Gifts for Men that Don’t Suck

gifts for men that dont suck

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.  These days it seems every gift guide for men is full of alcohol-related items, sports memorabilia, and cheesy crap that nobody wants. I strive to create gift guides for grown men that don't suck. I also had my husband approve each item after I picked them for a second and male opinion. 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!

For more ideas for gifts for the grown men in your life, visit my gift guide for the guys and my holiday gift guide for men.


  1. Laurel
    November 14, 2020 / 10:28 am

    Another great list! I always look forward to your gift guides and have discovered a couple things for hard to buy for men. Thanks!

  2. Jennifer
    November 12, 2020 / 7:36 pm

    This was excellent! Thank you so much. I ordered three things.

  3. Krista
    November 12, 2020 / 3:58 pm

    As someone with a husband and son, I support and endorse this list! My guys have several of these items (between them) and love them all!

  4. Tara
    November 12, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    Hi Alison! If there is a way to make this product get you affiliate credit, it might be worth adding to your list: I think I originally saw it on, but I got one of these rechargeable lighters for my husband and it is great. Looks like black is sold out but it is great for lighting candles and firepits and since it really truly recharges via USB I feel like it’s better for the environment in some ways, too?! Win/win! My husband has size 15 feet and I have 15YO and 17YO sons who are currently size 14 (please let their feet stop growing soon) so appreciate the slipper recommendations from you and Karl, too! Thanks!

  5. Karen Weitzman
    November 14, 2019 / 12:32 pm

    Hi Allison,
    Thank you for the great gift suggestions. I just received a wish list from my son-in-law. Do you (or Karl) have any suggestions for a work backpack for men? Preferably under $200.
    Thanks so much!

      • Karen Weitzman
        November 14, 2019 / 3:42 pm

        Thank you so much for such a quick response. I really like the TIMBUK2. It is very tricky buying something like this for someone else but at least Nordstrom has free returns. I love all of your posts. Thanks for being real and relatable!

  6. Kt
    November 10, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Alison, your gift guides always kick ass and this was no exception – thank you!!

  7. Claire
    November 10, 2019 / 1:57 pm

    Ha, this list surprised me! There are more things on it i would buy for myself than anyone else. I love it!

  8. Lisa
    November 8, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    I was tickled to see the shoe care kit in your list. We have the one just like this that my FIL used all the time. When he passed away, it was something of his I wanted to keep. Not sure when he got it but I joined the family in ’81 and it already looked like it was used regularly; I know he used it frequently.

    • November 9, 2019 / 8:14 am

      My dad had a similar kit, I think they’re great and need to come back in style!

  9. Liz
    November 8, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I always look forward to your gift guides, as they’re some of the only ones I find actually useful! This one sorts my brother and nephew – please please tell me you’re doing another teen list again this year!!

  10. ErinG
    November 8, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    I rarely find gifts for DH on shopping guides BUT there are at least 2 on here I will be getting for him. He has no interest in fashion, so a few weeks ago I mentioned he’d look great in some chukka boots and he told me he doesn’t “see the point of them”?!?!! He will be getting these for sure! Those outdoor gloves will be great too- our new house is requiring a lot of outdoor work! And of course the Bluetooth paper airplane.

    • November 9, 2019 / 8:14 am

      Yay I’m glad you found it helpful!

  11. Megan
    November 8, 2019 / 10:49 am

    Some great ideas here! I think every man in my life will get one of those multi tools this year. Like others have said, I appreciate the early gift guides as I try to do all of my Christmas shopping by the end of November. And I especially appreciate that this guide is one of the first as my father is almost impossible to buy gifts for! He is that terrible combo of buys himself everything he wants/has quirky taste/is not at all into clothing. Thankfully, my husband is MUCH easier to buy gifts for and is delighted that I enjoy doing all of his clothing shopping for him. 🙂

    • November 9, 2019 / 8:15 am

      Awesome, I’m glad you liked it!

  12. Nihongo Dame Desu
    November 8, 2019 / 10:35 am

    Just purchased a 5 pack of the multi-tool. I went to buy one just for myself, then figured I could give to my father and brother in law as well. Since the 5 pack was cheaper than the 3 pack, my husband will get one, too, and I’ll have an extra. Thanks for the great suggestion!

    • November 9, 2019 / 8:15 am

      I thought it looked pretty awesome! Glad to help!

  13. Linda B
    November 8, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Many great ideas here. I have a terrible time buying my husband gifts, because he just goes out and buys himself whatever he wants. Maybe something here will be just right! For instance, that multi tool that fits in a wallet is something unusual that he would appreciate I think. (But BTW, the link doesn’t work.)

    Sidenote: I know I am not the only woman who has this situation where the husband buys himself whatever he wishes for right away! The related piece is that I dither and dither about buying myself anything new most of the time, so the imbalance in this situation is an “interesting” dynamic. You would think after being married for 38 years we would have figured this one out!

    • November 8, 2019 / 9:58 am

      Grrr here is a replacement link:

      My husband does the same thing, shopping for him is hard. I end up finding things when doing guides like this, hence the Ember mug last year.

    • Lisa
      November 8, 2019 / 11:11 pm

      yes, I have same situation exactly and also married 38 years!

  14. Ruth
    November 8, 2019 / 8:36 am

    I’m so relieved that my partner and I don’t ‘do’ Christmas (and since we are in the UK certainly not Thanksgiving), because he wouldn’t want any of these. Not that they are bad gifts. But, for example, why would he want a holdall when he has a perfectly good one that he bought 25 years ago? Or a cashmere jumper, when he has one he bought 15 years ago? Etc. The only gift giving we do is on birthdays and I usually buy a couple of books and a tshirt with a penguin on because he loves penguins and some of his favourite tshirts are past their best after 20 years or so (especially if bought secondhand). Anybody else have a partner like this? I must add that he is a wonderful man.

    • November 8, 2019 / 9:58 am

      See, we don’t do birthdays! I think every couple and family is different.

    • Jax
      November 8, 2019 / 12:36 pm

      As we all accumulate more and more stuff over the years, I really prefer to give and receive nice dinners and drinks out instead. Or else, get people magazine subscriptions (If they’re not hoarders) and ebooks.

      • Jax
        November 8, 2019 / 12:37 pm

        The one exception is gifts for kids, of course!!

  15. Melissa Stamos
    November 8, 2019 / 6:17 am

    Thank you for posting these before Thanksgiving. I know you explained your timing to use in a previous post. I love to begin thinking about holiday gifts in early November, so that I have my shopping plan ready by the time Black Friday deals begin. I do not shop well under pressure, starting early keeps it fun for me. Great ideas on you list, too!

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