Gifts, gifts, and more gifts. Let’s start with this monster:
which is a Husqvarna K750 gasoline fueled power cutter. This is the tool emergency responders use to cut people out of wrecked cars. With a titanium blade, it has the power to cut through just about anything you feel needs to be separated into parts. Men just love cutting stuff up, and having more capability than you need is very macho. It’s a bit pricey at around $900, but it’s really sweet.
Another super present is this:
That’s a DR 156001 walk behind field and brush mower. Available in several engine sizes, from 11 HP up to 17 HP, and with 4 forward gears and one reverse, this is a heck of a cutting machine. You can get one for $600 or slightly less and, for additional green, a number of useful attachments are available: snow thrower attachment, a snow blade attachment, a 42” lawn mower attachment and a 6000 watt generator attachment. This is very manly!
Fire is also very manly, when contained, and this item would be a lot of fun:
It’s an Arctic Chimenea Stack Black, costing $230 or so, and is basically an outdoor fireplace. If you don’t have time to go camping, with this you can have a simulation of the experience in your back yard. It also offers some interesting options for parties.
If you’re looking for a more modern gift at a more reasonable price consider:
That’s a cordless Dremel power tool which is an invaluable help at countless small tasks. It can spin whatever bit is attached at up to 35,000 RPM, which makes it manly, and can, with the appropriate bit, be used to polish, sand, grind, cut, drill and a whole lot of other things. At $80, it’s a piece of equipment that no man should be without.
Here’s something that no man, or woman for that matter, should be without:
It’s a cordless air compressor, that can inflate a car tire, or most anything else that needs to be blown up. It’s rechargeable either from a wall socket or your car’s cigarette lighter, has a built in pressure gage, and even a flashing hazard light. At $50, every car should have one of these in the trunk, and remember that it’s manly to be prepared.
Even better than the last item is this:
It’s also a cordless air compressor, but adds a jump starter. Just think how manly it will be to rescue people with dead batteries without the hassle of moving your truck next to their vehicle. Plus, with this available, you avoid the unmanly necessity of asking someone to give you a jump. At $80 it’s a steal.
Continuing on with the preparedness concept, this would make a great addition to the average car trunk:
It’s a 155 piece tool kit, for $60, that, while it’s hardly an exhaustive selection of tools, has enough to handle most emergency road side repairs. Really, if you can make some minor automotive repair because you had the right tool instead of calling a tow truck, it’s paid for itself.
Men like to measure things. It’s instinctive. That’s why this:
30 foot tape measure would make a nice inexpensive gift. They’re like $15 at any store that sells tools and make great stocking stuffers. Don’t worry that he already has one, as this is the sort of thing where multiple copies are a good thing. You need one for the truck, one for the house, one (or two) for the workshop, one for the garage, etc.
Of course, for measuring larger things, like your house or yard or a really big fish, a man needs:
a 300 foot hand cranked tape measure. Only one of these is typically needed, so check his supply before buying.
Men also like to hit things, so they need one of these:
That’s an 8 pound splitting maul, used for big pieces of firewood into more manageable sizes. While mine weighs twice that, this one will be suitable for most jobs and, you should note, it also serves as a sledge hammer, which is another item men should not be without. It costs less than $30, and with a bit of creative wrapping, he’ll never guess what it is.
Of course, there are many times when, if we are to hit things correctly, we need something to hit them on. That’s why this:
a 25 pound cast iron anvil, is a very manly gift. It’s, surprisingly enough, less than $30, and I’ll bet that no one else in the neighborhood has one.