Guys are notoriously hard to shop for, so finding the perfect gifts for the men in your life can be a challenge. What do you buy for the dad who says he needs socks for the fifth year in a row? (Hint: definitely not the socks he’s been buying himself.) Or the brother with a splurge-laden wish list of expensive gadgets and watches? (Hint: neither of those things.) Or the husband who would be happy with no gift at all (or worse, a gift card)? (Hint: not nothing…also, can’t relate!)
The answer is a set of cozy Bombas socks. Or an Ooni gas-powered pizza oven. Or a stylish Shinola desk clock. Or any of the very covetable presents on this list, which we compiled specifically to please your pickiest, unhelpful-hint-giving (favorite) men. So, without further ado, we present to you the best gifts for men.
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We think a really nice pair of slippers—something he might not necessarily buy for himself—is one of the best gift ideas for men out there. These cozy sheepskin Uggs will surely inspire more comfortable work-from-home days or cozy weekend mornings cooking up breakfast.
Never underestimate the power of a really good duffel bag. This one seamlessly transforms into a backpack—a massive feature if the guy in your life is often on the go. It’s made with water-repellant fabric, tons of exterior and interior pocket space, a handy water bottle pouch, adjustable straps, and a sleek look that won’t drag their travel outfit down.
We love Rains for its absolute dedication to waterproof design. Weighing in at seven pounds in an this wheeled carry-on bag has a ton of pockets and space for packing all the essentials.
Indoor slippers are one thing, but backyard slippers? There’s a concept. Sometimes you just have to hop outside for a second. A supportive footbed paired with fleece lining and a non-slip rubber sole makes these a powerhouse without skimping on maximum loungewear-level comfort.
Available in sterling silver or 14k gold, this simple bracelet is the perfect accessory for any outfit.
If they can’t be seen without their favorite watch (or second-favorite, or third-favorite) fastened around their wrist, upgrade their travel accessory situation with this personalized gift. Made of durable polyurethane exterior and a soft microsuede interior (no scratches here!), there’s enough room for three watches inside.
Crafted with Mongolian cashmere, this super soft ribbed beanie is a wintertime staple (we think it would pair perfectly with the brand’s cashmere hoodie). Your man can rock it throughout the winter.
While sweats will always have their place in a loungewear collection, we’re all about the henleys for cooler temps. Made of woven cotton and available in five rich colors, this tee plays well as a layer or on its own with a pair of jeans. He’ll love the versatility, which is a gift in itself.
Comfort is the ultimate gift, and these joggers—which are made of a sustainable polyester and come in four colors—will put a smile on their face. Just make sure they toss those old gray sweatpants in return.
A luxe scarf is one of those things we’ll always want but won’t necessarily buy for ourselves. But unwrapping a present and seeing the peek of wool and fringe? You won’t find many people who wouldn’t be delighted to open up a stylish scarf. This design from Acne Studios is the perfect pop of color for any look.
Again, pajamas and loungewear are always a treat—especially when they’re insanely soft like this sustainable Tencel Modal Eberjey set. The matching button-down top and pull-on bottoms feature white piping for a classic look.
One serious pop of color paired with a tried-and-true neutral—this is what a gift set of socks should be. Made of a super comfortable merino wool blend, they’ll feel like they’re walking on clouds all day long. We’ll stand behind it: Socks make for the best gift, no matter the celebration.
He’ll think of you every time he slides into these rubber-sole slippers (which will be often).
The lightest-weight sneaker imaginable, On Cloud 5s are engineered for an active lifestyle. Your sporty dude can wear them all day long, from the gym to the streets.
For your favorite fashionisto, this timeless work jacket from New York–based Alex Mill is a great gift idea that can be dressed up or down. The sturdy recycled denim fabric is peppered with flecks of natural cotton for an artisan texture.
Here’s a lightweight windbreaker that’s an ideal get for just about anyone on your list—from the guy who likes to jog in subzero temperatures to the jetsetter who always needs more room in his carry-on.
The beauty of this sleek carabiner from Craighill is that there’s multiple ways he can use it—to clip his keys to his jeans, his water bottle to his hiking sack, or his wireless headphones to any work bag.
From Arlo Skye and Dusen Dusen, here’s a thoughtful gift idea for someone who needs a new weekender that can double as a gym bag.
Some people don’t love bulky phone cases with PopSockets and other gadgets…. But they still want a better grip and a spot to store often-used cards. This wallet doubles as a magnetic stand, meaning they can flip their phone into viewing mode in an instant.
If his favorite T-shirts and pullovers come from Patagonia, these gloves in the brand’s warm Synchilla recycled fleece material will likely be a winner.
Made of lightweight, absorbent Turkish cotton, this cozy waffle bath robe is exactly what he’ll want to put on after getting out of the shower.
Home & Kitchen
For your rugged mountain man, consider Solo Stove’s very portable, signature smokeless fire pit, which moves easily from the backyard to the campground.
It seems like there are only two sides to the hot sauce spectrum: You either love it—like “can’t get enough heat” kind of obsession—or you avoid it at all costs. For the former, this set will let them tweak that liquid gold within an inch of the preference.
No one likes lukewarm coffee. In lieu of a boring water bottle, keep your man’s java piping hot with this temperature control smart mug that you can operate with a smartphone. And thanks to Amazon’s speedy shipping, we think it would make an especially nice last-minute gift.
It’s not a car, but your brother will feel like he’s on Top Chef with this gas-powered pizza oven that reaches an impressive 950 degrees in 15 minutes and cooks a 12-inch pie in just 60 seconds.
Beer bottles, on the other hand, are best kept chilled with Corkcicle’s Chillsner, an icy stick that you pop in the freezer (and a best seller from our Father’s Day gift guide). Paired with a few nice beer glasses, this two-pack is a unique gift that ensures your beer lover will never sip warm brew again.
There aren’t many spaces that can’t be bettered with a candle. This scent from Boy Smells has touches of black coals, juniper berries, and smoke. It’s moody, it’s a little bit sexy, and it’s got a 50-hour burn—the perfect option for a nice valentine’s day gift.
For the BBQ pitmaster who has everything, this small vegetable basket will always be appreciated. It helps keep veggies fresh and grill-mark-free while delivering all the flavor a grill has to offer.
Inspired by Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome peak, this spirits decanter is a hiker’s dream. It’s unbelievably made from hand-blown glass, so slight variations are to be expected.
This gift box from Porter Road is a griller’s delight. The handpicked curation includes a selection of dry aged steaks, sirloin filets, pork chops, dry aged ground beef, a pound of pork bacon, plus a seasonal item that changes each month.
With high-quality olive oils and vinegars, a little bit goes a long way. That’s why this sampler set of Brightland’s four essential bottles is the ideal gift for any aspiring cook or foodie dude.
Make your coffee lover into a barista with this user-friendly Breville espresso machine. Thanks to the integrated grinder, it’s a one-stop-shop for cappuccinos, macchiatos, and all the other delicious third-wave coffee drinks out there.
Test their heat tolerance with a set of hot sauces from the very same crew that’s responsible for Hot Ones. This pack of 10 bottles is inspired by season 20 of the show, so they can go head to head with celebrities like Lizzo, Post Malone, and Dave Grohl.
Football fans will love an anthology on their favorite team. These books gather printed coverage from The New York Times to create a history of some of the most popular football teams in the country.
Mercado Famous’s Jamón sampler is a great gift idea for your fave foodie. Each set comes with all three of the brand’s tasty packs sourced from Spain and ready to eat.
This creative DIY whiskey kit includes three types of oak and six herbs and spices so your dude can blend his own whiskey mix. Though if you’re looking to go above and beyond, we recommend also checking out this personalized barrel from Uncommon Goods.
Never let your man’s beer (or seltzer!) get warm with Yeti’s sleek can insulator that maintains the liquid’s straight-out-of-the-cooler temperature even on the hottest of summer days. A matching keychain and a pack of his favorite brew should elevate the surprise.
This nine-in-one multitool pen can do it all. Phone holder? Check. Flashlight? Check. Ruler? Check. Bottle opener when happy hour rolls around? Double check.
Another kitchen must-have, this trio of knives is made of cryogenically-tempered Japanese stainless steel and high carbon, with stain-resistant composite handles. With these three in his arsenal, your dude can whip up anything.
Even better than wrist candy, this chrome-and-black Shinola desk clock is perfect for your watch collector brother. Plus, the handsome timepiece is accompanied by a convenient wooden stand.
Self-care & tech gifts
Give your favorite athlete the gift of quick muscular recovery (and self care) with this incredibly quiet percussive massage gun that helps soothe tightness and release tension.
We all lose things; there’s no getting around that. But have them slap an AirTag on that thing they keep misplacing—keys, phone, headphones, shame (just kidding on that last one, we can’t help there)—and it’ll instantly lower their stress levels.
We all have that person who is constantly trying out whatever the latest trend in sports may be. Feed that habit with a set that delivers everything they’ll need for impromptu games of pickleball. The paddle is made with a lightweight (and durable!) fiberglass and the sanded texture means they can perfect their spin shot.
Techies will never refuse an upgrade to their headphones. When it comes to tech gifts, there are lots of audio options out there, but these over-ear ones from Bose offer world-class noise cancellation, Bluetooth pairing they won’t have to fight to actually use, and a noise-rejecting microphone system. It’s a whole lot of power in a beautiful package. Go forth and skip the Apple Watch in favor of something a bit different.
For an old-school gift, consider going with a toy that speaks to their sentimental side. This reel viewer can be customized with your own set of photos, meaning it’s a great pick for any occasion. Some ideas: photos from the all-American road trip you took together, wedding snapshots, or a few beloved family photos. Whatever it is, they’ll love taking this stroll down memory lane.
Getting up is hard and anyone who says otherwise is (probably) lying a little bit. The Hatch lamp helps make it a little easier, probably because it’s a full-fledged wake-up machine in one tiny package. Not only can the user set the traditional alarm, but there’s a time-activated light “alarm” that makes it feel like a little sliver of the sun has slipped right into the room. To round things out, the sound machine is great for lulling people to sleep.
Waking up is slightly easier when you have an alarm clock that houses meditations, breath work circuits, Bluetooth speaker capabilities, and a gentle two-step system for jostling someone out of sleep. This is that alarm clock.
This swanky trimmer to replace his disposable razor is an investment in the long run. It has its own charger station, plus five shaving elements to deliver a close and comfortable shave that gets more hair in one stroke than any other shaver.
Get your guy on the skin care train with luxurious products he can’t resist. This all-in-one Jack Black kit is available at Nordstrom and Sephora and has everything he’ll need for a fresh face— from facial cleanser and energizing scrub to SPF-equipped moisturizer and lip balm.
If your dad is still listening to podcasts with wired headphones, Apple AirPods are a sure-fire gift choice that he can pair perfectly with his iPhone via Bluetooth. Not only are these earbuds wireless, but they also boast noise-cancellation technology for an immersive music experience.
Feed his addiction to The Bear and No Reservations reruns with a relevant read. This copy of Kitchen Confidential from Anthony Bourdain should do the trick.
Minimalist, compact, and rechargeable, this portable waterproof smart bluetooth speaker is chic enough to display at home, yet also small enough to bring along just about anywhere.
If he’s a nature buff, a weekend trip courtesy of Getaway is a gift the both of you can enjoy. With cabins located nationwide and stays starting at $109 per night (pending location, seasonality, and availability), a picturesque vacation is just a few clicks away.
If he doesn’t already own one, the gamer in your life will appreciate having a Nintendo Switch to bring his digital quests on the go.