30 Holiday Gifts Perfect for the Guys in Your Life
Out of everyone on your list, shopping for the men is arguably the most challenging. 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. 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 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.
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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.
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.
Made of sustainable materials, Arbor skateboards deliver the smoothest-possible ride.
Shop Now: Arbor Pilsner Flagship Skateboard, $169.95, arborcollective.com.
Gift him a place to store all of his favorite cocktail-making ingredients, from his go-to gin to that special-occasion bourbon. The best part? This sleek option, created exclusively for Martha's Perry Street furniture collection, will only enhance your living room.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Lionel Bar Cart, $319.99, wayfair.com.
If he carries hot sauce with him everywhere, flag this brand for him. All of Red Clay's many flavor options, from the Original formula to Hot Honey, send sparks.
Shop Now: Red Clay Hot Sauce, from $10 per bottle, redclayhotsauce.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.
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.
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.
Designer Jono Pandolfi has spent decades perfecting this handmade stoneware pot's form so it pours like a dream and keeps his favorite brew hot.
Shop Now: Jono Pandolfi Teapot, $120, jonopandolfi.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.
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.
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.
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.
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-$135, 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.
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.
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.
The Noma Guide to Fermentation
If you can't fly him to Copenhagen for dinner, 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.
Fire up his inner top chef with Entube's collection of fiery hot sauce cooking "pastes" (the tubes look as robust as their contents inside).
Shop Now: Entube Gourmet Hot Sauce Sampler, $12.95, amazon.com.
Forthave Spirits Marseille Amaro is a smooth blend of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and honey that your honey can sip neat or mix into Manhattans, Negronis, and more.
Shop Now: Forthave Spirits Marseille Amaro, $27.96, astorwines.com.
Never underestimate the power of cashmere socks—he sure won't.
Shop Now: Garnet Hill Men's Classic Cashmere Socks, $44, garnethill.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, marchsf.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.
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, amazon.com.
Protect the hands you love holding with these buttery-soft leather gloves.
Shop Now: J. Crew Leather Gloves with Wool-Cashmere Lining, $98, jcrew.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.
Make "safety first!" stylish and more convenient than ever with this sleek and ultra-lightweight folding helmet. With a one-size-fits-all design available in a variety of colors from matte black to stunning silver, he can finally live out his best Evel Knievel life—and look good doing it.
Shop Now: Morpher Helmet Flatfold Helmet, $99, morpherhelmet.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.