1. Homemade Thin Mints by lisa is cooking, 2. Carbon Fiber Chopsticks, 3. Beer Brewing Kit, 4. Vinyl Record Coasters, 5. Element Portable Gas Grill, 6. L.L. Bean Bison Bean Boots
Between my baby brother Charlie and John's younger brother Mike, I'm always thinking about manly gifts for two very different kinds of dudes–Charlie is 6'4", loves skiing and music, and recently moved to Boston, while Mike is a college football player with the biggest heart and a bigger appetite. They aren't always easy to shop for, but here are some of my favorite gift ideas from years past, and the inspiration behind each of them!
It's hard to resist treats around the holidays, but wouldn't homemade versions of their favorite Girl Scout cookies be even sweeter? I also like bringing San Francisco sweets from See's Candies and Ghirardelli back East to share a taste of our adopted hometown with Mom and Dad.
Mike is a sushi fiend, so when we bought him a pair of personalized chopsticks and a carrying case last year for Christmas, we knew he'd love them. Make it a bowling ball for your dad who's in a league at the local lanes, or a piano keyboard for the older brother who loves writing and recording music; find something they use all the time, then make their morning with one of their very own!
There isn't a single good photo of a glass carboy, but that doesn't mean it isn't a great gift! John bought himself a beer brewing kit a few years ago and has made countless varieties of stouts, his favorite beer, since. It's the perfect project to share with a whole bunch of your buddies, and brings together the science nerd and the beer guzzler in your baby brother! Presents that are also projects are my favorite–they're the gift they keep on using!
Charlie is a music fiend; these (Christmas-themed!) vintage vinyl coasters pay homage to his favorite bands and protect the furniture in his new Boston pad. Another great gift for his new apartment? A portable gas grill, so he doesn't have to give up open air grilling now that he doesn't have regular access to my parents' backyard. Unlike your girlfriend or your little sister, the guys in your life might not stock their first apartment with all the domestic gear they need, so why not pick up some pot holders or wine glasses?
They don't have to be L.L. Bean's Bison Bean Boots, but some serious winter gear will get more mileage than the scarf-glove-hat combo (especially for the baby brother who just moved to Boston). If he's already got what he needs, replace his old ski goggles or other winter gear he gets lots of use out of.
Tell me, what's the greatest gift you've ever given your brother or best bud?
Gift Guide by Chelsea of Buckets & Bunches.