If you're like most people, you spend the bulk of your holiday shopping budget buying gifts for family and loved ones, leaving little else for friends, colleagues, and other acquaintances. Fortunately, there's an awesome selection of cool gifts that sit right along the affordable end of the spectrum. If you're looking for some cool gift ideas for men, here are some we rounded up for you to make Christmas 2015 shopping a little easier.
1. Rothco Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag – $12
This small stash bag may look like an oversized wallet, but you'll be surprised at the amount of things a guy can find it useful for. With plenty of pockets, enough size to hold a 7-inch tablet, and impressively rugged construction, it's the kind of bag you never thought you needed – until the first time you ended up using one and never stopped.
2. Epiphany Outdoor Weatherproof Fire Starting Kit – $21
Outdoor enthusiasts know how important having a good fire will be to their quality of life during camping. This kit ensures big fires can get started easily, regardless of whether the skies are clear or sending heavy rains down your way. It comes with a flint-and-rod set for creating hot sparks, an eight-pack of waterproof fuses, and the V3 Pocket Bellow, a clever collapsible tube that you can use to blow air into a newly-started fire while staying a safe distance away from it.
3. J. Fold Black Roadster Slimfold Wallet – $25
A J. Fold wallet at less than half the usual price? You only get the choice of one color of one model, but it exists. Made from 100 percent leather, this slim billfold comes with a large cash pocket, eight card slots, and two extra compartments for keeping receipts and random items, along with the stylish design and straightforward function associated with the outfit.
4. Toaster Buddies Stainless Steel Basket – $18
Many guys hate to cook. Few, however, are too lazy to use a toaster. So why not use a pop-up toaster to pseudo-cook your food? That’s the idea behind this clever steel basket that’s sized to fit into the bread slot of most conventional pop-up toasters. Put those chicken fingers inside the basket, insert it into the toaster, and keep it there until done. We have no idea how the food will taste, but it sure will cook.
5. Professional Pry Tool Repair Kit – $10
For the guy that loves to mess with his electronic gadgets, this eight-piece professional pry tool repair kit will get him everything he needs to open smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics without nicking, scratching, or damaging them. No, it doesn’t mean he can actually fix that gadget he promised to repair for you last Christmas, but, at least, he can open it now.
6. Double Barrel Insulated Mug – $20
Styled to look like a miniature beer barrel, this stein replacement is made using two layers of premium 304 stainless steel, giving it insulating properties that will keep any beer cold for much longer than ordinary mugs. A handle ensures you can keep a secure grip the entire time you finish up that 17-ounce serving of delicious suds, whether you’re buzzing, tipsy, or nearing the absolute threshold before you black out. Of course, it also works with hot coffee, complete with a lid and a sliding cover on the drinking hole. Did we say it looks like a beer barrel?
7. Pocket Shot – $25
This is not the slingshot you played with as a kid. Instead, it’s a highly-capable hunting tool that can send tiny stones, steel shots, and even arrows flying at speeds of up to 350 feet per second. Whether you’re giving it to someone who enjoys hunting small game, shooting bottles in the backyard, or hurling projectiles at anything in sight like every man in the world, this compact, circular slingshot will be sure to give them many hours of fun (and, yes, maybe some accidents, too).
8. CRKT Squid Knife – $17.50
This tactical-inspired folding knife is compact enough to carry everyday while large enough to obliterate most any common tasks, whether it’s opening packaging, cutting rope, or slicing the gigantic burger you’re having for lunch. It features a wide blade with a drop point style, a deep pocket clip to keep it secure while in your pocket, and friction grooves on the blade to guarantee a perfect grip, along with a frame lock for added safety.
9. AmoVee Acrylic Headphone Stand– $13
The perfect gift for that guy who can’t seem to survive without his favorite pair of headphones nearby, this stand should give him a place to set it down every time he comes home and fires up the speakers instead. Or decides to talk to someone for a change. Either way, it’s a nice addition to help tidy up any desk, all while adding a decorative element that’s well worth more than its affordable price.
10. Corkcicle Arctican – $20
A stainless steel koozie, this double-walled sleeve will keep your 12-oz cans three times colder for three times longer than most conventional sleeves, so you can nurse that drink as long as you want without having to end up sipping on a warm puddle just as you’re getting your bearings. Even better, you can hold your drink the entire time without getting your palms all clammy.
11. Wolverine Under-the-Desk Holster – $18
For the friend who likes guns, this holster lets him keep a pistol conveniently under the tabletop, so he can fire at a thug who is threatening his life, well before the ill-intentioned hooligan can react. Yes, just like in the movies. For those who live a less-adventurous existence, the holster should also make a decent storage space for a squirt gun, a Nerf pistol, or a remote, so you can quickly turn on the TV in your home office as soon as the game you’ve been waiting all day for actually starts.
12. Sriracha 2 Go – $15
Some people just can’t have a satisfying meal without pairing it with their favorite hot sauce. Problem is, a bottle of Huy Fong’s vaunted condiment isn’t exactly a compulsory staple in every restaurant, fast food, or food truck you visit. These tiny, keychain-sized bottles make it easy for fans of the rooster sauce to carry a small supply for their on-the-go food adventures.
13. Bialetti Espresso Maker – $19.50
You don’t need an espresso machine to make a halfway decent cup of strong ground coffee. All you need is this affordable, three-cup moka pot whose design has remained the same in the 82 years people have been using it to make espresso on the stove top. Boasting an extraction ratio that’s on par with most conventional espresso machines, it’s the kind of simple but utterly useful gift that any coffee-obsessed friend is going to appreciate.
14. Blackout Bands – $20
Wearing an eye mask is a great way to block out light when you’re trying to catch some sleep on a plane. If you don’t want to look like you brought your wife’s bedroom supplies with you on the road, though, these Blackout Bands offer an alternative. While they look like sunglasses, they function like eye masks, blocking out 98 percent of the light to make it easy to drift asleep. Even better, the lenses come with UV protection, so you can use it in place of a pair of shades when sunbathing and still keep your eyes duly protected.
15. Carry On Cocktail Kit – $25
A great gift for the frequent-flyer who travels on a coach budget, this tin can contains enough ingredients to make two full servings of their favorite cocktail. That way, they can sip on the same mixes the well-heeled travelers on first class do, all while slumming it with the rest of humanity out where leg room isn’t aplenty. Just ask the stewardess for a glass and a tiny bottle of whatever liquor is required.
16. Bacon Soap – $14
It’s been a few years since bacon soap made its debut and, since that time, people have refined their bacon-scented soap products into ever more fascinating concoctions. This one from Outlaw Soaps just might be the pinnacle, bringing a big bar of soap that looks like a large pile of delicious bacon and smells completely like one. Of course, it cleans like regular soap, so you won’t end up smelling like bacon grease throughout the rest of the day.
17. Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 – $16
While it’s far from the best trimmer in the world, this ultra-affordable powered clipper comes with five attachments for trimming, combing, and styling everything from your beard to your sideburns to the hair in your nose. It features 100 percent water-resistant operation, 18 length settings, and just the right performance to make regular shaving a very comfortable affair.
18. Ortz PS4 Charging Station – $25
For the guy whose Playstation stands as the most important gadget in his life, this dedicated charging station allows you to funnel power to two controllers at a time, so you can keep them charged while letting your game console cool down after a marathon 48 hours of play. Yeah, you need to reconsider your life choices. Or rather, your “friend” (you know, the one getting this as a gift) needs to. Either way, this is a godsend to anyone who spends an inordinate amount of time on their game console.
19. Pizza Scissors – $14
A pair of scissors with an integrated pizza tray, it’s the pizza cutter you never knew you wanted. Seriously. Instead of slicing the entire pizza and retrieving a slice, you simply cut whatever portion you deem necessary to satiate your grumbling stomach and lift up the scissor to automatically pick up the freshly-cut slice. And, yes, you can use this to cut pizza slices in any shape you like. Pizza fingers? Brilliant. Gun-shaped pizza with a convenient crust handle? Yes, please.
20. Bucket Boss Mug Boss – $5.50
There are few things lamer than giving someone a mug as a gift. There are also few things more affordable for someone holiday-shopping on a budget. What to do? Dress the mugs up in this affordable sleeve to turn them into killer desk organizers, with integrated dividers, eight exterior pockets, and sturdy high-denier nylon construction. It fits any conventional 10-ounce mug.
21. Fitsok ISW Trail Cuff Socks – $25
Socks usually make for a lazy gift, but give the right pair to the right person and you’ll have made one of the best gifts of the season. Take this three-pack of Fitsok’s trail-running socks, which uses a merino wool mix to deliver superior moisture movement and odor-repellence, with a light cushion to prevent blistering and encourage prolonged performance. Obviously, this is for the guy who runs trails, but will probably work for anyone who can appreciate the value of performance socks during rigorous activity.
22. Tool Bottle Opener – $25
There are few things more ubiquitous than a bottle opener. As such, it doesn’t really make for a fun gift. We can, of course, make an exception for these bottle openers, which come in the likeness of classic hand tools that won’t look out of place when dropped in a toolbox or hung in the garage. Each one, by the way, is hand-forged in cast iron by artisans from the Toyama region of Japan, giving it a level of craftsmanship that’s probably unnecessary for a tool that pries the cap off of bottles, but should be much appreciated all the same.
23. Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds – $9
Many guys enjoy a night cap. Whether it’s a glass of beer or a double shot of bourbon, a cold hit of liquor offers a soothing way to get yourself ready for eight hours of rest. Or three hours of tossing and turning, plus five hours of actual sleep. Either way, there’s a good chance that nightcap is best enjoyed with a large blob of spherical-shaped ice, which you can make using this two-set from Tovolo. This one, by the way, uses a stackable design that lets you push it to a corner of the freezer, allowing it to take up a minimal amount space.
24. Bondic – $25
Described as “the world’s first liquid plastic welder,” this DIY repair tool can bond plastic, wood, and metal with a hold that’s more powerful than the strongest glue. Even better, you can take as much time as you need to line them up exactly the way you like, since the solution won’t harden until you blast it with the accompanying UV LED for four seconds. Oh yeah, the solution hardens into plastic, allowing you to sand and file it to get a smooth finish on any repaired objects, making for a seriously powerful handyman tool to keep around.
25. Hydro Flask 18-oz Travel Mug – $24
This travel mug’s double-wall vacuum insulation can keep your morning coffee warm for up to six hours straight, so you can keep sipping on that same batch of coffee you brewed up this morning well before lunch break. No more wasted coffee and no more having to drink lukewarm coffee because you hate to waste it. Even better, it works equally well with cold drinks, keeping that beer, soda, or ice-cold water at chilled temperatures for up to 24 hours at a time.