Every year I stumble over what to get my boyfriend for Christmas (and birthdays for that matter). For as long as we've been together, I can't find that sweet spot between "I know he'll love this" and not having to spend thousands on the fancy car parts he wants or the drum set on his wish list.
But I've finally discovered the jackpot of gift ideas after coming across a few niche shopping sites that cater to guy gifts. Here are 39 ideas that you can still rush order. If not, print out a picture and tape it in a card with the shipping arrival date. After all, he has to love you for the procrastinator you are.
Guys love grooming more than they like to admit. Make this a stocking stuffer and watch him as he takes pride in using it. (Scoutmob, $25)
I mean it. As a beauty editor, I get to bring home fun samples to try. Once in a while, I hear "Hey, do you have that cool oil good-smelling something or another?" (Scoutmob, $60)
Citrus Hefeweizen beer soap? Even I'm curious. (Red Beard Post Exchange, $8)
These rocks glasses etched with his city's grid would complement his favorite scotch perfectly. (Uncommon Goods, $14)
You can personalize with his name, a quote or whatever you want on there. (Uncommon Goods, $85)
I first discovered this for wine, and plan to extend my, err, his, collection with the beer version. (Chillsner, $30)
Search [insert hobby here]-themed BBQ tools, and you're sure to find something. (Uncommon Goods, $28)
Think in terms of man-cave decor and it will get you far in the gift-giving world. (Uncommon Goods, $38)
Another stocking stuffer gem. (Uncommon Goods, $20)
Need I say more? (Uncommon Goods, $18)
You get to reap the benefits when he makes a kick-ass meal. (Uncommon Goods, $30)
And then host a beer tasting party. (Uncommon Goods, $60)
You'd be surprised at how much some guys will appreciate things like this (but maybe get him some whiskey stones, too?) (Uncommon Goods, $36)
It's manly and cool, but also teaches him high-class old-school etiquette. Everyone wins, right? (Uncommon Goods, $15)
Pretty self explanatory. (Uncommon Goods, $16)
This says "I love you" without forcing him to walk around with a heart key chain. (Uncommon Goods, $20)
There's something about seeing the words "surround sound" that makes a guy squeal a little on the inside. (Bose, $139)
He can go out with the guys, and if this keychain determines he had one too many, it can actually call him a cab or an Uber. Why didn't we think of this? (Uncrate.com, $100)
Have you ever heard a guy not complain about his wallet at some point? It never hurts to have a new one ready for when the old one wears out. (Octovo, $105)
If he's into guns, ammunition can make the perfect stocking stuffer. (Sportman's Warehouse, prices vary)
Stuff a tactical stocking with candy and other treats — great for any guy who has served. (Amazon, $15)
This iPhone case also comes equipped as one of those multi-tools with blades, and a bottle opener, and a screwdriver and the list goes on. (ReadyCase, $45)
And just maybe you'll let him store it on the living room end table for easy access. (Uncommon Goods, $45)
Because, why not? (Uncommon Goods, $195)
It may be cliché that dudes love sandwiches (thanks to Joey on Friends), but really everyone loves sandwiches so no harm in rush-ordering a few extras? (Uncommon Goods, $30)
It's definitely a splurge, but if you have the cash this is a solid guy gift for any occasion. (Beats by Dre, $300)
It will make shaving feel luxurious for him. Think hot shaves at the barbershop, but right from home. (Baxter of California, $18)
It's something he can enjoy with his guys, or you! Talk to his inner Don Draper. (Jura Whisky, $60)
This is real. Buy extra. Buy a lot. Give it to all your friends. (Bewdly Coffee Company, $19)
Do you really need to hear anything more? (Treehouse chocolate, $15)
Yes, it's legal. (Ole Smoky, $26)
This gallon-sized container comes chock-full of bath goodies like bay rum oil, fresh-scented soap, shave gel, hand butter, and an exfoliator. The container comes with its own opener which doubles as a bottle opener, so cute. Even better, all of the products are free of dyes, perfumes or chemicals. (Ames and Oates, $48)
Hint, hint, nudge, nudge. Do some yard work, honey. You'll love it. (Bosse Tools, $90 to $100)
This is like the luxury version of your Runkeeper app, but for basketball. (ShotTracker, $150)
Since liquids can't make it past security, this company got creative. (Carry on Cocktail, $24)
These phone hook-ups act as stud finders, moisture meters, inspection scopes and more. (Home Depot, $15 - $100)
This memory and focus supplement formula will help keep him on top of his game. (Onnit, $35)
Dusk by Herban Cowboy smells amazing without the huge department store price tag. It's also vegan and comes in recycled packaging. (Amazon, $21)
His car will be clean as a whistle in no time with this 10-piece car wash bucket. (Target, $27)
Cooking with dull knives is a pain, literally. A nice 14-piece knife set will have him on his way to culinary freedom. (Amazon, $67)
Five Four Club is pretty amazing. You join by completing a short style quiz, and then conveniently receive a monthly curated package at your doorstep. Three, six and 12 month gift packages are available. (Five Four Club, $180 and up)
No man cave is complete without a bottle cap trophy case! (Knot and Nest Designs, $40)
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Originally published December 2014. Updated November 2016.
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