10 Perfect Gifts for Your Little Brother Who's Probably Cooler Than You

He used to play with Legos and plastic zoo animals; now he's a Big Dude on Campus. He's your little brother, and he's cool, hilarious, tech-savvy, annoying, well-meaning, and a little bit unwashed. (He's also eaten nothing but pizza for days.)

Shopping for brothers can be hard — I sent mine an email full of sweater links, which he promptly deemed "too hipster" — but when you get it right, you earn the greatest reward of them all: Coolest Big Sister in the World. At least for a day. Or an hour.

A secret safe

Fancy combination safes are so bourgeoisie. Besides, he doesn’t have any pearls. This kit comes with a cut-out saw, so he can install it in an innocuous corner of his dorm room/apartment and keep all his valuables inside. According to Think Geek, Chicago Police consider these units better than a locked safe!

Hidden Wall Safe, $8, Amazon

Some spy equipment

Boys will be boys will be spies, and none of his friends will ever guess that this normal-looking pen has a video camera inside. It records up to 72 hours of suspicious (or hilarious) activity.

Mini Spy Pen Hidden Camera Video Recorder , $13.19, Walmart

Mixtape glasses

He’ll throw the best parties in town with these mix tape glasses. Tell him to let his guests write their favorite song on their glasses (there’s a wax pencil included with the set) for a playlist that’ll get everyone dancing.

Mixtape Glasses, Set of 6, $50, uncommongoods.com

The most portable boombox ever

It uses Bluetooth to play music wirelessly from his phone, and it’s tiny enough to take on any last minute jaunts to the park after midnight.

UE Mobile Boombox, $99, Amazon

A vintage fedora

This army green canvas version screams Indiana Jones.

Canvas Fedora Hat, $36, Amazon

A piece of vintage propaganda

Even if his dreams of being in the air force have come to naught, he’ll love this rah-rah propaganda print from World War II.

WWII US Air Corps Give us the Fire, $40, allposters.com

A clever iPhone case

It’ll also force him to reexamine his thoughts on art and culture. Does he, indeed, heart realism? Or is he more of a speculative fiction dude?

I Heart Realism iPhone Case, $27, redbubble.com

A really weird poster

In college, the best reaction a guy can hope for from his friends is a loud chorus of “WTF?” This poster guarantees it. (Put it in a fancy frame if you’re feeling extra hilarious.)

Sloth Art Print, $19, etsy.com

A Fairisle Sweater

Let’s be honest, he’s more likely to wear it if it comes from you than if it comes from Great Aunt Cassandra. And he’ll look so cute and grown-up in it!

Pull&Bear Fairisle Jumper In Burgundy, $29.90, ASOS

A puffy vest

Seriously, all the guys are wearing them these days, and they’re extremely practical for treks across a college campus. Bonus: This one has a camouflage lining.

Paul Rizk Quilted 4 Pocket Vest, $49, jackthreads.com