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Panda Propaganda Tee $25
Does he love pandas and violence in equal measure? Let him show off his unique tastes in a Panda Propaganda tee by local designer Bacee.
Unhinged Platform, 1121 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6588, UnhingedSLC.com
Gransfors Bruks Ax $110-$130
These axes have been hand-forged by professional smiths in Sweden since 1902, each carrying the initials of person who made it. Smaller axes can be used for knife-like cuts, larger axes for splitting wood. All usefulness aside, what dude hasn’t always wanted an ax?
Kirkhams, 3125 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-486-4161, Kirkhams.com
Glowing Insect Mouse $24.95
Arachnaphobes and sadists alike will enjoy this mouse, which contains a totally creepy actual dead insect. If the sense of power isn’t enough, the mouse also glows at all times, so he can turn every day into a rave.
Clark Planetarium Gift Shop, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-456-7827, ClarkPlanetarium.org
Death Star Bottle Opener $18
Cast from solid metal and featuring actual details of the Imperial battle station, the Death Star bottle opener is both imposing and incredibly helpful. It’s magnetized, so it can hang ominously on your fridge when not in use.
Dr. Volts Comic Connection, 2043 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-485-6441, DrVolts.com
Bailey’s By Hollywood Fedora $76
Is it possible for a young-ish guy to wear a hat without looking like a total douche? Yes, if he’s got the right hat. This Hanson LiteStraw hat fits the bill. Its soft, smooth body and feather accent give it a classy, vintage look. Just make sure he follows proper hat etiquette and wears it only when he’s outside, or on his way in or out.
Endless Indulgence, 105 25th St., Ogden, 801-540-8390
Viper Shot King Dartboard $56.50
Don’t sully the man cave by settling for a low-quality starter dartboard. This regulation-size board is made from sisal fibers so that it almost magically heals itself, and the numbers are rotatable, extending the life of the board even further. The included two sets of darts will get him playing right away.
Lina’s Dart Shop, 3149 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-487-5330
Andrew Christian Underwear $14-$26
Women have Victoria’s Secret, and now men have Andrew Christian, a line of underwear that’s always extra soft and comfortable and runs the gamut from normal to freaky.
Spark, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-1574
Rocket Car $19.99
Nothing says Christmas morning like the entire family gathered together for hours, painstakingly building a possibly dangerous rocket. This 2-foot-long rocket car’s “fuel” is baking soda and vinegar, which will propel it over 200 feet.
Blickenstaff’s, 15 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, 801-456-0700; 4801 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-426-9300, Blickenstaffs.com
Bone Cheese Board $117
He’ll probably never stop making those late-night trips to the fridge for bread and cheese, but at least this sophisticated cheese board and knife will add a touch of class to his shameful, but delicious, habit.
Jade Tree Gifts, 4387 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-479-5535
Brass Desk Toys $74-$100
These fold-out binoculars and monocular are small enough to slip into a vest pocket or tuck into the secret compartment of the desk in his office, and their 2x magnification make them the perfect tools for spying on his nemesis in the skyscraper across the street.
Tabula Rasa, Trolley Square, 602 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-575-5043, TabulaRasaStationers.com
If there were any doubts that guys can pull off Toms, they should be erased with the release of Toms+, featuring premium craftsmanship and materials for more stylish and rugged looks. But they’re still just as comfortable as ever, and with every purchase, a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need.
Chalk Garden Co-Op, 74 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4032, ChalkGardenCo-Op.com
Bulldog Skincare $12-$18.50
Packed with natural ingredients and featuring a manly, no-frills design, Bulldog products are best in show when it comes to men’s grooming, having garnered accolades in Men’s Health and Vanity Fair. From exfoliation to shave gel and moisturizing, he’ll have everything he needs to look and feel his best.
Maison Confiserie & Boutique, 1291 S. 1100 East, 801-953-0334, BoutiqueDeMaison.com
Coffee Messenger Bag $90 & $110
Now he can wear his commitment to coffee and the environment on his sleeve—er, messenger bag. Glitch Wear upcycles authentic coffee bags into one-of-a-kind bags, featuring houndstooth interiors, plenty of pockets and indie cred.
Atticus Coffee, Books & Teahouse, 738 Main, Park City, 435-214-7241, AtticusTea.com
Tartan Ties $30
Whether he’s a plaid poseur or a dyed-in-the-wool Scotsman, he can be forever plaid—literally, since there’s a virtually infinite number of tartan patterns. Each clan has a sett of tartan of multiple colors, from basic to hunting (darker tones), ancient (the colors a little lighter, as they might have been when originally dyed in the 18th century) to modern (modern dying techniques for vibrant colors), and Edinburgh Castle imports the best to Salt Lake City.
Edinburgh Castle Scottish Imports, 124 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-1406, EdinburghCastle.com