Men's holiday gift guide
Perfect gifts for the men in your life.
We know how hard it is to find perfect gifts for the men in your life. Let this list be your guide. Whether the guys you're shopping for love movies, tools or grown-up toys, they're certain to enjoy at least one of these items.
• At least once in each man's life, he utters these words: “Bond. James Bond.” That's because we all dream of being suave superspies. While most of us will never own a real Aston Martin, we can pretend with this collection of eight miniature cars from the Bond films. The set, housed inside a replica film canister, includes the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger,” the BMW Z3 from “GoldenEye,” the Aston Martin DBS from “Casino Royale,” the Little Nellie from “You Only Live Twice,” the Jaguar XKR from “Die Another Day,” the Lotus Esprit Underwater from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the Rolls-Royce III from “Goldfinger” and the Space Shuttle from “Moonraker.” It sells for $60 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York or online: http://tinyurl.com/9xax3fg.
Himalayan salt lamps are supposed to purify the air and reduce stress. Who's to say if they actually do? Regardless, there's no doubting how cool they look.
When switched off, the lamps range in color from white to pink or pale yellow. When turned on, they radiate a warm amber glow even more romantic than candlelight.
What? Your guy's not a romantic? No matter. The lamps look great in man caves and dens. They'll make his beer bottle collection sparkle and provide just enough light to eat by while he watches his big screen. Lamps come in all shapes and sizes. Lamps can be found online, at Walmart and elsewhere. Prices vary.
Power tools are cool and all, but unless your guy works in construction, they're not practical for everyday carry. Kaufmann Mercantile offers a handy solution: a set of five steel keychain tools good enough to handle most daily tasks. The set includes a 2-inch pry bar sturdy enough to pull nails, precision 2.5-inch tweezers, 2.25-inch Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers and a waterproof lighter, all on a titanium key ring. Sets sell for $44 at Kaufmann's website: http://tinyurl.com/68kvgdy.
After last season's championship run, more Oklahomans than ever love their Oklahoma City Thunder. Licensed merchandise can be found at sporting goods shops all over the state, but for quirkier sportswear, check out the locally produced unisex T-shirts at shops such as DNA Galleries, 1705 B NW 16, in the Plaza District.
Most T-shirts cost about $28; all feature unique Oklahoma designs. Buy in person or online at http://tinyurl.com/caxtmlf.
Technology has failed us. Since at least the 1950s, we've been waiting for scientists to produce safe and inexpensive jetpacks so we can fly through the air like Superman. Seriously, jetpacks would be way better than motorcycles. (And just think if we could combine the two …) Maryland artist Ed Kidera hasn't created a working jetpack, but he's made the next best thing: a wearable backpack jetpack that'll hold lunch and a bottle of wine. You could probably fit other stuff in there, too. Is this ideal for your man? Better act fast. There's only one available. Buy it on Etsy for $1,190: http://tinyurl.com/a99gykc.
Got an old typewriter sitting around the house? Like repurposing things? Check this out. For $74, you can buy a kit that will convert your manual typewriter into a USB keyboard compatible with pretty much any PC or Apple computer. You don't need any computer expertise or soldering skills, and you should be able to complete the conversion in less than three hours. Buying your guy an iPad? This would be a perfect accessory. Find it online at http://tinyurl.com/8wx4tsg.
If you're shopping for a manly man, odds are lamps don't excite him. Cincinnati artist M. Jay Harrison could change his mind. Harrison's lamps don't come with frilly shades; they're made of beer bottles and steel pipe and are perfect for the workshop or garage. Prices range from about $130 to $300, with most clustering around $155 to $200. All the lamps are tough-looking and one-of-a-kind. Check out Harrison's online shop at http://tinyurl.com/a33ygpj.
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