Shopping for men. It’s not nearly as easy as popping into Anthropologie and buying a gift for your best friend, is it? In fact, it can be downright daunting.
When I started writing gift guides four years ago, I was a girl shopping for seven men every Christmas – my husband, father, father-in-law, 2 brothers, and 2 brothers-in-law. So, I decided to ask all these guys what their favorite gifts were and compiled them into my first gift guide. And each year since, I’ve combined my tomboy aesthetic with their input of best gifts to curate another guide. This year is no exception.
I’m always searching for that combination of function + style to ensure the gift you spent hard-earned dollars on won’t go unused or be returned. This time around, I’ve curated the categories of tried + true gifts that men will actually use and then included several options to help you find exactly what your guy will love. Here we go!
Gifts for Him
Finding a gift that will be used constantly is one of the best things you can give someone on your list. My husband had been using al backpack as his work bag for years, and as he’s started meeting with more clients, it was high time for an upgrade. I decided to splurge a little on a Filson with a lifetime guarantee and classic style, since he uses it daily.
The perfect combination of form and function. Since this is the go-to accessory for most men, it’s a great gift choice (and it will always fit).
The coziest of shirts, he’ll wear flannel nonstop in the colder months.
Honestly, my husband owns more shoes than I do, and he would always add another pair. Since shoes get so worn, especially in the winter, finding a durable, well-made pair is a smart gift.
There’s something satisfying and primal about building a fire, watching the flickering reds and oranges. I gave Zach a fire pit for Father’s Day two years ago, and we love to use it for date nights after the kids are tucked in bed. It’s nice to get off the couch, be outside, have a glass of wine and relax.
Zach’s dad has always gifted his three sons a new tool to add to their arsenal each year, and I totally love that idea.
While my husband prefers to clip his cards and cash with a binder clip (I’m not even joking), others use a legit wallet. Here are some great choices if its time for a replacement.
Cashmere is the luxurious yet simple gift. It is warm, soft, and looks so good. You could seriously just buy one for each guy (and girl) on your list and call it a day.
If my husband had endless cash, he would wear a new set of socks each day. I don’t claim to understand this, but the least I can do is make sure to have a few new pairs under the tree to kick off the new year.
These tees are super soft, and the designs are excellent. Everyone in my family owns something from this Ohio-based shop. Plus they always send treats in the packaging like baseball cards and CrackerJack popcorn.
Books are often my dad’s preferred gift, and my brother-in-law has been methodically reading through the classics over the past few years. Here are a few suggestions for the bibliophile in your family.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee ($5, an amazing classic about fatherhood and bravery)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel, by Susanna Clarke ($9, like Hogwarts for grownups)
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas ($19, a classic packed with adventure and revenge)
We’re trying to get more in the habit of playing games as a couple and a family than just defaulting to Netflix every single night.
Popcorn poppers are our go-to house warming gift. The popcorn is 1,000 times better than microwave! Plus, it’s such a cozy treat to cook up during a football game or movie.
The guys in my life have all been on a big biking kick and have bought their own bikes recently. I remember getting my first bike rolled out to me at the end of a birthday party, and it was like the ultimate present. I think a grown up would be just as giddy to get a bike on Christmas morning.
Like a work bag, a coat is a staple where we live. It will show up as your man’s main outfit every single day for half the year.