Unique Gifts for Men that Don’t Suck: 35+ Fresh Ideas at Every Price
I love making gift guides. It's like being a personal shopper for you, where I can share all the cool things I've come across on the internet. I know it can be hard to shop for the grown man in your life, he often owns everything he thinks he needs. I think this gift guide has plenty of gifts for men that don't suck.
So many gift guides for men include the same things: whisky stones, ties, and some sports memorabilia. Well I don't include ANY of these items, yet I have a variety of gifts in a range of pricepoints that are sure to please, whether it's your husband, boyfriend, son, relative, friend, or even yourself!
Not only did I search the internet for unique gifts for men I also asked a few guys in my life for their honest thoughts. They nixed a few, and suggested some I hadn't known about! I hope you like it, and if you have any ideas of gifts for men that don't suck, please share them in the comments!
If your guy loves his Hawaiian shirts but is ready for an upgrade, check out Tombolo's cabana shirts. Quirky and comfortable yet oh so chic (check out the brand's press and the celebs that rock these shirts), Tombolo likely has a cabana shirt with a color or style that fits your guy's interests or personality.
A premium charcoal barbecue grill & smoker with unparalleled portability. This lightweight carrying case delivers up to 425 square inches of cooking space. NOMAD packs a punch in the durability department with cast aluminum construction. Matching strength & sturdiness with versatility, NOMAD is all-purpose performance. Whether your next adventure calls for searing, smoking, baking or barbecuing — from the backyard, to the backcountry — NOMAD has you covered.
I bought this mug for my husband for Christmas one year and it was by far the favorite gift. This is great for coffee and tea connoisseurs and gadget lovers, and I can say a year later after traveling all over the East Coast with us on vacation and being used almost daily, it still works and looks great. Keeps your hot drink at the exact temperature you prefer (between 120°F - 145°F). Control with your smartphone. Pair with the Ember App to set your temperature, customize presets, receive notifications, and more. 1-hour battery life on a single charge. Or keep the Ember Mug on the included charging coaster for all-day use. Perfect for the office! Available in a variety of colors.
I got my husband and I these Yeti tumblers recently and now I wonder why I waited so long. Made from durable stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to protect your hot or cold beverage at all costs. The magnet on the included MagSlider™ Lid adds an additional barrier of protection for keeping drinks contained and preventing heat or cold from escaping. These will keep your beverage the temperature you desire all day or night, whether it's sitting in front of the computer for work or sitting in front of the bonfire for play. Available in 10 colors and also customizable!
This is the kind of jacket that only gets cooler with time and wear. If you get it now while it's on trend, you can continue to rock it even when the trend fades because it will be well-worn and part of your signature look. 100% cotton with 100% polyester faux-shearling trim, available up to 3XL, this jacket will be a favorite for years to come.
Sport sunglasses that also look cool? I own a pair of these, my husband owns a pair, and we're both obsessed. I used to have a different popular brand of sunglasses on this gift guide and replaced them with ROKA because they're just as cool looking but lighter weight, more durable, and will stay on your nose even if you bend over, get sweaty, in windy conditions, or running. AND they're cheaper than the pair I shared last year!
Manufactured with a combination of high-performance alloy materials, the Phantom Alloy Aviator by ROKA was engineered to provide lightweight performance at the optimal strength-to-weight ratio without sacrificing durability. Anti-scratch, anti-glare, and anti-fog lenses that are polarized and resist fingerprints make them a joy to wear while looking good.
Another item that my husband owns is the PACE 2 from COROS. If your guy is looking for a SmartWatch that will track his fitness but also let him check emails and texts and doesn't cost a lot, this is the best on the market. Under $200, 30 hours of battery life between charges, and chock full of really useful features.
COROS watches offer everything one would expect from a GPS Sports Watch, plus some of the most desirable aspects of a smart watch including phone notifications, caller ID, Sleep Tracking and Fitness Level analysis. This version is lightweight, comfortable, and perfect whether it's for tracking CrossFit, running, Peloton, hiking, and a range of other activities.
This is my husband's favorite bag for travel, and one of mine too! We each have one and have been using them for years. Designed to qualify as a maximum-size airline carry-on bag, the Aeronaut can be carried as a backpack (with its zip-away backpack straps), or with its padded handle can be carried on-edge as one would a traditional suitcase. The Aeronaut converts easily to and carries comfortably as a backpack: the shoulder straps are contoured and padded, and they feature a removable/adjustable sternum strap; the back panel is padded with 3/8" / 10mm thick closed-cell foam as well. Thanks to a zipper hidden inside the lining of the bag, the back panel foam is removable (or swappable) if you don't find you need it and want to save the weight/bulk. Tom Bihn bags are made in the USA and have many accessories you can add to customize it (shoulder strap, hip belt, interior frame, packing cubes, etc.). This bag has been all over, has been thrown and shoved and overstuffed and still looks and works great. Several colors to choose from too! $300.00
We own this hammock and LOVE this hammock. For over a decade, this hammock has gone with us on camping trips, been strung up on porches at Airbnbs, and hangs in our backyard. Supports up to 400 pounds while weighing less than 20 oz. and spacious enough to fit two people (or one person and their furbaby, or one person who wants to take a comfortable nap) it comes in a variety of colors and packs up in its built-in pocket for easy storage and travel.
When my husband said he wanted a bathrobe and one that would cover his legs, I was stumped. I could find long robes for women, but all men's robes seemed to be knee-length. Then I found this one from Lands' End. It's made from 14-oz. Turkish terry in state-of-the-art mills by skilled artisans who draw on generations of expertise. It's absorbent, substantial and feels like luxury against your skin. Has two pockets, belt and belt loops, roomy "no-gap" fit, no need to size up. It comes in six colors and sizes up to XXL, you can get it monogrammed, and I can honestly say that five years after it is purchased it will still look great and feel great.
The Dude abides. This style debuted in 1972, but when The Dude wore an original in the film "The Big Lebowski," fans clamored for a comeback. Now it's back by popular demand, down to every last color and detail. Available in two colors up to size XXL.
This monthly mail subscription service sends detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR or Parks’ police report when she refused to give up her seat. Each letter comes with pertinent information to explain any additional context and cultural significance. Here's how it works:Each month, a team of archivists scours the world for fascinating documents on a given subject, like foreign diplomacy or women’s rights.Graphic designers replicate them—handwriting, signatures, and all.A letter is then sent via FedEx to ensure swift delivery after purchase. Each of the subsequent five letters will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail with a historically themed stamp.
You can't go wrong with a classic, especially when it looks this good! Inspired by watches worn by World War II infantrymen, this rugged leather field watch features Swiss-jeweled movement and date-indicator window to ensure accurate timekeeping. Stainless steel case, water-resistant up to 50 meters, and available in three colors.
Nothing cooler than the classic, especially when it's so effective. This classic Stanley bottle has vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold for 32 hours or iced for 160 hours. The insulated lid doubles as a cup. Made from 18/8 stainless steel it won't rust and is BPA-free.
Shhh don't tell my husband but I. am getting him these slippers! Available up to size 14 in six different colors, these water resistant slippers from The North Face also have a durable ripstop upper and high-traction rubber tread to bring both indoor and outdoor practicality to a slipper lined with PrimaLoft® insulation. The collapsible heel makes it easy to slide on for morning coffee or a dash outside to check the mail.
With the need to find ways to have fun and be active in socially distant ways, my husband bought two sets of these throwing axes to enjoy in our backyard. He built himself a target with items around the house (there are plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to make targets and several premade ones for sale online) and the whole family enjoys this activity. We added colorful tape strips to the handles so the throwing axes are easy to find if they are in fallen leaves or in the woods; this is also a great way to distinguish which axes are used by whom so the game can be sanitary for these current times. And gosh this is a great way to get out frustration!
My husband has the Shark, Goat, and Beaver versions of this hat; I'll admit I stole the Beaver one and occasionally wear it to the gym! These are conversation starters for sure, and provide a little humor while also looking cool. Over a dozen different animals to choose from.
Now that he's a grown-ass man, he should care for his shoes like a grown-ass person! This ten-piece set features a first-class wooden valet box with foot pedal. Includes two tins of Kiwi Select premium paste polish in black and brown, two 100% horsehair brushes, two soft shine cloths, two shoe daubers and one shoe horn. The complete shoe care shine kit for the perfect professional finish.
One of the most timeless and versatile shoes for men is a Chukka boot, and this one from Clarks is the classic. Even better, I found it at a price lower than department stores. This lace-up leather chukka provides all day comfort with its foam cushioned footbed, and looks great paired with jeans or khakis.
From football games to weekends camping, this is a practical gadget that will provide easy and safe warmth. Easy to fill, flameless warmth, this is small enough to fit into any pocket and rugged enough to survive the wildest weekends. Nine colors to choose from.
Stocking stuffers are hard to find for men, but gadgets like this, when high quality, are always appreciated. Small enough to fit in a wallet, this stainless steel multitool is a can opener, flat screwdriver, ruler, beer bottle opener, wrench, saw blade, and more.
This is another item I got for my husband last year for Christmas. He thought it was ridiculous, and then he tried it. And now he is on his second bottle. This stuff truly works! He had two stress fractures on one foot and while they have healed his foot still aches after a long run or when it rains. When he applies this the pain goes away. He also uses it on mosquito bites! There is a version without fragrance; the scented version smells like patchouli.
Made with a warm, durable, heavyweight 100% organic cotton flannel, this is a classic shirt that will remain stylish as well as in great shape for many years. A relaxed fit with a straight hem that looks good buttoned or unbuttoned, tucked in our left out, it comes in over a dozen different prints. All this and Patagonia does so much activism for this planet and its people including Patagonia’s self-imposed Earth tax, 1% for the Planet, which provides support to environmental nonprofits working to defend our air, land, and water around the globe.
The TRX GO Suspension Trainer helps you create workouts that match your goals anywhere and at any time. TRX Training allows you to use your body weight and gravity resistance. Weighing just one pound, this is easy to travel with. We've taken this exact set on travel and love how it can connect to a hotel or bathroom door. In fact, we have it on the downstairs powder room door to do some workout while waiting for water to boil or a casserole to cook in the kitchen next door. It's something that works for all abilities since there aren't any weights.
This smartphone-controlled paper airplane flies at up to 25 mph for 10 minutes, exactly where you want it to go. Just fold the sporty "paper" (actually crash-proof carbon fiber) using one of the included templates, attach the Bluetooth®-enabled device, download the app to your phone, and commence takeoff.
Available in three colors and for both models of AirPods, this handmade case from a well-rated Etsy shop offers a range of customization fonts and options. This gift will not only elevate the look of his earbuds, but make it easier to find them and distinguish them from others!
This Etsy shop will take photos and create an accurate bobblehead of your loved one. You can choose attire, and even have the person sitting on a bike or holding a special item! With thousands of 5-star reviews, you can be sure this will be a success. Do plan ahead, it takes up to three weeks for one of these though the shop does accept some rush orders!
Meet the perfect travel companion: The CINEMOOD 360º is a lightweight, portable smart projector that brings a world of content right to your fingertips. The device comes preloaded with a huge library of videos and responsive-motion games, or you can connect to Wi-Fi and stream from your subscription-based streaming account or YouTube. You can even download your Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other content directly to the device for offline viewing, so you and your kiddos can watch your favorite movies anytime, anywhere. The compact design features a built-in speaker, a remarkably clear and vivid picture that you can project at any angle, allowing you to immerse yourself in whatever is on screen.
I got my husband a subscription to MasterClass one year and he LOVED it. He learned tips for gardening, cooking, public speaking, more about philosophy, science, and more.
Membership to MasterClass includes access to an incredible catalog of 100+ classes taught by the world’s best on cooking, leadership, photography, writing and more.
Each class includes around 20 video lessons that are 10 minutes long on average, along with an in-depth workbook. You also get access to our smartphone and TV apps, offline lessons, a members-only newsletter, and our dynamic community of members around the world.
Man's best friend on his feet! My mom got a pair of PupSocks for my husband one year and they were a hit! This is a great gift for the man who has everything; upload a photo of his dog, cat, or any other face (even his own face!) and design the perfect socks. They come in a range of patterns and sizes and have recently upgraded their textiles which are softer and an even better fit!
Does your guy keep losing his keys? Get him an AirTag keychain! Super sleek and sophisticated looking, this leather keychain comes in a range of colors and securely holds an AirTag. He can then use his phone or laptop to find exactly where his keys are placed!
Just by adding coffee grounds and water, you can make iced coffee with this highly-rated bottle. Simply put coffee grounds into the strainer, and add water. Shake it up, stick it in the refrigerator, and just a few hours later you will have delicious iced coffee from the beans and roast that you prefer!
Another item my husband owns and loves! Since turning 40, both he and I have had knee issues. Cold therapy and compression have been proven to help such a situation, but most of the gadgets on the market for such at-home therapy cost a LOT of money. Squid Go is $300 which isn't cheap, but far cheaper than the rest and we found quite effective. There is an ice pack you put in your freezer and Velcro into the wrap that goes around your knee. Connect to the device seen above in the man's hand and you can control how long and how intense the compression. We love doing this after a run or Peloton ride to stop knee pain in its tracks. At the Squid website, you can find versions for your back, shoulder, and other body parts!
I shared this as a gift for tweens and my husband said he wanted one himself. The size of a credit card, you can choose from Oregon Trail, Space Invaders, Galaga, Frogger, Pac-Man and more for just a little over $20. This is a quirky and fun gift that is extra-fun when out of cell service.
Dude, I want one of these myself! Send in two photos of the person and have a LEGO figure customized to look just like them! The head is 3D printed in a sandstone material, with a 5mm diameter hole in the neck, which fits on to any LEGO minifigure (your order will come with a LEGO minifigure body, but you may want to buy the specific one you desire). Reviews are overwhelmingly positive for this Etsy seller!