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10 Best Gift Ideas for Men for Under $100

By Jason Steele

gifts for menEspecially if you’re on a tight budget, it’s tough to shop for gifts for men. Since you’ll be looking for a low-price gift, chances are that if he wants it, he already bought it. The trick? Find something he wouldn’t have gotten on his own.

Here are some one-of-a-kind experiences or high-priced items that you can get for a surprisingly low cost. By focusing on luxury items that you can find for a reasonable price, you can delight someone with an item he normally wouldn’t have even dreamed of purchasing.

Unique Gift Ideas for Men

1. Flight Lesson

Flying is an expensive hobby, but fortunately, most flight instructors will offer new students their first flight lesson for free, leaving only the cost of renting the aircraft. After finding a local flight school, ask for an introductory flight lesson or a “Discovery Flight.”  The lesson (as part of the sport pilot license) should last two hours, including about 30 to 45 minutes of flight time.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association has a flight school directory on its website. A flight lessons is normally a very expensive experience that you can provide for a down-to-earth price.

  • Estimated cost: Between $80 and $100

2. Tools

Most men already have their own set of tools, and they make do with what they have. They know their tool kit isn’t perfect for most of the jobs they do. You’ll thrill him with an upgrade, including great products like cordless tool sets with drills, saws, and lights.

Other luxuries include tool boxes and belts, corded hand tools, and next generation flashlights with LED technology.

  • Estimated cost (drill, a saw, and a light): $70 to $100
  • Estimated cost (flashlight with LED technology): $20, although higher end models are readily available

Pictured below is the Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit, available on Amazon for $55.

denali toolkit

3. Hot Shaving Foam Dispenser

There is nothing quite as nice as shaving with hot shaving cream. However, most men wouldn’t think to buy a dispenser and commit to the regular expense of the shaving cream. Normally, this is a luxury reserved only for trips to the barber shop, but you can change all that with a quick visit to Amazon.

  • Estimated cost: $80

4. Dinner Certificate

Any reasonably frugal man would relish the opportunity to enjoy a nice night out for dinner without worrying about the price. Almost every restaurants offers gift cards or certificates of some sort. If you know his favorite place, or if you can find an interesting, less familiar place that gets great reviews, pick up a gift certificate.

Stores like Costco sell $100 gift cards to restaurants for $80, and sites like Groupon and Restaurant.com always have great restaurant discounts and coupons.

  • Estimated cost: Flexible, but you can easily get 20%-off deals

5. Sports Watch

You can’t buy a Rolex with $100, but you can choose from a great selection of high-quality sports watches. Some features of watches in this price range include: solar power, altimeters, and time updates from atomic clocks using radio signals.

If you’re shopping for an athlete or a gadget geek, or if you know he’s due for a new casual watch, search online for your perfect combination of price and features. Buy online and you might be able to avoid tax and shipping charges.

  • Estimated cost: $40 to $60

6. Cool Shades

There are few things that make people look as cool as a nice pair of sunglasses. However, designer brands can charge hundreds of dollars for their best pairs.

You won’t have to do too much research or legwork, however, to find great sunglasses from Ray-Ban or Oakley for under $100. Check your local sporting goods store or a chain like REI, or visit a specialty shop at a nearby mall.

  • Estimated cost: $80 to $100

7. Luxury or Sports Car Rental

You’re not going to put a giant bow on a new Italian sports car and leave it in the driveway, but you can rent a nice car for a day. Many rental car companies offer Corvettes, Mustangs, and luxury cars like as BMWs and Mercedes for the day.

These rentals are great gifts for dads who have been driving the family car for years. Check with the major companies like Avis, Budget, and Hertz, and you’ll find their affordable fleets of premium vehicles.

  • Estimated cost: $70 to $100

man sports car gift

8. Adventure Sports

Nothing makes a guy feel like a guy more than taking on an athletic challenge. Skydiving might break your budget, so look for mountain bike tours, rafting trips, or rock climbing lessons. You can even get a pair of tickets so he can turn it into a guys’ day or a date.

  • Estimated cost: $75 to $100

9. Portable Grill

While a backyard grill will almost certainly cost more than $100, you can get a portable grill for a much cheaper price. Tailgaters and beach bums will love the flexibility of a small, simple grill to bring on the road.

Look for tailgating grills like the Weber Smokey Joe at a hardware store for about $30 or a little hibachi grill at a discount chain store. Learn more about the different types of outdoor barbecue grills to find the best fit.

  • Estimated cost: $30 to $70

10. Amazon Prime Membership

Amazon Prime costs $79.95 a year and consists of two distinct services. The first is unlimited, free 2-day shipping for most items. That’s pretty good on its own, but most guys will be happier with the unlimited video streaming of movies and television. Think of it as a year’s worth of cable television for the price of a couple of months of your traditional cable package.

  • Estimated cost: $79.95

Final Word

Gift giving is a difficult balancing act. You need to find something he wants, but hasn’t gotten for himself already. You want to get something he’ll love, but you don’t necessarily want to spend as much as that might require. Everyone has faced the challenge of trying to find an amazing, yet affordable gift. When it comes to the man who has everything, the challenge is even greater.

Now, you’re equipped with some attractive, affordable options that will make memorable gifts. By getting a bit creative, you can come up with a truly memorable gift that he will remember for a long time!

What are some of the best gifts you’ve gotten for men, for under $100?

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Jason Steele
Jason has been writing about personal finance, travel, and other topics on blogs across the Internet. When he is not writing, he has a career in information technology and is also a commercially rated pilot. Jason lives in Colorado with his wife and young daughter where he enjoys parenting, cycling, and other extreme sports.

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  • http://blog.budgetpulse.com Craig

    A blu-ray player to find under $100 would be difficult and probably a crappy one. Even though you may not think there is a difference, you really can tell the difference between a crappy player and good one. Under $100 up-convert quality DVD player would be a better option.

  • http://steadfastfinances.com Matt SF

    A Leatherman multi-tool makes for a great Christmas gift for a guy. Versatile, compact, and good to keep in the car for emergencies.

  • http://blog.insweb.com Robert

    Buying a gift for a man? Always go with gift cards. Can’t miss.

  • Jacquelyn McCoy

    Matt: I bought my dad a multi tool this year! I am excited to give it to him as he really wanted it and can use it for some many projects. :-)

  • http://Kotulas.com Dane

    Just a heads up that Kotula’s, Kotulas.com, a catalog for guys’ gifts, is offering free shipping on everything ordered for Christmas by December 16.

    Kotula’s offers goofy, unique, and useful gifts for guys. For gifts under $100 they have Truck-mounted toilet seats, solar-powered backpacks, NFL Vibrating football games, and more.

  • Mike

    You can just buy him a PS3. It works as a Blue ray player, video game system, and even as a way to search the internet. Much better than a cheap Blue ray player.

  • CJB

    Thank you all. I am always struggling to figure out what to buy for 31 yr. old son and the other men in my life. This list goes in my wallet.

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