Gift Guide for Grown Men

I love making gift guides, it's one of the fun parts of being a blogger during the holidays. 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 and sports memorabilia. I strive to create gift guides for grown men that don't include either of them, but are still great choices. This year 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 given any winners of gifts for the grown men in your life, do share them in the comments below!

Gift Guide for Grown Men

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Looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life? Feel as though many gift guides are too youthful, too expensive, or skew too old? Curated by my own grown-ass man, this gift guide is chock full of stylish ideas for the man in your life who deserves gifts as cool, practical, and enjoyable as he is. This gift guide has great gift ideas for men in fashion, technology, gadgets, the outdoors, entertainment, and more.

I bought this mug for my husband for Christmas last 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 two colors. $69.99

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Available in nine colors up to size XXL, this classic crew goes cozy with cashmere. To make the yarn, recycled cashmere is spun with responsible (non-mulesed), extra-fine merino wool, which means it’s just as soft as 100% Grade-A cashmere, but with half the carbon footprint. $98.00

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Kicking it old school! Nintendo is sure to hold a lot of good memories for all the gamers out there, be it your first Goomba stomp or your Final Fantasy victory. Get ready to relive those good old days with this NES Classic Edition from Nintendo Entertainment System. The console is a miniaturized version and comes preloaded with 30 games that are all-time greatest like Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Super Mario Bros. NES package comes inclusive of an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, one Classic NES Controller and all the pre-installed games that are ready to play. $59.99

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Durable construction, five colors to choose from, and RFID shielding make this this slim card case a great gift. Slip pocket and four card slots. $20.00

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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

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These aviator sunglasses are so cool, my husband and I fight over them. I'm 5'3", he's 6'5" and we both look great in this oversized version. While they come in many different colors, I chose the gold with green, which is perennially stylish. $203.00

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Heatseeker™ insulation keeps you incredibly warm in these gloves featuring 5 Dimensional Fit™ for greater comfort and a waterproof, breathable HyVent™ insert to keep you ready for changing conditions. Touchscreen compatibility makes for easy convenience and the removable wrist leashes keep you from losing your gloves. Four sizes and three colors to choose from. $35.00

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My husband wears a size 14 shoe; it's hard to find cool shoes at this size let alone slippers! I found Lamo Footwear a few years ago and was thrilled to see they had slippers, moccasins, and boots up to a size 14 while made of high-quality materials. I got him a pair and he loved them so much after a couple of years he asked for a replacement pair, same style. These are the slippers; he's on his third pair and has no desire to try any others. This slipper is made with a suede upper, is lined with premium faux fur, and features Lamo's TPR outsole. Comfy, well-designed, and high quality, these slippers come in two colors. $31.99

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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. $159.99

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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 XXL, this jacket will be a favorite for years to come. $128.00

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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, 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. $94.95

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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. $50.00

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I am obsessed with Bombas socks - great fit, great quality and great ethics. For every pair of socks purchased, one is donated. Once I realized Bombas has socks up to size 14 I bought some for my husband and now he too is obsessed. He loves all their socks, but finds their dress socks to be unique, stylish, well-fitting, and durable. They have different heights of dress socks; I linked to a shorter version in a four-pack which my husband wears more often. $57.00

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Celebrate and appreciate the work of Colin Kapernick with this super soft tee. Artwork by Katie Zhu. Each purchase of this shirt supports the Colin Kaepernick Foundation. $32.00

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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. $69.99

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Karl also said fingerless gloves will be worn more than ones with fingers. From driving to texting, having fingers free will make life easier. These wool-blend fingerless gloves with leather palms and terry lining are practical as well as stylish. Two colors to choose from. $68.00

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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. $47.99

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Another item my husband said MUST be in this gift guide. He said these boots are super comfortable, stable, and look good too. the perfect five-star rating on Zappos confirms he's not the only fan. With GORE-TEX® waterproof construction and moisture-absorbent leather lining to provide a dry inner climate and full grain leather and oiled nubuck upper for comfort and breathability; these are boots that will take a licking and keep on ticking. Stomp in puddles, hike through mud and slush, shovel that driveway and your feet will remain comfy, cozy, and warm. Then pair them with jeans and hit the coffee shop or brewery! $280.00

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Karl specifically asked me to add these gloves. These heavy-duty padded leather palm gloves by Dickies offer the perfect combination of comfort and durability. An air mesh back has been added to ensure breathability and high range of movement. Made from 45% Goatskin, 45% Nylon Mesh, and 10% Neoprene these will keep hands protected whether it's working on the car, partaking in outdoor sports, or trying to put up the holiday lights. $15.67

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For the man who loves a watch that can do it all, you can't go wrong with the classic Casio G-Shock. From self-proclaimed nerds to self-proclaimed fashionistos, this is a great watch to own. Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Full auto-calendar (Battery: CR1220) / Resin watch band with metal buckle closure. Features both analog and digital movement. World Time in 29 times zones, 48 cities + UTC, daylight saving on/off, home city/world time swapping. Water-resistant up to 200 meters and designed to resist mechanical shock and vibration. $89.19

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Enjoy rich, immersive hands-free sound with UV-blocking sunglasses that let you discreetly listen to music, podcasts and more through built-in Bose technology. The retro-inspired angular frames contain speakers enhanced by patented acoustic chambers, along with an integrated microphone that connects via Bluetooth® to let you make calls and integrate with Siri, your Google Assistant and the free Bose Connect app. $199.00

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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. $7.99

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This portable active stereo speaker will go wherever you want it to while looking super cool. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are built in and provide 25 hours of playing time. A USB port also allows you to charge your devices when you’re on the go. With two 2.25” woofers and two Class D amplifiers, it's the loudest speaker in its class. Volume, bass, and treble can be adjusted quickly and easily with the retractable analog control knobs located at the top of the speaker. Tap the phone button on the control panel to answer and end phone calls. Bluetooth 4.0 technology and a 3.5mm input mean connecting your listening device is super easy. $149.00

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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. $14.79

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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. $60.0

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Karl 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. $24.99

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These jacquard-knit, touchscreen-friendly gloves by EVOLG are brushed on the inside for an extra-soft feel and feature ribbed cuffs to keep the cold out. The conductive yarn pieces at the fingertips mean you can swipe, tap and text without skipping a beat. Available in four different colors. $44.00

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If Brad Pitt rocks it, it must be cool, right? Available in four sizes and three classic colors, this is an elevated alternative to the beanie or ball cap. $43.00

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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. $99.95

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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. $45.00

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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.

28 Comments

  1. 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

      • 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!

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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: https://amzn.to/32uoSUS

      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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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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