Are you looking for manly Christmas gifts for your husband, son, or grandfather? For the fourth year in a row, I am featuring the Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts that men want but don’t ask for.
Like last year I have an improved list with more information on knives and how women can choose the right knife for the man in their life.
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When your man gets back to work after Christmas and someone asks, “So what did you get for Christmas?” let him say something more than “Oh you know, a couple of new shirts and a tie.”
Below is a guide for Manly Christmas Gifts for your husband, brother, or grandpa. Seriously, you can’t wrong with the following ten gifts. They’re all winners. So here we go:
10) Timeless Thermos for the Outdoors
This one “Manly Christmas Gift” has a backstory:
I was fly-fishing in Montana during October. It was fun, but it was cold. I was catching monster trout, but my body temp was diving.
Our fishing guide pulled out three timeless thermoses from his bag. They could have been 100 years old. They were beautiful. He offered us coffee or, get this, hot chicken broth to drink from these old beautiful thermoses. I don’t drink coffee, so I reached for the chicken broth. Wow. It warmed me from the outside in.
I admired the fly fishing guide’s amazing collection of thermoses. “They just don’t make them like that anymore.”
Well now they do. Check out this beautiful thermos from Stanley for only 24.99.
9) Whiskey Decanter
Is it a coincidence that both babies AND college fraternity boys drink from the bottle? Let’s kick it up a notch for your man. Let him pour his scotch libation from a decanter.
Nothing says Christmas like Laphroaig flowing from crystal. I recommend this decanter with matching glasses.
8) Old School Shaving Razor
This is a big hit every year. If you want your man to feel like a total stud, get him this manly Christmas gift. It’s an old school shaving kit just like your grandfather used to use. Real Badger hair brush. Soap bowl. Cool stainless thing to hang your razor up to dry.
Still not convinced? Check this out. Soon-to-be-Saint John Paul II used a razor just like this:
By the way, the badger hair brush will smell like a wet animal the first several times he uses it. It’s okay, the smell goes away after a few uses. It’s all part of the manly appeal. He feels cool, you get to pet his clean, smooth face. Everybody wins.
Here it is at amazon: old school shaving kit.
7) Pipe and Tobacco
Pipe smoking is something wonderful to experience in the winter. Just ask Sherlock Holmes.
Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Vincent Van Gogh, Gandalf, and Santa Claus also concur.
Plus, everyone loves the wafting of a little pipe smoke on a cool winter day. This pipe model can hold a filter, which will keep your man healthy if he so chooses.
I once made a rash vow to God not to smoke tobacco and I’m bound to it – so I can’t smoke a pipe tobacco anymore. However, I do smoke tobacco-less blends and I love the tar out of it (pun intended).
6) Kindle Fire HD from amazon.com
Studies shows that the amount a person reads usually correlates with his income level. When your Kindergarten teacher told you that “readers are leaders,” she wasn’t pulling your leg.
If you want to grow spiritually, practically, or economically, you need to read…often!
Check out the new Kindle Fire HD. It’s 139 right now at amazon. That may sound like a lot, but when you realize that you can get almost all of the great English classics and spiritual classics for either $0.99 or FREE, then you’ll save lots of money in only a matter of months! You can also get the great spiritual classics.
It’s easy to use – even Grandpa can use it since you can make the text bigger and it will robotically read all your books through its built-in speakers.
Explore the Kindle Fire here.
5) A Nice Leatherbound Pocket Bible
About 30 years ago, people starting making lame paperback Bibles. If it’s the inspired, inerrant Word of God, at least wrap it in real leather and gild the page edges…
Here is the one you need to get him. It’s Douay Rheims (Catholic, yet old school language), but it’s only Psalms and New Testament published by Baronius. It fits perfectly into the side pocket of a suit or blazer. I carry it in my sports coat, and it holds up to use. It’s absolutely beautiful and has a ribbon to mark your place.
Did I mention that it’s only 12.99?
Oh, and please buy him the black leather version. If you buy him a white Bible, you might as well throw in ballet lessons.
Baronius also makes an impressive real leather Family Bible. I’ve done a lot of research and this is the one that every Catholic home should have. Baronius makes wonderful Bibles.
4) An iPad Cover that Looks Like an Old Book
I like using my wife’s iPad, but if it looked like an old book, it would feel more traditional. Here’s the solution.
Your Top 3 Manly Christmas Gifts
Like last year, the top 3 Manly Christmas Gifts are Knives. The knife is the most popular manly Christmas gift – year after year. I tried to think of something that would knock it out of first place. I couldn’t do it.
A man without pocket knife…woe is he. You can use a pocket knife to cut string, pull out splinters, slice apples on a picnic, etc. Growing up, my dad always carried a knife in his pocket. And if a thug jumps you, you’ve got something rather than nothing.
You can slip a knife into his Christmas stocking and he’ll be thrilled when he discovers it. It will be the first time in a long time that he had a toy to play with on Christmas morning. If you have a son who’s coming of age, you should slip a Swiss Army knife into his stocking. If you get your husband a knife for Christmas, he can use it all morning to open up Christmas gifts, toys, cards, and packages. He’ll be happy to use his new gift all morning.
I’m recommending three knives this year depending on your need:
1) A Fancy Gentlemen’s Knife for the pocket of his suit or slacks
2) An Every Day Carry Knife for the pocket of his jeans and khakis
3) Swiss Army Knife for your 8-18 year old young man
3) The Fancy Gentleman’s Knife
I call it the “gentleman’s knife.” It’s the very nice wooden or bone handled knife.
This is a knife that he only carries for special occasions. Think of it like this, this isn’t a knife that you wear in your jeans, you wear it in the pocket of your slacks or suit. It’s the kind of knife that is passed from Grandfather to Father to Grandson. An artifact. An heirloom. Usually, a manly-man won’t buy himself this knife (he buys useful knives for himself as tools – see knives below), but he loves to receive a fine knife like this as a gift.
It’s the perfect manly Christmas gift and I recommend this for your dad or husband. Ladies, think of it as the closest thing to masculine jewelry.
I like this nice Hen and Rooster with Burl wood and Damascus blade. It’s a beautiful tool.
If Hen and Rooster above is out of your budget, go with this nice Case knife with Smoothed Bone Handle 40.26:
2) The Everyday Carry Knife
This is the knife that a man carries in his pocket every single day. With this knife he opens mail, cuts string, cuts tags off clothing, removes splinters, and all the other odd jobs suited for a knife.
My one criteria for an “every day carry” or “EDC” is that it have a pocket clip that keeps it from falling out of your trousers at the baseball game. The other important thing about an every day carry knife is that it be lightweight. You don’t want to carry a heavy lump in your jeans pocket. The pocket clip also keeps the knife high in your pocket so it’s comfortable whenever you sit down or drive.
I recommend the Kershaw’s Ken Onion Tactical as your every day carry.
1) Swiss Army for Younger Men and Boys
If your man is a gadget guy then he’s probably a fan of the multi-tool or Swiss Army.
These are the knives that have many, many other tools attached: bottle opener, saw, tweezers, toothpick, pliers, etc. The Swiss Army knife if perfect for a boy’s first knife (age seven). If he’s reached the age of reason, he should have a knife.
PS: Whatever you do, don’t get the FRENCH Army Knife:
PPS: If you want your man and/or boy to get out into the outdoors and use their knifes, then check out our new Catholic apostolate for boys: The Troops of Saint George! He’ll learn how to use a knife, start a fire without matches, and prayers in Latin. It’s legit.