Dude-Approved Gifts


Guy-tested presents for all the men in your life — and there's not a sweater or tie in the mix.

Aimee Barychko

Polaroid PoGo Printer
What do you get the guy who has everything? Whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend’s dad or your younger brother, we bet he doesn’t own this gadget yet. By connecting PoGo to your digital camera or cell phone camera, you can make 2” x 3” prints of your pics in less than a minute. Think of it as the next step toward giving instant gratification to impatient shutterbugs.
(Starting at $89.99)



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Skagen Black and Blue Watch
Finding a man’s watch that works for both casual and dressier occasions isn’t easy (trust us, we looked). But this one from Skagen can go from the office to happy hour. Our man testers loved its light weight and chic color combination.


GameFly Gift Certificate
Unless your man has told you exactly which video game he wants and what system he’ll play it on, buying one he’ll like can be tricky. Instead, get the gamer on your gift list a prepaid membership to gamefly.com, the Netflix of video games. Gift cards are available in varying amounts, depending on how many games you’d like to take out at a time — and they’re customizable, which ups the thoughtfulness factor.
($22.95 for one month)

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Passchal Messenger Brief
Less stuffy than a briefcase and classier than a cloth messenger, this bag is perfect for the man on your list who is just beginning his career. And it’s made from recycled tractor tires, which makes it eco-friendly and inherently cool.




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Mixtape USB Memory Stick
Remember when receiving a mix tape was the ultimate sign someone liked you? Although they managed to hang on through the CD era, mix tapes all but disappeared with the advent of the iPod. Bring back the idea and the sentiment (without the lousy technology) by creating a just-for-him mix that conveniently fits on the USB stick provided. So much more fun to open than an iTunes gift card!




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Merona Black Leather Gloves
Gloves are shockingly similar to sunglasses: They’re both essential for braving the elements, fashionable and way too easy to lose. For all these reasons, we’re crushing on these hand-warmers from Target. The supple leather exterior makes them look expensive, the cashmere-esque inside feels expensive, but the price is cheap enough that if your man loses one at the end of the season, a major fight won’t ensue — unlike the time he lost the Ray-Bans you gave him.($29.99)



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The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave
We can’t do anything about that pesky shoes-off requirement at the airport, but this shaving kit will make traveling easier for the jet-setter in your family. The three liquids (a pre-shave oil, shaving cream and after-shave balm) are each less than three ounces, and the clear bag has been approved by the TSA. Grooming tools, as one dude told us, are an overlooked present option. Apparently it’s in many a male’s DNA to covet the big shaving brush. The kit is available in unscented, sandalwood, lavender and lemon scents. (Starting at $36.95)


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