2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for Men

Photos courtesy of each manufacturer.

Whether your guy loves music, art, or the latest gadget, here are a few ideas that will make his day.

Gramovox Vertical Turntable

gifts for men: Gramovox

This Chicago-based start-up has perfected the art of the all-in-one turntable — with serious cool factor to boot. $550, Gramovox

  • Even Better: Local businesses like this one share a larger portion of their revenue with the community, enriching the neighborhoods you live in.

Man Ray Early Wood Chess Set

gifts for men: Man Ray Early Wood Chess Set

A conversation pièce de résistance for the design-minded art lover. $620 (15 percent off for CFA members), Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop

  • Even Better: Purchases from the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s shop support their educational mission “to inspire people to discover how design matters.”

Manual Coffee Maker No. 2

gifts for men: Manual Coffee Maker No. 2

The true coffee aficionado deserves this statement brewer, a pour-over so pretty, it doubles as art. $120, Manual

  • Even Better: Chicago Designer Craighton Berman launched his original coffeemaker on Kickstarter in 2014 — and raised a whopping $100,000 in just 30 days.

LSTN Sound Co. Zebrawood Fillmore Wireless Headphones

gifts for men: LSTN Sound Co. headphones

Tricked out with Bluetooth 4.1 and a folding headband, they’re the ultimate in on-the-go headphones. $130, LSTN Sound Co.

Orée Romance Board

gifts for men: Oree Romance Board

Complete with red-lacquered initials and a love poem engraved on the back, it’s designed to make your sweetheart swoon with every stroke. $199, Orée

  • Even Better: These boards are made in small batches from maple and walnut trees from family-owned forests in Eastern France.

GoPro Karma with Hero Six Drone

gifts for men: GoPro drone

The GoPro camera is cool — but the GoPro drone blows it out of the water. (Hint: Register your new toy at registermyuas.faa.gov). $1,199, Abt

  • Even Better: In a world of big box electronic stores, Chicago’s very own Abt has thrived as an independent retailer since 1936.


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Cara Sullivan is Make It Better’s Print Managing Editor. She has held positions at Cosmopolitan, Allure, and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines, and writes for many national and local publications. Sullivan lives in Ravenswood Gardens with her husband and two young daughters, and is a passionate supporter of Indivisible Chicago, a grassroots organization that focuses on direct actions that small, local groups can take to influence their representatives in Washington.