Buying gifts for men is tricky. Some men have a particular hobby or interest that makes it easy, but for many of us, there isn’t a ‘go-to’ type of gift we know will be a home run. And most of us are past the point of giving ‘stuff’ that isn’t needed or wanted. We want a gift to be useful/bring joy and not be one that causes waste.
Here is our FabList of suggestions for gifts for the men in our lives.
- Pickleball Set – If he doesn’t yet play, introduce him to the sport with a set of racquets and balls!. You could even throw in a portable net to put in the driveway or cul-de-sac for neighborhood play!
- Solo Stove Outdoor Smokeless Firepit – For a little backyard ‘smokeless’ ambiance.
- Goodr Sunglasses – Great styles and they are cheap enough that he can have multiple pairs (one for the car, one for home). Tons of styles from which to choose.
- Vuori Clothing – My husband LOVES their workout shorts, fancier shorts, everyday pants, jogger, and collared shirts. Basically, it’s his wardrobe everyday.
- Alex Mill shirts or sweaters or jackets! The company was founded to ‘make the perfect men’s shirts’ so a LOT of time and attention to detail has gone into these shirts and they are beautiful and stylish.
- Peter Millar Pullover Quarter Zip – This is the best gift I’ve given my husband (thanks for the rec Joanne!). He now has it in 3 colors and wears one EVERY SINGLE DAY for work. And for a cashmere quarter zip option, Quince offers lots of colors from which to choose. Quince’s full zip fisherman’s cashmere sweater is also a good choice.
- Stanley Tumbler – the ‘It’ insulated option these days.
- Wine Chiller Stick – Pop it in to keep wine cool, then pour from it’s ‘spout’. Pair it with a Rabbit wine opener, a set of Bar Tools, and a set of Repour items to keep wine fresh (great stocking stuffer). Also why not include a great lemon/ lime squeezer to have at the bar area?
- Shoes: If someone in your family is looking for casual shoes the Tevas, the Birkenstock Arizonas, Blundstone boots, and the Boston birks are super popular right now.
- Wireless Meat Thermometer – Whether he’s cooking or you are – it really works great!
- An item of clothing from one of their schools/teams/places of their childhood. My husband played tennis in college so enjoyed getting a new tennis shirt from his Alma Mater one year, and a hat from his high school that I was able to find another year. This year I have another surprise in store for him from his past that I’m hoping he’ll like (I can’t write it here as he might read about it!).
- Cotopaxi Toiletries Bag…or to use for tech cords/gear! – Whether for toiletries or to carry tech/cords when he travels (it’s a great one for that purpose!), we love this Cotopaxi option. Also great for women!
- Cashmere Beanie – comes in lots of color options. Or a cashmere baseball cap if beanies aren’t their style but they still want their heads to stay warm! These are great for women as well.
- SHOKZ Bone Conduction Sport Headphones: As they slip over your ears instead of in them (music vibrating thorugh your bones), you can listen to music AND hear your surroundings for a safer bike ride or run.
- Backyard Portable Pizza Oven: This portable pizza oven turns a backyard bbq into a pizza party. Small footprint/portable/great pizza! Connects to propane (or can get option with wood pellets).
The men in my life HATE to shop so Christmas is the perfect time to give them a wardrobe refresh, restock the basics (yes, boring but necessary) and maybe upgrade an item or two they’ve been wearing since the turn of the century.
- Barbour Coat: I gave this coat to my husband and son last year and it was a hit. It is diamond-quilted, detailed with a stand collar, and lined in soft fleece. It’s very cozy, good in the elements, and a classic. I’m seeing lots of vests out and about these days, so this might make an appearance under the tree.
- Lululemon ABC Pants: My family poo-pooed this pant until they tried it and it’s now a solid birthday and Christmas gift request. Available in multiple colors and lengths, made with 4-way stretch material, this pant is designed for the ‘man on the move’. This might be TMI but the description says “our ABC™ technology uses an ergonomic gusset to remove tension from the crotch of our pants”! Sounds more comfortable to me!
- The Basics: Utilitarian yet necessary, now is the time to restock the shelves with some fresh basics:
- Underwear. These go-to boxer/briefs are a repeat purchase. No pinch. No stink. No sweat! For a more traditional boxer, these are key. And fresh white undershirts complete the underwear drawer re-fresh!
- Socks. Smartwool socks for play and these for dressier occasions.
- Layers: Smartwool layering pieces are smart-and-functional base layers you need for warmth and breathability as you make your way through winter. Made from merino wool, this top, or this one, and bottoms will keep you warm and comfortable all day.
- The Ultimate Sock Set Gift! Bombas 12 sock gift set.
- Toiletries: Now is the perfect time to introduce or replenish skincare items! Try the Jack Black products or these from Clinique.
- UGG Slippers: Popular in our house is this smartly designed slipper that’s shaped from exceptionally smooth leather and fitted with a smart rubber traction sole. No slip! This one is trending now and looks very comfy!
- Books/Learning: For the ‘always learning’ folks, a MasterClass subscription would be a great gift. For books:
- American Prometheus (not a new book – it was first published in 2005): The basis for Oppenheimer, the movie that everyone’s talking about.
- How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. From the creator of The Good Place and the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,400 years of deep thinking from around the world.
- Project Hail Mary: From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science—in development as a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling.
- Desert Star: For Bosch fans. LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch team up to hunt the brutal killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.
- Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia MD with Bill Gifford. A groundbreaking manifesto on living better and longer that challenges the conventional medical thinking on aging and reveals a new approach to preventing chronic disease and extending long-term health, from a visionary physician and leading longevity expert.
For the Animal Lover:
How awesome are these sweatshirts (or tees or paintings) made from a photo you provide them! The animals name goes on the cuff :).
Other Gift Guide Blogs You Might Enjoy:
Gift Guide: Items for Young Adults
Gift Guide: Things for In-Laws
Gift Guide: Things We’d Like Under the Tree for us
Gift Guide: Girlfriends
Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts and ‘Wrap Closet’ Needs
Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers
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