Editor's note: This is part three in our four-part Newton Holiday Gift Guide series, where we present holiday gift suggestions you can find right here in Newton. Check out Part One: Kids and Part Two: Women.
Stay tuned for next week's installment, which will be posted Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Everyone knows that men are the hardest to shop for, right? But fear not- we've scoured the streets of Newton looking for that just-right gift for all kinds of guys.
Ipad stand/mount – When you shop in that store that sells the iPad, they have the tablet on a cool, rotating mount that allows you to do all sorts of fun things with it (usually play marble-in-a-maze games, if you’re anything like me). Well, now your gadget guru can do that and more with this nifty protective stand for home, car or office. It allows him to leave on his “smart cover” but also hang the iPad from the back of the headrest so movies can be viewed in the back seat of the car or stand the iPad up on his desk.
Cellphone Chargers – Your smart fellow can install additional memory into his computer, but he can’t remember to keep his smart phone charged or to bring his charger home from his cube. Make sure you can always reach him by stuffing his stocking with some extra phone chargers from Enercell. Get him a spare wall charger for the office and a car charger, too - then he won’t have any excuse for not picking up a gallon of milk on the way home.
Available at Radio Shack. Emercell AC charger for iPhone/iPod/iPad ($29.99); Emercell car charger for iPhone/iPod ($24.99) – other brands (for other smart phones) available in store)
Weekend Warrior/Wannabe Athlete
Massage - So maybe the man in your life isn’t in quite as good shape as he thought. He might not tell you he’s hurting, but his groans and cracks as he limps in off the slopes or in from the pickup basketball game speak volumes. Silence his aches and pains with the gift of massage from East-West Body Therapy. They’re offering special holiday gift certificates now through Christmas; they can even be purchased online. And if you want to add a little quality time to the experience, book a couples massage- there’s nothing wrong with gifting yourself, too.
Available at East West Body Massage Therapy & Sauna – 6o min ($65 ind/$130 couples); 75 min ($80 ind/$160 couples); 90 min ($100 ind/$200 couples). Also offered in 3- and 5-pack 60 min bundles ($200/$325)
Gift card for home gym equipment- Winter is upon us. That means it’s even harder to get out of the house for a run or even make the short trip from the car into the gym. Why not make his workout easier for your less-than-enthusiastic exerciser by giving him the chance to set up his own home gym? Gym Source is one of the oldest home fitness companies in the country, and with gift cards in varying amounts as well as an expert staff, they will have your fellow back on the road to fitness in no time.
Available at Gym Source. Gift cards ($25, $50, $100, $500).
Tool Set with Box – According to the guys at the hardware store, “There’s no such thing as ‘duplicate tools’ for guys,” so don’t worry about getting your handyman something he already has. And the tools that come in this set (tape measure, hammer, level, pliers, wrench, two screwdrivers, utility knife and saw) are housed in a very versatile nylon-sided bag. Add an additional set of pliers (cutters, linesman and longnose), and your guy will be making home repairs before you can say, “Um, maybe we should call someone…”
Available at National Lumber. 10 piece tool set with box from Do It Best ($49.99); three-piece plier set from Fuller ($9.99).
Make it Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations – Celebrity handyman Mike Holmes is back on HGTV with his new series “Holmes Inspection.” But he can help your Mr. Fix-It “make it right” (his catch phrase) around your house with his new book that is chock full of helpful suggestions and tips about how to do easy, safe and successful home improvement projects. Laid out in an easy-to-follow and helpful fashion, this – and other books in Holmes’ Make It Right series- is getting good reviews from amateur handymen all over the internet.
Available at New England Mobile Book Fair. Make It Right by Mike Holmes ($17.56 + tax)
Chef’s knife/knife sharpening – If you’re tired of your “Iron Chef” crying over onions (or pretending to), give him a sharper knife with which to work. The Global 8" Chef’s Knife is renowned for its razor sharp edge, lightweight and perfect in-hand balance. Or if your man-about-the-kitchen already has a good knife or two, help him keep them in shape by getting them professionally sharpened.
Available at Stoddard’s. Global 8” Chef’s Knife- $114.95. Knife sharpening available in store or through the mail- see website for details.
Essential Pepin – He’s like the male Julia Child, the doting grandfather of cooking, the first real local celebrity chef (he’s a professor at Boston University) - what’s not to love about Jacques Pepin? Now your own beloved culinary genius can benefit from Pepin’s nearly 60-year career with his new cookbook, Essential Pepin. The book also contains a technique DVD and is a companion to Pepin’s 26-part series on PBS. Simply explained and charmingly illustrated, this is a real must-have for any cooking aficionado.
Available at New England Mobile Book Fair. Essential Pepin ($32.00 + tax)