Men can be difficult to buy for. That's why we've compiled a list for those of you still standing in line at the malls and considering the purchase of yet another bathrobe/bowtie/bottle of cologne. Go for something unique and local this year instead.
Merry Beck, owner of , suggests considering unisex items for hard-to-buy-for guys and interesting pieces from local artisans. For example, the industrial magnets by Southwest native Steve Rose are "really hard core—you could even hang your coat from them."
Urban Bean Ceramic Mug
$8.00 each or 4 for $28.00
Is your guy still drinking coffee out of the plastic cups he bought at a garage sale five years ago? Don't worry, he's not the only one. Increase the coolness factor of his cupboard with a mug (or set of four) from Urban Bean designed by local artist John Vogt.
Art on a Bottle
Most empty wine bottles make pretty lame home decor. Not these ones, though. Commemorate his home town with Art on a Bottle. He'll decorate with these sooner than he'll put out those scented candles he got last year.
Drink This: Wine Made Simple
For the man who prefers his wine bottles full, but might need a little help selecting the best vino, pick up this tutorial by renowned Minnesota author Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. Anthony Bourdain is a fan of hers and your guy just might be one as well.
Salvaged Parts Money Clip by Devin Johnson
Wallets are passe. What your man needs is an artisan fashioned money clip. With this, he'll be able to hold his cards and cash in style - and without that irritating wallet bump in his back pocket.
Industrial Magnet by Steve Rose
$14.50 - $28.50 per magnet
As Merry Beck notes, these heavy duty magnets can hold up everything from a child's drawing to his dad's coat. And they do it all while adding some manly style to the fridge.
Artisan Cutting Board by Scott McGlasson
Form and function combine beautifully in this gift. A handcrafted cutting board makes a nice aesthetic addition to any kitchen, and can come in quite handy for the culinary types as well.
Bottled Olive Oil or Vinegar
$7.50 (147ml) - $28.00 (750ml)
Speaking of culinary types, consider a gift of fine olive oil or vinegar if your man is killer in the kitchen - or if he wants to be. Don't have olive oil contacts in Italy or Syria? Don't worry - the foodies at Vinaigrette do, and they'll help you pick out the perfect selection.