Less expensive manly Christmas gifts

As requested by my friend, MJ, here are some manly gifts that are less expensive.

For those who are on a really tight budget, the best gift may be a bit of information and time to follow where it leads.  With that in mind, give your man this reference, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/,

and promise not to pester him for spending hours reading the massive number of US Military field manuals that are available on line for free.  Just be sure that, once he gets into reading this stuff you remember to make him eat and drink occasionally.

Any man will be quite pleased with the gift of a pocket knife, and this one…

… will be even more appreciated as it’s not the run of the mill multipurpose tool, but is specifically designed to be useful in emergency situations.  At $90 it’s at the top of today’s price list, but it has a blade designed to cut through safety glass, which is mucho manly.

And if you’re looking for a gift that leads to a bit of hands on fun…

… this massage ball should do the trick.  It’s only $11 and, well, if you only use it once I’d say that’s money well spent.

A more practical gift is this set of multi-purpose tools…

… with the key being that, while they’re not heavy duty implements, at $20 they are a handy addition to the tool box and give one the option of taking one or two tools to make a minor repair without having to tote a large number of tools to hard to reach locations.  I know several professional service and repair people who wouldn’t be caught dead without these items.

If your man cooks, he can always use one of these

… 4″ paring knives from the same people who make Swiss Army knives.  At only $50, it’ll be a useful gift that lasts a life time and also shows that you have exceptional good taste.

If your man grills, and he most likely either does or wants to, a pair of tongs like this…


… will be most appreciated.  Since most men have some form of “grill tool set” they find themselves stuck with the crappy pair of cooking tweezers which is included and is nothing more than a piece of metal bent into the shape of the letter U.  This item, however, is a larger model of the standard and indispensable kitchen tongs and, at $11, should be something he can’t wait to play with.

Finally, and best, if he doesn’t already have one, get him a copy of this book…

… which you can pick up at most any book store for less than $20.  While it’s a bit old, it’s also probably the most manly book ever written, offering as it does such bits of wisdom as, “where you are weak show strength and where you are strong show weakness.”  This is unquestionably required manly reading.

Merry Christmas,
Mister Manly


22 Responses to Less expensive manly Christmas gifts

  1. Pure Evyl says:

    You are right in that in most barbeque sets the tongs are for shit.

  2. mistermanly says:

    Hi Evyl,

    Then you will like these. They have an actual hinge and use a spring to keep them open. The clamshell shaped tips are also a better design than most BBQ tongs I’ve seen. Also, if you happen to have non-stick items for grill cooking, similar tongs are available with plastic tips.

    Mister Manly

  3. Casandra says:

    The tongs sound like a good stocking stuffer… and I like the massage ball 🙂

  4. mistermanly says:

    Hi Cas,

    You can’t have too many tongs, and I thought of you immediately when I saw the massage ball 😉

    Mister Manly

  5. Jim says:

    You can never have too many knives or screwdrivers. I have one set of tongs that ain’t shit and then I have a set that I need to work out some before I can use them. The next pair must be the ones I’m looking for.

  6. mistermanly says:

    Hi Jim,

    You’re correct about knives and screwdrivers. Well, unless you are trying to board a commercial airliner. The tongs above are the kind professional chefs use and should serve you well.

    Mister Manly

  7. Gee thanks…

    I showed this list to “Madam Stalin…” (my wife…)

    “Lookey, hon, Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive…”

    After perusing the list, she offered to stab me with the paring knife, while she stuck the massage ball up my ass, as a prequel to the lobotomy she was gonna give me with the screwdrivers.

    Hey, the girl has the Christmas spirit, all right… Somebody call 911!


  8. mistermanly says:

    Hi Ronin,

    You can solve your wife trouble with this: http://www.armorvenue.com/chainmail/chainmail-with-hood/

    which would also come in handy when working on high voltage lines.

    Mister Manly

  9. Gee thanks…

    Back in my yout’, I used to take my kids to the renaissance faire. They loved the horses… I loved the cleavage. Win-win!

    And, I even had a get-up. so i could look cool, and try and have my way with some of the beer wenches.

    Ever actually worn chainmail? It chafes like a bitch, in places you don’t want chafing, let me tell you! LOL!

    You’re all heart. Ho-ho-ho! LOL!


  10. mistermanly says:

    Hi Ronin,

    I have worn chain mail. Any chafing is probably because you’re not wearing the proper padding under it, or your suit is too small. Of course, with the proper padding it’s hot as hell. On the other hand, you can get a good workout just walking around in the stuff. Just don’t go near a construction site that’s using one of those big electromagnets.

    Mister Manly

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  12. MJ says:

    Woohoo! Thanks for the great gift ideas!

    I actually got him a 5.11 tactical pocket knife this year.

  13. mistermanly says:

    Hi MJ,

    An excellent choice. I also highly recommend The Art Of War, and a copy of The Book Of Five Rings would be nice as well.

    Merry Christmas,
    Mister Manly

  14. Cas says:

    Wherefore art thou Mister Manly?

  15. mistermanly says:

    Hi Cas,

    Just recovering from the holidays.

    Mister Manly

  16. MJ says:

    Everything going okay MM? Haven’t seen you in a while.

  17. mistermanly says:

    Hi MJ,

    I’m fine. I’ve been boosting my manliness rating even higher by playing lumberjack and will get back to posting here soon. Thanks for your concern.

    Mister Manly

  18. MJ says:

    I miss you Mr. M. And seriously, you are missing out by not posting after that last comment…

  19. Cas says:

    LMAO! That’s hilarious! I’m curious.

  20. car jacks says:

    It’s the first time I commented here and I should say you give us genuine, and quality information for other bloggers! Good job.
    p.s. You have an awesome template for your blog. Where have you got it from?

  21. Your advice is sound and as usual manly. However… Where are the updates?!

  22. Giftagift says:

    Really nice ideas…. I loved that ball…

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