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The best Christmas gifts for him

Find the best Christmas gifts for him, whether you're shopping for hubby, dad, boyfriend or brother

Annalise Mantz
Written by
Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo
Annalise Mantz

Boxers are boring, socks are stuffy and with more of us working from home, neckties are not all that useful. So what are you going to get him for Christmas this year? We’ve got you covered. The best Christmas gifts for him are unique, fun and useful. We’ve rounded up NYC-themed gifts to rep the city, one-of-a-kind gifts from NYC makers and experiential gifts for the adventurous dudes in your life. Don’t miss the best holiday markets in NYC either, where you can browse hundreds of gifts of all kinds. Gift cards are a great option too, so check out the best NYC restaurants and see what they have to offer. Read on for some more unique gift ideas for him that will surely please.

Surely the guy in your life has a passion or strong interest that will help you pinpoint the perfect gift. Cocktail enthusiast? How about a DIY infusion kit. Fashion conscious? A lovely watch might be just the thing. Bookworm? There’s a book of the month club for that. Sometimes you just need a good list of things to get your brain firing. You’re sure to find something here to get him for Christmas. Then once you’re done shopping you can focus on getting into the holiday spirit, whether it’s Christmas caroling, holiday lights, or ice skating.

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Best Christmas gifts for him

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. 

$30-155 from Food52

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.

$178 from Amazon


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!

$109 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?

$24 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.

$24 from Houzz

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.

$55 from Amazon


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.)


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.

$39.99 from Amazon

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.

$18 each from  Uncommon Goods


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

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


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