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15 Offbeat (but Still Practical) Cool Guy Gifts

Cool guys can be tough to shop for. Here are some ideas for gifts that are a little less traditional and a little more off the beaten path.

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Cool guys can be tough to shop for. Here are some ideas for gifts that are a little less traditional and a little more off the beaten path.

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Quikflip 2-in-1 Backpack Hoodie

The Quikflip Backpack Hoodie changes as your needs do, transforming from a sweatshirt into a drawstring backpack in just a few seconds. When in backpack form, the Quikflip has both a large and small storage compartment, and the backpack straps become hidden and undetectable when the Quikflip is being worn as a hoodie. This could be great on a camping trip—you could carry gear in the backpack during the day and then turn your bag into a hoodie when temps drop at night.

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Magnetic Bottle Opener with Hoop

A bottle opener with a convenient place to store bottle caps once they’ve been popped free? Sounds like you’re just a few steps from a “who can flick the most bottle caps into the basket” contest! The entire backside of this bottle opener is covered by a magnet so that it can be securely attached to a refrigerator, tailgate or any other magnetic surface.

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A Drone for Beginners

Drones are cool, increasingly popular pieces of tech that are a blast to use. But learning how to fly a drone can be tricky and it’s probably best for beginners to cut their teeth on a less expensive, lower stakes model like the Tello Quadcopter. The Tello is still a quality drone, with a high-capacity batter and an equipped image processor that can capture high-quality photos and videos.

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Suction Chilling Stones

Chilling stones keep beverages cool just like ice cubes but come without the unfortunate side effect of gradually watering down the liquid they’re chilling. This version attaches to the bottom of the glass with a suction cup to avoid breaking any glasses made from delicate glass.

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Waterproof Flameless Lighter

This lighter’s sealed cover and locking clasp combine to create a completely waterproof shell. The lighter’s flameless heating element is also windproof, making it a great tool for starting campfires in less than stellar conditions. It’ll last for about two hours of continuous use when fully charged.

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Lightsaber Chopsticks

Being a nerd is cool now! But you don’t need to be a laser-sword aficionado or from a galaxy far, far away to enjoy these Star Wars themed chopsticks, which are a great gift for anyone who happens to be a fan of both science fiction and eating oriental cuisine.

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Paladone Fender Amp Mug

Music fans will appreciate this oversized mug designed to resemble a classic Fenway amp. It might even provide enough inspiration to get someone to quit putting it off and finally learn how to play the guitar.

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Here’s a really cool project one of our readers made from an old guitar.

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Ultralight Survival Tent

It’s not just a tent big enough to fit two people-  the “Don’t Die In the Woods” ultralight survival tent can also function as an emergency sleeping bag, a bivey, and a space blanket. The tent is made from a heavy duty mylar material that is waterproof and reflects up to 90% of body heat, helping keep the elements at bay even in the harshest of environments. It’s definitely an essential option for outdoor gear you need to pack.

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Supersized Flip Cup

Give this set of extra-large flip cups as a gift and you’ll be sure to get thanked the next time the person you gifted them to hosts a house party or brings them to a tailgate. These over-sized cups supersize the fun of the classic flip-cup game- although it’s probably safest to only play a few rounds if you’re filling these cups all the way up.

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Sofa Drink Holder

Who among us hasn’t sat down, looked for a safe place to set their drink and wistfully thought, “I wish my couch had cup holders like my car does…”? The CouchCoaster turns the arm of a couch into a one-size-fits all drink coaster, with weighted ends draped over either side that hold it in place. Here are more “as seen on tv” products that actually work.

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Chainmail Scrubber for Cast Iron Pans

Cast iron skillets are fantastic- cast iron distributes heat evenly so that food cooks uniformly across the entire surface. But it’s also a bit of a pain to keep clean- unless you have this pan scrubber made from chainmail. Scrubbing pans with just this tool and water will quickly remove residue and filth from the pan, making cast iron maintenance much easier.

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Ninja Star Fridge Magnets

Sometimes, it helps get things done if chores don’t seem so mundane. These ninja star magnets add a sense of danger to any shopping or to-do list that you’ve got pinned on the refrigerator.

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Waterproof Socks

Listen: there’s nothing wrong with giving someone socks as a present. But if you are going to give someone socks as a gift, they better be pretty cool socks. These socks from Showers Pass are perfect for people who love the outdoors, but hate the feeling of wet feet. They’re made from a special membrane that allows the socks to stretch without expanding, keeping them waterproof yet breathable all at once.

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Machete Spatula

While you’re probably better off getting a real machete if you’re looking for a tool that will actually, you know, cut things, this machete spatula is a fun addition to any grill kit. It’s even got a bottle opener built into the base so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage while you grill out.

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Super Hero USB Stick

Who better to guard the secret files on your flash drive than Captain America himself? This flash drive comes with either 8 or 16 GB of storage and is also available in the form of several other well-known super heroes.

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Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplanes

People have been obsessed with making things fly since long before the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903. Now, modern technology can enable anyone to create their own aircraft with just this kit for smartphone controlled paper airplanes.  The Bluetooth-enabled motor lets you fly a paper airplane through your smartphone just like any other remote controlled flying machine.

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You’ll never believe what one of our readers turned into a play set for his airplane-loving grandson.