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Buzz Gift Guide: The Best of 2008 For Guys

Welcome back to my Buzz Gift Guide series for all the entertainment lovers in your life. Yesterday I entertained myself, actually, by sorting through all the great pop culture-related t-shirts I'd love to get for the men in my life, and today I'm tackling a bigger project for the guys: the best in music, books, TV, and movies of 2008.

Now, this is by no means a definitive list of the best entertainment stuff that came this year. These are simply gift ideas that I think the lads will like. For example, I think the best piece of writing to come from a TV show this year has to be the tome by How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson: The Bro Code. The product description cracks me up:

Historically a spoken tradition passed from one generation to the next, the official code of conduct for Bros appears here in its published form for the first time ever. By upholding the tenets of this sacred and legendary document, any dude can learn to achieve Bro-dom.

It was also a great year for movies, and I'd be hard-pressed to think of a guy in my life who wouldn't be thankful to receive The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2 on DVD. As for TV in '08, I honestly don't know many guys who haven't given the FX comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia a chance yet, and my friends who are uber-fans will be gifted the show's DVDs this year. Finally, in regard to music, I know a lot of dudes who are really into the Bon Iver album released this year (me too!) as well as new music from The Hold Steady.

I've included several other ideas below so scroll through to check them out!

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caryatid caryatid 7 years
EVEN BETTER!: The audio version of the BRO CODE is read by none other than Barney Stinson himself. Sold.
brookberrys brookberrys 7 years
For guys!? I want the Bro Code for myself!
MicrochipJoel MicrochipJoel 7 years
As a man, I must say Buzz, you hit the nail very close to the head, but I think you missed a couple biggies I know my friends and I are talking about in regards to entertainment: DVD: The Wire Final Season came out this year (although Season 4 was the best in my opinion). Music: Bon Iver definitely, but also, Blind Pilot (I am a Portland Native, so what can i say... they are also very easy to listen to), Sera Cahoone, and Lupe Fiasco's The Cool have all been some of the top albums to come out this year. Books: Anything Cormac McCarthy, but specifically "The Road" now being made into a motion picture. Happy Holidays!
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Ha! Bought the Bro Code for my guy yesterday :) And we're both clamoring for Sunny Season 3...
nancita nancita 7 years
Awesome that you included the Drive By Truckers and Hold Steady albums. Though I'm not sure what it says about me that two of my favorite albums of '08 are on the gifts for guys list. Hey, what can I say, I like my rock and roll.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Great ideas, Buzz. Thanks for including Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago album. Great pick.
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