The 49 Best Gifts for Men (There, We Did Your Shopping For You)
Grandpas, boyfriends, nephews, husbands, brothers, friends—there are a lot of guys in your life to shop for...and all of them have different interests and tastes. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the absolute best gifts for men whether they’re interested in bird watching, skincare, classic literature, working out or testing new recipes at home. It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for Father's Day, his birthday or your anniversary, these crowd-pleasers (like a cozy cashmere knit under $80, a combo water bottle/foam roller and a board game fit for the whole family) are guaranteed to please.
So, without further ado, here are all of the best possible gifts to give all the guys in your life.
1. Our Place Perfect Pot
Best for At-Home Chefs
This three-piece pot (plus beechwood spoon) is designed to replace a traditional seven-piece cooking set for under $175. It's a warhorse: it replaces a stockpot, Dutch oven, saucepot, roasting rack, steamer, strainer and a braiser. And though it won’t replace every cooking tool in their kitchen (for example, PureWow’s food editor rotates between this handy non-stick and a cast iron pot), the perfect pot is definitely a great present, if only for the sheer ease of use and storage, plus a simplified clean-up process. (And it coordinates with the handy Always Pan that they already love.)
2. Theragun Prime
Best for the Guy In Need of Some R&R
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.
3. Global 8-inch Chef’s Knife
Best for the Guy Who Just Moved Into His Own Apartment
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. The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces by Susan Tomes
Best for the Armchair Musician
This nonfiction book walks readers through the history of the piano by way of 100 important pieces that were selected by one of the UK’s most renowned concert pianists. We recommend it for both history buffs and music lovers, and for bonus points we highly suggest making a Spotify playlist to accompany his reading.
5. Thermapen ONE Instant-Read Thermometer
Best for the Grill Master
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.
6. Cashmere Sweater
Best for the Guy Who Prioritizes Coziness
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
7. Mobot Big Bertha 40-Ounce Foam Roller Water Bottle
Best for the Gym Rat
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. And it's practically crushproof, approved for use with up to 350 pounds of pressure.
8. Away The Large Everywhere Bag
Best for the Guy Who’s Always On the Go
This handy canvas carryall is the perfect size for weekend getaways, whether they’ve got plans to hike with friends, hang on a romantic beach with their partner or lead meetings during an important business trip.
9. Juniper Books Kurt Vonnegut Set
Best for the Bookworm
It can be tricky to gift a book to an avid reader. (Because what if they already bought A Slow Fire Burning for 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.
10. Personalized Dog Blueprints
Best for Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend
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.
11. Divvy Up Custom Pet Socks
Best Gag Gift He’ll Actually Use
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.
12. Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler
Best for the Tailgate Fan
If you really want to splurge, combine this cooler with a set of insulated drinkware so they can enjoy drinks on the go that will stay hot or cold for as long as they need.
13. Harlem Shuffle: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
Best for the NYC Enthusiast
This is the funny and touching story of Ray Carney, a family man in 1960s Harlem who is trying to branch out away from his family tree of crooks and hoods and be a law-abiding member of the community. Then when a big heist goes south and he's got to save his cousin Freddie, as well as have a chance at his own big score, this novel takes flight into being an engaging morality play. Here, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Whitehead's intelligence, wit and well-researched world-building powers are at their height.
14. TheDadLab: 50 Awesome Science Projects for Parents and Kids by Sergei Urban
Best for the Science Obsessed Dad
This is really a gift for both him and his kids, and is jam-packed with tons of fun experiments they can work on together using things they find around the house.
15. JK Adams Baking Board with Rolling Pin Holder
Best for the Guy Who Loves Baking
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…)
16. Brightland Alive Olive Oil
Best for Cooks of Any Level
You can never go wrong with a good bottle of olive oil (or balsamic vinegar) and this one is carefully crafted with olives milled in California then pressed within 90 minutes of being harvested. You could also include a spout or vinegar with this bottle, to really impress.
17. Silensys E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Best for the Guy Working from Home
Whether they’re fans of books on tape or just want some peace and quiet while working through the forthcoming book about the Boeing 373 Max tragedy, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will help block out excess noise on even the busiest city block.
18. Great American Road Trips - Scenic Drives: Discover Insider Tips, Must-See Stops, Nearby Attractions and More
Best for the Man Who Loves a Good Car Adventure
Even if he thinks he’s explored every nook and cranny of the America, we guarantee he’ll find something new to learn, see or do in this extensive activity book overviewing 45 trips from Reader's Digest.
19. Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator
Best for the Mountain Explorer
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.
20. Veldskoen Heritage Shoes
Best for Your Fashionable Friend
These stylish chukka boots are handcrafted sustainably and responsibly in South Africa, so he can look good while you feel good about your purchase.
21. The Crafter’s Box Workshop
Best for the Man Who Likes to Work with His Hands
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.
22. Sushi Go! (For ages 8 and up)
Best for the the Guy Who Loves Game Night
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.
23. Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook
Best for the Weekend BBQ Master
James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott cooked his first whole hog (a specialty in his native South Carolina) when he was just 11. Today, according to chi chi chef Marcus Samuelsson, he's a master of the important African American historical tradition of BBQ. In this cookbook, Scott shares secrets of his pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, Ella's Banana Puddin' and more, alongside gorgeous photographs and resonant storytelling.
24. Nike Repel Miler Men's Running Jacket
Best for the Runner, Beginner or Advanced
This packable jacket is made of super-soft recycled polyester, built to keep runners dry in wet weather. The styling is classic Nike, and the adjustable internal bungee cords let you tighten the fit against cold and wetness.
Available in sizes S to 4XL
26. Disco Basics Set
Best the Skincare Newbie
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.
27. Vegamour GRO+ Advanced Foundation Kit
Best for the Man with Enviable Hair
This shampoo, conditioner and weekly scalp clarifying serum is the quickest way to counteract stress-induced hair loss, using clean-smelling eucalyptus, lemon verbena and hyacinth extracts.
28. Growlight Frame Shelf
Best for Growing Fresh Herbs All Year Round
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.
29. Olukai Moloa Genuine Shearling Slipper
Best for Pretty Much Anyone
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.
30. PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed
Best for the Guy Who Spoils His Pup
Any dog lover will appreciate a pet bed upgrade, and this sleek model is made of orthopedic foam, has side pillows for your dog to use as a pillow and even a waterproof cover.
31. Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
Best for the Cat Daddy
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.
32. Fantasy Mapmaker: How to Draw RPG Cities for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando
Best for the Artsy LOTR Fan
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.
33. Braun Electric Razor
Best for the Beard Obsessed
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.
34. Eight Saints Daily Essentials Routine
Best for the Skincare Pro
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 hyaluronic acid, vitamins E and C and jojoba oil. Don’t be shy about testing out his products once he finally opens them…
35. Custom Frames from Framebridge
Best for the Photo Collector
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.
36. LG Tone Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
Best for the Guy Whose Headphones are Always in a Knot
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.
38. OHOM Ui Mug & Warmer Set
Best for the Guy Who Keeps Forgetting Where He Left His Cup of Tea
This sleek electric mug works to keep drinks piping hot (there are multiple temperatures to choose from depending on what he’s drinking) so it won’t matter that he accidentally left his coffee sitting on a bookshelf for 45 minutes—that coffee will still be hot and ready when he finally remembers. Oh, and did we mention that the charging platform can also wirelessly charge his phone?
39. Wingspan (For ages 14 and up)
Best for the Hardcore Board-Gamer
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 interesting to play: in this card-driven competitive game, players assume identities of bird lovers — researchers, birders, ornithologists and collectors — and try to attract the best birds to their specific wildlife preserves. 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.
40. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Best for the Sriracha Addict
This fun kit comes with everything he needs to mix up his very own series of delicious hot sauces, including reusable bottles and labels to he can make them again and again.
Best for the Man Who’s Run Out of Room on His Bookshelf
Perfect for travel or those low on extra space, e-readers are lightweight, easy to use and can even link up to his library card. If he’s already got a Kindle, consider gifting an Amazon gift card, so he can restock his digital library.
42. Patchwork (For ages 8 and up)
Best for the Board Game Couple
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.
43. Haus Aperitif
Best for the At-Home Mixologist
A customizable kit of low-alcohol drinks that are made of the same ingredients that chefs use, high-quality fruits and botanicals to make flavors including grapefruit jalapeno, strawberry basil, citrus flower and lemon lavender.
44. Vintorio Wine Aerator
Best for the Wino
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.”
46. Gravel BLUE LAYOVER TRAVEL BLANKET
Best for the Perpetually Prepared
Is he a frequent flyer? Long haul road tripper? Camper? Disaster prepper? Netflix binger? This insulated lightweight blanket, which folds up to be as small as an orange, is the durable snuggly accompaniment to all of these pursuits.
47. Eddie Bauer Places & Spaces Bridgeport Diaper Bag Backpack
Best for the New Dad
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.
48. A Coffee Subscription
Best for the Caffeine Addicted
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.
49. Fluance RT81 Elite High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player
Best for the Hipster at Heart
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.