2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Dude-Approved Gifts for Men
It should go without saying that since The Dude is curating this collection of 2023 holiday gifts for men, the gifts included in the collection are Dude-approved. But nothing goes without saying anymore, so let me be explicit: the gifts for men included in my 2023 holiday gift guide are Dude-approved. I encourage you to choose from them when purchasing gifts for all the men in your life this year.
More importantly, I encourage you to choose all of them when purchasing gifts for me. Ahem, Mama.
Note: All Dude-approved gifts for men are priced as they were at printing on November 12, 2023. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Stanley Adventure Big Grip Beer Stein
At 24 ounces, Stanley's Adventure series Big Grip Beer Stein has a capacity as big as its handle, and a set of vacuum-insulated double walls that will keep a brew cold for up to 5 hours. And if you're one of those crazy Europeans who likes your beers only slightly chilled, the Big Grip can hold it there for up to 20 hours. Oh, and if you're an even crazier person who doesn't want a cold or cool beer at all, fill the stein up with coffee or tea, and keep it hot for 60 minutes.
Stanley Adventure Big Grip Beer Steins make great companions on trips to the campsite and the couch alike. The latter because their sweat-free design won't f*ck up the table even without the Don't F*ck Up the Table Coasters, and their large volume will accommodate 2 bottles of beer at once, thus halving the number of times you have to get up and go back to the fridge.
Sun Joe Cordless Multi-Purpose Workshop Blower
The Sun Joe Cordless Multi-Purpose Workshop Blower sucks and blows dust, dirt, and debris out of your workshop so it doesn't suck and blow to be in your workshop. The 24V blower uses a 400W motor and 2.0Ah li-ion ecosharp battery to drive out dry waste at speeds of up to 185 MPH / 105 CFM airflow for up to 24 minutes straight per charge. Then once you've corralled all of your particulates into piles, attach one of Sun Joe's debris collection bags, switch the Workshop Blower into vacuum mode, and suck them all up for disposal.
Being cordless and electric, the Workshop Blower also won't counteract your cleanup efforts by cluttering your space with extension cords, or soiling it with gas and fumes.
Star Wars Orbitkey Key Organizers
Keep your keys from exploding like a Death Star all over your keychain with a Star Wars Orbitkey Key Organizer. Inspired by Star Wars characters, ships, and vehicles, the Orbitkey series ranges from a subtle red stripe on a black background representing Darth Vader, to more literal prints of a TIE Fighter and the Millennium Falcon in flight. Mandalorian fans also have a Mando - black with brown stitching - and Grogu - fuzzy beige exterior paired with a key lime green interior - options.
Filorosso Reclaimed Fire Hose Belts
Filorosso isn't the first brand to repurpose used fire hoses for EDC and hipster purposes - Recycled Firefighter, for one, has been doing it for almost 10 years now. But Filorosso's Reclaimed Fire Hose Belts stand out from others I've seen because, well, nothing about these belts looks reclaimed, reused, recycled, or upcycled. They all look sparkly and new, and most excellent holding up the pants of firefighters, firefighter supporters, and of course, the aforementioned hipsters, everywhere.
Filorosso must have some 10/10 stain removers and degreasing solutions on hand. Probably courtesy of one of their Italian American mamas whose secret cleaning recipes have been passed down through the generations.
Tekto A5 Spry Automatic Knife
Tekto's new A5 Spry shows its spryness in more ways than just the lickety split deployment of its automatic blade. The knife also comes in your choice of Dagger, Drop Point, or Tanto styles, all made with S35VN steel, and fitted into a textured Black or OD Green handle.
Regardless of which blade and colorway you choose, Tekto says the A5 Spry is their "most tactical knife." Complementing its ultra-fast automatic blade release is a contoured push button that's easy to settle into and activate, and a handle whose embossed line design is made to provide an iron grip. The A5 Spry is also compact and lightweight - 4.9" when closed 3.49 ounces - despite the raw power it endeavors to unleash in action.
Cache Basecamp System Tailgate Pad
Cache's Basecamp System Tailgate Pad can certainly perform your standard tailgate pad duties - use it to store up to 5 bikes for transport, and protect your truck from dings and scratches on the drive. But if you're into more than just cycling or mountain biking, or not into riding two-wheelers at all, the Basecamp System also has something to offer surfers, hunters, campers, and tailgaters.
Latched onto the tailgate pad itself are a pair of low-back lounge chairs and a Jeffrey backpack-style cooler. These accessories are both removable for using remote from your truck, and configured for setup on the truck with the tailgate down. Chairs have aluminum frames and exterior mesh storage pockets. The cooler is sized to hold up to 18 x 12-ounce cans, and keep the cold for up to 24 hours.
Despite the implied safety hazards, we've been drinking beer and playing darts for, what, centuries? So why not create an even closer connection between the two? Beer Darts is a drinking game wherein players throw their darts at cans of beer instead of boards of cork, and rather than scoring points when one sticks, they score an opportunity to make their opponents drink. The entire beer, if the dart lands inside the can's open tab, and until the beer stops leaking if the thrower punctures it in the side. The loser is the player who finishes their beer first.
Beer Darts comes with two can stands, which can adjust to hold seltzer too, White Claw and hard kombucha fans, and a pair of darts. The darts store magnetically inside the stands, which also attach together to make the game portable, and poke-free during carry.
Barebones Edison Light Stick
This was my first lightbulb moment of 2023, the Edison Light Stick from Barebones. Vintage-inspired and made of brass and copper, the company calls their outdoor lantern-flashlight combo a "completely unique collector's item." I'm not sure I'd go that far, but between its cylindrical shell and spiraling LED rope winding 'round the inside, the compact camping light is indeed totally tubular.
Tow Hitch Multi-Tool
The Tow Hitch Multi-Tool from Rockworkx isn't just a multi-tool itself, it makes a multi-tool out of your tow hitch. The 2" receiver of any vehicle can now both tow trailers, RVs, and sporting goods racks and store a 7-in-1 multi-tool for camping, 4x4 off-roading, and other outdoor adventures. And, now that I think of it, hide your keys and cash, and set you up with a stripper pole.
The Tow Hitch Multi-Tool, or Rockworkx T7, has 7 primary functions: hardened aluminum sand and snow shovel; hammer with peg / nail puller; spanner; wood axe (Long and short handle); adze axe / hoe; camp stool; and full-size tow hitch step.
LEGO PAC-MAN Arcade
Bricks, pellets, Blinky, and Clyde. The classic PAC-MAN arcade is getting LEGO-fied as part of the company's LEGO Icons series.
You won't be able to build the LEGO PAC-MAN Arcade into pellet-munching, ghost-fighting functionality, but the nostalgic display piece will have a 4-way joystick, illuminating coin slot, and handle that turns to activate a mechanical chase between PAC-MAN, Blinky, and Clyde. The back of the cabinet will also open to reveal even more details of your game, plus have room to house the buildable 1980s arcade scene LEGO includes with the set.
The Krak'in 2.0 - Shotgun Beer the Better Way
Crack open a cold one, unleash the Kraken, and get the party started. Or, if you're lookin' to really tie one on, don't crack open the cold one, unleash the Krak'in, and turn the party into a rager. The Krak'in 2.0 is a beer shotgunning tool you can take anywhere, and pierce into any size can to make yourself an impromptu personal beer bong whenever the mood strikes.
The Krak'in 2.0 requires 3 simple steps to stir up the drunken debauchery: 1) Hook its lil' beak onto the bottom of your can; 2) punch its big beak into the side of the can; and 3) Chug. Chug, chug, chug, chugchugchugchug.
BEAMFIST Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light
The BEAMFIST Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light. Where do I begin? The compound word "beamfist," indicative of a torch beaming out over one's fist to illuminate the path ahead, or the face it's seeking to make contact with?
The stealth nature of the flashlight? That's a bit questionable, since it's a wearable that gives off major cyborg vibes, and would never go unnoticed on your wrist. Though I guess it's more likely BEAMFIST believes their wrist-mounted issue will help its wearer do stealthy things, since they'll have both hands free to move and manipulate, and a focused light to guide their way in the dark. The Stealth W.R.I.S.T. Light beam has an adjustable width, 3 modes of white light output intensity, and a 2.5-lumen red light.
Lacoste Netflix Polo Shirt Collection
The Lacoste Crocodile has gotten a makeover. Eight of them, actually, courtesy of Netflix and its series Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, Shadow & Bone, Sex Education, Lupin, Money Heist, and Elite.
The snazzy collaboration between the streaming service and the fashion brand has resulted in a line of classic black polo shirts with the iconic Lacoste logo upping its pop culture game. The 5cm crocodile on the front of each polo is embellished in some way to reflect the TV series it represents. The Stranger Things Croc has a demogorgon head. The Bridgerton Croc dons one of the Queen's giant Gainsborough wigs. The Shadow & Bone Croc is wearing Alina's blue kefta and summoning the sun with its tail. And the Witcher Croc is...has...uh...to be honest, I have no idea WTF is going on with the Witcher Croc. Is that supposed to be Geralt's hair?
I'm pretty sure "Mini-Saber" is just a fancy way of saying "torch lighter," but hey. Whether it's lifehacks, gearhacks, or wordhacks, they don't call themselves "Hacksmith" for nothing.
The Mini-Saber shrinks the iconic lightsaber - and tweaks the idea of what the battle weapon truly is - down to a "fun size" butane-powered lighter. Now, for a lighter, this thing is huge. It has a full-size hilt, grippable and wieldable, and a formidable, adjustable 4" to 6" flame. Hacksmith suggests using it to light campfires, melt through soda cans, and brulee the sugar tops of your favorite desserts and cocktails with some Star Wars style.
Not recommended is trying to use the Mini-Saber as an actual lightsaber against live opponents.
Ballsy B2 Groin & Body Trimmer
The Ballsy B2 Groin & Body Trimmer comes with two interchangeable heads, one for crotchal region, the other for the rest of your neck down, and both with the intent of "easily trimming different areas of your body and also keeping your privates trimmer away from your face." The balls trimmer features a vertical head, intended to make accessing all the crevices of your sensitive bits easier, and "downstairs safe" blades to preclude nicks, cuts, and snags.
NEBO Glow Tumbler Holder
The NEBO Glow Tumbler Holder is here to help you get a grip (on your beer) and show you the way (to the best spot in the woods to pee it all out.) The tumbler accessory fits a range of 30-ounce insulated mugs, adding both a handle and a flashlight to the likes of YETI, RTIC, Glacier Point, Ozark Trail, Members Mark, Mossy Oak, and Zak brands.
The torch strip on the NEBO Glow has an on / off button and 3 light modes, all dimmable, on the top of the handle. Task mode outputs 220 lumens of light, Lantern mode 130 lumens, and Task Plus Lantern mode 350 lumens. The flashlight is fed by 3 x AAA batteries, which should last for 2 to 3 hours of continual use, depending on the mode.
Battles Map by Map
Anyone you know love maps and conflict with equal gusto? Well look no further than Battles Map by Map as the perfect gift for your favorite warmongering cartophile! (Military and history buffs will probably dig it too.)
Battles Map by Map is part of DK Publishing's "luxurious" Map by Map series. This entry uses geography and lots of cool visuals to give readers insight into the world's most famous ancient, medieval, and modern melees. Its maps show what the likes of Rameses II, Napoleon, and Alexander the Great studied to plan their attacks, and DK's addition of annotations and charts depict how they played out. Timelines and text boxes further explain the battles' chronologies, events, and contextual information on weapons and technology used, and leaders and armies involved.