Archives For Guy’s Gift Guide


This is part 3 of my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Guys. You can check out part 1 for $5-10 items and part 2 for $10-20 items. The goal of these guides is to put out some ideas for Christmas gifts that guys will actually be surprised and excited about unwrapping. Hopefully this will benefit all of the Direct Sales Husbands out there who’ve been checking out my posts. (Guys, I’m still taking suggestions, btw. If you know of something that needs to be on the list, leave a comment or email (or Facebook or Twitter) me. If I get enough, I’ll do a post with just the suggestions.)

Keep in mind that many items are available in many different price points. That is certainly true of knives, lights, multitools, electronics, etc. More money doesn’t always mean a better tool. I’m trying to pick out items I have personal experience with and/or that I feel are exceptional values at their price point


SOG Specialty Knives and Tools FF01-CP Contractor 2 by 4 3-Inch Folding Knife with Pocket Clip, Black
Condor Tool and Knife Bushlore 4.375-Inch Drop Point Blade, Walnut Handle with Leather Sheath (Plain)
SOG Knives Flash I Knife
Condor Tool and Knife Hudson Bay 8.5-Inch Black Blade, Walnut Handle, Leather Brown Sheath
Kershaw Ken Onion Chive Pocket Knife with Speed Safe


Leatherman Freestyle Multi-Tool
Gerber 01471 Suspension Butterfly Opening Multi-Plier with Sheath


Are your kitchen knives dull? Holley’s were so dull when we got married, you couldn’t even cut through the skin of a tomato (seriously!) Sharp knives are important and way more functional. These types of kits are reliable, inexpensive ways to make a dull knife very sharp. Polish the edge with the slip strop to get it razor sharp.

Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System


It may not look like it, but these lights are fairly tiny. But put out BIG light. If you don’t have a small powerful flashlight, then you should check these out. These and the $10-20 ones are probably worth buying a couple or more. Throw one in the glovebox. Keep one in your nightstand drawer. One in the basement. You get the idea. Note also that many lights require the CR123A type of battery, which you may need to buy separately. Those batteries are more powerful per size than AAA’s.

4Sevens/Foursevens Mini CR2/ MLR2 Black Finish / Cool White LED; 1XCR2; 180 Lumens
Black Diamond Equipment Storm Headlamp
Fenix Compact 140 Lumen Flashlight
Fenix LD01R2, 3 Level High Performance CREE LED Flashlight
Streamlight 88031 Protac Tactical Flashlight 2L with White LED Includes 2 CR123A Lithium Batteries and Holster, Black

Other Useful Stuff

Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) (this thing is a hand-cranked generator. Can be used to charge cell-phones and other small, useful items)
Huntington MG1 Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass, Professionally Liquid-Dampened, Full Metal Body with Bearing Prism / Lens System (K4580 GR US)
First Aid Kit With Hard Case- 326 pcs- First Aid Complete Care Kit – Exceeds OSHA & ANSI Guidelines – Ideal for the Workplace – Disaster Preparedness (Color Red) (Every house needs at least one good quality first aid kit)
BAHCO 396-LAP 8 Inch Laplander Folding Saw (This will cut branches up to about 4″ diameter and folds for easy carrying.)
Baja Dry Sack by SealLine – These are great for the boat or as an emergency bag.


Yesterday I posted gifts for the $5-10 price point so today I’m going to follow-up with $10-20 gift ideas for guys. Again, I remind you that these gifts are real guy’s gifts. Look on Pinterest for sweaters and that sort of thing :)

$10-20 Gifts You Should Consider Getting Your Guy for Christmas

Essential Reading:

SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation
Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signa
These are excellent books for any guy. Interesting reading. Every guy considers himself something of a survivalist. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)- This is an all-around excellent book and may be particularly pertinent to the Direct Sales Husband. Just sayin’. It is not mis-titled, nor is it a joke. Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit should read this.

General Utility:

Military Prismatic Sighting Compass w/ Pouch (may be a little less than $10)
Silva Lensatic 360 – Compass (may be a little more than $20)
Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
This stuff comes in about 30 colors and patterns. Some may be less than $10. Get 2 100ft packs. You just have no idea how handy this stuff can be.

Light My Fire Titanium Spork (yes, a titanium spork. Yes, guys will like a titanium spork. This is actually quite cool.)
Chainmate CM-24SSP 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch- This is useful if your guy ever finds himself in the woods. Ever.


New Swedish Mil. Mora Knife
Mora Sweden Classic #1 Red Wood Handle Carbon Steel Knife
The thing about these Mora knives is that they are so useful and very inexpensive. The design of the blade makes them extremely easy to sharpen and very functional. Great knife for any guy to have. And they’re cheap enough to buy more than one.
Kershaw Chill Pocket Knife
Kershaw Volt II Pocket Knife
Spyderco byrd Cara Cara2 Black FRN PlainEdge Knife

A word about knives:

Guys like knives and they are one of the most useful possessions a guy can own/carry. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for in knives. I believe the Mora knives to be much more valuable than their actual cost.
Folding type (pocket) knives come in every price point. These are very inexpensive models by quality name brand manufacturers. They are suitable for a “first knife” and will probably give a fair amount of use. Folding knives definitely benefit from higher quality construction, though, so unless you’re really constrained in price, I would go for something in the $40-60 range (which I’ll cover in a few days).


Dull knives are the leading cause of cutting injuries because they take more force to use than a sharp knife. That goes for the knives above and for kitchen knives.

Smith Whetstone Fine & Coarse Diamond Combo Sharpening Stone (4″) (not sure why no image option was available on Amazon for this, but this is a good starting place for sharpening and can be used on the knives above AND for your kitchen knives, which most likely need a good sharpening.
Flexcut Flexcut Slipstrop- A good starting “system” for the polishing step of sharpening which will get that knife razor sharp.


Flashlights are extremely useful, especially when you need them. I’m going to list several in many different price points. I honestly would recommend getting several and keeping them in various places in your house for that time when you need it. Keep batteries on hand for these things, too. These are entry-level lights, but pack surprisingly bright LEDs and battery life. Maglites used to be the thing to get, but smaller lights are often more functional because they’re lighter.

Fenix Compact LED Flashlight
Streamlight MicroStream LED Pen Light
Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight with Holster

Surely that’s enough to choose from in this price category. Actually, I was rather surprised at just how many truly useful items fell in the $10-20 range.

Guys: What items do you want to see on the $20-40 list, $40-60 list, $60-100 list, and beyond? 

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OK folks. We all know what season it is. It’s shopping time! In the spirit of the season, I’m going to try to put together a shopping guide for the ladies out there who have no idea what to get their guy. Hopefully these items will appeal to most any guy out there as the primary qualification for getting on this list is utility. Obviously this list is going to exclude items like sweaters and clothing as those items are simply not cool enough to make it on the list *wink*

These will all link to Amazon and if you actually purchase through these links, I do get a 3% commission to help support this blog (though it will be the same price for you).

Today I’m going to start with the $5-10 “Stocking Stuffer” Pricepoint:

Note: Please don’t get your guy socks or underwear for his stocking stuffer. If we want socks, we’ll go buy socks. On the other hand, these things are just plain cool, and any guy would be happy to find one or a few of these items in their stocking.

Gerber 22-01769 Shard Keychain Tool

Stanley 55-045 7-1/2-Inch Wonder Bar II Pry Bar

Gerber 22-41770 Artifact Pocket Keychain Tool

Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black

Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool

Swiss+Tech UKCSB-1 Utili-Key 6-in-1 Keychain Multi-Tool

Swiss+Tech MMCSSS Micro-Max 19-in-1 Keychain Multitool

MantaRing – Cable Key Ring – Waterproof (Blue)

Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

All of these items are useful and handy. Most guys could use one or more of these things and a good key ring to put them on. You never know when you’re going to need a little pry bar to open a paint can or some other stubbornly-closed item. Many of these also include bottle openers, knives, screwdrivers, etc. There are dozens of other similar tools out there, but these are the ones I felt had the best reputation at this price point. I personally own several of these and keep them on me whenever I have my keys.