29 Gifts For Men Who Are Hard To Shop For
Men can be notoriously difficult to shop for — unless their hobbies happen to align with yours, it's easy to feel clueless as to what they'd actually be excited to get. That said, there are a ton of genius gifts for men who are hard to shop for, whether you're on the hunt for a boyfriend, a brother, or just one of your favorite dude bros.
A lot of people (guys included) tend to keep quiet about what they want, and when they do want a shiny new toy, many just go ahead and buy it. And the search seems to go on forever, because it often feels like the gift-requiring occasions never end — from the holidays and birthdays to special events like graduations and work promotions, there's always presents to buy. So if you’re tired of giving ties or gift cards, there are some great alternatives out there.
Frustrations aside, when you find the perfect gift for the man in question, you'll know it, with a feeling of satisfaction rivaled only by the giddiness you'll feel when he finally opens your carefully curated choice. These gifts for men on Amazon cover a huge variety of interests, from the athletic mountain man in your life to the tech junkie who just wants to stay in with a drink.
1. These Shot Glasses That Are Made Out Of Himalayan Pink Salt
These fun shot glasses are made of all-natural Himalayan pink salt, and they make an incredible gift for booze enthusiasts. They naturally add flavor to your favorite shots — obviously, they’re especially perfect for tequila — and, since they’re bacteria-resistant and only need to be wiped down to keep clean, they’re ideal for the man in your life who maybe isn’t the greatest at cleaning up. For under $20, you’ll get this pack of four — just be sure to tell your gift recipient to store them in a cool place so they won’t melt.
2. This Set Of Soaps Made From Craft Beer
This pack of beer soaps is made with real craft beer, as well as skin-nourishing ingredients like oats, orange peel, and crushed walnut shells. Beer soaps are more than just a novelty, as hops are frequently used in skin products for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A combination of coconut oil, safflower oil, and more make these soaps particularly hydrating, too. This pack comes in scents like vanilla porter, hoppy IPA, and honey pilsner.
3. A Shaver That Makes It Easy To Maintain A Beard
This versatile shaver makes it easy to shave and trim facial hair with a built-in LED light and a head that pivots closely around the contours of the face — which delivers a closer shave while preventing ingrown hairs. It comes with three trimming comb sizes, charges quickly and easily with a USB charging cable, and the blades are made from German stainless steel. It also comes with a cleaning brush to prevent loose hairs from getting everywhere.
4. A Knife Sharpener That'll Extend The Life Of Your Kitchen Tools
This sharpening whetstone comes with a bamboo base to hold it and a knife sharpening angle guide, so even a complete beginner will be able to use the stone. Properly sharpening tools lengthens their lifespan and actually makes food preparation much safer, and this sharpening stone works for literally any blade in the kitchen. To use, soak in water for five minutes and get to work on all your tools. It's got a rubber grip to keep it from slipping, and one reviewer writes: "Not only is it nice looking but it's so very easy to use."
5. This Brilliant Toiletry Bag That Hangs Up Anywhere
Perfect for those who love to travel, this heavy-duty, water-resistant toiletry bag is a lifesaver — it's got six roomy compartments to store all sorts of toiletries, and a strong stainless steel hook that lets you hang it up anywhere. Some of the compartments have a spill-proof lining, there's insides pockets to let you store things you want hidden, and can even fit full bottles of shampoo or shaving cream. It's great to use as a supplement to a gym bag, and it's easy to clean.
6. This USB Charging Port That Powers Up Anything
This charging station allows you to charge up to six USB devices a time in one outlet, identifying the specific power needed for devices. It's got a five foot long flexible cord, has an anti-slip base that's perfect for a desk or dresser, and is compatible with Apple, Blackberry, Kindle and Samsung devices. One reviewer writes: "It plugs into the WALL, and unlike standard USB hubs that can only charge while plugged in to a computer, it can charge devices from any of the ports or all the ports at the same time while plugged into the wall. Mind. Blown."
7. The Kitchen Tool That Will Keep You Grilling All Year Round
This indoor grill has high heat capability, adjustable temperature control, a non-stick plate, indicator lights, and basically everything else you'd expect from an outdoor grill — but it's meant for indoor use. The searing grill ramps up to an incredibly high temperature to give those grill marks we all love, then cools down to finish cooking your meat or veggies without burning them. Best of all, you can straight up put almost the entire thing in the dishwasher, making it beyond easy to clean up after a food prep session. It even has an extra long drip tray to keep your kitchen safe.
8. This Beard Brush And Comb Set For Facial Hair Maintenance
This beard set comes with a a boar bristle brush, bamboo comb, and pouch to store them both in — all the accessories needed to keep a well-groomed beard in check. The boar bristles evenly distribute oils through facial hair to soften the hairs and keep them healthy, while the comb straightens out your beard and functions as a reliable guide when trimming. One reviewer enthusiastically writes: "THE BEARD HATH BEEN TAMED!! My SOs beard is beautiful now, its not wild and unruly any longer. 10/10 do recommend for ALL beard types. If this can control my SOs beard, i have no doubt it can handle yours."
9. This Grid Organizer That Keeps All The Small Things Together
This organizer is a game-changer for anyone who loves to keep their day-to-day products accessible. The rubberized woven elastic straps of all sizes will firmly grip anything from a tiny lip balm to a computer tablet, and the entire organizer slips right into a suitcase or laptop bag easily. It's also got a loop to hang it up easily, and a back pocket with a zipper compartment.
10. This Unique Tool That Creates Perfect Slices Of Cheeses, Meats, And Vegetables
This food slicer has a stainless steel blade that makes cutting cheeses, meats, and vegetables easy and consistent. It has two adjustable knobs, one which controls the thickness and the other that changes between three types of cuts: straight, julienne, and waffle. It also comes with a pair of gloves to wear to protect against cuts.
11. This Sneaky Multitool That Looks And Feels Like A Credit Card
This credit card "companion" is actually a stealthy mini-tool. It looks like a credit card but secretly contains nine every day tools, including a blade, tweezers, a can opener, a compass, toothpick, 8x power lens, ruler, and awl. This multitool is ideal for outdoorsy types or anyone who likes to be prepared wherever they go. And not only is it small, it also weighs less than a few ounces.
12. This Magical Defrosting Tray That Speeds Up Food Preparation
This defrosting tray safely defrosts large cuts of meat in as little as thirty minutes with no chemicals, hot water, or preheating. Smaller cuts, pork chops, frozen shrimp, etc. defrost even faster, so you can put together last-minute meals whenever inspiration strikes, and the tray stays cool to the touch the entire time.
13. These Pouches That Eliminate Odor And Moisture Wherever You Stash Them
These pouches absorb both moisture and odor, making them great for stashing in gym bags to prevent the inevitable stench of gnarly socks and sweaty shorts that accumulates over time. The bags are packed with charcoal and other natural ingredients that simply suck up the odor and moisture from damp places. You can even stash them into shoes to entirely eliminate unwanted smells overnight. Reviewers love that they're great for removing mildew odors from closets and bathrooms as well.
14. This Cooker That Perfectly Crisps Up Bacon In The Microwave
This microwave bacon cooker could truly change the life of a bacon fan — just place up to 12 pieces of bacon on the cooker and put in the microwave for perfectly cooked, crispy bacon that's drained of most of the grease and oil. Plus, you won't have to clean a messy stovetop afterwards or deal with a mess, and the cooker can be placed directly in the dishwasher. The rack is also removable, which is great for compact storage.
15. These Pushup Stands That's Great For Any Home Gym
These pushup stands are designed to rotate just a little bit to engage more muscles, which increases strength faster and can help to create definition in your arms, shoulders, chest, back, and abs. They have ergonomic handles that help distribute weight evenly, too, which can prevent injury to the wrist and ankles. The bottom of the handles have an anti-slip grip that's good for any kind of floor, and can support weight up to 400 pounds. It also comes with a Navy SEAL inspired 21-day workout program.
16. These Collar Stays That Make Your Whole Wardrobe A Bit More Crisp
This box of metal collar stays comes with a variety of sizes to keep any and every collared shirt in shape. The stainless steel design maintains collars but also keeps these stays up to snuff for years, so you'll never need replacements. The box itself is also neatly organized by size, so you can quickly grab the right stay for any individual shirt. Reviewers love the quality of the product, too: "Surprisingly good quality product. Each stay is from fairly thick stock, nicely rounded edges, resistant to bending."
17. This Armband That Keeps Your Phone Safe From Sweat And Rain
This cell phone armband is ideal for runners or anyone else who likes to listen to music when they workout. It securely keeps your phone in reach while keeping it safe from sweat and the weather. The armband is made of a stretchy, flexible material that means it works on any arm and will adapt to any form of movement, so you won't have to worry about your phone dropping. It's also got a secure, secret key holder to put in your house key, there are four different holes for headphones to ensure that one will fit your particular model.
18. These No-Tie Shoelaces That Install In Any Shoes
These no-tie shoelaces can be placed in literally any pair of shoes, instantly turning them into a pair of slip-ons. Even with the no-tie shoelaces, running shoes and other athletic sneakers maintain their shape; you won't have to worry about your feet slipping out. It only takes about five minutes to install the no-tie laces, and they're available in more than ten colors. They're made from a sturdy material that won't put pressure on the top of your foot, which can be the cause of foot pain throughout the day, and they're especially for work outs where you're concerned about tripping on laces.
19. This Vibrating Massage Chair That Delivers Heat And Pressure Right Where You Need It
This vibrating seat has eight separate massaging zones that deeply massage into your back and thighs to help relieve stress, dig out knots, and ease sore muscles. It also offers optional heat therapy, with or without the massaging zones. Between its many massaging patterns and vibration frequencies, the seat is super customizable, and it's easy to move from chair to chair. It can also be used lying flat on a couch, has a remote with a light-up screen so you can see it in the dark, and comes with an option to plug into a DC car plug (for use on long road trips, of course).
20. This Thermometer That Gives You The Temperature In 4 Seconds
This meat thermometer gives you a precise temperature read in as little as four seconds, so you'll never risk overcooking meat again while you wait for a sub-par thermometer to reach its temp. The stainless steel probe of the thermometer is nearly five inches long, but can extend up to ten inches so you won't burn your fingers, and its backside has a list of meats and their safe-to-eat internal temperatures, so you won't have to look anything up while you're cooking. The probe also folds into itself for easy storage.
21. This Minimalist Wallet That Holds Everything Securely
This slim wallet is ideal for minimalists or anyone who's trying to lighten the load in their pocket. It weighs less than an ounce, while still being able to hold up to ten cards as well as cash. The wallet is made of a combination of durable polycarbonate and silicone, so it's built to last and will hold up for years of daily use. It also works as a money clip on the outside, and reviewers love how durable it is.
22. This Showerhead That Mimics The Rain And Plays Music
Not only does this shower head mimic the serene conditions of a light rainstorm, but also, it has a Bluetooth speaker so you can listen to your favorite music — or even a podcast or audiobook — while you shower. It's got a button to answer phone calls, too, if you're really into multi-tasking. It also offers more water pressure than a standard shower head, for a thorough, spa-like experience. You can also keep your Bluetooth connected device more than 30 feet away to protect it from steam. The speaker is also incredibly easy to remove and charge up, and lasts up to eight hours at a time.
23. This Shoe Dryer That Keeps Your Kicks Fresh
This shoe dryer removes the sweat, the smells, and the moisture from footwear, which will ultimately keep your feet way more comfortable. All you do is put your shoes on top of the dryer, and it silently does its job in a matter of hours — all while using less electricity than a standard light bulb. Not only does it eliminate odors, it preserves your shoes, deodorizes them, and prevents mold and mildew. Plus, it's safe for all types of shoes made of any material — from regular canvas sneakers to fleece to fancy leather oxfords. Reviewers say if you use this device every day for a month, it'll cost less than 3 dollars of electricity to power up.
24. This After-Shave Balm That Hydrates Sensitive Skin
This after-shave balm will keep your skin from becoming irritated and can eliminate razor burn, with a soothing and cooling feeling that never stings. The formula is totally alcohol-free, making it ideal for sensitive skin, and even though it's super hydrating, the after-shave balm isn't greasy. A little goes a long way, so you won't run out of after-shave for a long time. It's also got great ingredients like rosemary leaf extract, organic jojoba seed oil, aloe, and organic coconut oil. One reviewer rates it a five but notes: "Would give this product six stars if that was possible... This is one of those rare products that nails it, and could not possibly be improved.
25. This Alarm Clock That Will Shake You Out Of Bed In The Morning
This jumbo alarm clock does a lot more than the traditional alarms you're used to, with an attached vibrating pad that slides under your mattress, literally shaking you awake. It also has a super customizable alarm, allowing you to switch from a quiet tone that wakes you from a nap to a loud AF sound to rip you out of your morning slumber. The clock also has a USB charging port to power up your phone. The volume can go up to 120 decibels (as loud as a hammer drill), and it can also be programmed to deliver super bright light as well, so it's perfect for anyone who easily sleeps through alarms.
26. The Electric Bottle Opener That Removes A Cork In Seconds
This cordless, electric wine bottle opener removes the cork from any standard bottle of wine in just a few seconds with the push of a button., and it can open up to 30 bottles of wine on a single charge. It even has a foil cutter for removing the seals first, and a sleek recharging base to keep it in when you're not using it. Never again will you struggle to open your wine or find floating bits of cork inside a hard-to-open bottle. Reviewers say this is a sturdy product that will last for years.
27. This Smart Plug That Connects To Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant
This smart plug slips into any regular plug and can then be controlled with the Wemo app on your phone (which is free). You can also use it with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This way, you can turn off the lights, turn on your appliances, turn them off when they're on and you're not home, and have your lights randomly turn on and off when you're on vacation. You can also set schedules and timers on your appliances, and the smart plug also monitors your energy usage, so you can see in the app just how much energy each appliance is costing you.
28. This Set Of Resistance Bands That Will Amp Up Your Workout
This resistance band set comes with five bands of the same size that represent different weights, as well as a door anchor attachment, leg and ankle straps, and a waterproof carrying case to store it all in. Together, these make excellent workout enhancers that you can do hundreds of exercises in — many which work out all your muscle groups. It even comes with workout e-books, in case you need some guidance. The resistance bands can be used to punch up any workout or to create something totally new to your routine.
29. This Carabiner That's Hiding A Micro USB Cord Inside
This carabiner has a lighting cable and a micro USB cable. that pull out from the sides, allowing you to charge most Apple phones and tablets whenever you're traveling. It's made of high-grade steel that will protect the cord and last you for years, even on a keychain that takes a lot of abuse. "Love it," writes one reviewer. "I keep it on my camera bag when I go shoot events in case I need to charge a device with a external battery."
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