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Birthday gift ideas for your husband

Not sure what to get him? Let us brainstorm the best birthday gifts for your husband—all for under $150.

Written by
Lauren Rothman

It can be hard to pick out the right gift for your special someone—especially after years and years of birthdays. We’ll take it for granted that you plan to treat hubby to a divine meal in a classy French restaurant, a sweet sundae at a delicious ice cream shop or maybe even a massage at one of the best day spas in America (you’re splurging, right?)—but you’ve still gotta come home with a gift. From fine aged scotch to a handsome leather wallet, these special gift ideas for your husband will make him feel fine on his birthday.

Birthday gift ideas for your husband

For the Scotch-sipper
Photograph: Courtesy Grand Wine Cellar

1. For the Scotch-sipper

If your husband’s a fan of Scotch, he’ll be pleased as punch with this classic 16-year that’s dry and balanced, with notes of toffee.

Lagavulin 16 Year, $70 at

For the cigar-puffer
Photograph: Courtesy Thompson Cigar

2. For the cigar-puffer

What goes better with a smoky Scotch than a fine stogie? Help hubby store his cigars in style with this humidor with brass handles and a domed, inlaid top.

New York Cigar Humidor, $99 at

For the oenophile
Photograph: Courtesy Crate and Barrel

3. For the oenophile

Does your man love to pour a fine glass of wine at dinner? Gift him this lovely decanter that gently aerates vino and allows its flavors to expand.

Crate and Barrel Swoon carafe, $30 at

For the accessorizer
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

4. For the accessorizer

A handsome watch is always a safe bet for a gift. This sleek specimen boasts an aviation-inspired look and a grained leather strap.

Fossil Grant watch, $115 at

For the snappy dresser
Photograph: Courtesy Charles Tyrwhitt

5. For the snappy dresser

A guy can never have enough button-down shirts. This slim-fit, cotton twill version from British outfitter Charles Tyrwhitt, has a bonus: it stays smooth without ironing.

Charles Tyrwhitt no-iron checked blue button-down, $69 at

For the tech addict
Photograph: Courtesy B&H Photo

6. For the tech addict

Are your husband and his iPad constant companions? Hook him up with a luxurious leather case to keep his friend safe and scratch-free.

MacCase leather iPad case, $130 at

For the smooth shaver
Photograph: Courtesy Sephora

7. For the smooth shaver

Give hubby’s shaving routine a boost with this indulgent shave kit, which includes skin-pampering facial cleanser, facial scrub, pre-shave oil, shave cream and after-shave balm—all packed into a reusable toiletry bag.

Anthony Perfect Shave kit, $55 at

For the meticulous groomer
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

8. For the meticulous groomer

And for a toiletry bag upgrade, help him organize his grooming products and tools with this washed cotton canvas number from A. Kurtz.

A. Kurtz canvas toiletry bag, $40 at

For the iced coffee addict
Photograph: Courtesy Blue Bottle Coffee

9. For the iced coffee addict

Bring a taste of the Big Easy home with premier San Francisco roaster Blue Bottle Coffee’s addictively smooth New Orleans iced coffee kit. The package includes (almost) everything hubby will need to mix up the bold, lightly sweet quaff: a pound of coffee and an envelope of roasted French chicory. Just add milk, sugar and ice.

Blue Bottle Coffee New Orleans iced kit, $21 at

For the fashion plate
Photograph: Courtesy J. Crew

10. For the fashion plate

Up his style game with this light-as-a-feather silk scarf, printed with a subtle gray and navy paisley pattern.

J. Crew lightweight silk twill scarf, $60 at

For the big spender
Photograph: Courtesy Calvin Klein

11. For the big spender

Wallets are one of those items that you never think to replace—until someone gives you a new one. Treat hubby to this stylish leather number from Calvin Klein—and let him use its contents to treat you to dinner.

Calvin Klein lizard textured leather bifold wallet, $60 at

For the bedroom
Photograph: Courtesy Nordstrom

12. For the bedroom

Yeah, we had to go there—lingerie for you is a classic gift for him. But this delicate floral chemise is both tasteful and comfy, so you’ll enjoy it as much as he does.

Flora Nikrooz “Showstopper” chemise, $112 at

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