24 Dude-Approved Gifts for Men in 2022
Oh, man, has the Dude got some approved gifts for you. Not just a dozen, and not just two dozen of them...oh, wait. How many is two dozen? 24? Right, then. The Dude has exactly two dozen approved gift ideas for men this holiday season.
I would also be willing to approve them for any other season you're gift hunting for a guy who has yet to own a dude-approved gift for men.
Note: All 24 gifts for men in 2022 are priced as they were at printing on November 28, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Boxerkilt Pouch-Free Boxer Briefs with Total Airflow
Schweddy balls begone! Boxerkilts are boxer briefs whose front skirt flap takes the place of the traditional C&B pouch, allowing for, if Boxerkilt is to be believed, 100% airflow to and through your stifled junk. The company says wearing them is basically like going commando, but without the hygiene issues or risk of a testicular zip-up. (Note: dudes who freeball and do experience the latter, check out the Testicuzzi.)
mClassic Plug & Play Gaming Console 4K Upscaler
mmmmmClassic. Nope, it's not the new Quizno's tagline, it's Marseille Inc.'s mClassic, a plug-and-play graphics card for your gaming console. One its makers call a "world's first" in its ability to boost a game's content in real time, upscaling each pixel to 4K resolution with virtually no lag as you play.
Industrial Container Side Table
For all their heft, hardiness, and hardware, I'm sorry to say I don't think these Industrial Container Side Tables lock. So, apologies dudes and ladies, you're still going to have to find a better place to hide your weed stash and sex toys when your mamas and MILs visit.
Knife Display Case & EDC Organizer
Ladies who gave their dudes a collection of pocket knives and tools last year, how about a knife display case and EDC organizer for storing and showing them off this year? Made by Holme & Hadfield, this valet tray doesn't just tidy up your favorite implements, it puts a glass dome around and showcases them, so you can still admire all the blades in your collection, even when you're not carrying them.
Short Stubby Screwdriver
I never thought "short" and "stubby," especially used side-by-side, could be such a compliment. But the Short Stubby Screwdriver from Gato Tools is a double-ended, rotund-centered beauty I'd screw with in a second. And when we're not screwing, I'd proudly show off the Short Stubby Screwdriver to all my friends, or leave it on desktop display as my little trophy tool.
Teva Men's ReEmber Mid Moccasin
RemEmber Teva's Ember Moc slipper-style indoor / outdoor shoes? Well, Teva decided to ReEmber the Moc this season, and has even added some variety, and a few inches to the line in the ReEmber Mid Moccasin. These men's booties feature the same basic styling as the low-tops - quilted outers with rubber soles, microfiber interior linings and cushioned PU footbeds - but extend to the ankle, and add a zipper to help get the mocs on and off.
First Minute Vest Wearable Survival Kit
I'm dude enough to confess that I just panic bought two First Minute Vest wearable survival kits after reading an article my mama emailed me from Wired entitled How to Prepare for Climate Change's Most Immediate Impacts. One fire-resistant, waterproof vest for me, and one for my wife, She-Ra: Princess of Power.
Oh! Shitballs and fireballs and earthquakes! I forgot my mama! Excuse me while I purchase a third First Minute Vest before they sell out.
VZ Executive Dagger
The VZ Executive Dagger pokes - stabs, thrusts, drives - through the custom gun grips populating the rest of the VZ Grips store to show off its own fine craftsmanship and beauty as a survival tool and weapon of self defense.
the 7-5/8" Executive Dagger is machined from your choice of a solid piece of G10, or VZ's proprietary G10 / Carbon Fiber Matrix, and finished in a handsome argyle checkering pattern.
Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blaster
We all gotta change with the times, and Nerf is no exception. Sure, the introduction of the brand's first ever gel pellet blaster, the Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic, doesn't mean they're giving up on foam darts and Hyper rounds, but with the market influx and popularity of little wet ball shooting toys like the Gel Blaster, I guess Nerf knew it was time to either fire into the future, or get blasted to the past.
DexShell Waterproof Watch Beanie
You may not be singin' in the rain wearing a DexShell Waterproof Watch Beanie, but if you're out when the wet drops start to plop, at least your head will stay dry as you run, hike, camp, fish, walk to work, walk the dog, or do the walk of shame.
Personalized Family Crest Ring
I'll pass on wearing my heart on my sleeve, but my family honor on my finger? Yes please, pass me a Personalized Family Crest Ring.
Dinara Studio handmakes every one of these custom coat of arms rings to order, incorporating names or initials per your specifications. You'll also submit images of your family crest, or a logo you want to feature in the ring's design, and they will use it to create a one of a kind piece of jewelry for you to treasure and gesture with at every Renaissance Fair, wedding, business conference, and dinner at Chipotle you attend for the rest of your life.
Module Concrete Pens & Pencil
Need a concrete answer? Want to give someone a hard No? Write your requests and responses with a Module concrete pen or pencil from 22STUDIO. The writing tools come in 3 Module styles, Rollerball Pen, Fountain Pen, and Mechanical Pencil, all with concrete barrels described as "a miniature version of a fair-faced concrete surface, including its dividing lines and screw holes." Their architectural aesthetic follows the Beton brut - "raw concrete" in English - method of design.
The Mini Jumbotron
The Mini Jumbotron! It's an oxymoron for your mancave! An oxymoron that's so cool it's fire too, with the design's quad of TVs able to pump out 4 different channels for sports fans during the NCAA Tournament or on NFL Sunday, or all the same channel for the Super Bowl or Fight Night.
The Mini Jumbotron currently has 2 models, the MicroTron and the MacroTron. The former holds 24" TVs, the latter 32", and which you choose depends more on your ceiling height than your opinion of whether or not bigger is better. MicroTrons look best on ceilings 7'6" to 8'6", and MacroTrons on those with heights above 8'6".
Coiled Snake Bottle Opener
This Coiled Snake Bottle Opener from COPPERTIST.WU is made of solid brass, with hand-carved scales to give it a weighty and uniquely textured feel, along with a sexy look, as it assists you in opening your equally sexy bottles of Bud Light Lime.
No, actually, I have a new favorite beer now: large format Asahi. Mmm, 24 ounces of Japanese genius a bottle, my dudes. And I feel like a coiled snake is quite fitting to serve as its bottle opener.
Toolbox Mini Fridge
A Toolbox Mini Fridge, is that dumb? Haha, just kidding, of course it's not dumb! It's dumbfoundingly cool. And even if the general consensus were that it is dumb, you could still give one of Whynter's workshop chillers as a gift for Dad, and he would think it was the coolest item ever to set footprint in his garage. Especially, he would note, because the mini fridge's 1.8 cubic foot interior can reach temperatures as low as 30 degrees F.
Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon
Extreme grinding, anyone? Mannkitchen is frank in admitting their Pepper Cannon will unleash an "obscene amount of pepper" the first time you crank its aerospace grade aluminum head. Maybe too much pepper. Maybe enough pepper to ruin your steak. Orrrr force you to lay a second steak on top of the first and eat a double decker ribeye now seasoned Pepper Cannon perfectly. Seems like the right move for anyone who, as Mannkitchen reminds us, "willingingly purchased a product with the word 'cannon' in its name." A product that proudly produces 10 times the amount of ground pepper than other pepper mills.
Cali Crusher Smell-Proof Roll Top Backpack
Using layers of thermo foil, absorbent foam, activated carbon, and polyester mesh, Cali Crusher believes they have created a 100% smell-proof bag for all you dudes and ladies out there who tend to stash your packs with sweaty clothes and sneaks, takeout you don't plan to eat for several hours, and freshly-filled baggies of dog poop.
Nah, just kidding. Cali Crusher Smell-Proof Roll Top Backpacks are for the inconspicuous transport of your weed stash.
Daggerfish Handreels for Backpack Fishing
Fishing. Now that's another skill I don't have and would...not be inclined to learn. Don't get me wrong, these Daggerfish Handreels for backpack fishing look like great designs, and will definitely keep an angler's trekking load light, plus fit neatly into preppers' survival kits. I'm not knocking or downplaying them in any way. It's just, looking at a nifty handcrafted fishing kit that combines a rod, reel, and tackle box into a 6" tube with a coupla corks on the ends reminds me I have no clue how to use it.
Shargeek Retro 35 Mini Apple Macintosh Charger
The Mac Classic just never stops being...classic, does it? Shargeek's Retro 35 Mini is an obvious, albeit not obviously stated for licensing reasons, reimagining of a yesteryear Apple Macintosh into a 35W USB-C charger.
Yoga for the Inflexible Male
Yoga for the Inflexible Male is funny, but it's no joke. Written by Yoga Matt (yuk, yuk, yuk) the book provides 3 dude-specific yoga practices, designated as such by their attention to men who can't even bend over and touch their knees, much less their shins, their, toes, or - what are you, Stretch Armstrong, son?! - the floor.
Skull Glasses Stand
A skull glasses stand, now there's a clever accessory for your lensed accessories. Not to mention a sweet gift for your favorite bespectacled biology teacher, skull-loving goth, deathly cool rock star, or self-important influencer who wears their sunglasses at night.
Monti Taste Collection Beer Glass Set
Remember Pretentious Beer Glasses? Well meet the next step up (or down, depending on how you view beer snobbery): Narcissistic Beer Glasses. Also known as The Monti Taste Collection. These 4 glasses have been designed and calibrated to deliver IPAs, Pilsners, pints, and 12-ounce bottles of Bud to your lips in the tastiest and showiest way possible. Use The Monti Taste Collection set to enhance the taste not only of your beer, but of the superiority you'll feel drinking it.
Sword Cuff Bracelet
Normally, a great warrior wouldn't want to see his sword blade bent and wrapped into a big "O." But in the case of this Sword Cuff Bracelet from Osiris Jewelry, I think, whether viking, medieval knight, or Geralt of Rivia, the warrior would approve. Average (fine, below-average) dudes like myself approve too. Heartily.
HOTO Tool Sets
HOTO, we are definitely not in Kansas anymore. More like Italy, or maybe Holland, given the sleek, minimalist design of HOTO's Tool Sets - which, in fact, have won multiple iF Design Awards. I mean, I've certainly heard dudes call their drills beauties, but after checking out the 12V brushless drill in HOTO's set, I think it's the first one I'd admire as actually, physically beautiful.