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


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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