Sneaker culture is at an all-time high, and even elite fashion houses are designing sneakers. Streetwear and athleisure are the norms now, and men are flexing with egregiously priced hoodies and jeans designed just so they can better show off their kicks. As a result, the term “sneakerhead” no longer applies solely to a small group of committed collectors. A lot of guys now classify themselves as sneakerheads, even if they don’t have hundreds of rare Air Jordans in their closets.
Because sneakerheads know about the best kicks before anyone else, shopping for them can be difficult. As a result, sometimes the best gifts for sneakerheads are not more sneakers. Rather, if you need gift ideas for the sneakerhead in your life, consider shoe cleaning kits and other accessories in addition to shoes. We’ve compiled a list of just that below.
We’ve also got an entire gift guide full of the best Christmas gifts for men, so check that out if you’re still searching for the perfect gift.
1. Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner
Keep your sneakerhead looking fresh in every possible way. The Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit by Jason Markk includes a four-ounce bottle of Premium Shoe Cleaning Solution and a great shoe cleaning brush, which makes it a fantastic tool for keeping those kicks fresh and clean. Jason Markk makes really high-quality shoe care products, and this cleaning kit is one of the best gifts for sneakerheads for any occasion.
2. Alpha Industries Bomber Jackets
Alpha Industries may not sell sneakers, but they make clothing that’s perfectly suited for the sneaker-obsessed guys and gals in your life. Alpha Indsturies got its start as a military contractor making the flight jackets pilots needed to stay warm at high altitudes. Today, they make streetwear that’s both timeless and modern at the same time. Case in point: the iconic Alpha Industries MA-1 Bomber Jacket. Whether you opt for the classic bomber or the hooded version, we’re confident the sneakerheads in your life will be absolutely delighted with their gift.
3. SneakerFreaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book
A sneakerhead that knows his history is a bit rarer, but this book looking into specific models and the history of sneakers in America makes your favorite sneakerhead that much better at collecting rare sneaks. From the SneakerFreaker magazine comes this “Ultimate” book, which looks into some gorgeous iterations of popular sneakers as well as the culture surrounding them. As one of the greatest deep dives into sneaker culture ever produced, The Ultimate Sneaker Book is one of the best gifts for sneakerheads available right now.
4. Supreme Logo Utility Pouch
Supreme has quickly surpassed designers to become one of the most coveted brands in the world. Any and all sneakerheads (including us) will drool over anything Supreme. This utility pouch from Supreme’s newest collection offers a great opportunity to flex the prestigious brand without breaking the bank. The bag’s price is only $40 from StockX, which will only skyrocket in the future when this bag’s no longer for sale. It has a see-through mesh design and will hold any toiletries for a short trip in style.
5. Nike Air Jordan Shoe Patent Set
If your buddy’s sneaker fascination surpasses solely the look and involves more of the make, this patent poster set of six is a dope way for your pal to show off their favorite sneaks in their home. The set pictures the start-to-finish process that went into making the iconic Nike Air Jordan. The prints have a dated, vintage sort of look to them which will add to any home’s aesthetic. Any sneakerhead will love to have these hung up in their bedroom, basement or closet.
6. Master & Dynamic MW65 BAPE Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones
Sneakerheads often find themselves wanting to add to the entirety of their life’s aesthetic with cool brands that go along with the newest Yeezys or Jordans. These active noise-canceling wireless headphones from BAPE and Master & Dynamic allows them to mix their sneaker sense with their music taste. BAPE is one of the most iconic hypebeast/sneakerhead brands around, and any music buff is sure to recognize the iconic ape head. It isn’t all about the aesthetic when it comes to these headphones either because the sound quality is nuts. Totally give them a try out yourself before buying for your favorite sneakerhead.
7. MISSLO Nylon Travel Shoe Bags
Shoes are tricky for anyone to travel with, so when you’re packing a small arsenal of your favorite kicks, it gets even tougher. These affordable nylon shoe bags offer a great way to pack your sneakers. They keep your clothes safe from any dirt that might be on your shoes, and more importantly, keep your kicks secured. The bags are made of high-quality water-resistant nylon that won’t tear, and boast fantastic reviews on Amazon.
8. Urban Outfitters Smile Face Sport Crew Sock
Sneakerheads can’t be rocking dirty, old socks with their grail-worthy kicks. That’s why any sneakerhead will be stoked to receive these Smiley Face socks. The socks a yellow tie-dyed appearance and a smiley patch to keep your favorite sneakerhead looking fresh to death no matter what sneaks they pair these with. So, unlike most socks, these actually upgrade any outfit. While $10 might seem like a lot of bones for one pair of socks, these bad boys are completely worth the semi-splurge.
9. Silicone Nike Air Jordan Airpod Case
This sneaker AirPod case is a great option for thrifty gifters. The silicone case protects your giftee’s AirPods while allowing them to practice their love of great kicks. It’s made to look the OG sneakerhead pick, the classic Nike Air Jordans. The case works as a keychain for clipping your AirPods to a backpack or belt loop. Users say the case is very durable and holds up over time while looking undeniably stylish. They’re also available in a few style options all pictured below.
10. HOMAR No-Tie Shoelaces
One way to upgrade any pair of kicks is with a set of no-tie shoelaces. They’re made of stretchy silicone and slide into your lace eyelets to turn any pair of shoes into slip-ons. No-tie laces like these also upgrade the look of your shoes by making them more streamlined. Sneakerheads will greatly appreciate this on their clean new Yeezys or Nikes, and your wallet will greatly appreciate the $8 price tag.
11. Spalding UO Exclusive Globe Basketball
Sneaker culture is entirely derivative off of basketball, so bring your buddy back to their roots with this dope globe basketball from Urban Outfitters. It isn’t the most OG when it comes to basketball styles, clearly, but it’s a pretty stylish alternative to the classic orange basketball your bud hasn’t touched since grade school. This one isn’t anything you’d really play with either, it’s more made for showing off. It isn’t the most exclusive of basketballs on the market, but it’s an inexpensive gift for you to get while supporting their sneakerdiction.
12. Off White/IKEA “KEEP OFF” Rug
Every sneakerhead is aware of the incredible collab between Virgil Abloh’s Off White Brand and the IKEA Art Event, which all sold out in mere moments and saw 500% returns on the resale market. Abloh has gone on to have collabs with a few more great brands, but we love this old school rug with his signature quotation marks suggesting you “KEEP OFF.” This piece is over retail value, but the price isn’t that bad for a piece of art that can stay on your floor.
13. Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Advanced Insoles
Don’t judge, sneakerheads suffer from foot pain, too. It ain’t a perfect world! If your good buddy goes through these like it’s their job, add a little extra insole pad or two to your gift bag. It’ll be a slight gag gift, but a caring one as well. Meaning, your buddy will wonder why you even bought these for them, but they’ll be thankful, too. Just make sure they aren’t the type to care too much about these, we don’t want them offended or ruining their insoles.
14. ericotry Adjustable Keep Shape
Of course, you want to maintain the look of your favorite sneakers once you’ve made the investment, including keeping away from any toe creases. These shoe trees are a great way to do exactly that. Inexpensive and easy to fit in any type of sneaker, we prefer this style for sneakers as opposed to the more common cedar ones commonly used for dress shoes. Throw these into any leather shoe to keep them looking box-fresh for a lot longer.
15. Nike Air Jordan 1 LED Neon Sign
The original Nike Air Jordan 1, in the original black, white and red (or “BRED”) colors, helped kicked off the sneaker collecting craze. Even though the shoe debuted in 1985, wearing a pair today, nearly 35 years later, still turns heads. Any sneakerhead would love another pair of Air Jordans, but they would probably prefer to pick out the perfect pair for themselves. So instead of risking it with a new pair of Jordans, opt for this incredibly cool neon sign.
MK Neon’s series of Nike-inspired neon signs have been featured on top sneaker websites like Hypebeast, and there are a ton of great options. The perfect accent to properly showcase any sneaker collection, this neon sign is undoubtedly one of the best gifts for sneakerheads, period.
16. Nike Shoebox Bag
Real sneakerheads love dripping in finesse no matter what the day has to offer. So, if he’s often at the mall shopping for a new pair, gift him this shoebox bag from Nike so he can keep up with his drip and ditch the store bags. It’s a great way to diminish his plastic use and a cool gift any sneakerhead will love.
17. Sneakerhead.com Gift Card
Shopping for a sneaker lover who can barely keep up with themselves? Best to just let them go nuts on their own, as hunting for the perfect pair of shoes is part of the thrill. Pick up a gift card from sneakerhead.com instead. This gift will let your sneakerhead take their time finding a pair of sneakers that perfectly matches their personal preferences.
18. Air Jordan Wall Clock
Now that the clocks have gone back, it’s getting darker and darker earlier and earlier each night. When it’s really 5 pm, it feels like 9 pm. Help your favorite sneakerhead keep track of time with this dope Air Jordan wall clock that makes the perfect gift for any sneaker lover. It’s handmade and features a slew of Jordans in different colors that will look great with his bedroom decor.
19. Yeezies N’ Cream
If you really want to make a sneakerhead’s day, grab this intriguing artwork made up of the OG colorways of the Yeezy Boost 350. The sole makes up the cone and prime-knit uppers the ice cream, making for a cool conversation piece about one of the most highly sought after shoes ever created. This artwork comes in a variety of sizes, from manageable to massive.
20. Sof Sole Sneaker Balls
Don’t be surprised when we tell you that sneakers can stink. Like, duh. Keep his kicks fresh and clean with these sneaker balls mean to de-stink any pair of shoes. They have the ability to remove foot odors and bacterias in any of his sneakers, keeping them fresh and stinkless at all times. All you have to do is twist them to release the fresh scent inside and his shoes will be squeaky clean for as long as he’s got them.
21. Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece
The OG quintessential jogger, these Nike sweats are comfortable, stylish, and created an entire subset of streetwear which has since been copied by a number of other brands. The clean, simple styling of these fleece men’s joggers lets them pair easily with any pair of sneakers, and the snug hem stays put so as to better show off those new “grails.” Thanks to the athleisure trend, your sneaker-loving friends can leave the house wearing sweatpants and sneakers without looking too underdressed (assuming you’re heading to the mall rather than, say, a date). The high-quality construction and sleek styling of these men’s joggers make them one of the best gifts for anyone that obsessively collects Air Jordans. And while they come in a variety of colors and styles, we recommend the classic gray version seen below.