There’s a strategy in choosing the best gifts for men. The gist, as I have come to find, is to figure out what he likes and what speaks to his passions. Yes, this sounds simple enough, but it takes some time to really know a man and uncover his idiosyncrasies. Does he like whiskey? If so, what kind? Is he an MLB fan or does he prefer Monday-night football? Does he always complain about his insomnia? Is he always taking pics at airport terminals? Getting the answers to all these questions involves listening intently.
I often get too caught up in my own reality, so I know that really paying attention to someone is easier said than done. It also doesn’t help when it takes some prodding to really get an introvert to open up. But I make the effort, because once I do, deciding on the best gifts for the men in my life is a piece of cake. Now onto the next step: mining the internet in search of that singular item that’ll really put a smile on his face.
This, of course, takes some time, so we did the heavy lifting and found the best gifts for men of all kinds. All you have to do is match the archetype and add it to your cart.
Best Git for Baseball Fans
For baseball fans, New Era certainly needs no introduction; the company is the official manufacturer of hats for the MLB. The caps it produces are the real deal, made to be worn at stadiums, on the streets and in just about any scenario. They’re a signifier, a way for men to show pride for their native city and team. Now, thanks to Todd Snyder, a great American designer, the storied toppers for America’s favorite pastime have been given a high-fashion twist with sleek colors and svelte fabrics, including camel hair.
Best Gift for Company Men
Prada Saffiano Leather Briefcase
One of Prada’s biggest successes was the introduction of the brand’s signature Saffiano, a cross-hatched, embossed leather with a pleasingly textured surface. It’s a great way to ward off actual scratches. What’s more, the bag is deceptively roomy. It is slim in shape, yes, but it can also fit a 13-inch laptop, the book you’re reading and whatever else a man needs for the day in the corporate world. Plus, that triangle logo instantly imparts that he made it to the C-suite level.
Best Gift for Mixologists
Mixing a tasty cocktail is like creating a magic potion, a concoction that can delight and transform a dreary situation instantly. And if you have a sorcerer of spirits in your midst, make sure to gift him this macabre set, which features a skull-themed decanter and two tumblers made of mouth-blown Borosilicate glass. Indeed, it is spellbinding in so many ways.
Best Gift for Philomaths
A Masterclass subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. The online education platform features an abundance of classes taught by world-renowned experts that will help your man to gain a few new skills. He could hone his card game, for example, with six-time World Series of Poker champion Daniel Negreanu teaching poker strategy, theory and practice through hand-reviews of his winning games. He can also brush up on style with Tan France, develop a winning mindset with Lewis Hamilton or sharpen his culinary skills with Massimo Bottura. Of course, the gift of knowledge truly is priceless.
Best Gift for Cinephiles
Not everyone wants a massive television screen on their wall; that’s where projectors come in. Transform any large vertical surface into a massive display with the ultimate portable projector from XGIMI. This handheld film machine also uses AI technology to fit whatever size display you have—indoors or out. Because, as any movie lover will tell you, films should be seen on the largest screen possible.
Best Gift for Fashionable Men
When Alessandro Michele took creative reigns at Gucci in 2015, he infused the label primarily known for unabashed sexiness with quirk and richness. And one of his greatest hits, a style coveted by fashion lovers far and wide, are the Princeton mules that were first introduced in Michele’s debut year. The shoe, which continues to be a best-seller for the brand, takes Italian craftsmanship to new heights with the refined leather, lambswool trim and Gucci’s signature horsebit hardware. It evokes an heirloom quality, all while feeling fresh and modern.
Best Gift for Cannabis Kings
Those that have a particular fondness for cannabis understand that there’s more to it than cramming herbs into a bowl or rolling paper. For maximum results, he’s going to want a grinder with razor-sharp blades that’ll really slice down the good stuff. And this one from Sackville & Co.—with its effective grinding teeth and scraper, along with a roomy catch compartment, encased in gilded brass—definitely has the Midas touch.
Best Gift for Restless Sleepers
Tossing and turning in bed is never advantageous for the day ahead. There are many factors that can bring this on: stress, eating habits and your environment are just some of the usual suspects. But sometimes it all boils down to where you rest your head. For those that suffer from insomnia, Coop’s The Original Pillow is a godsend. Why? Because its filling is made of medium-firm memory foam supplemented with microfiber. This means it’s soft and supportive, and also has a good amount of spring. Plus, you’re able to remove or add as much fill as you want.
Best Gift for Whiskey Lovers
He’s just hit the slopes, flushed from the cold hair. He’s enraptured by your surroundings, the clear brisk skies and the picturesque mountain view. He’s also ready for a stiff drink, preferably a glass of whiskey or an Old Fashioned. This means standard glasses won’t cut it. He’s going to want this set from the aptly named Whiskey Peaks, which features a raised topographic impression that perfectly reflects the majesty of a mountaintop.
Best Gift for Old-School Spies
There’s nothing “plain” about this Turnball and Asser’s shirt, despite what the name may suggest. For over a century, the storied British label has dressed King Charles, Winston Churchill and two gents that held the mantle of 007: Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. This should be no surprise, considering that the brand’s styles, usually made of Sea Island cotton or Egyptian cotton, are meticulously constructed to flatter. If looks could kill, this shirt definitely has the license to do so.
Best Gift for Stylish Men
Rag & Bone’s Manston is a cult classic, a one-name wonder that will surely last the long haul. The jacket first debuted in 2015, and has been worn by some of the most stylish gents in history. To wit: President Barack Obama, John Hamm and Tom Brady are all fans. And it’s not hard to see why, considering the timelessness of the silhouettes and elegant details. It is the perfect gift for the man that truly values great design—the kinds of pieces that, no matter the proclaimed trend, will always be de rigueur.
Best Gift for Skincare Enthusiasts
Caviar isn’t just for enjoying with a blini and a dollop of crème fraîche. Thanks to La Prairie, the delicacy is also a great way to treat your skin. Yes, this sounds highfalutin, but the ingredient has been scientifically proven to boost cellular respiration and stimulate collagen production. Not only that, but the texture and density of the cream is unlike anything else you can put on your face, and the scent is so pleasant that it should be bottled. There’s no better product around for the man who values his grooming routine.
Best Gift for Pizza Lovers
Pizza is usually readily available. The pie lover in your life can use an app, a telephone or walk over to a local joint to get a slice. But how about making it home? This may not sound like the most enticing proposition, but if he’s willing to give it a try, then he definitely needs this portable oven from Ooni. There are no bells and whistles; all he needs to do is hook it up to a gas source, turn the heat dial to the temperature of choice and wait for the pie to cook evenly. Indeed, it offers similar results to ones baked in a brick oven, but is far more compact. It’s so great that he just may delete all those apps.
Best Gift for Stylish Travelers
Rimowa is the ultimate stylish suitcase. From fashion designers and Hollywood folk to musicians and sports stars, practically every jet-setter has one or more of the brand’s aluminum wheelers. With over eight decades in business, Rimowa has certainly amassed a stable of styles, but the most reliable of the lot, the workhorse, is the Cabin S carry-on. It’s so durable and lightweight that it makes traveling a breeze.
Best Gift for Office Mates
Sitting in front of a laptop, neck crouched as he types away can cause a tremendous amount of strain—especially if he’s glued to his desk all day. This is why he needs this laptop stand from Oakywood, which is angled to relieve tension in his neck and hands.
Best Gift or Trendsetters
We’re currently living in the era of the hoodie. With the rise of Normcore, as well as luxury streetwear, the hoodie, which has long had dominion over those categories, conquered the market entirely. It is the champ, walking down almost every runway with few worthy challengers. And no one knows this better than Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo, a designer that made the hooded sweatshirt a status symbol.
Best Gift for Setting a Mood
There’s something about sitting comfortably on a couch, gazing at a roaring fire that sparks the senses and puts us in a good mood. It’s an experience that’s not often experienced by many in urban environments, sadly. Here to provide a solution is FLIKR, which offers a miniature fireplace that’ll burn cleanly and safely, and light up any room big or small.
Best Gift for Content Creators
Posting pictures and videos on social media apps has become a viable profession. These content creators may have their naysayers, but it takes some effort to produce material that’ll garner eyeballs and generate clicks. They also need the right equipment to really make their content pop. And if you happen to know a man that quit his corporate gig to become an influencer, give him this kit—which includes a tripod and eight lighting variations—to show support for his life choice. It’s also great for the hobbyist that enjoys creating the occasional TikTok video.
Best Gift for At-Home Workouts
Some men are not meant for the gym. It’s crowded and smelly, a virtual cesspool of bacteria. It can also be intimidating. This is what makes The Mirror so great; it offers gym-quality workouts from the comfort of your home. And you can read more about it, here.
Best Gift for Cologne Connoisseurs
H24 is the luxury brand’s first pillar scent for men since the iconic Terre d’Hermès launched over a decade ago. And it’s an instant classic itself: the dynamic trio of metallic-earthy-woody notes celebrates the contemporary man and his ties to both nature and technology. It’s still new enough, too, that wearers will enjoy “I had it first” status; years from now it’ll be as ubiquitous as Chanel Bleu or Dior Sauvage—that’s how confident I am in H24’s performance.
Best Gift for Fashionable Fitness Fiends
Any guy who likes to work out will appreciate the gift of fresh gym equipment, especially if it’s designed by Dior. The French fashion house has partnered with Technogym to create an ultra-stylish treadmill, workout bench and exercise ball that each sport the coveted Christian Dior name.
Best Gift for the Over Stressed
Stimulating the vagus nerve has been shown to help people feel calm—and to help the body mitigate the effects of stress. Sensate, which comprises a device that sits on your sternum and an app that plays soundscapes that sync with the device’s vibrations, is designed to bring its users instant relaxation. If you’re shopping for someone who’s particularly stressed out, it’s a great option.
Best Gift for Watch Collectors
If he’s a serious watch collector, give him a way to carefully store (and travel with) his prized collection. Bennett Winch’s nifty watch roll unfurls to offer space for up to three timepieces. It also comes with a landing pad where he can change the straps on his favorite daily driver.
Best Gift for Seafarers
If your guy loves yachts, treat him to a tome dedicated to the heroes of the high seas. Assouline’s Yachts: The Impossible Collection is a carefully curated anthology of the most historically significant luxury vessels of the last 170 years. The spectacular pictorial display covers everything from the yachts of the early 1900s to glitzy modern-day gigayachts.
Best Gif for Cautious Travelers
Created by a Houston-based product designer—and inspired by his own loss of a passport—this was the first passport case on the market that was specifically made to fit the Apple AirTag device, which helps you electronically keep track of important belongings. Made of a durable and high-quality synthetic (and vegan) leather, the case has an integrated strap design and a small notch in the cover in which to slot in the AirTag. The bundle comes with a matching snapless luggage keychain (also designed to securely hold an AirTag) and a handy vaccine card protector sleeve that fits into the passport case, for easy accessibility at the airport. Available in black, blue and green.
Best Fitness App
If you want to avoid sending your loved ones to an actual gym in the midst of a very dynamic public health crisis, that’s understandable. The Future fitness app brings its subscribers one-on-one training sessions with licensed personal trainers from the comfort of their own homes. And it’s not just a Zoom workout: the app keeps track of your weekly workouts, even the ones you don’t do with a trainer, to fine-tune and update your regimen in real-time.
Best Gift for Whiskey Connoisseurs
It has long been a semi-guarded secret that many Japanese single malts are actually blends of Japanese and Scotch whiskies. This has only recently come to light, but Shibui, as part of an import company co-founded by sisters Lauren and Rachel Simmons along with Nicolas Pollacchi, has never made a secret of the practice, as their slogan plainly says, “We don’t distill. We discover.” The premise is that they take the best of pre-existing whiskies and combine them to produce the optimum results. In this case, their Pure Malt is a blend of 100 percent malted barley—mostly from the Niigata Region of Japan—along with a smaller portion of whiskies from the Scottish Lowlands, all of which have been aged in ex-bourbon, oloroso sherry and mizunara casks. The result is a slightly hefty candied walnut, maple and marzipan countenance with a spicy finish.
Best Gift for New Homeowners
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Dyson’s lamp is among the best in the biz. Not only will it illuminate all your various day-to-day tasks, it does so in a way that’s good for your health. The famed vacuum maker’s light has LEDs that are engineered to emulate the sun’s rays, counteracting any blue light from computers, tablets or smartphones that may stunt melatonin hormones and keep you up at night.
Best Gift for Photography Pros
All couples should have a good camera on hand to capture memories. That’s where Leica’s new M11 comes in. Billed as the Red Dot’s most refined compact digital camera yet, it boasts a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, which can shoot in three different resolutions (60, 36 or 18 megapixels). Whether your man is a budding photographer or a total pro, he’s sure to appreciate this sharp shooter and the moments it immortalizes.
Best Gift for Men with Dry Skin
A 2-oz. bottle will deliver a triple threat of benefits to your skin: It hydrates and plumps skin beneath the surface, strengthens the skin’s defensive barrier thanks to a hefty hit of Vitamin E, and deflects pollutants and toxins with a featherlight parsley-powered shield. It’s a jacked-up and remixed spin on Aesop’s popular Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, and one he’ll be sticking with henceforth.
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