Shopping for a gift for a man in your life? Whether it’s a husband, a brother, a son, or a friend, here are a few things that we think they’ll be able to appreciate, sorted from the most affordable to the slightly more expensive.
Chug N Plug
This keychain has a detachable mini-spike that you can stick into the lower section of a beer can, so you can chug it at high speeds. Unlike regular spikes, it doesn’t need to be removed to consume the can’s contents, so you can siphon off that beer off a hole surrounded by a flat plastic surface, ensuring there’s no chance of cutting your lips on the hole’s edges. After you’re done, just pull it out of the can and pop it back in the key fob, ready for another party.
UCO Titan Stormproof Matches
Yes, a cheap disposable lighter is usually all you need to have to start all the fires you want while spending time in the wild. Problem is, a lighter won’t always work, as wind, rain, and other challenges presented by the elements can really get in the way. That’s why these Titan Stormproof Matches are so indispensable for thriving in the outdoors, with their ability to light up in spite of wind and rain, all while holding a flame for up to 25 seconds. We know, UCO’s new Sweetfire matches can do far longer than that, but those tinder-equipped fire starters don’t quite hold up to wind and water the same way, so these are still the best options if you want to get a fire going in any condition.
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ShowerBro Beer Holder
Sometimes, you just want to drink a beer (or a soda) while enjoying a warm shower. This cup holder has a suction cap backing that allows you to stick it to any tile in your bathroom’s wall, so you can keep whatever drink you want to sip on while the water streams at you within easy reach. Do note, this looks sized strictly for cans (and maybe pints, but make sure it’s the non-glass variety), so don’t even try to put a bottle on it because using one just doesn’t look safe.
Field Notes Expedition 3-Pak
Each notebook in this three-pack set comes with 48 pages, sporting the outfit’s popular dot grid graph paper in a light gray print, all while coming a in a hi-visibility orange cover out front and low-visibility night black in the back. What makes this set special, though, is its use of Yupo Synthetic paper, rendering it impervious to water and tearing, making it ideal for even the clumsiest of boys and the rowdiest of men.
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House keys clad in the likeness of an iconic sword from your favorite pop culture franchise – that’s the simple premise behind this key collection and it’s one of the coolest ideas ever. Imagine: having He-Man’s Power Sword, the Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword, and the Sting from the Lord of the Rings all hanging from your key fob. That’s right, most awesome key fob ever. The current collection has around 20 key designs from various franchises, including Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and The Game of Thrones, so there’s absolutely plenty to geek out on.
Perform Better Mini-Bands (set of four)
Traveling makes maintaining a workout schedule difficult. From the jetlag and stress to the scheduling issues and being in an unfamiliar place, it’s just not easy to do any kind of training. Some people are able to make do by performing bodyweight exercises and, truth be told, we commend them. Being able to motivate yourself to workout with no equipment in a crappy hotel room is mighty impressive. If you’re buying a gift someone like that, they might appreciate these mini-resistance bands, which lets them add some much-needed resistance to all their bodyweight exercises. Designed specifically for travel, these measure just 12 x 2 inches each, all of which come color-coded depending on the amount of resistance they’ll provide.
Fisher Bullet Space Pen
If you’re going to gift someone a pen, it might as well be one that can write at any angle (even upside down) and in any extreme temperature (-30 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit), all while working underwater and even in space. Seriously. While many pens have come out using the same patented ink cartridge, there’s still something special about the bullet-shaped original design that makes it a truly timeless classic.
Wraptie Tie Down Straps
It looks like any set of straps – the kind you’ll use to secure gear on the roof rack, on the back of your motorcycle, or bundle together a bunch of loose items in the garage. And well, it is. Except, the Wraptie combines the strength and usefulness of high-tension elasticized webbings with hook-and-loop fasteners to create a strap that can hold anything together while being infinitely-adjustable, extremely fast to use, and hardware-free, meaning there are no buckles or metal hooks that can hurt you or damage your equipment. Seriously, if you know someone who transports heavy stuff regularly, this is one of those gifts they likely didn’t know they wanted until they receive one.
Yeti Rambler 10oz Lowball
There’s something about rugged accessories that makes them desirable to men. Whether it’s clothing, tools, or everyday-carry items, we’d prefer them the ones that can take a serious beating if it was an option. That explains a lot of the love for Yeti’s Rambler series of drinking vessels, whose stainless steel construction make them the kind of drinkware you can toss away on a drunken stupor and pick back up like nothing happened once you’ve sobered up a bit. If you want a can’t-go-wrong gift, their 10oz Lowball is always a guaranteed hit, with its no sweat design, double-wall vacuum insulation, and 10oz size that’s perfect, whether you’re drinking coffee, beer, or your favorite liquor on the rocks.
Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects
Some people can enjoy the conveniences a power tool provides without understanding its underpinnings. Others prefer to spend their time opening everything up and tinkering with what’s inside. This book is a veritable object of lust to those types of folks, with page after page chronicling what objects look like when they’re cut in half. Yes, they really took objects, cut them in half using a high-pressure waterjet cutter, and photographed them in full color to give curious minds hours upon hours of endless ogling.
FlipFork Grill Spatula
A five-in-one grilling tool, this spatula has the traditional flat blade for flipping burgers and steaks, while reinforcing it with a few other elements for versatile function. That includes a long and tapered spike for using as a fork, a serrated edge for tenderizing meats, a knife edge for cutting food, and even a bottle opener, so you can enjoy a drink while waiting for the meat to cook. All that, of course, on a stainless steel blade that’s attached to a long wooden handle.
Vibes High-Fidelity Concert Earplugs
Shopping for someone who likes going to concerts? While they may not realize it, those loud speakers blaring music for hours can ruin their hearing permanently. Help them keep the noise at bay with these stylish earplugs that use attenuating filters to lower volume without affecting sound fidelity (it, basically, filters out specific frequencies), reducing damaging sound levels by up to 22 decibels to protect your hearing while still allowing you to enjoy the music that’s playing. A low profile and a clear outer shell make them look practically indiscernible while you’re wearing them, too.
Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
The updated version of Matador’s packable blanket, this beach and picnic tool measures 63 x 44 inches when fully laid-out, giving you plenty of space to plop down, stretch your legs, and lay out your supplies, whether it’s food, drinks, or a new board game you’ve been itching to play with your friends. And yes, it still folds into a size that fits inside any pants pocket, allowing you to bring a blanket along without having to carry a bag. It’s water-resistant, puncture-resistant, and tear-resistant, with a satin finish on top to make it comfortable when coming in contact with skin. There are even metal stakes for securing it to the ground, along with sand pockets on the corners for keeping it in place when you’re lounging at the beach.
Riparo Genuine Leather Driving Gloves
For guys who like their driving gloves with a more traditional style, this full-fingered and open-knuckled glove should make for a can’t-go-wrong gift, with its soft supple leather construction and easy-to-access snap-closure wrist strap. It comes in a variety of finishes, too, so you can buy it in a recipient’s favorite color or buy multiple colorways so they can mix-and-match.
NiteIze RunOff Waterproof Wallet
There’s no shortage of wallets in the market, all of them designed to hold your cards and cash in an efficient and organized manner. And while they work great for everyday use, they just don’t cut it when you’re going off on weekend adventures – you know, all those times when you’re likely to be exposed to water, dust, and a whole lot of elements. The NiteIze RunOff Waterproof Wallet should make for a more suitable alternative, with its IP67-rated construction (it can even be immersed without exposing your stuff to water) and multiple anchor points (for mounting on loops, hooks, and belts). The catch? Well, it just has one big compartment in there, so you can’t hold your cash and cards in a more organized manner. Then again, how many cards will you need to bring when spending the weekend camping?
Beardclass Beard Grooming Kit
The perfect gift for the man who refuses to live without a fuzzy face, this kit gives you everything you need to keep all that facial hair looking clean and well-kempt. You get a boar bristle brush for fixing up that crazy-looking bush when you wake up in the morning, a fine and coarse comb for taming the unruly beast, a long-tooth comb for longer beards, a bottle of organic beard oil to keeps it moisturized and hydrated, a diffuser brush for applying that beard oil, two pro-grade scissors for trimming, an unscented beard balm, a smaller brush for bringing on the road, and a portable comb that you can keep in your pocket.
Rabbit Compact Bar Tools
A great gift for the cocktail-mixing aficionado, this set of six bar tools all fit in a single case that can be carried in a shirt or pants pocket, making it easy to have mixing tools within reach any time you leave the house. It includes a strainer, a citrus zester, a bottle opener, a stirring stick, a jigger, and a bar knife, each one in a flat profile with stainless steel construction, so this should hold up to plenty of use, despite the unusually compact size.
The Swiss Army Knife Book: 63 Outdoor Projects
Know a guy who loves his Swiss Army Knife a little too much? Well, this is the book to buy them when the occasion comes up. Designed to show folks how to push the usefulness of their pocket knife, the hardcover provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the classic multi-tool to build everything from chairs and beds to ovens and shelters. You start from simple stuff, like building your own construction tools, eventually graduating to kitting out a proper wilderness camp.
Panasonic Any-Battery LED Flashlight
Many guys, for some reason, take pride in owning survival-grade stuff. You know, the kind of things that will be indispensable in the event of a Walking Dead-style apocalypse or a world-changing calamity. If you’re buying a gift for someone like that, consider this flashlight from Panasonic, which can use any of four different kinds of batteries (D, C, AA, and AAA), allowing you to have a handy lighting tool, regardless of what batteries you’re able to salvage from your scavenging hunts in whichever post-apocalyptic city you end up inhabiting.
CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool
It doesn’t matter what type of pocket knife you carry – it will require maintenance at some point down the line. Maybe the blade will get dull. Maybe it will get dirty. Maybe a part will start to rust. Whichever the case, CRKT’s Knife Maintenance Tool is the pocket tool you want to help with the job. It has two sharpeners (a ceramic honing edge and a tungsten carbide sharpener), two folding TORX drivers (T6 and T8), and a flathead screwdriver, all ready to help you work on that knife, whenever the need comes up. Even better, it fits right in your pocket, making it convenient to bring along at any time.
Bialetti Moka Express
Prefer grabbing a shot or two of espresso, instead of getting a latte or a cappuccino when you hit the local coffee shops? Well, this stovetop pot is the coffeemaker your kitchen needs, with its ability to make 4.4 ounces of strong, rich, and velvety coffee in less than five minutes, allowing you to concoct two full espresso cups. This coffeemaker, by the way, is the same one found in nine of every 10 Italian households, which, we guess, says a lot about how good of a cup it can definitely make.
Rodmaster Fishing Rod Caddy & Rack
A great gift for the angling aficionado, this rod rack can be mounted to a hook on the wall (it has multiple cutouts on the base), allowing you to store up to four rods vertically at home, all while easily coming off for carrying by hand (it has a curved ergonomic handle) to hit your favorite fishing spots. A generously-spaced layout ensures your rods, reels, and tackles never tangle with each other, while a snap-in tackle box lets you keep your tackles right on the same rig. The flat base ensures it stays stable on a boat or car, with the option to secure it with screws using the mounting slots, in case you need more stability.
ZipStitch Laceration Kit
There are plenty of bandages you can use to close small cuts and lacerations, allowing you to safely treat them even when you’re out in the wild. Problem is, those bandages just won’t work when you sustain larger cuts – a not infrequent occurrence when you’re hiking, climbing, or engaging in any kind of outdoor adventures. The ZipStitch is a first aid solution for cuts that would normally require getting stitches in the ER, making it not just an excellent addition to anyone’s medical kit, but particularly indispensable to those who spend a lot of time getting rough and dirty in the backcountry.
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Proud Grill Slide & Serve Skewers
Easily one of the most unique BBQ skewers we’ve seen, these grilling tools take on the likeness of fishbones with spikes on the left and right sides, allowing you to insert food items through the sides instead of straight down the middle. With 26 spikes on each stick (13 on each side), each one can hold more meats and vegetables than traditional skewers, all while eliminating the struggle of getting food off the skewer (those short spikes on the sides let food slide right off). Each one’s made from stainless steel, too, so you can just throw them in the dishwasher after you’re done and clean them up for another grilling session.
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Thyrm PyroVault Lighter Armor
Buying a gift for someone who never leaves home without a trusted Zippo in their pocket? Upgrade their lighter with this rugged armored shell, which comes with a spring-loaded cap for one-handed operation, an O-ring seal to minimize evaporation, and a MOLLE clip for mounting onto other accessories. It works with all Zippo inserts and compatible brands, including both fluid and butane torch models, so it shouldn’t be hard to shop for lighters to use with it.
Handcrafted Wooden Beer Carrier
Yes, it’s easy enough to walk into the kitchen every time you want a fresh bottle of beer. Sometimes, though, you’d rather not be bothered, so you carry three beers in each hand as you make your way to the garage, the work shed, or the man cave you built in the back of the house. Transporting those six beers on this wooden carrier sure seems way more elegant of a solution. Plus, you can use the same carrier to take the empty bottles back when you’re done, making it easier to both clean up and pick up a fresh batch. It comes with a repurposed rebar handle, a strip of chalkboard on the front and back (for adding labels), and a forged iron bottle opener on the side.
Elite Hookey Ring Toss Game
Got a friend whose dartboard was thrown out by the wife after one of his darts ruined her favorite dress? Poor guy. Give him this ring toss game instead, so he can still throw stuff at a board on the wall, without the danger of having a sharp tip come in contact with anything in the house. Sure, throwing hoops at hooks do not feel as satisfying as unleashing sharp darts at specific sections of a board, but we have a feeling you’ll enjoy it all the same.
Vega Sport Protein Powder
Okay, we’re going to get specific here. This is for that friend who’s both a gym rat and a vegan that’s likely to appreciate a plant-based protein powder, so they can get their post-workout protein boost without having to worry about breaking their personal dietary restrictions. If you don’t like the recipient so much, you can also buy one of these, empty out the contents, and dump in some regular egg-based protein powder, just so you can make fun of them later on. Because you’re evil like that. Or something.
Red Cup Pongbot
A robot twist on the classic beer pong, this tabletop robot can move across a flat surface while you and your friends try to shoot ping pong balls onto the cups it’s holding. Yeah, you’ll have to make your own rules for this one (e.g. anyone who misses downs a drink), but having a robot hold your cups while it moves unpredictably makes it quite the fun challenge. It can hold either one cup or up to five cups with the included attachment. Do note, it comes with a remote, so one of you will need to operate it while taking care not to drive it over the edge of the table (it’s supposed to have sensors that detect edges, but reviews say it can still fall over).
Mophie Powerstation Keychain
Everyone needs to carry a power bank these days – we use too many gadgets that require recharging that it just makes sense. Problem is, many of us don’t exactly want to carry another device that will take up a lot of space. For those folks, this compact 1200mAh battery should make for a more suitable option. Measuring just 3.2 x 1.5 x 0.6 inches, the power bank is designed to be small enough to serve as a key fob, all while providing the power boost in a pinch.
Soma Brew Bottle
It looks like any travel bottle – the kind you’ll fill with whatever drink you want to sip on during the commute to the office. Except, this double-walled glass bottle comes with a stainless steel filter that you can use to perform pour-over or cold brewing right on the bottle, allowing you to make your hot or cold coffee on the exact same vessel you plan to drink it from. According to the outfit, brewing a batch takes roughly three minutes, so it won’t eat up that much time, while the double-walled glass should maintain the coffee’s temperature for up to 1.5 hours.
Silca Italian Army Knife Venti
For the avid cyclist in your life, Silca’s mid-length bicycle multi-tool strikes the perfect balance of a useful and affordable gift. It has a forged chain breaker that, the outfit claims, may be the most functional ever in a portable multi-tool, along with seven Hex tools, four Torx tools, one PH2/SL4, a box wrench, a nit wrench, an open-end wrench, a disc pad spreader, a valve core remover, and two spoke wrenches, all of them forged and plated. It even has magnetic storage for 10-12 speed compatible chain connectors, so this is one rig any cyclist will be thrilled to own.
To the unfamiliar, Bespoke Post offers subscription packages that send customers monthly boxes containing lifestyle items curated especially for men. Yes, the contents of each package is a total surprise every time, although you do get to pick the category you receive every month, so you can be matched up with packages that are more suited to the kind of things you’ll actually need. You can even pass on packages if none of the categories offered interested you for that particular month, so you won’t get stuck with another grooming package while your cabinet is still well-stocked (they send an email around a week before the packages ship out). At $45 a month, it’s a nice gift to give – nice enough that your recipient might actually decide to continue on their own.
Master Pan Five-Section Skillet
It’s not uncommon to want to eat a meal made up multiple food items. You know, one of those days when you want some bacon, some eggs, a hash brown, a slice of ham, and some buttered corn on the side. Normally, cooking all that will require either multiple pans or multiple batches. Not with this skillet, though, whose cooking surface is divided into five individual sections, allowing you to cook five different items without mixing everything up. And yes, it requires just a single burner, as it uses a heavy-gauge metallic base that can distribute heat evenly all throughout the pan. Basically, if you’re shopping for someone who likes to cook their own meals, this one is guaranteed to be much-appreciated.
Swish Portable Basketball Hoop Set
Know someone who always carries a basketball around whenever they leave the house? Well, if they’re going to carry a basketball, why not carry a functional board and hoop to play on, as well? That’s exactly what the Swish brings to the basketball junkie in your life. Yes, they made a functional hoop set that can be folded and carried like a backpack, so it can be easily carried to wherever you’re thinking of playing. Once you’ve found a suitable spot, simply use the same straps (which come with alligator clips) to attach it to poles, trees, and other tall objects, allowing you to shoot hoops without needing an actual basketball court anywhere in the area.
Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones
A quality pair of Bluetooth headphones for under $50? We know, it sounds ridiculous, but that’s exactly what Tribit brings with their Bluetooth headphones, with its 40mm sound stage drivers, extended frequency range, and true stereo HD sound. Seriously, it’s going to be hard to find Bluetooth headphones this good at this price range. It even has passive noise cancellation that eliminates echoes during phone calls, along with a battery that provides up to 40 hours of listening time. Heck, the darn thing even folds into a compact form to easily slip in your bag for travel.
Google Titan Security Key
If there’s anything we’ve learned in recent years, online security is never that secure. In many cases, in fact, relying on your password to keep an account secure just isn’t enough. That’s where solutions like two-factor authentication comes in and the Titan Security Key is Google’s hardware-based foray into that. If you’re buying a gift for anyone who’s worried about their online accounts being compromised (either because it’s happened before or they’re just rightfully paranoid), this is one present that will probably stand out.
iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
For the tinkerer who can’t keep themselves from prying electronic devices open, this kit gives you all the tools you need to mess with smartphones, tablets, and laptops, among other electronic items. Whether you actually had training servicing consumer electronics or just want to tinker with older gadgets for the heck of it, this set should have everything you need to drive, poke, pry, grip, and lift to your heart’s content with the included 64-bit driver, opening tools, opening picks, tweezers, spudgers, jimmies, and more.
Peak Design Tech Bag
It looks like another dopp kit. Instead of holding toiletries and grooming supplies, though, the Tech Bag is meant to carry all the electronic devices you bring along day to day, from your smartphone and tablet to chargers and earphones to power banks and storage cards. We know, it would be better if we can fit your laptop in there, but then it wouldn’t be the size of a dopp kit anymore, since a laptop just won’t fit in one. Multiple compartments ensure you can organize everything in a tidy manner, while a clamshell-style opening makes it easy to access any device at absolutely any time.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite
The Airpods are nice, but let’s be honest. Having two sticks dangling down your ears look plenty stupid. Plus, they’re expensive. Instead of copying that same aesthetic like they did with their first truly wireless buds, Anker’s new Liberty Lite removes the annoying dangling limbs, coming in a design that’s meant to sit unnoticed in your ears. Even better, it does that while sporting graphene drivers, IPX5 water resistance, and, according to them, skip-free Bluetooth audio up to 33 feet, as well as coming with a battery that allows 3.5 hours of play time and charging case that holds another nine hours’ worth of power.
Surecan Gas Can
A great gift for the gearhead who’s always tinkering with their rides, this gas can lets you dispense fuel from the bottom of the can using a rotatable and bendable spout that can be adjusted to the perfect pouring angle. Because it can be rotated, you can easily position it to easily see the receiving tank, so you can monitor what’s happening the entire time, while a thumb trigger over a vent on top allows you to release vapor and pressure far away from the spout. Seriously, this product is a perfect example of clever design done right.
Ottolock Combination Bike Lock
Most bike locks rely on thick metals to protect your ride from thieves, making them both heavy and unwieldy. Not this one. Instead, the Ottolock wraps around your bike frame using a slim coil that’s made using multiple layers of stainless steel and Kevlar, allowing it to provide the same level of protection as a traditional bike lock, while collapsing down to a thickness of just three inches, making it easy to slip into a bag pouch while riding. It’s available in three lengths – 18 inches, 30 inches, and 60 inches.
CRKT Freyr Tactical Axe
Truth be told, we don’t know anyone who needs to own an axe. Guess what, though, most men we know will probably be thrilled to receive this badass axe as a gift anyway, with its Viking-inspired shape, hot-forged carbon steel blade, and Tennessee Hickory handle. At 16 inches long and 1.8 pounds, it’s should be easy enough to handle, too, even for folks who don’t regularly use an axe, making it quite the fun tool to play with while you pretend to be a Viking warrior in the privacy of your backyard.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 8
Probably Reebok’s most popular gym shoe, the Nano 8 sports the outfit’s new Flexweave material and its chain-link fence knit style, making it more durable, breathable, and stable than past versions of the silhouette. It has a minimal drop RopePro outsole for ultimate stability and traction, a wide toe box to enable powerful unilateral movements, and added cushioning in the forefoot for a firmer grip, no matter how you’re moving, making it extra-supportive for high-intensity workouts. Basically, if there’s a gym rat in your life (specifically, one that belongs to the Crossfit species), this shoe would make an excellent gift.
Wrist & Style Genuine Leather Watch Roll
For the watch aficionado, this storage roll has four individual compartments sized to hold a timepiece each, along with a smaller compartment for your spring bar tool, so you can maintain and repair your watches even on the road. It’s made from genuine leather and lined with Scottish wool (or waxed canvas, your pick), with a design that bundles up into a roll that fits comfortably in the side pocket of any backpack.
Duke Cannon Handsome Man Grooming Can
It looks like a literal can of paint. The Duke Cannon Handsome Man Grooming Can, however, is a grooming kit for men, containing an assortment of the outfit’s most popular products. Inside, you get a Superior Grade Shaving Cream, a Working Man’s Face Wash, a Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, two Cannon Balm lip protectants, and two Big Ass Bricks of Soap, making this a great gift for those times when you don’t want to put too much thought into what you’re getting. Well, that, or when you have a friend who genuinely needs better hygiene.
Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker
Designed to give you access to strong black coffee on the road, this handheld and manually-operated machine allows you to brew espresso anywhere you are. As long as you can get access to hot water, all you need to do is fill the basket with coffee grounds, put some of that boiling water into the tank, and start pumping at the control on the side to create the necessary 18 bars of pressure. From there, you just pump it in a slower manner until all the coffee comes out and enjoy.
Ember Ceramic Mug
Billed as the “world’s first temperature-controlled mug,” this ceramic drinking vessel comes with a heating element that allows it to keep your drink at a precise temperature at all times. An onboard battery keeps that heating element running for up to one hour, with the option set the mug down on top of the included charging coaster if you want to keep it running non-stop. It’s IPX7 rated, so you don’t have to worry about liquids damaging the electronics, although it’s strictly for handwashing, so don’t dump it in the dishwasher with the rest of your dirty dishes. A companion app allows you to set the desired temperature between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Houndsbay Admiral Dresser Valet Box
For the guy who rotates a good amount of accessories day-to-day, this container upgrades the valet tray into a more spacious box with a built-in drawer, a designated slot for a phone, a catch-all tray, and a covered section with four compartments. From watches and wallets to sunglasses and pocket knives, this valet box can hold more of your daily accessories while keeping them organized in individual compartments.
Workpro Adjustable Hydraulic Shop Stool
Know a guy who likes to lock himself in a workshop to take on woodworking, electronic, or any other kind of building projects? If you do, then they just might appreciate a new stool to sit on while sawing off wood, soldering a board, or smoothing out a 3D-printed figure. This one comes with hydraulic height adjustment (29 to 33.9 inches), 360-degree seat rotation, and a heavy-duty stainless steel structure that supports loads of up to 330 pounds.
Anker Soundcore Infini Soundbar
Anytime Anker enters a new product category, we pay attention. Somehow, someway, they almost always manage to find the perfect balance of quality and price. So if someone’s been hinting at receiving a soundbar as a present and you’re not quite ready to shell out premium cash for one of Yamaha’s popular models, maybe this 2.1-channel soundbar from Anker will be enough to do the trick. And the spec list isn’t unimpressive, either, with dual tweeters and DSP technology providing crystal clear dialogue, two built-in subwoofers and bass ports producing deep low frequencies, and enough loudness to adequately fill the living room at 103dB.
The Aviary Cocktail Cookbook
Billed as the “definitive word on 21st century cocktails,” this book details the recipes for all the unique cocktails you can find at Aviary’s chain of bars. A full-color hardcover, this volume puts the recipes alongside large-format photographs and illustrations across 440 pages, as well as hundreds of insights from acclaimed chef Grant Achatz and the rest of the bar’s culinary team. Simply put, if you know someone who runs a bar or someone who enjoys playing mixologist at home, this cookbook can make for a uniquely informative reference that they’re sure to find utterly fascinating.
RUK V2 Titanium
This updated version of Gil-Tek’s Rapid Utility Knife retains the same one-handed retractable and lockable blade design from the original, so it’s just as easy to use, all while gaining a few new talents. There’s now an integrated pry bar/screwdriver, a quarter-inch hex that takes standard driver bits, a bottle opener, a lanyard hole, and an opening that can be used to cut strings and fishing lines.
Rabbit RBT Mouse
A great gift for anyone who spends too much time in front of a computer, this mouse sports a unique design that elevates the mouse buttons, allowing you to click them using the middle of your fingers rather than the tips. This also allows you to rest your fingertips on the buttons, instead of having them hovering the entire time. According to the outfit, this a more ergonomic design that will help people avoid repetitive strain injury much better than traditional mouse products.
If you’re going to wear a robe around the house, it may as well be this one, which has a fit and style that’s lifted straight out of hoodies instead of traditional bathrobes. Like any good bathrobe, it uses an extra-absorbent material on the inside to dry you up after a shower. Unlike them, it uses a sweatshirt material outside, so you look more like you’re wearing a hoodie than lounging around in a bathrobe. Seriously, as far as guys are concerned, this just might be the best bathrobe ever.
Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffeemaker
Easily one of the best drip-brewers in the market, this appliance achieves the feat using rigorous temperature control that maintains the brewing temperature within a very narrow range at all times (198 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit). There’s even a pre-infusion mode that mimics the artisan pour-over brewing method by pausing the water flow to give the coffee grounds enough time to bloom, as well as a showerhead design that facilitates even saturation of all the coffee grounds. Now, if only they can ship it with a properly-insulated carafe (instead of the included one that doesn’t hold heat that well), it will be complete. As it is, though, it’s still one of the best drip-brewers out there, especially for the price.
Casper Glow Light
In the past couple of years, there’s been a bit of a buzz about how all the light we are exposed to keep us awake. Well, Casper’s bedside lamp is meant to help you wind down naturally, providing the warm light you need to relax, dimming gradually to help you get sleepy, and gently waking you up in the morning by filling the room with soft-glowing light. Yes, the lighting levels can be controlled manually, too, with a built-in gyroscope allowing you to manage it using simple gestures. It even comes with an app that allows you to synchronize the operation between two or more devices.
Lander Cairn XL
This camp light offers 350 lumens of illumination, allowing you to brighten up any outdoor space for up to 250 hours (in low setting), all while being impervious to water and dust (IP65 rating). We know, pretty much any camp light can do that. Well, this one also doubles as a power bank, allowing you to use it to charge your phone in a pinch, while coming with every lighting feature imaginable, from dimming and changing colors to strobe mode and proximity activation. It can even be set to create a light alarm when paired with the companion app.
Krups SUB Beer Machine
Sadly, this isn’t a machine that makes beer. Instead, Krups’ countertop beer tap is designed to work with Hopsy’s mini-kegs, allowing you to have some delicious draft beer always cold and ready just waiting in the kitchen. Sadly, each mini-keg only holds about 67 ounces, which is around the same amount as a six pack, so you’ll likely need to subscribe to have a few delivered at a time, in order to always have a full load on standby. So yeah, it’s the kind of gift that they’ll probably love until they realize they’ll have to spend money to enjoy it, at which point, they’ll give in because who doesn’t want fresh, cold beer on tap always waiting in the kitchen counter?
AmazonBasics Premium Single Monitor Stand-Lift Engine Arm Mount
Whether you’re shopping for a gamer, a digital creative, or just anyone who uses a PC on the daily, a monitor arm mount can make for a really useful gift that will get plenty of mileage. This single-monitor model from AmazonBasics strikes a particularly nice balance of utility and price, with its ability to clamp onto the edge of any desk, wide range of motion (it extends, retracts, tilts, and rotates), and support for any monitor 32 inches or smaller. There’s even integrated cable management to help keep the work desk tidy.
Skull Shaver Pitbull Gold Plus
Some people like to crop their hair for convenience. Others do it because… well… because most of the darn things just stopped growing altogether. Whether you’re with the former or the latter, finding a quick and simple way to give yourself a buzz cut is probably in your best interest. For our money, nothing keeps it simpler than SkullShaver’s Pitbull series of rotary shavers, which come equipped with five separate heads sporting CR-3 blades that flex and articulate independently, allowing it to contour the shaving edges according to the shape of your head. That means, a clean and even shave every single time, with no nicks or cuts at any point. Even better, you can give yourself a complete buzz cut in as little as 90 seconds, allowing you to incorporate it into your morning routine.
Across the Board Kentucky Derby Horse Racing Game
Betting on horse races is fun. Losing a week’s worth of salary after placing the wrong bets, though, not so much. Maybe you can get the same rush playing with this horse racing game at home, instead. A board game, it puts 11 horses on a map resembling the Churchill Downs Racetrack, so you can place bets with your family and friends, while conducting a simulated horse race in the living room coffee table. It’s played with two dice and a standard deck of playing cards, with the option to add more decks if you have a large group of people playing.
Hoka One One Cavu 2
We loved Hoka One One’s minimalist Cavu shoe, but the Cavu 2 is the sneaker that took it from a worthy consideration to a must-have gym shoe. Like its predecessor, it’s designed to support both running workouts and gym exercises with equal aplomb, thanks to the combination of a uniquely-balanced midsole, excellent traction and flex points, and a highly-responsive feel. Where it really surpasses the original, though, is in aesthetics, as this thing is easily one of the best-looking gym shoes to come out this year. Seriously, if you’re not buying one as a gift, you may want to consider it for yourself.
APC UPS Back-UPS CP12142LI
You use a UPS to keep the computer running in the event of power outages, since that allows you to save your work files at the bare minimum. With all of us being so reliant on the internet, though, it’s definitely time to hook up your routers, modems, and VoIP systems to one, too, and this unit from APC should make a great fit for the job, with its ability to keep all those things running for up to 12 hours. That way, you can stay connected to the world even when the power’s out, allowing you to check local news sources about the source of the outage, post power outage status updates on Facebook, and mindlessly entertain yourself with YouTube’s never-ending playlists.
Sony Tough SDXC Cards
What guy can’t find a use for an SD card these days? No one, making it a can’t-miss gift when you don’t want to put too much thought into finding a present. To make it manlier, you might want to pick up Sony’s Class 10 Tough series, which is waterproof, dustproof, and equipped with a one-piece molded construction that gives it the highest level of bend strength in the category. You know, because guys like everything better when it’s indestructible.
Black & Decker Workmate 425
Having a workbench to use when putting together projects at home is such a great convenience. Problem is, not all of us have the benefit of a dedicated workshop, leaving us having to use the backyard (or, worse, any random room) when fixing up tools, repairing appliances, or doing any woodworking projects. And yes, parking a full-time workbench in that space probably isn’t an option, making a collapsible workbench like the Workmate 425 the most viable alternative. Billed as a foldable “project center,” Black & Decker’s sturdy workbench can support loads of up to 550 pounds, complete with dual-height adjustment, all while providing you with 7.5-inch parallel clamping, 1.55-inch vertical clamping, 19-inch parallel peg clamping, and 30-inch diagonal peg clamping. All that clamping, by the way, can be adjusted with just one hand, both individually or altogether.
Allbirds Tree Toppers
Perfect for guys who hate sneakers with loud and heavy styling, these high tops come with a mesh knit textile upper in a single solid color, providing you with a silky smooth feel and a pleasant cooling effect, all while sporting a stylish but minimalist profile. It’s so soft, in fact, they claim you can wear it without socks, especially with its merino wool insole, which both wicks moisture and reduces odor buildup. Seven colorways are available, all of them looking like absolute winners.
Helinox Chair Zero Ultralight Camping Chair
This collapsible camping chair holds up to 260 pounds, all while weighing just 1.1 pounds, making it ideal for taking along, whether you’re hiking, camping, or spending an afternoon at the beach. It has a machine-washable seat that’s made from ultra-durable, lightweight, and UV-resistant ripstop polyester, which is paired to a proprietary aluminum alloy that, the outfit claims, strikes the perfect balance of strength and weight. With a seat height of 11 inches, seat width of 25.5 inches, and seat depth of 19 inches, it’s surprisingly comfortable for a folding chair, too, making it one of the best camping accessories you can find in the market.
Magic Ethnics Axe Razor
Ever wondered if you can safely shave your beard with an axe? If you have, please don’t try, since it probably won’t work. What if the axe head was as small as a straight razor, though? Well, it just might and that’s exactly what Magic Ethnics put together with their miniature Viking axe, whose tempered steel blade can chop through the unruly growth on your face with the wrath of a thousand gods. Seriously, we can’t imagine a more badass way to shave your face every morning.
Garmin BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera
Yes, nearly all new cars now include backup camera systems that allow you to see a better view of whatever’s behind you than a rearview mirror can provide. But not everyone drives cars that are relatively new – all some of us can afford is a crappy old car with a good chunk of years and a whole lot of miles on it. Well, if you’re buying a gift for a friend who drives a similar piece of crap, this will probably make a great gift. Works out best, by the way, if they already have one of Garmin’s GPS navigators that they can use to stream the footage (otherwise, they’ll have to buy one).
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Classic
We know, someone may take offense when being gifted with a toothbrush. If they still haven’t upgraded to a motorized one after all this time, though, they’ll probably get over it as soon as they realize just how much better this thing can clean their chompers. With five cleaning modes, integrated timers, and optimized function that allows it to deliver a month’s worth of manual brushes in just two minutes, this thing makes brushing your teeth an easy and efficient affair.
Elussionist Pyro Mini
No, we still can’t have superpowers in 2019. And as far as we can tell, the closest you can still come to looking like you actually have superpowers is this clever magician’s tool, which allows you to shoot fireballs seemingly out of your bare hands. Like all magic, of course, it’s a trick that’s achieved using a wrist-mounted contraption that’s filled with “flash” paper, which it can ignite and shoot into the air at the push of a button. You know, like Spiderman, but with fire, instead of sticky stuff.
Patagonia Stormfront Roll Top 45L
Unless you live in a place where the weather is always clear, carrying a water-repellent is always a good idea. If there’s even a small chance of rain, having a backpack that can serve as a first line of defense for your laptops, books, and other EDC items is something everyone can appreciate. As far as water-repellent backpacks go, one of the most capable we’ve seen is this roll-top from Patagonia, whose 800D nylon shell comes coated in TPU and DWR to keep your bag’s contents as dry as they were when the day started. It’s also completely non-submersible, which means the darn thing will float if you end up dropping it in a river for any reason. Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to catch it as it drifts along wherever the river is headed to, but… at least… there’s a chance.
Nixon Dork Too Digital Watch
Is there any watch dorkier than Nixon’s Dork Too? Probably. You have to admit, though, it’s one of the few dorky timepieces that manage to be reasonably wearable. We mean, sure, it’s goofy as all heck, but not goofy enough to make your friends stand five feet away from you during parties at all times. It looks like that, by the way, because there’s a loudspeaker onboard that shouts the time out loud whenever you press a button, along with a few other choice phrases.
CHIPPO Lawn Game
Billed as the “glorious lovechild of golf and cornhole,” this lawn game has you wielding a golf club to shoot a ball onto one of three holes on the goal. Sinking it into one of the two smaller holes nets five points, getting it onto the big holes scores three, while hitting the goal at all nets you one (hey, golf is hard when you’re drunk, which is when you’re likely playing it). You can earn double any score by performing a bounce shot via the chipping mat set down right before the target, although that would require some serious ball control (that or a lot of luck).
Kruk Garage Travel Dopp Roll
My big problem with most dopp kits? All your hygiene essentials get bundled up in a single compartment, making for a disorganized and, occasionally, messy affair. This leather travel roll offers a more organized alternative, with a single large pouch at the bottom (for bottles and tubes), two zippered rectangular compartments (for long items, like toothbrushes), and four open storage slots (for smaller items like razors). For portability, it rolls up into a tidy bundle that secures using a buckle strap closure, which you can also use to hang it on a hook while in the bathroom.
Sonos One Gen 2
The second generation of Sonos’ smart speaker looks exactly like its predecessor, all while coming with the same Alexa integration that made the original stand out from the pack. While it looks identical outside, inside is a different story, as the new speaker boasts increased memory, an updated processor, and Bluetooth LE for to facilitate better streaming from your phone. No, it’s not exactly a wild upgrade, so don’t give it to someone who already owns the older model, but if your recipient can appreciate a really good Alexa speaker, it’s going to be tough to find something better than this.
Bose Frames Alto
Sunglasses with built-in speakers – yep, that’s what Bose brought to the world with this atrocity. No, we’re not hating, provided the person wearing the darn thing actually keeps the volume to reasonable levels. To Bose’s credit, it does use miniaturized speakers that are designed to direct sound at the person’s ears rather than out towards the world, so unless you slide up near the person (or be unlucky enough to be stuck in public transport next to them), there’s probably little chance you’ll hear them playing whatever bad music people are currently listening to. As a gift, this will be great for that friend who can’t seem to keep their earphones off, which you feel will lead to them being ran over by a truck one of these days.
Fitnatural Doorway Fitness Tower
You know those pull-up bars you can set up on a door frame for doing pull-ups, chin-ups, and leg raises right at home? Well, this is an expanded version of that, adding an extra system of tubes to let you perform more exercises in the doorway, such as dips, inverted rows, and a whole load of others. All those extra tubes, by the way, also make it great for stretching.
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker
Adidas makes plenty of shoes that get hyped year after year. Arguably their most hyped release so far this year, however, isn’t a sneaker, but a hiking boot. That’s right, the Terrex Free Hiker is getting plenty of love not just from actual hikers, but from the streetwear community for its water-repellent Primeknit upper, ultra-responsive Boost midsole, and gorgeous outdoor aesthetics. If you’re looking for cool kicks to give as a gift, you literally can’t go wrong with this one (unless they already have it, of course).
Alera Elusion Multifunction Chair
Got a friend who’s got a creaking office chair they, somehow, still haven’t replaced? Well, maybe you can be the one to help them out. Sure, it’d be nice to get them one of those $600 Knoll ReGenerations, but if you’d prefer something a little more modest, the Alera Elusion should make for a much more suitable pick. With a contoured seat cushion, high adjustability, and a high 24-inch back rest, it delivers a lot of premium features at an otherwise pedestrian price.
Audioengine A2+ Computer Speakers
Even though most people use headphones with PCs and laptops, having a nice pair of computer speakers for those times you want someone else to hear what’s playing is always nice. These compact speakers from Audioengine just may be the best in the game right now, with their dual-class AB amplifiers, integrated DACs, custom 2.75-inch aramid fiber woofers, and 0.75-inch silk dome tweeters providing quality audio that you’d rarely hear from speakers meant for the desktop. Do note, these are slightly than the usual desktop speakers you’ll find, which, we guess, is necessary if you’re going to put in that quality of hardware inside. Oh yeah, it puts 60W peak power, so this is pretty loud for a speaker you’ll be using in the bedroom (or wherever your desktop setup is situated).
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset
Got a gamer you’re planning to gift with new gear? If they play on the PC or the PS4, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC might be one thing you’ll want to check out. The Arctis Pro, on its own, has already been one of last year’s best cans for gamers, with its premium speaker drivers, expansive frequency range of 10 to 40,000Hz, and DTS Headphone: X 2.0 7.1-channel surround sound. With the inclusion of the legendary ESS Sabre DAC to the mix, it’s not hard to argue for it being the best gaming headphones today, allowing you to enjoy high-fidelity 96 kHz/24-bit audio at pure resolution with no downsampling.
Diggs Revol Dog Crate
For the dog lover, this crate can be used to easily transport your dog using the carry handle on top, all while collapsing into a flat bundle, so you can easily put it away when not in use. While designed for transporting pets, you can also equip it as a dog house for your pet – just add a small bed in there and give them a space that they can call their own. It comes in only one size for now, which can accommodate dogs up to 30 pounds.
Vuarnet Legend 03
While the Vuarnet Legend 03 has long been one of the outfit’s best silhouettes since it first came out in the 1960s, it didn’t its iconic status until The Big Lebowski happened. That’s right, it’s the same pair of sunglasses The Dude wore in the classic Coen brothers movie, making it an excellent gift for longtime fans of the film, pop culture collectors, and folks who like some amount of backstory behind the accessories they wear. It has a nylon frame that’s extremely resistant and supple, with a movable insert in the bridge and a profile that’s designed for men with wider faces.
Timex Marlin Automatic
Timex and dress watches aren’t really two things that usually mix in a phrase in modern times. One look at the outfit’s Marlin Automatic, though, and you know they belong together quite nicely. From the classy 60s-inspired design to the 21-jewel automatic movement, this late-2018 release is a big departure from the more casual aesthetic that Timex has embraced in recent years. It’s also one of the most welcome, as the world can certainly use more affordable dress watches, especially when they look this good.
CrossCore System Suspension Trainer
Yes, a TRX is great, but this thing feels a lot like the classic suspension trainer on steroids. By putting the straps on a pulley and enabling rotation, it demands greater effort from your body’s core to maintain stability, engaging even more of your muscles and making exercises feel much more challenging. Haven’t worked out in a while and need to make it easier? Not a problem, as you can lock in the pin engagement system to make the movements as stable as a regular TRX trainer, making it suitable for both novices and experts alike.
Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS
For the avid cyclist in your life, this bike computer offers some of the best features from the outfit’s higher-end devices, while coming in at a relatively affordable price. It gets turn-by-turn navigation (complete with alerts for potentially dangerous areas, such as sharp turns), advanced tracking metrics and cycling dynamics, and even built-in challenges to help structure your everyday training. You can send messages between riders, as well as access multiple apps (e.g. Strava, TrainingPeaks, Trailforks, and more) to further expand the device’s functions.
Orient Mako USA II
Bringing a thoughtful balance of durability and style, this dive watch pairs an enduring design with a robust build, making for a great gift watch that recipients can appreciate without breaking the bank. It’s powered by the newly-developed caliber F6922, a hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, along with a 120-click bezel, Nemoto Luminova on the dial, and a sapphire crystal. A 41.5mm stainless steel case and solid end links round out the feature set for this overachieving timepiece, which can seriously play nice with whatever outfit you decide to strut around in for the day.
Very rarely do we find uniquely stylish lighters nowadays, so when one shows up, it immediately draws our attention. Granted, this is a bit too expensive of a gift for something that serves the same function as a disposable Bic, but you have to admit, there’s something enthralling about the way this fire-making contraption functions. You light it by sliding the two sections of the lighter apart and striking the flint wheel on the top corner, after which it creates a sideways flame that allows the lighter to be set down flat on a desk for a really cool aesthetic.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Bluetooth Headphones
The second edition of Bose’s Bluetooth headphones, the QC 35 II retains the same excellent sound and world-class noise cancellation as its predecessor, all while getting smart features, such as Alexa integration (complete with a dedicated button) and Bose AR, the outfit’s audio-only version of augmented reality. Other features include noise-rejecting dual mics, three levels of noise cancellation, and 20 hours of battery life.
Hyperice Hypervolt Handheld Massager
There was a time when all we worried about was getting a good workout. Nowadays, we pay as much attention to our body’s recovery after all the rigorous training we’ve done. That’s why Hypervolt’s newest handheld massager will make for a much-appreciated present, with its quiet operation, variable speed levels, and lightweight three-pound build enabling relief of muscle soreness and stiffness without the accompanying hassles. It’s cordless, by the way, and comes equipped with a battery rated at two hours of intense massage between charges.
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Bentley Rollerball Pen
Your friend may never be able to afford a Bentley in his life. That doesn’t mean he can’t strut around like a baller in something emblazoned with the Bentley marque. No, we don’t mean an actual car, but something like the Bentley Rollerball Pen, which is made by Faber-Castell for the luxury automaker. The literal Bentley of pens has a slim metal barrel decked in three exclusive Bentley paint jobs, namely Sequin Blue, Tungsten, and White Satin.
GoRuck GR1 Backpack
Is there a tougher backpack than the GoRuck GR1? We don’t know. From the 1000-denier Cordura shell and high stress points (all tested to 400 pounds) to the bombproof laptop compartment and water-resistant build, it’s tough to find something more battlefield-worthy than this. Even better, it has a main compartment that opens flat for convenient packing and unpacking, while three rows of MOLLE webbing allow you to customize it with different accessories. Simply put, this is the backpack you pick up once you tire of seeing your rucksacks get damaged again and again.
PicoBrew PICO Model C Beer Brewing Appliance
We all think we want to brew our own beer at home. Until we actually get one of those old brewing setups that takes up the entire basement and makes us pull our hairs out. That’s why PicoBrew changed the game significantly when they first showed up with their countertop beer brewer. Like all of the outfit’s beer-making appliances, this ultra-compact model lets you brew fancy craft suds at home without the traditional hassles, dumbing the whole process down to loading the pre-packed ingredients, filling up the tank with water, fine-tuning the brew (literally selecting the ABV and ibu from a screen), and pressing a button. From there, you just wait anywhere from 10 to 14 days (it will even tell you when it’s ready) to enjoy a freshly-made five-liter batch.
Polar Vantage V
The Apple Watch is great, but if you’re buying a sports watch for a more serious athlete, you need to look more in the direction of the Polar Vantage V. Polar’s most advanced multi-sport GPS smartwatch, it boasts the ability to measure running power on top of your usual activity stats (including heart rate), removing the need to use a foot pod, which is how people used to get that information. It also monitors your training load, allowing it to keep close tabs on how training affects your body, all while offering holistic recovery tips that take account factors outside of training when formulating its suggestions. Throw in the fact that it supports over 130 different sports while running for 40 hours at a time and you’ve got yourself a serious GPS sports watch fit for the serious athlete. Yes, it’s also priced seriously, so it’s a gift for those you probably hold dearly, in some form.
It’s not the cheapest countertop oven you can buy. It is, however, one of the most technologically-advanced ovens you can probably find, with its ability to function as an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, and warming drawer on top of being a convection oven. The darn thing even has automatic food recognition for over 65 dishes, automatically making its own settings as soon as you leave the ingredients inside. Of course, you can adjust the settings manually, too, so you don’t have to be stuck with the wrong dish, in case the machine recognized it incorrectly.
Huawei Matebook 13 Signature Edition
Arguably the best Windows alternative for the Macbook Air, this 13-inch laptop boasts a 2K touch display, an ultra-slim 0.6-inch build, and an innovative cooling solution that increases airflow 25 percent more than conventional laptop fans. It’s got decent muscle, too, with an 8th-gen 1.6Ghz Core i5, Intel HD 620 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, complete with a quick-charge option that allows you to feed it 2.5 hours’ worth of power with a 15-minute charge. They even throw in a dock with two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a VGA port to make your life just a little easier.
Vizio P-Series 65-Inch 4K HDR Smart TV
If you’re thinking of gifting someone a new TV, it’s hard to go wrong with Vizio’s P-Series, with its minimal bezels, 4K HDR visuals, and impressive color profile (over one billion colors). It’s especially worth noting when you’re shopping for a panel that’s $1,000 or under, as the 65-inch model gets you one with smart TV features baked in, including Vizio’s own SmartCast OS and Google Chromecast, as well as support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Other features include 100 local dimming zones, a built-in upscaling engine, and two 10W speakers.