Some guys can be impossible to shop for. We all know the type of guy that replies “I already have everything I need,” when you ask what he wants for his birthday. It’s like, we don’t care, dude, that’s not the point. You still deserve a gift!
When searching the web for gifts for the impossible man, creativity is key. There are many “don’t” categories which include everything a regular person would love to have. Thinking about grabbing him a couple of new tees? Don’t. He’ll say “I already have three good ones, you didn’t need to waste the money.” Maybe you want to replace his favorite pair of sneakers, in which he’ll say “but these ones I have now are just fine.” Considering upgrading his almost useless iPhone 3? Don’t even get him started. He’s not going to take it.
Lucky for you, we’ve gathered together the 18 best gifts for the impossible man that he will actually appreciate. From Mancrates to Masterclasses, these are some pretty unusual picks, but hey, they aren’t something he’s already got, which is a plus. Read on and discover the best gift options to consider in 2020.
There’s no guy on this earth that won’t love a personalized Mancrate, believe that. What is a Mancrate, you ask? It’s a box filled with a number of goodies based on the interests of your giftee. No matter what he’s into, Mancrates has a crate for it. Whiskey? There’s a crate for that. Bacon? One for that, too. Lure making? Surprisingly, yes. Anything that tough-to-gift guy loves, Mancrates surely has a crate for it. Even if he’s already got what comes jampacked inside, you’ll get an A+ for sheer creativity, and that’s a fact. When it comes to gifts for the impossible man, you can’t go wrong with Mancrates.
2. Personalized Family Mugs
BEST FOR FAMILY GUYS
Are you gifting a dude that can never spend too much time with his fam? If so, these personalized family mugs are the perfect present for him. These mugs are ideal for the kind of guy that doesn’t love gifts directly because although you’re gifting these to him, they’re essentially for his whole squad. Characterize him, his partner and kids for an epic drinking option each family member will enjoy when sipping coffee in the morning or hot cocoa at night. An individual mug goes for $30, but the more you buy, the cheaper they get.
3. Ring Doorbell Video Pro
BEST FOR NOSY DUDES
Everybody wants to keep their house safe, there’s no denying that. Whether your giftee lives in a small apartment or a grand manor, his valuables are still his valuables and the safety of his family is important. Amazon’s Ring Doorbell Video Pro is an excellent gift for, well, literally anyone that wants to keep their space safe. The device lets you see, hear and speak to any guests out front whether wanted or unwanted without even opening the door and will notify your smartphone when motion is detected. Even if he thinks he’ll never need it, he’ll probably need it, because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Dog Blueprints
BEST FOR DOG LOVERS
You know what they say, dogs are man’s best friend. It’s a saying as old as time and holds true ’til this day. If you know a guy who can’t live without his favorite furry friend, this framed dog blueprint is an uncommon yet cool thing for him to throw up on any bare wall in his home. The depiction is cool yet comedic in a way, considering, well, dogs aren’t blueprinted in a way machines are, but we can pretend. From golden retrievers to pugs to mastiffs and malteses, there’s surely a blueprint for whatever breed your giftee can’t go without.
5. Casetify Phone Case
BEST FOR CLUMSY GUYS
He might have it all, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t constantly breaking everything. If he’s on his fourth iPhone so far this year, please, and we mean PLEASE, get him a phone case from Casetify. Casetify, unlike most extremely durable phone case alternatives, actually makes numerous cases that are both semi-indestructible and cool. There are so many options you can cover your phone in, from flowers to Coca-Cola themed cases to pets to Pokemon to even some customizable options. The opportunities are endless. If he’s Poke-obsessed, we absolutely recommend you check out Casetify’s Pokemon collection. Most options are currently on the waitlist, but they’re worth waiting for. Like, come on, just look at this tie-dye Snorlax case.
6. Latex-Free Heavy-Duty Scrubbing Gloves
BEST FOR CLEANING
Although gifts and cleaning products don’t really sound like they should go hand-in-hand, this is the first time they should. Make your giftee’s life a bit easier with these heavy-duty scrubbing gloves that bring the fun back into washing dishes and rid the need to ever use a sponge again. Waterproof liner molds to any hand shape with ease, making for a comfortable, non-slippery clean every time. They’re also made to use again and again, unlike any ratty sponge alternative. Simply ring them out and hang dry or give them an extra clean by throwing them in the dishwasher. Though he may think they’re a waste of money toward the beginning, he’ll completely change his mind after just one use.
While loads of guys already have their own unique scent they’re having trouble switching up, Scentbird is a solid way to spice up a guy’s cologne choices for special occasions. It works as a monthly subscription service which gives men (or women, even) the choice to test out new colognes for an affordable price and in a smaller bottle. With that being said, there’s barely any wasting involved if he hates the smell. There’s no way the dude you’re gifting doesn’t already have a couple of colognes, but why not add a few more to the collection? Maybe he’ll even find his new go-to.
8. Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine
BEST FOR BOOZY BOYS
The Bartesian is an at-home cocktail maker that will fully change the way you’re giftee is serving and sipping drinks at home. Forget the need to measure or pour, all you need to do is make sure you have your favorite four liquors on hand at all times to refill the four attached upside-down bottles and this machine will make you the tastiest, best-poured drink you’ve ever tasted. Insert a cocktail capsule into the top of the mixer, select your preferred strength, press “mix” and watch this thing create mixologist-approved drinks right in front of you. Your giftee will love it.
BEST FOR VINYL COLLECTORS
For guys with a growing vinyl collection, potentially the coolest surprise of them all to gift will be a box from VNYL. What is VNYL, you ask? Well, it’s a subscription vinyl record service (that does have one time options, don’t worry) that ships three random records to your home based on your music taste. Connect his Spotify so the VNYL team can understand what he’s into and his Discogs so they know what he already has and surprise him with three records that he’ll totally love. Our e-commerce editor tried out the VNYL subscription service himself, so if you’re weighing on whether or not to buy it, check out his full review here.
10. Bearaby Cotton Napper
BEST FOR THE BEDROOM
Has he delved into the world of weighted blankets just yet? No? Boy, is he in for a treat. This weighted blanket from Bearaby is the coziest on the market. The blanket itself is made from a breathable, heavy-as-hell knitted organic cotton to ensure you don’t feel overheated and too claustrophobic when using. The Cotton Napper also comes in a ton of different cool colors as well as three different weight sizes, being 15, 20 and 25 lbs. Bearaby suggests when choosing your weight, pick the option closest to 10% of your body weight to be most comfortable.
11. Personalized Family Recipe Board
BEST FOR KITCHEN CONNOISSEURS
Etch his favorite family recipe he can’t stop making into a cutting board he’ll cherish forever. This thoughtful gift is an excellent pick for any guy who practically lives in the kitchen. With this cutting board, he can slice, dice, serve or observe depending on whether he chooses to use it for his actual cooking practices or for decorative purposes. Each board is copied from a scanned piece of paper, so if the man you’re gifting has a handwritten recipe he holds near and dear to his heart, that should definitely be the one to use.
12. Dog Balloon Bookends
BEST FOR ART LOVERS
Although these dog balloon bookends aren’t directly related to the body of work, these remind us immensely of Jeff Koons’ famous, pop-esque balloon dogs. To help him celebrate his bookshelf filled to the brim with various art books, gift him these bookends to show him his modern art obsession is cool as hell, even if you don’t really think so. They will surely stand out to guests whether they’re art lovers or not, especially to kids with a sense of craft and play. Plus, who doesn’t love a little extra decoration that adds a pop of color in the home?
13. Fellow Carter Everywhere Travel Mug
BEST FOR HEADING BACK INTO THE OFFICE
Let’s get real for a second: we already know that he’s got, like, 50 mugs around the house. Some for at-home sipping purposes, some for bringing hot beverages on the road and some that have been collecting dust since 2006. It’s inevitable. That being said, buy him another one. Why not? As he heads back into the office after working from home for multiple months at a time, surprise him with this sleek mug from Fellow that will get him excited to get back on that once dreaded commute. The mug itself is very modern-looking and is built to make your beverage the most ideal temp you could hope for. Beverages stay hot for 12 hours and cold for an entire day, which is totally useful for long, hard work days.
14. Black Lives Matter Hat
While any and all red hats since the 2016 US presidential election have sent shivers down our spines for the past four years, reclaim the red hat trend with this Black Lives Matter cap that will make passerbyers doubletake. You know, because the classic “M*ke Am*r*ca Gr**t Ag**n” hat still sadly exists. This is a funny yet in-your-face way to get your valid point across and support an incredible movement we should all be on top of right now and well into the future.
15. Masterclass Subscription
BEST FOR LEARNERS
Know a design buff? Or maybe a culinary specialist? Or a potentially a science nerd? No matter his interests or talents, gift your impossible guy a Masterclass class or subscription taught by incredibly renowned professionals in their chosen field such as Gordon Ramsay, Dr. Jane Goodall, R.L. Stine, deadmau5 and many more. Learning from the best of the best like this will feel like the chance of a lifetime for him. Best part about it? An annual fee is only $180 altogether, making Masterclass pretty reasonably priced for what it is.
16. Jot Coffee
BEST FOR COFFEE LOVERS
We know, trying a new cup of joe that isn’t your day-to-day go-to from Dunkin’ can sound pretty scary, but in this case, it’s completely worth it. If your man’s a coffee lover, get him to try out Jot Coffee — the purest, most concentrated coffee on the planet. Because it’s 20 times more caffeinated than any coffee alternative, you only need just one tablespoon to transform a simple glass of iced water into the smoothest, tastiest coffee on the planet. We don’t necessarily recommend this stuff for black coffee drinker unless you like your cup extraordinarily bitter, but for those who take a bit of cream and sugar, this is an excellent treat to have each morning that will keep you up when you need it the most.
17. Custom Map Serving Tray
BEST FOR HOMESICK
Your man from Japan but now living on the Frisco Bay? Or maybe he’s from the Jersey Shore but made the move to coastal Spain. Whatever the case may be, if your impossible man is ever reminiscent of his hometown, splurge on a customizable map serving tray to bring him a little bit closer to home. No matter which place stays near and dear to his heart while living miles away from it, this serving tray will honor it in his new home. Use it as a constant table centerpiece to hold candles and other items, a serving tray for cheese and crackers when you have guests or a decorative wall piece to show off to guests.
18. 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Service
BEST FOR THE CURIOUS
If your go-to guy isn’t a conspiracy theorist who believes ancestry kits are designed to steal our DNA for cloning, gift your most curious fella the 23andMe Ancestry kit and finally prove to him and his family that he actually isn’t 100% Italian like he’s been telling you. You know how it works, have him spit into the provided tube and ship it off to the testing facility, where results will be gathered and given a few weeks later. This thing will have him clarify his identity and help him discover much more about himself than he thought he already knew.