Sunday, December 15, 2013

A MUST SEE! Simply Awesome Of the Month Gifts

These are some of the easiest gifts to buy, and work for last minute shopping - and they give your good cheer not only once but for as many months as you decide. What's not to love?  As late as Christmas morning You can print out a certificate and wrap it and put under the tree - or roll it up and stick it in a stocking.

I put traditional gifts first last and lead with the see the VERY VERY COOL, very unique box choices for kids, for crafters, for art lovers, for organic foodies, for those who want to give with social responsibility - some for as low as $5.75 a month! LOOK THROUGH THEM ALL!

Williams Sonoma has everything from wine to croissants by the month. CLICK HERE for someone with a high taste level on your list.

Give a taste of the South for Southern Food Lovers - CLICK HERE for Lee Brothers. You can find very affordable packages but if you want to go wild, they offer "The Ultimate Southern Pantry" -- 12 months of Southern goodies delivered to your door. Items include: Benne wafers, Artichoke relish, Stoneground grits and cornmeal, Pickled okra, Peach preserves, Creecy greens, Lady Cream peas and red field peas, Boiled peanut kit, Carolina Gold rice, pickled green beans, Cheerwine soda, Moon Pies for $350.

These next ones that are just too a-some to be believed!

KIWI CRATE - Like a house call from the summer-camp crafts instructor. Kiwi Crate’s deliveries include supplies and ideas for a weekend’s worth of creative projects, all designed for open-ended, imaginative play.

Love With Food Boxes: For only $10 a month, this co sends yummy natural or organic food gifts to your recipient BUT ALSO every box purchase buys one meal donation for food banks across the country through the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength—No Kid Hungry.

For the Makers - For about $29 a month, a pair of New York jewelry designers fills each For the Makers box with materials for four to six fashion-forward (but beginner-friendly) projects—and, thankfully, posts step-by-step instructions and how-to photos on their site. (TIP: As of this publication date, get 20% off site-wide with code GIFT20!)

SUPER COOL ALERT for the budget minded: Papirmasse - Art in the Mail. For a year at ONLY
$5.75 a month in Canada and the US ($10.75 overseas) you get archival-quality prints of emerging artists’ work—paintings, illustrations, collages—with a piece of original, contemporary creative writing stamped on the reverse. The format changes from month to month: Past projects have ranged from a 5-by-7-inch booklet to an 18-by-24-inch poster.

VEGAN CUTS Beauty Box- A cruelty-free beauty gift!! The easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you'll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare. For $19.95 per mo, free shipping.

BIRCHBOX: For MEN or women. For only $10 a month, they ship out 4-5 deluxe product samples (think travel-size, not single-use) each month from brands like Benefit, Kiehl’s, Korres, Stila, and Nars—some tailored to the recipient’s specific grooming or beauty needs.

CRAFT COFFEE - a monthly coffee sampler culled from top micro-roasters and boutique bean companies (Portland’s Coava Coffee Roasters, Miami’s Panther Coffee, New York’s Gimme! Coffee). Each set includes three four-ounce pouches with detailed tasting notes and brewing tips.

BARK BOX: Spoil one pup while you help save another: They donate 10% of each sale to local
animal rescues. Boxes contain at least four items, from food and treat samples to shampoos and leashes. chosen to suit your dog’s size.

UMBA: High end handmade crafts from the US and around the world for as little as $29 a month.. They say "We scour the handmade community to find the freshest handmade goods from a wide variety of categories including home goods, women's accessories, jewelry, stationery, and bath products, allowing artists in both the US and around the world to earn a living wage. By subscribing to Umba Box you join a movement of individuals dedicated to making ethical purchasing decisions." 

And lastly, CLICK HERE for a former post called The Conscious Box, and CLICK HERE for Cheese of the Month from Wm Sonoma (half price as of this posting).


CLICK HERE for the homepage of Month Club Store. They have wine, coffee, salsa, jerky, soup, and potato chip of the month, among others, about 40 in total. So check it out for yourself, but here are a few of my picks to get you started:

Puzzle of the Month - Order medium, large or both in variety puzzles for 3,6,9 or 12 months. 3 months is $69.

Bloody Mary ClubThe fans of this drink can be like coffee-lovers - always looking for the best mix, which can be limited based on where people live. Each month the club looks for unique, hard to find mixes from smaller, regional producers.

Golf Ball of the Month New, first quality (not x-outs or used) and include brands like Taylor Made, Calloway, Titleist, Srixon, Bridgestone, Wilson, Maxfli, Nike, Precept as well as top-line balls like Taylor Made Penta, Nike 20XI, Titleist ProV1, Bridgestone B330 and Callaway HEX Tour.  Choose from one sleeve per month (3 balls), two sleeves per month (6 balls) or one box/four sleeves per month (12 balls).

Cigar Month Club - Not sure how good these are but if your recipient is one of those connoisseurs, I would think this would not be for them. But old dad or grandpa happy with a plain old cigar - great gift!

Then there's Clubs Galore - CLICK HERE for a choice of 35 clubs. They offer plants, coffee or tea and biscotti, beer, vodlka, spas, gift cards, and of course, BACON of the month. Here are other picks:

Scotch of the Month!  - Features only authentic, single-malt Scotch, produced in an oak cask and aged 10 – 15 years. They send  a 750 ml of single-malt Scotch each month. Some labels include Duncan Taylor Imperiale 13-year-old 92 proof, Glenmorangie LaSanta, Glenfarclas, Gordon & Macphail, Glen Grant 15-year, BenRiach 15-year, Littlemill 12-year, and more.

The College Care Package of the month sounds unique for that kid who you stare at having no idea what they'll like. A care package is delivered at the end of each month chosen, filled with a mix of healthy and sweet snacks to get them through those long study nights! They also receive a $5 gift card to either Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks and a personal certificate to remind them that you're thinking of them.

Candle of the Month - Offer someone the comfort and warmth of fragrant, glowing candles each month, featuring a pair or set of candles, including beautiful sculptured glass candles, pillar couplets, votive gift sets, jarred candles,etc..

Gardener of the Month - Beyond a simple “seeds of the month” club, your recipient will celebrate the art and science of gardening with their unique surprises each month, including seed kits, innovative tools, whimsical outdoor ornaments, decorative pots, gifts “for the birds,” and more. Thoughtfully chosen and created by horticulturists, garden enthusiasts, and green thumbs alike.

And saving one of the best for last - THE BACON CLUB!! Bacon seems to be making a big comeback... Varieties include Maplewood Smoked Bacon, Pepper Bacon, Sundried Tomato Bacon, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Cinnamon Bacon, and many more! I know it will be a hoot for someone on your list to get this.

This was such a fun post to research and write up. Hope you found something great!! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Everyday Food That French Women Cook...

The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day Hardcover by Wini Moranville.

'Here's great gift idea for the France-lover in your life. The book has more than 250 do-able French recipes; better yet,  Publisher's Weekly called the book "a great read"—the stories with each recipes tell you so much about how the French cook and live today.

$18. 27 ON AMAZON, among other sites.

Amazon's description: "Here is authentic French cooking without fuss or fear. When we think of French cooking, we might picture a fine restaurant with a small army of chefs hovering over sauces for hours at a stretch, crafting elegant dishes with special utensils, hard-to-find ingredients, and architectural skill. But this kind of cooking bears little relationship to the way that real French families eat-yet they eat very well indeed. Now that the typical French woman (the bonne femme of the title) works outside the home like her American counterpart, the emphasis is on easy techniques, simple food, and speedy preparation, all done without sacrificing taste. In a voice that is at once grounded in the wisdom of classical French cooking, yet playful and lighthearted when it comes to the potential for relaxing and enjoying our everyday lives in the kitchen, Moranville offers 300 recipes that focus on simple, fresh ingredients prepared well. The Bonne Femme Cookbook is full of tips and tricks and shortcuts, lots of local color and insight into real French home kitchens, and above all, loads of really good food. It gives French cooking an accessible, friendly, and casual spin."

Quality Books from Ft. Mandan

Looking for Dad, Grandpa, the historian of the family?  It can be hard to find something new that they haven't read - but these are guaranteed to please and be refreshingly new, rich material they can dig into as soon as that wrapping paper is off!

I asked my friend and the President of The Dakota Institute of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation in North Dakota, David Borlaug, to personally recommend two new books for you:

"Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu," by Allen Pinkham and Steve Evans is one of our newest releases. It's the first book on the Lewis & Clark Expedition told "through Indian Eyes," relying upon the stories passed down through the past 200 years by tribal elders. CLICK HERE to buy a beautiful hardcover for $29.95.

Don't miss "Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the VietNam War," by Gary Skogen, a retired LAPD detective and North Dakota native. It's a "M*A*S*H-like romp through, with serious overtones of the seamy underside of war, told by a drug enforcement agent. Skogen's tour in Vietnam was, as he says, the best year of his life.  CLICK HERE  to buy for $29.95.

Both are available at www.FortMandan.comalong with many other books and DVD's. It is well worth your time to take a quick perusal and order today.

 Last years picks can be found HERE and it's quite a nice collection. Please check that out too.

Cheese of the Month for the Sophisticated Palate ON SALE now for half off!!

Editors note: This post has been updated as of 12-15-13 and prices reflect a SALE!

And by cheese, I don't mean cheezy...

You've heard of Flowers of the Month... but how about specialty cheeses for the foodie or wine lover on your list. It's from Williams Sonoma, so the quality is assured for even the most discerning taste buds.

Indulge in their selection of notable cheese from around the U.S., delivered in two monthly installments. "Enjoy a selection of California’s best artisan cheeses delivered right from the dairy to your door in two monthly collections. The unique cheeses offer a generous taste of celebrated regional favorites and a fine balance of flavors, textures and styles." Wine-pairing and serving suggestions accompany each, and shipped chilled.

European cheeses will come over 4 months, taking your recipient "on a journey through the taste and tradition of cheese-making in Italy, France, Spain and England, showcasing each country’s unique terroir and distinctive flavor profile, from luscious triple-crèmes and pungent blues to complex aged cheddars. Each monthly delivery offers a generous taste of celebrated regional favorites." Wine-pairing and serving suggestions accompany each shipment. Approx. 6 lb. 6 oz. cheese total, sipped chilled.
Each link offers a detailed description of what will be sent each month.

TIP: Remember, this gift blog offers things for every price range and hopefully for every kind of person, so if this is out of your range, keep coming back, or simply scroll through other posts or CLICK THE FOOD category on the right to find something just right for you. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

AROMABLISS Ayurvedic Body and Health Essences

These products are made by my friend Lilavati Devi. I've seen her make them by hand and it's the REAL DEAL. A pic from her in the midst...

We went to college together and I have watched her extraordinary journey and growth in life. She became a skincare expert, then a yogini and teacher, making many trips to India to deepen her knowledge, feed her soul and perfect her craft and practices. Along the way, her diet and self-care evolved and purified and she began to make her own Ayurvedic line with the finest ingredients, chanting while stirring to add the all important ingredient of a high vibration and consciousness to it, along with her love and care. The website is just total eye candy with rich colors and nothing short of gorgeous design, thanks to her graphic artist husbandSean-Michael Schexnayder's, help. And the packaging is equal to it. Nothing is spared when it comes to quality.

Here are her top five products. But go to the Aromabliss website to click around for your specific needs - or those of a loved one.

The first item comes with a message from Lilavati herself that will give you an idea. "It is unbearable for me to watch beings ~not~ vibrating at their highest frequency...I exist to enhance beauty, health and self love...we don’t have a lot of time and $ to waste on big batch, ingredient filled products that work ‘a bit’. This crème SAVED me from red, blotchy, dry torment, and for the first time in my life i LOVED my skin. I bow to the Shakti that vibrated through me to create this work of love and will serve it always. This is why only Neroli oil...the most sublime of aromas could scent this whipcrème dream. OM Shri Mata!"

Bliss Balm Face Cream $33

PEOPLE SWEAR BY THIS - Forget neti pots! If you are an allergy sufferer, have frequent colds, or sinus problems, this is transformative. This oil is used to nourish and lubricate the delicate nasal mucous membranes, relieving dryness and dislodging impacted, obscured debris which often exacerbates allergies and head colds.

Nasya Oil $19

I use this every day and night. A rich nutrient filled crème to soften lines, reduce puffiness & care for the ultra delicate eye tissue.

Jasmine Lotus Eye Balm $30

Vamakesi Hair Oil  --This nutrient-imbued oil contains ancient potent hair growth herbs and rich cooling oils to turn dull, lifeless hair into lustrous strands by stimulating and feeding the hair root and scalp. The herbal ingredients contained  are powerful remedies to remove heat from the head, one of the factors known to cause graying and thinning of the hair. Ayurveda guides one to massage this oil into the scalp daily to increases blood circulation and to keep the roots strong, promoting a healthy environment for growth. This is an excellent tonic for combating dandruff and dry scalp. This is a great oil to enhance meditation and deepen a Yoga practice. The name Vamakesi translates as "She with Beautiful Hair" and "The Wife of Shiva".

Vamakesi Hair Oil $15.00
Shakti Ojas --This is highly effective, nutrient filled daily feminine lubricant and longevity oil. This rejuvenating herb-infused infusion is used to support and enhance Female health and beauty. Created with 10 omnipotent plants ayurvedically known for their capacity to nourish and infuse life force and energy, (prana) into the reproductive tissue.

Shakti Ojas $22.00 CLICK HERE

Give this Gift: Humans of New York Book

We the people of planet earth are a fascinating lot - New Yrok City is one of the world's true melting pots. People from all races, ages, ethnicities, incomes, and philosophies all live and work together pretty darn well... 

Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton's enormously visited Tumblr website and subsequent Facebook page is packed with touching images of and mini-interviews with people of all ages on the streets of NYC. Hard to explain this street photography of all kinds of people and what they say in a random moment, but each is touching or thought provoking as well as entertaining.  It is now a book, called The Humans of New York. $18.35 at Barnes and Noble, but you can find it in all the usual places.

Give An Experience - from $ to $$$$

You can do this two ways - if you have the money, you can go wild and check out this site: CLOUD 9. Check it out anyway just for fun!

Search by your city or region for the most popular experiences, or by category, such as action and adventure - be a fighter pilot for a day, learn to fly a helicopter, be a race car driver or get golf lessons wiht a PGA pro.  Choose from 1800 experiences nation wide.  You can also GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE and let your recipient decide... after they stop screaming while jumping up and down.

Pick your region and find wine tours, restaurant hops, dinner cruises, indoor skydiving, in-home cooking classes, kayak tours, mother/daughter or couples photo sessions, bull riding, paint ball, astrology readings,  zipline, bungee jumping, brewery hop, trapeze lessons, sunset balloon rides. The list is fairly endless.

If you have little dough but are creative, you can do as much and as wonderful in a very different way.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking. Just let your creativity go. And don't worry about presentation. Print out pictures or type up a description or get markers or a calligraphy pen and write it out like a certificate on colored paper. Put them in a box and wrap it. Roll it up an dried a giant shiny ribbon around it. Get some of the things that might go with the gift and put them in a basket... you get the idea.

Check your local zoo and Aquarium for behind the scenes experiences with the animals, or things like being  vet for the day. They often cost little for max impact. I got to feed a lion and did an ugly cry through the hugest smile I've ever smiled because it was so moving and AWESOME. I was dizzy, had a great story, and truly forever changed. All for about $55. How valuable is THAT??

Get tickets to something like a baseball game, Blue Man Group, Stomp, Circque du Soleil, the Planetarium...These won't break the bank and are not like plays - they are all round pleasers, and you can never get a bad seat, even if you buy the bargain seats.

How about a home cooked meal for your foodie, something their mom made them, or their favorite dishes that you usually only have once a year (like a full Thanksgiving dinner served in July). Get out the good stuff and set the table with it, candles and toasting glasses, even if they are filled with sparkling water. Present it or have them come into the kitchen to keep you company - the below just may happen!

A museum trip that you plan and pay for (include transportation)  for your art lover. Maybe add in a lunch, brunch, or cocktails in town around it. You can include brochures from different museums in the area to help them choose.

For a spouse, give them a promise to do the dishes or laundry for six months – or give them a few weekends where they can do whatever they want, alone or with you. And make sure to do it!!!

For a parent, give a free night of babysitting. To them, this means an evening doing whatever they’d most enjoy doing without having to worry at all about their children.

There are so many other things:
* Commit to the big, long games like Monopoly or Risk,
* Get a 10, 000 piece puzzle to give to mom or Grandma and do it with her,
* Doing some kind of craft or baking with them, and providing that's needed

* Give a boxed set of a movie/series someone special has been wanting. Watch it together.
* Promise to learn that card game Grandpa likes and pledge to come over 4 Sundays of his choice to spend a few hours playing it - and bring snacks and libations!! And take pictures to remember it all!!

Hopefully this will get your wheels turning, and I bet you will end up feeling it was one of the best gifts you've ever given.

Photo credit for baking and game night:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Some Great Gifts for Her

Yes you can buy hand creams and perfume and wallets and such but what about something more -- like these?

The Nintendo Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus. There are several versions of this, coming with the balance board, various workout extras, bells and whistles.  If she already has Wii and has been talking about the newest version, it - Wii Fit U - is ready to pre-order and can be delivered by 1/10/14 (You can always box and wrap the picture and say it's coming in two weeks - PREORDER at Walmart for only $89). Google around. There is the Wii website and the Wii Fit site too. It was hard to find the whole package, not just the new software, which assumes you already have the rest. But CLICK HERE to see some variety on one page. Prices start at $139.

She does not have to wear a thong or go commando to avoid VPL (visible panty line).  She can just wear one of these boy shorts by MARY GREEN.   It's a big claim to say these boy short undies also make just about any behind look good but that has been the case on all my clients.  I could not find the netting with lace versions that I bought in every color once I saw how great they looked, PLUS how comfortable they were, PLUS (and this is the big one) that they were virtually invisible. Of the two I found, one is made from silk for $29.95.

and the other is cotton spandex for $19.95. CLICK HERE to see them. Scroll down after clicking the link to find the plethora of wild color combos of fabric with contrasting lace. 

Nike Free Flyknit makes bright rainbow-colored running shoes (and black too) that boast the ultimate in flexibility while fitting like a glove. I think she'll love 'em. $166 CLICK HERE to buy, and HERE to read more.

Speaking of rainbow colors... Sunpocket makes these sweet little sunglasses that FOLD in half and in half again. From $89 CLICK HERE. Get black, zebra striped, yellow, orange turquoise, tortoise shell, etc. and get them NOW.

How 'bout a new reader? I am ALL for keeping paper books alive, as well as brick and morter stores, but let's face it, these come in handy for travel, and in so many ways. This is the newest. The Kindle Paperwhite - easier to read, for $119 ON AMAZON.

Les Bulles d'Agathe Bubbles: Verrrrry whimsical and indulgent - and special. Famed French perfumer Maison Francis Kurkdjian has made up four different scented bubble vials. Try violets (pictured here), Pear, cold mint and cut herbs. 1.5 oz, made in France.  $20, available at NEIMAN MARCUSScroll down to the list titled: "You may also like" to find the other three scents. Read all about the perfumer on that page as well.

Pssst: I just ordered these for ME. These well fitting black gloves made from Thinsulate will keep her digits toasty in frigid temps while sporting the touchscreen tips that will allow her to work her phone or tablet without getting frostbite.  She just may text you love notes or answer your call when she's on the slopes or hiking the frozen tundra... $29.99 on sale from $60 ON AMAZON.

She might love this nail kit by Ciate, the ultimate at-home setup for creating hundreds of custom nail looks. Available for $65 AT SEPHORA. Click it for all the details and a list of what's included.

Sugar and Spice and everything nice. Treat House in NY delivers if you're in Manhattan and ships everywhere in the country. Have to pick a dozen little items at about $2 each but each one is a work of art - for the eye as well as the palate. She won't have gotten these before. CLICK HERE to see the plentiful choices and custom make her a box of goodies she will not soon forget!

Ballet flats are in and these ruched suede ones made by Sole Society come in pleasing colors (orange not shown) with a wingtip design that's just enough to set them apart. Google around for her size if you can't find them available on THIS LINK,  for $49.

If I've said it once, I've said it a zillion times. These light flannel pj's from Victoria's Secret are a great fit while being roomy enough to sleep, have great patterns and colors and don't shrink.  ON SALE for $39.50 - CLICK HERE.

If you want something sexier but are wary of lingerie fitting right - go for the best all round piece- the short silk kimono. Make sure it's 100% SILK, NOT satin or faux silk. MAJOR difference to the feel.

CLICK HERE for the this robe - comes in many colors and the fit allows for flexibility. Starts at $49.00 TIP: Get a gift receipt (one that doesn't include the price) so she can exchange anything that doesn't fit right. 

How about a bath tub caddy? You may find these if you look around that are a little less than this one from POTTERY BARN for $79, but it's a great thing. If you want to go overboard, give other packages with a candle, bubble bath or salts, and lotions... Fluffy towels! AND the robe!

She may just ask you to join her!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

GREAT little gift for Dog Lovers

Now here's a great little gift. People LOVE their dogs so these are a sure fire win. From Blue Witch Ceramics.

So MANY breeds to choose from - these ceramic mugs are quality and cost $24.50 from Blue Witch Ceramics.

The Gift That Punches Up Headphones to Sound Magnificent

NuForce Mobile Music Pump

This is for the music afficianado who is senseitive to the best sound. Most MP3 players can’t produce the sort of power great headphones demand. Just insert this genius gizmo between your player and your headphones and you’ll instantly have the extra juice needed for clearer, richer sound.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Few Fab Gifts For Him

How about a pair of Classic Ray Ban Wayfarers? Or the New version? They also come in folding styles - the traditional black, or a choice of about 7 wild color frames and lenses. Or the version with polarized lenses. CLICK HERE to take your pick. $135-300.

The perfect little note pad, made by Owen and Fred. Fits in his jeans, his suit jacket, camera bag, back pack or hunting. The site carries other notepads with quotes on the cover. I went for the handsome solid steel blue cover. $14. CLICK HERE to buy.

Get him out of those baggy gym/basketball shorts. Guys need to know there are things that look good on them and fit well while having the room to move freely while wicking away moisture. Lululemon makes these Core Shorts for only $58 in a variety of colors and patterns.  CLICK HERE

Molton Brown’s new Sport collection includes a 4-in-1 Sportwash for that works as a face wash, shampoo, body wash, and shave gel; an antiperspirant Sportstick; and a Sportsbalm to soothe achy post-workout muscles. $22-26. TIP: Hurry --last date to order for delivery before Christmas is December 13.  CLICK HERE.

Pamper his skin --Anthony’s Perfect Shave Kit includes a cleanser, preshave oil, shave cream, and after-shave balm that will help get rid of irritation and ingrown hairs. Comes in a mesh neat and convenient little dopp kit, great for his gym or weekend bag. CLICK HERE.

Or the The Perfect Traveler: They've put the essentials for the smoothest skin & closest shave in a sleek compact, reusable bag that’s perfect for traveling.  CLICK HERE. Both are $55. TIP: You may find the mens
skincare lines at a store in town. Call some of the major dept stores (or any specialty shaving shop they may have in larger cities) to see if they carry the above. 

Forage Haberdashery has a small, pristinely made collection of hand crafted, bow ties, regular ties and handkerchiefs, neckerchiefs, glass cases, tie bars.  Make sure to visit the SALE page for some pretty great offerings in brighter colors. CLICK HERETIP: 20% off until December 13 with code SNOW.

Scots Gaelic for 'skilled and ingenious', Ealanta is a 19 Years Old Glenmorangie, fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest.

$129 Ask your local high end store or you can probably order HERE.

How about this chic set of four Calphalon's Katana steak knives from Bed, Bath and Beyond? 
$59 but find a way to use one of their 20% off coupons. Spring for 2 sets if you can. 

CLICK HERE TO BUY (or call your local store to see if they carry them). 
Cell phone sized shaver from Shave Tech for quick fixes and other manscaping. Can stow in a computer case, glove compartment, dop kit, messenger bag... $29.99 in black or white.  CLICK HERE.
If you didn't see this already on my Book recommendations, this has to go here.  TOTALLY MAD: 60 Years of Mad Magazine's humor. This magazine was the bomb in the 50's 60's and 70's and this hardcover edition contains all or almost all of the mags from 6 decades. It will be a hit with most guys over 40. On sale for less than half off the hardcover price at $16.77 on Amazon.

Check this out. The Camelback Bootlegger... a lightweight hydration pack for when he's on the slopes - (or hiking or biking). The fully-insulated pouch holds up to 1.5 liters and is slim enough to fit under a ski jacket. The straw easily detaches from the harness for a quick sip on the go, and the HydroGuard coating on the reservoir and tube prevents germ buildup. And only $55!! CLICK HERE. 
Another item for the sports guy, a watch that keeps the heart rate... No need for a chest strap, as the sensor in the Mio Alpha itself. It has a soft silicone band that stays put on your wrist, so the sensor never loses contact with his skin, for a real time assessment of intensity. Customize heart rate zones as needed.  $199 CLICK HERE

How about the Oakley Fast Jacket XL with G30 Iridium Lenses? You won’t need that handicap once your golf game improves, thanks to these lenses. UV protection and polarization PLUS they’ll filter through the light conditions to help you see the green clearer than with the naked eye. Just keep that your little secret! $220. CLICK HERE.
Eagles nest Outfitters Hammock: 100% Nylon, 1-person hammock that packs into size of softball for easy carrying. Breathable woven nylon microfiber for superior strength and wear resistance, High-quality steel carabineers and strength-tested nautical-grade line that holds up to 400 pounds. Comes in a variety of colors. From $53 to about $98 ON AMAZON