Gift Ideas for Guys: Over 150 Realistic Gifts You Can Actually Ask For

Gift Ideas for Guys Over 150 realistic gifts you can actually ask for

A gift guide for things men actually want, organized by price.

The older you are, the harder it is to ask for gifts. If you want or need something that’s reasonably priced … you’ve probably already purchased it. If there’s a big-ticket item you’ve got your eye on, you probably don’t feel comfortable asking for it. You’re self-sufficient, and proud of it.

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and receiving, however, and it’s important to remember that gifts are an opportunity for people in your life to express how much they care. It’s gentlemanly to suggest things that will mean something to you.

Don’t expect any help from traditional men’s gift guides. Most are a useless mish-mash of trendy overpriced, unrealistic, and plain weird things magazine editors *think* look cool on a page.

So we’ve created a practical gift guide for practical guys with more than 150 suggestions for gadgets, essentials, apparel, and household upgrades – items you probably don’t have, but could definitely use. Check it out, share it, and even use it for birthdays, graduations, etc. Pretty much everything was selected because it’s useful year-round, not just in December.

Our biggest gift guide ever.

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Gift Ideas Under $30

tovolo ice molds

2.25 Inch Ice Mold

Improve your home cocktail and whiskey drinking.

gerber mullet

Gerber Mullet Keychain Multi-tool

Full size multi-tool overkill for your EDC? Carry 9 tools on your keychain and lose the pocket bulk.

grooming kit

8 Piece Grooming Kit

Do you even know where or when you acquired the clippers you have??

pomodoro timers on desk

30 Minute & 5 Minute Sand Timers

Take your pomodoro work intervals to the next level.

roq wedding ring

ROQ Silicone Wedding Ring

Never worry about sweat, dings, or scratches on your wedding band again – this silicone ring is built for it.

saphir cream

Saphir Rénovateur Shoe Balm

You’ve invested in great leather boots, now use the right tool to care for them.

straight razor with blades

Straight Razor with 100 Blades

Give this old school shaving technique a try with this highly rated entry.

cast iron skillet with steak and vegetables

American Made

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Tell me this doesn't sound like the most perfect pan ever: It's nonstick properties get better the more you use it. It can be used on a stove, in an oven, or over flame. It's American-made. It'll make an amazing steak with the reverse sear technique. It'll last multiple lifetimes and if you mess it up you can strip it down and start over. And it's only $15. What else do you need?

Lodge, $15

NATO straps

NATO Straps (4-Pack)

Quadruple your watch aesthetic with durable straps with a 007 pedigree. Four gifts in one, perfect for the watch guy you know.

guitar hook

Wood Guitar Wall Mount

This sturdy hardwood bracket cradles your prized acoustic and electric guitars, keeping them safe from pets, kids, klutzy guests, and other hazards.

stomp rocket

Stomp Rocket

Never, ever gets old.

microfiber towel

3 Pack Microfiber Gym Towels

I won’t shame you for being the guy that doesn’t wipe down the bench, but let’s correct that moving forward?

Grooming Upgrades

Premium hair products work effortlessly, smell better, and last longer – the only problem is they cost more money. Higher priced grooming gear makes a great gift. Find out which hair product is best for your hair and style with our guide.

salt and pepper mill

Stainless Steel and Glass Salt and Pepper Mill Set

A handsome replacement to the paper packs you've been hoarding.

bushcraft illustrated

Bushcraft Illustrated

Can you start a fire with anything less than a gallon of lighter fluid? Dave Canterbury has written the ultimate reference guide for seasoned adventurers and indoor kids alike.

medical kit

Ultralight Watertight .5 Medical First Aid Kit

Throw this well-stocked kit in your car, backpack, or briefcase so you can step up any time its needed.

sugru moldable glue

Sugru Moldable Glue

Moldable glue that sets into silicone rubber. A million uses for fixing and upgrading things.

Anker USB Power Bank

Anker Powercore External Battery

3 charges for high-end smartphones makes this a must-have to extend your day.

flint and tinder socks

Flint and Tinder Wool Camp Socks

Moisture-wicking wool blend that will keep your feet warm and dry, a substantial weave for all-day comfort, and vintage styling for added interest.

repel umbrella

Repel Automatic Travel Umbrella

66 hours of testing by the New York Times revealed this to be the best all-around umbrella, period.

truff hot sauce with tacos

Black Truffle Infused Hot Sauce

A hot sauce getting rave reviews that adds subtle flavor – not just heat – to your dishes.

black henley shirt for men from goodthreads

Goodthreads Long Sleeve Henley

A versatile, lightweight slub henley you can layer or rock solo for a classic look.

mini water filtration system

Mini Water Filter

Make water safe to drink anywhere in an easy-to-carry package.

notebook with grey cover from leuchtturm 1917

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Notebook

Start the new year off right with a journal practice: Learn how.

rotary tool kit

Rotary Tool Kit

80 piece accessory set for cutting, burr removal, polishing, shaping, and drilling.

Watch the Time

Cufflinks are out, but watches remain as one of the only traditional men's gifts that we get excited about. Looking for more? Find all the best watch brands by price in our guide.

Seiko watch with rose gold accents

Seiko SUR285, $152

A 40mm Japanese Quartz timepiece with rose gold accents

Shinola watch

Shinola Model D, $395

Built in Detroit

20 pack wooden hangers

20 Pack Wooden Hangers

Who wants to BUY hangers? But nice wooden ones like these extend the life of your clothing and helps maintain their shape.

wood bottle opener

Magnetic Wood Bottle Opener

A stylish kitchen piece that catches your bottle caps

two pack of gel pillows from beckham

Utopia Bedding Gel Pillow (2-Pack)

Plush (but not TOO plush!) these soft yet supportive gel fiber pillows will help 5 hours of shut-eye feel like a solid 8.

aromatherapy diffuser

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser & Humidifier

This two-in-one gadget moisturizes dry air and soothes your home environment.

folding shovel from SOG

SOG Folding Shovel

From digging your car out of the snow to building a sand castle, this high carbon steel folding shovel is up to the task.

a man and his car book

A Man & His Car

Stories of the iconic cars driven by iconoclastic men

leather moleskin journal cover

Horween Chromexcel Leather Moleskine Cover

A reusable cover for your EDC notebooks.

portable garmet steamer for clothes

Portable Garment Steamer

More efficient than an iron and small enough to chuck in your carry-on, this powerful garment steamer eliminates wrinkles in minutes. Read why this is one of the best steamers we've used at this price.

bitters for cocktails from woodford reserve

Woodford Reserve Bitters 5-Pack

Dive into the world of cocktail bitters and take your home imbibing to new levels.

chrome shower head with different settings for pressure spray

24 Function Showerhead

Upgrade that sputtering rental head!

smart home camera

Smart Home Camera

Maintain visual contact with base at all times with the Wyze Cam. Live stream footage directly to your smartphone, and pair with a digital assistant to add voice control.

home gym pull up bar

Iron Gym Pull-Up Bar

Transform any doorway into the most challenging, rewarding single piece of exercise equipment you can own

kevlar cooking gloves

Kevlar Gloves for BBQ/Oven

Take a break from welding to pull a red hot cast iron from the oven.

obe fitness advertisement for virtual fitness classes

Obe Fitness

Disrupt your same-old fitness routine with live & on-demand workouts … and the music isn't bad, either!

noise cancelling headphones from sony

Sony Noise Canceling Headphones

From a noisy office to a crowded commute, these headphones will help you hear what you want to hear-and only what you want to hear.

16 piece bbq grill cooking set

16 Piece BBQ Set

Every man should have the right tool for the job.

man wearing a waxed canvas work apron

Waxed Canvas Work Apron

Whether your medium of choice is wood, metal, paint, or pastry, this durable apron wipes clean of all but the messiest splatters.

whiskey a tasting course book cover

Whisking: A Tasting Course

If you find whiskey intimidating vs. intoxicating, pick up this tome written by a whiskey insider.

bluetooth smart scale

Bluetooth Smart Scale

Take control of your weight tracking.

7 piece whiskey glass set

Bormioli Rocco Selecta 7-Piece Whiskey Gift Set

I’ve had this set for years and love it.

double edge safety razor

Merkur Double Edge Saftey Razor

No, your razor doesn't need five blades. It only needs one. And when it looks this gorgeous too, it's hard to complain.

bottle of beard brand beard oil

Beardbrand Beard Oil

Give your face fur the care it needs from our go-to trusted supply co.

5 piece glass food storage set

5pc Glass Food Storage Set

Safe from the freezer to the fridge, microwave, and oven, these airtight containers will help you show food prep who's boss.

bamboo spice rack

Bamboo Spice Rack

Organize that jumble of spices in style. Fits 18 spices.

Gift Ideas $30 – $50

vinyl record storage holder

Solid Wood Record Stand

Store your beloved vinyl collection properly to avoid excessive wear and warping. This low-profile record holder lets you organize and quickly access up to 50 LPs.

weber chimney starter

Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter

Get your grill piping hot, fast.

sonicare electric toothbrush

Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Over 15,000 reviews with a 4 star rating

magnetic bottle holder

BottleLoft Magnetic Bottle Hanger

Maximize valuable storage space in your fridge and keep your favorite beverages handy with these super strong magnetic strips.

blue yeti rambler

YETI Rambler Bottle

America loves Yeti coolers. Find out what the hype is about with this grab-able intro piece.

mens leather belt

USA-made Full Grain Leather Belt

Upgrade the pleather strap that you’ve been using functionally, to something that will earn a beautiful patina in the decades to come.

mens training shirt from nike

Nike Pro Long Sleeve Top

Lightweight and moisture-wicking, this fitted top moves with you from warm-up to workout to cool-down.

Whiskey Rebellion

Upgrades to day-to-day luxuries are the perfect gift idea for the man who doesn't know what to ask for. For more affordable but highly respected options, read our guide The 10 Best Whiskies Under $50 That Don't Start With Jack, Jim, Johnnie, or Jameson. For some bottles that will truly impress:

whiskey gift men

Hibiki Japanese Whisky, $79.99 / Aberlour 16 Year Old Scotch, $70 / Blanton's Bourbon, $89 / Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, $69

home plate style doormat

Home Plate Doormat

If you don’t declare, “And he’s SAFE!” in your best sports commentator voice every time you set foot on this sturdy palm fiber mat, what are you even doing with your life?

mens shawl collar sweater from jcrew

J.Crew Shawl Collar Sweater

A cold weather essential, this wool blend pullover looks great alone or under a sports coat, and is machine washable.

chefs knife

Victorinox 8 Inch Chef’s Knife

This solid kitchen workhorse is Amazon's top-selling chef's knife for a reason

wood table lamp

Designer Wood Table Lamp

Ditch your dorm room desk lamp for something more stylish and functional.

milk frother

Secura Milk Frother

Enjoy that perfect cappuccino from the comfort of your own bathrobe.

leather dopp kit

Genuine Leather Dopp Kit

Toothpaste and deodorant has never looked so badass.

foam roller

TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller

After a long run, heavy lifting session, or day of moving furniture around, roll it out–your tight muscles and knots will thank you.

hand crank emergency power radio

Hand Crank Emergency Radio & Power Bank

This isn't your dad's in-flight magazine novelty radio. We searched for the latest & best and found this multi-function beauty.

compression pants for men from under armour

Under Armour Base Layer Compression

Up your gym style or extend your workout to the chilly outdoors.

2 pack shoe trees

Shoe Trees (2-Pack)

If you're going to make the investment in a pair of nice shoes, you really should be taking care of them!

black and decker cordless drill

Black + Decker Cordless Drill

Powerful 20-volt model from a trusted brand makes any home project possible.

cable knit sherpa throw blanket

Cable Knit Sherpa Throw Blanket

Bears have the right idea, but they don’t have this ultra-soft blanket. Hibernate in style.

movie poster cars print

80s Movie Cars Print

Show your movie appreciation with something that still looks great on your wall.

cashmere ribbed cuff hat

Cashmere Ribbed Cuffed Hat

Wagyu is to meat as cashmere is to wool. This luxuriously soft cap is highly insulating yet light, for warmth without overheating.

gorilla pod to hold camera

Joby GorillaPod

A super flexible and versatile camera tripod that's easy to lug around.

shoe care valet

Kiwi Shoe Care Valet

Let those dazzling oxfords bask in the glory of a quality shine.

Made in USA

Men's Home Haircutting Kit

Cutting your own hair can be surprisingly doable – this hefty clipper from 100 year old brand Wahl will last you the rest of your life.

Wahl, $49.99

Gift Ideas $50 – $75

Carbon Fiber Watch Case

Carbon Fiber Watch Case

Display your horological taste and keep your timepieces free of dust with this glass top case.

Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit

Gentleman Jon Complete Wet Shave Kit

All the elements needed for a classic barbershop-style shave.

J.Crew Slim Chamois Workshirt

J.Crew Slim Chamois Workshirt

Outdoorsy yet polished, this soft, substantial shirt jacket works as an outer layer on warmer days, or as a mid-layer under a canvas trucker jacket.

Hands-free Dog Leash

Hands-free Dog Leash

Whether you run with your dog or watch Youtube on walks, free up your hands!

Canvas Weekend Bag

Canvas Weekend Bag

This is the bag you'll never want to leave home without. Perfect for weeklong getaways, trips to the gym, and all in between.

Yamazaki Home Wall Clock

Yamazaki Home Wall Clock

Sometimes the marriage of form and function simply requires a single AA battery.

Pro-Lift Z-Creeper Seat

Pro-Lift Z-Creeper Seat

Make all your maintenance tasks a little easier–this rolling creeper quickly converts to a low, sturdy seat.

dome lamp for lighting home

Tomons Scandi Dome Lamp

Bring some warmth and illumination into your living space.

cast iron kettlebell

25 lbs Kettlebell

You can get ripped in your living room with nothing more than a kettlebell … just sayin'.

Water Flosser

Water Flosser

Floss is for chumps. Waterpik those pesky nooks & crannies!

portable nespresso coffee maker

Portable Espresso Machine

Get your espresso fix when you're nowhere near a cafe.

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern

Design and high light output make it perfect for camping or power outages.

Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

Accept no substitutions. This quintessential American classic belongs in every closet.

ice mule hands free cooler in red

IceMule Hands Free Cooler

This over the shoulder cooler is built for the outdoors and can hold 12 cans plus ice.

Hardshell Carry-on Luggage

Kenneth Cole Hardshell Carryon

This highly rated carryon will make your boarding and packing much smoother.

Sports History Books

Sports History Books

A deep dive into the pages of The New York Times' archives.

mandalorian and grogu

Disney Plus Subscription

With originals like The Mandelorian and the Marvel catalog, it's well worth the annual subscription.

pasta maker

Marcato Atlas Wellness 150 Pasta Maker

Make bistro-quality pasta from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Gift Ideas $75 – $125

brio beardscape

Brio Beardscape Beard Trimmer

Tired of burning through cheaper trimmers? This one features a ceramic blade which is 4x harder than steel and has over 1,600 reviews.

KomalC Buffalo Leather Briefcase

KomalC Buffalo Leather Briefcase

An astonishing 5 star rating with over 1,000 reviews.

Waterproof Canvas Camera Bag

Waterproof Canvas Camera Bag

Two bags in one, this carryall has a padded divider system to organize and transport all your gear; remove the liner to convert it into a day pack.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The best kept secret for easily cooking almost anything, including Primer’s super easy artisan bread recipe.

jabra earbuds

Jabra Elite 65t Bluetooth Earbuds

Water and dust-proof, with an app to adjust your EQ give you premium features at a lighter price.

Fitbit Inspire 2

Fitbit Inspire 2

Make every step count… by letting a Fitbit count every step for you.

wooden valet

 

Walnut Valet Stand

No need to hire Jeeves when this all-in-one valet stand keeps your suit and accessories organized and clean-looking.

cosori air fryer

Cosori Digital Air Fryer

The hottest kitchen gadget of the last several years uses 85% less fat than regular frying with all the flavor.

Genius Boost Lithium Ion Jump Starter

Genius Boost Lithium Ion Jump Starter

A super powerful and tiny jump starter trusted by car museum caretakers.

Cotton Hammock with Stand

Cotton Hammock with Stand

This year, upgrade your naps.

mens house slippers from sorel

Sorel Suede & Wool Slipper

2020 stinks – get yourself some warm, durable slippers to show it the door.

Samsung 1TB External Solid State Drive

Samsung 1TB External Solid State Drive

You saved all that stuff on your computer for a reason. Now guarantee that you'll always have it with a reliable backup drive.

Modern End Table

Modern End Table

Elegantly minimalist and shockingly affordable.

Eikei Washed Cotton Chambray Bedding Set

Eikei Washed Cotton Chambray Bedding Set

A man’s home is his castle, and this soft, sophisticated duvet cover and shams will have you sleeping like a king. One of our picks.

20lb Weighted Blanket

20lb Weighted Blanket

Whether you want it for anxiety relief or the best naps of your life, it will change the way you sleep.

celestron telescope kit

Celestron Refractor Telescope

Let’s make 2020 the year we all do less navel-gazing and more star gazing.

Home Weight Bench

Home Weight Bench

12 positions and an 800 lbs capacity make this the perfect home or apartment gym starter bench.

kenner ghostbusters wand

Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

A new casting of our favorite nuclear accelerator, display it on a shelf or add it to your overly-detailed, screen-accurate DIY Ghostbusters costume.

Folding Cornhole Set

Folding Cornhole Set

A regulation set to take your BBQ to the next level.

Sous Vide Machine

Sous Vide Machine

Lose the guesswork with this sous vide, a fast-heating tool that syncs with your smartphone to display the exact degree of doneness.

jcrew black cashmere hoodie

J.Crew Cashmere Waffle Hoodie

The ultimate upgrade for every hoodie-loving man, or the perfect style pull for the well-dressed man looking to nail casual a little more comfortably. Read our complete guide to sweater types for more.

J.Crew, $169

Gift Ideas Over $125

mini projector

Mini Projector

Now you have gaming/movie/Youtube/photo sharing night just about anywhere with this portable projector.

23&Me DNA Ancestry + Health Test

23&Me DNA Ancestry + Health Test

Discover where you came from.

reebok mens cross trainer shoe

Reebok Nano X Cross Trainer

The right amount of support for cross-training, crossfit, and lifting – indoors or out.

54-Quart Steel-Belted Coleman Cooler

54-Quart Steel-Belted Coleman Cooler

From cookouts and camping trips to tailgating, this leak-proof cooler's classic design will keep your food fresh and your drinks frosty.

accent chair

Midcentury Accent Chair

A comfortable and stylish addition to your living space that's deep enough to relax into.

ARC Welder

ARC Welder

Your DIY projects just went from hot glue to surviving the apocalypse.

cuisinart cooking set

10 Piece Cuisinart Cookware Set

A hallowed brand in stylish stainless steel.

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Made in USA

Flint and Tinder Flannel-lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Not only do we have and love this jacket, it's consistently super popular with Primer readers as well. Read why it's one of our best field jackets.

Huckberry, $240

ninja blender

Ninja Professional Blender

Make those expensive smoothies at home.

llbean-waxed-canvas-bag

Monogrammable LL Bean Canvas Briefcase

Solid construction, timeless style, and a padded laptop sleeve make this a 10+ year piece.

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods

Free your ears from wires, with these buds that perfectly integrate with iOS.

everlast heavy bag

Everlast Home Heavy Bag Kit

A traditional heavy bag kit to hone your skills at home.

iRobot Roomba 675

iRobot Roomba 675

Save time and hassle by outsourcing your vacuuming to this sensor-packed floorbot.

Audio Technica Record Player

Audio Technica Record Player

Your favorite bands never sound better than on vinyl. This sleek turntable blends vintage quality with a modern aesthetic.

galaxy tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Big screen, big sound, and loads of performance for bingeing all your favorite content.

Stagg copper kettle

Stagg Copper Pour Over Kettle

The gold standard for function-meets-style electric coffee pour over kettles now in handsome copper.

pendleton blanket

Pendleton Shelter Bay Blanket

Made in the USA by the famous woolen mill that goes back centuries. You'll have it forever.

Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum

Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum

This cordless will dominate pet hair as well as a traditional upright.

Industrial TV stand

Industrial TV stand

Industrial chic hasn't gone out, and neither will this eye-catching piece.

Osmo Pocket 2 Camera With Stabilizer

Osmo Pocket 2 Camera With Stabilizer

This petite and powerful camera takes top-quality photos and videos; the dedicated app helps you edit and enhance your content like the pros.

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset

This new advancement in VR doesn't require a computer.

Go Pro Hero 9

Go Pro Hero 9

It does everything but the ill-advised stunts themselves … now in 5K.

Seagull Acoustic Guitar

Seagull Acoustic Guitar

Seagull is a well-regarded Canadian brand that uses genuine hardwoods in all their guitars for a warm, bright sound. We featured it as the best budget guitar in our buyer's guide.

dji mini 2

DJI Mini 2 4k Drone

With this highly rated drone from the top maker, your weekend trips jut got a lot more epic.

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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.