15 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For The Guy Who Has Everything
Shopping for a guy is hard enough, but it's especially challenging when it seems like he already has everything. Whenever a cool new gadget comes out, your big bro is the first one to snatch it. When it comes to buying your best guy friend a birthday gift, you've already snagged him countless jerseys, ties, and flasks. If you're looking to switch things up, this round-up of thoughtful gift ideas for the guy who has everything will be your go-to guide.
To help you out, I've sourced a mix of unique products and gadgets that will suit all of the dudes in your life. Whether you buy a BBQ branding iron that lets your dad (literally) leave his mark on his signature mouth-watering steak, or a multi-outlet USB charging hub that all of your brother's friends will appreciate during their next gathering, you'll get major credit for being the best gift-giver ever. No longer will you have to scour the internet for "what to buy a guy," nor will you be frantically searching the men's section of every store for a pair of cool sneakers that your best friend doesn't already own. Read on for 12 thoughtful gifts that the guys in your life will actually use.
The Amateur Photographer: Retro Design Instant Camera
For the dude who's always asking you to follow his new Instagram photography handle, get him the gift that shows you support his social media dreams. This rechargeable retro camera design lets him manually mess around with light settings and long exposure times, which he can print right away to see the results. (And then 'gram them, of course.) One fan of the gadget said, "The photos come out beautifully, and all of the different modes are fantastic for experimenting and taking creative shots."
The Chef Who's Always In the Kitchen: Chalkboard Wall Herb Planter
If your friend is always cooking something up in the kitchen, bring together good design and good food in this innovative wall hanging. Herbs can be planted in the center, and a chalkboard frame lets you label the different seasonings to quickly find what you need — or to leave a reminder to pick up the next delicious list of ingredients.
The Guy Obsessed With His Hair: Beard Grooming Brush & Oil
In case he hasn't mentioned it more than four or five times, your friend is growing out his beard. He might not be there quite yet, so outfit his grooming drawer with all the best essentials to help him along. This beard brush is crafted with boar bristles that will evenly distribute the softening oil — full of nourishing jojoba oil and vitamin E. It's unscented, so it'll feel like wearing nothing all day long (aside from the silky soft effect it'll have on his beard).
The Easy Listener: Turntable For Spinning The Next Big Thing
This three-speed record player is the No. 1 best-selling turntable because of its sleek design and helpful functions — like the ability to convert vinyl records into digital ones. Its built-in speaker also lets you hook up an MP3 player or phone for streaming your own music, and one fan said, "As a music lover and a vinyl collector, this is one of the best record players I have ever owned."
The City Bike Commuter: Leather Beer Caddy To Hold Brews On The Go
If your desk mate is all about the bike commuter life, give him a leather beer caddy that attaches onto his bike. He'll love the convenience of carrying his favorite drinks to a BYOB spot after work or to his friend's house for the big game. The six-slot caddy attaches securely to the top tube and seat tube of his ride, so he won't have to worry about anything coming loose on his trip.
The Grill Master: BBQ Branding Iron For Personalized Meat Messages
Your dad loves claiming street cred for making the best grilled steak in the game. This BBQ branding iron comes with 55 letters that let him create a custom message to put on his grilled masterpiece (that will most likely include his name and something along the lines of "No. 1 Steak"). Hand-wash this iron to keep it clean and ready for regular use.
The Band Guy: Guitar Pick Hole Punch For Customizing Picks
Pick Punch , $26, Amazon
If your best friend plays in a cool local band, gift him a special hole punch that lets him make a guitar pick out of anything — from a hotel key card from his favorite city on tour, to an old ID card that shows his #TBT rainbow mohawk phase. The guitar pick maker punches standard 351 shape picks that any guitar player would love.
The Sports Fan: Personalized Cooler Chair For Before The Game
If your brother's had obsessive school spirit since his college days, he'll love having this two-in-one cooler chair to take to his tailgates. This insulated cooler has a ton of room for his favorite snacks and drinks, plus extra pockets for his keys, wallet, and game-time face paint. It also acts as a convenient portable chair and can be personalized with embroidered initials, so there's no way his college buddies can try to claim it as theirs. Sorry, guys.
The Entertainer: 7-Port USB Charge Station For Poker Night
If your boyfriend holds weekly poker nights in your shared space, he and his friends will appreciate this charging station — and you will, too! This USB charging hub can simultaneously charge up to seven devices and keeps them all in place with anti-scratch, silicone dividers. It also protects against over-charging, power surges, and short circuits, so the guys can keep their phones charged, even several episodes deep into rewatching Breaking Bad.
...Or A Casino-Themed Bottle Opener
These two heavy-duty stainless steel bottle openers will go perfectly with anyone's poker night theme, too. The slim style is compact and lightweight so it easily fits into a pocket for on-the-go games. The host will love taking it out and showing it off when offering to open up drinks during the game.
The Messy Guy: Wireless Key Finder For Stress-Free Mornings
Your roommate is not a morning person, and he's notorious for always losing his keys, his wallet, and his cool in the morning. To save him time and a whole lot of stress, order him a wireless finder that comes with a color-coded remote linked to four receivers (which are attached to his most-misplaced items). This set comes with two key-ring shaped and two flat receivers to go on everything, from car keys to wallets. He'll be able to find items that are up to 60 feet away, and the frequency will penetrate walls, cushions, and even leather. Get ready for much quieter mornings.
The Winter Sports Enthusiast: 12-Hour Hand Warmer For Hours Outside
Zippo Hand Warmer , $12, Amazon
Your dad lives for winter sports and any excuse to head up to the cabin for some time shredding through the powder. To make his long days and nights out in the cold a little more enjoyable, buy him a compact hand warmer that will keep his hands toasty for up to 12 hours. The design is sleek and thin, and it will fit into any of his pockets while he's out on the slopes. Pro tip: To refill this warmer, pour Zippo premium hand warmer fluid into the no-spill fill cup.
The Man Who's Strictly Business: Signal Boosting, Radiation Decreasing IPhone Case
Your uncle is always traveling for work and constantly complaining about losing calls to a poor signal. This iPhone case has a built-in antenna that pairs automatically with the antenna inside his iPhone 6 or 6S to maintain a good signal while taking calls on the road. Since he spends so much time on his phone during the day, he'll also love that this phone protects against the harmful effects of radiation by redirecting it away from him while he's close to his phone. The case also protects your the phone from drops as high as four feet.
The Quick-Tempered Co-Worker: Funny "WTF" Notepad For Lighthearted Communication
If your coworker is always venting to you about someone or something in the office, give him the gift of straightforward communication with a "WTF" notepad. This pad has 50 sheets that give him the chance to send a funny message to anyone who's bothering him. He'll love being able to put his feelings down on paper and finally stop complaining to you during your lunch break, so everybody wins.
The Golf Pro: Pop-Up Golf Net For Practicing His Back Swing
If your golf-loving friend has trouble finding time to practice his swing before his summer league starts up, he'll claim this gift as a lifesaver (and reputation-saver when he starts winning every tournament). This easy-to-set-up golf net pops open in seconds, and it can be used anywhere from a backyard to a basement. He'll love the convenience of the gentle ball return and durable carry case.
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