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 when your tastes are so different, but there’s no need to panic. We’ve rounded up 18 gift ideas for your brother with the focus on making sure your brother has some of the coolest and most interesting stuff around.
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. So before you buy gifts for your brother, take a gander at our picks below. And who knows, you might see something to add to your own wish list this year.
1. YETI Tundra 35 Cooler
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.
2. Watchmen Graphic Novel
Watchmen is one of those comic books that is always relevant, no matter the decade. 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.
3. TIDAL Gift Subscription
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Unsure what to get your music-loving brother who seems to have everything? Go against the grain this year (trust us, he has enough Beatles LPs) and buy him a subscription to Tidal for just $5. Not only does Tidal boast a HIFI option for all those audiophiles out there, but your beloved bro will have access to Kanye’s opera, as well as Jay Z’s entire discography, and much more. Artists from Chance the Rapper to Kanye routinely release projects exclusive to Tidal. So if he’s indeed a music fanatic, he’ll love getting instant access to all of Tidal’s exclusive and high-quality content.
4. Vizio SB2920-C6 Sound Bar
Soundbars are all the rage now and if your brother hasn’t upgraded his home audio system yet, this beloved option from Vizio is a great option to take his sound to another level. With premium audio from DTS Sound Studio, this bar will fill up the room with a high-quality sound for whatever games he may be playing or show he’s watching. And should he want to kick over to some tunes, the built-in Bluetooth makes it easy to pair his phone, providing much more than just audio for a TV.
5. 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.
6. Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
If your brother loves hot sauce more than he loves most of the food he uses it on, this kit from Uncommon Goods 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.
7. Harry’s Holiday Winston Gift 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 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 seasonal-appropriate handle, and the best shaving gel you’ll ever use. Harry’s was our pick for best shave club, so know that you’re getting him the best, in order to help him look his best.
8. Sony WH1000XM3 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.
9. 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.
10. Minnetonka Moccasin Tilden Moc
A comfy set of house slippers is always going to be in vogue, but what’s great about these Tilden moccasins from Minnetonka Moccasin is that 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. Staying comfy no matter where he goes? Now that’s a great gift.
11. L.L. Bean Fleece Lined Flannel Shirt
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 warm and cozy fleece-lined flannel from L.L. Bean. Crafted from ultra-soft cotton and super warm fleece, this men’s shirt is sure to be a go-to shirt for the winter. The handsome flannel pattern mixes soft reds, blues, and tans for a casual look that can be paired with denim, khakis, or joggers. It’s on the pricier side, which makes it the kind of shirt your brother might not buy himself but that he’d be thrilled to receive as a gift. This flannel also has incredibly positive reviews on the L.L. Bean website, which is one more reason we highly recommend it as a top gift idea for brothers everywhere.
12. Thursday Boot Company President Lace-up
Nothing is as timeless or as classic as a pair of lace-up dress boots—and few places do them better than Thursday Boot Company. The President is a clean design that pairs just as well with a suit as it would with jeans, which gives the boot some great versatility, capable of transitioning from the boardroom to the bar with ease. They’ll last for a long time, but should your brother ever need to get them re-soled, their Goodyear welt construction makes that an easy endeavor, which means he can continue to wear them over and over again without worry.
13. The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Puffer Jacket
Whether your bro lives in California or Upstate New York, he’ll appreciate the warmth and overall coolness of this retro puffer jacket from North Face. Featured in a mustard and blue combo, this jacket easily pairs well with just about any holiday outfit (even a lime green beanie, as proven by the pic below). But most importantly, you can purchase without a guilty conscious because you know you’re getting a quality jacket. All trends aside, this down-insulated coat will last years to come, keeping your brother fresh the whole way through.
14. Baxter Of California Clay Pomade Gift Set
Baxter of California has recently made a name for itself as the go-to brand for stylish guys. And if your brother is either unaware of their existence, or too cheap to pick up their stuff for himself, gift him this pomade set. Included in the set he’ll find two ounces of clay pomade for a strong yet malleable hold, as well as two sample pouches of fortifying shampoo and conditioner.
15. 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.
16. Victrola Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable
Do you have an aspiring record collect for a brother? If so, gift him this suitcase turntable from Victrola. Not only is it Bluetooth compatible (so he can listen to Abbey Road with his AirPods), 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.
17. Seiko 5
Is your brother a watch guy? No? Well, he is now. That’s the power of the Seiko 5. This beautifully crafted, entry-level automatic watch is both somehow affordable and good looking. This particular watch comes in all blue (including a handsome blue face) 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 if he gets tired of the canvas strap, he can always swap it out for another standard watch band. Plus, where else can you find a watch with an automatic movement at this price point? And if you find yourself coveting your brother’s new timepiece, you can always pick one up for yourself in another color.
18. 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.