Whether it’s Christmas, their birthday or another special occasion — or you simply feel like giving him a just-because gift — finding the top gifts for men in your life can be a daunting task. They say men are easy to please, but if that were true, why are they so difficult to shop for? In fact, why is it that men never seem to need or want anything new? This answer to this rhetorical question lies in seeking a unique and thoughtful gift for him.
To help take the guesswork out of it all, we’ve curated the best gifts for men in 2021. From smart kitchen appliances for the guy who likes to cook, to rugged gear for outdoorsmen and unique keepsake items like custom whiskey glasses and under-$20 stocking stuffers that are sure to please anyone, there’s something here for every type of guy (and budget). And of course, expect to see a lot of shoe-centered gifts for the sneakerhead in your life.
With these top men’s gifts, you can easily cross your husband, father, grandpa, boyfriend, brother or son off your list with items they will actually use and love, even men who seem to have everything and want nothing. Whether you’re looking for a few Christmas gifts for him or a milestone birthday, these great men’s gift ideas remain relevant all year long. So, go on and bust out those credit cards and stock up that giving closet with any of these cool gifts for men, ahead.
Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoe
One of the best Adidas running shoes you can buy, Adidas’ Ultraboost 21s bring the deliver the ideal support for better performance with their springy, responsive cushioning. The tread features a grippy, rubberized texture for durability and reliable traction, while the knit upper adds sock-like comfort.
Dodow Sleep Machine
Sleep aids like Dodow are a thoughtful gift idea for him to get some extra shut-eye. The Dodow is a metronome with a light system that trains your body and brain to fall asleep naturally. It has a touch-sensitive surface that kicks off the 8-minute mode or the 20-minute process.
Dr. Martens Faux Fur-Lined Chelsea Boots
Have his go-to winter boots seen better days? Elevate his cold-weather style with these cool faux fur-lined Chelsea boots from Dr. Martens. They have the durability to withstand countless days of trekking through snow, the warmth to keep his feet from freezing when temperatures drop, and they have a textured leather exterior that makes them appropriate to wear from the office to nights out on the town.
Oofos Ooahh Recovery Slides
Recovery shoes are extremely important in foot health, but are the least talked about. Oofos is a leader in recovery slides. The patented footbed cradles and supports the arches to reduce energy exertion into the ankles. It’s a new type of extremely comfortable foamy house slipper with added health benefits.
The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Kit
A good shave requires the right tools, which is why one of the top gifts for men is a fancy grooming gift set. That’s mostly because it’s an item they will love but typically wouldn’t buy it for themselves. The Sandalwood Kit from The Art of Shaving comes with shaving cream, a shaving brush, after shave balm and pre-shave oil.
PersonalizationLab Custom Face Socks
Gag gifts sometimes take the cake for the best men’s gifts of the year. This gift idea Etsy allows you to customize a pair of socks with any photo and text that will make him laugh, cry or cringe — we’ll leave that part up to you.
Fitbit Sense Smartwatch
The Fitbit Sense is probably the best value option on the market when it comes to smartwatches. It has a cool list of health features from accurate stress tracking, a nighttime skin temperature log, a heart assessment and more. Plus, it lives up to its fitness name with a built-in GPS for hikes and outdoor runs.
Lululemon Navigation Stretch Down Vest
When it comes to the top gifts for men, you can never go wrong with Lululemon. This stylish insulated vest has ThermoChannel technology that locks in heat. It’s made from a four-way stretch fabric, and it’s water-resistant for movin’ and groovin’ even in cold temps.
Cuisinart Cast-Iron Grill Press
Grillmasters or newbies will get a whole lot of use out this cast-iron grill press. It’s an under-$25 Christmas gift idea that looks and feels way more expensive than it actually is. The wooden handle provides a comfortable grip while the press helps remove excess fat and oils. It also adds grill marks to any meat and can turn a regular old sandwich into a panini.
TileSlim Thin Smart Bluetooth Wallet Tracker
If the guy who has everything on your list often misplaces his wallet, then the Tile Slim Bluetooth wallet tracker will be a great gift to give him this Christmas. All he has to do is use the Tile App to ring the tracker within range. And when it’s out of Bluetooth range, the app’s latest upgrade has smart location database mapping so he’ll be able to see where is wallet is, anytime, anywhere.
Leatherman Sidekick Pocket Size Multitool
Leatherman makes some of the most efficient pocket tools around. The Sidekick has 14 tools in one. From knives to pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a bottle opener, a can opener, and so much more, he’ll never feel unprepared. But the best part about this thoughtful gift idea is how compact in size it measures. He can stick it in his pocket and forget it’s even there.
Man Crates Premium Beef Jerky Ammo Can
Jerky junkies rejoice! ManCrates puts together the best gift boxes for men, like this ammo can full of delicious aged meat. He’ll get a variety of brands and flavors that will set him on his way to becoming a beef jerky connoisseur.
Line of Trade The Grizzly Cabin Slippers
What’s a gift guide without a pair of the best men’s slippers? The Grizzly Cabin Slippers from Line of Trade are stylish, cozy and provide a plush feel for added comfort. They are made with real leather and last far longer than the average slipper.
Jambys does not call themselves sweatpants because there’s no way you’ll sweat in these babies. They are a mix of micro modal, spandex and french terry: fabrics that create quite possibly the softest blend every to hug your body. You can even purchase a matching top to gift a full set for him to wear on Christmas morning.
Wild Sports Custom NFL Tabletop Stackers Game
For a custom gift for the football fan in your life, give him a half-time game that represents his favorite NFL team. It’s made from painted wood that serves as a fun activity on game day.
Zonli Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets are not all hype. If you’re new to this cozy wellness trend, let us enlighten you. Weighted blankets are the perfect way to destress and relax, especially after a hard day’s work or for when you’re ready for a full day of Netflix. This weighted blanket from Zonli has a cooling feature, so you reap the benefits without overheating. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift to give him this year that he wouldn’t necessarily buy himself, look no further.
Apple AirPods Pro
It might not seem like the most groundbreaking gift around, but if he’s still using corded headphones, we’ll appreciate the cool gift of Apple AirPods Pro. They are a small but mighty life-changing piece of tech that drastically improves music listening, phone calls and travel. Say goodbye to that cord once and for all.
TMY Projector With Screen
Looking for a unique tech gift to give him this year? Projectors aren’t just for work presentations anymore (although TMY’s Projector kit may come in handy for those, too). The projector will display movies, video games, presentations, photo slide shows and more onto the wall from 32 inches to 220 inches wide, depending on the experience you’re going for. Additionally, it comes with a 100-inch screen, so he’ll get the whole package to completely transform outdoor movie nights and Netflix binges.
Legent Bourbon Whiskey
Whiskey lovers appreciate a good bourbon, especially in colder months. They will especially love Legent Bourbon Whiskey because it’s the craft of two whiskey masterminds and styles. Part Kentucky bourbon, part Japanese whiskey, this bottle of booze has a bright, smooth and unexpectedly long finish. And with Drizly, it’s an easy-to-order Christmas gift for those loved ones you won’t see in person this holiday season.
GSE Games & Sports Football Tiki Ring Toss
The guy that enjoys hangouts in the garage, back patio or lawn will love to have this Football Tiki Ring Toss around. It’s a fun, slightly mindless, hand-eye coordination game to play with his pals or even alone. And, installation is easy.
Drinking coffee, tea or a hot toddy out of a mug that fits his sneaker-loving personality makes the warming ritual even more of a treat. It might seem like a simple gift for him, but a mug designed with a variety of custom Nikes that mirror his closet will bring a smile to his face. Kitschy mugs are the among the best small gifts for men who have everything, because you can really never have too many.
Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series
No kitchen is ever at its prime without a Vitamix. The A3500 Ascent Series powerfully blends smoothies, soups, dressings and more. The household brand name reigns superior over its competitors, making this kitchen appliance well worth the hefty investment. He’ll have it forever, without fail (just read the reviews).
Away The Bigger Carry-On With Pocket
Every modern traveler needs a carry-on suitcase that’s efficient to maneuver. Away’s The Bigger carry-on checks off that box, and more. The bag’s wheel abilities are unmatched, so he can swiftly power walk from gate to gate without any slowdowns. Plus, the carry-on is lightweight, provides just enough compartments inside to stay organized and now comes with an exterior zip pocket for any items he’ll want to have easy access to in-flight.
SugarTreeGallery Personalized Cheese Board
If he’s a big meat and cheese guy or simply loves to entertain, there’s no better Christmas gift to give him than an engraved cheese board. This personalized gift from Etsy makes his favorite afternoon snack extra special.
Video game novices and seasoned pros alike love the handiness of a Nintendo Switch. It has three different modes for viewing on the device, tablet or TV and includes games ranging from Fifa to Mario Cart — bringing joy to men of all ages. Whether he finds gaming to be a meditative or mentally-stimulating experience, this cool gift idea for men won’t steer you wrong.
Dear Foam Men’s Scuff Slippers
Men’s slippers are always an easy go-to holiday gift, especially when the temps start to drop and cozy nights in start sounding even better. Upgrade your slipper gifting game this year with Dear Foam’s personalized Scuff slippers for dads. It will remind him just how great he is while keeping his toes toasty warm in the cold months ahead.
Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit
The worst thing about getting a new pair of shoes is wearing them and getting them dirty. This kit from Jason Markk is one of the best sneaker cleaners that will keep his shoe collection looking fresh (yes, even the white pairs).
Sock Fancy Surprise Pair of Socks Subscription
Sock Fancy’s surprise pair of socks subscription is a creative gift idea for him. It’s also one that keeps on giving, as he’ll be looking forward to a quirky new pair each month featuring everything from pineapple designs to retro prints and colorful stripes. Getting dressed in the morning is a lot more fun with some of the best socks for men.
Our Place Perfect Pot
First came the Our Place Always Pan (which broke the internet last year with a 10,000-person waiting list), then came the new Our Place Perfect Pot. This new kitchen essential can boil, crisp, bake, braise, roast, steam, strain, pour and serve and more. Not to mention, the aesthetic fits any dream kitchen. But more importantly, it’s made with a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating. If you’re looking for a unique gift for men who have everything, they sure won’t have this cookware game changer.
Nike Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage
File these Nike Blazers under shoes every guy should own in his closet. And if he doesn’t have a pair already, this quick and easy purchase makes the perfect simple gift for him. He can dress them down on lazy days or up with a monochromatic suit and tucked tee. There’s a reason these versatile kicks are one of the best Nike shoes of all time.
The sight of an orange box will bring joy to any sneaker lover. But this is one to keep, not recycle. This stylish Nike Shoebox can keep his most beloved pair of kicks protected, even when he’s on the go. Make the surprise even sweeter with a great pair of Nikes inside.
Kelty Hoodligan Wearable Blanket
Need a cool Christmas gift for an outdoorsman? The Kelty hoodligan is both a jacket and a blanket for the outdoors-loving guy that loves to sit around a crackling fire year ’round. Whether he’s roasting marshmallows with friends or solo star gazing in the backyard, this wearable blanket will keep him cozy and warm with a hood and sleeping bag effect. Fair warning, though, it’s so cozy, he’ll probably never want to take it off.
Tom Ford Ombré Leather Eau de Parfum
Cologne is always a top gift for men because the scent must be personal to him. Tom Ford’s Ombre Leather fragrance is rugged and masculine with a warm and sensual edge. It’s an inviting fragrance that’s smooth and luxurious. It makes a great gift for new relationships, husbands and boyfriends, especially because you’ll enjoy it just as much as him.
Fly By Jing Zhong Sauce
Get your man a spicy sauce that instantly elevates, well — pretty much any dish. The Fly by Jing Zhong sauce is a viral internet sensation. They call it a “concoction of aromatic fuzhi soy sauce.” It’s slow-brewed with brown sugar, mushrooms, garlic and a blend of spices for a sweet, tangy, spicy and umami-rich flavor bomb. He’ll put it on veggies, ribs, salmon, eggs, dumplings, noodles and so much more.
Dangerous Experiments for After Dinner Card Game
After-dinner card games are always a good idea. The wine and conversation are flowing, and at this point in the night, everyone’s usually satiated. But Dangerous Experiments from Uncommon Goods will bring any dinner party to an entirely new level. A funny gift for him to play with friends, consider it the adult version of truth or dare (minus the truth) with a scientific and experiential twist. It involves team building and critical thinking and isn’t for the fainthearted.
York Athletics Via All-Terrain
Gifting shoes can be tricky — you’ll need to know the recipient’s style, preferred activities and of course, their shoe size. But York Athletics’ Via All-Terrain sneaker simplifies the category of gifting shoes. A great bang-for-your-buck silhouette, the pair is equal parts sleek and functional — complete with a hiking boot-style tread (it’s no wonder this is a trainer-approved pick). You can wear them to the gym, on the trail and around town in all types of weather.
Grillo’s Hot Pickle Spears
If he’s a pickle lover that has yet to try Grillo’s hot spears, he hasn’t lived. Anyone who’s hooked on Grillo’s will tell you just how superior they are. This Boston-based small biz is now in stores nationwide and can even be ordered on Amazon via Whole Foods. The brand even recently launched merch (and drops custom pickle sneakers on occasion), so get ready for all things Grillo to become his new obsession.
Tombolo ‘The Blues’ Cabana Shirt
There’s a special something about a man wearing Tombolo, which is why this cabana shirt makes a great unique gift for him. Whether he’s into fashion or not, he’ll love the cool factor this shirt brings to his wardrobe. The brand is playful and charming with a vintage nod that will instantly transport him to the south of France or the Italian seaside. And hey, who doesn’t want a special occasion shirt to feel confident, stylish and care-free in? Tom Bolo’s ‘The Blues’ Cabana shirt will be his new go-to for those memorable nights out.
Burton Ridge Cargo Pant
When you think of Burton, you probably instantly think of stellar snowboarding equipment. While you’re not wrong, the brand actually has so much more to offer. It creates rugged and durable outdoor clothing that is easy to move in and comfortable to wear. These technical pants will be his new favorite for the trailhead, airplane, skatepark and for general exploration. They’re made from a stretchy ripstop fabric for maximum range of motion to support jumps, stretches leaps and more. Plus, the zippered pockets keeps his keys, wallet and phone at bay.
CamelBak M.U.L.E. Pro 14 Hydration Pack
Hydration is the key to success. That’s why this pack makes the perfect Christmas gift for the guy who loves hiking, biking and the great outdoors. CamelBak’s new M.U.L.E. Pro 14 Hydration pack will keep him hydrated on the move, while also regulating his body temperature. After just one use, he’ll never be able to adventure without this again.
Jaxon Lane Bro Mask
Guys deserve a self-care Sunday, too. Jaxon Lane’s viral Bro Mask has won multiple awards for the best face mask for men. It’s an ultra-hydrating sheet mask that simultaneously soothes, plumps and rejuvenates the skin through all-natural ingredients. These make a great stocking stuffer for the bro in your life.
House of Marley Stir it Up Turntable
Turntables are back and better than ever. The Stir It Up turntable from House of Marley has a two-speed belt with a built-in amplifier. It’s made with sustainable materials and offers a modern design nodding to the old-time, natural-wood aesthetic. Pair it with his favorite album on vinyl and it’ll be his best Christmas gift of the year.
Nocs Provisions Waterproof Binoculars
If he’s an outdoors-lover and doesn’t carry a pair of binoculars, he doesn’t know what he’s missing. Be the person to show him (pun intended) with a stylish new pair of Nocs Waterproof binoculars. They’re pocket-sized and ergonomically designed so he can seamlessly scope out wildlife, foliage and stars.
Scentered Five-Minute Foot Mat & Aromatherapy Balm
The combination of accupressure and aromatherapy works wonders on total-body wellness. The prickly points help break up tension in the entire body while the essential-oil infused aromatherapy balms helps with relaxation. It’s the easiest (and healthiest) way to take the edge off after a long day. This practice is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and can unlock pressure points in the head, neck and chest — all through the feet.
Yeti Tundra Haul Wheeled Cooler
Every man’s life improves the day he becomes the proud owner of a Yeti cooler. The Yeti Tundra Haul has wheels for easy transportation to the tailgate, beach campsite and party. He’ll have it forever thanks to its unmatched insulation, durability and style.
Mitchell & Ness NBA Jersey
To basketball fans, vintage NBA jerseys are like collectors’ items (even if they’re not one of a kind). Just in time for Christmas, you can now score a variety of All Star jerseys straight from Zappos, like this Shaquille O’neal version — although go ahead and let him think you spent hours bidding on this. We won’t tell.
Aloono 11-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set
Many men became mixologists during quarantine, and now it’s time to make it official with a stylish 11-piece cocktail shaker set. This professional-grade cocktail-making kit is complete with a two shakers, three different strainers, a muddler, bar spoon, ice tong and two liquor pourers.
JBL Clip 4
The JBL Clip 4 is a small-but-mighty portable speaker that can be clipped onto to just about anything. It’s equipped with ten hours of playtime, a shockingly punchy base and an IP67 water and dustproof rating — meaning it won’t be ruined even if you full submerge it in a pool. It’s a great last-minute Christmas gift for him that can arrive at your door tomorrow, thanks to Amazon Prime.
Miansai Casing Rope Wrap Bracelet
Jewelry for men is having a major moment, especially those with mixed media constructions. Miansai’s casing rope wrap bracelet is a great new relationship gift idea for him that serves as a stylish reminder of the special bond you share. Everything from the brand is vintage-inspired and handmade, making this even more of a cool gift for him.
Day Owl The Backpack
Day Owl’s signature backpack was made with just about every little detail you could imagine. There’s a luggage flap, laptop sleeve, sunglasses pouch and even a side zippered compartment strategically measured to fit a bottle of wine — so he’ll find a home for just about everything. Plus, the brand prioritizes sustainability, offering a circular program in which you can take your bag back whenever you’re ready for an upgrade. Each pack is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, too.
Birkenstock Unisex Arizona EVA Sandal
Birkenstocks are another pair of shoes every man should own, and the brand’s Arizona EVA sandals are hard not to love. Unlike the classic Arizonas, these are made with a poly material that makes them feel virtually weightless on the feet. Essentially, he’ll get the same comfort, support and ergonomics of an iconic Birkenstock shoe with the ease of a Croc.
Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Vest
Vest season is upon us, and Arc’teryx leads the charge with this insulated Atom vest. One of the most technically versatile pieces of clothing he’ll ever own, it features exceptional insulation capabilities via a lightweight and breathable material that will keep him warm without the bulk. Plus, it polished enough for the office, so he can even wear it beyond the weekend.
EZB Shoe Storage
Now, this is a truly unique gift that any sneakerhead will love. Help him show off his most prized possession, aka his sneaker collection, with these shoe storage boxes from EZB. They’re easy to assemble and connect to one another via a magnetic system for when it’s time to acquire a new sneaker drop. Start with a two-pack or go big with 12 to inspire more sneaker shopping.
Jot Ultra Coffee
Instant coffee gets a bad rap from coffee connoisseurs (usually because it deserves it). However, Jot’s instant coffee might be the only exception to this claim. It has over 10,000 near-perfect reviews that rave about its exquisitely balanced taste and powerful caffeine kick. It’s an easy-to-pour bottle of the purest, most concentrated form of liquid coffee, made to be mixed in with hot or iced water. The result is a local coffee-shop worthy brew in under 60 seconds.
Saxx Vibe Super Soft Jersey Underwear
Once a guy goes Saxx, he won’t want to wear any other underwear. The cult-favorite underwear brand made its claim to fame with its patented BallPark pouch, which gently hammocks his goods with soft, breathable material for total support and freedom to move. Made of super soft jersey, the Vibe silhouette is a form-fitting brief he’ll never want to take off.
Elastic No Tie Shoelaces
A great stocking stuffer gift for him, these elastic no-tie shoelaces are pretty genius. They turn any shoe into a slip-on, so he’ll never have to worry about tying laces again. Consider these a safety precaution and a major time saver.
Boy Smells Cashmere Kush
Every bachelor pad needs a Boy Smells Cashmere Kush scented candle, period. He’ll get fifty hours of burn time with a luxurious mix of scents, including cannabis flower, cashmere wood, white amber, vetiver, tulip, and powdery musk. It instantly adds a cool factor to any room.
L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Pullover Sweater
Sweaters are always a top Christmas gift for any man, but a collaborative silhouette (especially from some of his favorite labels) is extra special. This season, go for the L.L. Bean x Todd Snyder Pullover, which offers the perfect marriage of cozy comfort and heritage style.
TealsPrairie Whiskey Scotch Glass Set
A personalized Christmas gift will never steer you wrong, especially when it’s in the category of drinking. This custom whisky/scotch glass from Etsy comes engraved with a coordinating wood box to make wind-down time feel like a fancy ritual.
Putt About It Par Three Putting Green
With the perfect golf gifts for him, he’ll feel like a kid again opening up toys on Christmas morning. This putting green is portable, so he can turn his office, basement, garage or patio into a mini golf course and practice for the most crucial moment when all the pressure is on. Watch how his mood improves after a few weeks of using this, mostly because he’ll start to win on the golf course and come home with high spirits.
Raen Remmy Sunglasses
Raen’s Remmy sunglasses are a statement piece that won’t go out of style. They’re sophisticated and refined, yet feel like a unique gift for him because of their standout colorway. Raen is a SoCal-based brand, offering vintage-inspired items with a modern flare.
Cuisinart Convection Toaster Oven Airfryer
Air fryers are great and all, but it’s not ideal when a bulky one-function item takes up precious kitchen space. Cuisinart to the rescue. This convection oven bakes, broils, roasts, toasts and fries and more. It eliminates both the toaster oven and air fryer to bring him one stellar product full of custom cooking options and adjustable presets. Dinner just got easier, tastier and quicker.
Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones
There are no headphones on the market quite like the Bose QuietComfort 45. Audiophiles rejoice in the noise-cancelling technology that mimics theater-like sound with exceptionally clear audio and a punchy base. Plus, the technology brings over 24 hours of battery life, an optimized active equalizer and various modes along the noise-cancelling spectrum. Not to mention, the over-the-ear comfort both looks and feels luxurious on the head. These babies are worth every pretty penny.
Merrell Hydro Moc Water Shoes
Somewhere between the Yeezy Foam Runner shoes and Crocs clogs lies the Merrell Hydro Moc Water Shoes. The great thing about this of-the-moment athleisure footwear style is that it’s actually made for performance. So, while it will add street cred to his off-duty looks, it’s also great to wear during outdoor water adventures with its sturdy rubber upper and gripped outsole.
Geekera 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Dock Station
Help him organize his nightstand with a techy docking station that can both house and charge his items. This Geeka wireless charger dock station features an iPhone easel, watch hook and AirPods plate. It supports simultaneous charging of three different devices through one plug in.
Zorpads Odor Eliminating Shoe Inserts
Zorpads might sound like a real gag of a gift in a stocking stuffer size, but take it from us footwear experts — these tiny fabric square really work. Birthed by Shark Tank, this product is made from NASA-tested technology to destroy even the smelliest odor. Simply stick one in each shoe and smell the freshness for up to sixty wears.