Struggling with finding the right and non-lame gift for your hubby, brother, or significant other? I’ve got you covered. As a tomboy, I’m in on the pulse when it comes to things guys gush about, and what’s overdone. I’m using my dude-like interests this week to give you a shortlist of things you may not have heard of when it comes to shopping for your favorite man. Hold off on the toolsets and slippers: these are the gifts guys actually want. It’s even been signed off on by my brother for added peace of mind.
For the Minimalist
If the guy your buying for isn’t much of a stocking stuffer lover, there’s still hope! Instead, opt for things that will integrate into their daily routines by optimizing their time. Translation: gifts guys actually want.
Sonos Move: Give the gift of quality sound this Christmas! If your guy is a music lover, a Sonos is a must. Expertly crafted to deliver the sound music producers created music to sound like, it’s a huge upgrade to an iHome or even the standard Beats or Bose product. I have had Bose and Beats in the past and can confidently say it’s the best speaker I’ve ever used. You can choose between the travel-friendly option or the home option depending on your guy’s needs. I like the Move, as you can transition in outdoors for entertaining and indoors for daily use. It’s BlueTooth enabled, and everyone in your party can download the app and queue up songs!
MoveWith: If the man your shopping for loves to workout, and also leads a busy life or unconventional work schedule, this awesome fitness subscription app is a winner. MoveWith is offering a 3-month membership for the holidays, so it’s a great way to try it out. The best part? It’s less than $8 per month, bringing the net cost under $25. Once logged into his account, he will be able to choose from a variety of workouts from HIIT, running, yoga, meditation, and much more. All the workouts are doable most anywhere, even in their own home! You’re giving a gift of power to control his own workouts without fighting with his current professional schedule.
Cool Gel Memory Foam Pillow: Getting great sleep is always in style. If your guy hates gifts, give him something that he can use every single day! I have this particular pillow along with my Tempurpedic one and love it. It’s a staple for summer months in the city when the weather is unbearably hot.
quip Toothbrush: Great smiles are also always in style. If you haven’t seen this techie hipster toothbrush on social media yet, I’m here to tell you that it’s worth the hype. Several of my male co-workers have one of these and can vouch that it’s a great choice. This won’t take up tons of counter space in his city apartment either like Sonicares, so it’s easy to integrate for a minimalist.
Tom Ford Black Bifold Leather Wallet: This is practical and GQ as hell. This makes a classy luxe gift for any guy. The simple design makes it practical for less fashion-forward men, and the size is practical for back pockets and card space.
The Morph Collapsible Foam Roller: This takes up little to no room at home, and is a killer travel companion, perfect for someone active that travels or hates having extra gadgets taking up space around the house. It’s easily stored on a bookshelf or under the couch for easy storage.
For the Active Outdoorsy Guy
Would you guy rather spend his time amid the great outdoors than a fancy meal or drink out? These picks will up his game when it comes to his expeditions and how he documents them. These are the gifts these guys actually want:
DJI Osmo Pocket Handheld Gimbal: DJI is the leader when it comes to killer tech like drones, etc. If he loves making videos to document his travels, this incredible piece of gear is a must. It stabilizes video content while you run or hike, making for some killer content! It fits all phones universally, so it makes an easy fit for everyone. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require a ton of practice to get it going. It’s easy to pack too.
North Face Base Camp Duffel: The most universal and rugged bag on the market. This bag is not only resistant to tears, but it’s also waterproof, making it a solid investment for travel, backpacking, and all outdoor sports. My brother has several of them in various sizes, and it’s one piece of gear that has proved it’s worth over the years. If it can withstand military deployments, countless BASE jumping expeditions, and more, it will deliver for your guy too! If he has a lot of outdoor toys, opt for the bigger option here and here.
Glossier Invisible Shield: Guys need skin care too! If you guy hates applying sunscreen because of the terrible smell, this one is bound to do the trick. It’s small too, so it’s easy to pack into his daypack or ruck. It makes a great stocking stuffer! This has been brother approved as well, so if you’re worried it seems girly, it’s not.
Allbirds Trino Hiders Ankle Socks: Trade out his cotton socks for a killer wool upgrade, that will help him stay blister-free during workouts and work.
For the Extra Guy
We all have an extra AF GQ gentleman in our lives. They’re often the hardest to shop for, as most already have it all. These gifts are guaranteed to impress and play into their elevated sense of style and efficiency!
Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle: This was a gift for one of my previous relationships, and I can say it was very well received. The scent of this particular candle gives off a very classy yet masculine aroma, making it a killer piece for someone who entertains or simply likes to retreat to an extra-luxe man cave. No guy will actually buy it themselves, but when given as a gift, it’s been rated as a killer pick.
MONTBLANC Card Holder: For a slim wallet option, this piece delivers. It’s bougie yet practical and will last for years to come. It’s under $150 as well.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone: If you guy is a techie, this one is one hell of a gift. While on the pricey side, it’s a solid investment for guys that travel a lot or like to do lots of cool things outdoors. It does take a learning curve, so if they’re a gadget head, it’s perfect. I got the chance to play around with one in Moab with the guys, and have to say it’s freaking cool AF.
Ethan+Ashe Alkemista Infusion Vessel : This is a killer gift for the top shelf liquor loving guy, as you can infuse literally everything from truffles to herbs for a twist on home cocktails. Give this to the guy that loves to host! This also works for iced teas and any other drink you can imagine, so if they’re not a big drinker, it’s still a solid gift. For a more price-friendly option, try this one instead.
GoPro HERO8: This is a great starter GoPro for anyone looking to take their videos to the next level and right around $200. You’ll get 1080p video at up to 60fps, and connects via WiFi or Bluetooth. For an extra $100, set him up with the full starter pack of accessories!