By Merilee Kern, ‘The Luxe List’ Executive Editor
This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies. Whether his space is used to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here’s an array of gift ideas that’ll help make the man cave a space he’ll crave even more:
VTech Two Handset Answering System with Audio/Video Doorbell (www.VTechPhones.com) -- $119.95
For the guy who gets so comfortable in his lounge chair that he doesn’t want to have to move a muscle to see who is at the door, consider the VTech Video Doorbell phone system. The two-in-one cordless system and video monitor combines a versatile landline phone, multiple handsets, and an easy-to-install digital camera on the doorbell. When someone rings the doorbell, a photo is instantly and discreetly taken and sent to each phone handset. He can then choose to enable the microphone to speak to the person at the front door or just stream video to further observe the visitor before choosing to answer the door…or not. No need to miss a moment of the big game or lose a turn at the poker table when you’ve got this handy device!
Renny Home Base Cell Phone Station and Ringer (www.RennyRinger.com) -- $99.95
Your guy will love this convenient cell phone base that’ll ensure he never misses a phone call again—even if his actual cell phone is on silent, vibrate, upstairs in the garage or anywhere within 200 feet. The Renny Home Base Station & Ringer connects one or two mobile phones wirelessly—no need for landline or home-phone system for it to work. As long as the cell phone itself is in range, this station and ringer device shows who is calling, allows for calls to be answered, responds to voice command, offers multiple ringtone options and even streams music from a smartphone with its powerful loudspeaker that employs 3D digital dynamic bass engine technology. It can also be used in a car as a portable Bluetooth, hands-free speakerphone without having to connect any wires or undertake any installation.
TaskOne Multi-Tool iPhone Case (www.thetasklab.com) - $99.95
Now here’s a gift that’ll help ensure he stays handy and equipped when hanging out in the cave. The TaskOne iPhone case comes complete with 22 tools built into it (including a kickstand), yet is just as thin as many other cases. TaskOne holds an iPhone securely, and attaches easily with four small screws. Tools included within the case are: 2.5” removable knife with serrations, 1.8” Sawblade, small and large flathead screwdrivers, medium Phillips screwdriver, pliers with integrated 3-6mm wrench, wire cutters, 6 metric Allen wrenches (bike sizes 2.5-6), spoke wrenches (0.127, 0.130), wire stripper, 120mm ruler (110 mm on iPhone 4/4S, bottle opener and kickstand. Use of the tools is simple—when stored the tools are secured via custom spring assemblies.
SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop (www.SKLZ.com) -- $24.95
What guy wouldn’t want to add a little hoops action to his man cave? The SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop is an indoor basketball hoop with the look, function, and durability of a pro-grade basketball hoop. Mini basketball games and over-the-door basketball will never be the same after your basketball fanatic gets this hoop set up in his domain. The SKLZ Pro Mini Hoop comes up with pro-grade, spring-action breakaway rim and a polycarbonate shatter-proof backboard so even slam dunks are possible without any damage. The complete indoor basketball set also comes complete with a 5” mini hoop ball. It sets up in minutes on the door or wall so the fun can get started right away!
SKLZ Home Golf Range Package (www.SKLZ.com) -- $189.99
Is your significant other a golf nut? If so, he will surely love adding the SKLZ Home Golf Range Package to his man cave. It’s a driving range and putting green in one…with no greens-keeper required. The package comes with the Accelerator Pro, Quickster Range Net, and Glide Pad training tools that allow for easy set-up and fast break down with little space required. Whether he is just practicing for fun or getting ready for a tournament, the SKLZ Home Golf Range Package is great for every skill level–from beginners to amateur tour players. You may even find that the man cave has turned into Hole 19 as all his golf buddies come over to give this great golf training package a go.
Quickster Golf Range Net (www.SKLZ.com) -- $99.99
The Quickster 6’ x 6’ range net is claimed to be the most convenient and efficient multi-sport net ever created. Taking only 90 seconds to fully assemble and even less to take down, this net is an exciting addition to any man cave. It has a sturdy composite steel and fiberglass “Tension-Tite” frame along with a high-strength corner joint and a strong, two-ply netting. This range net for the golf nut also comes with a removable target so it can be used for fun or serious practice. Every golf aficionado is sure to enjoy having this in the man cave for those cold or damp days when they can’t hit the links!
Morph Fire Paintball/BB Gun Converter (www.MorphFire.com) -- $159.99
Know a guy that likes to shoot stuff like BBs, airsoft, or a paint gun? Is he in love with unabashed, unrelenting, and can-shredding power? Then, this is the gift for him. The Morph Fire is an innovative converter that turns his already tricked-out paintball gun into a BB gun. On top of that, this adds even more power–600fps of power. Your guy can enjoy ridding the planet of every can, bottle, or watermelon that dares get in his way. While obviously not recommended for use IN the man cave, it can be proudly displayed there until your guy and his buddies are ready to take it out and unleash its power. Made in America, it’s a product that you can get to support your country and satisfy your guy’s love of adrenaline-inducing firepower.
’47 Brand Scrum T-Shirts (www.47Brand.com) -- $42
Hanging out in the man cave doesn’t mean you cannot be fashionable, and comfort is a must! With that in mind,’47 Brand Scrum Tees make a great gift. The ’47 Brand is a national lifestyle and sports apparel company that makes great gear for any sports fan. The new line of Scrum Tees make great gifts that any guy can wear while watching the game on TV or hosting a game of poker or pool in his man cave. Made from 100% ring spun combed cotton, the Long Sleeve Scrum Tee has a soft puckered feel and features a vintage distressed screen print. In it, he will feel relaxed and look fashionable.
Big Feet PJ’s Adult Footed Pajamas (www.BigFeetPJs.com) -- $39.99-$44.99
This is a really fun and unexpected gift that your guy is sure to enjoy wearing—whether lounging in the recliner all day or cozying up for a flick in the evening. Big Feet PJ’s Adult Footed Pajamas are made of durable micro-polar fleece that’ll last for years. They are made of 100% cotton flannel and are double-brushed for added softness and comfort. Of course, the PJs come in many colors and prints—the camouflage is a great gift for that outdoorsman or military member. Another favorite of mine are the Big Feet PJs in red and black plaid—a true classic. Because the pajamas are made from such a high-quality fabric, they will not pill when taken out of the dryer. The pajamas button up the front and have non-slip soles. There’s even a drop-seat option for quick bathroom stops during timeouts!
Air/Q Whole Room Air Freshener (www.AirQHome.com) -- $250; $49.95 additional scent cartridges
Here’s an item that’s long overdue! Keep that man cave fresh and inviting by giving your guy—or just taking it upon yourself to stash—the Air/Q Whole Room Air Freshener. This isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill air freshener. Rather, this sleek, five-inch cube, which is handsome enough to be on display and has a very small footprint, works continuously to eliminate common household odors, including those commonly found in a man cave, such as cigarette and cigar smoke, spilled beer, and man cave food favorites. Rather than masking these odors, Air/Q erases them through the use of proprietary neutralizing agents that work with the custom-made scents. There are a wide variety of scent choices, including those that appeal to a guy, so he doesn’t have to worry that his man cave will smell like roses. The Air/Q Whole Room Air Freshener comes with one scent cartridge, and other cartridges are available for individual purchase. The system can be adjusted for any size room and personal preference for scent strength. Now there’s a fresh guy gift idea!
Picanova Custom Canvas Prints (www.Picanova.com) – Starting at $34
Even though he’s sequestered to his manly space, he can still gaze upon his loved ones in attractive, customized wall art. With Picanova, you can turn treasured snapshots into gallery-worthy framed canvas prints—from 8”x8” up to 60”-48” in size—simply by uploading his favorite photos to the Picanova website. The intuitive wizard allows users to quickly create one-of-a-kind, personalized canvas pieces with an array of digital effect options (like black and white, sepia, drawing, oil painting, pop art and more), as well as user’s choice of frame and edge options. As a thoughtful display-worthy gift for you guy, you can assure his man cave is decorated with his favorite snapshots—whether that be of his wife, kids, dog, or outings with “the boys.” Using vivid, solvent-free ink, Picanova delivers rich, top-quality print images that are illustrated in lustrous color that’s guaranteed to stay true for 75 years! The canvas prints arrive ready-to-hang. Picanova’s photo canvases are also splash and scratch resistant, and are backed by the company’s 100% “Love It or Leave It Guarantee.
Draw Me Sexy (www.DrawMeSexy.com) – Starting at $125
One of the coolest finds of the season! Draw Me Sexy is the ultimate gift for that special guy in your life. Ladies, all you have to do is email one or more digital photographs of each person to be included in the drawing, including yourself, and the scene you would like to depict. This skilled cartoon artist will then custom-create a caricature of you in the scene, making make you look vivacious in flattering cartoon caricature form. This is a gab-worthy gift that he’ll always appreciate and that’ll serve as a great conversation piece when hosting gatherings in the man cave. “Sexified ladies aside,” the artist can even create fun prints that capture him engaged in a hobby or hanging out with his guy crew. The packages range in price, depending on how many caricatures you want, how many people in the drawing, and the scene. The high resolution 11 x 14” caricatures are delivered via email as an electronic file so you can easily print it out, gift it, and frame it.
The Soft Goat (www.TheSoftGoat.com) -- $11.99
Here’s something that bridges the gap and offers the best of both worlds: men can define their personal man cave style with facial hair AND keep loved ones happy. How? With the Soft Goat—a clever personal grooming product that provides a cure for harsh, itchy stubble without compromising style and sex appeal that is lost when he’s completely clean shaven. It is a hypoallergenic pad that dulls sharp stubble, leaving a man’s face soft and kissable until his next shave. Already growing in popularity, The Soft Goat has reportedly been winning accolades as one of the best gifts, gadgets, and gear for men. There won’t be any need to shy away from close contact when you get your guy The Soft Goat.
"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.
***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***