Olya Hill, the creator of the popular blog Living Notes, offers her top picks.
Finding the perfect gift for the special ladies in your life is usually a cinch, but when it comes to the guys, it can be a little trickier (after all, go-to options like jewelry and candles probably won't make the cut). That's why we've enlisted the help of Olya Hill—the mastermind behind the popular lifestyle blog Living Notes and mom to seven kids—to make your search a little bit easier. Below, Hill shares her favorite gifts from Amazon for every type of guy—from the tech-wiz to avid whiskey enthusiast (we all know one of those!)—so all you have to do is click "add to cart."
MyGoFlight iPad Mini Kneeboard Folio C
"For the tablet or iPad guy, you won’t find a better case for him than this," says Hill. "Originally designed for pilots, it features an aluminum flight clipboard that doubles as a lap desk, 360-degree tablet rotation, and a Velcro strap for securing it at the knee—so he can easily access the device on his morning commute and when sharing presentations in meetings and tight spaces."
To buy: $129; amazon.com.
DG Custom Monogram Bar Tool and Cocktail Shaker Kit
"My husband used to bartend when he was in college, and now he's always the heart of the party at our house and makes the best virgin drink cocktails," says Hill. "If your guy or male friend has a similar affinity, this monogrammed set is a great way to personalize his favorite 'out of office' hobby."
To buy: $100; amazon.com.
The Ultimate Bar Book
"If he’s new to mixing drinks, though, this book is a great pick, says Hill. "It features tons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes, so even the kids can have a taste of the finished concoctions!"
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
Godinger Whiskey Decanter Set
"Another great drink-related option, this whiskey decanter globe is something any male can appreciate," says Hill. "It's such a unique stand-alone piece for a bar in the office or home, and it even comes with four matching glasses for easy entertaining."
To buy: $80; amazon.com.
Amazon Echo Spot
"The Echo Spot is sure to be a hit among the men in your life—it's perfect for setting reminders and alerts, as well as finding recipes if he loves to cook," says Hill.
To buy: $130; amazon.com.
Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Block
"Speaking of cooking, I don't know a single guy who doesn't like to grill—after all, isn't that what summer barbecues are all about?" says Hill. "Enter: the salt block. Not only does it enhance the flavor of grilled meats, but it's a real conversation starter at gatherings with friends and family."
To buy: $45; amazon.com.
23andMe DNA Test
"While this gift may seem a little unusual, it’s something that will stick with him for years and years to come," says Hill. "23andMe's personalized genetic reports on ancestry, traits, and health are nothing short of incredible."
To buy: $199; amazon.com.