The vast majority of the content on our site is by women for women, but once a year we tap Geoffrey's expertise for authentic dude-approved gift ideas to share what the guy in your life is actually eyeing this season. Without further ado, here are his picks for the father/brother/husband in your life:
1. Fuego Box ($30 - $180): I love spicy food, so this subscription service really appeals to my palate. They offer monthly, quarterly, or annual memberships, which allows you to indulge in a variety of small batch sauces, without feeling overwhelmed.
2. Tissot Heritage Vissodate Automatic ($695): While almost everything is "smart" these days, there are some legacy technologies that will always remain classic, like a Swiss made watch. There are a variety of brands to choose from, but this model by Tissot is a perfect entry-level piece that integrates a date function into the automatic mechanism, giving it a refined and functional look. They've been making watches since the 1850s, so you can have faith this watch won't fall out of style anytime soon.
3. PackLite Max ($30): This dual charged (solar or USB), inflatable, waterproof lantern might be the most innovative solution for anyone needing to light up their outdoor space. Perfect for camping or an outdoor dining area, the LED powered lamp provides five brightness settings and over 10,000 lifetime hours from the rechargeable battery.
4. NES Classic ($60): This mini version of the classic NES comes pre-loaded with 30 of their most popular games, including Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. Supplies have been limited, with more promised to arrive during the holiday season (so don’t feel compelled to get one off ebay for $300), but if you’re a little tech savvy you could also create a DIY version for around $35.
5. Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer ($40): This is not a new kitchen appliance, but it seems like spiralized food has reached a new level of popularity over the past couple of years. While I’ll never quit eating regular pasta, I’ve had some amazing substitute dishes made with zucchini and sweet potato that have given me a new perspective on how to incorporate vegetables in our diet. Plus, it’s just a fun tool to use.
6. Osmo Mobile Handheld Stabilizer ($300): This handheld stabilizer for mobile phones helps you create smooth, cinematic style movement in your videos, while also including motion detection software and time lapse options, providing a whole suite of tools and technology to take your videos to the next level.
7. The Duffel Pack ($150): A hybrid back that takes you from the gym to work (or vice versa), the streamlined design has enough space for your clothes, shoes, water bottle, and laptop, all packaged in a sleek black or gray exterior.
8. Mahabi Slippers ($100): I’ve never been a slipper guy, usually opting to walk barefoot around the house (even outside), but these clean, adaptable versions might be the first pair I ever buy. Providing a detachable, tpu sole and breathable fabrics, I’m looking forward to giving my feet a break from the elements.
9. Balsem Facial Cleanser ($20): This cleanser is one of my favorite products I’ve purchased this year. It’s light, doesn’t leave my face dry and I love the scent. While I like to rotate new products every few months, I’ll be sticking with this wash for the foreseeable future.
10. ¡Buenos Nachos! ($20): Emily and I cook all the time and love Mexican food, so this book is at the top of my list—but I imagine anyone would be glad to have it since it includes 75 nacho recipes and a guide to cocktails and beers that pair with them.
11. V-Moda Forza Sport Headphones ($100): While wireless headphones are definitely the future, most phones still have a traditional 3.5mm headphone port and if you consider yourself an audiophile that loves to workout, these new sport models by V-Moda might be perfect for you. The brand is a favorite among the most popular DJ’s and their 3D audio and customization options provide a combination of performance and personalization that other brands can’t quite match.
12. BOB Multi Opener ($25): Designed to open five different containers (ring-pulls, vacuumed lids, bottle caps, drink cans and screw tops), this elegant, but simple tool is perfect for the minimalist design aficionado.