It’s that time of year again, the season of giving is upon us. And though it can be a stressful time of year, the fun of tracking down gifts that will delight the ones we love always seems to be worth it in the end.
Below, we’ve rounded up 21 of the coolest, most stylish, delicious, handy and cozy gifts for every man on your list. Whether he’s an avid outdoorsman or a frequent flyer, a Top Chef in-the-making or a design nut, we’ve found affordable ways to show him some serious love this holiday season.
For his closet
Even the most well-dressed man will appreciate an update to his wardrobe this holiday season. The trick to giving a wearable gift is to either pick something that doesn’t require knowing his size (like a watch or sunglasses) or something with some flexibility (jackets and sweaters are easier than pants and shoes, for example).
1. Columbia Sportswear CSC originals fleece jacket, $60, Columbia
This Columbia half-zip fleece is the perfect gift for any guy on your list who happens to be a winter sports buff or just loves that après ski style. The design is a direct reboot from the brand’s 1980s archive, and has that so-cool-it-could-be-vintage vibe that looks like you stole it from your dad’s closet.
2. Portland watch, $39, May28th.Me
These low-key, lightweight watches will let your favorite guy rep his favorite city in style. MAY28TH has a huge variety of black and white watches with line maps of cities including Dublin, London, Paris, Los Angeles and Toronto.
3. Tuck Shop Trading Co. City of Neighborhoods beanie, $38. Tuck Shop Trading Co.
Showing some local pride has become a huge apparel trend of late, and isn’t limited to just buzzy spots like Brooklyn and Portland. Tuck Shop Trading has cozy beanies that allow you to represent for all kinds of locations from Nashville to Montreal, and yes, just about every neighborhood in New York City, too.
4. Everlane filled shirt jacket, $88. Everlane
This jacket is part shirt, part outerwear and the perfect layering piece for winter.Your guy can wear this over his favorite flannel and under a heavier coat on those extra cold days.
5. Flannel robe, $80. J.Crew
We know, we know. Robes are such a “dad” gift. But with good reason-there are few things more enjoyable on a Sunday morning than kicking back with the paper, coffee in hand, wrapped in flannel. He has to go out for the paper in something, doesn’t he?
6. Oakley ‘Frogskins’ sunglasses, $100, Oakley
Buying sunglasses for someone else can be tricky – but we’ll let you in on a secret: these Oakley ‘Frogskin’ sunglasses. Resurrected from a 1980s design and incredibly high-quality, they look good men, women and all face shapes … they’re universally flattering!
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FOR THE KITCHEN: If you’ve got a serious foodie or an amateur chef on your list this year, treat them to something they’ll actually use during meal time – that just happens to be pretty cool, too.
7. UncommonGoods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $35. UncommonGoods
Hot sauce is good. Hot sauce you make yourself is even better. Encourage a little kitchen creativity with this kit that includes everything you need to make six varieties of small batch hot sauce at home.
8. Bodum pour-over coffee maker with permanent filter, $36. Amazon
Anyone who truly loves coffee should be making their own at home with a pour-over vessel. We love this affordable version from Bodum because it doesn’t require a constant stream of paper filters, which makes it easier and more environmentally friendly.
9. Best Made Japanese Chef Knife set, $98. Best Made
Great meals start with great knives. This set of four Japanese chef knives – made with stainless steel and a high-carbon core – are a perfect pairing of performance and quality, plus they’re built to last. Slicing a tomato will never be the same.
10. Hamilton Beach dual breakfast sandwich maker, $36, Amazon
It’s important to remember that gifts should be about what people want, not what they need! This gadget helps you craft the perfect breakfast sandwich at home-it’s fun, delicious and nothing more.
11. Mouth ‘Brooklyn Favorites’ gift basket, $81, Mouth
The idea of a gift basket may conjure up a mental picture of too much cellophane and fruit cakes no one will eat, but Mouth is out to change all that. Their baskets are curated to please even the most sophisticated of palates. We’re especially enticed by this one, full of artisanal goodies made in Brooklyn, New York.
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FOR THE DEN:
12. Cross Click Star Wars BB-8 gel pen, $45. Cross
With more and more movies in the pipeline, Star Wars mania isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Treat the obsessive fan in your life (we all have one) with a sophisticated but playful Cross pen that will make him feel like it’s actually kind of fun to write a grocery list.
13. Nintendo NES classic edition, $60. Nintendo
For any guy that grew up in the 1980s and ’90s, it doesn’t get much more nostalgic than the classic NES game system. Originally debuted in 1985, Nintendo has reissued a mini, nearly identical system that plugs right into your TV, and it comes pre-loaded with 30 games including “Super Mario Bros,” “PAC-MAN,” “Donkey Kong” and “The Legend of Zelda.”
14. Personalized credit card bottle opener, $20. Tnuck
A bottle opener isn’t necessarily a novel gift idea, but this one is. Not only is it instantly an heirloom piece (monograms have that effect) but it’s also credit card sized so you can store it in your wallet to have on-hand at a moment’s notice.
15. Die Hard adult coloring book, $15. Harper Collins
Adult coloring books have become a very trendy gift recently. Not every guy loves to color, but every guy probably loves “Die Hard.” Who knows, you might even display some of his best work to the fridge.
16. Areaware set of table tiles, $32, Areaware
This set of coasters (that can be placed together and used as a trivet) give the look of a 3D image when placed together, but will still look sophisticated scattered around the coffee table.
17. Three-month subscription to Vinyl Me, Please, $100, Vinyl Me, Please
If you’ve got a serious music lover on your list this year (who happens to own a record player), help him discover new music with a three-month subscription to Vinyl Me, Please. Along with an LP pressed exclusively for members, you also get an art print inspired by the music and a curated cocktail recipe-ideal for sipping and listening together. Once you’re a member, you also have the option to swap out a record if it’s not your taste.
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FOR TRAVELING: From road trips to business trips, there are plenty of ways to treat the guy who’s always on the go. From handy tools to entertaining extras, these gifts will make adventures by plane, train and automobile all the more enjoyable.
18. Best Made ‘The Chrono Utility Tool’ multitool, $42, Best Made
You don’t have to be a professional mountaineer to appreciate the handy utility of this sleek, lightweight and practical tool. It includes everything from a box wrench to a fork, a fish scaler, bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, four hex wrench sizes and more, perfect for camping and outdoor adventures.
19. Middleton games travel backgammon set, $50, Amazon
It’s easy to forget that some of the best games can’t be played on your phone. Backgammon is one of the classics, and this magnetic travel set is just the right size to fit into any purse or carry-on bag. Play it with your significant other or teach your kids on a long flight, by the campfire, at your grandparents’ house over the holidays…
20. Ursa Major traveler’s skin care kit, $46, Jack Threads
Frequent travelers know that having a nicely-stocked dopp kit can make all the difference when you’re on the go. Ursa Major’s selection of TSA-approved supplies is a great gift for any man with a serious travel bug.
21. Outdoor Tech ‘Los Cabos’ wireless headphones, $60, REI
Whether for traveling or working out, a pair of wireless headphones will make any journey easier. External controls allow you to skip tracks, adjust the volume and even answer calls without ever taking out your synced device. These headphones are also sweat proof and water-resistant, making them as durable as they are handy.