Find new ideas in our latest blog on cool gifts for guys
When it comes to selecting cool gifts for guys, finding the right thing can often be difficult. However, we have taken the time to curate a list of men's gifts for every type of man in your life. Whether the gifts are for your brother, your dad, or your boyfriend, we can help you. We have gifts for athletes, gifts for craftsmen, Christmas gifts for music buffs, gifts for artistic men and more!
Gifts for Athletes
Centuries ago, the Greeks had the Olympics, a festival to showcase the fastest, the strongest and the most physically coordinated men of Greece.
People competed against each other and trained for months or years on end in order to become the best physically, and earn the olive wreath. Athletes are constantly striving to compete. Is a man in your life an athlete? If so, we have a list of several gifts that he would love.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is a watch-like fitness tool to help your loved one track his steps, sleep, and more! The Fitbit Charge 3 is the latest in a line of fitness aids released by Fitbit, and the Charge 3 is definitely an upgrade over its predecessor. It’s similar in design, as a watch-like aid that you can wear on your wrist. The Charge 3 contains a touchscreen and improved display size in comparison to other Fitbits. It is water-proof and can a variety of exercises, including swimming!
The Fitbit Charge 3 goes beyond basic activity tracking. It can help give health feedback, as well. For example, the Charge 3 has a new sleep sensor that can potentially help diagnose sleep apnea! It has a seven-day battery life, allowing your loved one to go for long periods of time between having to stop and charge the Fitbit.
The Charge 3 can connect to your phone’s GPS in less than a second, making it smoother and easier to track workouts. It can read the distance of activities very accurately. Its heart-rate monitoring has continued to improve, and it is generally pretty accurate when it comes to monitoring your heart.
Your physical health or the health of your loved one is one of the greatest investments that you can make. Taking the time and energy to stay fit can save your loved one substantial healthcare costs down the line. Regular exercise increases longevity and reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease. It's also been shown to reduce stress, obesity, and high blood pressure. Plus, it makes you look good!
BUT, The FitBit is only the front end of your cool gift idea!!
With Gift a Panda, you can buy one of our many gym experiences to give your athlete a much-needed gift to help them reach their competitive goals!
Pretty much everyone knows that having a gym membership is a good idea. However, there’s a study that gives a definite answer as to how much of a benefit that a gym membership can give.
A few years ago, Iowa State University gathered about 405 mostly healthy adults for an experiment. About half of them were current members of a gym and had been members for at least a month. The other half of the adults weren’t gym members, and it had been at least a quarter of the year since they were gym members.
All of the participants of the experiment were extensively tested health-wise, and filled out surveys about their lifestyle and exercise activities every week. The University checked the responses in order to tell if the participants met the nationally recommended guidelines for exercise (two-and-a-half hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week, including at least two days of weight-lifting or strength workouts).
Participants who weren’t gym members typically only exercised 137 minutes a week, on average, while participants who were gym members averaged a sizeable 484 minutes a week! I don’t know about you, but that seems like a pretty big difference to me!
On average, less than 1 in 5 non-gym members met the recommended guidelines, while 3 in 4 gym members met the guidelines. This means that if you’re a gym member, the odds are on your side that you will meet the recommended health guidelines.
In general, the researchers found that a gym membership was related to 14 times higher odds of meeting weekly physical activity guidelines. The results of the experiment were similar in both men and women. These results were also adjusted for any health issues they may have had, such as high cholesterol, arthritis, and asthma.
A gym membership had even more benefits than increased exercise rates. In fact, the gym members were less likely to be obese, and had both lower resting heart rates and better cardiorespiratory fitness (including cardio endurance) when compared to the people who weren’t gym members. The long-time gym members did even better than the more recent members.
Are you or your loved one worried about energy levels as a result of intensive gym workouts? No need to worry! Gym members didn’t have worse activity rates outside of the gym. In fact, joining a gym and consistently attending may actually increase you or your loved one’s out-of-gym activity and energy levels!
Here are some top-tier Gift a Panda gym experiences that will help men get into or maintain tip-top shape!
Sunset Gym (San Francisco, CA): “A family friendly neighborhood gym located in the heart of the
Inner-Sunset of San Francisco.
Weight-Lifting: You will enjoy our selection of equipment from free weights, cable extension machines, and machine presses. Time to make those muscles strong!
Cardio: Come and try out our various types of cardio equipment from Jacobs Ladder, Versa Climber, StairMaster, recumbent bikes, stationary bikes, cycles, ellipticals, and Life Fitness treadmills.
Stretching: Come and enjoy our stretching areas with our floor mats, medicine balls, Swiss balls, and foam rollers. You will have two big rooms and a patio area for some serious stretching!”
Under Armour Performance Center (Baltimore, MD): “THESE AREN’T GYMS—THESE ARE UNDER ARMOUR PERFORMANCE CENTERS.
Unrivaled fitness facilities, the latest equipment, and elite training backed by the world’s leading performance apparel brand.
Our Under Armour Performance Centers are elite fitness facilities that embody the Under Armour mission to help all athletes — and FX guests — perform their best. At all locations, our facilities are outfitted with the latest fitness equipment and expansive Under Armour turf where you can power through your workout.
Exercise on your own, join a group class, or team up with one of our certified personal trainers who will empower you to perform your best.
YOU’RE NOT JUST GETTING A MEMBERSHIP, YOU’RE GETTING A SUPPORT SYSTEM.
We know that it takes more than just exercise to see results and achieve a transformation. Every new member is given a holistic evaluation by one of our elite personal trainers. The New Member Assessment encompasses our pillars of health and wellness: Sleep, Exercise, Nutrition, Stress, and Enjoyment!”
Gifts for Craftsmen
Is your brother, husband, father, boyfriend, or friend a craftsman? There is no shortage of excellent gift ideas for woodworkers. From special, high-quality woods to rare or vintage hand tools to the cutting-edge power tools to classes, here are a few gifts that will be sure to make men happy.
Folding Rules are fun, throwback crafting tools that your man will love! Before tape measures came into the picture, you’d often find a folding ruler in a woodworker’s pocket. The Robert Larson Co. 650-1167 3-Foot Folding Ruler brings the old world into the new. It has a nice, ageless quality to it that craftsmen will love. Made from solid hardwood with brass joints, this tool will become your go to measuring device for all kinds of projects. And, at less than $20, it makes a great, affordable gift for birthdays, Father’s Day, or the holiday season!
Isometric Paper is the go-to for planning three-dimensional projects. Its diamond pattern makes it very 3-D friendly, allowing project planners to save time when drawing up blueprints. Developing a plan is half the battle when building a piece of furniture, and detailed sketches help projects move smoothly. The diamond-shaped isometric grid helps you draw accurate, three-dimensional plans. So you can really visualize what you’d like to build and how you’d like to construct it before you start building!
Impact Drivers are an excellent power tool to gift your craftsman. According to finepowertools.com, “If you do not know an impact driver is, it is essentially a smaller, but more powerful cordless drill. They are meant for dealing with tight, rusted, or over-torqued bolts and nuts. These are the perfect gift option because a lot of people do not have one. Even power tool enthusiasts tend to overlook impact drivers.
Impact drivers can also be used for drilling holes. They are very handy in removing and driving fasteners that require higher torque. However they lack the precision torque control of cordless drills. You can learn more about impact driver here.
These are an especially good option if your dad likes to work on cars, and machines. An impact driver can also be used for changing tires or just loosening lug-nuts although an impact wrench is a better option.”
If you’d like, you could even consider enrolling your man in a Gift a Panda woodworking experience!
Do It Together Workshop (Chicago, IL): Do It Together Workshops offers you the chance to create something from nothing in Chicago IL. At Do It Together Workshops you will find a variety of wood workshops to carve, whittle, and bullnose your way to woodworking expertise. Simply navigate to 578 N Michigan St Elmhurst IL 60126 and let the excitement of making a new chair or table draw you closer to mastering the table saw. Once you begin your adventure at Do It Together Workshops, you will start to buzz your way to your own wooden masterpiece.
Center of Woodwork (New York): “CWW is a family owned and run. Its humble beginning traces back to Mexico, where the founder, Manuel was born. Growing up in a small town (Cholula, Puebla), Manuel started working very young. His mother would send him to different jobs or business that would allow him to learn, even if that meant not getting paid.
After years went on, he started to learn more and more and acquire many different skills. His destiny changed when friends invited him to come to the U.S. That trip was one to remember, coming to the States meant even harder work. He would go to many different jobs, from farms to supermarkets and traveling from Texas to Florida and then to New York.
Not knowing that this would become his permanent home, he arrived to Brooklyn where he returned to his beginnings as a carpenter. After many years of working in the field, the time was right for him to start his own company, now with the help of his family he embarked in this new adventure.
Our services range from constructing individual pieces to redesigning entire spaces. We have talented designers in-house to help you customize your project or, if you already have a designer, we can work with them as well.
Some of the materials we work with are:
- Oak (White and Red)
- Birdseye maple
We work with both solid and plywood.
Some of the millwork we specialize in is:
- Custom Kitchens
- Murphy Beds
- Radiator covers
- Bathroom vanities
- Loft beds
- Free standing furniture
- Walk-in closets
Gifts for Artists
Is your man an artist? What is an artist, anyway? Was Picasso correct when he said that everyone is an artist? Or could it be that creativity is something that only certain people receive creativity at birth, just as the Classical thinkers thought? And what is art, anyways? Is it just drawing and painting, or does it include things like dance and theatre, as well?
Luckily, we can leave those tough questions to the artists! If your man is creative and enjoys art or expression, then we have a wide selection of perfect gift options here at Gift a Panda!
Caliente Hot Glass (San Antonio, TX): Caliente Hot Glass offers a number of services! They can provide you with custom-made art glass, readymade one-of-a-kind glass art, classes, and whole studio rentals!
“Blow Your Own Classes are fun 15-20 minute experiences in glass blowing or glass making where you can create your own seasonal & festive glass art. These classes are suitable for ages 14 and up.
- What you do: Select your color & style from our current collection
- Heat your piece
- Add color
- Use your breath to blow into the piece or use glass blowing tools to form your piece
- What we do: Gather & form the initial gather of glass
- Assist you in heating and applying color
- Prepare the piece for you to blow into it
- Form & apply any glass accents
Tandem Glass-Blowing classes are also available and are the top-selling class! What makes our tandem glass-blowing classes stand out?
Experience the glass blowing adventure with our resident artists as we guide you through the design and creation of your own one-of-a-kind art glass. Crowd favorites are fluted bowls and wall platters which are often 10-14” in diameter, and whichever you create, your experience is certainly brag worthy.
Our tandem glass blowing classes are private events for you or your group. No experience necessary, our expert instructors will be with you for the journey! Of course, spectators (and their cameras) are welcome to watch too.
We host classes Thursday - Saturday starting anytime between 2pm and 6pm. Classes typically last 1-3 hours. Online scheduling is available for classes more than a week in advance, but if you’re looking for something sooner, just give us a call.”
Kline Academy of Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA): “Not all art schools are built the same. We are often surprised to find long-time art students, who are still trying to learn how to paint! That's why our founder Cheryl made her motto, "your frustration ends at our front door." Many colleges have become focused on teaching art in a conceptual and historical manner, while many smaller art programs are teaching art in a paint by numbers fashion where everyone does the same painting or offering arts and crafts style classes with little, if any, technique. At Kline Academy though, you will learn real time-tested skills that you can use in your work whether you are taking classes for enjoyment or are working towards a professional career in the arts. These skills have been passed down from teacher to student for centuries and our instructors have traveled the world studying under the living masters of our time, so that they could teach them to you.”
The Craft Guild of Dallas (Dallas, TX): The Craft Guild was founded in 1948 to provide instruction and studios for artists and craftspersons, to raise the standards of craftsmanship and design by offering exhibitions and competitive show opportunities, and to stimulate interest in the fine arts and crafts through community outreach.The Craft Guild operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and derives its funding from annual dues, tuition for classes, workshops, and youth camp, as well as generous donations. Membership is open to the public.
“On October 1, 1948, over forty Dallas citizens, brought together by a newspaper announcement and telephone calls, met at the Downtown YMCA Boy's Club to discuss the foundation of a new, non-profit, tax deductible organization for the local craftsmen who had been without laboratory space since the summer of 1941, when the entry of America into World War II forced the Dallas School of Creative Arts to close its doors. Less than a month later, the new organization had a name and a charter.
Then in January of 2018, as we were celebrating our 70th year, we moved into our current home in Carrollton, Texas. With over 9,000 square feet of studio space we are continuing to grow and expand our classes and workshops. The Guild continues to bring in nationally and internationally known guest artists for workshops in addition to providing year-round instruction in fully equipped clay, metals, glass, bookbinding, beading and painting studios and also offers summer camp art instruction from June to August each year. The annual Spring and Fall Show and Sales are a highlight for the members, as well as the public. There is an onsite gallery exhibiting and selling work by Guild members, instructors and guest artists year round.”
Gifts for Music Buffs
Music is nearly universal, and so many of us find ourselves obsessing over its beauty and artistry.
Apple Air Pods are currently the premier option for wireless Bluetooth earbuds! They can easily connect with your phone, and the lack of cords makes them very convenient. Also, unlike headphones, it’s easy to wear Apple Air Pods while wearing a hat or glasses, since there’s no big, tight, or heavy band connecting them. Apple Air Pods also boast great sound quality for earbuds, making them a must-get if your man doesn’t already have a pair!
If your husband, brother, father, or boyfriend loves music, then feed that addiction with some of Gift a Panda’s best music experiences! Whether he’d like to take a fine night out at the symphony or party at his favorite band’s concert, Gift a Panda is sure to have a satisfying music adventure!
BUT DON’T STOP WITH THE PODS!
Symphony Space (New York, NY): Symphony Space is a cultural hub providing a heartbeat of music to New York from the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
“Symphony Space was founded in the belief that the arts bring people together, transcend barriers, and celebrate both our similarities and differences.
Through adventurous and impactful programming, commissions, and conversations, Symphony Space continues to invigorate these guiding principles, creating magical moments that harness the power of the arts to engage and inspire.”
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore, MD): “The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and community outreach initiatives.”
The Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA): “Since its opening in 1922, the Hollywood Bowl has been the premier destination for live music in Southern California, hosting everyone from Billie Holiday to The Beatles to Yo-Yo Ma under the iconic silhouette of its concentric-arched band shell.
For more than 100 years, music and performance have had a central destination in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl is a venue for showcasing artistic greatness and celebrating our global cultural heritage.
It is also a proving ground for emerging artists and a living laboratory for experimentation and discovery. To explore the Bowl’s vibrant and dynamic past is to have a window on the voices and ideas that have influenced our history and continue to shape our world.”
Regardless of what your man likes, Gift a Panda is sure to have plenty of perfect gift experiences, gift ideas, and enjoyable adventures in store for them!
Gift Experiences are the Way to Go!
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