Age requires certain compromises. As we journey through adulthood, we trade our leather jackets for business suits, our motorcycles for minivans. But the boy inside the man never dies. Remind your guy of his rebellious youth with “Punk: An Aesthetic,” a 352-page book that collects punk ephemera, including rare photographs, punk posters and fliers and content from underground magazines. It includes more than 300 images, plus essays by notables such as William Gibson. Available at bookstores and online.
Thunder games are great on television, but they're even better in person. Sweeten your man's stocking with tickets to a game or two … or three … or four. You get the picture. Ticketsnow.com is the authorized reseller of Thunder tickets. Prices vary. Tickets for the Feb. 14 game against the NBA champion Miami Heat start at $100, for example, while tickets for the Dec. 27 Dallas Mavericks game begin at only $52. Check it out for yourself at http://tinyurl.com/alop5ox.
One last Thunder idea: Help your fella show his team loyalty with an Oklahoma City Thunder phone case.
The link below takes you to an iPhone 5 case, but upon your request, the same image can be used on cases that fit the iPhone 3, 4 or 4S, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S2 or S3. At just $16.99 from Etsy online, the cases make affordable stocking stuffers. http://tinyurl. com/acftbhf.
The Woodsman's Pal is ideal for hunters, campers and anyone who needs to clear small patches of land. The device is essentially a sturdy machete with a built-in sickle or brush hook. It's strong enough to cut through branches 1 ½ inches in diameter. The machetes have been made in Pennsylvania since 1941. Classic and premium models are available. The Classic sells for $67.95. Buy it on the company's website at http://tinyurl.com/beu4h4t.
What do you do with broken skateboard decks? Most folks would throw them away, but Deckstool turns well-used skateboards into handcrafted furniture certain to be the focal point of just about any room. They're not cheap: a 48-inch long bench costs $699, for example, and a one-seater stool is nearly $200. But since the items are made from broken or reclaimed skateboards, each piece is unique. Long-lasting, too. The bench, for one, is reinforced by two steel beams. Supplies are limited. Buy them online at Deckstool's Etsy shop: http://tinyurl.com/aglbdnf.
Here's one for the “why didn't I think of that?” file. Craftsman now is offering diagonal and needle-nose pliers with built-in lights, making it easier to see the exact wire or nut you're trying to reach. The LED lights rotate with the pliers' jaws to keep the light focused on the right spot. Anyone who works in dim spaces — under cars, for example, or in a poorly lit garage — will appreciate the simple yet practical design. Get one of each type of pliers for $34.99 at the Craftsman website. http://tinyurl.com/aae9qtb.
If you can afford to buy high-end speakers, bully for you. Most of us can't. The good news is that the Soundfreaq Sound Kick offers room-filling audio for a whole lot less. The Sound Kick is fairly small: just 10.5 inches wide and less than 2 inches thick when not in use (the back extends another inch or two when you're ready to listen to music). It works with any Bluetooth compatible device, such as cellphones and tablets, and has a built-in rechargeable battery. Will it turn your whole house into a rock concert? No. Will it provide quality sound at an affordable price? Yes. It's just $99.99 at Target: http://tinyurl.com/abkn274.