Rather than simply rely on our best (mostly blind) guesses, we asked the guys in our lives what they're hoping to find tucked in their stockings and placed under the tree this holiday season. Their best advice (and top picks) below. —Vita Daily
on the ball. Help your hubby step up his workout with the GoZone 12lb Medicine Ball (trust us, he'll thank you). This solid natural-rubber ball ($45 at Walmart) is super sturdy and durable, with a textured surface for maximized grip. Easily incorporated into virtually any workout, it can be used to tone muscles throughout the upper and lower body and develop core strength, and is a dynamite (not to mention, dynamic) alternative to free weights.
cosy cover. The perfect blanket for outdoorsy dudes, Rumpl’s down puffy blankets (from $99) will keep him warm and cosy while camping or on long trips. Bonus: they roll into a perfect carrying case so are always easy for your man to keep on hand.
super socks. The Office socks, Elf socks, Star Wars socks, socks for running, hiking and winter activity! Stance makes socks that are more than just, well socks. Our pick (for our person): a pair of The Grinch edition ($23).
well read. He'll be better informed than ever this year with the gift of a Kobo Libra H2O e-reader ($200), which boasts ergonomic one-handed page-turn buttons, waterproofing technology, ComfortLight PRO, a seven-inch glare-free screen and convertible SleepCovers. In black or white, it can hold a whole world of (up to 6,000) books!
pants party. With one hubby saying he needs new pants, we're going for Dockers: classic slacks in a range of styles (from classic to slim to athletic) and colours (we like the Ultimate Chinos in a Dark Ginger hue ($79), and hope he will, too!).
genius grin. Help him take his oral care to a whole new level with Oral-B's Genius X brush ($300), offering AI capabilities to help achieve dentist-level brushing. It works by tracking where he's brushing and offering personalized feedback on the areas that require additional attention.
go for fold. Talk about a techy throwback! Samsung Canada's Galaxy Fold (starting at $2,600) reps the biggest leap forward in smartphone design and engineering since the first smartphones launched more than a decade ago, featuring new ways to multitask, watch videos, play games and more on an immersive 7.3-inch display—the largest-ever screen on a Samsung Galaxy phone. We're sure you'll score a win with this gift pick.
famous shoes. Patent dress shoes are having a moment in fashion right now, which is why our guy has his little eye on a pair of Christopher Bates slippers ($450) in partnership with men's retailer Harry Rosen. Just in time for black-tie holiday parties, New Year's Eve festivities and winter weddings, Bates' shoes feature grosgrain piping and his signature red lipstick print on leather soles.
movie buff. This holiday season we can treat the movie-lover in our life and get a treat for ourselves! When you buy a Cineplex gift card worth $50, you’ll automatically receive a Cineplex Holiday Gift Bundle (two general admission tix, two popcorns and two face concession foods) worth more than $45! Available online or at the box office until January 2nd, 2019, the Holiday Gift Bundle will satisfy everyone (guy and gal) on your list!
sweat shirts. If he's a workout nut, he'll love Lululemon's Metal Vent Tech shirts—and so will you. Lightweight and breathable, these anti-stink training tops keep the air flowing when life gets sweaty for your favourite gym rat.
cuppa joe. For his drink on the go, Yeti tumblers keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold. The lid/mouth piece is magnetic, making it possible to wash every cup crevasse, preventing any bacteria. The whole tumbler is also dishwasher safe and made from durable stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation (the kind of touygh stuff that's right up his alley).
print papa. If your guy's a workaholic, get him a gift that is as ambitious, driven and productive as he is. The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 All-in-One Supertank Printer ($600), poffers cartridge-free printing and enough ink to print up to 7,500 black-and-white or 6,000 colour pages, which is the equivalent to approximately 80 individual cartridges! It’s the ultimate gift for the man who has no time to worry about replacing ink and can’t afford to run out of ink when he needs it most.
Win! A Rumpl & Stance Prize Pack!
We have a winner! Congratulations Irene W. of Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, who won a Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket ($130) and a pair of Stance Mr. Grinch socks ($23) for her main man!