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Whether or not it makes Baby Boomers uncomfortable, it’s safe to say younger generations are evolving beyond binary gifting norms and opting for gender-neutral gifts more often. Gift ideas don’t need to revolve around anyone’s role in your life or whether they present as a man or woman. No matter who you’re shopping for, we know it’s not always easy finding a gift they’ll actually use.
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The good news is we’re all human. We can find other ways to relate to one another and don’t need to define someone in gendered terms to find something that suits them. Maybe you’re participating in some potluck gift exchange and have no idea who will be on the receiving end of your gift, or you want to be sensitive to the fact that identities can change. Luckily, many product categories aren’t gendered, and more companies are coming out with gender-neutral or unisex items every day.
Look, we’ve rounded up plenty of the best gifts for women you know and a slew of the best gifts for the impossible man in your life, but finding the best gender-neutral gift may just be more sensible for some folks. Because why wouldn’t you want to get something that everyone can enjoy? It also opens up the opportunity for loaning out or regifting, but you don’t have to worry about that. Don’t put your loved ones in a box. Get them one of these great gifts that anyone can appreciate.
1. Dagne Dover Carryall Weekend Bag
FOR THE TRAVELER
Dagne Dover has become known for its sleek and sturdy bags designed to meet their travel needs in style. The Landon carryall is no exception. It comes in five sizes and seven colors. It has a built-in laptop sleeve, interior mesh and zippered pockets, an exterior phone pocket, detachable key leash, luggage handle, and a longer crossbody strap — and it comes with a separate shoe bag. There’s nothing they would need for a weekend away that this bag can’t accommodate. The fact that it’s built to last and makes them look put together while traveling is just icing on the cake.
2. Mixology Bartender Kit
FOR THE COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR
Everyone knows someone who has become a bit of an amateur bartender over the past couple of years. It can be fun trying to master the perfect cocktail, but it often requires many tools that most people don’t have. This kit is an affordable and stylish addition to any kitchen or bar cart. It includes 10 essential mixology tools that all fit into an excellent bamboo stand for an easy way to store and display everything they need to make anything on or off the menu.
3. Boy Smells Gardener Candle
FOR THE SCENT OBSESSED
A blend of citrus, tomato, orange tree bark and honeysuckle, plus the fact that it comes from a very cool brand, make it almost certain that anyone who got this candle as a gift would love it. Founded by real-life partners Matthew Herman and David Kien, the idea behind Boy Smells is to go beyond the gender binary, which is refreshing given that many scents are categorized as “feminine” or “masculine” and therefore polarize the market. These products smell excellent (Gardener is our favorite), embrace both masculine and feminine energies, and are aesthetically pleasing.
4. Herschel Supply Co. Elmer Beanie
FOR THOSE IN COLD WEATHER
Everyone’s ears get cold in winter weather, and judging by Instagram, everyone loves a beanie; ergo, everyone should be able to benefit from a classic beanie. And with all due respect to the Carhartt Watch beanie, we love this Herschel staple with a wide rollover cuff. This accessory is also one of our favorite gender-neutral gifts because it will look good on just about any head and comes in over 30 colors to match every style preference. There are solids, stripes and even camo and color-blocked designs.
5. Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones
FOR THOSE ON THE GO
Wireless headphones have become extremely popular, and for good reason. Whether they’re commuting, exercising, running errands or even just cleaning the house, it makes it much easier to listen or take calls with zero wires holding them back. Beats’ adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks are comfortable, stable, sweat and water-resistant and have long-lasting, powerful and balanced audio. Each earbud can connect separately to the extended range Bluetooth, and they’re great at filtering out external noise.
6. Kyrgies Classic Wool Slippers
BEST FOR COLD FEET
Everyone should own a cozy pair of slip-on house slippers for taking on the cold-floored great indoors, and what better way to tackle hardwood than with Kyrgies? These wool slippers are simple, good-looking and ideal for anyone lounging around the house. Kyrgies naturally avoid odor and stay stink-free for their lifetime, meaning they won’t have to wash these puppies, like, at all. Sizes are available for all genders and children, too.
7. Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
FOR THE GOOD SMELLING
Le Labo is the go-to brand for unisex scents, and Santal is the best in that category. It smells incredible on literally anyone and truly doesn’t veer towards any gender. It’s a splurge depending on the size of bottle you choose, but if you know someone who deserves an elegant, everyday scent, this eau de parfum is the way to go.
8. Casetify Phone Cases
FOR THE CLUMSY
There’s no doubt in our minds that your giftee has a smartphone. If they’re stumbling around town with a naked phone, stop chaos in its tracks by snagging them the world’s most protective (and happy) phone cases from Casetify. From solid colors to patterns to favorite TV shows and even customizable options, they will deck their phone in the coolest case they’ve ever had. Plus, Casetify is ultra-protective for all of those accidental drops.
9. Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe
FOR THE COZY
Spending time at home means being as comfortable as possible. Help them achieve peak cozy with this Brooklinen robe. This indulgent, plushy fabric is made from 100% Turkish cotton to keep them super comfy all day long. It hits right under your knees, so it’ll cover all of the necessary bits on everyone and comes in several solid colors depending on your giftee’s style preference.
10. SOCCO Striped Crew Socks
FOR THE RETRO
Retro is in, in case you hadn’t heard, and that trend seems to have merged with a heightened focus on high socks. These unisex crew socks with retro stripes come in tons of different colors and designs and offer a sizing guide based on any shoe size. They’re fun and comfortable with a cushioned sole, making them a perfect gift that combines style and necessity.
Underwear is easily the most gendered article of clothing in existence, but not with Jambys. Jambys proudly proclaim they are for everyone, and we agree. Big, small, man, woman and everyone in between. That’s because Jambys aren’t necessarily your traditional underwear. These are loose, comfortable boxers with pockets. Yeah, pockets. They’re ideal for the kind of person who loves wearing underwear around the house but can’t. Think shared living spaces like dorm rooms with roommates or if Grandma just moved in. We love Jambys so much we named them a favorite product of the year in the 2021 Man, our end-of-year product awards.
12. Piecework Feeling Flushed 1,000 Piece Puzzle
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE A CHALLENGE
This vibrant, 1,000 piece puzzle is sure to occupy anyone for quite some time. Piecework has always been dedicated to quality time in the great indoors, and this is an excellent addition to your giftee’s collection if you know anyone who took up puzzling in quarantine. It’s full of contrast, intricate details, bright colors and textures. Plus, they get something beautiful to look after they finish.
13. Trade Coffee Subscription
FOR THE COFFEE LOVER
Everyone working remotely has probably been brewing more coffee at home than ever before. Yes, it saves money, but it may also feel less exciting or indulgent. Trade Coffee is the perfect coffee subscription gift if you want to help someone explore some fantastic new roasts and spice up their morning brew. You can choose from many different bag options, and the recipient gets to input their preferences to ensure that they get matched with their ideal roasts. They can also continue the subscription at their chosen frequency and adjust it as they go.
14. Theragun Prime
FOR THE ATHLETE
The Theragun Prime is the best massage gun, full stop. If you know someone who has ever experienced soreness, you know how unpleasant it can be. Enter — Theragun. There are many personal massagers to target muscle soreness, but Theragun has quickly dominated the market with their percussive therapy devices. They’re highly effective in deep muscle treatment, soothing tightness and tension to help you recover faster. The Prime model offers the same power at a slightly lower price and gives any athlete or avid exerciser a great gift. Don’t feel like giving them backrubs all the time? Here’s your solution. (You’re welcome.)
15. Warby Parker Downing Sunglasses
FOR THE STYLISH
Everyone wears sunglasses. If they’re decently hip, they wear Warby Parker sunglasses. These rounded Downing frames with elevated corners have a retro yet modern vibe, and they happen to look pretty great on most face shapes. They come in several color options, but this walnut tortoise is exceptionally stylish, no matter the gender. If you know someone who likes to be unique but on-trend, these are a sure-fire gender-neutral gift idea.
16. Clean & Pure Bees Knees Lip Balms
BEST FOR KISSING
Whether they are avoiding winter weather or just want to have smooth and kissable lips at all times, this four-pack of lip balms is a gift idea that never goes out of style. Imported from Australia and made with ingredients like manuka honey and vitamin E oil, this is the soothing and protection their lips never knew they also needed.
17. Crosley UO Exclusive Velvet Voyager Bluetooth Record Player
BEST FOR MUSIC LOVERS
If your giftee can’t get enough of their favorite tunes and don’t yet own a record player, what are they even doing? Owning a collection of records is one of the most rewarding hobbies for folks that love music. Start your giftee’s newest hobby by picking up their first-ever record player, like this Urban Outfitters exclusive from Crosley. This record player features three different speeds with Bluetooth capability for playing tunes on other speakers if your giftee doesn’t want to play directly from the player. Also, one of the most excellent parts about this record player is its look. Yeah, that’s orange velvet you’re looking at. Does it get any more hip?
18. Stone Octagonal Coasters
FOR THOSE WITH WATER RINGS
These are the perfect universal coasters. Whitestone octagons with a modern and chic design mean they’ll look great in any room and keep your tables pristine. They’re stylish and classy enough to use for your fanciest guests but sturdy enough to use daily for the whole family. They come with four in a set, so everyone at the table can have one at their setting.
19. Moleskine Classic Notebook
FOR THE WRITER
Introspection and quiet moments of reflection aren’t gendered, which is why a handsome journal like this is one of the best gender-neutral gift ideas. Sometimes all it takes is a notebook you can’t wait to fill to break that writer’s block. Everyone will want to carry around this classic Moleskine journal wherever they go, which is sure to inspire some of their best writing. It’s well crafted to establish that sort of scholarly look that makes people take you seriously. As writers, we think every great writer should own a Moleskine.
20. Saatva Organic Weighted Blanket
FOR THE ANXIOUS
Weighted blankets have been around for a while, but finding the right one can take some trial and error. You want it to be soft but not too hot; heavy without making it impossible to move underneath. The Saatva weighted blanket meets all of those requirements and will likely delight even those who have been reluctant to explore this trend. The plush organic cotton velvet with diamond quilting is breathable yet incredibly comfortable, and the all-natural glass beads provide gentle, even pressure. It comes in two colors and two different sizes and weights, both of which promote calming relaxation and wonderfully restful sleep.
21. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Straw Lid
FOR THE ECO-FRIENDLY
We should avoid plastic water bottles at all costs. Period. Reusable water bottles have almost become an elite accessory, with everyone trying to keep up with the best new brands and carrying them around wherever they go. If you know someone who likes to stay eco-consciously hydrated, get them a Hydro Flask. It’ll keep their drinks ice cold for 24 hours or even piping hot for 12, made with durable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel and powder color coating. This wide-mouth 40-ounce bottle with a straw lid has a new sleek and simplified design that is so easy to fill and sip it’ll make them want to stay hydrated.
22. Our Place Always Pan
FOR THE HOME CHEF
Anyone who likes to cook will instantly fall in love with the Always Pan. It truly does it all, designed to replace eight different pieces of cookware — fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The variety of matte colors will look stellar in any kitchen, and it’ll be the best non-stick pan that they own.
23. The Sill Monstera Deliciosa
FOR THE PLANT PARENT
Plants are a lovely, naturally unisex gift, and one of our favorite spots to pick up some greenery is The Sill. They’ve got a comprehensive collection of different plant babies you can choose from for gifting, like this gorgeous monstera deliciosa featured below. Prices will vary depending on each plant, and most even come with stylish planters provided.
24. Ugg Whistler Throw Blanket
FOR THE PERPETUALLY CHILLY
We love a good throw blanket. They’re honestly a necessity at home, in the office, in the car (just in case). You never know when you might catch a chill and need to snuggle up in something cozy. If you’ve ever worn Uggs, you know how well they do cozy, and this blanket fits the bill. It’s super soft and plush, comes in various colors, and is gender-neutral — after all, everyone gets cold.
25. Leather-Wrapped Vase
FOR THE ARTSY
Vases are essential to keep in stock if somebody brings you flowers. You want the vessel to display them as beautiful as the flowers themselves. This very cool leather-wrapped vase is a standalone piece because it looks great on display with or without flowers inside. However, if you want some bonus points from whomever you’re giving them to, add some fresh flowers in there as well.
26. Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil
FOR DRY SKIN
Dry skin is a universal ailment, especially during the winter months. That makes it a perfect unisex gift that you can get for anyone on your list. Kiehl’s, as a company, does a great job of keeping things gender-neutral in their products and branding. This nourishing dry body oil can be sprayed on for easy use and rubbed in to keep their skin silky smooth and hydrated all year long. It moisturizes deeply but doesn’t feel greasy, so everyone should be happy.
27. Therarobe Weighted Robe
FOR THOSE WHO NEED A HUG
Everyone can understand the desire for a much-needed hug these days, and this robe is just that for anyone who could use some extra stress relief or TLC, anytime. This is a weighted robe created to help alleviate the symptoms of stress and anxiety by simulating the feeling of a hug. You want it to be the hug you can always give them. We all know about weighted pressure, thanks to the weighted blanket trend. This takes that technology and turns it into a robe so they can take that comfort with them wherever they go.
28. Cosori Dual Blaze Air Fryer
BEST KITCHEN ACCESSORY
Who needs to go out when they can cook (healthy) restaurant-quality meals right from home? Whether this is a gift for a partner or a friend, air fryers are on trend for a reason. While any air fryer would be a powerful asset in a home kitchen, this one has loads of capacity and smart features, meaning they can monitor cooking progress remotely and control their cooking from another room. No one wants to be stuck in a kitchen during a dinner party, and this makes sure those wings are perfect, but they don’t have to miss a minute of the game.
29. Well Told Brooklyn Maps Stemless Wine Glass
BEST FOR WANDERLUST
Give them a glass etched with the city streets where they took that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Perhaps it’s where you met or a trip you took together. Or just one they have been fantasizing about. This custom-etched drinkware is etched with signature map designs and includes cities worldwide.
30. SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker
BEST FOR SELETZER FANS
There’s nothing like being able to have sparkling water anywhere, anytime. Except that would get pretty expensive. However, a sparkling water maker removes the need for the expense and waste of all those plastic bottles, and as a gift, it’s an ideal additional appliance for any home that won’t take up a ton of extra space. They can sparkle water at the push of a button, and it’s extra fun in that since it is homemade, they can add additional flavors and herbs and keep things fresh and new.
31. Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller for iPhone
BEST FOR THE GAMER
If they love playing games, this is like a video game console, but it’s handheld. It streams Xbox games right to their phone, without a console required. It also works with PlayStation Remote Play, Steam Link, Apple Arcade, Call of Duty: Mobile, Minecraft, Roblox — pretty much everything. A perfect gift for any gamer in your life.
32. Likha Sloth Planter
BEST FOR THE GREEN THUMB
Whether they are an animal lover, have a green thumb, or both, they’ll really enjoy this animal planter. The planters come in various animal inspirations, but the sloth has to be the most appealing to any gender. Everyone loves a sloth. These planters also come with a sweet story behind them. They are handwoven by Filipino artisans using biodegradable, renewable, and eco-friendly coconut fiber, coco coir. How cool is that?
33. hai 4-Spray Bluetooth-Enabled Handheld Showerhead in Moon
BEST FOR A HIGH-TECH BATHROOM
This eco-minded, smart showerhead does a lot more than spray water. It can adjust water settings from a steady stream to a spa mist, and Bluetooth connects to an app to help track water and energy usage, so there are no surprise water bills. It even has an LED alert that notifies them when the water’s warm and ready, a great way to avoid stepping into a cold shower when it is not wanted.
34. Vertly CBD Cooling Recovery Spray
FOR THE UPTIGHT
If you know someone tight, sore, hot, tired, sunburned, or anxious — basically anyone — this spray can help. With hemp extract and menthol, it can help calm tired limbs and cool the skin. They just mist a few pumps of the lightweight spray anywhere that needs soothing. Whether they are big fans of CBD or more in it for the menthol, few people wouldn’t benefit from a cooling body spray like this. You really can’t go wrong.
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