Gift Guide for Groom Guys
Creative Attendant Gifting Without the Heavy Lifting
by Carolyn Gerin
Beach Blanket Bachelor Pad
You know the waves are going to peak in about an hour because you just checked your Quiksilver Deep Tidewatch ($124). 15 years of built-in data gives you tide time and water height in seconds for 200 surf spots around the globe, including the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Australia. A Surf Heat Timer, stainless steel case and 20 ATM water resistance makes this a surfer’s dream.
While you’re waiting for the swell, chill out with the Quiksilver “Beach Trip” ($92), a wonderful solution for both oral and aural fixations. A combination cooler, speaker set and amplifier, it connects to an iPod and holds your beverages du jour. Now that’s livin’ large.
Ahhh, you’ve just settled into your seat in first class, the last vestige of peace and quiet in air travel. You’re looking forward to a relaxing flight before your presentation in Hoboken in 6 hours—until the nice lady with her colicky newborn sits next to you. Don’t fret. The Sony Noise Cancelling MDR-NC50 Headphones ($200) reduce noise, stress and free-floating rage in one easy solution. You get 14dB—that’s 80%—noise reduction at 300Hz! You’ll hear more music and less environment.
The Garmin Forerunner 101 ($114) device is a personal trainer with GPS technology for accurate speed, distance and pace plus the efficiency of a wristwatch. Use it, and you won’t have to mark your path with breadcrumbs to find your way home. You’ll also be able to measure how fast and far you went a week, a month or 2 years ago. If you want to hike the trails less traveled, leave the navigation to Garmin.
Jetboil ($80) is the first in a revolutionary new line of Personal Cooking Systems that offer a fast, simple solution to cooking hot food in the outdoors, or heating up coffee or soup at midnight in the wilds of your office cubicle. Integrating burner and cookware, Jetboil’s design relies on a quick and efficient proprietary heat transfer system. This light, compact and expandable appliance is just the ticket for the guy on the go (or in leg irons at the office).
Whether you spend the day playing park ranger or wave hunter, Motorola Talkabout 2-Wave Radios ($50-100) do the job. Covering an 8-mile distance with 22 channels (8 of them weather), they’re great for camping, surf trips, or tracking your buddy down at a trade show (while looking official).
Emergency Broadcast System
With a dash of WWII charm, the L.L.Bean FR-200 AM/FM Shortwave Radio ($40) helps keep you informed without batteries. This portable crank radio includes AM/FM and a worldband tuner. It provides an hour of listening with one minute of cranking, and features an emergency light and rechargeable battery. A great gift for conspiracy theorists or those unhinged by a power outage.
About The Author: Carolyn Gerin is the creator and co-author of the bestselling Anti-Bride Guide, Anti-Bride Planner and Anti-Bride Etiquette Guide at Chronicle Books.