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As much we’re sure our brothers, sons, boyfriends, husbands, dads and all the other men in our life would love opening yet another pair of socks on Christmas morning, this year we’re hoping to get them something a bit more exciting or at least more personal. We found 14 of the best gifts for men that go way beyond your typical picks. How? We asked 14 real men to tell us their favorite presents of all time.

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1. Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool

“I have received a lot of great gifts from my wife over the years, but I use my Leatherman multitool quite often. As someone who sets up and breaks down podcast and video recordings daily, my life without this tool would be quite frustrating.” – Matt, 29

Buy it ($99)


2. The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians by Stanley Sadie

“About 20 years ago, my wife gave me the 20-volume, 10,000-page New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. I was writing record reviews, and until I received this gift, it meant a trip to the library when an obscure fact needed checking. Then, about two years later, Google became a thing and I no longer had much use for Grove. But I’ve kept it on the shelf in my office and still enjoy looking at those three feet of book spines.” – Andy, 66

Buy it ($28)


3. Yeti Roadie 20 Hard Cooler

“This Yeti cooler has come in handy more times than I can count for keeping beer, water and whatever else we want cold at daylong concerts and beach trips with friends.” – Shane, 25

Buy it ($200)


4. Product of the North Elkin Diaper Backpack

“The Christmas before my daughter Evelyn was born, my wife got me a men's diaper bag. I complained a lot about how women get all the cool bags, what about us guys? So she found me a Diaper Dude Diaper Bag. It was really sweet.” – Mark, 34

Buy it ($85)



“Living in New York City means riding on the subway. Riding on the subway means dealing with every screaming baby, every annoyingly loud conversation, every ‘showtime’ performance and every bang, clang, whip and screech of the public transit system. No in-ear headphones have a shot of helping you tune out New York while you tune in to your music—not without destroying your eardrums, at least. These Bose noise-canceling headphones (I like wire, just in case the Bluetooth doesn’t pair) are a game changer when it comes to blocking out sound. With these bad boys I can finally hear my music as it was meant to be heard: In a cone of silence fit for Carnegie Hall.” – Brian, 28

Buy it ($185)


6. Professional-Inspired Golf Shirt

“The coolest gift I received relates more to the backstory than the gift itself. A girl I had dated (and subsequently married) was once watching golf with me when I commented that I liked a particular golfer’s style. She ultimately tracked down his rep and stylist (via Golf Digest) to find out who dressed him and then ordered several golf shirts from a shop in Scotland that outfitted him.” – Josh, 41

Buy it ($69)


7. Wildlife Tree African Lioness Lion Cub Floppy Stuffed Animal

“The best gift I ever received was a stuffed lion from my girlfriend. We had just started a long-distance relationship and the lion, named Nala, served as a cute and constant reminder of her for me. I sleep with it every night and send her pictures of it every day. It helps give me a way to feel close to her even when she is far.” – Matt, 22

Buy it ($15)


8. FastFoto FF-680W Wireless High-speed Photo and Document Scanning System

“As you get older, you realize that what you leave behind will soon define how your children remember you. Our parents left us musty photo albums with tiny black-and-white photos of people we no longer remember, but though they couldn’t imagine our digital world, we have no excuse. So the opportunity to create a digital photo collection of 50 years of film photo memories was my best Christmas present! Of course it was from my wife, so she gets to enjoy it too!” – Jeff, 70

Buy it ($500)

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9. Marine Layer Double Knit Baseball Raglan

“I mean, my favorite of all time is probably a Nintendo 64 when I was, like, 7 years old, but as an adult, I’d probably say this shirt my wife gave me last year. I wear it multiple days a week, every week.” – Nolan, 30

Buy it ($78)


10. The Next in a Beloved Book Series

“I was completely obsessed with the Hunger Games series in college but was also ridiculously strapped for cash so I had to borrow the first two books from friends rather than buy copies of my own. So I was pretty over the moon when my girlfriend at the time gave me my very own copies of the first two and then went ahead and pre-ordered the final book to be shipped to me on the day it was released. It was like two gifts in one—one for now and one to look forward to in a few months.” – Naka, 29

Buy it ($35)

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“After Hurricane Sandy, my wife and I lost power for almost two weeks. We had flashlights and headlamps, but getting around the house after sunset felt more like wandering through a dark cave than walking down the hall. That year for Christmas I gave her an oil lamp so we would have better lighting options, and one that wouldn’t depend on electricity like a generator needs to, should the power ever go out again. She smiled and laughed upon opening it, but it wasn’t until a few minutes later, when I opened my gift from her, that I fully understood why my gift was so amusing. As it turns out, she had given me an almost identical oil lamp. Now we are doubly prepared!” – Mike, 70

Buy it ($58)

Mr. Porter

12. Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

The only sweatshirt I need. Doesn't stretch out after you wash it, fits exactly the same as the first day. Made in Canada, great quality.” – Phil, 36

Buy it ($130)


13. A One-of-a-Kind Piece of Art

“The best Christmas gift I ever received was an original painting. As in, my partner bought a canvas and paints on Amazon and made me a painting, which is now hanging proudly in my living room. It’s abstract and (thankfully) pretty good, and it makes me smile every time I look at it!” – Phil, 35

Buy the canvas ($15)     Buy the paint ($15)

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14. The Car of His Dreams

“When I was 18, all I wanted was a ’62 Corvette. I was working hard and saving up, but as a surprise my parents gave me some money to put toward the car. That car seriously impressed my girlfriend at the time. We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.” – John, 74

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