It’s a tale as old as time: You don’t know what to get the man in your life for whatever holiday it is, so you scroll through pages of gift guides for them that always seem to include the same things: socks, leather wallets, key chains, etc. Boy oh boy, who wouldn’t want those as Christmas presents? Oh yeah, everyone.
So, I tried my damnest by asking the men in my life—my boyfriend, dad, brother, and guy friends—what they’d actually be happy to receive, and boy was it insightful. The only idea I didn’t include was a “Saturdays Are For The Boys” flag because it’s my belief those are an atrocity to the world. Sorry, Ryan.
Now, these gift choices have a wide range. Some of them are NSFW, others are almost too practical, and then there are some that seen too random to be serious, but trust me (and my unpaid consultants) when I say that all of these options are better and will be loved much, much more than yet another pair of socks.
Below, check out 12 gift ideas for men that will get you a gold star this holiday season.
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Skincare That’s Good & Not Too Pricey
Jack Black Triple Play Gift Set
Get a nourishing moisturizer, all-over body and face cleanser, and a face scrub for under $50 in this gift set. It’ll improve anybody’s skincare routine, and shoppers love it. More than 4,700 reviewers have given this triple set a perfect rating on Amazon.
Affordable Headphones That Are As Impressive As AirPods
Air Buds Pro
There’s no need to shell out hundreds of dollars when you can get wireless headphones that look and function just the same as AirPods. These alternatives are on sale for just under $50, and have the same noise-cancelling functionality. Plus, they can connect to Apple and Android phones.
Pants That Won’t Crush Their Assets
What does ABC stand for, you ask? Well, according to the people of the internet, it stands for anti ball crushing. So rest assured knowing that whoever you get these pants for will remain comfortable when they’re in them. They come in a casual style that’s versatile. You can wear these joggers to work and nobody would bat an eye.
A Better Viewing Experience
Bose TV Speaker
This slim sound bar will make all the difference when viewing movies, awards shows, games, and whatever hot show Netflix released at the time. It’s small enough to place in front of the TV without obstructing its view, and has a minimalist look to it that will fit into any living room aesthetic with ease.
Shoes For Any Occasion
Nike Blazer Low ’77 Sneaker
Work, nights out, heck, even casual weddings. You can wear these sleek sneakers to any of those occasions. The subtle hues, even with the colorful swish, allows for these low-top shoes to be a wear-anywhere essential in any closet. They come in a couple other color options, so you can customize it pretty easily, too.
An Extremely Good-Smelling Fragrance That Lasts
Diptyque Orphéon Eau de Parfum
You might know Diptyque for its incredible candles, but its fragrances are just as impressive. This one mixes the smell of juniper berries and cedarwood to make for a truly aromatic scent that will stick around for the whole day. The large and attractive bottle is something you’ll want to show off as a piece of decor.
An Accessory To Keep Him Motivated
When it comes to staying motivated at the gym, sometimes all it takes is introducing a new device into your routine. That’s the case with this heart rate monitor. It fits around the chest and provides real-time data to whatever smart watch or fitness app you use.
A Kitchen Appliance They’ll Get Excited About
Ninja SS351 Foodi Power Blender
This high-powered blender/processor can mix, grind, and smooth everything from meats to fruits with ease. It comes with a tamper so that no food is left untouched, as well as a smoothie bowl maker. Six preset programs make chopping, dough-making, and blending fool-proof.
A Sex Toy For Penis Owners
I write about sex toys a lot, and the market offers so many more female-oriented devices than male ones, so I was more than excited when I went to a Womanizer event, and the team introduced me to this penis stroker. It uses air-pressure technology to provide penis owners with some seriously satisfying stimulations. Gift it to your SO for a boost when you’re away—or as a bedroom teammate when you’re together.
A Smart Watch Almost As Smart As Them
Apple Watch Series 7
Not only does this watch have 20% more screen space than the model that came before, it’s also made with crack-resistant material that is essentially accident proof. What’s more, it measures just about everything, including your heart rate, blood oxygen, and sleep.
An At-Home Cafe
Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker
For coffee lovers, this is the gift that will keep on giving. Everyone knows—and loves—Nespresso for its ability to create cafe-worthy espresso drinks in under a minute. Give this gorgeous model to your favorite caffeine addict, and they’ll give you a very energized thank you in return.
A Golf Course For The Living Room
Abco Tech Indoor Golf Putting Green
Bring the golf course to your home with this practice putting green. The built-in return system brings the balls back to you so that you don’t have to continually go back to the holes to retreive them.