Hailing from a microscopic peninsula on the east coast of Canada, Kaitlyn spends her days covering all things men’s lifestyle at AskMen.com, where she works as a commerce editor. When she’s not scouring the net for the best brogues and boots for men, you’ll likely find her poring over the latest issue of American Vogue or planning fantasy trips abroad with her beau.
Shopping for the guys in your life can be tough, we know. You want to get them something they will love and cherish for years to come, but you don’t want to choose something so out-there it’ll sit in his closet until next Christmas, waiting to be regifted — or something so predictable and impersonal he won’t even remember who it’s from (yet another bottle of Scotch or Blu-Ray box set). The secret, we believe, is finding the happy medium between the practical and the original; to help you get started, we’ve handpicked the coolest, most unexpected (but still totally useful) handmade gifts for all the men in your life, designed by Etsy makers. There’s something here to please everyone, from the sophisticated student to the wilderness explorer.
Handcrafted from natural, vegetable-tanned leather, this handsome leather portfolio (Hunter Pass Leather, $90) makes the perfect gift for your favorite stylish scholar or budding businessman. Buy it here.
For the devoted adventurer (who’s also a kid at heart), this National Parks Explorer’s Guide offers the opportunity to visually chart his path across the country, marking each national park he visits with a specific numbered sticker (ElloThere, $88 as shown). The end result? A framed, forest-filled map of memorable journeys. Buy it here.
Whether his apartment is already packed with cool accent pieces or he’s just learning the difference between a console and a credenza, this minimalist lamp, crafted from solid walnut, will make a beautiful addition to his abode (naturalgrain, $115). Buy it here.
With a solid maple face and sporty canvas strap, this handmade wooden wristwatch goes from camping to conference room to concert without missing a beat. It’s not your average timepiece — and even an avid watch collector likely won’t have one like it yet (tmbrwood, $69). Buy it here.
Speaking of the guy who’s accumulated a wealth of watches, this rugged waxed-canvas case provides a handy way to keep his favorite accessories organized and under wraps (VolcanoGoods, $38). What’s more, the durable fabric will develop a unique patina over time — which means it will only look better with age. Buy it here.
Made in Pennsylvania by a sculptor, jewelry maker, and home goods designer, this versatile concrete stand is compatible with anything from an iPhone 6 to a Galaxy Note 10 — meaning he can hold onto it for much longer than he will his current cell phone plan (roughfusion, $32). Chic in its simplicity, it’s equally suitable for jazzing up his office, kitchen counter or bedside table. Buy it here.
If he’s constantly losing his keys and cards around the house, a stylish valet tray might be right up his alley (Exsect, $22.50). Hand-assembled with the highest-quality leather, this tray does double duty as a sharp entryway accent and a daily, rushing-out-the-door sanity-saver. Buy it here.
A perfect gift for the guy who loves hosting — anywhere, anytime — this acoustic wooden iPhone amp funnels sound naturally (no power required!) from the iPhone’s speakers through the front of the dock for about double the decibels of the phone’s speakers alone (UsetCoutumes, $30). Think of it as the sophisticated version of sticking your phone in a glass for an impromptu kitchen dance party. Buy it here.
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