It’s that time of year, when everyone from your girlfriend to your mom to your cubicle mate wants gift ideas for things you want. Coming up with a list of things we want isn’t the hard part; I’ll take a 3D printer, new Allen Edmonds, and a week in Norway – it’s coming up with things we want in affordable gift ranges that makes this so difficult. If it’s something we want, and it only costs $25, we probably would have just bought it for ourselves already, right?
That’s where the Primer Gift Guide comes in. It’s chock full of awesome stuff you’d love to have, but might not be able to justify shelling out the money for.
The gifts are categorized in price ranges so you can easily come up with ideas for your office Secret Santa from the under $30 range, or ideas for your girlfriend in one of the higher ranges. She’s been begging for ideas since Thanksgiving, lets give her some.
What’s Primer Approved?
On some of the gift ideas there’s a small “Primer Approved” badge. This is a classification for some of the products I’ve tested hands-on and feel they’re worth the money. Companies can’t pay for this distinction: The product we used must have met both the advertised promises and our expectations.
Guitar Wall Mount
For practically pennies you can change your old acoustic from a dust collector to wall art.
Tovolo King Cube Ice Trays
These large ice cubes are slow melting, perfect for your next Old Fashioned.
Wall-mounted bottle opener
Ditch the plastic keychain and install this die-cast zinc wall-mounted opener.
A 13 year old boy had an idea: What if you buy a can of soup, donate it to a food shelter, and then make a candle with a “manly” smell inside the leftover can. Sounds pretty good to us.
Reusable Metal Filter for Aeropress
Love your Areopress but hate the paper filters? Upgrade to this American Made stainless steel alternative.
Pick up a bottle of expensive smelly water. Here are 4 to consider.
Give our easy DIY belt project a try for a nicer belt than you’d feel comfortable buying in a store.
Infared thermometer with laser
Sure, you’ll probably just use it for the grill or to futz around with boiling water, but it’ll be fun won’t it?
Tightvac Vacuum sealed coffee container.
This unique coffee container creates an airt-tight seal, while also allowing the beans to vent CO2.
Houndstooth Tie Clip
At 1” this sharp looking tie clip will look great with a casual getup or a suit.
Charcoal and cinnamon knit tie
With a suit or a sweater, this beautiful tie will keep you stylish all year.
Bittercube artisanal cocktail bitters
Mountek Phone/GPS auto CD player mount
Fits almost any GPS or phone and slides into that unused slot in your dashboard. CD players…remember those?
One set of collar stays for all of your shirts. Swiss Stays are adjustable to four different sizes.
Dockers Grooming Set
The Pleasures of Cooking for One
Just because you’re on your own, doesn’t mean you can’t eat good food.
American-made magnetic lightswitch plate
A nice pair of underwear, for a change
Grab a pair of shorts that you won’t be embarrassed to strip down to. Made in the US of A.
Chefman Cordless Electric Kettle
Whether you’re a sophisticated tea drinker or a nightly spaghetti eater, an electric kettle makes everything faster and easier.
Treeline Woodworks Butcher Block
I don’t think they ever clean those cutting boards that come built into the kitchen counter when people move out. Need I say more?
Cuisinart 14 piece stainless steel grill set
You won’t have to keep stabbing your steaks with forks with this nice grill set that packs away in an included case.
Flat wallet by TGT
Small enough to fit in your front pocket, big enough to hold everything you need. Made in New York.
Logitech wireless adaptor for Bluetooth devices
Control your tunes from wherever you are – wirelessly. Check out our review here.
Old Calgary Whiskey Wallet
Leather watch strap
A new watch may be outside of the Secret Santa budget, but a new leather strap can revive an old ticker with a new style.
Stop doing that weird “It’s freezing when you get out of the shower” dance – get a bathrobe.
Victorinox Chef’s Knife
Use the right tool for the job with this highly rated chef’s knife from the same makers as the Swiss Army Knife.
Monogrammed rocks glasses
The guy with his initials on the glasses doesn’t have to pour the second round.
American Optics Square Frame Aviators
Still my go-to sunglasses all these years later. They look great on everyone.
Norelco 3 piece face and body groomer
I’ve always hated having to have 19 different shavers to do different things.
Alec Bradley Taste of the World cigar sampler
It’s hard to learn what you like if can’t compare it to something else.
1 TB external hard drive
You know what the best gift of all is? A back-up of every song, paper, and photo on your computer.
Star Wars Frames
After completing Episode III, George Lucas scoured the entire 6 film saga frame by frame to construct this beautiful retelling in the form of photography.
Ben’s Chili Bowl Half-smokes
No matter where you live, you can get DC’s best dogs from the world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl. 16 hot dogs and 2 pints of chili sauce for $5 each – easier than braving downtown DC traffic.
Cuisinart 10 Piece Stainless Cookware Set
Take a look at the pot you use most. Are there scratches all over the non-stick surface? Do you find flakes in your food? It’s time to upgrade, my man.
Having a place for guests to stay in your first couple years out of school is almost impossible. This air mattress is double-high and is more comfortable than a pull-out.