25 Cool Gifts Your Brother Will Actually Like

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Whether you have a love-hate relationship or one that's actually built on kindness and mutual respect, your brother probably means more to you than you're willing to admit. (Remember, you're the one who clicked on this story.) But, just because you share the same childhood doesn't mean you share the same interests. Translation: brothers can be difficult to shop for — take it from me, someone who's given my own bro a gift card for five years running. However, this year I've vowed to be more thoughtful with my present selection! And as part of that plan, I am now sharing my coolest finds with all of you.

Maybe your brother is a heavy gamer (like mine). Or, maybe he spends his free time traversing the great outdoors. Whatever his particular hobbies are, my curated shopping guide ahead has a sampling of diverse buys ready to suit the most finicky of male siblings on your gifting list. Scroll on to let him know that, yes, you actually do care with any one of the 25 ideas ahead.

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With these touchscreen gloves keeping his fingers warm, he’ll no longer have any excuse for not texting you back. <br><br><strong>J.Crew</strong> Wool Smartphone Gloves, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jcrew.com%2Fm%2Fmens_feature%2Fthe_gift_guide%2Fgiftguide%2Fwool-smartphone-gloves%2FMP449%3Fcolor_name%3Dhthr-twig" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:J.Crew" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">J.Crew</a>
With these touchscreen gloves keeping his fingers warm, he’ll no longer have any excuse for not texting you back.

J.Crew Wool Smartphone Gloves, $, available at J.Crew
You may not be able to take him out to the ball game (sadly the season has come to a close), but you can gift him a piece of his favorite team’s park. <br><br><strong>Uncommon Goods</strong> Baseball Park Map Glasses - Set of 2, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uncommongoods.com%2Fproduct%2Fbaseball-park-map-glasses-set-of-2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Uncommon Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Uncommon Goods</a>
You may not be able to take him out to the ball game (sadly the season has come to a close), but you can gift him a piece of his favorite team’s park.

Uncommon Goods Baseball Park Map Glasses - Set of 2, $, available at Uncommon Goods
In case you’re unaware, Nintendo Switch consoles have been selling out like hotcakes. New drops are snatched up almost immediately. But you can get your hands on the next best thing, the Nintendo Switch Lite. <br><br><strong>Nintendo</strong> Nintendo Switch Lite Console, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FNintendo-Switch-Lite-Console-Gray%2F907697007" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a>
In case you’re unaware, Nintendo Switch consoles have been selling out like hotcakes. New drops are snatched up almost immediately. But you can get your hands on the next best thing, the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Nintendo Nintendo Switch Lite Console, $, available at Walmart
<strong>— PAID —</strong><br><br>A dark-green hoodie that’s as cool as it is comfortable.<br><br><br><strong>Gap</strong> Vintage Soft Hoodie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gap.com%2Fbrowse%2Fproduct.do%3Fpid%3D618712082%26pcid%3D999%26vid%3D1%26%26searchText%3Dvintage%2520soft%2520hoodie%26tid%3Dgpme001651%23pdp-page-content" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gap" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Gap</a>
— PAID —

A dark-green hoodie that’s as cool as it is comfortable.


Gap Vintage Soft Hoodie, $, available at Gap
It’s time he graduates from his Axe and Drakkar Noir bottles. Start him off on the right foot with Maison Margiela’s “At the Barber’s” scent. <br><br><strong>Maison Margiela</strong> ’REPLICA’ At The Barber’s, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fat-barber-shop-P394151%3Ficid2%3Dproducts%2520grid%3Ap394151" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>
It’s time he graduates from his Axe and Drakkar Noir bottles. Start him off on the right foot with Maison Margiela’s “At the Barber’s” scent.

Maison Margiela ’REPLICA’ At The Barber’s, $, available at Sephora
Star Wars. Enough said. Luckily you’ll find these Han Solo inspired sneakers just as cool as he does. <br><br><strong>Adidas</strong> Star Wars ZX 2K Boost Shoes, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.adidas.com%2Fus%2Fstar-wars-zx-2k-boost-shoes%2FFX9113.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Adidas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Adidas</a>
Star Wars. Enough said. Luckily you’ll find these Han Solo inspired sneakers just as cool as he does.

Adidas Star Wars ZX 2K Boost Shoes, $, available at Adidas
Expand his brewed drink palette with a subscription of assorted coffee beans sourced from all over the country. <br><br><strong>Trade</strong> Coffee Subscription, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.drinktrade.com%2Fgift-subscription%2Fp%2F1858" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Trade" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Trade</a>
Expand his brewed drink palette with a subscription of assorted coffee beans sourced from all over the country.

Trade Coffee Subscription, $, available at Trade
So he’s not enough of a hotshot in your life for you to go all out with a full-size Theragun. Lucky for him there’s a more affordable and compact option that provides the same functionality. <br><br><strong>Theragun</strong> Theragun Mini, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Ftheragun%2Fweights%2Ftheragun-mini%2Fp4432748445719%3Fvariant_id%3D31465951363095" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a>
So he’s not enough of a hotshot in your life for you to go all out with a full-size Theragun. Lucky for him there’s a more affordable and compact option that provides the same functionality.

Theragun Theragun Mini, $, available at Verishop
This CBD infused muscle relieving balm is the perfect addition to his cool down post-workout routine. <br><br><strong>Plant People</strong> CBD Muscle Balm, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bespokepost.com%2Fstore%2Fextract-labs-extra-strength-cbd-muscle-cream" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bespoke Post" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bespoke Post</a>
This CBD infused muscle relieving balm is the perfect addition to his cool down post-workout routine.

Plant People CBD Muscle Balm, $, available at Bespoke Post
With Baby Yoda guarding his favorite controller, he'll never have to worry about it getting misplaced again. <br><br><strong>Cable Guys</strong> The Child Device Holder, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fcable-guys-the-child-device-holder%3Fcategory%3Dgifts-for-men%26color%3D030%26type%3DREGULAR%26size%3DONE%2520SIZE%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>
With Baby Yoda guarding his favorite controller, he'll never have to worry about it getting misplaced again.

Cable Guys The Child Device Holder, $, available at Urban Outfitters
If you want to earn extra cool sister points this year, we suggest investing in a pair of sturdy hiking boots on his behalf. <br><br><strong>Cole Haan</strong> ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.colehaan.com%2Fzerogrand-hiker-boot-british-tan-leather%2FC33471.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan</a>
If you want to earn extra cool sister points this year, we suggest investing in a pair of sturdy hiking boots on his behalf.

Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot, $, available at Cole Haan
Spruce up his bedroom or home with a warm rum scented candle. <br><br><strong>Malin + Goetz</strong> Dark Rum Candle, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.malinandgoetz.com%2Fdark-rum-candle-9oz-e260g" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Malin + Goetz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Malin + Goetz</a>
Spruce up his bedroom or home with a warm rum scented candle.

Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle, $, available at Malin + Goetz
For the sneakerhead collector or the rare guy who likes to keep things neat and tidy. <br><br><strong>Jason Markk</strong> Shoe Cleaning Kit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mrporter.com%2Fen-us%2Fmens%2Fproduct%2Fjason-markk%2Flifestyle%2Fclothing-care%2Fshoe-cleaning-kit%2F8378037990807035" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MR PORTER" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">MR PORTER</a>
For the sneakerhead collector or the rare guy who likes to keep things neat and tidy.

Jason Markk Shoe Cleaning Kit, $, available at MR PORTER
This sports mask will assist with his outdoor workouts and morning runs. The outer shell features breathable spacer fabric and is made to let air through while also preventing moisture and sweat from passing. <br><br><strong>Under Armour</strong> UA Sportsmask, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.underarmour.com%2Fen-us%2Fp%2Fua-sportsmask%2F1368010.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Under Armour" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Under Armour</a>
This sports mask will assist with his outdoor workouts and morning runs. The outer shell features breathable spacer fabric and is made to let air through while also preventing moisture and sweat from passing.

Under Armour UA Sportsmask, $, available at Under Armour
Boost his ego some with a cool pair of nouveau aviators. He’ll be reciting his favorite <em>Top Gun</em> quotes in no time. <br><br><strong>Billy Reid x Krewe</strong> Avalon, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.krewe.com%2Fproducts%2Favalon-24k-crystal" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Krewe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Krewe</a>
Boost his ego some with a cool pair of nouveau aviators. He’ll be reciting his favorite Top Gun quotes in no time.

Billy Reid x Krewe Avalon, $, available at Krewe
Help him experiment in the kitchen in his own way with this spicy sauce set. Included is a spicy blossom honey, a habanero and carrot hot sauce, and a ghost pepper <em>and</em> jalapeño hot sauce. <br><br><strong>Fuego Spice Co.</strong> Fuego Box Gift Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffood52.com%2Fshop%2Fproducts%2F6613-fuego-box-gift-set" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food52" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Food52</a>
Help him experiment in the kitchen in his own way with this spicy sauce set. Included is a spicy blossom honey, a habanero and carrot hot sauce, and a ghost pepper and jalapeño hot sauce.

Fuego Spice Co. Fuego Box Gift Set, $, available at Food52
These wireless Bluetooth earbuds come with a charging case so he'll never have to worry about them dying midday. <br><br><strong>Sennheiser</strong> Momentum True Wireless Headphones, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eastdane.com%2Fmomentum-true-wireless-headphones-sennheiser%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1541664810.htm%3FfolderID%3D64577%26colorId%3D1071C" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:East Dane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">East Dane</a>
These wireless Bluetooth earbuds come with a charging case so he'll never have to worry about them dying midday.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Headphones, $, available at East Dane
When in doubt, go with a functional gift. Italic’s parka is made in the same factory as brands like The Arrivals and Canada Goose. You’re essentially getting a luxury quality product for a fraction of the price. <br><br><strong>Italic</strong> Mercer Parka, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fitalic.com%2Fproducts%2Fmercer-parka%3FColor%3DBlack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Italic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Italic</a>
When in doubt, go with a functional gift. Italic’s parka is made in the same factory as brands like The Arrivals and Canada Goose. You’re essentially getting a luxury quality product for a fraction of the price.

Italic Mercer Parka, $, available at Italic
For the art inclined sibling, this skin-tone colored pencil set will rank high on his list as the best present ever. <br><br><strong>Printworks</strong> 12-Piece Skin Tone Color Pencil Set, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fprintworks-12-piece-skin-tone-color-pencil-set%2F5742462%3Forigin%3Dcategory-personalizedsort%26breadcrumb%3DHome%252FHoliday%2520Gifts%252FGifts%2520for%2520Him%26color%3Dmulti" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>
For the art inclined sibling, this skin-tone colored pencil set will rank high on his list as the best present ever.

Printworks 12-Piece Skin Tone Color Pencil Set, $, available at Nordstrom
Men deserve cozy stay-at-home loungewear, too. These fluffy Ugg slippers feel just as luxurious as they look. <br><br><strong>Ugg</strong> Scuff Leather Slipper, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ugg.com%2Fmen-slippers%2Fscuff-leather%2F1108192.html%23prefn1%3DshoeType%26prefv1%3Dslippers%26start%3D14%26cgid%3Dgifts-for-him" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ugg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ugg</a>
Men deserve cozy stay-at-home loungewear, too. These fluffy Ugg slippers feel just as luxurious as they look.

Ugg Scuff Leather Slipper, $, available at Ugg
His closet can never have too many fitted overskirts. We like the structure of this cotton twill version from Everlane. <br><br><strong>Everlane</strong> The Heavyweight Overshirt, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fmens-heavyweight-overshirt-greenheather%3Fcollection%3Dmens-gift-shop" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Everlane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Everlane</a>
His closet can never have too many fitted overskirts. We like the structure of this cotton twill version from Everlane.

Everlane The Heavyweight Overshirt, $, available at Everlane
We’re never too old or mature to still rag on our little bro for being lazy. The LARQ water bottle is self-cleaning so you’ll never have to worry about his dishwashing routine…at least when it comes to this one device. <br><br><strong>LARQ</strong> LARQ Bottle Movement, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livelarq.com%2Fshop%2Flarq-bottle-movement%3Fsku%3DBSBC071A" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LARQ" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LARQ</a>
We’re never too old or mature to still rag on our little bro for being lazy. The LARQ water bottle is self-cleaning so you’ll never have to worry about his dishwashing routine…at least when it comes to this one device.

LARQ LARQ Bottle Movement, $, available at LARQ
Simple gray sweatpants are a classic gift you can always fall back on. <br><br><strong>Nike</strong> Fleece Cargo Pants, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nike.com%2Ft%2Fsportswear-club-fleece-mens-cargo-pants-NhXSTS%2FCD3129-063" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nike" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nike</a>
Simple gray sweatpants are a classic gift you can always fall back on.

Nike Fleece Cargo Pants, $, available at Nike
Ensure his next camping trip is comfortable with Eagle Nest’s nylon hammock. It comes with lightweight aluminum poles so he even can set it up where there aren’t sturdy trees around. <br><br><strong>Eagles Nest Outfitters</strong> SkyLoft Hammock, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.backcountry.com%2Feagles-nest-outfitters-skyloft-hammock%3Fskid%3DEGN003L-NAV-ONESIZ%26ti%3DUExQIFJ1bGUgQmFzZWQ6R2lmdHM6Njo4Og%3D%3D" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Backcountry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Backcountry</a>
Ensure his next camping trip is comfortable with Eagle Nest’s nylon hammock. It comes with lightweight aluminum poles so he even can set it up where there aren’t sturdy trees around.

Eagles Nest Outfitters SkyLoft Hammock, $, available at Backcountry
Let him know you support his Twitch streaming career dreams with a kit that will help him get started. <br><br><strong>Savage Universal</strong> Pro Gamer Live Stream Accessory Kit, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fsavage-universal-pro-gamer-live-stream-accessory-kit%2F6393715.p%3FskuId%3D6393715" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Best Buy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Best Buy</a>
Let him know you support his Twitch streaming career dreams with a kit that will help him get started.

Savage Universal Pro Gamer Live Stream Accessory Kit, $, available at Best Buy

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