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.
What is Primer Approved?
On some of the gift ideas there’s a small “Primer Approved” badge. This is a classification we've used since 2008 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.
Gift Ideas Under $30
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?
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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.
Gift Ideas $30 – $50
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:
Hibiki Japanese Whisky, $79.99 / Aberlour 16 Year Old Scotch, $70 / Blanton's Bourbon, $89 / Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, $69