Buying the best gifts for the men in your life—whether it’s your dad, boyfriend, husband, brother, friend, or any other loved one—can be surprisingly challenging. Some may like techie or outdoorsy gifts that speak to their hobbies and interests, while others may prefer more useful gifts that they know they’ll be able to enjoy on a regular basis. And then there are the guys who feel nearly impossible to shop for, who just go out and buy themselves everything they need and tell you they don’t want anything. Whoever you’re shopping for—whether it’s a Father’s Day gift, birthday gift, graduation gift, or just to show that you’re thinking of him—we have plenty of gift ideas for men right here.
Below, you’ll find our top picks for the best gifts for the men in your life. You’ll find solid choices for men who like cooking, grilling, fitness, practicality, and more, from retailers such as Amazon, REI, Nordstrom, Uncommon Goods, Food52, and Nike. From gadgets like wireless earbuds, multitools, Bluetooth speakers, and stylish chargers, to self-care faves like massagers, weighted blankets, towels, and even bidets, you’re sure to find a great gift that your favorite guys will absolutely adore. And sure, it’s early in the season, but we advise shopping before the holiday rush to reduce stress. That way you can focus on spending time with your loved ones instead.
Best Gifts for Dads
Show Dad how much you care with a thoughtful gift that speaks to his quirks. For the dad who geeks out over maps and electric cars, there’s a very cool LED circuit board that lets him watch the progress of trains in New York’s MTA system in real time (the company makes other cities’ public transit system boards too). For the dad who wants to put his memories on display: a set of his favorite printed photos. If he’s the practical “I don’t need anything except your love” kind of dad, perhaps opt for a useful electric lighter that doubles as a flashlight or a SELF Fave Kindle Paperwhite e-reader that makes reading while traveling a cinch. And for the dad who just needs a minute: a SELF Fave neck and shoulder massager.
Best Gifts for Boyfriends and Husbands
Your boyfriend, husband, or partner will love whatever you get him, but the best gift ideas for him are personal (like whiskey glasses featuring the map of a city he loves), practical (like a massage gun, briefcase, or, frankly, a bidet), or downright fun (like a cocktail smoker or new sex toy).
Best Gifts for Brothers
You love your bro, and you want to make sure he’s taking care of himself. That’s why a fresh set of high-quality Brooklinen towels or a buy-it-for-life Yeti tumbler can make the perfect gift for him. Or you can make him the highlight of his next party by giving him something playful like Fujifilm’s instant camera or a silly puffer jacket that doubles as a beverage holder for his drink of choice. A subscription like Beer Drop, which sends craft brews straight to his doorstep every month, is a nice gift for beer-loving bros. Or you could go the wholesome, nostalgic route with a miniature photo album to display all your photos from childhood.
Most Useful Gifts for Men
Believe it or not, the most useful gifts are sometimes the most unique gifts too. Case in point: the SELF Fave HyperChiller, which chills hot coffee to ice-cold within minutes (for the iced coffee lovers); or temperature-controlled Ember mug that we love; or the Leatherman Multi-Tool, which is simultaneously a bottle opener, wrench, screwdriver, and about a dozen other things that fit on a keychain (for the tinkerers and on-the-go beer aficinados). And let’s not forget the Qubii, which is both a phone charger and external hard drive that automatically backs up their iPhone or iPad’s photos, videos, and contacts when plugged in to charge. Speaking of phones, a phone lockbox is one way to help him stay on-task if he just can’t stop reading the news or scrolling through Twitter.
Best Gifts for Men on Amazon
If your giftee is seemingly impossible to shop for, let Amazon prove you wrong. When in doubt, the online retail giant will almost definitely have something for the guy on your list. You’ll find a wide array of giftable offerings, from soothing weighted blankets to warm beanies, water bottles that stow essentials, and portable solar panels.
Best Tech Gifts for Men
Tech gifts are among the sexiest gifts for men, including feature-heavy, aesthetically pleasing iPhone-compatible chargers, top-rated noise-canceling headphones for jamming out (and tuning out), Bluetooth radio/speakers with retro flair like the Marshall Emberton, or smartwatches with vibrant wristbands. The gadget-head in your life will most definitely appreciate this marriage of form and function.
Best Fitness Gifts for Men
Elevate his next workout, from warm-up to mid-session to cool-down and recovery, with these fitness gifts: Nike sweats for chilly mornings (or lounging), an adjustable kettlebell for precise weightlifting, and a Therabody massager to soothe sore muscles. A pair of recovery slides can ease tired toes after a workout, while a pair of reliable AirPods will stay in his ears through every rep and a SELF Fave Beast Blender will make pre- or post-workout portable smoothies in minutes.
Best Subscription Gifts for Men
From the array of goodies they contain to the wide range of tastes they appeal to, what’s not to love about regular subscription boxes? Highlights include a hot sauce gift set that arrives every quarter, wine and coffee subscriptions (like the SELF Fave Atlas Coffee Club) for the discerning sipper, and Bespoke Post’s curated gift box, which might feature skin care essentials one month and a cocktail kit for old-fashioneds the next. If he’s an outdoorsy guy, the Nomadik box delivers a handful of helpful tools and gear. And for the grillmaster, there’s a box that will fill his cabinets with curated rubs, spices, sauces, and more. Pro tip: Subscription gifts also make excellent last-minute presents, since they’re usually delivered as an emailed gift card.
Best Outdoor Gifts for Men
Keep your man of the woods comfy with camp chairs and packable blankets—and keep him safe and hydrated with the internet fave LifeStraw, which makes almost any water potable. For chiller day trips and afternoon park excursions, he’ll love a soft, liquid-sealed cooler backpack from Hydro Flask, a cute fanny pack from Patagonia, or a pocket-size park blanket. A knife set may also come in handy for various hunting and gathering situations.
Best Grilling Gifts for Men
The weather’s warm (somewhere) and the grill is calling his name. Make this his best BBQ season yet with a DIY sauce kit, handy smart meat thermometer, and the required corny apron. For the aspiring grillmaster, give him a grill press that works right in his microwave, no charcoal or grill dad uniform required. A personalized tool set and high-quality butcher block are necessities for any advanced or beginner grill guy.
Best Cooking Gifts for Men
If the kitchen is his happy place, consider cooking gifts that will expand his culinary repertoire (like a stainless steel pizza oven or pasta maker), level up his java game (like the top-rated AeroPress espresso and coffee maker), make cleanup seamless (like the famously easy-to-clean Our Place Home Cook Duo), garnish his dishes with flair (like a countertop herb garden), or help him share his favorite homebrew concoctions with friends (like a carbonated beverage growler).
Best Stylish Gifts for Men
The sharp dresser in your life will love gifts that add even more sophisticated touches to his life, like snappy polarized sunglasses from Warby Parker, a personalized gift of monogrammed cufflinks, or a subscription to GQ’s monthly box of handsome accessories, grooming products, and other editor picks. And, whether he uses a trimmer or prefers a handheld razor, his shave will feel all the more luxurious with Kiehl’s Ultimate Shave Collection, which comes with the brand’s popular energizing cleanser. The stylish and cozy Lululemon hoodie will warm him on chilly morning workouts, and a handsome carry-all tote is ideal if he commutes to the office.