It’s not easy finding the perfect gift for guys during the holiday season. Before pulling the trigger on a present he might be underwhelmed to unwrap, you’ll want to think outside the box and consider what would make for some a truly incredible gift. Sure, tequila or whiskey make for a great gift, but it’s worth getting more creative than that to really show you put the effort in.
Boyfriend, husband, dad, brother or bestie, you probably have a lot of male figures to cover on your shopping list, each with their own unique personality. If he’s an undercover geek who loves gizmos, smart home devices could be just the ticket. Maybe he’s a spirits connoisseur whose bar could benefit from some glassware upgrades like fancy whiskey glasses. Or, consider getting him a stylish new travel bag perfect for holiday getaways.
We’ve assembled a list of must-have Christmas gifts for him, across every major category and price point. This includes gadgets, booze, cooking appliances, fashion essentials, and plenty of other cool guy gifts.
Check back as we continue to update our selections with new, popular releases heading into Christmas. And don’t wait until the very last second to get gifting. (Been there, done that.)
1. Nintendo Switch Lite
New gaming consoles often top the men’s Christmas wish list. Get a jump on this year’s most coveted gaming machine: the Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s $100 cheaper, smaller, and has better battery life than the original Switch model. The inclusion of a traditional D-pad also works better for 2D platformers; playing NES classics like Metroid and Super Mario Bros. is far smoother. Access to the Switch’s massive library of games should keep him busy (and quiet) on the flight back home.
2. Jack Black The Grand Tour Collection
With next year’s vacations already booked, you’ll want to ensure that he has all the portable essentials to maintain a well-groomed look. This is where the Jack Black Grand Tour Collection becomes clutch. The travel set offers five of the brand’s best grooming products in TSA-approved sizes: including the Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, and Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser. Best of all, Jack Black throws in a free travel bag to store everything. Consider it a thoughtful present that will save him money and trips to the pharmacy.
3. Brümate Insulated Beer GROWL’R
No man enjoys warm, flat beer around the holidays. Spare him the inconvenience of schlepping to the cooler for a cold brewski and serve up whatever he’s drinking in this triple-insulated growler, which keeps drinks chilled and carbonated for up to 48 hours. Don’t be surprised to see this baby attached to his hip at every cookout, camping trip or family gathering.
4. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch
New Year, new me, right? The Fitbit Versa 2 is an awesome fitness gift to get him if he’s committed to bettering his overall health in 2020. It’s half the price of the Apple Watch, delivers biometric data (heart rate, calories burned, steps taken) more accurately, and introduces new intelligible features to optimize workouts. He’ll also be able to access mobile notifications directly on the device, control Spotify playback via touchscreen and use Amazon Alexa commands to control smart-home devices when exercising at the crib. How’s that for a spotter?
5. Prince: The Beautiful Ones
What could be a more inspirational, thought-provoking gift than Prince’s unfinished memoir? The Beautiful Ones is an addictive read that captures the musician’s artistic vision and creative process so well, creative minds will find themselves leafing through the pages in fascination. Behind-the-scenes photos, handwritten lyric sheets, and scrapbooks, it’s the most revealing and personal look we’ll probably ever get from the genius best referred to as The Symbol.
6. Herschel Sutton Colorblock Duffle Bag
Off-white had its moment in the spotlight, but colorblock is the new “it” fashion trend. Herschel’s latest collection of duffel bags embraces the bright-colored spirit of Christmas, designed with vibrant corduroy and canvas materials that give each bag some pop, while maintaining the brand’s superior build quality. The Sutton remains a favorite with an attractive Skittles-inspired colorway and lots of storage to carry enough travel gear for business trips or heading home for the holidays.
7. Amazon Fire Stick and Echo Dot Bundle
Christmas is the time to score some of the best tech deals. Amazon currently has an unbeatable bargain that you’ll want to take advantage of while supplies last. The company is selling its latest Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot models — the most popular streaming device and smart speaker on the market — as a bundle for one low price. What’s cool is that the two gadgets can be used together to enable hands-free voice control via Alexa. In other words, he can lounge on the La-Z-Boy, pull up Netflix and order Domino’s Pizza at the same time with nothing more than simple voice commands.
8. Black and Decker Purifry Multicooker & Air Fryer
Just because Labor Day is behind us doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spoil the chef of the house with some fancy cooking gifts. Black and Decker sells an awesome air fryer great for small kitchens and crisping up some of his favorite meals minus the added fat. Chicken wings, pizza rolls, fish fillet, onion rings, and frozen steak fries — the Purifry can fry two kinds of foods at once without mixing flavors. Football Sundays just got a whole lot tastier.
9. Asana Living Desktop Zen Sand Garden
Stress usually increases during the holidays and can linger past the New Year, if you let it. This miniature sand garden might help manifest therapeutic vibes around one’s work environment, featuring artful greenery and a meditating Buddha statue to promote relaxation and relief. Tending to the three partitioned areas can improve focus and soothe the mind from day-to-day hassles.
10. Beats Powerbeats Pro True Wireless Earbuds
For fitness lovers who need a pair of reliable, sporty true-wireless earbuds to intensify their workouts, the Beats Powerbeats Pro has it all. Great comfort and on-ear stability: Check. Waterproof design: Check. Dynamic, powerful sound: Check. Instant connectivity to the iPhone via Apple H1 chip: Check. The longest battery life (9 hours on a single charge) of any model in its class: Check. You get the picture, now add it to your virtual cart.
11. UGG Scuff Slipper
Every hardworking man is entitled to a cozy pair of slippers. They don’t come any cozier than the UGG Scuff, which offers the same plush sensory experience as the brand’s popular boots. Slipping them on feels like running your toes through an expensive shearling rug, keeping feet warm and relaxed when roaming around your castle. Color options include Black Suede, Chestnut Suede, Espresso Brown, Salty Blue and True Navy.
12. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
The most considerate gift you can drop in his stocking this Xmas isn’t a monogrammed coffee mug. It’s a water bottle. Even better, a water bottle that cleans itself. Introducing the LARQ, which does everything the average S’well bottle does (e.g. keep liquids cool for 24 hours), as well as disinfect the interior and purify water. How so? It features a self-cleaning mode that activates every 2 hours, while the button on the charging cap turns on the UV-C LED light to kill harmful, odor-causing germs.
13. Anker PowerWave+ Charging Pad
Tired of having your smartphone charger “borrowed” by that special someone? Dock this 2-in-1 wireless charging pad on their desk to settle their low-battery anxiety. The Anker PowerWave+ is powerful enough to juice up an iPhone and Apple Watch simultaneously without having either device tethered to their charging cable. It folds up and slides into pockets easily for seamless portability. Android users can also use the charging pad with Qi-compatible devices.
14. Nike Joyride Run Flyknit Sneakers
Something to pair with his new running headphones, Nike’s popular runners are some of the most versatile kicks to come out of the sportswear goliath’s warehouse. Fashionable and functional, the Joyride Run Flyknit produces the right amount of shock absorption, thanks to Nike’s adaptive Joyride cushioning technology that uses foam beads to improve support. The clean design with vibrant sole gives the sneakers some panache, a look that should upgrade his casual footwear game.
15. Maker’s Mark Single Barrel Private Select Bourbon Whisky
Some guys know exactly how they like their whisky. Maker’s Mark is well aware of this, which is why the spirit staple created a custom-barrel program to offer whisky lovers their own unique, personalized expression. Private Select starts out as cask strength classic Maker’s Mark, then adds 10 custom wood-finish staves to create a one-of-a-kind taste profile. That could be any one of 1,001 different possible combinations. If there was ever a bottle he could proudly claim as his own, it’s this one.
16. Rumpl Outdoor Blanket
Rumpl’s cozy, insulated blankets have become a mainstay for adventurous outdoorsmen. Each blanket is designed from some of the industry’s most versatile materials, providing great comfort, warmth, and durability at a relatively low price. That fact that it’s so light and portable also makes it ideal for camping in the wilderness or the backyard. Choose from several colors and sizes.
17. Braun MGK5080 All-in-One Trimmer Kit
Grooming has become a daily chore for the modern man. This all-in-one trimmer kit from Braun is an awesome budget Christmas gift that features all the tools necessary to keep hair looking neat and stylish. At the forefront is a waterproof trimmer with 13 length settings and sharp blades that seamlessly cut through coarse hairs. Face, beard, head or body — all of the included attachments help mow through fur-filled canvases without damaging skin.
18. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Pleasing a man’s spicy palate can prove to be a tougher challenge than expected. Rather than disappoint him with a bottle of Sriracha, give him the tools to make it his own damn hot sauce. This DIY kit bundles all of the necessary ingredients (peppers, vinegar, and brown sugar) to create a spicy concoction perfect for fried finger foods, soups, and Bloody Marys.
19. DJI Tello Drone – Marvel Iron Man Edition
A drone is an innovative way to indulge his geekdom and get him out of the house for a while. His face will light up brighter than an Infinity Stone when unwrapping this special edition Iron Man quadcopter. The design pays homage to the superhero’s iconic armor, from the arc reactor to the red/gold color scheme. He can use his smartphone to fly it, perform aerial tricks, and stream live 720p HD video. This is the closest he’ll get to becoming Tony Stark, and he’ll be grateful for it.
20. Smile Direct Club Teeth Whitening Kit
They say a man’s smile reveals a lot about his personality. Having a mouth full of pearly whites will ensure he leaves a lasting impression. Smile Direct Club’s premium kit is designed to deliver professional whitening treatments that last for an entire year, saving users money and unwanted trips to the dentist. It achieves this through the use of LED lights and whitening gel that is 3x more effective than standard whitening strips. Using it five minutes a day for a week promises bright results.
21. MVMT Chrono Chronograph Bracelet Watch
MVMT has become the standard for affordable and sophisticated men’s watches. Now seems to be the right time to spoil your hubby or father with something stylish and sharp-looking like this chronograph timepiece. The brushed gunmetal stainless-steel construction is beautiful, and the light blue second hand and subdial hands on the face enhance the watch’s handsome appearance. Suitable for any occasion, he can sport it with some denim and white sneakers during a night out with the boys or with a fancy business suit for formal events.
22. Wood Desk Organizing Station
Apple Watch on the kitchen counter. Car keys in the candy bowl. Wallet in the corners of the couch. At this point, you’ve grown tired of your hubby misplacing his belongings around the house. This gorgeously-constructed desk organizer should help him turn over a new leaf. Not only will it keep EDC items beautifully stored in one place, but it also doubles as a smartphone docking station to show off his fancy iPhone 11. Keeping it near the front door will get him acclimated to organized life.
23. TRX GO Suspension Training System
Holiday weight gain seems inevitable, but this at-home training system will keep him on track and help shed those unwanted pounds in a matter of days. The straps are designed to maximize workout efficiency, using bodyweight and gravity resistance to produce faster results in less time. Over 100 exercises can be performed anywhere at any time. All it requires is twenty minutes a day to transform him from Peter Griffin to Bruce Wayne, minus the riches and high-tech gadgetry.
24. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 Portable Speaker
Portable speakers are a great investment for music lovers with active lifestyles. Durable, loud, and portable, the Wonderboom 2 is the way to go. Available in five different colors, this mini boom blaster pumps out dynamic 360-degree sound for up to 13 hours of playtime. Dust- and waterproof protection also means it can be used in most environments: beach, desert, pool or shower. Getting a second speaker lets you pair them together to create stereo sound.
25. Polo Ralph Lauren Sporty Skier Bear 3-Pack Socks
Since his dresser is already loaded with athletic socks, it’s time you swag him out with something more fashionable and practical. These festive three-pack sets from Ralph Lauren are excellent everyday socks that complement any casual, business or holiday outfit (you’re already thinking about ugly Christmas sweaters to pair with them). The iconic Polo bear designs will also bring him back to his fashionable junior high school days.