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.
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.