45 Holiday Gifts Perfect for the Guys in Your Life
Here are our top picks for your dad, brother, or significant other.
Out of everyone on your list, shopping for the men is arguably the most challenging—add in the fact that the mall or his favorite brick-and-mortar store has limited hours this year, and it's easy to feel that much more frustrated. Whether he's your dad, your significant other, or brother, he has a broad set of interests that go far beyond the generic; which means that go-to plaid button-up or bottle of bourbon probably won't hit the mark (unless it's really good bourbon, that is). Enter the following holiday gifts for him, which are much more on his level (and all of them can be ordered online). From new-age takes on the classics (think sleek bottle openers, smokeless grills, gourmet hot sauce, and shaving soap with a formula that's two centuries old) to presents he definitely won't see coming (a skateboard made of sustainable materials, for example), there's something on our list for guys that's bound to help with yours.
And while we can't know exactly who you're shopping for, we did take a stab at catering to his interests. Is he a burgeoning culinary maestro who transforms your kitchen island into a chef's table, where you can watch him work? Expand his horizons by setting him up with cultural cookbooks, an epic steak set, and the best-possible knives, or treat him to a microgreens kit, which he can use to grow his own herbs. If he's more of a mixologist than a chef, put the ahead fermentation guide on his radar (he can brew his own kombucha!) or gift him a bottle of our favorite Amaro (an herbal liqueur), which he can use to spike his signature Negronis. Is he a bookworm? Note the paper-thin brass bookmarks—they'll help him keep his place in the 10-plus novels he currently has in rotation.
Ahead, you'll find a broad lineup of presents that are sure to speak to whatever he's into. Whether you're looking to elevate his every day with must-have essentials like a sneaker cleaning kit or cashmere sweater or helping him expand beyond his usual routine, these gifts are sure to impress him.
A gift for man's best friend is a gift for man. Best of all, this dog beg is neutral and unobtrusive—and, thanks to its removable cover, completely washable.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Charlie" Four-Sided Bolster with Removable Cover, $52.99, wayfair.com.
If he's a coffee enthusiast, he'll appreciate Martha's range of bold, but balanced beans.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Coffee, from $9.99, amazon.com.
Rabbit Hole Whiskey
Some things are worth waiting for, as evidenced by Rabbit Hole's limited-edition Boxergrail Founder's Collection Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey; each batch was aged for six years. Shopping for a guy who loves whiskey? He'll appreciate this citrus, spiced flavor and vanilla finish of this one.
Shop Now: Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Founder's Collection Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, price dependent on region, rabbitholedistillery.com.
Hot Sauce Sampler
With incremental heat levels—including mild, medium, and hot—this set is perfect for a hot sauce lover looking to expand his palette.
Shop Now: Queen Majesty Hot Sauce Trinity Sampler, $21.95, amazon.com.
Cooking in Marfa
Cooking in Marfa, by Virginia Lebermann and chef Rocky Barnette, owners of the town's culinary hot spot Capri, is packed with tasty recipes and entertaining essays about the West Texas art mecca—and it's photographed by Living friend and fellow local Douglas Friedman.
Shop Now: Cooking in Marfa, $28.99, amazon.com.
Color him cozy in an extra-soft (and cost-effective) cashmere crewneck.
Shop Now: J. Crew Classic Navy Sweater, $118, jcrew.com.
Treat the number one guy in your life to a pair of sleek, versatile boots. This timeless pair can be dressed up or down, making them a great choice for everyday use or special occasions. The waterproof fabrication and incredible leather detailing make them all-around winners.
Shop Now: Red Wing Heritage "Classic Moc" in Copper, $289, redwingshoes.com.
Everyone needs a great portable speaker, especially the music-lover in your life. This waterproof option is a better alternative to his old Bluetooth iteration—made from 90% recycled plastic, it's a gift you can feel good about giving.
Shop Now: JBL Flip 5 Eco Edition, $89.95, walmart.com.
Coffee (or soup—it's that big!) stays piping-hot (and water icy-cold) in the near-indestructible, leakproof Yeti Rambler 26-ounce bottle. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe.
Shop Now: Yeti Rambler with Chug Cap, $40, yeti.com.
These block-printed, organic-cotton bandanas are an urban cowboy's answer to the pocket square.
Shop Now: Les Indiennes Fanny Bandanas, from $25, lesindiennes.com.
Oysters don't have to be an out-to-eat delicacy. Set him up with the correct tools, like this shucking knife, so he can take matters into his own hands.
Shop Now: R. Murphy Oyster Knives, $38.50, rmurphyknives.com.
Family Games Basket
Kick off a holiday tradition with this handwoven family-games basket. It holds a deck of cards and cribbage and checkers boards, and scores extra points for wholesome fun.
Shop Now: Peterboro Basket Co. Family Games Basket, $125, peterborobasket.com.
Designed by Craighill in Brooklyn and forged in Cleveland, this brass ripple bottle opener feels substantial in your hands and handles like a dream.
Shop Now: West Elm Craighill Ripple Bottle Opener, $56, westelm.com.
Have a toss-and-turner when it comes to bidding goodnight? Thanks to this new device, which simulate the natural light's daily cycle of rising and setting, he'll be waking up refreshed and drifting off into sweet dreams in no time.
Shop Now: Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake Up Light Therapy Lamp, $199.99, amazon.com.
Buy him a few pairs of these socks, which come in a range of neutral colors—he'll wear them all winter long.
Shop Now: State Cashmere Socks, $39, statecashmere.com.
He'll commandeer the kitchen (and govern the grill) in this bib apron made of ultra-durable denim, with leather straps and slots to stash a dish towel, phone, and meat thermometer.
Shop Now: Cayson Aprons Rachel Bib in Indigo, $157, caysondesigns.com.
Cross-Stitch World Map
X marks the spot of on this cross-stitch map by Emma Royston for Suck UK. It comes with four different embroidery thread colors for cool customization, so he can mark where he wants to go any way he'd like.
Shop Now: SUCK UK Mini Cross-Stitch World Map, $21.49, amazon.com.
Brass Tool Set
His handiness will know no bounds as he wields the compact tool set, which holds two screwdriver bits, a hook knife, a gimlet, and a corkscrew.
Shop Now: Garrett Wade Brass Capsule Multitool Set $38, garrettwade.com.
Expand your favorite home chef's borders with Sonoko Sakai's essential guide to Japanese home cooking.
Shop Now: Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors, $36, amazon.com.
Sneaker Cleaning Kit
Keep your sneaker aficionado's kicks looking their best with this handy kit, which includes two bottles of cleaning fluid, a suede and canvas cleaning brush, and a how-to manual. Plus, it packs up neat into a travel tin for on-the-go use.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Sneaker Cleaning Kit, $14, potterybarn.com.
The Noma Guide to Fermentation
No one is flying to Copenhagen these days, so nab The Noma Guide to Fermentation, which shares the world-famous Danish restaurant's recipes for kombucha, misos, and more.
Shop Now: The Noma Guide to Fermentation, $23.49, amazon.com.
The wood geek in your life will appreciate the beauty of this handsome vase made with a solid piece of California buck-eye burl. Plus, it's a reason for him to finally display some blooms.
Shop Now: Melanie Abrantes One-of-a-Kind Wood Buck-Eye Burl Wood Bud Vase, $78.25, etsy.com.
Made of sustainable materials, Arbor skateboards deliver the smoothest-possible ride.
Shop Now: Arbor Pilsner Flagship Skateboard, $169.95, arborcollective.com.
For a closer-than-close shave (as in, "Wow, my skin feels amazing!"), throw it back to goods Caswell-Massey has been making since 1752. This particular herbal soap formula was found buried in a handwritten leather-bound book from the 1800s and still holds up today.
Shop Now: Caswell-Massey "Regents" Premium Shaving Soap, $34, caswellmassey.com.
If he's your favorite bookworm, these paper-thin, die-cut brass bookmarks will help him keep his place (get him multiple if he's a three-book-at-a-time kind of guy).
Shop Now: Octaevo Barcelona Bookmarks, $18, hausofhanz.com.
Get the best-possible lather by adding the brand's iconic shave brush to his grooming arsenal.
Shop Now: Caswell-Massey Chrome Shave Brush, $72, caswellmassey.com.
This time piece has a durable crystal face and comes in 10 sharp-as-he-is color combinations.
Shop Now: Shinola Detrola Watch, $395, shinola.com.
Florida-based Yield Design created six intoxicating incense scents inspired by famous architects (desert rose and amber nods to Frank Lloyd Wright; vetiver and palo santo is an ode to Carlo Scarpa).
Shop Now: Yield Design Incense, $15 for 15 hand-rolled sticks, yielddesign.co.
A personal salad bar of delicious and healthy organic microgreens grows in a week from this windowsill (and zero waste) kit by Back to the Roots. And for every one you buy and post on social media with the hashtag #GrowOneGiveOne, the company will donate one to a classroom of your choosing.
Shop Now: Back to the Roots Organic Microgreens Kit, $33.60, backtotheroots.com.
Essential Cashmere Sweater
Thanks to the sustainable clothing makers behind Naadam, you can now snag ethically sourced cashmere sweaters without breaking the bank. He'll love his cozy new pullover, and you'll adore the price.
Shop Now: Naadam The Essential Cashmere Sweater, $75, naadam.com.
This all-natural essential oil-based body care line was made with the fitness enthusiast in mind. He'll enjoy a little self-care with any of the handsomely packaged products—especially the heavenly foot soak.
Shop Now: WILL Skin Care, from $10, wayofwill.com.
This handmade leather jump rope by Kalon will make fitness lovers' hearts race.
Shop Now: Kalon Leather Jump Rope, from $95, kalonstudios.com.
Jenni Earle designs her understated, made-in-America bandanas in honor of her grandpa, who always carries one in his pocket. Now, your guy can, too.
Shop Now: Jenni Earle Bandannas, from $32, jenniearle.com.
Slice in style with Nontron's stainless steel and wood-burned boxwood knives, made by France's oldest cutlery forge.
Shop Now: Nontron Wood-Burned Boxwood Country Kitchen Knives, from $40, coutellerie.com.
Smokeless Fire Pit
Your outdoorsy guy will love BioLite's new FirePit, a portable smokeless wood and charcoal burning grill that can cook meals and function as a fire pit. The best part: It's made with a patented airflow technology that keeps pesky smoke in check and allows you to control the size of flames manually or remotely via Bluetooth.
Shop Now: BioLite Outdoor Smokeless Fire Pit Grill, $199.95, bioliteenergy.com.
Help him keep essentials organized (and earbuds untangled) with this sleek leather tech envelope. We like that it's monogrammable.
Shop Now: Mark & Graham Leather Tech Envelope, from $124.99 each, markandgraham.com.
Spoil the cook with these handcrafted kitchen accessories. Each metal utensil is coated with a vegan mix of candelilla wax and coconut oil to preserve its polished surface.
Shop Now: Black Swan Handmade Kitchen Tools, from $22 each, blackswanhandmade.com.