It’s gift time again, so let’s start with the dream present:
Yes, that is a 1971 fully restored Ford Mustang Mach 1. You don’t want to buy that, unless you just happen to have a giant wad of cash and nothing to do with it. That finished product does, however, represent the idea of restoring an old car. Very few things are as macho as working on cars, and rebuilding an old muscle car is tops in that category, so buy your man an old junker and tell him you can’t wait to take a ride in it. Not only will he be grateful for years, but his new project will provide you with easy gift ideas for years. The price tag on this one is open ended, but it’s a really fantastic present.
Next we have a semi-joke gift, the beer cooler scooter:
OK, blowing something around $400 may be a bit much for some people to spend on a funny, yet manly, joke, but if you tailgate or have backyard cookout parties, he’ll get a lot of fun out of this.
If you’re looking for something more practical, keep in mind that every man needs a workbench, and this one is very nice:
While I haven’t seen this particular model in person, it’s got all of the features a good workbench needs, to vices, peg holes for use in holding parts in place, storage space, and a good solid construction. Heck, it’s even pretty.
Another manly activity is grilling, so a charcoal grill makes an excellent present. While you’ll find lots of gas grills, they’re very wimpy as they light at the push of a button. A man wants to build a fire. This is the model I have:
It’s a Char Grill that costs around $100. It’s solidly built, has plenty of grill surface to cook for a modest party, and the side and front shelfs are mighty handy. Of course, if you are into BBQ, then you absolutely must get this attachment:
which is a smoker box that bolts onto the side of the grill. If you burn your charcoal and wood chips in this addition, the hot smoke is drawn into the main body of the grill and provides a low temperature, and flavor imparting, cooking environment. At $50 it’s a steal.
One facet of being manly is being prepared. As I recall from my days as a desk jockey, it’s often frowned upon by management to carry tools on your belt as they cause unsightly bulges under your suit. So, if your man is stuck in that situation, you might want to pick him up one of these:
Don’t be fooled by the picture, this useful item is small enough to be a key chain ornament while including a knife, bottle opener, and LED light. Buck makes some great knives, and I would expect anything else with their name on it to be well made. It’s less than $30, and a great way to say you care.
Along the same line is this nifty item:
Simply speaking, it’s a basic Swiss Army Knife mutated into a credit card. Since it’s almost as thin as said plastic card, it fits nicely into a wallet so it’s always available, and at $30, the convenience of having some of the included tools at the right moment is well worth it.
Finally, if you want to encourage your man to do a bit of yard work:
give him a machete. The one pictured is an up scale version, around $50, featuring some really high quality steel, but you can pick up a lesser product at any hardware store for under $20 that will be suitable for most jobs. Once he’s out there hacking at the shrubs, it shouldn’t be all that hard to get him interested in cutting the grass, pruning the trees and such.