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What a Guy Wants

Nov 9, 2011

by aforch handmade and vintage goods

Andy Forch, Richard Greiner and Alex Blunk run, a members-only shopping community that offers a well-edited selection of apparel and gear from leading urban and outdoor brands. When they’re not scouting out cool new gear from their San Francisco office, they can be found on the slopes at Squaw Valley, on (off) a surfboard near Half Moon Bay, or writing parenthetically.

For better (e.g. eggnog, family) or worse (e.g. eggnog, family), the holidays are right around the corner, something you were likely reminded of if you recently visited a mall or still receive mail. Which, as we all know, means it’s time to think about The Gift List.

The girls on your list: Piece. Of. Cake.

The guys: not so much (unless, of course, they’re six and into video games).

Thankfully, as a) Guys, and b) Big fans of Etsy, we’re happy to report it’s possible to knock off all of your holiday shopping right here, and that this year you won’t need to sit in a two-hour parking lot traffic jam, nor make eye contact with a leering, boozy, mall Santa.

At Huckberry, we constantly cull the Etsy trove and have pulled together some cool and unique gifts that are likely to have the guys on your list reach a level of excitement that is typically only attained intravenously or in a ShamWow infomercial.

[1.Vintage North King rabbit fur hat from aniandrose; 2. Vintage 1964 Rolex from reginald0147; 3. Vintage Mont Blanc Meisterstuck fountain pen from wordlyandwise; 4. Blue socks from Muza; 5. 1970s REI hiking boots from ANNAKARINASCLOSET; 6. Vintage Barbour Bedale jacket from WistfulVictims

We started Huckberry for guys like us — those with one foot in the city streets and the other in mountains and the sea. We’ve found there’s a similar community here on Etsy and that it’s a great place to score the vintage finds we wish we found in our dad’s closet (other than that stack of magazines).

1. Practical? No. Warm? Yes.
2. The man equivalent of receiving a little blue box.
3. Crayons melt in your pocket. Montblancs don’t.
4. This addition is partly due to last year’s NYE resolution to wear socks.
5. Might also want to call upon your friends Arm & Hammer.
6. Iconic British men’s label favored by Steve McQueen, hunters, and guys who celebrate Movember year-round.

[1. Repurposed vintage steel lockers from wesbenn; 2. Recycled wood and astro turf bench from BombFactoryFurniture; 3. Vintage tackle box from SquidWhaleDesigns; 4. Vintage fishing lures from the 1950s from DesignsByOlini; 5. Antique Swiss Alps map from sandmarg; 6. Vintage motorcycle sconce from betsyryland

Man Cave. Two words that simultaneously strike fear (what’s going on down there) and relief (stay down there) to girlfriends, fiancées and wives. With two single guys and a married guy on the Huckberry team, we fancy ourselves as astute speleologists, capable of constructing Sig-approved subterranean environments that deserve to see the light of day.

1. Horizontal steel lockers for some horizontal role play.
2. No horizontal role play on this guy — too easy to get turf toe.
3. Now if I could just fill it with some…
4. Most of these vintage lures were handmade, unlike today.
5. “The Playground of Europe.”
6. Motorcycle lamp constructed from salvaged Japanese motorbikes. If you won’t let him have a motorcycle, compromise.

[1. Waxed canvas backpack from sketchbook; 2. Hand-stitched camera strap from ArtemisLeatherware; 3. Ceramic travel mug from riverstonepottery; 4. Custom engraved pocketknife from DJReigel; 5. Handmade longboard from SunkenMonkey]

Provisions for the big, scary life that exists outside of the man cave.

1. Form and function, made in the good ol’ US of A.
2. Dropped SLRs are a sore subject here at Huckberry.
3. Admittedly, we have a coffee problem. This mug is not helping.
4. Make sure you also give a penny.
5. Not the easiest board to ride, but its size makes it easy to tuck and hop on a bus.

[1. Chalkboard skull from iamhome; 2. Saber 24k gold toothed tiger skull from EarthSeaWarrior; 3. Masculine hygiene napkin from YeeHaw; 4. Aluminum and bronze ray gun from Nelles; 5. Gun soap from KcSoapsNmore]

There are some basic essentials that every guy needs. None of the items below are basic or essential.

1. A slightly more macabre version of the college Sharpie days.
2. You owe him one from when you wouldn’t let him taxidermy Bruce.
3. Masculine hygiene napkins: Only in West Virginia.
4. Your guy will get instant street cred with this gun in the W.O.W. chat forums.
5. Kills germs fast.

More Guest Curators

Vintage Barbour Bedale Jacket
Vintage Barbour Bedale Jacket
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 144 EF Gold Vintage Fountain Pen
Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 144 EF Gold Vintage Fountain Pen
Large Saber Tooth Tiger Skull Airbrushed in 24k Gold - Unique Home Decor
Large Saber Tooth Tiger Skull Airbrushed in 24k Gold - Unique Home Decor
70s REI Americana Hiking Boots, Men's 11
70s REI Americana Hiking Boots, Men's 11
Homo sapiens chalkboard skull
Homo sapiens chalkboard skull
Artemis Leatherware Hand Stitched Leather Camera Strap (SALE)
Artemis Leatherware Hand Stitched Leather Camera Strap (SALE)
$52.21 USD


  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox said 9 years ago

    LOVE that backpack!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 9 years ago

    This is great guy!! Watches, pens, pocket knives, weapons, real or faux, weathered fabrics are all the things my guys looooove. Perfect picks Andy, Richard, and Alex.

  • aforch

    aforch said 9 years ago

    Thank you! We had a fun time putting this together.

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 9 years ago

    Awesome post! I finally got my hubby to model some great woodland/outdoorsman vintage finds I now have in the shop. Happy to see I'm on track! ;-)

  • StarShineCo

    StarShineCo said 9 years ago

    Great gift ideas!!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Great items!! I may be too immature for the gun soap myself, probably run around "shooting" things like my fridge, the tv..

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti said 9 years ago

    i want all this stuff.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 9 years ago

    It has been always so hard to get gifts for men... These are great ones. I recently made a handmade coupon book for my husband's brithday but; will keep these in mind for holidays.

  • RevolutionRosie

    RevolutionRosie said 9 years ago

    Ooooh What fun,great picks Guys

  • yourauntiespanties

    yourauntiespanties said 9 years ago

    I've been looking for really unique gifts for my men for the Holidays, these are great ideas! Thanks

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 9 years ago

    Awesome finds guys!

  • ambika

    ambika said 9 years ago

    The gun soap looks so real! I can't imagine the reaction if I had that in my bathroom--especially out here in Seattle where they're such a rare sight.

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 9 years ago

    Lovely stuff!!! The backpack is fantastic!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 9 years ago

    Manly yes.. but I like it too!!!!!

  • Smokinmudproductions

    Smokinmudproductions said 9 years ago

    Ouuuu I love this...I see a few things that are making me even drool. I have two thats 43 and the other 12..Both would adore many of these items!

  • Smokinmudproductions

    Smokinmudproductions said 9 years ago

    Love this collection...Great ideas and I know a couple of guys in this house that would totally adore many of the items you featured. Love the backpack, pen and the hand stitched camera strap!

  • DFinn

    DFinn said 9 years ago

    *I* want that backpack!! But, I might let my husband use it. LOL! These are great guy picks!!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    ... a girl wants it, too! but no skulls, please...

  • ShastaBlastaMasta

    ShastaBlastaMasta said 9 years ago

    Great ideas, I can definitely see my hubby liking a few of those. I shopped last Christmas on etsy! :) Got some pretty unique items and they were a hit!

  • soap

    soap said 9 years ago

    I love the upcycled lockers and the turf table! :)

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 9 years ago

    Nice gift ideas. ...especially the skull.

  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou said 9 years ago

    Oooh good stuff here! My husband would totally dig that Saber tooth 24k gold skull.

  • KarinLorenc

    KarinLorenc said 9 years ago

    Wow that kid really liked that Nintendo! Gotta love when the recipients of your gifts are enthusiastic!

  • InnerWild

    InnerWild said 9 years ago

    genius Huckberry!

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 9 years ago

    Amazing finds! We have some very talented and fun etsy sellers represented here! AMAZING PICKS! Great job guys

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Great finds!!!

  • studiotuesday

    studiotuesday said 9 years ago

    Coool. Tempted by the old fishing lures.

  • WistfulVictims

    WistfulVictims said 9 years ago

    Fantastic curation! I am thankful and honored to be included.

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 9 years ago

    Great collection, and fun post, but I'd like to just give a nod to the fact that not all men, or male identified people (biological sex and gender are two different constructs), adhere to these stereotypes. I mean, seriously, it's 2011, there are plenty of people who don't subscribe to gender normative types, and maybe it's time we moved passed gift lists based on gender. Because I sure as heck know there are plenty of people who identify as female on my gift lists who are just as hard to buy for as the people who identify as male.

  • donver

    donver said 9 years ago

    Fantastic stuff!

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 9 years ago

    I love that camera! and of course, the skull : )

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    Well curated collections! Our aesthetic too. Thanks.

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 9 years ago

    Oh baby. I love guy things. Like shaving and Stargate and bow ties and wearing hiking boots with shorts. THIS IS AWESOME

  • BeadsAndQuotes

    BeadsAndQuotes said 9 years ago

    That gun soap would be perfect for my brother! I never would have thought of looking for something like that! Thanks!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    Hang on... are Stargate & wearing hiking boots with shorts MASCULINE things? OK, I've never been very girly, but I love so many of these so-called male-orientated picks... the vintage motorcycle lamp, ray gun, back pack & of course, the Barbour jacket. Actually, I agree with fbstudiovt above, gender stereotypes are outdated & possibly insulting in this day & age.

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 9 years ago

    That astro turf bench is INCREDIBLE! And I'm about to run and purchase multiple batches of those Gun Soaps as we speak....amazing selection!

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 9 years ago

    Could the Men of Etsy please just start making Treasuries that show what they want? You guys figure out a tag to use, and I will hunt your Treasuries down and study them. Seriously. If you don't, then you're all getting silly cat t-shirts from me.

  • butteifulgirls

    butteifulgirls said 9 years ago

    thanks for all of the great ideas guys!

  • tenkillerok64

    tenkillerok64 said 9 years ago

    so glad to see men of all kinds checking out etsy... great collection.. hope you'll check out our great finds in our mens specialty shop... we have had a ball with it...

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Great guy picks!!!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Interesting picks. Definitely want some of the items featured

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 9 years ago

    Some great choices, who wouldn't love some cozy socks

  • ModernVerite

    ModernVerite said 9 years ago

    I stopped reading when I saw the picture of Bruce and the comment about the intention to taxidermy him. I thought I was the only woman on the face of the earth with a husband who wanted to taxidermy his beloved cat. Nice to know I'm not alone.

  • aforch

    aforch said 9 years ago

    Haha ModernVerite, it's a natural impulse for some of us :)

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    Great picks, though I'm pretty sure my husband would be horrified if I got him some of these. ;)

  • SorringowlandSons

    SorringowlandSons said 9 years ago

    Very cool stuff. Love that pocketknife!

  • MitzShop

    MitzShop said 9 years ago

    Haha, PolClary, you made the right observation - Not every man loves hiking, fishing and guns! As for my man, I guess he would be happy with a nice bookmark:)

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    Love the photography!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Great picks! Dudes are so tough to buy for, my Dad especially hes the kinda guy who 'has it all'

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! The gun soap was sold, hope you make some more soon, I want some! Thanks for sharing this great article, I now have some ideas!

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    SquidWhaleDesigns said 9 years ago

    excellent collection! Thank you for including our tackle box (which promptly sold!). Collections for men are so fun to put together!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 9 years ago

    That backpack is gorgeous and I like it, too (for those who remember Irish Spring commercials)! My Dad is a mid-century modern guy, so he's pretty easy to buy for. My husband is always in need of clothes, hiking, running gear, etc. Do you accept ads at Huckberry?

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 9 years ago

    great lists, i love that hand stitched camera strap.

  • ThePinkSnailShop

    ThePinkSnailShop said 9 years ago

    I love it all!! Seems to be a lot of what a girl wants too!!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 9 years ago

    outdoor men with an artistic eye equals a very appealing collection. love it!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 9 years ago

    The canvas backpack is great!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 9 years ago

    Some good suggestions here... I always have such a dickens of a time shopping for the guys in my family. Thanks!

  • mystichintime

    mystichintime said 9 years ago

    Fantastic Finds. I am also a fan of that backpack!

  • LeesBeesNJ

    LeesBeesNJ said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for the clever and fun blog post! I never know what to get for a couple of the guys in my family, and they already have more manly lip balms from me than I care to count. This helped, thanks! (I especially like the chalkboard skull...)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    I'll take one of each, please.

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage said 9 years ago

    fbstudiovt: I agree with you. :)

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 9 years ago

    Great post! So enjoyed the title that I added it to my Screw Man Pouch!

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 9 years ago

    You mean what man doesn't want a ball of yarn and knitting needles? I think this would be a great gift for a guy who likes to work with his hands. Give him a challenging pattern, say a pair of socks. DPNs. Get him started by casting on...and watch him get hooked for life. They are some amazing male knitters out there who were surprised by their interest in yarn and knitting needles. Don't overlook this possible hobby for the man in your life.

  • ColorOfDawnCreations

    ColorOfDawnCreations said 9 years ago

    Awesome! I need four of everything!

  • GenerationsCrafters

    GenerationsCrafters said 9 years ago

    Really like your creativity. I have a piece of turf from Coach "Bear" Bryant's field. Now I know what to do with it. Thanks!

  • aniandrose

    aniandrose said 9 years ago

    We are so excited to see our fur hat among such great finds! The turf bench is amazing!!! Thank you!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 9 years ago

    Great stuff.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    the back pack is really cool.

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 9 years ago

    I love Huckberry! Thanks Andy, Richard and Alex for these great picks.

  • ancagray

    ancagray said 9 years ago

    brilliant! just brilliant!

  • WishByFelicity

    WishByFelicity said 9 years ago

    Great picks! Always so hard to find those perfect guy gifts!

  • outoftheblue

    outoftheblue said 9 years ago

    That locker console is amazing! Great gift ideas!

  • StormyOrange

    StormyOrange said 9 years ago

    I like the man cave feature the best! What a great idea!

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 9 years ago

    wow interesting mix of things, that chalkboard skull is very unique!

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 9 years ago

    i actually know a little boy named 'Huckleberry'... cutest little boy!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 9 years ago

    Hilarious! And good picks, too.

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 9 years ago

    I love this stuff! Great 'guy' gear!

  • EarthSeaWarrior

    EarthSeaWarrior said 9 years ago

    this post ROOLZ! love me a manish collection :)))) thanks for featuring my Saber Gold Tooth Skull! cheers! ❤

  • WolfSkill

    WolfSkill said 9 years ago

    LOL! Lovin' these choices!!!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Awesome finds!

  • sketchbook

    sketchbook said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much to all the lovely comments about my backpack! Please note that I ever design I make is meant for both MEN AND WOMEN!!! :)

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 9 years ago

    My husband has a Barbour jacket just like this one.... Great piece on what guys want! Thanks for including them. I feel like they are often left out on Etsy!

  • Sghadry

    Sghadry said 9 years ago

    Earthseawarrior skull rocks! Wow to entire collection

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great blog! fantastic guy collection!

  • aforch

    aforch said 9 years ago

    Thanks everyone!

  • Aerenost

    Aerenost said 9 years ago

    Oh wow! That daypack is wicked. Any chance you could divulge where you found it?

  • manicarteest

    manicarteest said 9 years ago

    Absolutely love the hat, it's dead sexy.

  • ashajyothikedam

    ashajyothikedam said 9 years ago

    wow it so great, now a days as the technology is moving on nobody has a definite idea about all these gift items. really this is very helpful...

  • bjrehill

    bjrehill said 9 years ago

    I guess I am just a simple guy. I want socks.

  • YeeHaw

    YeeHaw said 9 years ago

    I've found that Men Love Pink! thanks for including our ManPon product cause no one likes the Swamp Ass.

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 9 years ago

    Great finds! Love the back pack!

  • dgf2011vintage

    dgf2011vintage said 9 years ago

    Nice sconce! Great idea!

  • Merletto

    Merletto said 9 years ago

    Well-edited selection is right! Our hats are off to you guys. My partner is salivating...too much great stuff. We're trying to do something similar with our etsy vintage shop and blog, but on a much smaller scale. Just was not sure how to approach it. You've given me great fuel to run on. More of this type of quality vintage and handmade curation is needed to help guide buyers to make stylish and quality purchases. Thank you!

  • GreatWhiteVintage

    GreatWhiteVintage said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Not enough guy's stuff on etsy yet!... So I am definitely glad to read this blog. Thanks!

  • mybunnystitches

    mybunnystitches said 9 years ago

    Some great topics here! I'm glad I visited this blog.. There so many items that i like... I hope to have some visits to my store. I love feed back! Thanks Bunny~

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 9 years ago

    you don't have to be a guy... I want it all! great items ;)

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 9 years ago

    Very cool finds! I'm diggin' that turf bench

  • BambooBlossomBags

    BambooBlossomBags said 9 years ago

    Haha, I also put that chalkboard skull in my gift guide for men :)

  • ThePrettyDoGood

    ThePrettyDoGood said 9 years ago

    ah i LOVE this!!

  • ashleysilvernell

    ashleysilvernell said 9 years ago

    I really love that ray gun... but it has absolutely nothing stylistically or otherwise to do with WoW - a fantasy based MMO. The more you know!

  • WhiteLyme

    WhiteLyme said 9 years ago

    Great collection! That lamp is amazing!! as well as the gun soap... very cool!

  • locomotive

    locomotive said 9 years ago

    Oh wanting all of this!! Great bag - might be the perfect gift for a special someone we know....

  • DukeCreekStudios

    DukeCreekStudios said 9 years ago

    Love the travel mug...hmmmmm

  • RebelsandPebbles

    RebelsandPebbles said 9 years ago

    Thank for this :)

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 9 years ago

    super cool stuff

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 9 years ago

    Total awesomeness!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 9 years ago

    Great finds for all the men in my life!

  • HandySam

    HandySam said 9 years ago

    Nice stuff! Wonder what percentage of sellers on Etsy are men?

  • TerraCantata

    TerraCantata said 9 years ago

    Super fun picks. Caught my husband looking at the screen over my shoulder....

  • Judywa4006

    Judywa4006 said 9 years ago


  • loretta9243

    loretta9243 said 9 years ago

    What a great fun article! Wonderful info. Thanks so much!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 9 years ago

    Some girls like um too, Great Finds.

  • souldance

    souldance said 9 years ago

    Love it! I have a couple of retired military guy neighbors on either side of me, who would love those gun soaps! Great, fun finds :)

  • artfulmusicianNY

    artfulmusicianNY said 9 years ago

    love the stuff, just dont forget about the musicians!

  • tjalaine

    tjalaine said 9 years ago

    These are awesome ideas! There are several finds on this list that I know my guy would certainly love! Thanks for putting this together- I always appreciate solid ideas for gift giving!

  • JCTgoods

    JCTgoods said 9 years ago

    The rolex is way overvalued here. Good stuff though.

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  • bobswatches

    bobswatches from BobsWatches said 8 years ago

    great topic Aforch - what a guy wants - sport tickets, cars, girls in bikinis, and Rolex watches. preferably vintage rolex watches. that is my take. great comments.

  • LSMWatchInc

    Luxury Swiss Made Watch from LSMWatches said 4 years ago

    Yes Luxury Watches!!!!!

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