Holiday shopping season is getting underway, and that means you’re faced with the daunting task of figuring out what to get the inscrutable males in your life. Fortunately, you do have one head start — they want new gadgets, which is a gimme because just about everyone wants new gadgets. Tech is the ultimate safe pick, but safety won’t give you the satisfaction of a gift well given. So, as always, we’re here to point you in the right direction with tech gifts for all kinds of guys. This way, you won’t panic and fall back on the electric shaver — again.
Only slightly less exciting than Hammer Time. Pebble has been making great smartwatches for a while — simple, helpful smartphone companions with e Ink displays that help give them battery lives far better than other smartwatches on the market. This smartwatch has a one-week battery life, water resistance up to 30 meters, and a slightly more expensive steel version for guys in need of a more professional look. Pebble Time starts at $200, with $250 getting you the steel version.
BlackBerry Classic – Blue
A BlueBerry? Sure, why not? For the extremely loyal guy in your life, there’s no more symbolic choice of smartphone than the BlackBerry Classic, which revives the old-school BlackBerry form factor — the 3.5″ screen sitting above that prized physical keyboard. With a 22-hour battery life, BlackBerry 10, and the not half-bad BlackBerry Assistant (the long-lost brother of Cortana, Siri, and Google Now), BlackBerry Classic is still a solid choice for the BlackBerry faithful, and isn’t too expensive at $380.
Monster ClarityHD Earbuds
A cheap gift that might actually last until next year’s holiday season? Sounds like a win for everyone involved. The Monster ClarityHD wireless earbuds come in at $90 and have rubberized coating around stress points on the cable to prevent fraying. Combine that with earbuds designed to stay in ears comfortably, and you get a pretty decent pair of exercise earphones that will satisfy him while leaving you with a little extra cash to solve your own audio problems. You can also snag the wired versions of these earbuds for $30 on Amazon.
Monster ROC Sport Black Platinum Over-Ear Headphones
For the consummate Real Madrid fan, look no further than these ROC Sport over-ear headphones designed in partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo. These headphones are heavy on bass and block out background noise thanks to large, cushy earcups. It’s a pricey gift at $300 directly from Monster.
You can always go the Her route and give him one of the many digital personal assistants out there. This time, we’re talking about Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based personal assistant who can not only play music and audiobooks, but handle voice searches and control all of the smart tech scattered about the home, including just about every major smart light fixture on the market. Alexa communicates through Amazon Echo, a cylindrical speaker unit with a built-in mic and connectivity options, which Amazon is selling for $180.
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Thermos
Here’s another one for the guy on the go — this stainless steel thermos uses no potential hazardous chemicals in its construction while providing stellar insulation that keeps cold drinks cold (and ice cubes frozen) and hot drinks hot for hours. There’s also a safety lock and a drink-safe, BPA-free plastic mouth that can be easily removed and washed. A 16-ounce thermos costs $26.50 on Amazon and comes in five colors.