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Published on November 24th, 2009 | by Tim

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Kick Ass Gifts for the Manly Man – Your Guide to Gifts that Don’t Suck

Awesome gift! Thanks Man Institute!

Please note: This article is from 2009. For our 2013 Manly Man Gift Guide please click see:

The Definitive Manly Man Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

The Definitive Manly Man Gift Guide: $10-50

 

Gentlemen, in an effort to save you all from those pain in the ass garbage gifts you receive each year, the Man Institute has taken it upon themselves to compile a list of kick ass gifts that any manly man could ever want. If your loved ones stick to this list this year, you should see no stupid ass new tie or boring book that you don’t really need.

Feel free to refer your old lady and everyone else that may be buying you something this Christmas to this page. We’ll update it as more awesome gifts are found/thought of. If you know of a sweet manly gift, Email us at info@maninstitute.com.

 

 

Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2:
Easily the manliest game in one of the manliest series of video games ever made. Modern Warfare 2 allows men to suit up and head out to kill anything that moves. Guys and some awesome ladies sign on all over the world every day just to kick each others’ asses in online multiplayer mode.

If you really love the man in your life, the Man Institute recommends buying the Prestige Edition. As if this game wasn’t kick ass enough, Activision has thrown in a real working pair of NVG’s (Night Vision).

Buy the wussy NVG-less version on Amazon: Xbox 360 | Playstation 3 | PC
Buy the manly, kick-ass Prestige Edition: Xbox 360 | Playstation 3

 

Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote ControlLogitech Harmony 880 Advanced Remote Control:
This isn’t just any remote. This is easily one of the greatest things that you will ever hold in your hand.

The 880A can basically control everything you own. Maybe it isn’t so important if your home entertainment system consists of a tube TV with rabbit ears, but for the real man with TV’s so big that they have no wall space and surround sound that can deafen your neighbours, this is a must have.

They have pumped this thing full of sweet features like an awesome customizable screen to help you monitor your system, smart technology where the remote basically learns how to work your system without having to press 14 buttons to turn up the button plus a bad ass design which makes the remote actually look cool.

The key feature to me, though, is the docking station. This is something that other remotes are lacking. If you buy the 880A, you’ll never need to switch another battery. There’s a display showing battery life and the docking station charges it up. Awesome.

Buy it here.

 

cigarsmoke
A Good Cigar:
What man doesn’t enjoy a good cigar? I know it’s not exactly a traditional gift, but I’ve never seen a man pissed off to receive a delicious cigar, let alone a box of them. Just make sure to check out our article on cigar etiquette.

Cigar tastes can vary from person to person, just like food tastes can vary so if the guy you’re buying these for already has a favourite cigar, learn it and go with it. No sense in buying something else if he already has a preference.

If he doesn’t really have a favourite, but enjoys a good cigar, you will need to know a bit about what makes a good cigar:
- The cigar should burn evenly all the way down. If it doesn’t burn evenly, this is a sign of a poorly rolled cigar
- You should be able to squeeze the cigar without the wrapper cracking. It should also have some give to it
- All the cigars in the box should match in colour
- Just because a cigar is priced high does NOT mean that it is the best cigar

I know some of these seem picky, but all of them are signs of whether or not a cigar maker cares.

To save you some grief, though, here are a couple excellent cigars that I can almost guarantee will go over well:

The Montecristo No. 2
Obviously I’m going to pick the Cuban first. This cigar is fantastic. I could go on about the flawless draw and perfect even burn, but instead I’m just going to tell you to go buy a box. Easily my favourite cigar and I know plenty men who would back me up in saying it’s the best.
Buy a box of 10 here or a box of 25 here.

H. Upmann
Of course it may be hard for our friends to the South to get their hands on a good Cuban cigar (Sorry, guys). For this reason, I’m going to recommend any H. Upmann cigar from the Dominican. Although (In my opinion) they aren’t quite as spectacular as a Montecristo, they aren’t without their charm and are actually a bit cheaper than a Cuban.
Buy them here or at a local smoke shop.

 

Leatherman 830682

Leatherman 830682 Charge TTI Multitool
Every man is expected to be handy to some extent, but what about when he isn’t at home and doesn’t have his tools with him? In such a case, a real man has to improvise. Although some men would pull out a stick of gum, a paperclip and an elastic band and create a tool that could solve any problem, we at the Man Institute fully understand that most men aren’t as capable and awesome as us (or McGyver) and may need a helping hand.

This is where Leatherman’s 830682 Charge comes into play. A multitool comes in handy when you least expect it. They can be used for simple tasks such as tightening a loose screw or opening a can or for more obscure ones such as securing a chain-link fence with wire after a homeless person has cut through it or even for amputating your arm in a desperation move to save your own life (See our article on Aron Ralston).

There are many great multitools out there, but Leatherman is one of, if not the best and the 830682 Charge won’t let you down.

Buy it on Amazon here or check out a list of great multitools here.

 

Straight Razor
The Straight Razor
No matter what fancy razor you buy, it’s common knowledge that the old fashioned straight razor will give you a much closer shave and last way longer. Not only that, but it gives men that element of danger which might actually make shaving more fun than a punch in the groin.

Of course if you do buy that guy in your life a straight razor, make sure you find him instructions on how to use it and practice. I found some brief instructions on eHow and an awesome article on shaving and straight razors at ArtofManliness.com

Either check out the links to razors on the Art of Manliness site or buy the one pictured to the left on Amazon here.

 

 

The Alphabet of Manliness by MaddoxThe Alphabet of Manliness:
If you’re even slightly enjoying this website, then you will more than likely enjoy this book. Maddox has gone and taken everyday kick-ass things and put them in alphabetical order for your convenience. This book is guaranteed to instantly grow a beard on anyone who reads it and may cause your balls to drop just a little bit further.

From Ass-kicking to Pirates to Zombies, this book will definitely be a hit with any man who is lucky enough to receive it this holiday season.

Pick a copy up at book stores that don’t suck or on Amazon today.

 

 

 

beerinhell1I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell:
Like any man, Tucker Max enjoys the simple things: women, drinking and shenanigans. The only difference between most men and Tucker Max is that he takes it to the next level.

If you’ve ever read the stories on TuckerMax.com, you may have an understanding of how hilarious his “adventures” are. In his stories, he has documented many events in his life that most people would never mention. The events every man experiences but never talks about like that first anal sex attempt with a girl resulting in excessive vomiting, that mad dash through a hotel lobby for the bathroom on the other end while diarrhea sprays from your shorts and even the realisation that you are such a man-whore and have more than likely had sex with a transvestite are all told on his site.

Now Tucker has hand-picked a few of his greatest stories on his website to partner up with some new ones in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. The book was so successful that there is now a major motion picture based on it.

Pick it up on Amazon or at a local book store.

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About the Author

Tim is curator and co founder of ManInstitute.com. When he’s not shaving his face with a bowie knife he’s helping men be better at what they already are: men.



7 Responses to Kick Ass Gifts for the Manly Man – Your Guide to Gifts that Don’t Suck

  1. Adam says:

    Modern warfare 2 for sure, I had a go on it the other day at work and loved it, the beginning was annoying though, having to climb up that bloody ice wall, I kept falling off lol, amazing game and one I will be getting for my xbox this year.

  2. Alan Johnson says:

    Easy No Scope Kill cheat for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

  3. Christinelle says:

    This is no help at all. He hasn’t even touched the wireless PS3 gun I got him for Resident Evil and only plays GTA and Medal of Honor (where he gets beaten by pizza faced 14 year olds). The remote is a bad idea because he just learned how to use the 4 we already have and would be very perplexed and annoyed if presented with a new all-in-one remote. He doesn’t smoke cigars and thinks only fat wanna-be businessmen do (he opts for the awesome alternative of 2 Marlboro packs per day). He will never even touch a book or magazine, he absolutely hates reading. Razor? WTF? He doesn’t shave, he just trims once a week. And that abomination that looks like a high tech army knife is useless. He’s an industrial electric engineer, he’s got like a million tools. Plus that’s a horrible gift…”Oh, hey honey, guess what? I got you a gift! It’s something you can use to WORK! Don’t you just love it?”
    Your gift ideas suck donkey ass.

    Here are some stupid gifts that are actually better than yours:

    1) Expensive designer’s perfume (well, at least he can use that everyday and smell nice)
    2) Ammunition/gun/special clothing (if he’s in a gun club or hunts, it’s useful)
    3) Zippo lighter with a print of something he likes and a carving of his name (it’s fucking useful too)

    BAM!

  4. Sandy says:

    These gifts SUCK balls

  5. Alex says:

    Oh hey Christinelle, I don’t think this list wasmade specifically for you, you spastic! A leatherman is not the great gift idea for me because i already have one which i use everydayand have done for over a year it was the most useful gift i’ve recieved.

    Anyways, awesome bunch of gifts thanks heaps!

  6. Blaine says:

    Modern warfare or any game like that is always a a safe gift.. I like the leatherman too. Although, I’m kind of a knife fanatic, so….

  7. ME OFF says:

    BRO LIKE FOREAL?

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