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34 Gifts for Men Even the Pickiest Guy Will Appreciate

Whether you’re looking for something small or big for the holidays, his birthday, Father's Day, or another occasion, we’ve got you covered with these awesome gifts for men.
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Men are notoriously challenging to shop for—and there are so many gifting occasions where you may need to get a little (or big) something to celebrate. Whether you're looking for gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement, Father's Day—you could probably use more than a little help finding those just-right gifts for your father, husband, cousin, brother, or friend.

Yes, we have the grill and the sports gear—but you'll find some other unexpected, yet totally cool, gifts for the men in your life.

IPA brew kit from Uncommon Goods
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1 For the Beer Drinker: West Coast Style IPA Kit

$45, uncommongoods.com

Let him get into the fun by creating his own brew with this kit that's beginner friendly (but still produces excellent brew). He'll get everything he needs to create a gallon of tasty IPA right at home—and can get refill kits for just $20. 

Mini Golf Pool Game
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2 For the Player: Mini Golf Pool

$104, urbanoutfitters.com

Let him try his hand at this fun new game, which combines miniature golf with pool. 

Remember Travel Duffle Bag in Green
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3 For the Frequent Flier: Remember Duffle Travel Bag

$35, store.moma.org

This lightweight colorful bag folds up extra small when you don't need it—and it expands to hold everything he needs for a weekend (or longer), the gym, or any other adventure he's taking it on. It's made of water-repellant and tear-resistant polyester, so it'll can handle plenty of wear and tear. 

DIY Whiskey Kit
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4 For the Whiskey Fan: DIY Whiskey Making Kit

$72, Etsy.com

Let him craft the perfect whiskey for himself by infusing it with new flavors from this kit, which includes high-quality infusion ingredients like chai, dark chocolate, orange peel, and more to enhance his favorite notes. 

Korean Masks for Men
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5 For the Guy Who Could Use a Little Pampering: Groom Me Mask Set

$15, worldmarket.com

These Korean-style masks have him covered, with five separate masks to help improve his face, under eyes, and hair. 

Lego World Map
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6 For the Bucket List Builder: Lego World Map

$260, fatbraintoys.com

This massive Lego map will be an enticing project to build now—and later, it can be used to track places he's been and where he still wants to visit. 

Foosball Cooler
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7 For the Guy Who Wants to Up His Party Game: Foosball Cooler

$333, homedepot.com

This two-in-one cooler is destined to become the centerpiece of his next get-together. The generously sized cooler holds plenty of drinks, a built-in opener and receptacle handle bottle caps with ease—and then there's the fun of a foosball game on top. 

Colorblock Touchscreen Gloves
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8 For the Guy Who's Always Losing His Gloves: Pair & a Spare Colorblock Gloves

$36, store.moma.org

Make it easier for his gloves to last the season with this cozy 3-piece set. The gloves can be worn on either hand, and there's a spare to cover for the one that inevitably gets lost. The orange tech-friendly tips work on both sides of the glove, too. 

Ooni-pizza-oven
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9 For the Pizza Aficionado: Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven

$349, amazon.com

Even if you already have a grill, the Ooni Fyra makes a great addition to your backyard cooking repertoire. It burns wood pellets to give you authentic wood-fired pizza in just 60 seconds—and it can cook steak and other grill-friendly goodies, too. 

The chimney is removable, making it easy to take this oven on the road for camping or tailgating.

Baseball Stadium Blueprints
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10 For the Sports Fan: Baseball Stadium Blueprints

$185, uncommongoods.com

You can upgrade his man cave decor with the blueprints for his favorite ballpark—or three. 

Vosges and Dalmore Scotch-Infused Chocolates
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11 For the Scotch (and Chocolate) Connoisseur: Dalmore Scotch-Infused Chocolates

$40, vosgeschocolate.com

Legendary Scotch distiller Dalmore partnered with couture chocolatier Vosges Haut Chocolat for this signature collection, which pairs the oaky notes of Dalmore Scotch with hints of honey, coffee caramel, and orange peel. 

Historical Letters About WWII
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12 For the Guy Who's Always Watching the History Channel: History By Mail Subscription

$40, uncommongoods.com

Skip the history books and go straight to the source. Your history buff will receive six monthly mailings with recreations of some incredible original historical documents, from the police report of Rosa Parks' arrest to letters from Einstein to FDR about the atomic bomb—along with insights and context to understand the documents' place in history. 

Orange Weatherman Umbrella
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13 For the Guy Who's Blown Through Too Many Drugstore Umbrellas: Weatherman Umbrella

$69, amazon.com

Skip the cheap-o basic replacements and splurge on an umbrella that won't turn inside out at the first puff of breeze. 

Weatherman umbrellas come with a lifetime warranty, and they're battle tested up to handle winds up to 55 mph. 

Pro Tip: Choose a bright color so your guy doesn't forget it on the bus or train.

Molecular Gastronomy Kit
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14 For the Guy Who Likes to Experiment: Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit

$50, williams-sonoma.com

Molecular gastronomy uses scientific methods to craft culinary creations like lemon clouds, transparent pumpkin pie, or pearls of balsamic vinegar—and may be the perfect challenge for the chef who's always game to try something new. 

This clever kit has all the tools, recipes, and a few key ingredients (like agar agar and sodium alginate) to help him craft bubbles, gels, and foams. 

Man Crates Chef Knife Making Kit
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15 For the Guy Who Likes to Do Things the Hard Way: DIY Chef's Knife Kit

$180, mancrates.com

Your guy can build his ideal kitchen knife with this kit, using Damascus steel, a few tools, and a little elbow grease. If cooking's not his thing, they also have kits for crafting hunting knives, folding knives, and daggers, too.

Boss Katana Air
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16 For Your Favorite Guitar Hero: Boss Katana Air

$412, bestbuy.com

This totally wireless amp lets him live out his rock star fantasies whenever and wherever the urge strikes—it's perfect for outdoor jam sessions with his friends. The Katana Air is battery operated and connects to the guitar using an included transmitter. The amp lets him save his favorite effects, and play along with songs via Bluetooth, for those times that he's flying solo. 

Custom Superhero Comic Book Cover
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17 For Your Superhero: A Customized Comic Book Cover

From $131, makemeacomic.etsy.com

For the guy who regularly saves the day (even if it's just with his stellar IT skills), consider a custom comic cover featuring his story. You get to work with the artist to decide the theme, the color scheme—and what heroic pose your guy will strike.

LedLenser Rechargeable Lantern
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18 For the Happy Camper: Ledlenser ML4 Clippable Lantern

$50, ledlenserusa.com

This ultra bright, ultra compact rechargeable lantern is only 4 inches long and weighs about the same as two AA batteries (which can also be used to power them if you're out in the wilderness and away from a plug). The clip makes it easy for him to attach to his backpack or belt loop—or hang from the top of the tent at night. 

Personalized Rainbow Mix Tape USB Drive
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19 For a Totally Retro Gift: A Mix Tape

From $23, theblankrecordstore.etsy.com

Mixtape making is a (nearly) lost art in this day of streaming and quickly concocted playlists. But if you finally tossed out your Walkman around the turn of the century, you can still re-create your favorite mixes with this clever USB drive, embedded into a real cassette.

Choose the size you need to support your music, movie, or photo montage for your guy—and the personalized message to put on the label.

Yeti Cooler in Gray
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20 For the Guy Who Always Keeps His Cool: Yeti Cooler

From $250, amazon.com

Yeti coolers are beloved by outdoorsy types, thanks to their ultra-sturdy build, waterproof and leakproof construction—and of course, their cooling capacity. 

Kilauea Yellow Leaf Hammock
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21 For the Guy Who Needs to Chill: Yellow Leaf Hammocks

$199, yellowleafhammocks.com

The gorgeous handwoven Yellow Leaf hammocks are generously sized and supersoft (yet strong!) to cradle your gift recipient and help him get some R&R. 

Big bonus: You'll also be helping Thai communities at risk for extreme poverty earn a prosperity wage and improve their communities.

(P.S. Don't forget hanging hardware or a stand to make it easy to hang around.)

Gearbox Orange Pickleball Paddle
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22 For the Guy Who's Always Looking for a New Sport to Try: Gearbox Pickleball Paddle

$150, amazon.com

Introduce him to the red-hot new game pickleball—which is basically a combo of tennis and badminton. If your guy always wants the top-of-the-line gear for any new pursuit, consider gifting him this carbon fiber paddle, which is lightweight but still provides plenty of power. 

Adventure Survival Kit
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23 For the Outdoorsy Guy: Adventure Essentials Survival Kit

$135, uncommongoods.com

Keep the men around you ready for outdoor adventures with this clever, compact kit, which fits everything you'll need in an emergency—from matches and rope to a mini first aid kit—inside the handle of an LED flashlight. It's perfect for stashing in the car or taking with you camping or hiking, so you're prepared for whatever comes your way.

Wool slippers gifts for men
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24 For the Work-from-Home Convert: Men's Wool Loungers

$98, allbirds.com

These ultra-comfy wool shoes still look stylish enough for heading outside, but will keep his feet cozy while he's working from home. 

Best gifts for men, gift ideas for him - Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium by Breville with Aeroccino
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25 For the Caffeine Addict: Nespresso Vertuo Next Premium by Breville With Aeroccino

$185, williams-sonoma.com

Made with 54 percent recycled plastic, this high-end (but ecologically conscious) espresso machine is all but guaranteed to improve his morning brew. It has espresso, double espresso, and coffee features—plus a new pour-over carafe—and makes automatic adjustments for the perfect cup, every time. It uses Nespresso's recyclable Vertuo capsules, too, so it's convenient coffee with less waste.

Best gifts for men, gift ideas for men - Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark, Chuck Bryant, and Nils Parker
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26 For the Man Who Knows Everything: Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things by Josh Clark, Chuck Bryant, and Nils Parker

$15, amazon.com

Whether he's a fan of the podcast or just a vestibule for random knowledge, he'll spend hours absorbed in this book. Fresh from the hosts of the beloved podcast of the same name, this book has all-new subjects with charts, illustrations, footnotes, and more features he can't get from the podcast. He'll be filling your ears with fresh knowledge from this gift for years to come.

Best gifts for men, gift ideas for men - Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill Plus Smoker
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27 For the Grill-Master: Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill Plus Smoker

$499, homedepot.com

Think of this gift for men as the blowout gift of the year. Yes, it's pricy, but it's also sure to be his favorite present (possibly ever). Given a Home Depot Innovation Award, this genius grill can smoke, grill, sear, bake, roast, and more. It has smart digital tools (that connect to his smart phone, of course), heats quickly, and has a built-in temperature gauge and meat probe thermometer. If he's the grill-master in the family—and you're craving better home-cooked meat—this is a splurge worth going for.

28 For the Techie: Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

$119, amazon.com

If you're searching for one of the best tech gifts for men in 2021, shop the SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker. The compact and smart sound system packs a serious volume punch, and the tear-resistant silicone strap on the back means it's easy for your giftee to hook the speaker onto his hiking backpack, golf bag, or any other equipment for an active day. Shop the waterproof, portable Bluetooth speaker in black, midnight blue, or bright orange, and help him design soundtracks for all the places you'll take it.

Dollar Shave Club
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29 For the Man Who Loves Self-Care: Dollar Shave Club Travel Set

$40, dollarshaveclub.com

Help support the grooming habits of your dad, brother, husband or best mate with a travel grooming kit from Dollar Shave Club. Inside, men will find all the essentials they need to groom on-the-go, including cleanser, toothpaste, shave butter, and a razor complete with extra cartridges.

Gift Ideas for Men: Stanley Thermos
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30 For the Picky Drinker: Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Insulated Thermos

$20, amazon.com

Food and beverage container company Stanley makes durable, cool-looking gear that any man will be excited to own (and show off). This stainless steel, vacuum-insulated thermos will keep his beverages or soup at the ideal temperatures for up to 15 hours, whether he's bringing the thermos along on his commute or out on a camping trip. If you're already thinking ahead to the hypothetical spills when he throws this thing into his work bag, you'll be relieved to know the cap is leak-resistant (and can even be used as a cup or bowl for the thermos' contents).

Christmas Gifts for Men: Global Hot Sauce Gift Box
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31 For the Heat-Tolerant: Global Hot Sauce Gift Box

$45, uncommongoods.com

Get his taste buds buzzing with this gift box of five flavor-packed hot sauces. Each bottle in the gift box channels a different regional cuisine, from Ethiopia to the Chesapeake Bay, to give the foodie men in your life a chance not just to spice up their food but also to experience diverse flavor profiles from around the world without leaving their homes.

Best Gifts for Men: Patagonia Vest

32 For the Jacket-Hater: Patagonia Men's Nano Puff Vest

$149, dickssportinggoods.com

Help the men you know step up their outdoors style with a classic Patagonia quilted vest. The lightweight material will keep him dry and warm without weighing him down, and the style will make his understated wardrobe a bit more fun. Shop the vest in an array of colors, to see which look will suit him best.

Everlane Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
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33 For the Man Who Craves Comfort: Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

$140, everlane.com

A high-end sweater that requires low-maintenance care is the perfect luxury item to gift any man in your life. Everlane's cashmere sweater is made from high-quality fabric that doesn't pill, but the best part may be that it gets softer with wear, making this a gift sure to become his newest wardrobe staple – so much so, you might even get sick of seeing it!

Best Gifts for Men: Subscription Boxes
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34 For the Accessorizer: Gentleman's Box

From $35 per month, gentlemansbox.com

Why just give one present when you can give 12? Gift the special man in your life a one-year subscription to Gentleman's Box. In each box, the giftee will find goodies like Aristo designer ties, Deadsoxy socks, grooming essentials, lifestyle accessories, and more.