2009 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

We have something for every budget on our list of gift ideas for the men in your life. Whether your favorite guy is a gadget guru or the quiet nerdy type, we've searched high and low for thoughtful and fun gifts that were made just for him. Happy shopping!

Reporting by Chris Hermosilla, Mariela Rosario and Shani Saxon-Parrish

1. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Athlete

The Stylish Athlete:

Help the men in your life look good long before their workout starts. Pick up a pair of Nike ID's ($110-$185) for your fave athlete. Each customizable pair comes with the option of embroidering a cheeky phrase or initials right onto the shoe. Then take it back to the old school with a classic Adidas Firebird 1 track jacket ($65). These lightweight cover ups are as stylish as they are timeless. And bring it on home with a Nike+ Sportsband ($59), which tracks the distance, pace, time and the amount of calories that your own personal A-Rod has burned during his sweat session.


2. 2009 Gift Guide Him - TV

For the Man Who Has Everything:

This guy is probably the hardest to shop for. Not only does he own all of the latest gadgets, but he's picky to boot. You can't go wrong with Samsung's 40” Series 6 LED-LCD TV (on sale for $1500). Samsung has introduced LED technology into some of its LCD TVs to create a hybrid that gives you improved performance, a super-slim figure (just barely over an inch thick!) and tons of connectivity options. You get full 1080p resolution, a super-crisp widescreen display that uses LED tech to give you a more vivid picture than most other LCD TVs, and the TV’s design is eco-friendly: It uses 40 percent less power than typical LCD TVs, and it’s also mercury-free.

Whether the TV is in your budget or not, all tech-savvy guys would also love to get the Logitech Harmony Universal Remote ($99). It helps make your time to chill that much easier.

 


3. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Cook

The Budding Chef:

Do you know a man who loves to cook? First, count your lucky stars. Then, tell your guy to take a page out of the new Iron Chef Jose Garces's book—literally—by giving him Latin Evolution ($38), Garces's beautiful hardcover cookbook exploring the future of Latin American cuisine. And for all those grill masters who live in an apartment or just don't have the space for a charcoal or gas grill, the new Weber Q140 Electric Grill ($229) is a pretty darn good subsitute. With infinite heat control settings and a large 189 square inch cooking area, he'll be cooking up a family feast in no time flat.


4. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Music

The Music Lover:

For the man who takes his tunes seriously, try the Zune HD (on sale for $267.99). It's the next generation of Microsoft’s portable digital media player. If he’s got a PC, this will connect him to all of his music, plus a built-in HD Radio receiver, HD video output capabilities, OLED touch screen, Wi-Fi access and an Internet browser. And he'll love you forever for these Sennheiser RS 130 Wireless Surround Sound Headphones ($152.95). These are no joke—he won't miss a beat.

5. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Gamer

The Game Boy:

Just about everybody wants the new Playstation 3 ($299) this holiday, and your favorite game lover is no different. It's more energy efficient and 33% slimmer than its predecessor. Plus, it includes built-in Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray player, which means you'll get a crystal clear picture on high-def TVs.

Now that you've gotten the player, you can't forget the games. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ($59.99) is the biggest, baddest action video game this season. It’s definitely not for kids, but this realistic, modern-day military game features intense shootouts and huge cinematic setpieces that will thrill the action-movie buff in every red-blooded male.You also can't go wrong with Madden NFL 10 ($50) and FIFA Soccer 2010 ($56.99). Let the games begin!

6. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Metro

The Aspiring Metrosexual:

Help your man put his best face forward. Hook him up with Every Man Jack Beginner's Luck starter kit ($25). Complete with body wash and bars, face wash and scrub, shave gel and face lotion, it's all any guy needs to smooth out his rough edges and start taking care of his skin. Top it all off with a Tom Ford for Men fragrance gift set ($75), which includes an eau de toilette Spray and after shave balm. The woody and complex fragrance, with notes of lemon leaf oil, basil, tobacco leaves, and leatherwood, will keep your Casanova smelling sweet and ready to hit the streets in style.


7. 2009 Gift Guide Him - Geek

The Loveable Geek:

You know him and love him: The geek next door. Maybe he's your brother, a coworker or your boyfriend—but you've definitely been amused by his less-than-cool interests and hobbies. Well, the secret is out, nerds are awesome and so is shopping for them! Pick up this amazing version of the classic Clue board game based on the hit TV show The Office ($34.95) to get the party started. Throw in the Wow Wee Joebot Robot ($99) which can dance along while you beatbox the night away. Your geek can even square off with the Joebot using his own TV remote controller—let's just hope it doesn't come to that.