The 75 Best Gifts for Men (There, We Did Your Shopping For You)
Grandpas, boyfriends, nephews, husbands, brothers, friends—there are a lot of guys on your holiday gift list...and all of them have different interests and taste levels. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the best gifts for men whether they’re interested in bird watching, skincare, classic literature, working out or testing new recipes at home. We even have a few consistent crowd-pleasers—just in case you’re not sure what your uncle’s new boyfriend might want. So, without further ado, 75 of the best possible gifts to give all the guys in your life.
1. Our Place Always Pan
This three-piece pan is designed to replace a traditional eight-piece cooking set for under $150. And while it won’t replace every cooking tool in their kitchen (PureWow’s food editor rotates between this handy non-stick and a cast iron skillet), it’s definitely a great present, if only for the sheer ease of use and storage, plus a simplified clean-up process..
2. Menu Salt & Pepper Bottle Grinders
These refillable salt and pepper grinders will give his dishes a better pop of flavor than the pre-ground stuff and they’ll look pretty darn chic on his counters, too.
3. Global 8-inch Chef’s Knife
A proper chef’s knife is perhaps the most essential kitchen item for cooks of all levels (yes, even an amateur). “I’d throw in a whetstone for sharpening too so he can keep proper care of his knives,” suggests professional chef Rob Romanillos. “Remember, a sharp knife is a safe knife.”
4. Epicurean Matte Black Multi-Purpose Baking Board
If he’s particularly fond of making pastry and other doughy goods, the measurements on this board will make the rolling out process that much easier. Plus, flip it over and he’s got a sturdy cutting board perfect for chopping all his delicious fillings. (Just don’t forget to remind him how much you love apple pie…)
5. The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson, with Osayi Endolyn
This is the eighth book from Marcus Samuelsson, the creator and head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, NYC, and one of his most fascinating yet. In it, he explores the roots of modern Black cooking and includes recipes, ingredients and techniques from all over the world. It’s as much a practical cookbook as it is a thoughtful and interesting read.
6. California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil
You can never go wrong with a good bottle of olive oil (or balsamic vinegar) and this one, despite its affordable price tag, is one of the most favored among chefs, both professional and amateur. You could also include a cruet with this bottle, to really impress.
7. Thermapen Mk4 Instant-Read Meat Thermometer
They’ll never have to play the “is this steak done?” guessing game again, thanks to this easy-to-use meat thermometer. This is particularly handy for guys who are just getting into cooking or who are utilizing ovens with unreliable temperature settings.
8. 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do by Joe Yogerst
Even if he thinks he’s explored every nook and cranny of the nearest National Park, we guarantee he’ll find something new to learn, see or do in this extensive activity book.
9. The North Face Gordon Lyons ¼ Zip Pullover
Named for a mountain near Anchorage, Alaska, (which was, in turn, named for a prominent engineer in 1964), this heavyweight pullover does double duty, taking him from late autumn outdoor adventures to dinner with friends. Though hopefully there’s a shower somewhere between those two activities.
Available in sizes S to 3XL
10. Kodiak Magog Waterproof Boots
Another great multi-purpose piece, these waterproof boots are both durable and comfortable. But they’re also chicer than a traditional hiking boot so he can wear them to work, date night and everything in-between.
11. Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator
Consider this a gift for both your adventurous mountaineer as well as all his loved ones. The super-lightweight device allows the user to text or email from anywhere in the world, including on the side of a mountain in Nepal with zero cell service, and it can provide GPS information in case of an emergency.
12. Swiftwick Vision Six Impression Socks, National Parks Collection
Swiftwick makes phenomenal hiking and performance socks, but we’re particularly enamored with its National Parks collection that features designs of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Zion, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains.
13. Wild + Wolf Glow-in-the-Dark Playing Cards
Just because the sun’s gone down doesn’t mean an intrepid camper needs to turn in for the night. Now, they can save their headlamp or flashlight batteries for more important matters and still enjoy a game of canasta or solitaire with these waterproof cards that glow in the dark.
14. Parks Project National Parks of the USA Checklist Tee
There are 62 national parks in the U.S., but how many has he been to thus far? This fun and wearable checklist can even come with him on each new adventure, plus a portion of the proceeds of each purchase go toward the National Parks Conservation Association.
Available in sizes XS to XXL
15. Aesop Redemption Body Scrub
A blend of pumice, bamboo stem and aromatic pine needles helps exfoliate dead skin cells while smelling incredible. (Feel free to consider this a gift for both your partner and yourself.)
16. Disco Basics Set
This all-natural, vegan skincare line was designed specifically for men who want to start taking better care of their skin but have no idea where to start. There are multiple kits to choose from, although you could always purchase one-off products. However, this set of face cleanser, body wash, deodorant and face moisturizer should be just the thing to get him started.
17. Braun Electric Razor
If he won’t stop complaining about how he needs a new electric razor, just go on and buy him a new one. This is one of the most highly rated on Amazon, with multiple reviewers commenting on the 360-degree rotating head which allows for a closer shave with fewer passes and no weird arm twisting to find the right angle.
18. Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit
On the other hand, many men swear by an old-school safety razor to get the job done. Even if he hasn’t tried this, he might just get a kick out of shaving just like grandpa.
19. Scotch Porter Moisture Defend Face Lotion
Scotch Porter was started as a skincare line specifically for men of color that has since expanded to include beard and haircare as well. The website even has a How To page with step-by-step guides on the best way to use each of its products.
20. Eight Saints Daily Essentials Routine
Great for the guy who’s looking for the next step up from basic skincare, Eight Saints is a natural skincare brand that focuses on eight superstar ingredients. This power trio of gel cleanser, serum and moisturizer will gently exfoliate, brighten and calm his skin using hyalruronic acid, vitamins E and C and jojoba oil. Don’t be shy about testing out his products once he finally opens them…
21. Brooks Run Visible Carbonite Jacket
This super-reflective jacket is part of Brooks’ new Run Visible collection, the focus of which is to make running in the dark as safe as possible. There are also matching leggings, shorts and other running needments, if you want to splurge on a full set.
Available in sizes XS to XXL
22. Theragun Prime
Upgrade their recovery efforts with Theragun’s muscle massager. Fingers crossed they’ll be so grateful, they’ll even let you take it for a spin yourself.
23. LG Tone Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
If Dad hasn’t already embraced the world of wireless headphones, now’s the time to get him hooked. Even if he has, these sweat-resistant buds are way more affordable than the Apple AirPods Pro, even though they boast the same noise-cancelling abilities, waterproofing and fit options.
24. Mobot Big Bertha 40-Ounce Foam Roller Water Bottle
We’re obsessed with this two-in-one gym necessity that will not only keep him hydrated, but can also be used as a foam roller. Plus, if you shop through Mobot’s website, the brand will donate $50 for every purchase to a number of Black Lives Matter charities through the end of 2020.
26. Herschel Supply Co. Trail Ultralight Package Convertible Duffle Bag
This water-resistant gym bag can be worn as a backpack or a crossbody duffle, depending on which he prefers, and can even fold up into itself to be more easily stored when not in use.
27. Topman Check Crewneck Sweatshirt
Realistically, he won’t be doing much dressing up over the next few months, but that doesn’t mean he can’t upgrade his sweatshirt collection. This plaid/houndstooth hybrid is equal parts cozy and chic for Zoom dates and conference calls.
Available in seizes XS to XXL
28. Jason Markk Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit
Help him keep his precious sneaker collection in tip-top shape.
29. Umbra Hammock Sunglasses Organizer
If you’re just not sure what accessories he actually wants, give him a smart organizer that will display his gorgeous eyewear collection instead.
30. Veldskoen Heritage Shoes
These stylish chukka boots are handcrafted sustainably and responsibly in South Africa, so he can look good while you feel good about your purchase.
31. Ted Baker London Textured Faux-Leather Duffle Bag
Perfect for carrying all his new gifts back after the holidays.
32. Juniper Books Kurt Vonnegut Set
It can be tricky to gift a book to an avid reader. (Because what if they already bought The Vanishing Half themselves?) But giving your cousin a collector’s edition of their all-time favorites is bound to make them smile. Juniper Books has a variety of author sets to choose from, as well multiple cover designs and you can even make a custom book cover with his name or a clever message.
33. Golem Girl: A Memoir by Riva Lehrer
When Riva Lehrer was born she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal cord and spine don’t form properly. She spent the next chunk of her life, her childhood into young adulthood, being told that perhaps this treatment or that medication could “fix” her, unconsciously sending the message that Lehrer was broken or incomplete. It wasn’t until she joined a group of artists as an adult and began to develop her own method of portraiture that Lehrer began to confront the image of her life that had been set by doctors, her parents and others who ID’d only by her spina bifida. It turns out, Lehrer is as talented with her words as she is with her artwork and her debut memoir has swiftly become one of Amazon’s best-selling books in October 2020.
34. COWIN E7 Active Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones
Whether they’re fans of books on tape or just want some peace and quiet while working through Barack Obama’s forthcoming memoir, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will help block out excess noise on even the busiest city block.
36. Cushion Lab Extra-Dense Lumbar Pillow
This funky looking pillow ensures they can read in comfort no matter where they’re sitting. Per one reviewer whose job requires them to sit for most of the day, “Ever since I started using this, the pain is gone, and my back feels loose and fresh at the end of the day. This way goes up to the mid back and you really feel the difference, you feel overall back support rather than just a pillow pushing against your lower back.”
37. 7 Wonders (For ages 10 and up)
A classic group game, 7 Wonders pits players against one another to see who can build the best ancient civilization by stocking up on resources, making advancements in science and/or building up the military. The original version is for three to seven players, but the makers did recently release a new two-person version called 7 Wonders Duel (that said, we recommend starting him off with the OG game).
38. Sushi Go! (For ages 8 and up)
Meant for two to five people, players must pull various sushi treats off the conveyor belt (aka, passing of cards) to build a high-scoring meal that’s as adorable as it is delicious. Be warned, you might find yourself craving a spicy tuna roll post win.
39. Patchwork (For ages 8 and up)
This two-person game challenges players to think inside the box—a 9-by-9 square quilting box, to be exact. Exchange buttons for Tetris-like pieces to build your quilt and take up as much of the playing space as possible before the end of the game.
40. Wingspan (For ages 14 and up)
This bird-themed game came out just last October, but it’s already been called one of the best new releases by board game fanatics and critics alike. Not to mention, it’s surprisingly beautiful to look at, as well as fun to play. While it’s suitable for up to five people, he can also set it up as a single-player game if no one else is in the mood to join in.
41. Settlers of Catan (For ages 10 and up)
Explore the uncharted lands of the fictional Catan, build settlements, set up peace treaties with neighbors or plunder their cities and set up resource monopolies—the world board is your oyster. While the game is typically meant for two to four players, there’s also a five-six player expansion pack that’s ideal for large groups of friends or family gatherings.
42. Obama Llama (For ages 14 and up)
This hilarious rhyming game is sure to have him and his buddies in stitches after the start of round one. Made for groups of four or more, players have to act out, describe or mime a series of rhymes all featuring famous names like “Tom Cruise in platform shoes” or “The Yeti eating spaghetti.”
43. Growlight Frame Shelf
Excellent for city-dwellers without any outdoor space (or anyone who lives in an apartment), this chic little frame mounts on your wall and shines its plant-friendly light on all of his potted greens. Consider it part-garden, part-artwork.
44. Gosky 12x55 High Definition Monocular Telescope
Your resident birdwatcher may have a nice pair of binoculars already, but sometimes a scope, which typically has a greater magnification, is best for spotting shorebirds on a distant shore or hawks circling high above.
45. Felco F2 Classic Bypass Hand Pruner
This Swiss pruner is apparently considered the standard tool for professional gardeners, so even if they already own an older pruner, they’ll appreciate this high-end upgrade.
46. Around the World in 80 Trees by Johnathan Drori and Lucille Clerc
A mix of science, history, culture and folklore, this illustrated book explores humankind’s relationship with trees, for better or for worse.
47. Matador Pocket Blanket
Anytime he comes across a beautiful view worth stopping for, he can just whip out this pocket-size waterproof blanket to sit on and relax for a while.
48. West & Willow Framed Custom Pet Portrait
Immortalize his beloved Kingsley with a one-of-a-kind portrait. West & Willow also offers portraits that can feature two or three pets, as well as a variety of frame options to choose from.
49. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
On a more practical note, this pet hairbrush has retractable bristles making it just as easy to clean the hair out as it is to brush it off.
51. Divvy Up Custom Pet Socks
These hilarious one-of-a-kind socks come in a variety of patterns and designs to choose from and you can add up to three faces to your custom pair. Now he never has to be without a reminder of his precious Tuna, even while on the go.
52. Personalized Dog Blueprints
He already knows Sophie is made of sugar and spice and everything nice (with a hefty helping of treats), but it does’t hurt to hang a custom reminder on the wall for all to see.
53. Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB Direct-Drive Turntable
Whether he started building his collection back in the glory days of vinyl or just recently got into the record revival after watching High Fidelity, this portable player will deliver impressive sound quality for all his favorite jams.
54. The Criterion Channel Subscription
Give them the gift of an endless rotation of old Hollywood, international, art-house and independent hits from both major studios and dozens of independent distributors. They can enjoy Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love or every spaghetti western made in the year 1943 on the go or from the comfort of their couch.
55. Design BCC The Literary Figures Ornaments
Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens deserve more than just a prominent spot on his bookshelves—they deserve to be front and center on his Christmas tree, too.
56. Literary Mugs
What could be better than curling up with a good book and a warm mug of tea? Curling up with a good book and a warm mug of tea that features his favorite author, perhaps.
57. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
Adult coloring books have become a surprise hit for those looking for a meditative escape and Johanna Basford’s creations are the ones that pretty much launched the trend. This particular book has more than 5,500 reviews and a near-perfect rating on Amazon, with many specifically commenting on the high quality of the paper. So yeah, even your brother will be impressed.
58. The Crafter’s Box Workshop
As recommended by one of the most artistically inclined PureWow editors, this monthly virtual artist workshop sends you all the materials you need ahead of time then guides you through each project step by step. There’s abstract oil painting, basket weaving, leather work and a variety of other crafty endeavors. You can also purchase a one-off class, if you know he has a specific skill in mind.
59. Fantasy Mapmaker: How to Draw RPG Cities for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando
Help him channel his inner J.R.R. Tolkien with this map-making guide. It has all the tips and tricks for designing and drawing mountains, fields, castles and more, whether he’s building an epic mythical anthology or simply daydreaming.
60. Custom Frames from Framebridge
Let him really show off his work by paying to have one or two pieces professionally framed. He can either pick and choose exactly what sort of setting he wants, or hand it off to experts who can suggest a selection of different options for him.
61. Strathmore 455-9 400 Spiral Binding Acid-Free General Purpose Sketch Pad
When in doubt, he’ll always appreciate a restock of his most-used art supplies. Put together a box of sketch pads, pencils, paints, canvases, photo paper or anything else he uses regularly to keep his artistic spirit fully outfitted.
62. Eddie Bauer Places & Spaces Bridgeport Diaper Bag Backpack
There aren’t all that many diaper bags designed for men, or even styles that are gender neutral, for that matter, but this backpack from Eddie Bauer checks all our boxes: handy, stylish, durable and easy to use.
63. Father Figure Luca T-Shirt with Infused Soft Baby Cotton Shoulder
This simple tee comes with an adorable secret: the shoulder patch is made from ultra-soft cotton perfect for resting his newborn’s head. There’s also a subtle loop at the hip made for easy burp rag access.
Available in sizes S to XL
64. A Coffee Subscription
If he didn’t appreciate his daily caffeine fix before, he definitely will now that he’s got a, shall we say, lively new roommate to entertain. There are plenty of coffee subscription services to choose from, but we’re partial to La Colombe’s for its selection of draft latte cans in addition to traditional whole or ground beans.
65. TheDadLab: 50 Awesome Science Projects for Parents and Kids by Sergei Urban
OK, so he’s probably not going to attempt all of these projects with an infant, however there are tons of great activities for him to get started on with any older siblings or to look forward to in the years to come.
66. Olukai Moloa Genuine Shearling Slipper
These supremely-comfy slippers will come in handy for late night feedings, but they’re also made with a durable sole so he can pop out to grab the paper or walk the dog around the block without having to change shoes.
67. Vintorio Wine Aerator
This inexpensive gift actually has the power to improve the taste of any bottle of wine. How exactly? “When wine is exposed to air, it actually changes in smell and taste, so by aerating a wine (aka, exposing it to air), you can bring out its most delicious qualities and even mellow or get rid of some bad ones,” explains PureWow’s food editor Katherine Gillen. “If you’ve ever heard a fancy wine person say a bottle needs to “breathe,” that’s what they’re referring to.”
70. Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler
If you really want to splurge, combine the above insulated drinkware with a cooler that can fit a few bottles of beer or wine—in addition to snacks.
71. VinGardeValise 8 Bottle & All Purpose Wine Travel Suitcase
For the guy whose favorite travel souvenir is a good bottle (or six) of local wine, this suitcase comes with padding to securely hold up to eight bottles of vino, as well as his clothes and toiletries. There are also 12-bottle and five-bottle sizes, as well as a beer case if he’s more of a hops man.
72. Stance Boxer Brief Underwear
These ultra-soft undies are bound to become his new absolute favorite—all because of the comfort factor and for the wide selection of fun prints and patterns. They also come in a boxer style and the Wholester, which offers the most support out of the three.
73. Marine Layer Signature Crew Tee
Swap out his old, ratty college T-shirts for a few of these incredibly soft basics instead. Bonus: If you buy a set of three you can save $35.
Available in sizes S to 2XL
74. Bombas Dress Calf Sock 4-Pack
Bombas has a variety of different styles, patterns and packs to choose from, whether he needs new dress socks for work or running socks for his weekend workouts. But no matter which pairs you pick, Bombas will donate an equal number of socks to a person in need and works with a number of charities that aid people who are homeless.
75. Cashmere Sweater
We’re willing to bet there isn’t a single person on your list that wouldn’t appreciate a cozy new cashmere sweater. We’re also willing to bet your bank account will appreciate you paying $75 for Naadam’s high-quality cashmere crew, which would cost $150 or more at a more traditional retailer.
Available in sizes XXS to XXL