59 Best Christmas Gifts for Your Brother in 2017
No matter if he’s older, younger or perhaps even your twin, your brother’s been through a lot with you—the entirety of at least one of your lives, in fact! Show him how much he means to you with a thoughtful gift this Christmas. We’ve compiled a list of 60 best Christmas gifts for your brother that you can shop right from your home. Whether he’s an outdoorsman, a fitness fanatic, a foodie, a sports fan, a cultured traveler or anything in between, we’ve got just the thing to make him feel appreciated—and experience a bit of that holiday magic from your childhood—come Christmas morning.
Snow Ski Wine Rack
When après ski is as important as tearing up the mountain on a fresh-powder day, this wine rack comes to the rescue. Die-hard skiers will appreciate the clever repurposing of a reclaimed ski into a handy spot for holding cabs and merlots. The racks are handmade by in Massachusetts.
To buy: $58; uncommongoods.com.
Earning high marks for both functionality and versatility, the UnderArmour Threadborne three-quarter-length utility t-shirt is a can’t-miss gift for athletic brothers. Available in 11 different colors, this form-fitting shirt is made from a wicking material with anti-odor technology (a plus for him and any who come in contact during or after his workouts).
To buy: $45; underarmour.com.
OK, so you can’t afford a plane ticket to the latest trendy destination for your jet-setting brother. But you can give him a taste of different cultures with this trio of globally inspired Marvis toothpastes. Made in Italy, each luxe tube—Karakum, evoking flavors of East Asia; Rambas, reminiscent of exotic beaches; and Royal, inspired by the Orient Express—whitens and cleans teeth for a radiant smile.
To buy: $22; urbanoutfitters.com.
Pocket Square Set
Wherefore art thou Romeo? Give your literature-loving brother a gift that’s at once traditional and modern: a set of three handkerchiefs inspired by William Shakespeare. Bearing portraits of English Kings as well as well-known characters like Hamlet and the Bard, each piece makes an ideal pocket square—and a quirky conversation starter.
To buy: $45; wolfandbadger.com.
If your brother’s taken “No Shave November” past its deadline and would be offended by the gift of a shaving kit, help him make his facial hair look a little more polished with a bottle of Apothecary 87 beard oil. The divine scents of vanilla and mango combine to create a crisp and sweet yet manly fragrance, while conditioning his beard to make it soft and healthy.
To buy: $14; wolfandbadger.com.
Fair Isle Sweater
Forget the itchy knit sweaters from grandma (sorry, Gram). If your brother is your best skiing buddy, he’ll appreciate this retro Skier Fair Isle sweater that will keep him cozy and warm on those January bluebird days on the slopes. We recommend pairing with a white turtleneck for a full-on throwback ’70s look.
To buy: $63; factory.jcrew.com.
Couch Bowl Set
For brothers who prefer to eat breakfast on the couch (while watching the highlights from last night’s games), this set is a must-have. The two ergonomic, ceramic cereal bowls are designed to rest comfortably in the palm of your hand, thanks to an indent in the base, while a side notch stabilizes your spoon—freeing up a hand for the remote.
To buy: $35; uncommongoods.com.
For the on-the-go brother who has everything, Herschel Supply Co.’s pouch is a versatile piece that can be used to stash any smaller items he wants to keep secure. He can drop it into a briefcase, suitcase or backpack, or use it on its own to show off his unique style—it comes in 69 different patterns and colors (though we’re partial to artist Keith Haring’s special holiday print).
To buy: $25; herschel.com.
You can’t go wrong with a simple, quality beanie for your city-dwelling brother. This soft, pom-pom-topped one from Herschel Supply Co. will keep him toasty this winter when he’s braving the snow and wind on the chilly streets. Pick one to match his go-to jacket, as the Sepp beanie comes in 20 different colors.
To buy: $35; herschel.com.
Make sure your brother opens up this gift before your Christmas Eve dinner if he’s on steak-grilling duty for big meal. He’ll need this LED flexible grilling light, which easily clips to the side of the grill or any railing, to tell the difference between medium-rare and well-done.
To buy: $30; jcpenney.com.
Moose Head Shot Glasses
Bring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to life—hopefully without any Cousin Eddie type trouble-makers—by gifting your brother this set of four iconic moose head shot glasses. Miniature versions of the souvenir mugs that Clark drank from in the movie, these acrylic vessels work equally well for shooting whiskey or spiked eggnog with the whole family.
To buy: $29; jet.com.
Leather Card Holder
When stashing a wallet in the back pocket of his skinny jeans isn't a possibility for your hipster brother, he can use this cardholder instead. Made from soft, pebbled leather in black or tan, this long-lasting piece holds up to six credit cards and easily slips into a front or back pocket for easy access.
To buy: $78; jackspade.com.
Hot Sauce of the Month
Forget the Jelly of the Month club. Treat the heat-seeking brother who douses every meal in Tabasco to a membership to the gourmet Hot Sauce of the Month Club, which delivers two to three five-ounce bottles of liquid heat each month. Available in three-, six- or 12-month plans, this club offers an easy way for him to amp up the hotness of any dish.
To buy: $From $78; igourmet.com.
Hair & Body Wash
Help your brother clean up his act with this eight-ounce miracle bottle of Body Fuel, a one-stop-shop to supplement his grooming routine. A combination body wash, shampoo and facial cleanser, this cleanser is formulated with invigorating caffeine and vitamins C and E, plus menthol and zinc for an ultra refreshing shower experience.
To buy: $20; kiehls.com.
With notes of zesty lime, pink grapefruit, crisp tonic, crushed cilantro and gin, this Vodka Pop candle sounds like it could be a pretty solid cocktail at your brother’s favorite local bar. Instead, he can light it to make his whole house smell heavenly. His girlfriend will surely thank you, too.
To buy: $42; jonathanadler.com.
What to Get Done Pad
This notepad for tracking to-dos incorporates a reward system with a humorous twist. A perfect stocking stuffer, the 60-sheet pad offers space for lists like “to remember,” “to delegate” and “to postpone,” plus a spot for checking what cocktail he’ll reward himself with after all the boxes are checked.
To buy: $7; knockknockstuff.com.
Black-and-gray striped wool gloves are a practical gift for a sophisticated brother who wouldn’t be caught dead in clunky ski mittens. He can use his smartphone to respond to emails and texts without risking frostbite on frigid winter days, thanks to leather finger pads that works perfectly on screens.
To buy: $50; jcrew.com.
They say the devil’s in the details, and these skull cufflinks add a subtle rockstar edge to any classic shirt. Made from silvery rhodium-plated metal with an enamel front, they have a bullet-back closure for easy wear.
To buy: $65; johnstonmurphy.com.
Pique Golf Polo
Whether your brother lives in a climate where courses are open year-round, or he’s heading out on a warm-weather vacation, this pique polo by Adidas Golf will come in handy. Made from soft mélange fabric, it’s a form-fitting polo that adds panache to his pars—collar popping optional.
To buy: $65; adidas.com.
Holiday Cocktail Mixer Set
Your brother can bring the party with him wherever he goes, with this set of three holiday cocktail mixers. Whether he’s a newbie behind the bar or an aspiring mixologist, he can blend these tea-based mixers with spirits, beer, wine or champagne to create a festive sipper for family and friends. Each eight-ounce bottle makes about four cocktails.
To buy: $26; ahalife.com.
We get it: A light bulb might sound like an odd Christmas gift for brothers. But this LED smart bulb by MagicLight has a serious cool factor. Control the colors via smartphone or tablet to customize the mood of the room with a palette of more than 16 million colors. A sunrise timer even allows him to set the bulb to turn on or off at a specific time—so he can wake up to his favorite color, or set it to come on while he’s out of town.
To buy: $29; walmart.com.
If your brother doesn’t need more “stuff” and is constantly running up overage charges on his phone, consider this out-of-the-box gift idea: Verizon Wireless has an option to give gigs. You can send extra data right from your phone or computer to his account, for him to redeem right away or bank for later. Now he has no excuse to break your Snapstreak.
To buy: $10 per 1 GB; verizonwireless.com.
There ain’t no shame in your brother's workout game, but his smelly old gym bag is way less impressive. Enter the Undeniable 3.0 Medium Duffle, which comes in 12 colors and is made with an abrasion-resistant bottom and side panels to endure the elements (or his casual tossing). A large vented pocket helps those sweaty clothes and shoes breathe. Ahh!
To buy: $45; underarmour.com.
Brass Business Card Holder
Encourage his burgeoning career with a professional business card holder. Made in Japan, this one has a gold satin finish over a 100-percent brass body, meaning it’s built to withstand daily use. It holds up to 15 business cards, plus has a bonus mirror inside (you know, so he can check his teeth before giving his elevator pitch).
To buy: $25; ahalife.com.
Stranger Things Season 1
Send him on a trip to the Upside Down with the Season 1 collector’s edition of Netflix cult favorite, Stranger Things. Brothers born in the ’80s will especially appreciate this throwback set of binge-worthy Blu-ray DVDs packaged in an oh-so-fitting box meant to look like a VHS tape. Earn bonus points for adding a box of Eggo frozen waffles in the gift bag.
To buy: $25; target.com.
While designed to hold a yoga mat, this bag is “also spectacular for holding actual burritos,” according to its description on Brogamat’s website. The spacious carrier conveys a pretty enticing proposition: Head to the yoga studio to sweat, then hit up Chipotle to refuel. Your guacamole-loving brother will surely approve.
To buy: $30; brogamats.com.
PAC-MAN Lunch Box
If your brother’s the type to pack lunch every day, replace his typical plastic bag with a retro tin lunch tote. This one will remind him of those easy afternoons in the ’80s spent playing the original PAC-MAN. Plus, the tin is easy to clean, and its hard sides prevent the dreaded sandwich squish.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
Game of Phones
Even if you don’t understand a word of what your brother’s talking about when he recaps the latest episode of Game of Thrones, the whole family will be able to partake in some friendly competition with this clever game. A series of 100 cards sends everyone on a digital scavenger hunt using their smart phones—another good way to keep politics out of conversation over the holidays.
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
Light-Up Heel Spurs
Training for a marathon during the winter likely means many after-dark runs. Help your brother stay safe with a pair of light-up PowerSpurz, designed to keep nighttime runners visible to drivers. Made from silicone and weatherproof, they easily slip onto the heels of tennis shoes and won’t break his stride.
To buy: $17; thegrommet.com.
What’s better than a doughnut? Doughnut socks! Well, maybe not quite as good—but still good for a laugh. This knit pair comes rolled into the perfect doughnut shape, complete with frosting and sprinkles. Once unfolded, the cuffed tube socks continue to serve as a conversation piece in any situation that doesn’t require shoes.
To buy: $13; thegrommet.com.
Macbook Air Cover
Class up his computer with an adhesive cover constructed to the dimensions of a MacBook Air. Designed to look like leather (and available in seven different colors to suit your brother’s personality), the cover sticks evenly to the top lid of his laptop thanks to a special 3M removable adhesive.
To buy: $55; ahalife.com.
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Described as “ferociously loud,” this bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker delivers major sound within a 60-foot listening range, yet is small enough to fit in his pocket. He can pump up the bass no matter where he is, from the beach to the mountains to the pool, as this device is both water- and sand-resistant.
To buy: $50; solrepublic.com.
When you’re not sure exactly what scent to buy for your brother, give him a few different options. Scentbird lets you choose monthly subscription scent boxes, or gift him an individual, one-time box. Choose one of five different themes (like Superhero or Secret Agent) that best fits his personality, and he gets three 0.3-ounce sprays in a handsome package.
To buy: $60; scentbird.com.
LED Golf Balls
Daylight Savings Time darkness got him down? This three-pack of LED golf balls will help him perfect his swing even in the off season. The bright LEDs illuminate on impact and keep glowing for eight minutes, leaving him time ample to find those shots he shanked into the trees.
To buy: $30; sharperimage.com.
You know those endless piles of change, receipts and other items scattered like breadcrumbs around your brother’s home? Encourage him to tame the clutter with a masculine leather catchall (which can be monogrammed if you order early enough). At eight-and-a-half inches square, it doesn’t take up much space on the counter, yet corrals all his essentials.
To buy: $29; potterybarn.com.
USB Roll Up
Your techie brother can juice up and keep all his cords in place with this four-port USB roll up. This handy tool plugs into the wall via an included AC adapter and can charge up to four mobile phones (or two phones and two tablets) at a time on the textured canvas mat.
To buy: $40; potterybarn.com.
Car Care Kit
He prides himself on keeping his four-wheeled baby in tip-top shape—or maybe he doesn’t, and he needs a little help cleaning up his act. Either way, this car care kit will come in handy. It includes all the quality products your brother needs for an at-home detail, from car wash gel to cleaner wax to sponges.
To buy: $38; amazon.com.
This dark-as-mud mask hydrates, purifies and detoxifies skin while infusing it with moisture, vitamins and minerals. Using Moor Mud from Ireland—combined with seaweed, volcanic ash and activated charcoal—this mask will leave his skin so radiant, you might be tempted to steal some for yourself.
To buy: $58; peterthomasroth.com.
We’re willing to bet even the most practiced home bartender doesn’t have this item behind the counter. The multipurpose bartender’s knife, made with a high-quality steel blade, is designed to help him peel and slice citrus like a pro. Order a Manhattan with a twist and reap the benefits of his new gift.
To buy: $40; shopwaitingonmartha.com.
The male version of the bountiful blanket scarves that run rampant on fashion bloggers’ Instagram accounts this time of year, this 70-inch-long lambswool scarf adds warmth and a bit of sophistication to any winter getup. Choose from six tartan prints or a solid dark charcoal color.
To buy: $59; orvis.com.
Apple Watch Sports Band
A fresh Apple Watch band is a smart gift for sporty brothers. Easy to switch out, thanks to a hook-and-loop fastener, this breathable, lightweight sports band is made from woven nylon and comes in eight colors. It’s hefty enough to hold up during tough workouts, yet won’t weigh him down.
To buy: $49; apple.com.
Binge Watching Kit
Netflix and chill, anyone? Your brother will have everything he needs to get through a marathon of Stranger Things 2, Mr. Robot or whatever he’s into with this tongue-in-chic kit. The box contains two drink coasters, tissues, a pair of socks, mini forks, a chip clip and more. Movie snacks not included.
To buy: $21; papersource.com.
Americana PJ Pants
Who doesn't love opening a gift to find a new pair of pajamas? Your patriotic brothers will proudly sport these ultrasoft flannel PJ pants on Christmas morning. They have an easy fit, thanks to a drawstring waist, and even come in tall sizes for long-legged bros.
To buy: $40; americaneagle.com.
Outdoorsy brothers will be into this one-of-a-kind gadget perfect for hiking and camping. Using hollow fiber membrane technology, Lifestraw filters water from anywhere (streams, rivers, melted snow, etc.) to remove more than 99 percent of bacteria—without chemicals or batteries—for up to 1,000 liters. The best part? It weights only two ounces, meaning it’s easy to stash in any pack.
To buy: $19; amazon.com.
Cold Brew Iced Coffee Kit
You could go the route of a Starbucks gift card for your caffeine-addicted brother, but there’s nothing original about that. Instead, wrap up this tin, in which he can make his own cold brew iced coffee at home—no special equipment needed. Each can has bean bags to make 12 cups of iced coffee right in his refrigerator.
To buy: $25; amazon.com.
Folding Sports Wagon
Football fanatics know the value of a good vehicle to haul all their tailgating essentials—snacks, beer, extra gear and the like. Picture your brother’s face when you slap a big bow on this folding sports wagon and roll it into the living room on Christmas. No doubt you’ll earn bonus points for filling it up with a few of his favorite beverages.
To buy: $50; dickssportinggoods.com.
No matter how far he roams, this sentimental bracelet will remind your brother that he can always go home. It's handmade from genuine leather, with a gold or silver charm that can be engraved on either side with the coordinates of where you grew up—or another place that’s special to him.
To buy: $39; etsy.com.
Marble Cheese Board
Cheese and wine is a perfectly acceptable dinner. Help your brother class it up a bit with this elegant white marble cheese board. Naturally cool to the touch, this handcrafted board is polished to a high shine to make for an extra-special presentation.
To buy: $30; williams-sonoma.com.
Leather Travel Wallet
A vintage-inspired wallet is a thoughtful gift for a brother who loves to travel. Made from cognac leather, this piece is part of the Hearth & Hand collection by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The enveloped-shaped, compact wallet (four-and-a-half by about seven inches) unfolds to reveal spaces for seven credit cards, cash, a pen and business cards.
To buy: $20; target.com.
Leather Camera Strap
Whether he’s an aspiring shutterbug or an accomplished photographer, this personalized leather camera strap makes a picture-perfect gift for your snapshot-obsessed brother. Customize it with up to 30 characters on a leather nameplate, which comes in 20 different colors. The end snaps or matching rings easily clip to any camera style.
To buy: $54; etsy.com.
State Beer Cap Map
Help your craft-brew-loving brother remember his beer history—and the good times that went with each drink—in a unique piece he can hang on the wall of his man cave. Crafted from Baltic birch plywood, state-shaped display boards are a perfect spot to collect bottle caps, with crimped edges on each hole to hold the caps securely.
To buy: $35; uncommongoods.com.
Inspire your brother to retire that ratty old hoodie he wears everywhere. This weatherproof, full-zip navy melange sweater is lined with Sherpa fleece for maximum warmth, yet styled with sleek lines and a mock collar for a put-together look that’s as functional as it is fashionable. And it’s machine washable.
To buy: $50; macys.com.
Burberry Gift Set
It can be difficult to buy fragrance for another person—so many options!—but it’s hard to go wrong with a classic like Burberry. This four-piece gift set comes with broad-appeal miniature bottles of the iconic brand’s Brit for Him, Brit Rhythm, Touch for Men and London. Gift the set together or break them up as little stocking stuffers for each brother.
To buy: $45; macys.com.
Shapes Drink Rocks
Cube whiskey stones are so 2015. For a brother who likes to think outside the box, these uniquely shaped drink rocks made from soapstone and marble will become a new favorite. Add them to any drink to keep it cold without diluting the flavor—and make for an interesting conversation piece.
To buy: $35; eastdane.com.
How did he do it? Entrepreneurial, book-loving brothers can learn the secrets behind Phil Knight’s empire that became Nike in the legend’s new memoir. From starting with less than $100 in his pocket to growing Nike into a $30 billion company, Knight shares his insights on business, sports and life in this page-turner.
To buy: $21; barnesandnoble.com.
If he wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of sweats or ripped jeans on the street, your class-act brother will be thrilled with this traditional fashion accessory. A good pair of braces—or suspenders, as they’re more commonly known—is an underrated way to jazz up a more formal outfit. This statement-making pair has a subtle polka dot pattern to suit a true man of style.
To buy: $25; thetiebar.com.
Faux Shearling Throw
Sometimes gift-giving can be a bit selfish—and by that we mean, you give a gift in hopes the receiver might let you use it, too. This is one of those gifts. Made from plush, smooth velvet on one side and faux shearling on the other, this oversized blanket has the same cozy factor as UGG’s signature boots. Snuggle up!
To buy: $98; nordstrom.com.
Pineapple Shot Glasses
Glasses in the shape of this tropical fruit have been popping up around the country this year. A standard in tiki circles, pineapples are also recognized as a symbol of hospitality. Your brother can welcome guests to his home with a shot from these well-crafted glasses, which have a leafy lid that doubles as a stand. They come prettily packaged in a festive palm-leaf box, so stick a bow on top and you’re good to gift.
To buy: $35; surlatable.com.
Peppercorn Gift Set
Delightfully spicy and a little exotic, this body wash and antiperspirant deodorant stick set has notes of refreshing coriander, black peppercorn and aromatic vetiver to invigorate and refresh. For quick trips when your brother can’t stash the 10-ounce body wash in his carry-on, the deodorant stick is a quick replacement that’s easy to pack—no TSA interference expected.
To buy: $52; moltonbrown.com.