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
By Annalise Mantz and Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo |
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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

1
Liquor infusion set

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

2
Leather Dopp Kit
Photograph: Courtesy L.L. Bean

Signature Leather Dopp Kit

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

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3
Bill Murray Art Print
Photograph: Courtesy Society 6

Framed Bill Murray Art Print

Spice up his apartment decor with a tongue-in-cheek art print like this George Dawe–style portrait of the one and only Bill Murray. It looks classy at first glance, but makes you chuckle on the second.

$52.99 from Society6

4
Braun men's slim watch

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

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5
Amazon Echo
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

Amazon Echo

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

6
book of the month club

Book of the Month Club Gift Subscription

For the voracious reader in your life, this book-gifting subscription will score him a new hardcover book of his choice (from a range of genres in both fiction and nonfiction) every month, with the option to add more titles for just $10 each.

$45 for threee months at Book Club of the Month

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7
Wusthof 8-Piece Steak Knife Presentation Set
Photograph: Courtesy Sur la Table

Wusthof 8-Piece Steak Knife Presentation Set

Upgrade your man’s cutlery game with these super sharp, sleek steak knives. They slice through any meat as easily as softened butter and look damn good doing it.

$79.95 from Sur La Table

8
Monogrammed Wall-Mounted Beer Opener
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

Monogram Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener

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

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9
L.L. Bean Bocce Ball Set
Photograph: Courtesy L.L. Bean

Bocce Ball Set

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

10
navy tie set from the tie bar

BHLDN Navy Dot Gift Set

Any guy’s style will get an instant boost from the navy polka dot tie, matching pocket square and brushed silver tie bar in this set. Good looks have to be one of the hottest Christmas gifts for him.

$39 from The Tie Bar

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Hopped Up Coffee
Photograph: Courtesy Uncommon Goods

Hopped Up Coffee

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

12
Mancan Campfire Candle
Photograph: Courtesy Houzz

Mancan Candle Campfire Scent

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

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13
topman rainbow sweater

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

14
MiniPresso Espresso Maker
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

MiniPresso Espresso Maker

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

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15
What Do You Meme?
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

What Do You Meme?

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

16
Cole Haan Ogden Chukka Boot
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom Rack

Cole Haan Ogden Chukka Boot

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

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17
Titles With a Twist T-Shirt
Photograph: Courtesy Society 6

Titles With a Twist T-Shirt

Only true Harry Potter fans will understand the hidden meaning of this minimalist graphic tee. Since it’s so understated, he can easily wear it anywhere.

$24.99 from Society6

18
leather journal

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

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19
city map glasses

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

20
Kiehl's Men's Essentials

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

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21
Ticket Stub Diary
Photograph: Courtesy Uncommon Goods

Ticket Stub Diary

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

22

’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. 

$70, 47brand.com

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23
R2-D2 French Press
Photograph: Courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer

R2-D2 French Press

As if R2-D2 wasn’t already helpful enough, the sassy little robot can now brew your coffee and even pour it, too. This is the droid you’re looking for... to help wake you up from the Dark Side.

$39.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer

24
Chef's Multi Tool
Photograph: Courtesy Uncommon Goods

The Chef’s Portable Multi Tool

This six-inch pocket knife combines a whopping 10 kitchen tools: a cheese grater, zester, garlic crusher, peeler, carving fork, stirring spoon, corkscrew, bottle opener, channel knife, serrated knife, small paring knife and can opener.

$32 from Uncommon Goods

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25
Society 6 Cassette Clock
Photograph: Courtesy Society 6

Something Nostalgic Wall Clock

Music lovers and eighties babies alike will enjoy this clock that pays homage to the good ol' cassette and all the mix tapes of yesteryear. And the graphic black-and-white print goes with any style of decor.

$30.99 from Society6

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Society 6 Gravity Art Print Mug
Photograph: Courtesy Society 6

Gravity Coffee Mug

Drinking his morning coffee out of a pop art mug is so much cooler than using those disposable paper cups at the office. Plus, it doubles as a great conversation starter.

$15.99 from Society6

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