We’re just going to say the thing everyone’s thinking: Men are impossible to shop for. Particularly men that claim they don’t want or need anything for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. That’s just a flat out lie, guys, and we would know. We’re better at it than you. Everyone wants something, even if it’s just a new pair of socks or package of boxer briefs. And yet, there’s one major perk to shopping for a dude who allegedly doesn’t know what he wants: you get to choose every single one of the gifts for him under the tree.
Ergo, if you love how his eyes pop when he wears the color red, wrap up a red sweater. Can’t stand the cologne your brother wears to every family gathering? Find him a scent that doesn’t reek. No matter the type of guy you’re buying for, there’s a gift for him — and we’ve got it all right here.
Gifts For The Curious Guy
You know when you ask him “What planet are you from?” Well, now you can both find out with this 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Kit. You can help the curious guy in your life find our where his DNA comes from across 1500+ regions of the world. You can also find, connect, and message those who share DNA with you — which might make next year’s holiday dinner table a lot more full.
Can’t get enough of this ancestry thing. This one pinpoints his 26 most interesting traits. Which, coincidentally, is 26 more than you thought he had. ZING!
Gifts For The Chef
Some men love to brag about their high tolerance for super spicy foods. We know, it’s a weird flex and you might not want to humor him, but if you need a cool (hot) gift idea for the spicy guy in your life, behold this set of seven different hot sauces from around the world. It was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and honestly, if it’s good enough for O, it’s good enough for your annoying little brother.
Holy crap, this is an amazing gift for Star Wars fans. In less than 12 parsecs, your stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerfherder will be whipping up his favorite waffles ever. (Trust us. He’ll get the reference.)
If he’s cuckoo for crunchy cereal, this is a game-changer. A divider in the bowl lets him skip the soggy spoonfuls, and enjoy what he really wants — multiple bowls of cereal in one sitting, much to your annoyance.
Perfect for slicing, carving, shucking, or any of the other things that seem like they could leave your handy guy a little less hand-y, these NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves might look a little funny, but could save your dude a few ER trips. There’s literally no downside here.
If you know a guy who loves his beer but also needs more fridge space, check out these BottleLoft fridge storage strips. They adhere to the ceiling of the fridge and through their super strong magnets, hold beer aloft, freeing up room for food (or more beer?) down below. This is a gift that’s insanely practical, but also very unique.
Super-cool customizable maps that double as stylish art and a reminder of a place that’s really special to him. (Yes, you can even zoom in on whatever the name of that stadium is.)
For the guy who truly has everything, why not gift him… ethically and legally sourced Australian Red Kangaroo balls? Yup. You read that right. The company Huckberry is offering this wild item and bills it as either “the best gag gift or the best conversation starter.” I mean, they’re not wrong. But if your guy needs a bottle opener, why not give him one with tons of personality… and balls?
If a man on your gift-buying list is very into sipping liquor on the rocks, then this pair of tumbler glasses with drink stones is the classy and cool choice. The stones only need a few hours in the freezer to chill a beverage and won’t dilute it or alter the taste by melting. Bonus? The set comes in a gift box with gift tag, tissue, and ribbon. All you have to do is sign the card, hand it over, and instantly become a very popular friend or family member.
Gifts For The Techie
He doesn’t really listen, anyway, amirite? Well now he can at least have an excuse, with barely-there, convenient, easy, fun, wireless headphones. Apple AidPods are THE gift of the season for pretty much everyone, but for the guy who has (almost) everything, the ability to listen to his tunes without getting tangled in wires will be extremely appreciated.
A super-popular bluetooth speaker with a built-in robot assistant? It’s like all his dreams are coming true.
If you want to give him the ability to voice-control the music he’s listening to, then you need to nab an Echo Dot bluetooth speaker. With Alexa’s tens of thousands of skills and multiple layers of privacy protection, this robot assistant (plus DJ) is the perfect addition to his music-listening routine. Of course, the device can also help turn lights on and off, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and way more.
Virtual Reality is the next big thing. And since he already lives in one where he thinks he’s hot, funny, and helpful, it should be a smooth transition. This Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset promises “crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics,” which will make his experience feel like a personal theater. He can also meet up with friends in the VR world using this gadget to catch a concert, sporting event, or even a fave TV show. He might look a little creepy wearing it, but he will totally love the result.
With high-speed wireless charging that works with the latest iPhone and Samsung models, this baby helps him cut some of the cords. The bad boy gives his phone a super charge while allowing both vertical and horizontal viewing, so juicing up his device doesn’t have to mean the dumb YouTube videos stop. We’re sorry.
“It’s not a toy! It’s an advanced aerial photography device.” Suuuuuuure it is. Then why is he making sound effects when it takes off and lands? Whatever. This drone can take photos and videos and comes with a remote control, but can also work via Wi-Fi pairing with a phone app. Or he can use a combination of both for a real-time video transmission of the drone’s flight. He’ll be occupied for hours.
If you’re gift-hunting for a guy who can’t get enough of loud and annoying video games, help him and those who love him to coexist harmoniously by giving him a gaming headset. This one features multi-platform compatibility, so no matter his gaming system, you can make sure he’s the only one hearing the annoying sounds coming from it.
For those gift-giving to a bro who loves his workouts but hates being sore afterward, look no further than this Handheld Deep Muscle Massage Gun. It doesn’t promise to be quiet, but it’s very powerful, boasting six speeds and “percussion” vibration giving 500-2400 strokes per minute. If this doesn’t fix his achey post-lifting muscles, we’re not sure what will.
Buying a gift for a man who doesn’t catch his Z’s easily? This Dodow Sleep Aid Device might be the answer to his troubles. According to Amazon, the gadget is “a metronome with a light system that teaches you how to fall asleep naturally, without taking any medicine.” The product claims it can help someone who normally takes an hour to fall asleep to nod off within 25 minutes or so. At just under $60, it’s totally worth a shot.
For the guy who is constantly saying he wants to get back in the gym, presenting him with a Fitbit Inspire HR might be the push he needs to get off the couch. The HR is designed for anyone easing back into their fitness routine and features a 24/7 fitness tracker that will log his heart rate, calories burned, steps, distance, activity levels, and more. The wearable tech is also stylishly minimalistic, so he’ll feel comfortable keeping it on for work.
These leather touchscreen-enabled gloves will keep him stylish and warm, while still able to use a phone or tablet. You might be thinking that most guys already have a pair of these since they’ve been around for a few years, but this pair is different — instead of just a finger or two, they allow all ten fingers and the whole palm to have touchscreen function, leaving literally zero excuses to not return all of your calls and texts. This gift is honestly for both of you.
For the long winter ahead, a classic Carhartt beanie is always appreciated. The 100% acrylic, super stretchable hat comes in dozens of colors and features the all-familiar Carhartt logo on the front. At only $14.99, it might make sense to buy a few colors for him to choose from over the next few months of ultra frigid temps.
For the dude who can always use another piece of swag from his fave NFL team, there’s this subtle long-sleeve tee to make him smile on Christmas morning. Not all sports gear has to be loud and logo-filled — this super soft, 100% cotton shirt features some light distressing on the logo for extra style points. And it’s an officially licensed NFL item, so he’ll know it’s legit.
Riddle us this: Who doesn’t love loungewear? This pair of sweats from Outdoor Voices is no ordinary pair of sweatpants, and he’ll recognize that from the moment he puts them on. Made from the brand’s exclusive CloudKnit fabric (part polyester, part spandex) with a relaxed tapered fit, OV swears these pants are the softest he’ll ever wear. And the best part? They look just as nice out as they do indoors, so you won’t even care if he sports them to dinner as some dudes are wont to do.
He may not know this, but there is such a thing as a stylish sneaker. Rather than splurge on a pair of super pricey Yeezy’s, add a bow on top of an Allbird’s sneaker box and call it a day. Designed with merino sheep’s wool fibers, these kicks are super comfy, temperature-regulating, and moisture-wicking. Oh, and did we happen to mention they’re also machine washable?
If you’re not exactly a beard fan or just want your man neatly trimmed, you’re going to want to gift him this Braun Series 7 790cc Electric Razor. It provides, the closest shave of his life (good for you!) and a razor with the technology, gadgetry, and looks of a futuristic spaceship (good for him!) Everyone wins.
You like the beard, right? What you don’t like is beard clippings all over everything and the clogged drains. This genius invention solves the problem and also, makes him look a bit ridiculous. Am I the only one who sees that as a benefit? Yes? Y’all are no fun.
If your guy travels tons and can’t (or would prefer not) take his full-size shaving gear with him, this kit lets him take the perfect shave on the road. The set includes Pre-Shave Cream, Shaving Cream and After Shave Balm and a mini shave brush. A neatly trimmed facial hair situation has never been easier to achieve.
There’s only one thing that’s more fun than Skee-Ball, and that’s playing Skee-Ball at your desk. This makes an adorable office gift exchange item or a stocking stuffer for the playful guy in your life.
Game of Thrones made it cool to be a nerd again. And Risk was the original nerd game. The combination of the two is a match made in heaven for the serious Westeros fan-boy in your life.
Nostalgic gifts are always a blast, and for the guy who spent his childhood tranced out in front of his Nintendo, this NES Classic Mini EU Console is basically a dream gift. The best part? It comes with 30 8-bit games including classics like Super Mario Bros 1, 2, 3, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Mega Man, and PAC-MAN. Warning: with so many amazing old-school games to get reacquainted with, you won’t see the recipient for several days after Christmas.
Completely wrong and offensive, but also the best card game ever, come at us. Sense of humor and inability to be offended an absolute must. Also, get ready for the numerous (and sometimes themed) expansion packs as no-brainer gifts for future occasions.
Whether he loves the beach, tailgating, or just hanging out in the yard, this waterproof, leakproof, insulated cooler makes everything a lot more chill. All dudes love Yetis — that’s just a fact of Man Life. This cooler holds six cans plus ice, so he can do a day of yard work, go fishing, hit up an outdoor concert, or whatever else he has planned, without having lukewarm drinks.
Sure, he thinks he can light a fire, but let’s be honest. There’s usually more cursing and coughing than sparks. This baby lets him just strike up one match and get two hours of flames. Good for his ego and your cold tootsies. Oh, and did we mention it’s all natural with no chemicals?
If your guy’s a hiker or camper, this is a must. A personal water filter that lets him safely drink from rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes, with no worries. He can pretend he’s Bear Grylls while on a camping trip with the guys or teach his son’s Boy Scout troop a cool little lesson in hydrating safely. All for just $11.99.
Gifts For The Music Lover
Trying to impress the hipster guy who still listens to vinyl but not brave enough to try to add to his extensive (and carefully-curated) record collection? Stay on brand, but go a bit off-script with these drink coasters made out of reclaimed records. They’re retro cool, bring back the memories of his favorite tunes, and keep those damn rings off the furniture.
If he loves retro but still has a thing for digital technology, this Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers is the perfect gift. A turntable for the pure sound of records, with the bluetooth ability to pump it to wireless speakers brings the timelessness of playing records up to modern speed (and sound).
Gifts For The Beer Lover
Why be basic with your bottle-opening? Simple, yet amazing. Just like him, this unique bent nail and magnet combo is a genius conversation piece that’s both modern-looking and rustic at the same time.
This ultimate on-the-go cooler keeps bottles AND cans frosty. It’s vacuum insulated and even comes with a built-in bottle opener. Perfect for tailgating, trying to get through youth sporting events, and hunting down the perfect Griswold Family Christmas Tree.
A little-known male life problem problem (and female to be fair) is beer not staying cold until the very last drop. Unless your dude is always chugging (which, we hope not?) chances are, he’s had to abandon a lukewarm half beer or 12 in just the last month alone. Not anymore, y’all. These Beer Chiller Stickers are a beer innovation your brew-loving dude had no idea he needed. They only need about 45 minutes in the freezer to be effective, so if wanting a cold beer is a sorta last-minute decision, it won’t be too many minutes before that can happen.
Gifts For The Baseball Lover
“A doormat? You think I want a doormat as a gif…holy crap that’s the coolest doormat ever.” BAD PUN ALERT, BAD PUN ALERT: This gift is a (wait for it) home run.
For the dad who can’t get enough of being a Little League coach (or who still waxes poetic about his own days on the diamond) this “Home” doormat is a pretty meaningful gift that’s also a fun pun. This gift is (wait for it) a home run for the baseball-loving dude you’re playing Santa for.
Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. These ballpark map glasses feature his home away from home, and combine his two (other) greatest loves — baseball and whiskey on the rocks. These stylish glasses will help carry the fun memories of time spent in the stadium. There’s no greater gift, TBH.
The perfect gift for any baseball head. A mini replica of his favorite team’s helmet that holds pens, scissors, business cards, or whatever other crap he keeps on his desk. Who says sports-loving dudes can’t have cute knick-knacks in your lives? No one, that’s who.
Related: The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2019