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In my experience, it’s never the person who has everything that’s the hardest to shop for. Everyone wants something, it’s just a matter of figuring out what that something is. But while women in my life will drop hints, leave clues, or tell you exactly what they’re wishing for if you just ask, it’s men who play the mystery card all while declaring they “don’t need anything.” This leads you, the gift-giver, to pay extra close attention to the things they have their eye on throughout the year. That, or you poke around the web for “the best gifts for him” with a hope and a prayer that the internet will offer some guidance. If you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right place.
I learned a long time ago to keep a running list of gift ideas for my husband in the notes section of my smartphone. I’ll jot down a book title he mentions in passing, make note of limited-edition sports memorabilia for his favorite teams, and keep tabs on new releases from the brands he likes. It’s my foolproof method to tame the madness that is holiday shopping, but if you don’t have a wishlist at the ready and you don’t have a clue what the man in your life — be it your partner, father, brother, or best friend — I’ve rounded up some ideas they’d be happy to unwrap this season.
His Coffee Fix: Four Sigmatic High Octane Coffee Pack, $60
Four Sigmatic launched its new collection of coffee, and it’s the better-for-you brew the market’s been waiting for. If he’s the type of guy to crave a caffeine fix as soon as he wakes up, this bundle will meet his needs efficiently and deliciously. The pack includes three bags of ground coffee, each infused with a different functional mushroom pairing to serve separate purposes: “Think,” which has been infused with lion's mane (to boost brain functionality) and Chaga (which is high in antioxidants); “Perform,” made with L-Theanine and cordyceps (which, together, reduce stress and fight fatigue); and “Immune Support” rich in vitamin D and made with Chaga. Whatever support he needs for the day, these cups of joe can help.
Eye-Protecting Lenses: DIFF Sawyer Blue Light Glasses, $85
Whether he’s constantly picking up his phone or working on the computer, your guy could probably use a pair of blue light glasses to keep his eyes protected. DIFF’s Sawyer style is a classic frame with scratch-resistant nylon lenses. It’s a sophisticated style he’ll love receiving and you’ll love gifting, especially when you factor in that each DIFF purchase contributes to the brand’s partnership with Sightsavers, ensuring someone in need is able to receive eye exams, glasses, medicine, and/or surgery.
A Multipurpose Gym Bag: Stuart and Lau The Regimen Gym Bag, $395
Gyms have opened back up, and your guy is likely thrilled. Help him celebrate by gifting your swolemate this sleek bag from Stuart and Lau. The tote is multi-purpose, so he can haul it to the gym, to the office, and even to the airport. It’s riddled with compartments for the essentials like a change of clothes, laptop, water bottles, and it even features a ventilated shoe pocket. It holds up to 45L in volume and is constructed from hardwearing, waterproof materials, so he can use it every day, no matter the weather forecast.
Gummies To Get Rid Of Anxiety: Sunday Scaries The Ultimate Rando Bundle, $60
In the world we live in, it’s hard not to be excitable. If he’s dealing with bouts of anxiety, this writer speaks from experience when she says adding these gummies to his daily vitamin routine might help. The Sunday Scaries rando bundle stocks your pantry with CBD essentials that taste as good as they work. My personal favorite is the Vegan AF CBD Gummies that taste like sour gumdrops, but the set also includes a bottle of the brand’s original CBD gummy bears (also tasty), as well as a tincture to use at bedtime for a more restful sleep.
A Minimalist Money Carrier: The Ridge Wallet: Carbon Fiber 3K, $125
Wallets stuffed with credit cards and loose cash can get bulky, fast. Lessen the load by having him switch to The Ridge. The Carbon Fiber 3K can hold up to 12 cards without stretching the hardware and features a bifold for receipts, plus an elastic cash strap to store his dollars seamlessly.
Makeup For Men: Lunar Beauty Life’s A Drag Facelift Brush Bundle, $70
If the guy on your list loves makeup, I cannot recommend Lunar Beauty enough. Founded by Manny Gutierrez (whom his fans know best as Manny MUA), Lunar Beauty is an all-inclusive cosmetic brand with products designed with any and all genders in mind and The Life’s A Drag Facelift Brush Bundle is the perfect gift for beginner and pro artists alike. It includes seven brushes, plus a bag to house them all in, as well as the Life’s A Drag eyeshadow palette made complete with everyday neutral mattes, pops of color, and some sparkle shades for added glitz.
Luxury Pajamas: LilySilk 22 Momme Long Silk Pajamas Set with Contrast Trim, $210
Everyone could use a good night’s sleep, and if you know for a fact your guy’s been tossing and turning, a pair of silk pajamas will be the perfect gift for him this year. They’re made from 22 momme charmeuse silk and are roomy and breathable, making them a staple for sleeping or lounging. LilySilk’s set also comes available in 10 beautiful colors, including a very festive red hue, if you’d like to stick with the holiday theme.
Something He Can Cheers To: Beer of the Month Club International Beer Subscription, $40
Treat the man on your list who appreciates a cold one to a subscription of international sips. Your new Beer of the Month Club member will receive 12 12o-ounce bottles (6 of each kind) of hand-crafted beer selected from breweries around the globe. Each shipment will also include a monthly newsletter providing background on the beer, like tasting notes and the best foods to pair them with. Bottom’s up!
Something Spicy: Heatonist Hot Ones Dos Los XXX Trio, $40
Help him spice things up this holiday season with the Heatonist Hot One’s Dos Los XXX Trio. The three-sauce kit will really put his spice tolerance to the test with bottles of Los Calientes, Los Calientes Rojo, and The Last Dab XXX that measure up hot, hotter, and hottest. Join in on the fun or participate as a spectator. Either way, make sure you get it all on tape.
A Grooming Routine: Gentlemen’s Hardware Close Shave Kit, $22
If he’s particular about his beard and is overly passionate about his grooming process, the best gift for him is the Close Shave Kit from Gentlemen’s Hardware. The minimalist kit includes Face Wash, Shave Cream, and Shave Balm that come packaged together in a reusable tin. It’s a 3-step routine that’s quick, but efficient, so your bearded buddy can stay happy and properly trimmed to his preference.
So no matter what your guy is into — be it a caffeine fix or muscle gains, comfy loungewear, or all things food-related — you can rest assured there’s a gift out there he’ll be grateful to receive.