BY RICK ROGERS Published: November 23, 2008
Tired of receiving holiday-themed ties and tins of stale popcorn? No need to worry. Here are some gift items that any guy would like to unwrap on Christmas morning. And the best part is the price tag: each retails for less than $50.

When you receive an invitation that reads "black-tie optional,” do you assume a sports team tie is suitable? Do you avoid picking up the dinner tab because you don’t know the correct amount to tip? Consider the "Esquire Big Black Book 2008: The Style for Successful Men,” a how-to guide that covers appearance, etiquette and clothing issues. Go online to www.esquire.com.

Need help selecting new recordings for your home listening library? Try "1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List.” You’ll discover many of your current favorites and find suggestions about new artists and sounds. Go online to www.1000recordings.com.

Looking for a personalized gift? Customize your own 12-pack of Jones Sodas with personal photos and messages. Log onto www.myJones.com, submit a photo and text, and pick your favorite flavor. Personalized bottles will arrive in time for Christmas.

"America at Home,” a hardcover book of photos that captures families at work, at play and with friends and relatives, can be personalized with any photograph you wish to upload. You can even see what the cover of "your” book will look like. Go online to