‘Tis the season. The TV ads are getting insufferable, there’s tinsel everywhere, and with the Christmas period bearing down, a familiar complaint rears its head: “You’re so difficult to buy for.” You’d swear that Christmas gifts for men were about as hard to find as the lost Ark of the Covenant.
We’re here to tell you that it’s just not true. Even in the age of click-and-collect and same-day delivery, when most men just buy what they want, there are countless Christmas gift ideas that will plant you firmly on the good list. With that in mind, we’ve collated the finest festive gifts for men at every price point.
A Stylish Notebook
Talking over the boss isn’t the only way to dazzle in the meeting room. Stationery that melds eye-catching design with premium details like weighty paper is far better than using Apprentice-style buzzwords and pretending to know what they mean.
Percival Linen Mask
We have to take them everywhere now, so why not take one that up your style? High-quality woven linen is light on the face while still providing the necessary protection needed. Easy to pair with many different outfits (and coming in different colors) it will be the best accessory gift of the season.
Sock It To Me Subscription
Socks are a go-to stocking stuffer for men, but one many continue to get wrong. Step into the fun world of socks with a subscription, under $25 a month you can pay for one month or a whole year at a time and who doesn’t love getting mail? A gift that keeps giving and one the guarantees you’ll never run out of clean socks.
Juniper Ridge Desert Cedar Room Spray
The bad news is that cold weather, sadly, does not make indoors smell any better, especially when you’re spending more time inside. Replace any chemical scents in your place this year with nature distilled into a bottle, notes of thick resin, dusty leather, and sun-baked wood. Perfect for freshening up any room or any hard-to-wash items like linens, or upholstery.
Boomer vs. Millennial Trivia Game
After the financial crush that is Christmas, booking a holiday may seem like a pipe-dream. Take a mental getaway with a fun card game that you can play with the family that finally distracts them from asking you why you don’t have a girlfriend yet. Plus, you can give a final answer to, are boomers better than millennials?
Airsnigi Cocktail16-Piece Shaker Set with Bamboo Stand
It makes little sense to spend more on the receptacle than the stuff that goes in it. Which is the all-important booze. An affordable cocktail set is more than enough for the amateur barman, and better yet, the change leftover from this example should allow you to buy a half-decent bottle of something strong.
100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Grab the Christmas snacks and take a seat, no more wondering what to watch and spending more time on Netflix scrolling than watching something. A great gift for movie buffs and couch potatoes alike, you’ll never miss a cultural reference again.
Bulldog Skincare Set
Despite what the haters would have you believe, we haven’t yet reached peak skincare routine. In fact, we’re nowhere near it. A basic skincare kit should be standard issue for any hirsute gent, so keep your winter chapped skin stocked up for the Yuletide window.
Repel Compact Windproof Umbrella
Too many men take on the elements with a substandard umbrella, turned inside-out by a gust of wind as powerful as a five-year-old’s sneeze. Christmas is the perfect time for an upgrade. Not only is it a gift few men would think to purchase themselves, but it’ll also make for ideal battle armor in advance of the January gloom.
Gentlemen’s Hardware In Good Hands Kit
Personal maintenance for men has never been more important, sure you can follow all the trends but step out with dry cracked hands and long dirty fingernails? Forget about being the best dressed. Keeping you prepared for whatever life throws your way, the In Good Hands Kit comes with a handcare multitool that includes five tools to keep your hands and nails in their best shape possible, and a moisturizer to keep them nourished.
Max Brenner First Aid Chocolate Box
Nobody north of 18 should suffer a selection box. But sometimes you have no choice upgrade the worst Christmas consolation prize with a fun box of treats that’ll keep him half-full and satsfied, even for the hardest to shop for.
A Day’s March Wool Scarf
Anyone with an ounce of fashion sense knows that true style is in the small details. So enable him to keep warm and update his look all at the same time with a handsome scarf. This great-looking example will afford him the opportunity to add a touch of flair to any outfit (without breaking your wallet).
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
Whoever makes the sauce, grabs the naming rights, so you might end up with ‘Hot lips’ but at least he might have fun playing ‘Ad Man’ for a day. Easy instructions to follow and a sense of pride that money can’t buy, this is a perfect gift for any heat chasing devil.
Tangram Factory Rookie Smart Jump Rope
Listen, a fitness goal isnt the most original New Year goal but it is a classic for a reason. If he is looking to make a change, this could be the gift for him (even if he only uses it for three months). Cheaper than a Peloton, this jump rope still has high tech features to make an at-home-workout feel like an expesnive gym membership.
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle
Don Draper-esque behaviour will earn you nothing but an HR disciplinary these days, but you shouldn’t rule out his kit, in a new updated way. A sleek water bottle may not hark back to rosier times of in-pocket boozing, but there are many different hot or cold liquids you can keep in this bottle (not just water). Perhaps only keep it full of the fun juice for the weekends only.
A Coffee Table Book
There are two things every functioning adult should have in his home: enough underwear to last a full week and a few books. The latter is more likely to be on display to visitors (we’d hope) so make sure it’s something others want to pick up, like this New York Times collection which documents five decades of American Street Style.
Nudient Phone Case
New phone this Christmas? Keep your gift on the debt-free side and add the perfect hardworking accessory – a phone case. Simple colors and no noisey designs means this will pair with everything he owns and keep it safe.
CLDP Boxers Brief
No man undervalues his own crown jewels, so they deserve a home more akin to Buckingham Palace than Her Majesty’s prison service. A pair of premium boxer shorts is fit for a king, especially when crafted from soft, breathable cotton. A right royal treat.
Hatozaki Blended Japanese Whisky
Whisky isn’t all ruddy-cheeked old men swigging and spluttering. Okay, so it kind of is. But at least there’s room for the younger (and cooler) to join the ranks thanks to hyped-up Japanese blends that are more silky-smooth hipster swag than grandad tipple.
Arigato x Sneaker Lab Premium Cleaning Kit
Nobody will understand the quirks of a sneakerhead: that familiar beaded brow whenever box-fresh leather is threatened by a nearby puddle. Prevent any bouts of rain-induced PTSD with a shoe care kit – an essential gift for anyone with a bad habit for good shoes.
Reiss Toulouse Linen Tie
Whether he’s a greenhorn grad-schemer or a seasoned city boy, no nine-to-five look is complete without a tie. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for boardroom boring, though. Swapping traditional silk for a textured linen design will bring a touch of preppy to his office attire, no matter what his age.
Heritage Square Pizza and Bread Stone
Guarenteed to create a battle for the last piece, this pizza and bread stone adds something to home cooking that money can buy. Easy super crispy crusts and doughs can make any home kitchen chef feel like a three Michlen star chef, need we say more? Bon appetite.
NINM Lab Point And Shoot Retro 35mm Camera
Help him embrace the more tangble things in life this holiday season with a retro-inspired 35mm film camera. An easy memory making fav, with easy focus, flash, it really comes down to a simple point and shoot.
This one might not fit into the stocking but it will help with the stock…a beautful cookbook is something nice to look and and a handy kitchen helper for those more oven-challenged. These international inspired recipies will also let anyone explore the goodness of food, even at a beginners level.
Abel Cobalt Amber Scent
Yes, a man’s nostrils can be picky at the best of times, but the warm reception received by Abel’s Cobat Amber brings a new flare to the table. Comprised of fresh notes like pink pepper, cardamon, juniper berry with Peruvian balsem and amber, there’s good chance this could be a new go-to cologne for countless gents, generation after generation.
Packard Bell Home Theater Projector And Screen
Save some money on snacks and set up this at home movie theater set, great for any movie lover who might miss the big screen but hates the movie seats. The projector and screen that can be adjusted from 32”-150” for flexible viewing, maybe hook it up to your gaming system and you might not see him until the New Year.
Corridor NYC Cotton Beanie
The bad news is that cold weather, sadly, is one thing guaranteed to come back year after year. The good news, however, is that just means an excuse to pull on some high-quality headwear, like a beanie that will keep the frost – and any fleeting trends – at bay.
Diesel Mohican-Head Stamp Signet
Now that Mr T no longer the poster boy for men’s jewellery, the market is on the up. However, we’d still pity the fool who attempts to dive in head first. Get him started with a simple but unique ring that keeps his appendages on point without straying into fancy dress territory.
Brooklinen Waffle Robe
There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to take sleepwear seriously (do you really think Ryan Gosling hits the hay in a pizza-stained T-shirt?) Help him out with a nice robe that’ll make reading the morning paper all the more enjoyable.
The Art of Shaving Travel Shaving Kit
Those lucky enough to earn frequent flyer status shouldn’t neglect their skincare regime. A well-edited travel kit should be purpose-built for the rigours of city living, with all the products needed to combat smog and dehydration, whatever the continent.
A Day’s March Freeport Tote
The man bag is a tricky phenomenon. Too big, and it’s a weekend bag. Too small, and it’s definitely a handbag. And while backpacks are the go-to, they’re hardly that inventive – all of which makes a tote the perfect in-between, especially when it’s cut from a hardy material and in a simple colour that’ll go with everything else in a man’s wardrobe.
Grey’s Summit Slipper
Nobody dislikes socks. Nobody. But sometimes thin, almost-worn-out socks won’t do the trick at keeping your feet warm in the house or on the trail. The gift of versitlity and warmth are wrapped up in one little afforable package with the Summit Slipper. Inspired by puffer jackets, they are lightweight and warm without the worry of overheating and the textured toe and sole means it can withstand any camp site or toe-stubbed corner.
NON Leather Tolietry Bag
Airport security sandwich bags are in no way worthy of a man’s toiletries. Instead, a leather dopp kit is a simple yet effective stowaway for all his grooming essentials, especially when built with multiple compartments to keep wet and dry items separate.
Amazon Echo Speaker and Alexa Assistant
A tiny speaker that does just about everything but make your morning coffee. The Echo speaker delivers premium sound, voice controlled entertainment and smart home compatibility he couldn’t ask for more, and if he does, don’t worry we have more options.
An Oxford Shirt
Many men fear colour, though it needn’t be this way. By imbuing a wearable piece like an Oxford shirt with an enduring shade, there’s a guaranteed style win that’ll outlive any fleeting, ill-advised trend.
Stainless Steel Knife
In a great line taken from Kill Bill: “You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least fry like a samurai”. Okay, so it was “die”. But presuming he’s more kitchen dojo than kung fu master, channel the Land Of The Rising Sun with a Japanese kitchen knife instead.
MYRQVIST Leather Belt
A staple in any mans wardrobe, whether his pants are too tight or loose after the holiday season, its amazing what a belt can do to save any look. While they come in many colors and styles you can never go wrong, or be out of style with a quality made black leather belt.
Mismo Card Slit
The advent of contactless payments means two things: brazen pint-buying come Friday, and little need for cold, hard cash. So, downsizing to a simple, cardholder helps keep a man’s accessories game stripped back and stylish.
Wax London Reid Logo T Shirt
The humble black T-shirt is the bread and butter of a man’s wardrobe, so it pays to invest. This year, help him ditch shrinking sleeves and twisted hems by opting for a premium version, cut from 100 per cent premium cotton.
A Day’s March Original Overshirt
If the man in your life is a style-conscious chap, buying clothes that will end up on him and not back on the shelf at the shop a week later is no easy feat. Eliminate the risk factor by picking up this sure-fire winner. It’s thick, it’s warm, it goes with everything and it looks the business. What more can he ask?
MVMT Chrono 45mm Watch
Somewhere along the line, the world of watches got really tricky to navigate (they don’t call them ‘complications’ for nothing). Take things back to basics with a minimalist timepiece that delivers on one thing: straight up style.
Wellen Seawool Fisherman Sweater
Whether valedictorian or class clown, Ivy League threads are available to all. If the full sweater vest and tartan scarf look is just a little too out there, opt for a classic fisherman wool sweater instead. ‘A’ for effort and, better yet, an ‘A’ for style.
Despite what Donald Trump would have you believe, reading is cool. Especially when it’s on a slick E-Reader. With an insane battery life (up to six weeks) and the capacity to store thousands of books on something lighter than a paperback, every man can now boast of a library in his own little apartment.
Oliver Cabell Drivers
Although it started life as a shoe made for Norwegian farmers, the humble loafer and slighly more utlitarian driver has become a must-have footwear style – and with good reason. Simple details help nail that difficult smart-casual territory for any man.
Dior Sauvage Cologne
Often labelled as one of the best men’s fragrances of all time, Dior’s Eau Sauvage is deserving of the praise. Long-lasting notes of citrus and wood are a classic combination designed to suit most tastes, while 200ml of the good stuff will keep him in stock for months, if not years, to come.
Give’r 4 Season Leather Gloves
There’s a reason people don’t wear flip-flops in winter. Aside from the fact they’d look like total tools, the cold weather is not kind on our extremities. The same goes for our hands, which makes a solid pair of gloves an absolute no-brainer.
DIY Screen Printing Kit
The next time you think of an observation so witty it belongs on a T-shirt make sure you have the tools to make it happen. Mess free with no need for electroicity or heat this is the perfect beginner kit to start your t-shirt or tote bag empire.
Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven
We know this is fancy simply because its french, thats how it works right? A hard working and good-looking kitchen staple for novice to expert at-home chef. Stove top and oven proof the dutch oven is great for soups, breads, roasts and just about anything else your mad kitchen scientist can think of.
Uniform Standard Series 1 Sneakers
Nobody dislikes Stan Smiths. Nobody. And if there is but an utterance of disappointment come Christmas Day, he’s frankly not deserving of top-shelf white leather minimalism that’ll sit with almost everything in his wardrobe.
Braun Electric Shaver
What’s worse than an unkempt beard? A badly-maintained one, resplendent with scorched patches, uneven hairs and stray stragglers. Granted, the model names usually sound like sports cars, but that’s because the electric shaver is the Aventador of the grooming world with a head that can flex in all different directions whether wet or dry, long or short.
Bang & Olufsen Beolit Speaker and Wireless Charger
In this day and age, nobody can excuse tinny, crappy music at a party (the house or dinner variety). Every man should aim to give guests a higher quality of sound, delivering crystal clear music that sets the mood or annoys the neighbours, however the user sees fit.
Smoked Cocktail Master Class + Smoking Cloche
Deliver an expereince and a fun gift all in one. The master class, taught by mixoligist extrodinare Matt Levy, consists of one hour and two smoking cocktail recipes sure to turn your living room into the coolest bar in the neighborhood. With many times to choose from and a fun kit that comes with it, it’s a great gift for any prohibition-era enthusist.
Asket Car Coat
No well-edited wardrobe is complete without an overcoat, but considering it’s an investment piece, it pays to get it right. Darker colours like black and navy skew smart, but neutrals such as camel and brown lend themselves to being dressed down with jeans and sweatshirts. Whichever you choose, opt for soft and insulating wool to beat low temperatures in high style.
Buy a console, lose a boyfriend/brother/husband. Which, depending on how you look at it, is no bad thing. The Nintendo Switch is the latest upgrade to the portable gaming family that 1) doesn’t look like a radiator from the Alien franchise, and 2) allows you to play from the couch to car. It was nice knowing you.
Quip Smart Bundle
Unless you want to risk a mouth full of teeth that look like corn kernels, a state-of-the-art toothbrush is essential. Look for one that packs multiple functions (including smart technology to help you brush better) into a streamlined, easy-to-use design that wouldn’t look out of place in a man cave’s bathroom.
Bang & Olufsen Wireless Sport Earphones
Wireless headphones are the new MiniDisc. Except, they serve a purpose and people actually want them. This year, audiophile heavyweights, like Bang & Olufsen have stepped up their game with sleek designs complete with monster battery lives and intuitive controls that respond naturally to music-listening habits.
Mismo Mega Tote
A good quality weekend bag is not to be sniffed at. Ideal for those in-between trips, where a backpack is too small and a suitcase too extreme, you’ll find yourself reaching for one more often than not. Take this Mismo example, which is made from a hard-wearing fabric, and also features leather detailing and brass hardware for added durability and style.
Apple iPad Pro
Turns out all that glitters really is gold, especially when it’s a multi-function iPad. This pocket rocket from Apple comes with full HD resolution, 11 hours of battery life and a 11 inch Liquid Retina touchscreen display that’s up there with the best. Try to take the shine off that.
Hugo Boss Wool Blazer
Blue: the safest shade on the wheel. A blazer: the most versatile smart-casual piece a man can own. Combine the two together, and you’re left with a menswear essential that sits just as pretty with a white T-shirt as it does a shirt and tie.
Nitro Cold Brew Maker
It might be hard to break up with your local coffee shop but your wallet will be crying in relief when you do. Set up with everything you need to make a lip-smaking good cup of cold brew, this simple over-night brewer/dispenser will be a saviour in the warm summer months, could be a handy tool for those boozy espresso martini nights over the holidays too.