My brother is turning 21 this summer and he just moved out into his own apartment. He works for a renovation/construction company, plays video games, is built like a brick house kinda guy.
I am visiting his place for the first time and want to get him a good manly/useful/tasteful housewarming gift.
You might want to find out if he could use it at his place, but a grill rarely goes unappreciated. Other ideas: Crystal decanter for whiskey (Ravenscroft makes some nice ones at reasonable prices); Doormat with his name or initial; cigar box; Decent set of beer glasses (English pint glasses are always a good choice).
When my wife's brother went to college, we took him shopping at Ikea. He's a little more artsy and knew exactly what to do with an orange lambswool throw rug, however. That's not to say that a more rugged fella wouldn't appreciate some interior decorating. It helps a lot with the ladies...
It's not particularly manly, but if he doesn't have a washer/dryer in unit, he'll probably need quarters. A few rolls of quarters would be a temporary, though much appreciated gift.
Power tools. Given his job, maybe better find out what he doesn't have.
Wine is conventional for people who like it, manly or not.
A nice bottle of scotch.
Oban, if you can swing it.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!!! They're really helpful, I think I have a good amount to go on now! Thanks again!