need Wi-Fi to track it. The Tile itself will help him track a lost phone, though keeping the Bluetooth on at all times will drain the battery. Though the Tile doesn't beep very loudly, it will be very useful to help him track his devices anywhere in the house, office, or gym. The Tile is compatible with both iOS and Android, and it's a highly reliable option for keeping track of his lost stuff.
Price: At just over $20 per tile, it's a fairly budget-friendly solution. The Tile app is totally free to use, and gives him access to an online community of fellow Tile-users that can help him track his lost stuff easily.
Stylish, lightweight, inexpensive, polarized lenses, durable resin frame, UV 400 protection, glare reduction, scratch-resistant, water-resistant, fairly durable, and comfortable.
Too narrow for wider faces and gold plating looks plastic.
Details: If he's the kind of guy who looks good in retro-styled clothing and accessories, these semi-rimless glasses are just what he needs. The circular style will be ideal for men with longer faces and heavy beards, and he'll love the lightweight resin frame. The glasses are super-comfortable and easy to wear all day long.
When it comes to durability, the glasses are as good as he can expect for this price range. They're certainly not designed for active use, but they're the perfect driving, strolling, and lounging glasses. With UV400 protection and polarized lenses, they can reduce glare and prevent eye fatigue. Their blue tint makes them effective at reducing exposure to bright sunlight and light from his phone, tablet, and computer screen.
Price: At $17 for the pair, these are a very well-priced pair of sunglasses. Best of all, they look very stylish and offer him comfort and durability at a cost you can afford on your Christmas budget.
Ultra-portable, up to 160 square inches of grilling space, unique handle stays cool during cooking, porcelain-enameled coating to reduce rust and damage, and features adjustable air flow.
Legs feel flimsy and cheap; and the sides and bottom get VERY hot.
Details: This grill may be smaller than you'd expect, but it's perfect for use when on a camping or hiking trip—a great gift for outdoorsmen. It's lightweight, and the collapsible legs make it easy to fold up for transportation in the back of a car or even a large backpack. Yet when it comes time to use it, simply unfold the legs, flip the lid, and you're ready to grill.
The porcelain-enameled coating reduces rust and damage from the elements, though it won't reduce the heat let off by the grill. Thankfully, the handle is designed to be heat-resistant, so he doesn't have to worry about burning his hand. The adjustable dampers and vent holes allow him control over the air flow, which is vital for cooking.
Price: At $50, this is a beautifully cheap little grill. It's not a heavy-duty grill to use for every backyard BBQ, but it certainly will make cooking on his camping trips a whole lot easier.
Made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients, this beard balm conditions and softens your beard, enhances shine, enriches hair, and eliminates beard-ruff. Perfect for any man who is passionate about his facial hair.
Unusual and sometimes unpleasant smell.
Details: For the well-groomed man, this is an excellent gift. The beard balm is made from 13 ingredients that are 100% organic and locally-grown. It's a product made without chemicals or artificial ingredients, making it perfect for both the environmentally-conscious and men with sensitive skin.
The beard balm is easy to apply, and he'll love how much control it gives him over his facial hair style. His beard will be softer, thicker, and richer, without the greasy film left by other balms.
Price: $19 is a good price to pay for this high quality beard balm. If your man cares about his appearance, this makes for a great stocking stuffer.
Turns any watermelon into a gorgeous keg, and comes with the required tools and instructions. Overall, this kit is super easy to use, making a great novelty gift.
Some reviewers experienced issues with drips and clogs.
Details: This is a gift that he'll love to pull out when the summer rolls around!
To use it, all he has to do is hollow out a watermelon (with the tools provided), insert the keg tap (following the accompanying instructions), and fill the watermelon with the mixed drink or alcohol of his choice. It's as simple as that, and makes for one heck of a conversation starter and centerpiece.
The tap is beautifully easy to insert, and it can turn literally any hollowed out watermelon into an impromptu fruit keg. For a summer soiree, it's the perfect way to add a bit of flair!
Price: $20 is not a lot to pay for this awesome novelty gift. He'll be able to use it any time he wants to throw a tropical party—meaning he'll use it A LOT!
Turns hot coffee into iced coffee in 60 seconds, and, in fact, can chill any beverage quickly. Additionally, this product is dishwasher safe and ideal for single-serve use.
It's difficult to determine exactly how much liquid to put into the cup.
Details: For the man who loves his drinks cold, this is the Christmas gift of choice. It can chill any beverage in 60 seconds, and he can use it for coffee, tea, beer, wine, whisky, juice, and pretty much anything else he wants to chill quickly.
The coffee maker can be a bit messy, as it's hard to know how much liquid is needed to fill it. However, it's incredibly easy to use and delivers a cold drink every time.
Price: Paying $30 for this cup is so worth it, especially during the summer when a hot cup of coffee is the last thing on his mind. It's an excellent gift for coffee drinkers!
Top-rated iPhone battery case; compatible with iPhone 7 and 8; provides 100% more battery; slim and lightweight design; features a secure grip and durable protective shell.
Hard to get the phone out of the case, quality control issues.
Details: For those who need more battery life for their iPhone 7 or 8, this is the perfect Christmas gift. Thanks to the built-in 3200 mAh battery in the case case, your man can get up to 100% more battery life. That translates into many happy hours of music, video, gaming, and phone calls.
The case is lightweight and slim, and it's designed to fit into any pocket or purse. The matte material feels sleek and has a good grip. Its hard shell will also increase the protection for your phone, reducing the risk of damage from drops or falls. It even allows your phone to sync with your devices without removing it from its case. Definitely a good gift for a guy who spends a lot of time on his phone.
Price: $43 is a pretty high price to pay for a basic phone case, but when you consider how much extra battery life it provides, you can see why it's the perfect Christmas gift for a traveling man. The battery even comes with a lifetime warranty!
This is a fully programmable coffee maker with multiple brewing options. It brews up to 12 cups at a time, features customizable auto-shutoff capabilities, and allows you to set the machine to brew coffee at the same time every day.
Quality control issues; many of the coffee makers have defects.
Details: If your man is the sort who likes his coffee "just so," and at the same time every day, this is the Christmas gift for him. The machine will automatically brew iced, bold, regular, or even small batches of coffee at a time, ensuring he gets the perfect cup of coffee exactly the way he likes it. Best of all, it's a no-mess machine, as it brews the coffee straight into his cup.
The auto shut-off feature allows you to keep your coffee warm even if you don't get up at the same time everyday. He'll love the fact that there's no warming plate, as that eliminates the "scorched" taste of the coffee.
Price: At $50, this is slightly on the pricier side for a coffee machine, but it delivers his ideal cup of coffee every day and is designed for his maximum convenience.
This brew making kit makes 2 gallons of beer at a time and comes with ingredients to create 2 distinct beers for a total of 4 gallons of beer. Keg is lightweight and shatterproof; can be used over and over; allows you to brew 2 batches of your own beer; comes with 11 plastic bottles for storing beer; includes clear and easy-to-follow instructions.
Seal isn't fully airtight; fermenter isn't dishwasher safe.
Details: For a guy who loves his beer, this is a gift that will keep on giving!
This home brewing kit comes with a 2-gallon fermenter and 11 plastic bottles and caps to bottle your beer. The wide opening of the fermenter makes it easy to clean, though sadly you can't put it into the dishwasher.
The keg isn't so big that you have to wait forever for the beer to ferment, but it produces two gallons of beer at a time. The two refills that come with the kit have a packet of dry ale yeast and a packet of no-rinse cleanser to clean your tools and bottles. Best of all, there's a DVD with step by step instructions on how to brew your first batch of tasty beer.
Price: $50 for 4 gallons of home-brewed beer? Do the math, and you end up saving money on his Christmas gift. Plus, it's a great way for him to try something new and DIY his own beer!
Studio-quality sound; beautiful and convenient design; excellent range of frequencies; well-priced; creates big sound despite the compact size.
Quality control issues; many speakers are shipped defective.
Details: This is the perfect Christmas gift for the man who needs a pair of high quality speakers—whether for work or enjoyment.
The speakers are beautiful and stylish, with a unique design that allows him to place either speaker on either side of the desk and switch between them at will. The sound is clear and balanced, with excellent clarity on the mids, highs, and lows. The speakers can't handle too much bass, but for higher, more balanced sounds, they do an amazing job.
Price: At $100, these are a very well-priced pair of speakers. You get studio-quality sound at a cost you can afford.
Free calls for the rest of your life; built-in control buttons and speakerphone; crystal clear call quality; good smartphone apps; fully customizable; and cheaper than a landline.
The best features require a Premium account; customer service is a bit iffy.
Details: If your man spends a lot of time on the phone, this is the gift to help him keep costs low. The VoIP phone system uses your home wireless network to place and receive calls, and he'll be able to make calls anywhere around the world for free. There's no monthly fee for use; simply pay the one-time purchase fee + taxes, and your phone calls will cost you nothing for the rest of your life.
The system is designed for easy plug-and-play, so he can get started making calls within a few minutes of unpacking the device. It's easy to control using your smartphone, courtesy of the Ooma mobile app.
Price: Pay $75 and get free phone calls for the rest of your life? This is a gift that's 100% worth the price!
Durable stainless steel construction; sleek design; comes with 12 tools; Saf.T.Plus lock to reduce risk of injury; easy to open and use; and excellent quality for the price.
Knife blades are too short; tool is too large for users with small hands.
Details: If your guy needs a multi-tool to use around the house and garage, this is the Christmas gift he'll love. It's cheaper than a Leatherman, but it's built with the same high quality and durability. The stainless steel handles fit nicely into a man's hand, and it has the comfortable grip that will allow him to work with his tool of choice easily.
The 12 tools are locked securely in place to reduce injuries, but they're easy to pull out for quick access. The pliers, in particular, are well-designed and spring-loaded to be instantly useable when you flip the knife open. All in all, a multi-tool that gets the job done!
Price: At $35, this is a very well-priced tool. It's cheaper than your average Leatherman, but with a durability and design to match. Definitely a good Christmas gift.
Adds Bluetooth compatibility to any device; inexpensive; easy to connect and use; great customer service; lightweight; ultra-portable; and features a decent battery life.
Some users experience problems with sound lag when connected to TV; incompatible with a number of Bluetooth headphones.
Details: If he loves his wireless headphones or Bluetooth earpiece, this is the perfect gift for him. Simply put, it turns ANY device (tablet, phone, computer, TV, etc.) into a Bluetooth-compatible one.
The transmitter comes with a 3.5mm jack to plug into any headphone port, and the transmitter will connect with nearby Bluetooth devices to transmit audio straight to your headphones or Bluetooth speaker system. It doesn't work perfectly with every TV (some users complained of audio lag), but it's ideal for listening to music or streaming movies from your computer. Even after 7 hours of non-stop use, you can continue streaming your music while the transmitter is charging.
Price: At $25, this is an amazing gift for guys who love their wireless electronics. It's a way to turn just about anything into a Bluetooth-enabled device he can connect to his headphones, headset, or sound system.
Up to 1,500 RPM for maximum power; comes with two rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries; great battery life high-performance motor; cordless; and surprisingly lightweight.
The chuck key is poorly designed, prone to breaking quickly and stripping.
Details: No doubt he's already got a drill set, but this is the perfect Christmas gift to give a guy who wants a compact cordless drill for use around the house. It will compliment his heavy-duty hammer drill, and it's a tool that he can use to hang pictures, mount frames, and do all those other little jobs on his "honey-do" list.
The drill is lightweight, ergonomic, and compact. Its cordless design makes it easy to use anywhere and you get two batteries for the price of one drill so you can always have one working while the other charges. The drill gets up to 1,500 RPMs for maximum power, making it a surprisingly potent drill despite its size. All in all, an excellent gift for a handy man.
Price: $100 is not too high a price to pay for this drill, considering the quality of DeWalt tools. It's a long-lasting, durable little tool that will be his "around the house" drill for years to come.
High resolution display; adaptive front light; ultra-long battery life; sleek and lightweight, yet durable; haptic response when pages are turned; and text is crisp and clear.
Screen isn't large enough; pretty pricey.
Details: The paperback form factor, high-quality glass screen, and magnesium case all blend together brilliantly in the new Kindle Voyage E-Reader - in fact, you may easily mistake it for a paperback book. That makes it a real score when you're travelling - or waiting - just about anywhere!
If he's a purist who loves to read paperbacks, but can't afford to haul them around on his travels, this is the perfect Christmas gift for him!
The 300 DPI screen is the closest to a paper experience as an e-reader gets, with crisp, clear text that is easy to read under any lighting condition (courtesy of the adaptive front light). It’s thinner and lighter than any other Kindle, so it's ideal for anyone who travels a lot. Yet it gets the same amazing battery life as the basic Kindle or Paperwhite. He'll need to charge it two or three times a MONTH.
The reason it's ideal for paperback lovers is because there is a haptic (touch) response when he turns the pages. It will feel like turning the page of a real book. Together with the high resolution display, it's as close to a "real" book as it gets with a tablet.
Price: The $220 Kindle Voyage is on the pricier side of Amazon's tablets. However, thanks to that "real life feel," long battery life, and amazing portability, it's a hardcore reader's perfect gift.
Charges any Samsung phone wirelessly; supports Qi-enabled phones; fast-charge feature for newer smartphones; and is both compact and user-friendly.
LED is VERY bright at night.
Details: For the guy who loves his Android smartphone, this is a gift he'll for sure love! After all, it can charge his phone without the need for him to mess with cables or cords—could it get any more convenient?
The charging stand connects wirelessly to his phone for quick charging, and he'll never have to plug it into the USB charger again. For newer Android models, the Fast Charge feature gives him a full charge at a much higher speed. It's designed for Samsung phones, but it can be used for just about any phone that is Qi-enabled.
Price: Paying $41 for a charger may seem like a lot, but remember that he'll be using it every day. It makes a perfect gift for the home and office!
Beautiful back-lit design for gaming in the dark; highly durable; uber-stylish; built-in multi-function keys can do whatever he wants; great for fast typing; and features a built-in headphone and USB ports.
Pricey; keyboard software is a bit complicated to learn and use.
Details: If your man is a gamer, this is the gift he'll definitely want!
The keyboard is one of Razer's best, with a durable design, comfortable keyboard layout, and customizable functions (courtesy of the keyboard software and multi-function buttons). It may be a bit louder than regular keyboards, but he'll love the crisp, responsive feel of the keys as he types. It's a hardcore gamer's dream, with a lifespan of up to 80 MILLION keystrokes!
The software is a bit complicated to use, but once he learns it he'll find it offers a lot more control than a regular keyboard. The back-lit RGB design is perfect for gaming in the dark and makes the keyboard look ultra sleek and stylish.
Price: Yes, $150 is a lot to pay for a keyboard. But it's the Christmas gift that any gamer will love, and the keyboard will last him for years to come. In our opinion, totally worth it.
Highly durable, stainless steel shell is stain- and damage-resistant; yields ultra-high quality juice; low risk of clogs and breakage; quiet operation; and features an incredibly powerful motor.
Juices VERY slowly.
Details: For the health-conscious man in your life, this is the perfect gift. The slow/masticating juicer produces less heat and friction, so there's less oxidation of the fruits and veggies he's juicing. Instead of slicing the fruit, it crushes it using an auger. This guarantees a higher mineral, vitamin, and antioxidant content in the juice.
The juicer is very slow, but it produces a high quality juice that lasts much longer than juice made in faster juicers. Its stainless steel shell is beautifully durable, and you'll find the 15-year warranty ensures he will always have fresh fruit and veggie juice for years to come.
Price: This juicer will run you about $280, though it's often discounted for seasonal sales (like Christmas!). It's the best masticating juicer on the market, so it's perfect for men who want to be healthy by consuming more fruit and veggie juice.
Features the most advanced learning algorithm on the market; reliable mobile connection; multiple sensors for gathering environmental data; beautiful design; and keeps you up to date on HVAC performance via mobile alerts.
Doesn't display the current temperature (design flaw), but only the target temperature.
Details: For men who want a "smart" home, this is the ideal Christmas gift!
The 3rd Generation Nest is more advanced than the previous two, with most of the "kinks" ironed out. It provides him with remote access/control to the thermostat via the WiFi, accessible from his Android/iOS tablet, smartphone, and PC. The Nest App is free to download and easy to use, with intuitive controls. He'll be able to check your energy history, reduce energy expenditure, and choose HVAC settings - all from your smartphone! Plus, the device learns your schedule and adjusts the HVAC system to ensure your home is as warm/cool as you want it when you want it.
The average install time for the Nest Thermostat is under 30 minutes, but customers who can't figure it out can always call the 24/7 customer support hotline for help. It's compatible with 95% of the HVAC systems on the market and can work with heat pump, solar, hot water, radiant oil, geothermal, gas, electric, and forced air systems. With its 24-bit color LCD screen and 480p resolution, it makes adjusting the temperature from the unit a cinch.
Price: At under $250, this is a pricey gift. However, it's perfect for a smart home, and the fact that Nest learns his preferences and schedule makes it a gift he'll love!
Highly reliable and accurate; packed with a wide array of useful features; sharp and clear display; and extremely versatile for a fitness watch.
Can be challenging to connect to Bluetooth/smartphone.
Details: For the guy who wants a smart watch but can't afford the Apple Watch, this is the ideal Christmas gift. The built-in touchscreen allows him to control activity tracking and all the watch's many features (heart rate monitor, pedometer, calorie counter, and the list goes on). The watch looks stylish on his wrist, is built to last, and has a unique design that will make it stand out from all the other fitness trackers around.
It's a great watch for a fitness nut, as it can keep up with pretty much any workout: running, cycling, cardio workouts, resistance training, cross-training, and more. The multi-workout recording feature allows him to customize activity data, which is recorded to his FitBit SmartTrack workout for performance monitoring. Best of all, it will help him to improve his sleep habits.
Price: It's no Apple Watch with all the bells and whistles, but for $200, you're getting an EXCELLENT fitness tracker and smart watch. It's got a lot of features, and it's a durable, long-lasting watch designed to keep up with his fitness efforts. Totally worth it!
The latest version of the Amazon Fire TV Stick works with Alexa Voice Control (as well as the navigational buttons you’re used to using), making it a breeze to search for your favorite programs. It’s beautifully portable and affordable!
Doesn't offer as many channels as Roku.
Details: This little stick is the perfect Christmas gift for your TV-loving man. Not only does it give him access to his favorite cable channels, but you can also get on the premium channels like HBO, Hulu, and, you got it, ESPN. There may be some subscription fees to pay, but it's much more affordable than paying for a monthly cable package.
The device is compatible with Alexa, so it can be fully voice controlled. Hands full with beer and snacks? No worries, just use your voice to change channels, surf for more content, control the volume, and more. The Fire stick can be plugged into any TV HDMI port for instant viewing.
Price: $40 for a magical USB stick that grants him instant access to all his favorite channels? Absolutely worth it for an excellent Christmas gift!