‘Tis the season for gift giving! It’s a love/hate sort of feeling, isn’t it? For some people, this time of year can be difficult and rather stressful. Let’s face it – buying a gift is easy but buying a gift that someone actually WANTS is the hard part. How many years in a row can you give a man socks and a tie? Believe it or not, there’s actually a lot of basic gifts out there that aren’t played out and that any man would love.
Another issue that comes up is budget. Some people think that the more expensive the product, the better the quality. We’re here to let you know that you don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift. You can definitely find kick ass products for $30 or less. We’ve compiled a gift guide for you to get the inspiration flowing and keep you in check with your budget. Here are a few awesome, affordable goodies to get him (or yourself) this holiday.
Accessories are an easy route to take when purchasing a gift for someone. An accessory can help a man add a little pizzazz to his wardrobe and really pull an outfit together. What’s even better is that accessories such as belts, tie clips and sunglasses are functional items and serve a purpose in a man’s everyday life.
If you do a little digging, you can buy high quality accessories without spending a fortune. One of our favorite accessories to purchase for ourselves or as a gift is a good ol’ classic beanie. Check out this Converse Beanie for only $25 plus FREE shipping. Score! It’s soft, provides warmth in the winter and adds a casual feel to any outfit. Neutral colors like grey are always a win.
Another must-have accessory for men is a good wallet. Now we know what you’re thinking, “..wallets are like ties for the holidays. A man gets a new one every year.” This may be true, but unlike ties, wallets are prone to some serious wear and tear over time. They’re always stuffed in back pockets, sat on and thrown onto the counter, so a fresh new wallet is always needed. Some prefer fancy leather, while others just care if it does its job and holds their money. If you’re shopping for the latter, then we’d recommend this Herschel Supply Co. Wallet. It’s polyester and has plenty of room for cards. It comes in taupe, charcoal and maroon. The best part? It’s only $25! Functional and affordable – boom. Your welcome.
When shopping for men, you don’t typically don’t think of hair care products as an option. Ritual Beard will make you think otherwise! If you have a bearded gent in your life that you need to purchase for, they’d probably be pretty stoked to get some beard oil. It’s a great gift specifically during the winter time because it helps protect the skin and hair from drying out in the cold air. Who wouldn’t want a conditioning and styling product that makes your beard smell fantastic? You can purchase a 30ml bottle of our beard oil for only $24.99.
Combs and brushes are always an awesome gift for the man who wants to maintain or style their beard, mustache or head hair. We have a sandalwood comb which is perfect for untangling knots and maintaining frizz. It’s made of all natural green sandalwood with double-sided teeth for both long and short beards. PRO TIP: Wood over plastic combs, always. Plastic snags on the hair and can cause damage, split ends and frizz. Our sandalwood comb is $11.99.
Our boar bristle brush is another great gift for big beards or full headed hair. With it’s natural boar bristles, it evenly distributes beard oil and keeps the hair laying flat, shining bright and feeling smooth. And guess what? It’s only $9.99. Boom. Buy one for you AND one as a gift.
If the guy you’re buying for has a specific interest or hobby, then buying a gadget is a good route to take. If he’s a collector, you can help him increase his hoarder lifestyle by buying an addition to the collection. If he’s just into neat, unique things, you can buy those too!
Which gadget you buy as a gift will largely depend on what type of guy you’re purchasing for. If he’s a vintage lover and a smartphone junkie, chances are he’d find this Mini Smartphone Projector really cool. Priced at $30, this tiny projector is made of cardboard and amplifies the sound of your phone. It doesn’t require power and has a little opening for your phone charger. Pretty neat if you’re looking to watch a movie on-the-go!
For the more formal man, some cool cufflinks are a great gift to spruce up a suit. These Steampunk Cufflinks come in a variety of colors and are as low as $17.85. If he’s not into the whole “steampunk thing”, there are a ton of cufflinks on Amazon for under $30 that are different shapes, colors and able to be engraved.
If you’re purchasing for the manly, lumberjack who cooks, then this Cheese Log is the perfect gift. At just $25.00, you get a nice beech wood stump board with a tiny cheese cutting ax. He’ll be chopping that cheese like it’s a giant redwood.
Although short and sweet, this list of under $30 gifts is a great place to start for your holiday shopping obligations. We hope this gift guide gives you some inspiration on your purchases, or even inspired you to treat yo’self. Now, get to shopping. Happy holidays and stay bearded!