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Nothing says "Thank you for being in my wedding, man, but I hate shopping" like a money clip or a flask. Although we appreciate the three we received this summer alone, it’d be awesome if there were some variety in what are usually the lamest and most overdone gift ideas in a man’s life since Mom’s Christmas socks. Check out the best gifts to give your pals that won’t have them regretting buying that tux.

Bluegrass Bourbon Barrel, $65.95

An ideal find for the DIY dude and spirits enthusiast, this barrel is the guy gift we wish we were given. Each of your friends can have a customized engraving on the front of his barrel and will be able to create his drink and taste of choice.

<a href="http://www.dynaspy.com/hires-pen-video-spy-camera-8gb-memory-gold-p-222.html" target="_blank">Hi-Res Spy Pen Video Camera DVR, $99.99</a>-

As well as being a nice-looking writing implement, this two-in-one pen (containing a secret spy camera and 8GB of memory) is perfect for gathering blackmailing material for future best man speeches.

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kala-KA-15S-Mahogany-Soprano-Ukulele/dp/tags-on-product/B001LU1SFO" target="_blank">Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele, $55</a>-

Scrap the guitar idea you had for all your music-loving buddies and get them this uke instead. It’s as unpredictable as it is cool: Even the most iconic musicians are turning to this instrument, so why shouldn’t your friends?

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ion-Audio-Profile-LP-Turntable/dp/B0029QRA1U/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1310681373&sr=8-10" target="_blank">Ion Audio Profile LP USB DJ Turntable, $50.99</a>-

Everyone has an MP3 player now. You hear that? Everyone has one, so don’t get your groomsmen an MP3 player. Instead, go with this turntable that you can link your laptop or MP3 player to and show everyone your badass scratching skills (please, for the love of God, never claim to have “badass scratching skills” unless you really, really do).

<a href="http://www.genuinehotrod.com/itemgroup/Keg-Shaped-Propane-Grill" target="_blank">Keg-shaped Grill, $69.95</a>-

With football season on the horizon, here’s a perfect gift that rounds out the best thing about tailgating next to the beer – grilling! Combining a man’s two favorite things, this propane-dependent party starter has portability, size and functionality unmatchable by anything you’ll see in the parking lots this year.

<a href="http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Port%252da%252dPint.html" target="_blank">Port-a-Pint, $9.95</a>-

This is the perfect gift for all your former college kegger buddies. Now, instead of using a red Solo cup, you can flick your wrist and pop goes this piece of plastic in to a pint. Just twist it to lock things in place and your friends will be ready for a night to remember (that they’ll probably forget).

<a href="http://www.cuffart.com/traysix.htm" target="_blank">Shark Cufflinks, $45</a>-

These grenade-shaped cufflinks are small enough to be subtle, but remain a handy reminder not to allow any grenades in the hot tub.

<a href="http://www.swissknifeshop.com/gift-ideas/groomsmen-gifts/swiss-army-money-clip-alox" target="_blank">Swiss Army Money Clip, $33.75</a>-

No one wants a money clip. But a money clip that can cut a man and clean his fingernails? Shit, yeah!

by John Lonsdale

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