Dude, Where’s My Gift?

After writing about gift ideas for gal pals the other day, I thought it was only fair I do the same for the dudes. This particular gift guide takes some explaining. The best way I can express it is these are gifts guys shouldn’t be afraid to give to other guys. For one thing, they won’t blow the budget. For another thing, they aren’t ‘weirdly’ intimate picks like cologne or cozy sweaters. This isn’t to say a gal can’t give a guy one of the picks from this list, but these were *specifically* curated for the purposes of brothers buying for brothers, guy friends buying for guy friends, dads buying for sons, and well, you get the picture. Shall we?

Vintage Vinyl JournalsVintage Vinyl Journals – $34.99+
For the busy student, budding musician / writer, or simply the everyday list writer, these journals quite literally rock. The front cover of each journal is made from a hand-sourced vintage album, while the back cover is created from the album’s actual cover art. The result is a handmade, one-of-a-kind journal (although rest assured, you can buy ‘repeats’ of the journals as they’re re-sourced) that also happens to be super eco-friendly. The journals themselves are packed with over 200 pages of unlined paper so you can sketch the day away or dream up the lyrics to your first #1 hit. I particularly love these because it gives you the chance to tailor your gift to your guy pal’s favourite artist or era – from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles to Fleet Foxes, and everything in between.

Homo Sapien Chalkboard SkullHomo Sapien Chalkboard Skull – $46 @ Colossal Shop
Trade on his zombie love with these creative chalkboard skulls, available in half a dozen colours. Place it on your buddy’s desk or front hall table so he can jot down reminders to keep his keys handy or head over to your place for the big game on the weekend. Every inch of the durable polyurethane skull can be written on, and simply wiped off as you would with a normal chalkboard. Pretty cool for science nerds as well.

JackedPackJackedPack Subscription – From $11.99 / month (+shipping at $7.50 and up)
If you are a gymaholic and have a buddy or two that’s challenging you to keep pace with his own muscle mass, consider gifting him with the power of getting pumped up, with a JackedPack supplement subscription. Start by selecting the size of JackedPack you want at a few different price points, then sit back (or you know, do some curls) while a package of the latest sports nutrition goodies are carefully curated and delivered straight to your door. With options to customize what you get and around eight different products to test out each month, this is an ace choice that also feels pretty darn thoughtful for the lovable meathead in your life.

Pizza Boss Pizza CutterPizza Boss Pizza Cutter – $17.95 @ Cadosphere
If his idea of a personal chef is the pizza delivery guy, consider this nifty pizza cutter as a perfect gift under $20. Shaped like a power saw, it’ll give your best friend extra grip while cutting his homemade (shock!) or store-bought pizza to perfection at your next hangout. Not only does it look pretty darn neat, it’s also pretty darn tough – cutting through layers of toppings and cheese with serious ease.

Marshall Minor HeadphonesMarshall Minor Headphones – $75 @ London Drugs and select Hudson’s Bay Stores
It only makes sense that a brand with over 50 years of rock music history (through their line of amps and other stage equipment) should be extending their reach into the world of headphones. These stylish black and gold ear buds come with 3 different pad sizes and a signature locking mechanism to ensure a perfect fit – whether you’re rocking out on a commute into the office or while walking your pooch through the park. They also come equipped with a microphone so when you phone your buddy to ask how he likes his new earphones, he can chat to you right through them on his phone.

Campfire CuisineCampfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors by Robin Donovan – $17.95 (list)
If one of your annual traditions with your guy pals is to set up camp in the great outdoors, elevate your next excursion with this clever ‘cookbook’. With over 100 recipes, the book is designed for outdoor meals at home and abroad, with shopping list and equipment selection tips to make your prep work a snap. From Salmon with Balsamic Fig Sauce to Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese, these recipes may sound (and taste) upscale, but they’re crafted by an avid camper that knows the limitations of cooking in the great outdoors. With this book, you CAN do better than a weenie roast.

90s Music Trivia Game90s Music Trivia Game – $12 @ Drake General Store
If you and your bro aren’t splurging on one another, this is a neat, fun gift that’ll test his 90s music prowess. Featuring 100 trivia cards in a boom box-shaped package, this is the perfect host gift to tote along when you’re attending a good friend’s ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ party. Crack it open and test everyone’s knowledge on everything from Will Smith and the Spice Girls to Aerosmith and Green Day. Good, clean, affordable fun.

DropCatchDropCatch Bottle Openers – $60
The static bottle opener has been having a comeback over the last few years, with many a bar / counter / workbench / picnic table being affixed with a permanent opener. But the DropCatch takes things a step further, by attaching a stainless steel opener to a piece of real wood that also houses a pretty heavy-duty magnet. That magnets job? To immediately snap up the cap from your favourite brew as it’s cracked open. The regular DropCatch can handle up to 52 caps at a time (for a surprisingly artful look), while you can also upgrade to a more powerful magnet that’ll take care of even more. When your collection is booming, simply scoop ’em up and throw them in recycling. A really, really cool piece that’ll round out his bar and / or man cave.

Breaking Bad PostersBreaking Bad Posters – From $29.45
Although the beloved AMC show may have brought down the curtains this past fall, legions of fan boys are still reminiscing about the legendary Hiesenberg and his hapless sidekick Jesse Pinkman. If his apartment or office could use a boost of style that’s still in line with his personal interests, these graphic print posters are pretty spectacularly done – the outlines of the two main characters’ faces are actually rendered with lines of type depicting famous lines from the show that also speak deeply to each persona. Unexpected yet ultra cool.

Home Alone Christmas Sweater Crewneck SweatshirtHome Alone Christmas Sweater Crewneck Sweatshirt – $39.99 @ Chitown Clothing
I actually bought this sweater as an early Christmas gift for my husband (he already has it, no spoilers). Our favourite holiday movie is Home Alone – it’s one of the few that gets a rewatch year after year – and this mock ugly Christmas sweater that channels a famous line from the film is absolutely perfect for any fellow fans. If you want to trim the budget a bit, it also comes in a more affordable tee-shirt version as well. Funny and festive, it’s also a great way to send your best bro some holiday wishes.

Dude Where's My GiftNow the exciting news: one lucky guy (or lady) is going to take home a prize package with a Vintage Vinyl Journal (either Kiss, The Rolling Stones or Elvis), a copy of Campfire Cuisine, a DropCatch, and a one-month JackedPack subscription, for a total value of over $130. Wanna win it? Here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me in the comments below by December 15th: what’s your favourite gift for bros featured in this list? Would it work for anyone on your shopping list?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 16th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries:Thumbs up to our lovely partners on this post. If you do any of the following and leave a comment with your activities, you can earn a few extra entries into the draw:

Vintage Vinyl Journals Like them on Facebook, leave a comment about which journal you’d most like to own, leave a link back to your comment below (it can be done, Google it).

Campfire Cuisine – Is published by Quirk Books and distributed by Random House of Canada. Like them on Facebook, leave a comment about this fun book, and link back to your comment below.

JackedPackLike them on Facebook, leave a comment about why you’d like to try JackedPack, leave a link back to your comment below.

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5) Bonus Entries Part Two: Pin as many of these gift ideas as you absolutely love to relevant Pinterest boards, and leave a link back to your pin(s) to earn one bonus entry per pin.

107 Responses to “Dude, Where’s My Gift?”
  1. I think the Campfire Cusine. All the guys in my life would love this. Camping rocks.

  2. andrea4444 says:

    I like the Breaking Bad Posters. I’m not sure if anyone on my list would appreciate them though. I guess I could treat myself 😉

  3. Kimberley says:

    There are so many that my son would love, but I think that since he’s really into music either the Vintage Vinyl Journals or the Marshall headphones would be perfect for him. He would also love the Campfire Cuisine. I’m going to have to revise my shopping list.

  4. Natalie SQ says:

    The Heisenburg typograph is PERFECT for my husband!!

  5. Marlene says:

    Vintage Vinyl Journals – $34.99+ or 90s Music Trivia Game – $12 @ Drake General Store great for the music lover…

  6. My favourite gift for bros is the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter. I think it is so cute and would be great for my father or my father-in-law. I

  7. Jane Hammill says:

    Campfire Cuisine would go down real well with my boys! Thanks for the giveaway lovely prizes

  8. Julie G. says:

    I like the Drop Catch Bottle Opener – think it would work well as a gift for my nephew.

  9. The Pizza Boss cutter would be perfect for my brothers.

  10. Andrea K says:

    Ok seriously…you don’t even know how much I would love the homosapien chalkboard skull!! I am mildly obsessed with the Day of the Dead, so that would be FABULOUS in my home:) Thank ya!

  11. cookie3 says:

    Love the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter – $17.95 @ Cadosphere, this would be perfect for my tool obsessed hubby.

  12. Cairine says:

    I would go for the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter it’s small but useful.

  13. May says:

    My favourite is the DropCatch Bottle Opener. It would make a great gift for my brother in law!

  14. I think the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter is a great gift idea. My brother would love it!

  15. Joan G says:

    I have a couple of friends who would think the Homo Sapien Chalkboard Scull was cool.

  16. linnett says:

    My hubby would love the Home Alone Christmas Crew Neck Sweatshirt !

  17. Emilia says:

    The Marshall Minor Headphones and the Campfire Cuisine would be perfect for my son in laws

  18. Chantelle says:

    Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter it would work very well for my dad. He loves pizza and power tools.

  19. Jennifer R says:

    I love the Pizza cutter!

  20. Lauren says:

    I love the pizza boss pizza cutter!

  21. Lisa says:

    My favorite is the Jacked packed subscription , my boyfriend would love it!

  22. Erin W says:

    I love the bottle opener, it would be a great gift for my husband!

  23. Evan says:

    My fave gift from the list would be the Breaking Bad Posters, as several fam’ members were fans. Thank you.

  24. the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter is humourous and practical

  25. Leigh says:

    The Breaking Bad posters…my brother is a die-hard fan!

  26. Pam says:

    Awesome guy stuff!!

  27. Patricia says:

    Know I can’t go wrong with these Marshall Minor Headphones – $75

  28. Brad says:

    Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter it is the coolest gift

  29. Chiovitti says:

    The Pizza Boss cutter is incredible, my brother would love that.

  30. haha my nephew would like the home alone sweater!

  31. Garry D says:

    I would like that drop catch bottle opener!

  32. Taps says:

    My brother would love the DropCatch Bottle Openers

  33. mousecat says:

    My favourite from your list is the Campfire CuisineCampfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors. I think that’ll work for my brother!

  34. Mike Mottishaw says:

    LOVE the Filthy Animal Sweater! i want one too, ’cause I am

  35. jm says:

    the sweatdhirt

  36. jan says:

    the Pizza Boss pizza cutter would be perfect for all the guys on my list, but hubby would probably get it.

  37. darlene boyle says:

    music trivia game

  38. Jeannie says:

    I think that the Jackpacked Subscription would work really for my brother.

  39. Susan says:

    I know my son would love the vintage vinyl journals, the headphones, or the pizza cutter!

  40. beewbedard says:

    Hubby would love Marshall Minor HeadphonesMarshall Minor Headphones

  41. Elaine Jasvins says:

    Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter would be a great gift for my son.

  42. GARRY S says:


  43. KellyPC says:

    My husband would love the Drop Catch!

  44. alan parker says:

    the Breaking Bad Posters

  45. Michael says:

    The Vinyl Journals are really cool for a music lover like myself…

  46. scifisara says:

    My husband would love the “Home Alone Christmas Sweater Crewneck Sweatshirt”. Tacky and fun!

  47. Bailey Eileen Dexter-Parr says:

    Pizza Boss pizza cutter, from Fred & friends, OMG I have 3 son in law all of them would love this!

  48. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Campfire cuisine book is my favourite!

  49. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Come to think of it, the pizza cutter would be perfect for my husband!

  50. My favourite gifts for bros featured in this list would be the Pizza Boss pizza cutter and the bottle opener! I will definitely give them to some guys in my life if I win.

  51. kathy wilson says:

    music trivia game

  52. I love the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter. It would be a perfect gift for my husband.

  53. loridee says:

    Pizza cutter – we make homemade pizza every Friday night & my hubby would love this

  54. Daniel N says:

    Campfire cuisine would be for my brother.

  55. Emily Dexter says:

    The drop catch for sure!!

  56. Vicki says:

    the Marshall Minor headphones would be great for my teenager

  57. Melissa Avey says:

    My personal favourite is the awesome pizza cutter although the Home Alone sweaters would be awesome to! My hubby would love the BReaking Bad poster. I guess lots of good ideas here! 🙂

  58. fifaleaf says:

    Drop Catch Bottle Openers, for my boyfriend!

  59. becky says:

    I think my brother would love that sweatshirt haha

  60. Julia H says:

    My favourite is the Campfire Cuisine book, and, yes, it would work for my boyfriend. He loves camping and gets sick of eating nothing but Kraft Dinner during it! 😉

  61. Lynda Tomkinson says:

    i want that oasis vinal journal

  62. Audrey Skinner says:

    My brother would love the Pizza Boss cutter and it would be appreciated by anyone on my list.

  63. Katrina g says:

    That drop catch is cool! That!

  64. Emily Andrews says:

    The Dropcatch bottle opener would be great for my boyfriend and myself. I’m always finding stray beer bottle caps around the apartment.

  65. Athena says:

    Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter – $17.95 @ Cadosphere

  66. i think the pizza boss cutter is a terriffic ideal present it is very unique and i love it

  67. Rekha says:

    The campfire cuisine book for hubby, definitely. he’d probably give some of them a shot over the bbq, which he loves!

  68. Sherri F says:

    Love the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter!!!! Hubby would love it too!

  69. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    Would love to get the Pizza Boss Pizza Cutter for my man for his stocking. What an awesome idea!

  70. homo sapien chalkboard skull is very cool

  71. Tegan says:

    I love the bottle opener – perfect for my little brother.

  72. Janice Lewis says:

    I have actually been looking for a cool journal and this one would totally work for my bf

  73. Victoria Ess says:

    My favourite gift is the JackedPack Subscription. My partner would love this.

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  81. andrea4444 says:

    Breaking Bad Posters. I think they’d work for a few friends!

  82. stacey h says:

    my cat sitter likes vinyl so i would get him the ‘Vintage Vinyl Journal’

  83. Leah says:

    definitely would love the breaking bad posters for my BF!

  84. Angela Mitchell says:

    I like the Breaking Bad Posters and they would definitely work as a gift for my husband.

  85. truckerofbc says:

    That Pizza Boss cutter is so groovy. My family and I eat a lot of pizza and this would be so cool.

  86. Lorna M. says:

    The chalk board skull is so unique. I love it. I can’t think of anyone on my list that would appreciate it as much as me though.

  87. Mir C says:

    the breaking bad poster and that hilarious sweater are the best!!! I definitely need to pick them up for someone!

  88. carrie says:

    pizza boss pizza cutter is soo cool! I know a dude who would love it!

  89. Paul Black says:

    I like the headphones. My bro needs new ones.

  90. May says:

    The DropCatch bottle opener would be perfect for my boyfriend, as he’s a big beer aficionado.

  91. edmontonjb says:

    The pizza cutter would be perfect for my brother. He loves pizza!

  92. Helisa says:

    they are all really cool! My fave is the chalkboard skull, any of my kids or husband would love it!

  93. SueSueper says:

    My favorite gift for my brother would be Marshall Minor Headphones

  94. SueSueper says:

    I Like Vintage Vinyl Journals on Facebook
    I am SueSueper Sue on Facebook

  95. SueSueper says:

    I like Quirk Books on Facebook
    I am SueSueper Sue on Facebook

  96. SueSueper says:

    I like JackedPack.com on Facebook
    I am SueSueper Sue on Facebook

  97. SueSueper says:

    I like Dropcatch on facebook
    I am SueSueper Sue on Facebook

  98. SueSueper says:

    Here’s the links to all the FB comments (for previous 4 posts)
    Comment on Vintage Vinyl Journals (FB)

    Comment on Quirk Books (FB)

    Comment on JackedPack.com (FB)

    Comment on DropCatch (FB)

  99. Betty S says:

    I think the Jacked Pack subscription would be awesome

  100. Erin McSweeney says:

    My brother would love the Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors by Robin Donovan – $17.95 (list)

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