Great Christmas Gifts for the Food-Obsessed Man

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Every Christmas it's the same thing -- what do you get a man? Sure it's easy if money's no object -- get a Porsche and call it a day. But what if your budget is under $50? We've put together a list of sure-fire gifts that he'll love and that won't break the bank. We've put together a list of items that sure to be a hit without breaking the bank.

For The Backyard Griller
If you've got a guy that lives to

grill, he's probably already bought himself that green egg, but if he's

so proud of his steaks, he should put his name on them. This meat

brander lets him put his name, the name of his favorite team, or even a

subtle "eat me" on his meat. Comes with leather strap and 50 letters. $27.99 at yardlover.com.

For the Science Geek

him channel his inner science geek with this mad science bartending

set. Experiment with different cocktail formulas and serve them in the

matching test tubes. $37.95 at homewetbar.com.

For The Cool Guy
Make him lose his cool with the Mad Dog 357 pepper extract. Measuring 600,000 Scoville units, Mad Dog 357 comes with a

warning on the label that reads "This product is to be used at my

own risk and I fully understand the potential danger if used or handled

improperly." When we tried it, we went deaf for a full five minutes. $44.99 at Peppers of Key West.

For The Chef

he's using an old butter knife to chop vegetables with, it's time for

him to improve his game. Nothing makes a cook feel more like a chef than

with a good knife. This Forschner by Victorinox chef's knife will allow

him to improve his knife skills. And the more time he spends in the

kitchen, the less time you have to. $34.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

For the Sophisticated Frat Boy

face it -- this guy might be a surgeon or successful attorney, but on

the weekends he reverts back to a 22-year-old college guy. Indulge both

sides of his personality with the Beer of the Month Club's Rare Beer

Club. For $31.95, the club will send the recipient two different bottles

of a rare beer each month for a year. U.S. and imported Farmhouse Ales,

Russian Imperial Stouts, Barley Wines, Belgian Abbey

Ales, and Grand Cru offerings are representative of the monthly

selections shipped to his door. $31.95 (other plans available) at beermonthclub.com.

For The Traditionalist

Every man needs a flask. They're good for tailgating, waiting for you to

finish shopping at the mall, and can be used in an emergency zombie

apocalypse situation. Since it's Christmas, why not get him a flask that

celebrates the three wise men - Jack (Daniels), Johnny (Walker), and

Jim (Beam). This flask has separate compartments for each spirit. $27.99 at amazon.com.

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