He doesn't want — or, let's face it, need — another tie. Or yet another set of whiskey stones that'll simply collect dust. That said, most men can be notoriously difficult to shop for, which is why sometimes you have no choice but to settle for the basics (which, hey, still make a great option for some guys on your list).
Luckily, you've come to the right place because I've rounded up a list of the best gift ideas for men — be it your husband, brother, dad, father-in-law, grandfather and just about everyone else — ranging in price and personalization.
As Yahoo's gifting expert, it's literally my job to help people track down special, one-of-a-kind gifts for different recipients and occasions. I've been covering gifting for five years, so you can rest assured that you're going to get suggestions that are anything but ordinary. That said, I've given a number of these gifts to the men in my life and a few are even on my shopping list for the upcoming holidays. In addition to some real-life recommendations, this list features bestsellers with our Yahoo readers — the Travelambo wallet and Otu ski jacket, for example.
Some of these gifts will solve the recipients' everyday problems (say, a desk overrun with charging cables), while others are simply a unique gesture to express your love. Don't get us wrong, though: A lot of these items are proof that practicality and thoughtfulness often go hand in hand. Opt for the the heated coffee mug or magnetic charger if he's always on the hunt for the latest and greatest in tech. Or show your support for his new hobby with the monogrammed golf head cover or pickleball bag.
But what do you do if they already have it all (or so it seems)? Dig even deeper by asking yourself questions about memories you share, suggests Genevieve Dreizen, COO of Fresh Starts Registry, and modern etiquette and gift expert. "A piece of a memory is always an appreciated gift. So get thinking about your relationship with this person: What makes you smile together? What stories or types of stories do you share? What activities do you like doing together?" she asks.
Whether you're on the hunt for a birthday, retirement, anniversary or Christmas gift, we've got you covered.
Is it a hoodie? Is it a sweater? Yes! Everlane sells six color options for the Felted Merino Hoodie, including the always-classic soft gray. Shoppers say it's as cozy as it looks, perfect for lounging on the couch before a raging fire.
This two-piece moisturizing set is a Nordstrom exclusive, and it’s available only for a limited time. If you know a guy with perpetually dry skin or chapped lips, an industrial-strength hand lotion and lip balm combo could be the perfect gift. Bonus: The lip balm includes SPF 25 for those sunny winter days.
Compulsive notetakers, rejoice: The Rocketbook Core promises to be the only notebook you will ever need. This reusable "smart" notebook bridges the digital-analog divide — you can write your notes (or doodles or grocery lists or ...) longhand with the included pen and then scan the page using the companion app, preserving the note for digital posterity so you can erase the page and start again.
Cables and cords cluttering up his nightstand or desk? He can power up his compatible iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods with this three-in-one charging dock. His phone and headphones will charge wirelessly, so he only needs to thread his watch cable through the charging stand to give it a boost.
If the price of this 100% leather wallet doesn't win you over, the 45,000 (and counting) rave Amazon reviews will. "I purchased this for my husband two years ago and it is still in great shape. He uses it everyday and loves the ease of getting his cards out," said one happy customer. Choose from among 27 colors, ranging from classic neutrals to bold, hard-to-lose shades.
Sure, he's a pretty cool guy, but his coffee shouldn't be. Luckily, this self-heating mug will remember his preferences, so he can sip on his coffee, tea or warm beverage of choice at his ideal drinking temperature for up to 80 minutes (or longer if he sets it on the charging coaster).
The next time he hits the skies, he can plug this Bluetooth adapter into the airplane seat's audio jack and pair his wireless headphones with ease. One Amazon reviewer calls it an "excellent travel companion" since it's compact, comes with a travel pouch and can be charged while it's in use. (Want to know what our tech editor thinks? Read his Airfly review here.)
Let him raise a glass to his favorite city, whether it's his new home away from home or the place that shaped him. Pair one glass with his liquor of choice or give him a rocks trio that represents his past, present and future.
Fire up the grill and sear meats, seafood and vegetables on this solid salt slab to infuse them with delicious flavor. "I was afraid things would be overly salty, but that is not the case. I pre-season things (without salt) and the block infuses a perfect salty flavor as the food cooks," one reviewer wrote, adding that it's "really easy to clean up after use."
The mixologist in the making will elevate his bourbon, whiskey or cocktail game with this cherrywood smoke top. Simply fill the chimney with a few wood chips, place the smoke top on a glass, light it up with a butane torch and take in the smoky aroma.
He likes his beer cold — so cold that he needs to slip the can inside a mini puffer jacket to prevent his hands from catching a chill. Choose a color at random or go with one that matches his own winter wear.
He watched (and rewatched) Barbie with you, so now it's his turn to pick your next, say, 100 movies. He can scan through this scratch-off poster to find something to tune into, whether he's in the mood for a heart-pounding thriller, animated classic or tear-inducing dramas, everything from Casablanca to The Departed.
He can rest easy knowing his towels, electronics and other valuables will stay nice and dry in this durable, watertight bag. There's even a built-in bottle opener, along with an insulated layer to keep food and drinks chilled.
If his golf clubs are his pride and joy, then he should treat them as such. He can protect 'em with these vintage-inspired knit covers, which can be personalized with his initials for an additional $12.50.
Although reviewers rave that it's lightweight and slim, this MagSafe charger packs a powerful punch. "I used this charger for a trip overseas. I could just attach it to my phone, even through my case and it would charge as I continued my travel and picture taking," one customer wrote. An added bonus: Its kickstand allows for portrait and landscape viewing.
This top-rated ski jacket ticks all the boxes: According to Amazon reviewers, it's warm, windproof and waterproof. "Most important thing when on the slopes is to stay dry and this jacket did the trick," one reviewer raved. Another pointed out the one interior and two exterior zip pockets: "Great for snowboarding with lots of zip up pockets to keep my stuff from falling out."
This isn't your average garment bag. Nope, this one, which one Halfday shopper called "an engineering marvel," turns into a carry-on duffel with enough space to fit at least three days' worth of clothes, shoes and toiletries.
He wears his white kicks daily, but these leather sneakers — available in tan, black or navy — will dress up his everyday look (or dress down his business attire). Thanks to the lightweight design and cushioned footbed, he won't have to compromise comfort for style.
Ninja Creami recipes and reviews (ahem, including our own) have taken over the internet — and for good reason. Using special Creami technology, this multiuse machine churns out gelato, ice cream, milkshakes and other customizable frozen treats. That means he can easily tailor his creamy creations — get it — to his taste buds and dietary needs, whether he's watching his sugar, dairy or something else.
Talk about magic mushrooms: Soak this kit overnight, place it in indirect light, mist it with water daily and watch mushrooms sprout in just 10 days. "This grow kit was so easy to learn for a beginner. The only part I found difficult was deciding if I should let them keep growing," one novice mushroom grower wrote. The best part? Each box can grow up to two crops.
His passion for pickleball isn't going anywhere, so it's about time he has a designated bag (available in 15 colors and patterns) to tote around the game's essentials. He can stash his paddle in the main compartment, balls in the smaller one and other on-the-court items in the zippered pockets.
Each top-grain leather pad (available in three sizes) can be tailored to his office aesthetic. Not only can it be engraved with their name (or other text of your choosing), but you can also pick from six leather colors and four rivet hardware finishes.
Funky socks make meetings, weddings and other obligations all the more fun. Send him a fresh pair each month with this subscription, whether he prefers something wild and colorful or fun but calmer (FootCardigan's words, not ours). Or better yet, give him both types for $20 a month.
While, yes, you could always attempt (key word: attempt) to give him a shoulder rub, this electric massager will be more effective in working out his knots and kinks. Drape it over the shoulders or position it somewhere along the waist, then adjust between three different speeds. "This deep-tissue massage hurts and heals in equal measure," one reviewer raved.
With a microsuede exterior and faux fur interior, these slip-on slippers are sure to keep his toes toasty all winter long. The hard rubber sole will prevent him from slipping and sliding on floors, plus he can wear 'em outside when he's fetching the mail or watering plants. "These are by far the best most comfortable house slippers I have ever had," wrote a five-star fan.
This lighted metronome will quiet his mind once his head hits the pillow, helping him fall asleep. "It is essentially a distraction technique that helps you escape your thoughts through intentional breathing. It calms you and allows your body to fall into a natural sleep," one Amazon reviewer pointed out, making it clear that it isn't a "magic cure."
When the sporty look doesn't cut it, he can swap out his everyday watchband for this one made from rugged leather. Like most leather goods, the black, brown or tan band will look even better as it ages.
Choosing a signature scent is personal, so why don't you let him get the final say? First, he'll get a whiff and try the eight samples from top brands like Gucci, Prada and Versace; then he can redeem the included gift card for a full-size bottle of his choice.
Even the most daring types need to keep their health and safety top of mind when they're on the trails. When he's in a pinch, he can pop this portable filter into a body of water for instant hydration — minus the microplastics, dirt and waterborne bacteria and parasites.
Gift him this heated eye mask (complete with oscillating massagers to target 10 acupressure points) so he can soothe his tired, strained eyes. He can take relaxation up a notch by playing a personal playlist or prerecorded sounds through the built-in speakers.
Instead of stealing your skin care products, he can create a routine of his own with the help of this three-piece set. Together, the exfoliating body bar, face wash and moisturizer rejuvenate tired, dull skin.
Some things never get old ... like the joy of flying paper airplanes. Give a basic paper airplane a power boost with this smart, Bluetooth-enabled sensor, which allows it to fly for up 10 minutes straight with a range of 230 feet.