It can feel tough to get it right when it comes to gift giving for a boyfriend, brother, father, or friend. Instead of buying the same old thing (like a shirt that they'll wear once), I think the trick is to think about useful and practical gifts for men in my life. When I think back on the gifts I've given in the past, I immediately think about a scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Aldous doesn't want to wear his new Tommy Bahama shirt, and there is a flashback of Peter wearing a terrible shirt and rocking a man purse he pretends to love because Sarah got them for him.
So, instead of buying men gifts you think they'll like because you do, buy them something that they'll actually use in their day-to-day lives. You know, the things that are helpful and that someone may not think to buy for themselves. Before I browsed for some gifts for men, I reached out to a guy friend to ask him what kind of things he wished he had that would make his life easier, and he came back at me with a ton of responses. And guess what? They all made perfect sense. And most of them were super practical things that would make awesome gifts.
The next time you're shopping for cool gifts for guys, don't buy the first shirt you see or something that you think would be really nice but no one actually needs. Buy something useful; because wouldn't you rather someone actually get something out of your gift?
For The Well-Groomed Guy
Whether the guy you're gifting rocks a clean shave, stubble, or full-on beard, this grooming kit has it covered with 18 different length settings and seven different clip-in tools (from a hair clipping comb to a nose trimmer).
If the guy you're gifting is growing out his facial hair in any capacity, he'll appreciate a hydrating oil for softening up wayward bristles. This formula is organic, and it even helps encourage better growth.
For The Mixologist
Help the guy you're gifting mix up some delicious cocktails for everyone to taste. The kit comes with a cocktail guide, shaker, and measurement jigger.
Know a guy who loves to entertain? This wine opener is perfect for them. It can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, which means that at their next party, the wine will be flowing all night long.
If you have a guy in your life who loves really good alcohol but hates when the drinks they pour get watered down, you should gift them an ice ball sphere maker. They are perfect for whiskey and scotch drinkers, as the ice melts really slowly because of their cylindrical shape.
You know what's a great gift? Giving someone the chance to save the day at the next party they're at with this bottle opener iPhone case. Never will he have to fumble around looking for one again.
For The Tech Lover
Because nothing's more practical (or appreciated) than helping someone back up their stuff. It's just a necessary evil.
Give the gift of organization with a charging station that can hold a laptop, tablet and up to three phones without the chords getting tangled.
If you know a bookworm who read the new Harry Potter book in one sitting, this is the gift for them. This particular Kindle is getting a lot of attention because it has a built-in adjustable light for night or day reading, there's no screen glare, a charged battery lasts weeks, and its font is sharper and darker than ever.
Nobody likes looking sloppy. Help them clean up the junk in and around their keyboard with this bizarrely entertaining sticky goo, which picks up dirt and debris from keyboards.
Make it easier to go handsfree so that your man doesn't have to stop and ask for directions.
Save your guy some time by giving them something that keeps their headphones untangled. The rubber tool allows you to easily wrap your headphones or cords around it, leaving them mess free and ready to use.
14. Pocket Speaker
Everyone has that one friend who is always looking for a good time. A pocket speaker is a present so practical they can carry it with them wherever they go and start the party whenever they want.
Bluetooth headphones are a necessity for anyone who loves to workout. They eliminate the annoyance that a wire can cause and let you concentrate on your bike ride or run.
Know someone who wants to keep an eye on their home or their pets while they're away? This security camera works on WiFi, can connect with the Amazon Alexa app, has 360 degree surveillance, is motion-activated, and night vision.
For The Animal Lover
If the guy you're buying for leaves a beloved dog or cat at home while he heads off to work, this self-filling water bowl will be super appreciated.
For The Foodie
18. Grill Set
Perfect for the man in your life who is constantly training for Chopped Grill Masters. They'll be showing off these stainless steel grilling tools at their next BBQ, complete with a Swiss knife spatula, tons, basting and cleaning brushes, and more.
Make someone's morning a bit easier with a brewing system that can brew a fresh cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa and more in minutes.
Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker, $30, Amazon
Everybody loves ice cream, and if your gift recipient doesn't, it's time to replace your friends. Just kidding, but not really. This ice cream maker makes homemade frozen goodness in just 20 minutes (no rock salt needed), and you can even customize your favorite mix-ins by pouring them right into the center during the churning process.
For The Fitness Junkie
22. Fitness Tracker
Help your fitness-loving friend keep track of their steps with a stylish fitness tracker. This one also tracks sleep and shows you your calls, texts, and calendar notifications when you're near your phone.
A cell phone mount for your bicycle is so practical. Mount it right onto the handle bars, and don't worry about your phone falling out of your pocket any longer. Plus, it keeps your device within reach just in case you find an Abra while playing Pokemon Go.
Nothing kills motivation quite like a freshly cracked iPhone screen. Keep accidents from happening during workouts with a sleek armband that secures the gadget to your arm. Plus, this one has a zip-up pocked for keys and cards.
For The Stylish Gentleman
Yes, I know a watch may be a common gift for a man. But, hear me out — a matches-everything, super-classic watch model never goes out of style, and what's more practical than keeping track of time?
A grown man deserves to look that way — grown up — when they're traveling. A perfect way to do that is with a leather luggage tag that will instantly make them feel like a proper gentleman of the world. Plus, monograms make the gift effortlessly personal.
27. Cool Sunglasses
For The On-The-Go Guy
This cool weekender bag holds a ton of stuff inside within an easy zip-up fastening, and it sleek and stylish snap-down sides keep keep the bag looking sharp from all angles.
29. Toiletry Bag
A toiletry bag that can be used for travel, camping, or at the gym is a pretty perfect gift for a guy. This one is spacious with number of clear, mesh, and zipper pockets to fit everything, and it has a hanging hook, which makes finding all the little grooming items he needs so much easier.
30. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes make travel so much more efficient. So, if you have a globetrotting friend, gift them a set of cubes that will keep their backpack or suitcase more organized so that they have more time to explore and can spend less time packing.
For The Guy Who Has Everything Else
Is your friend a little scatterbrained? Have him use this gadget to attach the four ringed trackers to commonly misplaced items (keys, wallets, remotes, etc.). The single remote can then call the trackers by color, and your friend can follow the beeping and flashing lights to their missing item.
32. A Multitool
Because you never know when you're going to need a can or bottle opener, compass, tweezers, toothpick, or ruler. Plus, it's the size of a credit card, so it can fit right into a wallet.
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