Guy Gear

I made a goal for my holiday posting schedule to do a few more features that were targeted to men. Between video games and a fast 15 post, I don’t think I’ve done a terrible job – plus I have one more stocking stuffer post on the way – but I thought it was also time to do a post on the bigger ticket items for guys out there. Here are my Top 10 picks for awesome guy-friendly ideas, no matter what your budget.

Tissot Stamkos PRS200 Watch – $650
Steven Stamkos has had a pretty damn good year playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored a massive five-year contract with the team, was placed on the cover of EA’s hotly touted NHL 12, and now he’s got a limited edition watch by Swiss watchmakers Tissot. Clad in stainless steel and loaded with sporty bells and whistles, the extra special piece of this watch is a little something your diehard hockey hubby can keep to themselves – Stamkos’ name and number on the underside of the watch face. This is a luxe but awesome choice for that someone special: husbands, boyfriends, dads, etc. But hurry! There’s only 910 of these puppies available in the world.
Available at: Online, Henry Birks & Sons, European Jewelery, and the flagship Bay on Queen Street in Toronto

MEC Light Degree Hoodie – $195
Is your hubby, brother, or dad a snow bunny or an outdoor adventurer? Then get him a coat that not only looks amazing – seriously, that colour, or blue or black if that’s your thing – but is super practical for hitting / climbing the slopes as well. It manages to be both incredibly lightweight and warm, thanks to its cozy goose down filling. The pockets are roomy for stashing gloves, and the hood easily zips up for full face coverage against alpine winds.
Available at: Online, and in-stores at Mountain Equipment Co-op

Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Headphones – $349.99
I think I surveyed a half-dozen guys when I first set out to write this post, asking what was on their wish lists and they all, rather unhelpfully, mentioned Dr. Dre’s uber-popular line of headphones for audio experts Monster. The resurgence of over-the-ear classic-style headphones means there’s more room for better engineering – put these puppies on and you’ll hear your favourite songs like you never have before with some of the world’s most cutting-edge audio technology. Snaps up for coming up with a line of flashy colours for ladies and their dudes to indulge in.
Available at: Best Buy et al – try your favourite big box entertainment store.

How to Speak Zombie / How to Speak Wookiee Books – $18.95 each
Who says books aren’t fun? These two nerdtastic volumes will teach your guy how to survive through a zombie apocalypse or  an intergalactic vacation through hilarious illustrations and sound modules that give you demonstrations on how to chatter on everything from your basic introductions through to dance parties. Awesome for fans of shows like the Walking Dead, books like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or naturally, Warsies.
Available At: Online & in-store at Chapters and, plus your local independent booksellers.

Conair iStubble – $89.99
I nixed Movember this year – it makes the boyf look like a cat – but he has been experimenting with ‘Decembeard’, the natural evolution of a facial hair fundraising initiative I suppose. To combat a serious case of Santa face, he’s been using the Conair iStubble to help keep his ‘beard’ trim, and to a relatively manageable length. If your guy likes the look of a 5 o’clock shadow – for beards, mustaches, or goatees – but doesn’t like the maintenance of having to either trim by hand or shave, regrow to the ideal length, then shave again, this is a sincerely amazing tool. The lightweight iStubble works like an electric razor, but without going right down to clean-shaven status. And it’s flexible too – he can set the length from 0.4 mm to 5.0 mm for the perfect finished look. Instead of splurging on fancy razors this year, why not go the trim and polished route instead?
Available At: Wherever Conair products are sold.

ION Audio Arcade Cabinet for iPad – $99
With all the flash-bang gadgetry and next-gen video games out there, sometimes it’s refreshing to take a step back and appreciate the classics. This gift idea marries old and new – it houses your decidedly 21st century iPad and turns it into a virtual 80’s-style mini-arcade. The cabinet comes with a free download of the Atari Greatest Hits app, featuring 100 of your favourite joystick-driven games like Pong and Centipede. He’ll love the retro styling and throwback games almost as much as he loves his iPad – I promise!
Available at: Future Shop

Cyberoptix Ties – $40 (each)
I’m going to get to the ties in a minute, but it’s worth noting that they’re being sold by uber-cool Japanese import store Cubeshops, which has a physical location in Toronto, as well as an online shop for anyone not living in the T-dot. As for these silkscreened ties? They’re actually designed in Detroit. Made from 100% silk or a soft microfiber that you’d pretty much swear was silk, they’re individually screened by hand using eco-friendly inks and stellar modern designs. Trend-loving dudes old and young will love the interesting patterns that are subtle enough to fit into most workplaces, but snazzy enough to make it feel extra special, and not a cop-out Christmas gift.
Available at: Cubeshops – both online & in-store.

Coleman Microburst Lantern – $39.99
Got a dad (or dude) that absolutely loves to go out camping? Don’t send him out there without this awesome mini-lantern in his kit. This battery-powered lantern has approximately 32 hours of runtime and 4 detachable pods – so the kids can accompany themselves to the bathroom at night while you search your supplies for marshmallows for smores. Or use the multi-coloured lights to make bedtime stories under the stars that much more creative and fun.
Available at: Canadian Tire – both online & in-store

Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series – $99
I remember when I was first introduced to Friday Night Lights. I was skeptical. I had a total girl moment and berated the design of the box and assumed it would be terribly boring because it was about Texan football. And then…I watched the first episode. And I can tell you this: if you can watch this first episode and not be instantly hooked? You’re crazy. Easily one of the BEST television series to hit the airwaves in the last decade, this is a show filled with warmth, humour, drama, and yes – football. Your guy will love the glimpse into a Texas high school’s football squad, you’ll love the twisty turny plots, tearjerker moments, and er, the eye candy ain’t bad either. Bonus points: star Taylor Kitsch is a Canadian boy!
Available at: Your favourite DVD retailer online & in-store.

De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker – $899
Coffee purists know there’s nothing quite like brewing your own beans at home, just the way you like it. If the boy you’re buying for is a particularly picky coffee drinker, consider getting them this sleek and ridiculously impressive De’Longhi Espresso Maker. The whistles and bells include a built-in grinder for the freshest brew possible, the ability to customize the fineness of your beans, and an eco-friendly feature that can help reduce energy usage by up to 77% over your more conventional machine. Plus the compact size will fit on any counter, and look damn stunning while doing so.
Available at: Major department stores & specialty kitchen stores.

With all of those wonderful suggestions, I KNOW it’ll be hard to narrow it down. But if you are buying for an outdoorsy dad (or dude), you’re in luck: I’ve got one Coleman Microburst Lantern to give away. Entry info is thisaway:

1) Leave a comment below until January 1st, 2012 and tell me which of these awesome gifts you’d most like to see (or buy for) under your Christmas tree. 

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around January 1st, 2012 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to residents of Canada that have reached the age of majority in their province / state. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Go tweet happy. You’ll earn one bonus entry for every day you post *something* about the Canadian Gift Guide over the contest period – as long as you provide the link back in the comments. It doesn’t have to be specifically about this post, it can be about any post on the site. Whatever strikes your fancy, really.

If you’re looking for full rules & regs, you can always reach me at canadiangiftguide -at- gmail – dot- com. May this be your lucky day!


135 Responses to “Guy Gear”
  1. Huguette En says:

    The Conair Istubble would be great under the tree for one of the guys in my life.

  2. Donnas says:

    I’d be thrilled to see the De’Longhi Espresso Maker for myself; boyfriend would like the Conair iStubble.

  3. Donnas says:

    I posted a message on twitter.

  4. Rhonda Scales says:

    I would love to see that incredible espresso machine under my tree!!

  5. I would like to have the conair istubble under my tree for hubby for christmas! The lantern is great too,as we do alot of camping! Thanks!~
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  6. retromusic says:

    I would love to find the De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker under my tree!

  7. I love the Tissot watch—for my hubby. Very nice.

  8. McMc says:

    the watches are divine!

  9. tweeted it 12/14

  10. lisa bolduc says:

    I would like the headphone by dr dre

  11. MANUEL VIZCAYA says:

    I’d like the Dr. Dre headphones

  12. Louise says:

    I love the Tissot watch. I would love to see this under my tree

  13. Heather Simpson says:

    My husband would be more than thrilled if I bought him that watch.

  14. I tweeted

  15. Amy Brown says:

    I’d love the Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Headphones, for myself 🙂

  16. Amy Brown says:


  17. Dreena B says:

    OOoh the De’Longhi Espresso Maker would be sweet under the tree!

  18. Chelsea says:

    I’d love to see the Espresso Maker under our tree this year!
    My boyfriend and I are huge coffee drinkers…Always a pot on the go. This would be a really cool (and delicious) change!…

  19. Cathy M says:

    What a great gift the Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Headphones would be!

  20. Carley L says:

    I just saw “Friday Night Lights – The Complete Series” in person when I was out Christmas shopping the other day and it was one marvellously big box. I own all of the seasons of this genius show separately, but there is a friend of mine who just started watching the show and I think she’d love the big set.

  21. simplyrobby says:

    Hahaha I cracked up at the “How to Speak Zombie / How to Speak Wookiee” books, I think I know a few friends who will love them (please note that they are twenty-somethings lol).

    The Conair iStubble looks quite nifty, I do like those useful sort of gifts. I will have to consider this the next time I get a gift for the bf 🙂

  22. Diane Brunet says:

    I have always wanted a De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker but can’t afford one. This would be a great for me.

  23. Maurey says:

    My husband would love the Ion audio arcade cabinet for the i-pad.

  24. Margaret Imecs says:

    My husband loves to go fishing and this would awesome for him!
    I would love the MEC Light Degree Hoodie under the tree.
    I follow on Twitter as @margaretimecs

  25. Erin says:

    My husband would love the lantern!

  26. Erin says:

    I tweeted!

  27. Deidre says:

    An Espresso Maker would be wonderful – so would a flat screen TV!

  28. donna l. says:

    I’d love to gift that cool Tissot watch to my husband!

  29. Heather says:

    My brother would absolutely LOVE – how to speak wookie!

  30. marge l. says:

    The MEC Light Degree Hoodie would be a nice gift for myself

  31. nick a. says:

    The Espresso Maker would be a welcome gift

  32. I would love to find the MEC Light Degree Hoodie under my tree this year for my hubby. He loves to take walks on his lunch hours and this looks like it would be MIGHTY warm for him!!!!!

  33. Patricia says:

    Would love to have the Tissot Stamkos PRS200 Watch for my husband.

  34. Amy Johnson says:

    The espresso machine would look lovely under my tree this year !! So much fun to try everything.

  35. belinda m says:

    I would love the De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker as a gift for me


  36. Lori says:

    The De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker would be a dream Christmas gift!

  37. sean pynaert says:

    atari hits! i used to have the actual mini games

  38. I would love the friday night lights but all the prizes are amazing!

  39. Tam Lindsay says:

    The espresso maker would be incredible!

  40. Eva Urban says:

    In 31 years of marriage, I have honestly never witnessed my husband arriving anywhere on time. We now can laugh how I overcome this pet peeve. When we have plans to any event, I always state the time as being 1 1/2 hours earlier. So without a doubt I would have to say the Tissot Stamkos PRS200 Watch would be a treasure under our tree. On the flip side, he is a wonderful father/husband and he has earned it.

  41. Lynda says:

    Coleman Microburst Lantern would replace our 10yr old lantern that we use when we go camping. Hubby won’t get a new one as it is still going…its a Coleman also 🙂

  42. Maureen B says:

    The De Longhi Expresso Maker…..sweet!!

  43. Stacey says:

    I would love to see the Conair iStubble!

  44. Elaine Miller says:

    Love the Asteroids

  45. Lillea says:

    The De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker

  46. sandy says:

    The Coleman lantern for sure! We do a lot of camping. Unfortunately, I don’t have a twitter account, so I can’t do the bonus entries!

  47. Julie Plourde says:

    If I could afford it, I would give hubby the De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker, he love espresso!

  48. beatrice Hum says:

    wow that expresso machine looks like heaven. That is what I would love to have.

  49. Evelyn says:

    The Coleman Microburst Lantern under the tree is the gift that would make the most impact with my husband for sure!

  50. ivory29 says:

    Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Headphones so we can play it for the baby before birth and so my spouse can listen to music in a way he would appreciate.

  51. Vesper says:

    The man in my life would like the De Longhi Expresso Maker though I think I would prefer the headphones

  52. Mary Tamaki says:

    I’d love to have the De’Longhi Espresso Maker as my expresso maker is toast! Thanks

  53. jane says:

    Light degree hoody – love to be cuddled up warm in winter!!! 🙂

  54. janie says:

    Love that watch – please Santa!

  55. sylvia shaw says:

    I would just love the espresso machine

  56. Erika K says:

    The Monster Beats Studio headphones would be a big hit with my husband.

  57. Irene says:

    The Tissot watch looka uber-cool, especially for a Steven Stamkos fan, or any hockey fan!

  58. Sarah Jackson says:

    My hubby would love the conair istubble!

  59. Sarah Jackson says:

  60. Glogirl says:

    I would love to find the De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker under my tree!

  61. Shelly Kristianson says:

    The conair istubble would go over big in my house! Very cool.

  62. linda chaput says:

    I would love the lantern.

  63. Iain M says:

    Definitely need that lantern.

  64. Brandy says:

    I would like the Conair iStubble for my husband.

  65. honneylaura says:

    I would love to see the monster beats studio by dr dre headphones under my tree 🙂

  66. Rebby says:

    My boyfriend would really love the ION Audio Arcade Cabinet for iPad under the tree this year! He’s a gamer boy!

  67. Rebby says:


  68. Christa says:

    I would love getting the DR Dre headphones!! My border collie (dexter) recently ATE my other headphones. I LOVED those things! I won them in a contest last Christmas and they were a pretty getting them again will never happen lol

  69. Craig Thompson says:

    All of these prizes look amazing!!!

  70. Andrew says:

    MEC Light Degree Hoodie

  71. Frank says:

    My Pick is the De Longhi Magnifica XS espresso Maker

  72. christel says:

    that espresso machine would be amazing!

  73. Nancy says:

    Il’d like most to see Monster Beats Studio headphones.

  74. Marlene V. says:

    I really love the ION Audio Arcade Cabinet for iPad — my husband would love this!!!!

  75. Tina says:

    The MEC Light Degree Hoodie would be a great present for my brother or dad

  76. Kevin L says:

    Love to win the espresso maker. I don’t drink coffee myself, but my parents are coffeeholics but their 10 year old glass pot is starting to get really brown and moldy looking. At this rate, I think my parents will go before that coffee pot because of that coffee pot. So this espresso maker would definitely be a life saver in more ways than one. 😉

  77. Rebby says:

  78. Suzanne says:

    I would love to get the Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre Headphones under the Xmas tree!

  79. Ryan Betesta says:

    Tough choice. The complete Friday Night Lights series would be sweet but Id have to pick the Stamkos watch as my favourite!

  80. Aliya D. says:

    I would really love for my guy to find the Tissot Stamkos watch under the tree… Awesome! Thanks!

    Aliya D.

  81. Josie Fiorda says:

    I would love the espresso maker

  82. nikki robak says:

    I would love the Dr Dre headphones under my Christmas tree

  83. nicole aben says:

    I would love the headphones or the coleman lantern under my tree…if I had to choose of course, they are all great!

  84. Jesse says:

    I think the lantern would be great for camping trips!

  85. Debbie Bashford says:

    The De’Longhi Espresso Maker , I am a true coffee hound

  86. Brook says:

    I would love to buy my husband the audio arcade for iPad! This is so retro, yet so tech! My husband always talks about the Atari days! He would love this!

  87. Rebby says:


  88. lindz86 says:

    I would love some Monster beats for my bf

  89. Athena says:

    The MEC Light Degree Hoodie would look great under my tree 🙂

  90. Athena says:

  91. Jayme Lynn says:

    That Coleman Lantern is AWESOME. My boyfriend and I camp all the time. This light would make both of us very happy on Christmas morning 🙂

  92. sandy says:

    the lantern is very nice

  93. Rebby says:

  94. Kelly P says:

    Monster Beats by Dre

  95. Nicole says:

    My husband would love to find the Tissot Stamkos watch under the tree!

  96. Sandra Betesta says:

    My son would definitely go crazy for the Stamkos watch!! Big Lightning fan!!

  97. Rebby says:

  98. Jennifer Harding says:

    I’d most like the Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series

  99. Rebby says:

  100. Erika says:

    Definitely the espresso maker!

  101. Rebby says:

  102. tweeted

  103. Rebby says:

  104. Sean says:

    The lantern would be perfect when camping with the young boys and wife for the first time this summer!

  105. Vicki Ho says:

    My hubby loved Friday Night Lights, and my son is a real camper, so he’d like the Lantern.

  106. Steven Beauregard says:

    Definitely would love best to get the Coleman Microburst Lantern under my Christmas tree 🙂 It would make the camping experience so much more fun…& power outages too

  107. 409cope says:

    I would most love the espresso maker!

  108. Rebby says:

  109. Jeremy Ross says:

    De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker would be my pick…

  110. julia g says:

    The headphones would be welcome under the tree.

  111. Cecile says:

    The Dr. Dre headphones would be nice.

  112. Maegan Morin says:

    I would like the Monster Beats Headphones!!

  113. RaeDavenport says:

    The De’Longhi espresso maker. It would be a beautiful extravagant gift that the recipient would not splurge on him or herself.

  114. Deb Philippon says:

    De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker

  115. Debbie Petch says:

    I love the Tissot Stamkos PRS200 Watch

  116. Talex says:

    That De’Longhi Magnifica XS Espresso Maker would be awesome!

  117. Talex says:

  118. John H says:

    The De’Longhi espresso maker is awesome !

  119. Beth says:

    like the lantern – would be handy during a power outage

  120. patti says:

    the de’longhi espresso maker looks like it is awesome

  121. Julie A. says:

    I’d love to see the look on my husband’s face if I could give him that Tissot watch – it’s gorgeous!

  122. Rebby says:

  123. the MEC Light Degree Hoodie for just $195 look so BA. I’d love to get this!

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