It is that time of year again, the overeating, the over spending and the over dramatization of figuring out what to get your special guy for Christmas. I recently conferred with Darryl Rolle, owner of Dapper & Company Men’s Grooming Salon on his 2013 holiday wish list. He has provided a pretty good shopping list of this season’s hottest items that every man will want to have. There is something on this list for every price range. Here is Mr. Rolle’s top 10 items for 2013.
Use Voice Commands – Create calendar events, check weather & directions, set an alarm and search the web hands-free.
View Notifications – Get SMS, calendar, email and social notifications anywhere, anytime.
Voice Text Messages – Send and receive hands-free voice-to-text messages while on the move.
Take Phone Calls – Answer or place a quick call from your wrist, even when your hands are full.
Martian Electronic Leash, Remote Camera Control and more! List Price $299
2. The Solar Phone Charger This is a neat gift for the outdoor man or the man on the move. It retails for about $39.99. An ultra-lightweight power supply charges smartphones and USB gear anywhere. Goal Zero Switch 8 is the perfect pocket-sized companion and won’t weigh you down, only charge you up so you’re always connected. Talk Longer Fully charge a smartphone in 1 hour.
3. Rover 2.0 App-Controlled Wireless Spy Tank “Faster, smarter, better…Rover 2.0 goes where no app-controlled tank has gone before.” I am not sure where the others have gone before or what you do with this, but it is a gadget. Men can control it with their cell phones. It blinks and makes noises. It retails for $119 at Brookstone.
- Drive it with your iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch® device, or with Android™ smart phones and tablets
- See in the dark using Rover’s built-in night vision
- Stream and record live video and stills
Upload videos and stills to Facebook, Youtube and Twitter sites right from the App
4. n’ICE Cubes Stainless Steel Drink Chillers – Set of 6 “These cubes are the new ice. Because n’ICE Cubes will never melt and dilute your drinks. Simply place in the freezer for a few hours, then slip a handful into a glass and pour on your favorite potent potable, like a top-shelf single malt. In minutes, your drink is nicely chilled—and full strength. Afterwards, just rinse, dry and replace the stones in the freezer for next time.” Retails for $24.99
5. The Pocket Projector “Compact, portable and rechargeable, the Brookstone Pocket Projector slim takes you from classroom presentations to game time with friends to movies and videos on the go. It connects via HDMI to most smartphones, tablets, computers, video players, game consoles, digital cameras and more. Advanced DLP® technology delivers a sharp, clear image up to 60″ diagonal on any flat surface.” Retails for $199
- Full-sized QWERTY Keyboard
- Simplified Pairing via Bluetooth. Compatible with Latest Devices
- New Pocket-size, Slim Design. Doubles as Virtual Multi-touch Mouse
- Built-in Battery (2 hrs+ operating time). Works on Most Opaque, Flat Surfaces.
Retails $149.00 But shop around, there are some places you can get it for $100.
7. Phocus 3 Lens Bundle for iPhone 5/5S Simple slide installation makes it quick to go from phone to camera Improves iPhone stability Allows for iPhone tripod and monopod mounting Use wide-angle, macro. and telephoto lenses on your iPhone Shoe mount for lights, microphones, and other effects Access all iPhone buttons and ports Retails for $129.95 Maintains ability to send and receive data, text, gps, bluetooth, and cellular signals Easy to use, Lightweight, Durable.
- Padded, fleece lined side entry laptop compartment fits most 15” laptops
- Integrated foam panels keep your electronics and other valuable protected
- Padded iPad™/tablet/e-reader sleeve in main compartment
9. Amazon – Kindle Fire HD 7 inch Tablet with 8GB Memory
Android operating system
Along with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor lets you launch apps, games and videos quickly and allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.
Provides fast wireless Web connection, so you can stream content, access your e-mail and more.
7″ high-definition touch-screen display
With 1280 x 800 resolution delivers sharp visuals and easy navigation.
8GB on-board memory
Offers spacious storage. Unlimited Cloud storage allows easy access to your media and more.
Enables simple wireless pairing to a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player. Retails $139.oo
- Removes up to two times more plaque than a manual toothbrush
- Sonic technology cleans with up to 31,000 brush strokesper minute
- Easy-start eases you into the Sonicare experience
- Smartimer sets brushing time to two minutes
- Angled neck and contoured bristles for comfortable brushing
Retail $29.97 at Walmart.
11. Marcy Slant Board
In order to keep the Dapper Man in shape, Kmart has a slant board, that can easily be stored in the corner of he bedroom, garage or laundry room for easy home work outs. Retails $43.00
Utility slant board with 1″x1″ round and 1.25″x1.25″ square 14 gauge tubing. Boxed upholstery with high density foam and vinyl. Durable powder coated finish.
Features comfortable and adjustable foam securing pads and legs and ankles. Extra long back board. Compact design with durable construction. Strengthens abdominal and core muscles. Easy to assemble.
There should be something on this list for every type of Dapper Man and something to fit every type of holiday budget.