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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