Some time ago I found two industrial lockers. My husband made a stand for them, from old vintage wood. They now are a pair of side tables, with some nice storage.
You do not have to worry about putting drinks on the top, because it is metal and very durable. I say, ( "worry free for the man in your life").
These old locker side tables would be nice used on the patio too!
I hope that you are all having a nice week. Spring is finally here in California the weather is soooo beautiful.