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
A gift that makes every morning better
Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker
A favorite by both young baristas and baby boomers, this iconic kitchen appliance has made its name across all ages. This pour over is unique among all others due to its thick filter that absorbs and filters majority of the oils, leaving you with one of the cleanest-tasting cups of coffee. Aside from great tasting coffee it produces, this aesthetically looking device also acts for a great display piece in the kitchen. It's won numerous design awards and is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, among others.
→ Read more: Getting Started with Pour Over Coffee
Upgraded Style Essentials
Buck Mason Henley
My short sleeve henley from LA clothing brand Buck Mason has been one of my favorite shirts for years – so much so I went back and got it in white. It's got thick banded sleeves, a curved hem and made of premium pima cotton, details that may not seem like such a big deal but when you've got it on, it just makes you feel like a badass. I've given it as gifts to three of my friends.
The Gift of Focus
TimeCube Productivity Timer
Sure, you could use the timer on your phone to track your Pomodoro sets, but you run the risk of falling down a TikTok rabbit hole every time. The timer automatically starts based on which number you turn to face up and has both audible or silent (flashing lights) options for notification that time is up.
Gift Ideas $30 – $50
An Amazing Watch Under $200
The Orient Bambino IV features a Japanese automatic movement and a modest 41mm case that will look great on any wrist size. The mix of tan suede, charcoal face, and rose gold accents make this watch look like it should cost three times as much.
A Coat for a Lifetime
A peacoat has been a men's winter standard for over a hundred years. They're easy to wear, comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and if you buy a decent one, you can literally wear it for the rest of your life.
→ How to wear a peacoat: Live Action Getup: Classic in Any Era
Gift Ideas $50 – $75
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