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9 gifts for the classiest man cave

Whether you love sports, sci-fi, or Scotch, these are gifts for any man.

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The man cave. Or "home office," if you’re so inclined.

Whatever you want to call it, almost every guy likes to have a space where he can stretch out and relax, a private retreat to call his own. But the so-called “man cave” doesn’t have to be filled with tacky lamps, beer can sculptures, or other items any sensible person with restraint would leave in a closet.

We’ve waded through a sea of air hockey tables, dartboards, and sports jerseys to find you some gift ideas any guy will love without breaking the bank.

Big Screen TV

Vizio E65u-D3
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Odds are good that the centerpiece of the room is a TV… a large TV. Our pick for the best big screen bargain of 2016 is the Vizio E65u-D3, a 65-inch beauty with 4K resolution for just under $900.

We were also pleased with the functionality of Vizio's SmartCast system, which lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control everything going on with the TV.

Buy the Vizio E65u-D3 for $899 at Best Buy

If you want a streaming device to go with it, we’re fans of the Amazon Fire TV stick which sells for $40. Read our full review of the Vizio and our roundup of the best budget streaming devices.

Fireplace TV Stand

Of course, you’ll need something for that new TV to go on. Why not add some class with an electric fireplace TV stand? We like the Altra Furniture Manchester because the fireplace can be controlled with a remote.

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The fireplace can also be used with or without engaging the heating element, which makes it an attractive fixture year-round. If you like the concept but aren't into the Altra, Amazon has a slew of other options in various sizes, colors, and price points.

Sound Bar

Whether it’s the roar of the crowd at halftime or the bone-shaking bass of cars exploding in the latest Vin Diesel movie, whatever sounds come out of that TV need to be great. The set up involved in surround sound may be too much for some folks, so we suggest going with the Razer Leviathan.

True, Razer is known more for gaming equipment, but we think the Leviathan is a winning choice for anyone—even non-gamers. It sounds great, has a reasonably small footprint, and is very fairly priced.

Wireless Headphones

Sometimes a whole lot of noise isn't an option: Maybe you want to stay up late gaming, or the kids aren't feeling well and need an afternoon nap. For times when entertainment needs to be contained, a good pair of headphones can be a saving grace. Our pick for the best headphones of 2016 is the Bose QuietComfort C3.

At $350, they may seem a little pricey, but we think it’s absolutely worth the expense. First and foremost, they sound amazing. On top of that, these noise-canceling headphones are lightweight and comfortable, and a full battery can last for up to up 20 hours. Read our full review here.

Smart Bulbs

Smart bulbs are an easy way to customize the mood of your room, letting you create the perfect ambiance for poker night, movie night, or any night in between. The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit comes with the bridge and three bulbs, works with Alexa and Siri, and is a snap to set up.

The downside is that it's a bit pricey. If you're looking for a budget smart bulb option, we'd suggest the Misfit Bolt. It's $28 per bulb compared to $45 for the Philips, and connects directly to your smartphone without the need of a hub.

Novelty Coffee Table

If you’ve got the space for it, a coffee table can really tie a room together. While we love the idea of one with a working Ms. Pac-Man video game built into it, a more affordable option is the Chicago Signature Foosball Table.

User reviews for the foosball table are extremely positive, and the dark hardwood design makes it an attractive piece that may match your furniture more seamlessly compared to other novelty tables. And if money is no object, there's always this $10,000 R2-D2 pinball table...

Vending Machine

Hisense Chill
Credit: Hisense

Beer fridges are so passé, and kegerators don’t offer variety without a lot of hassle. We think a more fun option is the Hisense Chill personal vending machine. It can hold up to 132 cans and vend four different drink types at a time. You can even customize the big glowing logo with Fathead prints to make it match the room.

Buy the Hisense Chill for $300 at PC Richard

If you don't have room for the Chill, there's always the classic Coca-Cola Koolatron. And if a regular beer fridge is simply more up your alley, we’ve got to suggest the Danby Budweiser fridge just for sheer design hutzpah.

Personalized Decorations

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You can personalize signs, flasks, decanters, and more.

Nothing makes a room more personal than something that’s been… well, personalized. HomeWetBar.com offers up a ton of man cave-friendly items, including pub-style wall hangings, a giant 128-oz. “Sasquatch” flask, whisky decanters, and more.

Jellyfish Aquarium

Whether you want something soothing to balance out all the testosterone, or just want to feel like a Bond villain, we immediately fell in love with the Fascinations Deluxe Jellyfish Aquarium. Forget ant farms—this is just plain cool.

Once you set up the aquarium, you add distilled water and the rubber jellyfish calmly float throughout the tank. Even better, it has five different colored lighting effects, sort of like an aquatic lava lamp. Sometimes you just need to add a touch of whimsy.

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