Your Ultimate Guide to Gifts for Men

Buying a gift for the guy in your life can be a tricky feat. He could be the type that says he already has everything he wants & needs (it’s like you’re talking to your father) or alternatively, he could be the type that knows exactly what he wants that so there’s a chance he might not see the value in anything else.

Don’t worry, though, we’re here to help with gifts for the guy who has everything. Whether you’re buying for the guy that’s just a friend, the guy you want to be more than friends with, or the guy that you actually are more than friends with, we’ve scoured the web and searched high and low for the perfect gift, regardless of his interest or your budget. The plus side? Our gift recommendations will make him think you spent a fortune and he’ll love you even more than he already does (or than you hope he does). It’s a win-win for everyone.


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The best gifts for the traveler

 

Splurge Pick: Weekender

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

Picture this: your guy is taking a weekend trip with his friends to Vegas. He wants to walk on the plane with a bag that’s stylish, easy to carry and functional. Plus he needs a bag that will get him in and out quickly, because let’s be serious, who needs more than 48 hours in Vegas?

If this sounds like your guy, you’ve met his match.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Silicone Dopp Kit

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

Dopp kits are always are surefire winner for the frequent traveler. The best part about this one is the fact that it’s made of SILICONE! Yep, that means easy clean up for when one of his toiletry items under 3.4 oz spills out because he had to transfer it to a cheap-o container. Also, the silicone dopp kit was recently featured on a list of the 14 best toiletry bags for men, so you know it’s legit.

 

Value Pick: Espro Travel Coffee Press

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

Our value pick for the jetsetter is probably our favorite. Coming out of Kickstarter, the brains behind this genius product claim, “when life takes you on the road, you should be able to lean forward into that next adventure with a fantastic cup of coffee or tea in hand.” Who can argue with that? No one. That’s who.


The best gifts for the stylish guy

 

Splurge Pick: The Sophisticate Watch

WHY IT’S PERFECT

Every trendsetter needs the perfect watch. This upscale version of the classic timex will catch his eye and everyone else’s he meets. For the man who has (nearly) everything, this will be one he won’t want to stop wearing.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Suede Sneaker

WHY IT’S PERFECT

The classic white sneaker should be part of every man’s shoe repertoire, but if you’re buying for a trendsetter, he likely already has a pair in his closet. This suede sneaker takes the classic white sneaker to the next level and you can be sure that the trendsetter in your life probably has already been eyeing pair. Still not sold? According to GQ the suede sneaker is one of this season’s hottest fashion items.

 

Value Pick: Paisley Pocket Square

WHY IT’S PERFECT

A neat trick from GQ is to use a bandana as an affordable alternative to a pocket square. The paisley print is perfect and trust us when we say no one will know the difference. Want your man to get more comfortable with pocket squares but don’t know where to begin? Check out this blog on pocket squares from trunk club to help him get started!


The best gifts for the foodie

 

Splurge Pick: Prime Dry-Aged Bistecca Fiorentina

WHY IT’S PERFECT

Talk about fine dining! He’ll love getting his hands dirty with this piece of meat. And who knows, maybe if you’re lucky he’ll cook it for you too.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Italian Taster Trio

WHY IT’S PERFECT

Can’t splurge but still wouldn’t mind showing the guy in your life a little love for his appreciation of meat? The italian taster trio is a respectable alternative. The set includes black truffle-laced Tartufo, Wild Boar Salami, and Sopressata. This will probably be the best gift he receives all year.

 

Value Pick: 8-inch Chefs Knife

WHY IT’S PERFECT

A solid chefs knife is a must have for any home chef, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy something that still has good quality. The Victorinox 8” chefs knife is the defacto knife used by America’s Test Kitchen and you can read why it’s so great, here!


The best gifts for the fitness guy

 

Splurge Pick: Dumbbell Set

WHY IT’S PERFECT

Lifting weights is always a favorite for the fitness buffs. This at home version is perfect when for some reason or another they can’t hit the gym, or maybe prefer to break a sweat at home. It was even featured in an article from heavy.com on the 10 best dumbbells so you know you’re getting something worth gifting.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Smart Hydration Bottle

WHY IT’S PERFECT

“The future of fitness” this smart hydration bottle (another Kickstarter gem) tracks the amount of water you intake to ensure you’re staying well hydrated. Fitness buffs will appreciate this gifts as something thoughtful that they can actually use in their everyday life. The best part? According to this article in Forbes, the head--which holds the tracker--can fit almost any other water bottle. How convenient is that?

 

Value Pick: Workout Anywhere Fitness Kit

WHY IT’S PERFECT

The one thing fitness buffs hate? Not getting a good workout when they’re on the road or can’t access a gym. It’s apparently one of the best ways to ‘take the gym with you’ so you can bet it will be well received.


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The best gifts for the outdoorsman

 

Splurge Pick: Patagonia Waterproof Jacket

WHY IT’S PERFECT

If the outdoorsman in your life doesn’t have this, stop what you’re doing, click on the link above and buy this for him ASAP, because when we tell you he’s missing out, that is a severe understatement. Don’t believe us? Read this article on why a packable down jacket is perfect for ultralight packet & is a must have for the outdoorsman!

 

Mid-Range Pick: GoTenna Mesh -- off-grid Text & GPS

WHY IT’S PERFECT

Featured in TechCrunch a few months back, this is a gift that will really impress the outdoorsman in your life. With the GoTenna Mesh, him and his friends can stray off the beaten path, be miles apart and still text each other or access GPS. This is probably the ultimate gift for the outdoorsman.

 

Value Pick: Portable Camping Hammock

WHY IT’S PERFECT

The self proclaimed hammock experts created this portable camping hammock, which is perfect for the outdoorsman in your life. It might not be an active gift, but every man needs a breaking every once in-a-while...am I right?


The best gifts for spirits & beer lovers

 

Splurge Pick: Great American Flask

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

Handcrafted from solid copper, this historically-correct design is as old as bourbon itself and accurate right down to the American Birch stopper. And like all the best things in life, it only gets better with age. It was even featured in an article on “great American flask designs” so you know you’re buying something on of a kind.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Steel Drink Chillers

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

How awesome are these steel drink chillers? A surprising way to bring a little life to your guys drink of choice, these chillers will keep his drinks cool and mind relaxed.

 

Value Pick: Beer Foamer

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

It’s been called “next beer accessory you never knew you needed” and is an elegant, battery operated, copper-plated mixer that takes a few tablespoons of beer and whips them up into foamy perfection. He’ll love it and we’ll just call it the best gift you’ve ever given.


The best gifts for the host

 

Splurge Pick: Playing Card Set

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

The man who loves to entertain should always have a solid set of cards and dice in his entertaining repertoire. Take it up a notch and make the gift more special by getting him this set which includes a navy and walnut box.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Plum Shot Gift Set

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

It’s sleek, it’s stylish and I don’t think we have to tell you that it will impress his friends. We like to call this taking your entertaining to the adult level.

 

Value Pick: Monogram 5-in-1 Grill Tool

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

What man who entertains doesn’t love to barbecue. Get him something he’ll actually use this personalized 5-in-1 grill tool. He’ll love it and use it every time he pops open the grill.


The best gifts for the tech guy

 

Splurge Pick: Ring Wifi Video Doorbell

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

A new toy to add to his repertoire, this video doorbell is as cool as it gets. With a motion-activated camera, two-way audio and brilliant HD video, he'll never miss a visitor again. 

 

Mid-Range Pick: gLink Phone powered garage opener

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

How convenient would it be to control your garage door opener from your phone? The gLink device offers just that and was even ranked as a top five smart phone garage door opener pick.

 

Value Pick: Projecteo Mini Instagram Projector

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

An image cannot do this mini projector enough justice. According to the team at Projecto, it’s small enough to stow in your pocket but the projection can fill your entire wall! With Instagram now being the most downloaded app, this will definitely be appreciated by the techie in your life to display their favorite snaps.


The best gifts for the professional

 

Splurge Pick: Life Suit Cover Bag

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

This garment bag doesn’t just have a pretty face, it’s actually functional too! It’s perfect for the businessman who wants to keep his attire wrinkle free and carry it with a hint of class and a touch of style.

 

Mid-Range Pick: Financial Board Game

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

Even the businessman needs to lay back and have a little fun with a good old fashioned board game every now and then! Described as “Monopoly meets Wall Street” this game is sure to delight!

 

Value Pick: Leather + Felt Computer Sleeve

WHY HE’LL LOVE IT

This is a great gift that will look like you spent a lot of money, but didn’t have to. It’s a great way for him to keep his laptop protected while also looking professional.


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