I’ve given this spiel before and I’ll give it again. Guys are weird about shopping for other guys. A lot of my gift guides are admittedly gift ideas a woman would likely buy for a man in her life, whether a teenage son, husband, brother or father. But this gift guide is very much my ‘for guys from guys’ gift guide, covering 10 Christmas gift ideas for bros. Onward!
Vermont Maple Sriracha – $13.99 – $14.99 a bottle @ Amazon.com
Guys and hot sauce go together like franks and beans, or PB and jelly. If he wants a gourmand twist on his favourite Rooster sauce, then check out this small batch Vermont Maple Sriracha lineup. Made from just five simple ingredients – Fresno peppers, apple cider vinegar, Vermont pure maple sugar and syrup, garlic and kosher salt) – this preservative and gluten-free spicy sauce is the slightly sweet answer to his hot sauce dreams! Also available in a tangy Verde variety.
Shift Work by Tie Domi – $32
My husband flew through this book by legendary NHL tough guy Tie Domi, who enjoyed a long and memorable 16-season stint in the big leagues. Impressively, by the time you turn the final page you’ll get to experience a different side to the guy who was known for having the most fights in the NHL, as he covers his personal relationships on and off the ice. Those who’ve been wondering what Domi has been up to after hanging up his skates will also enjoy an update on Domi’s life. A cool pick for any hockey fan.
Call of Duty Black Ops 3 – $79
One of the most anticipated video games of the season, Call of Duty is back this week with a riveting new entry. If you and your buddy like to bro down playing video games together, this may be worth the splurge. With a new motion engine for even more fluid actions and control, plus the ability to team up with three other players through a cooperative mission mode, there’s more hours to burn than ever with this immersive shooter.
Vodka Zinger – $24.99 USD @ Zing Anything
If he enjoys a good cocktail, he’ll like this nifty gadget that allows you to naturally infuse your spirit of choice (although vodka is the best blank palette) with any flavour you like. Simply insert the fruits, herbs, or even vegetables you’d like into the bottom of the bottle. The fine mesh allows small particles to filter into the vodka, giving your drinks a fresh, flavourful taste without the added calories or sugar of premixed drinks. It also features a handy travel handle and a wider mouth for easy pouring into your lowball glasses. A must-have for the barkeep in your crew.
Jason Markk Quick Wipes – $16 @ Deadstock
Have a sneakerhead in your crew? Then they’ll certainly appreciate these on-the-go shoe cleaning wipes designed to clean up your kicks in a flash. What makes these particular wipes unique is the fact they’re designed by shoe cleaning cult brand Jason Markk, and actually feature two textures to make sure you’re getting the right kind of scrub effect. One side features little dots that help get out tough stains, while the other is great for general polishing up. In a country where shoes regularly get wrecked by salt and grime during the winter, this is a simple but effective gift he’ll appreciate.
Bolaball Washer Toss Game – $52 @ Home Hardware, Amazon.ca, Lowe’s and Costco
This gift idea is largely inspired by a friend of mine that is such a washer toss fan, he’s held tournaments for it. The gist of the game is simple and vaguely similar to skeeball. As the name would imply, you’re attempting to toss your washers into the boxes – earn 1 point for outside the cup, and 3 points for getting it inside. First team to 21 ones. Simple but addictive, this high quality set from Canadian brand Bolaball bundles together for easy transport and can be played indoors or outdoors. Washer toss isn’t your game? Bolaball has *plenty* of other options!
Coghlan’s Portable Power Pack – $48 @ MEC
Never fear running out of juice in the cold Canadian winter again – this nifty battery powers up in two different ways! Gear the built-in solar panels toward the sun for just 10 minutes to earn 10 minutes of talk time, or use the built-in crank for just one minute for the same effect. With a built-in light, this water-resistant battery is ideal for the guy on the go…that also loves to stay connected.
Chunky Knit Toques – $32 each @ Muttonhead
Cult Canadian brand Muttonhead has been racking up fans since it launched six years ago for its ‘slow fashion’ approach to style. The products are designed and manufactured in Canada, with careful attention paid to the materials used. The idea is to outlast the trends and produce high quality, timeless pieces – and nothing is quite so eternal in Canadian fashion as the mighty toque. These chunky acrylic knit toques come in a variety of colours and are a simple way to show your Canadian pride while staying warm this winter. Note that it’s also unisex so your bro’s lady can also snag it for a wintery day!
Beer Can Glass – $19.99 @ Room 2046
If your bro struggles with the eternal debate of drinking his brew in a glass or in a can, never fear – this can-shaped glass is here. Designed to have similar proportions to his favourite brewski, this classy glass features an embossed scripted ‘beer’ note that clearly shows off his drink of choice. Top off your gift with a six-pack of his favourite drink before you settle in to watch a game.
Star Wars Battleship – $27.99 @ Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore
Throwback to your childhood in more ways than one with this cool take on a classic game. With Star Wars mania sweeping the nation all over again, expect to see plenty of Star Wars tie-ins out there – but few are cooler or more addictive than this fun set that pits you against a fellow space ranger in a head-to-head battle to take out the other’s starships.
It wouldn’t be a Canadian Gift Guide without a great giveaway to kick things off – I’m giving away all of the items you see in the above photo, for a great prize package valued at over $180! Here’s how to enter for your shot at winning:
1) First & foremost: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by November 15, 2015 telling me what product you love the most in this holiday gift guide.
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 November 16, 2015 to select the winner, 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: Do as many or as few of these as you’d like! Whatever you do, be sure to leave proof of your efforts in separate comments below.
#1: Follow Muttonhead on Instagram and either regram one of their photos or share a photo from their site to your own feed. Leave a link back to your photo in a separate comment below.
#2: Follow Simon & Schuster Canada on Twitter and Tweet about the giveaway, tagging them and me (@cdngiftguide) with a link back to this post. Leave a link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.
#3: Like Bolaball on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall about why you’d like to try out their washer toss game. You’re under no obligation to mention the CGG.
#4: Follow @HasbroNews on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide) that links back to this post and uses the hashtag #PlayLikeHasbro. Leave a link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.
#5: Follow Zing Anything on Twitter and Tweet about the giveaway, tagging them and me (@cdngiftguide) with a link back to this post. Leave a link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.
#6: Like Vermont Maple Sriracha on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall about which of their hot sauces you’re interested in trying. You’re under no obligation to mention the CGG.
#7: Canadian Gift Guide – Follow me on Pinterest and Pin an item from this post to your own Pinterest account.