May Birthday Gifts for Men, 2021

Shopping for a birthday gift for a May birthday? We've tracked down some great gifts for men born in May. We considered the following to build this list:

  • average Spring weather conditions in the US
  • typical activities for May
  • hot products released for Summer


20 04 01 13 54 26 original 600x600 grill smoker traegar

Traegar Smoker Grill

We have a number of family friends who use Traegers all the time. At family get-togethers we have some of the best meals! One of the GUYs cooks brisket and ribs. He smokes them for hours. I've seen him sitting in church with his phone checking in on the mobile thermostat. LOL

Another GUY only smokes salmon. He's a fishing guide and brings home Chinook and Kings all the time. No salmon tastes better than salmon smoked on a Traegar.

Traeger is synonymous with all things GUY. GUYs who love delicious smoked barbecue and who love to grill, anyway. If you know GUYs who love grilling (let’s be real, GUYs love grilling), one of the best gifts is a Traeger grill. It’s the creme de la creme of grills.

Grilling with wood pellets offers a superior taste to charcoal and gas, plus it’s significantly better for the environment. We love this product because the Traeger Pro Series 34 gives GUYS 6-in-1 cooking functionality: smoking, grilling, roasting, braising, baking, and barbecuing. The cooking surface is massive and the grill is easy to clean, as well.

This grill offers six cooking functions aside from grilling, including smoking, braising, and even baking. Any GUY will tell you that Traeger dominates when it comes to cooking “low and slow,” and the grills are very easy to use.

Why we recommend it: Traeger is legendary in the BBQ world, plain and simple. If you’re interested in cool gifts for men, your search stops here. A grill is a time-honored gift for men, but a Traeger puts you in a whole different class.

  • They make mobile thermostat adjusters for phone adjustments
  • Follow the safety guidelines to avoid fire and burns
  • Get the right size for your normal get-togethers
  • Try flavored pellets
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BBQ Grill Accessories

Every grill master needs a set of grilling tools for his backyard kitchen. We've researched and used a number of BBQ grilling kits. This one is one of the best values for the price.

It comes with everything you could need to grill meat and veggies. It even comes with skewers and drinking straws! We found the handles to be comfortable and the lengths are just right.


  • grill safely
  • keep the accessories with the box they come in so they don't wander off
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Adirondack Chair

We bought a set of these handsome Adirondack chairs to host people when we get together for smores or a weeney roast around the firepit. We get comments about how comfortable they are all the time. 

Only problem is, once people sit in them, they don't leave our house :)

They do take a few minutes to set up but they hold together well after they're assembled.


  • put pavers or concrete around your firepit so you don't have to move these Adirondack chairs when you mow the lawn
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Crystal Cocktail Glasses

A beautiful pair of cocktail glasses is perfect for any social get together. They are the perfect gift for celebrating a special occasion or giving to the GUY you care about.


  • Try with ice spheres
  • Purchase multiple for a group setting
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Electric GoKart

OK, so we don't own one yet for personal testing. However, our research indicates this would be an awesome gift for a teen GUY. It does require the Ninebot S and then you get a personal gokart that travels up to 10mph. That's crusin'! Surprisingly adults can ride it just fine as well as kids. 

We're a big ATV family so we get the motorized toy appeal. So happens this one is made for drifting. And the price is a fraction of what you might pay for an ATV.


  • requires Segway miniPRO or Ninebot S (sold separately)
  • Wear a helmet!
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Canon EOS Rebel DSLR Camera

We have had our Canon Rebel for years. It takes great quality photo shots with easy to operate lenses. The 24MP sensor allows for great detail. We won't need to replace the camera for many years because it does all we need.

The camera is easy to upgrade because it works with other standarized equipment. Lenses, straps, memory cards and other equipment are easy to swap out.

In our tests, we've compared the Rebel to other DSLRs and found it's not missing obvious features or gear. Buying the camera in a kit like this gives you everything you want for a very affordable price.


  • take a class - while the point and shoot options are straight forward, learning to use the advanced features will unlock the camera's potential
  • back up your photos regularly
  • view your photos on a PC before having them printed
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Fidget Shifter Keychain

Looking for a unique gift for a GUY with a car or truck? This 3D gear box shifter is the perfect fidget keychain. 

The shifter lever can be moved to the various gear positions like a manual transmission. You'll find yourself playing with it non-stop.


  • match the color to the car 
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Bocce Ball Set

This summer we played "ultimate bocce ball'. We grabbed the kids and headed out on the ATVs to a meadow we picnic in. It's surrounded by trees and has a stream running through it. After lunch, we brought out the balls and had an epic game. The white ball ended up in the stream, on cowpies, under logs, in the rock piles, and lost briefly in the tall grass. We did happen to break one of the balls on a rock when an errant throw ended up in the stream. LOL

Nearly every trip to the cabin results in competitive family fun. 


  • Don't throw the white ball near vehicles
  • Play in a park or other challenging location
  • Play for chocolate
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Dremel Rotary Tool

The Dremel Rotory Tool is a flexible multitool needed any any shop (wood, auto, metal, etc). We've tested a number of rotory tools but for small items the Dremel is our favorite. 

We use ours for sanding, cleaning, cutting (nails), polishing among other uses.


  • be safe - wear eyewear and other safety gear
  • read the instructions on how to use the bits and tips - youtube is super helpful
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GPS - Garmin

We love our ATVs. We spend a number of weekends trekking around our area exploring, camping, fishing, etc. We take the Garmin along to keep us on track. 

Garmin GPS devices are reliable. We typically use one when we're deep in the back country. Road and trails can get confusing in unknown surroundings. At least once during an exploratory outing we find ourselves backtracking to correct a wrong turn.

We have a friend who has the Garmin inReach Explorer. It connects to satelite communications to allow 2-way text messaging from just about anywhere. It's surprising how often we've used the texting features to let people know where we are and when we'll be home.


  • bring the paper area trail map along as well
  • consider the 2-way satelite text version
  • predownload your maps
  • check the GPS location regularly in unknown territory
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Coleman Dome Tent for Camping

I am a Scoutmaster. My son wanted to get his Eagle Scout before he turned 13. That meant 20 campouts in nearly as many months. Whew!! I didn't want to use the expensive backpacking tent for car campouts. This is a great option to replace the backpacking tent or family tent.

This is a great basic tent and it often goes on sale. Two GUYs can set it up in 3-5 minutes. It's waterproof so it protects well against the elements.

Lately, when I go car camping, I take the cot. It fits great. The dark-room tech means you can sleep in. 


  1. the fiberglass poles are cheap - I'm guessing the poles will need to be replaced soon
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Cast Iron Dutch Oven

We spend a lot of time camping and hanging out in the outdoors. Cast iron Dutch ovens are known for making some of the most delicious meals, from slow roasted meats to your favorite fruit cobbler. We bought 2 so we could cook dinner and dessert at the same time. :)


  • season your dutch oven before using, even if it comes 'seasoned' (youtube shows you how)
  • while the brand of briquets doesn't really matter, the quantity does - research how many to use for the meal you plan to cook
  • do a quick internet search for recipes - here are some we love:
    • chicken pot pie
    • chicken alfredo
    • German pancakes
    • mountain man breakfast
    • cobbler (any)
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Jetboil Backpacking Stove

We recommend camping with dehydrated meals that are ready to eat. The stove is portable and only require hot water to be ready in minutes. 

Jetboil is known as the premier light weight stove for boiling water. Within minutes the water is ready for use for a hot meal. 

The design of the stove creates a perfect draft and heat is directed efficiently to warm the cups contents quickly. We have used a number of stoves and if you can afford the Jetboil, it's a great addition to your camping and survival gear.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Follow the instructions - Make sure to use it as intended. Use inside a tent or other structure can be dangerous.
  • Practice with it - go camping or use it at home to make a few meals before needing it in an emergency. 
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Buck Knife

The original Buck Knife has been a trusted product for decades. With more and more knife products on the market, the Buck Knife is still at the top of the list for options. 

My Buck Knife has a lot of memories tied to it since I received it as a father's gift as a Boy Scout. It got abused plenty but still holds an edge and looks great. 

Now adays there are a number of styles and designs to choose from. They make memorable gifts.

I love my multi-tools but sometimes using an uncomplicated single blade does the trick.

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May Birthday Gifts for Him

Find a gift for a man with a May birthday. Many men are headed outdoors in May because the weather is warming up and perfect for camping, fishing, hiking, etc. The days are getting longer as well.

Find Spring gifts or products that match your GUY's outdoor activities.

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