Gift Ideas for Guys – Over 150 Affordable Things to Ask For

Gift ideas for guys - Over 150 affordable gifts for men

Gift Ideas for Men

The older we get the harder it is to create a gift wish list. It’s not because we stop yearning for toys, it’s that anything we want in the normal gift-giving price range, we’ve probably already bought for ourselves. So Primer is tasked with one simple goal: What are some cool things we’d like to have, but don’t want to pay for? What follows are gadgets, essentials, and upgrades that’ll still give you that Red Ryder BB Gun smile come Christmas morn.

Our biggest and most interactive gift guide ever: gift ideas for guys.

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What is Primer Approved?
On some of the gift ideas there’s a small “Primer Approved” badge. This is a classification for some of the products we’ve tested hands-on and feel they’re worth the money. Companies can’t pay for this distinction: The product we used must have met both the advertised promises and our expectations.


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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply December 3, 2016

    Justin Rogers

    Great list! I’ll probably use it to for my brother and father this season.

    As a note the Escort Radar / Laser Detector $150 has a picture of leather watch strap. I thought “Well that’s a unique design for a laser detector…”

    • Reply December 3, 2016


      Haha! Blast! Thanks for the catch. 😀

  • Reply December 3, 2016

    Alex Bear

    Great list. My family doesn’t give gifts, but my better half’s family loves showering gifts on one another, and I love the cheap options here I will actually use, and won’t feel bad to ask for.

  • Reply December 3, 2016


    Very nice list!

  • Reply December 3, 2016

    LS Truth

    Great list, Andrew. Many of these items are already on my “to keep an eye out for list”. I wanted to provide the heads up that under the “Boot Upgrade” section you have the Red Wing “Beckman” listed as Thursday Boot Co.

  • Reply December 5, 2016

    Zac Silk

    That Gap waffle henley is great. I’ve got a few of them in different colours and wear them non stop. My favourite would have to be the off white colour though.

  • Reply December 5, 2016


    Primer Gents, I need help! Can anyone recommend a list like this for women?

  • Reply December 16, 2016


    Amazon Prime is only $50 + first 6 months free if you use an EDU email address. You get 2 day shipping, Amazon video, music, ebooks, and Amazon PrimeNow grocery delivery (free, but a tip is norm) in select areas (big cities). Its a great deal and if you search around the net some colleges offer free EDU emails.

  • Reply December 23, 2016


    Awesome list, always comes in handy whether for myself or my “man” gift at the family Christmas.
    Off topic question: kind of surprised the Christmas Getup hasn’t been posted yet, but where my predicament comes into play is southeast Texas weather…will be creeping up on 80* while at my families tomorrow afternoon. Any ideas or get up recommendations for an almost summer Christmas? Casual family get together, jeans or chinos. Never too dressy.

    Thanks again and keep em coming! Happy holidays (merry Christmas and happy new year) to you and yours!

  • Reply January 6, 2017

    Ryan C. Benton

    This Shower Head is back ordered on Amazon…again. It’s been over 30 days. Any recommendations for an alternative?

  • Reply October 21, 2017

    Valters Bulks

    Was previously browsing – but your list has a lot more products and choices. Thanks.

  • Reply November 15, 2017


    Superb list! Wide spectrum of compilation.

    – Brandazzlers New Year Corporate Gifts

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