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Christmas gifts for him that he’ll actually love

Boyfriend, dad, brother, best friend—no matter who the special guy in your life is, he’ll love these fun and unique Christmas gifts for him
Written by
Annalise Mantz
Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

Always running out of gift ideas for him? Don't worry, so is everyone else. That's why we've rounded up our favorite gifts for boyfriends, dads, husbands, brothers, best friends and every other giuy in your life. No need to spend hours scouring the many holiday markets and best shops in NYC—everything on this list can be ordered online, including tech gadgets, cooking accessories, winter fashion, and even a few cheap Christmas gift ideas. Time to get start adding to cart!

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Best Christmas gifts for him

DIY Liquor Infusion Kit

Give your cocktail connoisseur everything he needs to make his own artisanal spirits: an infusing bottle, specially crafted blends (mint, chili, citrus, floral, smoke, chocolate), apothecary-style bottles and sleek brassy-gold tools (jigger, measuring spoons, zester, funnel). Pair this kit with a bottle of his favorite booze—that way he can master the bar and whip up a glass for you, too. 

$68 from Food52

Every man needs a sturdy dopp kit to keep all his toiletries organized when he travels. This soft leather option will last for decades—and if it doesn’t, he can always take advantage of L.L. Bean’s renowned satisfaction guarantee.

$99 from L.L. Bean

Braun Men's Slim Silver Watch

Sleek and effortlessly cool, this charcoal grey Dieter Rams-designed watch is much less expensive than it looks. Get one for the man who appreciates wearable design, or simply prefers polishing up for the office.

$109 from Amazon


Bossing around Alexa, Amazon’s electronic personal assistant, is always fun. Asking her to turn on the TV, tell you a joke, play your favorite tunes on Spotify, give you the weather forecast or get current traffic reports is the next best thing to having a real-life butler.

$99.99 from Amazon


No need to search through the junk drawer for your bottle opener: Just crack open a cold beer using this wall-mounted opener. Getting it monogrammed adds an extra veneer of class Putting a bucket below it to catch all the caps? Not so much. But we're not above convenience.

$45 from Nordstrom


It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s backyard barbecues, Central Park picnics, and garden parties. You could even team up for rounds of this backyard classic on Christmas day—we bet it'd be fun to play in the snow, too!

$99 from L.L. Bean


Two Coloradans who founded their own coffee and spice shop crafted this coffee infused with hops, barley and other beer ingredients. What better Christmas gift for him than one that combines his two favorite things?

$26 from Uncommon Goods

No one’s too manly to enjoy a good candle. The Beaver Creek Candle Company makes these handcrafted candles in sleek tin cans with scents like smoky campfire, fresh cut grass, greasy bacon and even cheesy New York pizza.

$21.99 from Houzz

Neon Rainbow Stripe Sweater

Your grandmother’s handknit jumper, this ain’t—though the '90s are back, and arguably bolder than ever. Give your mans some extra pizzazz with this confidently cool sweater with a clasic crew neck cut and 

$65 from Topman

The guy who needs his caffeine will become totally dependent on this handheld espresso maker you can take on the go. Since it doesn’t require electricity, it’s perfect for camping trips, late nights and the afternoon slump at work.

$50 from Amazon


If he has more Instagram followers than a reality TV contestant, he’ll kill at What Do You Meme?, a game thats best described as Cards Against Humanity meets Pictionary. And hey, if you come up with a really great meme, maybe it'll even go viral.

$30 from Amazon

Every guy looks great in these understated leather boots—perhaps that’s why you’ll see them everywhere this fall and winter. Durable and chic at the same time, they’re undoubtedly one of the best Christmas gift ideas for him.

$99.97 from Nordstrom Rack


Beer and sports make the perfect duo. (Add some wings or nachos to the mix and you have yourself a party). For the diehard sports fan who enjoys sampling various brews, this craft beer flight has their name on it. (Actually, this one has the Philadelphia Eagles’ name on it, but you get the gist.) If beer isn’t his first drink of choice, the NFL shop offers a range of other excellent football-themed gifts from a branded moscow mule mug to hoodies and crewneck sweatshirts. No matter which item you choose, you’ll win the gift-giving game as long as you pick the right team, of course.

Leather Traveler’s Notebook

Writers, doodlers and stylish dudes of all kinds can appreciate a high-quality leather-bound notebook. This one comes with three paper packs (unlined, lined, graph), zippered pouch for business cards or travel tickets, a gold page clip, and pen to help him jot down some initial thoughts.

$25.50 from Amazon

City Map Glasses

These tumblers etched with your neighborhood grid are a stylish way to show off city pride. Available in 24 cities including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, they make a gorgeous addition to any guy’s bar.

$16 each from  Uncommon Goods

Kiehl’s Men’s Essentials

He’ll have no choice but to get rid of those purloined hotel soaps once you give him this travel set of ultra luxe Kiehl’s body scrub, shave soap, hand salve, facial moisturizer and cleanser that will leave his cheeks baby-soft. If you're lucky he'll fall in love with it and stock up at home, too. 

$48 from Kiehl's

Whether he’s into movies, concerts, sports or all three, he’ll have the perfect place to save those keepsake ticket stubs with this album. Bonus: Fill it with a pair of tickets to his favorite show for an out-of-this-world Christmas gift for him.

$14 from Uncommon Goods

’47 Huron Hood

23. ’47 Huron Hood

Hut, hut! You know where he'll be on Football Sunday—rooting for his team, and wearing the heck out of this cozy, sports fan hoodie. 



Here's a camera any traveler, outdoorsman or adventure seeker will love. THETA SC allows you to capture stunning 360-degree, high-resolution photographs and videos. Give the gift that will help him relive his greatest memories—and with the device's 1.5-second, quick-response lens, he'll never miss a single one. 

$200 from

Mack Weldon Tech Cashmere Pack

Mack Weldon's athleisure and everyday goods are beloved by style-savvy men. Give your well-dressed fella something luxurious to keep him warm through the cold winter months. This package has every cold-weather protector he could need: Cashmere gloves, hat and scarf. We're feeling warm and toasty just thinking about it.

$278 from

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