If you’re the type of person who’s always scrambling for boyfriend gift ideas the week before his birthday, we understand and we’re here to help. It’s not uncommon to feel like you know someone so well, but when the pressure’s on to give an actual gift, it’s like everything you know flies out the window.
So we’ve put together a list of boyfriend gift ideas to help you remember what your boyfriend might, or importantly might not, want for his birthday or any occasion when you want to celebrate the man in your life.
While no man is going to want everything below, we guarantee every man will want something or something inspired by our picks below. So, quit wasting time, check out some great boyfriend gift ideas below and buy that gift so it arrives on time. (And if you’re the boyfriend reading this, you have our permission to continue reading and treat the hell out of yourself.)
1. “The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age”
If your boyfriend dreams of the open road, he’ll love this beautiful coffee table book from Gestalten chock full of futuristic electric motorcycles. “The Current: New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age” contains glossy, full-page pictures of cool motorcycles all over the world.
2. The Complete “Calvin and Hobbes”
Your boyfriend doesn’t need to be a fan of comics to enjoy “Calvin and Hobbes”. Bill Watterson’s comic about a mischievous boy and his anthropomorphic tiger is clever, funny and just a timeless comic classic. You get the complete set in this package, so if he enjoys them he’ll never run out of new strips to read.
3. “The Rose That Grew From Concrete”
Give your boyfriend a new perspective on one of the best rappers of all time. Not every boyfriend likes poetry, but many men like Tupac Shakur. The rapper’s collected poetry, “The Rose That Grew From Concrete,” is as lyrical as his music and we’d bet this is one book of poetry your boyfriend will actually keep around, even if he doesn’t read it all the time.
4. Criterion Channel Gift Subscription
We’d be willing to bet you or your boyfriend have accounts for most of the major streaming platforms. But for the movie-buff boyfriend, nothing beats the selection of the Criterion Channel, which curates classic and important films. Give him the gift of a monthly subscription and you and he will be able to watch some of the most important and influential movies of all time.
5. Victrola 8-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player & Multimedia Center
Everybody loves music and this old-timey Victrola 8-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player & Multimedia Center will handle your boyfriend’s music no matter its format. If he collects records, he’ll be good. If he has tapes or CDs, Victrola’s got him covered. And of course, if he has a Spotify or Apple Music subscription, the player has Bluetooth and solid speakers.
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
In the age of smartphones, everybody is a photographer, but there’s something irreplaceable about printed analog photos. If your boyfriend is always snapping photos, he’ll love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. It has simple features to help him take the best pictures, a mirror on the front for selfies and it prints photos immediately for a unique memento of any occasion.
7. One Question a Day Five-Year Journal
Journaling can be soothing, but sometimes it can be hard to get the ball rolling. If your boyfriend is the introspective type, he might appreciate a guided journal like the “One Question a Day Five-Year Journal.” It gives you one question a day and repeats the question at the same time every year. The end result is a time capsule of his thoughts, memories and experiences.
8. Northern Brewer Homebrewing Starter Set
For the boyfriend who’s a doer and a drinker, you can’t go wrong with a homebrew kit for beer. The Northern Brewer Homebrewing Starter Set has everything your boyfriend needs to make 5 gallons of beer or 50 12-ounce bottles worth of beer. We’ve brewed beer before and it’s not easy, but it’s not hard either as long as you have a cool place out of the sunlight to store the beer while it ferments.
9. BeaverCraft Wood Carving Kit
There are few things more satisfying to many men than working with their hands by choice. If that sounds like your boyfriend, he might have a lot of fun with the BeaverCraft Wood Carving Kit. It comes with basic wood carving tools and some small blocks of wood so he can start carving as soon he opens the gift. If he likes it, you may have just gifted him a new hobby too.
10. Cartman Orange 39-Piece Tool Set
On the subject of working with hands, every man needs a basic tool kit for home maintenance. The Cartman Orange 39-piece Tool Set has all the essential tools he’ll need for basic repairs and upkeep.
11. Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey
Unless he tells you he specifically doesn’t enjoy whiskey, bourbon pretty much always makes a good gift, assuming you get the good stuff. Bulleit Bourbon is the good stuff. He can drink it straight, on the rocks or mix it to make a cocktail.
12. Cresimo 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker Bar Set
Speaking of mixing, every aspiring home bartender needs a good shaker bar set. If that’s your boyfriend, the Cresimo 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker Bar Set will give him the basic tools — a shaker with a strainer, a jigger and a bar spoon — to make all but the most complicated cocktails.
13. Top Shelf Flasks Personalized 6-Ounce Stainless Steel Flask
We don’t care what anybody says: The guy out and about with his own flask is a cool guy. But the coolest guy has a custom flask. If your boyfriend appreciates good alcohol, we think he’ll love a personalized flask. You can put an important date in your relationship, his name or just a short message of appreciation and love.
14. Bialetti Moka Express and Illy Coffee
The rest of the world finds American coffee strange. That’s because many other countries don’t do drip coffee: They do espresso. If your boyfriend is a regular coffee drinker, then he just might get into making his own espresso at home with the Bialetti Moka Express coffee maker. It’s super easy to use on any stovetop and three cups of espresso are more than enough to wire him up for work or whatever’s on his plate that day. We also recommend buying some coffee grounds meant for espresso. Illy Coffee is a great overall coffee and works perfectly with the Moka.
15. Squatty Potty Porta Traveler Foldable Toilet Stool
Everyone on Earth appreciates a good bowel movement, and if you want to change your boyfriend’s (and your) life, you need to get him the Squatty Potty. It’s basically a compact stool that props your feet up while you use the bathroom. The propping better aligns your body and makes the task at hand much more comfortable. Seriously, everybody poops and the Squatty Potty is life-changing.
Your boyfriend might laugh at first, but he’ll love you for the gift after he uses it just once. This Squatty Potty is the travel version and we would not be surprised if he actually wants to pack it up and bring it with him on trips.
16. TIMBUK2 Authority Laptop Backpack
If your boyfriend travels a lot for work or play, we’d bet his backpack isn’t up to the task. Sure, his highschool JanSport gets the job done, but we think he’ll throw it away once he gets his hands on the TIMBUK2 Authority Laptop Backpack. With this backpack, he’ll be able to safely and comfortably carry multiple laptops with ease as well as any other important items.
17. Everlane The Mover Pack
To accompany his new backpack, the traveling boyfriend probably could use a good duffle bag. The Mover Pack from Everlane is an all-around great duffle bag with straps that make it wearable like a backpack. It’s easy to pack and it even has a separate shoe compartment.
18. Iron & Grain Leather Co. Personalized Leather Valet Tray
Does your boyfriend always misplace his keys and wallet? If so, it’s probably because he doesn’t have a good place to put them. That’s what a leather valet tray can solve. Place it near the door and when he comes and goes he’ll know exactly where his essentials are. For the additional “I care” value, you can have Iron & Grain Leather Co. laser etch something personal into the tray. Whatever you choose to have etched, your boyfriend will think of you every time he empties the tray and sees the words you’ve left for him.
19. Mack Weldon Ace Sweatpant
Is there anybody on Earth who doesn’t appreciate a good pair of sweatpants? If your boyfriend has been working at home while quarantined, he’s probably given his current sweatpants a run for their money and could use a new pair. Mack Weldon’s Ace Sweatpant is a SPY favorite for its color varieties, terry cotton, modern cut and just a bit of stretch.
We know we’re giving you a lot of boyfriend gift ideas and we can’t pick just one winner, but we have to say, we guarantee he’ll wear the Ace Sweatpant.
20. NY Threads Men’s Shawl Collar Fleece Bathrobe
Picture every luxurious ad or setting you’ve ever seen. If there are people in it, they’re wearing bathrobes because a nice bathrobe is the epitome of comfort and relaxation. Your boyfriend will love lounging around the house on the weekend or after work in this NY Threads Men’s Shawl Collar Fleece Bathrobe. It’s made from super soft fleece, features a waist belt for men of all sizes and has two front pockets for his phone. Plus it’s machine washable for easy cleaning.
21. Glerups Unisex A-02 Slipper
If you really want to go above and beyond for your boyfriend’s comfort, get him a nice pair of slippers. While there are great options from L.L. Bean and UGG, we think you should go for a pair of Glerups.
Yes, the name sounds funny, but you can trust that the Danish makers know a thing or two about comfort. (Denmark is literally famous for its sense of hygge, a Danish word for a mood of coziness.) These slippers are durable, made from wool felt and stink-resistant so your boyfriend will get plenty of wear out of them in his off-hours.
22. Roav Eyewear Foldable Sunglasses
Foldable sunglasses have got to be one of the coolest things on the planet and you no longer have to pay a fortune for them. Get your boyfriend a pair from Roav Eyewear. The brand makes over 50 different styles of foldable sunglasses for easy storage. With a pair from Roav, your boyfriend will be the envy of all of his friends with lame fixed sunglasses. We think the Balto Sunglasses in black are a super cool pick.
23. Daniel Wellington Classic Glasgow Rose Gold Watch
Not everyone is into watches, but if your boyfriend appreciates a good accessory, we think he’ll love this Daniel Wellington Classic Glasgow Rose Gold watch. It’s stylish as hell courtesy of its Swedish design, rose gold plating and changeable blue-and-white nylon strap. It’s well-made too, with Japanese quartz movement and water-resistance up to three atmospheres, so it can handle the little splashes of life.
24. Bellroy Micro Sleeve
Your boyfriend might not know it (and hey, maybe he does and complains to you about it all the time), but he hates his thick wallet. For men, a wallet is the closest thing to a handbag we have, so we overfill it with cards we never use. That’s why we think you should get your boyfriend a Bellroy Micro Sleeve wallet. The great thing about a minimalist wallet is it forces you to figure out what you actually use and need on a regular basis. And even if he can’t give up his clunky bi-fold, a thin, minimalist wallet makes for a great party or going-out wallet.
25. CRKT CEO Folding Pocket Knife
Every man needs a decent folding pocket knife, including your boyfriend. It’s one of those things you don’t think you want or need, but as soon as you have one, you end up using it to open and cut everything. The CRKT CEO Folding Pocket Knife looks as if a samurai sword met a letter opener. It’s minimal, sleek, fits easily into even a front shirt pocket and useful for all your boyfriend’s cutting needs.
26. Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger
Does your boyfriend always let his phone die when he’s out and about? You can save him a lot of trouble down the road with the Anker PowerCore Portable Charger. It’s light, compact and will give any smartphone at least one whole charge and likely much more than that. With this in his backpack, he’ll never be able to complain about forgetting to charge his phone ever again, and that’s a win for everyone.
27. Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds
Many people have wireless headphones now thanks to AirPods, but there are better wireless headphones out there and the added utility for talking on the phone or listening to music speaks for itself. So if your boyfriend doesn’t already own a great pair of wireless headphones or has a pair that isn’t very good, you can upgrade his listening experience with the Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds.
These true wireless Bluetooth headphones have great sound quality, last for hours on a single charge and are among the most comfortable wireless headphones we’ve ever worn. When they do run out of charge, he can just pop them into their carrying case for a re-charge.
If you really want to splurge you can buy the Jabra Elite 75t Earbuds, but the differences are not so great as to justify the extra money spent in our view.
28. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset
On the subject of great headphones, if your boyfriend is a serious gamer, he’ll definitely thank you for a high-quality wireless gaming headset like the SteelSeries Arctis 1. These headphones are comfortable to wear for an extended period of time, durable and feature high-performance speakers so he hears every detail of his video game. Who knows, they just might save his in-game life and he will definitely thank you for that.
You can buy them for Xbox or PS4 and PC, depending on your boyfriend’s preferred gaming system.
29. Hbada Gaming Chair
Everyone is spending a lot of time at home these days and we don’t always take care of our bodies. Mainly, we don’t have good, comfortable chairs we can sit in for extended periods of time. If your boyfriend games a lot or just spends a lot of time working from home, the Hbada Gaming Chair will upgrade his quality of life immediately.
The chair is ergonomic with a removable headrest and lumbar support to help keep his back aligned. Also, for when he just needs to get away for a minute, this chair can recline to 155 degrees.
Seriously, does anything say “I care” more than a chair designed to guarantee your boyfriend’s comfort while he’s sitting all day?
30. Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Retro Arcade Gaming Kit
Tinkering meets gaming with the Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Retro Arcade Gaming Kit. If your boyfriend is computer-savvy and loves video games, he’ll probably enjoy the task of setting up this console to play classic video games. Besides the fact you can emulate 16 different classic consoles on this device, your boyfriend will surely appreciate the cost-savings of programming his own console and choosing his own games instead of having to fork over more than $100 for something like the SNES Classic. Plus the kit comes with two USB controllers, so he’ll truly have everything he needs to revisit the games of his childhood.
31. The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Kit
So many men treat shaving as a task that just needs to be done, and your boyfriend might be one of them. If that’s the case, open his mind to the pleasant possibilities and joy of shaving with The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Kit. It includes a pre-shave oil to prep the skin and improve razor glide, shaving cream to help stand up his beard hairs, a boars hair bristle brush to whip up the cream and an after-shave balm to soothe his razor-burned skin. And each item (minus the brush, of course) smells of masculine sandalwood, so he’ll smell like a man and you’ll actually want to be near him, a true win-win.
32. Shea Moisture Complete Beard Kit
If your boyfriend falls on the bearded side of the spectrum, there’s a good chance he’s been ignoring the obvious signs he needs to take better care of his beard. Do him a favor and buy him the SheaMoisture Complete Beard Kit. It comes with a beard wash, a beard detangler (basically a conditioner), a conditioning oil and a balm for styling and control. We promise he’ll thank you the first time he uses the oil on his beard and marvels at how his beard no longer itches.
33. Cremo Bergamot & Musk Solid Cologne
Though cologne is not for everyone — and you should know for sure your boyfriend likes it before buying — a great men’s cologne can take a man’s grooming and self-confidence to the next level.
A great solid cologne like Cremo’s Bergamot & Musk Solid Cologne smells great, doesn’t cost much and is easy and discreet to apply.
34. Je Joue Mio
Of everything your boyfriend might want in a gift, we’d be willing to bet he’s open to gifts to spice up your bedroom and we don’t mean throw pillows. The Je Joue Mio vibrating cock ring will bring both you and your boyfriend some much-needed extra pleasure and stimulation. It’s made of silicone for easy clean-up, rechargeable for long-term use and features three easy-to-use buttons to control the five speeds and seven patterns of vibrations.
35. Let’s F*ck Dice Game
On the less techy but equally fun side, if you want to spice things up with your boyfriend in the bedroom, you could offer to play and honor the results of the Let’s F*ck Dice Game. The pink dice are for her and the blue dice are for him, so you can take turns rolling the dice and doing what they say. Nothing will excite your boyfriend more than the anticipation of not knowing what fun activity comes next.
36. Fleshlight Quickshot Vantage
Masturbators aren’t for everyone, but we’d be willing to bet your boyfriend will be super surprised if you gift him the Fleshlight Quickshot Vantage. It’s transparent so he can see all the action and it’s great for solo use or for play as a couple. It’s also small, discreet and easy to wash because it can open on both sides. Let him use it on his own or incorporate it into your foreplay to up his stimulation and save yourself some effort.