Gift Guide for the Average Dude – 2016

Most gift guides aren’t really created for normal guys. The items are usually too trendy, expensive or impractical.

If you’re lucky enough to have an average dude in your life who doesn’t need a $300 leather bag or a $75 bottle of beard oil, this is the guide for you. Here’s my second annual Average Dude Gift Guide. (See: 2015 Edition of Average Dude Guide Gift Guide). Just click the pictures or titles to purchase.


Qalo Men’s Silicone Wedding Ring – $20

The average dude doesn’t have a private, personal trainer. The average dude does push-ups and burpees in a parking lot before fancy guys get out of bed. The ring allows your dude to let everyone know he’s happy to be your guy and not interested in anyone else, no  matter how much they spent on their Lulemon workout clothes.

(If you’re shopping for me, I’d like the black athletic one, size 9) 🙂


The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Foods for People Who Eat Dirty – $17

125 delicious recipes that taste like real food with really big pictures.

Here come flattened beer bellies and fewer meat sweats!

And unlike some of our vegan, organic friends, the average guy can cook and eat this food without telling everyone about it.


Outdoor Exercise Mat – $65 

I started doing Camp Gladiator, an outdoor fitness group exercise, a few months ago. I thought I could get by with my yoga mat but it’s almost shredded through in a few places. The average dude needs an exercise mat that’s durable with water-resistant material that’s tough but comfortable. Strap included.





2-Pack Apple Earpods OEM Original Stereo Headphones – $12

The average dude doesn’t have room or use for a $200 pair of name-brand “studio” headphones. Pick up this unbelievable deal on a 2-pack of the best headphones out there. They’re genuine Apple products that resist sweat, have a microphone that actually works and volume control.




Amazon gift cards – $25 – $200+

I love getting Amazon gift cards because I’m not always best at coming up with lists like these. Nobody matches their combination of inventory, price, shipping speed, and service.


Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Band (Certified Refurbished) – $247

This one’s definitely on the pricey side but it’s the best if your guy is looking for a fitness tracker/smart watch, etc. All the others (FitBits, Garmens, etc.) definitely have pros but they also all have glaring weaknesses. The Apple Watch Sport is excellent at everything.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – $16


The Underground Railroad: A Novel, $16


Gift Guide for the Average Dude

First off, I totally stole this idea from an excellent writer, Seth Haines. You can check out his guide here. Seth is right; most gift guides aren’t really created for normal guys. The items are usually too trendy, expensive or impractical.

(I own/use/have read all these items and don’t receive any type of compensation or discount for recommending them…no super PAC money was given to me to recommend these things).

It’s a little late but here’s my first annual Average Dude Gift Guide.

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Fine Point, 5-Pack, Black Ink (31078) – $6

Everyone needs a pen and most pens stink. Help your dude be the gentleman who always has a pen ready, and never buy a pen with a lid. That is what’s wrong with America.



Zebra F-402 Ballpoint Pen, Retractable, 0.7mm, Black, 2 Pack (29212) – $5

I am thankful for the man who introduced me to this pen for many reasons. He helped me figure out I wanted to marry my wife. He gave me a place to live…twice. He gave me a job that never felt like a job. His wife cooked me hundreds of homemade meals. However, I am most thankful he introduced me to this pen. It’s my #1. Get it.


Bluetooth Headphones QY8 COULAX V4.1 Wireless Sports Earbuds Sweatproof – $25

These are amazing. They’re ranked #1 on Amazon for a reason. I use mine everyday. If you find yourself spending $5 or $100 on headphones, you’re doing it wrong.


Dollar Shave Club Membership – $6/month

I pay $6/month for razors that come straight to my door. They’re high quality and quite the bargain.



Andar Mens Leather Minimalist RFID Blocking Wallet – $30

I finally traded in my George Costanza wallet for this beauty. I currently have 5 cards in mine and 7 bills and can’t even feel it in my pocket. It’s much thinner than the 2″x4″ of a wallet I used to sit on every day and wonder why my back hurt.


Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag – $68

I have used this every day for five years. It’s still in great condition and if anyone makes fun of your dude for carrying a messenger bag, he can smack them with this one and be confident it won’t break.


Fossil Men’s FS4885 Grant Stainless Steel Watch with Brown Leather Band – $135

I bought this watch last year and wear it every day. It holds up to everyday life well and looks much better than my series of $10 watches I bought every few weeks after one broke.


Stance Socks – $12/pair

I wear these everyday. They’re great quality and Stance makes everything from Star Wars to sports teams and really fun colors/designs. The average dude doesn’t wear average socks.


Stanley Classic 16 oz Green Vacuum Travel French Press – $22

This.Is.Awesome. – I got mine from my local Wal-Mart on clearance but it’s a steal even at $22. You can’t find a decent portable one for under $30 and most are closer to $50. Great coffee is a must for the average dude.


John Varvatos Vintage Cologne, 4.2 oz. – $66

I’m not a huge cologne guy – dudes that wear too much cologne are the human version of the trucker hat. But this stuff is the real deal.


The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (book) – $9

A great story of an older man and a younger man that explores themes of morality, family and altruism.


Coming Clean: A Story of Faith by Seth Haines (book) – $12

Since I stole his idea; I recommend his book. Seriously – it’s great. The narrative weaves in and out of Seth’s personal journey through his first 90 days of sobriety but focuses on a much larger scale on how we are all addicted to something. It’s encouraging, vulnerable, and a great addition to the tapestry of manhood.


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