From big brothers to little brothers, stepbrothers and even brothers not related by birth, every day’s a good day to get a gift for your bro. Sure, it can be hard to find the right gift — especially if you don’t exactly have the same taste.
Because gifting for your bro for whatever the occasion isn’t always a walk in the park, we’ve rounded up the best gift ideas for your brother with the focus on making sure your he’s got some of the coolest, most interesting stuff on the market. If you’re shopping for Christmas gift ideas, we’ve got plenty of presents for every type of guy.
From indestructible coolers, to beloved comics, comfy clothes and much more, your brother won’t stop thanking you for getting him one of these amazing gifts, no matter the occasion. But before you buy any gift for your brother, take a gander at our picks below. And who knows, you might see something to add to your own wish list.
1. Allbirds Wool Runners
Allbirds Wool Runners are a breathable wool sneaker option that are made from renewable materials, are machine washable and are built to minimize any foul odor. We all know that last part just changed the game for your brother’s ruthlessly smelly feet. The sneak comes in a wide variety of cool colors and feels like a cloud while wearing. They’re essentially ready for whatever your brother decides to put them through, from runs to hikes to errands of any sort.
2. Sonos Beam Sound Bar
Sound bars are all the rage now and if your brother hasn’t upgraded his home audio system yet, this beloved option from Sonos is a great way to take his sound to another level. With high definition sound, this bar will fill up the room with a high-quality noise for whatever games he may be playing or show he’s watching. And should he want to kick over to some tunes, the sound bar comes with a built-in Amazon Alexa for playing music, setting alarms and more all hands-free, providing much more than just audio for a TV.
3. Lululemon ABC Jogger
Made with the brand’s specialized ABC technology, which officially stands for “anti-ball crushing,” these joggers from Lululemon will be your brother’s new go-to pants for everything. Whether it’s traveling, running weekend errands, or even hanging out with friends, the ABC Joggers are lightweight, stretchy and sweat-wicking, which makes them super comfortable pants. Made by active people, for active people, they’re great for guys on the go — with plenty of room for the family jewels.
4. Grow and Make DIY Artisan Hot Sauce Making Kit
If your brother loves hot sauce more than he loves most of the food he uses it on, this kit from Grow and Make will be sure to satisfy his craving. This DIY kit will allow him the chance to add as much flavor as he wants, combining various spice packs, along with the included peppers and vinegars, to create something that’s one of a kind and unique to his own tastes and sensibilities.
5. Harry’s Holiday Truman Shave Set
Even if your brother has a beard, it’s more than likely he’ll have to do upkeep on portions of it, which is why this holiday gift set from Harry’s is must-have. Complete with everything he’ll need to maintain that scruff or take it down to a clean face, including a set of the brand’s German steel blades, a bright orange, tropical green or indigo blue handle, and the best shaving gel you’ll ever use. Harry’s was our pick for the best shave club, so know that you’re getting him the best, in order to help him look his best. It even comes with recyclable packaging!
6. Away’s Bigger Carry-On
Though travel’s on quite the hiatus this year, there’s no better carry-on option to gift your brother than the Bigger Carry-On from Away. This bag has the ability to fit in most airplane overhead compartments with ease and also stacks nicely in the trunk of your brother’s car for when he needs to pack a bit more clothing on his next weekend trip nearby. He can also use this bag for storage in his closet by packing unseasonable clothing inside whenever he needs more space.
7. Sony WH1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones
Our pick for the best headphones on the market, the Sony WH1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones are a great gift for the brother that’s always traveling or is just an intense audiophile. With incredible, dynamic noise-canceling capabilities, they’ll block out every single sound so he can just focus on that latest podcast episode or Netflix series. However he decides to use them, know that he’ll have the best of the best.
8. YETI Tundra 35 Cooler
WILL ARRIVE AFTER CHRISTMAS
If you didn’t know already, YETI coolers are not only impossibly tough (they’re designed to be grizzly bear-resistant) but they work incredibly well at keeping your stuff cold. This is due in large part to their fatwall design, which stuffs two inches of insulation between the outside and your goods for unparalleled coolness no matter the outside weather. Basically, your stuff, even in direct sunlight, will stay cold for hours and hours. This specific model, the Tundra 35, is portable enough for one person to carry while having enough room inside to hold a whole case of beer. Plus, at $249, it’s one of the most affordable YETI coolers. Your brother just found his new favorite tailgating, camping and party cooler.
9. Watchmen Graphic Novel
Watchmen is one of those comic books that is always relevant, no matter the decade – and it’s also an awesome gift for your brother. This year SPY named Watchmen one of the 25 books every man should read before he dies. And with a popular HBO series serving as a spiritual successor to the original, there’s no better time to go ahead and get caught up with this classic graphic novel (seriously, TIME magazine named this book one of the 100 greatest novels of all time). Collected here as one complete graphic novel, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ tale is an adult and realistic take on what it’s like to be a superhero, to have superpowers and what that would mean for a world that’s incredibly like our own. It’s a timeless classic that’s waiting to be read for the first time or rediscovered all these years later.
10. Hydro Flask Water Bottle
We know you want one yourself, but consider gifting your brother a Hydro Flask water bottle to ensure his drinks stay cold as ice for hours on end. This bottle will keep your brother’s water freezing even on unbearably hot days, which is perfect for any outdoor exercises he might be doing to lose that beer belly. It’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe and made from stainless steel to ensure a positive drinking experience. Best part of all? There’s a color choice out the wazoo.
11. Echo Dot
Ah, the all-new Echo Dot with its spherical new look. It’s safe to say we really love the brand new look from our favorite tiny at-home speaker. Right now, you can get this baby for just $30. It comes with Alexa, because, duh, and it also has a sound system that has tremendously improved from Echo Dots in generations prior. It really is an effortless must-buy.
12. MZ Wallace Dark Blue Camo Bleecker Backpack
Every man needs a good backpack. But more than that, every man needs a backpack that’s capable of keeping up with all the hustle and bustle that comes with daily life. That’s why this rough and tumble bag from MZ Wallace is an elegant solution and a stellar gift for your brother. With more than enough room for both a laptop and a change of clothes for the gym, there’s also space for the things he’ll need in his day-to-day (i.e., a laptop sleeve and document holder). On top of all that great carrying room, the bag is topped off with a camo pattern that ensures he’ll stick out instead of blending in with everyone else.
13. L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins
The Wicked Good Moccasins from L.L.Bean are one thing and one thing only — wicked good. What’s great about these is that a comfy set of house slippers is always going to be in vogue. They’ve got a little bit more traction at the bottom of the soles; meaning your brother can slip them on if he’s running out to do a quick errand without worrying they’ll fall apart mid-stride. They’re so popular that during the holiday season, L.L.Bean sells a whopping pair per 7 seconds. We love them so much that we even named them the best slippers in our 2020 SPY Man Awards. Staying comfy no matter where he goes? Now that’s a great gift.
14. Vremi Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer
Change the way he cooks forever. And we mean it when we say it. There’s no doubt at this point you’ve had a friend or two raving about the recipes they’ve created using their air fryer and for good reason. Air fryers have the ability to cook most recipes in half the time with a hell of a lot less oil, making the meal healthier in the process. So, if he has the space on his kitchen counter, snag this for him. You won’t regret it.
15. Kindle Oasis
Oh, so we’ve got ourselves a reader on our hands. Gotcha. Well, there’s no better gift for a bookworm than the Kindle Oasis. This baby can store thousands upon thousands of great reads your brother will geek over. Not only that, but it’s entirely waterproof so he can read by the ocean or pool when the weather allows it. Additionally, there is a warm light setting to combat that nasty blue light we have all collectively decided we don’t like this year.
16. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Help your bro up his Instagram game with a fun camera that’ll change his feed entirely. If your brother’s a photo nerd or likes some occasional picture-taking, then the newly updated Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera is a fun, dated way to snap some shots of anything. From friends to family to your brother’s dog, the possibilities of what to shoot are endless. The camera itself comes in a range of fun colors and has a flash for lower light scenarios which are great at parties (when we can have them, that is).
17. Everlane Heavyweight Overshirt
When shopping for the best gifts for your brother, fashion picks can be tough unless you know his style well. However, you can’t go wrong with this casual to not-so-casual heavyweight overshirt from Everlane. Crafted for cold-weather, this awesome long-sleeve shirt will keep him warm and toasty while looking dapper at the same time. It will easily become his new throw-on. It comes in a slew of awesome colors, so whatever color your brother loves will totally suit him well.
18. Cole Haan Boots 4.ZERØGRAND Hiker Boots
Nothing is as timeless or as classic as a pair of lace-up dress boots for the winter weather — and few places do them better than Cole Haan. The brand new 4.ZERØGRAND Hiker Boots feature a clean design that pairs just as well with sweats as they do with jeans, which gives the boot some great versatility, capable of transitioning from shoveling snow to chilling at a local bar with ease. We recently named these bad boys the best boots of the year in our 2020 SPY Man Awards because it doesn’t get more quality than this.
19. SAXX Snooze Pants
CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK
Although these are currently out of stock due to the influx of sales during the holiday season, SAXX’s Snooze Pants are singlehandedly the most comfortable pants your brother will ever throw on his body, mark my words. We simply could not take them out, even if you can’t snag them at this current moment. Nonetheless, if you’re ever looking for a gift he will cherish daily from constant wear, these pants should be a go-to. The pants when on are so cozy, they almost feel as if you’re wearing nothing. Soft to the touch and made from moisture-wicking material, he’ll want to wear these all day, every day during Netflix binges and nightly snacking sessions.
20. Baxter Of California Clay Pomade
Baxter of California has recently made a name for itself as the go-to brand for stylish guys with cool hair. And if your brother is either unaware of their existence, or too cheap to pick up their stuff for himself, gift him this clay pomade for some stellar stying. This stuff comes in a two-ounce jar and has a strong yet malleable hold that will style your bro’s hair without leaving it looking sticky or greasy. And you know damn well he needs this to tame that mess.
21. Moleskine Classic Notebook
Don’t even say it, because we don’t want to hear it. A notebook is not a lame gift. Richard Branson keeps a notebook close at all times, and well, he’s done pretty darn well for himself. If your brother is the type to come up with business ideas on a daily basis, or if he’s the dreamer or doodler constantly jotting down things on his phone, get him a quality notebook like this one from Moleskine. The pages have a great weight and we guarantee he’ll love writing down things in a physical book for once. Bonus points: it’ll get him off of his phone.
22. Crosley UO Exclusive Wood Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player
Do you have an aspiring record collect for a brother? If so, gift him this Urban Outfitters exclusive cruiser from Crosley. Not only does it have that cool vintage look he’s looking for, but it’s an affordable entry point into the world of vinyl. What’s more, this little suitcase comes with built-in speakers, so he doesn’t need to go through the pain of building out an entire sound system just to start listening to his collection. While you’re shopping at Urban Outfitters, note that the site has a number of great records for purchase, including favorites from The Weeknd, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller.
23. VNYL Subscription
If your brother is an avid vinyl collector, gift him a VNYL subscription along with his new record player. What is VNYL you ask? Only the coolest new way to receive records in 2020. VNYL hand-selects various vinyl records to send in packs of three right to your door by taking a deep dive into what your brother’s listening to on Spotify and what he’s already got on Discogs. It’s a fun alternative to shopping for records online or instore for the sheer fact that your brother will never not be surprised.
24. Q Timex Reissue Navy Dial with Navy/Orange Ring Bracelet Watch
Is your brother a watch guy? No? Well, he is now. That’s the power of the Timex x Todd Snyder collection This beautifully crafted, entry-level automatic watch is both somehow affordable and good looking. This particular watch comes in all blue (with a little bit of orange) and will match well with just about any outfit. What’s more, it’s a low-maintenance watch. It can transition seamlessly from work to play and has an effortlessly cool woven stainless steel strap. Plus, it even shows the date! We recently named this watch one of our favorites in the SPY 2020 Man Awards because of all this, so if you find yourself coveting your brother’s new timepiece, you can always pick one up for yourself.
25. Activ5 Handheld Isometric Strength Training Device
If your brother is a fitness fanatic but can’t always find time to get in a good session at the gym, drop this little device in his stocking this Christmas. The Activ5 is an isometric training device that can deliver solid workouts in as little as five minutes. In other words, in between flights when traveling for work, or in the morning before the kiddos wake up, your brother can get in the workout he needs to stay in shape.
26. Swiftwick Pursuit Four Merino Wool Socks
Listen, socks might not seem like the most exciting gift you could give someone, but that’s not the case with a set of fantastic merino wool like these from Swiftwick. Made for running and cycling, merino wool is a natural fiber that actively moves moisture away from your feet, making your feet warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot out. They’ll soon become your bro’s favorite.
27. Blue Bottle Coffee Hario Cold Brew Kit
Have a sibling who can’t get enough coffee? A cold brew coffee kit, like this easy-to-use version from Blue Bottle Coffee will have your brother all squared away when it comes to getting his fix. Simply put grounds into the included filter, add water, let it sit, and then pour out great-tasting cold coffee. It’s that easy.
28. Anker Wireless Phone Charger
Since many of us are still working from home, having a great desk phone charger is super helpful to have during the day. Anker’s Wireless Phone Charger is especially handy to have on your workspace since it’s angled view makes it easy to see important notifications pop up while you’re working. Oh, and it makes charging your device a breeze.
29. Mandalorian “The Child” Cufflinks
Is your brother really stylish, a really big fan of Baby Yoda, or both? He needs these cufflinks of “The Child” to let the world know he’s just as obsessed with Baby Yoda as the rest of us are.
30. Sengled WiFi-Enabled Smart Plug
For the tech-obsessed brother in your life, having a set of WiFi-enabled smart plugs is super handy for, well, a lot of things. From holiday lights to a coffee maker, TVs, or anything you can think of, being able to control your electrical source with the touch of a button is not only easy but time-saving too!
31. Osprey Daylit Waist Pack
Whether it’s a ::shudders:: fanny pack or as a chest rig, having a handy waist pack like this option from Osprey is great for navigating through a city or for hiking on a trail. Straightforward, yet spacious, there’s room for all your essentials (and then some!) and with four different colors, there’s an option that will work for your brother’s tastes.
32. Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm Long Johns
Everyone can use long johns. Whether it’s for layering under clothes on a really cold day or as an extremely casual option for lounging around the house, they’re a cozy option to consider for gift giving. And few brands make a pair warmer for cheaper than Uniqlo. These are the warmest they offer, sure to keep you warm when it’s anything but outside.
33. Carhartt Men’s Knit Cuffed Beanie
You can’t hate on Carhartt. It’s just a known fact at this point. We recently named this beanie the best of the year in our 2020 Man Awards because of just how long this has been an iconic staple to winterwear. Smartly priced, it’s sure to keep your brother warm during the coldest parts of winter and comes in a variety of trendy colors to match his personality.
34. HexClad Hybrid Nonstick 12-Inch Frying Pan
The hybrid part of this HexClad Hybrid Nonstick 12-inch Frying Pan comes from the fact the pan itself is both stainless steel and non-stick, providing a superior frying pan that’s capable of providing a restaurant-quality cooking experience. It’s sort of like a combination of a cast-iron skillet with your standard frying pan, making it the kitchen gadget to have for your favorite home-cooking brother.
35. Jaxon Lane Shake and Wake Enzyme Powder Face Wash
Fellas, it’s extremely important to take care of your skin. Fortunately, Jaxon Lane’s Shake and Wake Enzyme Powder Face Wash makes washing your face easy and fun. The water-activated facial exfoliant turns into the soapy lather you’re used to having. Made from natural ingredients, it’ll be extremely effective on your skin, no matter what.
36. NOMAD Rugged Apple Watch Strap
If your brother has an Apple Watch, he might be in the market for an alternative watch strap that better suits his lifestyle. NOMAD’s Rugged Apple Watch Strap is great for those who are avid hikers, rock climbers, or even those who want to just beef up their existing strap to something a little rugged and secure.
37. Under Armour Sports Face Mask
For the sibling who can’t stop working out, Under Armour’s Sports Face Mask is the best workout mask. Made from the same high-performance materials you’d find in any of UA’s products, it will safely secure your face from others. Capable of providing a safe and secure fit, even during the most intense physical activities, it’s a must-have for any fitness fanatic. Don’t be surprised that we named this the best face mask of the year in our 2020 SPY Man Awards either, because it absolutely is.
38. Chinatown Market X Smiley Globe Basketball
We love this Chinatown Market x Smiley Globe basketball, which comes courtesy of Urban Outfitters. The stylish ball will look great as a piece of home decor, but of course, it will also look great during your brother’s next pick-up game. If you’re looking for an affordable gift for your brother, this is a great option that’s sure to make him happy.