39 Holiday Gifts for Brothers That Will Earn You Serious Props
Whatever the occasion—a birthday, life milestone, new job, or the holidays—getting the perfect gift for brothers is important. Finding the best Christmas gifts for your brother is especially important if you’re celebrating with the whole family—you want everyone to marvel at your gift-giving skills, right? Your brother(s) has been through a lot with you, after all, so coming up with a thoughtful gift idea for him is probably a priority for you, even though it can feel intimidating. (It might even be more challenging than finding gifts for your boyfriend, unfortunately.)
This year, we’ve taken some of the pressure off by researching the latest and greatest gifts for brothers with a wide range of tastes and interests. We’ve compiled a list of items you can purchase without even getting up off your couch, hopefully making your holiday shopping easier and less stressful this year than ever before.
Whether your brother is an avid reader, a foodie in need of some kitchen appliance upgrades, a music lover, a trendsetter, or a sports enthusiast, here you’ll find a slew of gift ideas—and at least one is bound to adhere to his tastes and preferences. From sophisticated leather goods to 2020’s coolest tech gadgets, this list will help you get the best gift for brothers this year.
Scroll through our top Christmas gifts for brothers or brother-in-laws. Once you’ve knocked them off your holiday to-do list, you can focus on gift ideas for women, gifts for dad, and watching all the Christmas movies on Netflix. Happy holidays, indeed.
Leather Travel Pouch
You can't go wrong gifting your brother a handsome pebbled leather vessel for all his toiletries. Show him he's ready to graduate to a grownup dopp kit that's sturdy and roomy—with a soft structured design and handy interior pocket—perfect for both traveling and at-home storage.
Milk Bar Peppermint Pretzel Snaps
Can’t be with your bro in person this Christmas? Send him a festive and mouthwatering cookie delivery from New York City’s iconic Milk Bar bakery (it ships nationwide!). Get him in the holiday spirit with a tin of Peppermint Pretzel Snaps: pretzels, peppermint, caramel, and chocolate on a crispy dark chocolate wafer dipped in white chocolate peppermint bark. (Prepare to win sibling of the year.)
"A Man & His Watch" Coffee Table Book
If your brother or brother-in-law has a thing for watches, this is an ideal gift (besides maybe an actual timepiece) that keeps on giving. It’s a beauty to display on the coffee table and filled with fascinating stories of the watches worn by famous figures, from Franklin Roosevelt to Paul Newman, during iconic historical moments.
DIY Mini Golf Game
Your brother can set up his own mini golf course around the house, outside, or wherever he pleases with this playful gift. It comes with two mini putters, two golf balls, four different holes, and of course, obstacles to make things interesting.
Framed Surfing Art Print
Maybe he just moved into a new place or simply needs your keen eye to help fill that empty wall space he's been ignoring for months (years?). There are so many great places to buy eye-catching wall art without breaking the bank. Head to Society6 for something special he’ll want to hang ASAP—like this serenely chill black-and-white surfer print with a cool white frame.
Homesick New York City Candle
No offense to brothers, but they aren’t always as adept at creating a homey atmosphere as their sisters are. Help yours out by gifting him a fragrant candle from Homesick. With a burn time of 60 to 80 hours, it offers a comforting scent to remind him of his favorite place. The New York City candle will take him right back to spring in Central Park with its sophisticated blend of citrus, floral, concrete, sandalwood, and oakmoss notes.
Magnetic Bike Lights
Is the brother or brother-in-law in question an avid cyclist? Then he needs these pocket-sized magnetic LED bike lights (white for the front and red for the back) for staying safe on the road. Powerful magnets hold these palm-size beams in place on the bike. Then they simply snap closed and fit easily in a pocket or bag until his next ride.
Herschel Supply Co. Duffle Bag
A classic weekender bag with double leathers handles and an adjustable (and removable) shoulder strap option is an ideal gift for brothers. This one features a separate exterior zip compartment for shoes, so his clothes can stay free of dirt and grime. Choose from either black or navy blue with brown leather straps.
Shower Beer Holder Bluetooth Speaker
A cold beer, a hot shower, and some tunes? This multitasking shower beer holder is secretly a Bluetooth speaker, which means your (21-or-older) college-bound bro will be the most popular guy in the dorm next semester.
Fuego Box Hot Sauce Trio
For the brother or brother-in-law who pours hot sauce on everything from breakfast sandwiches to burgers, here's a hot trio of gourmet condiments that bring the heat in style. Gift him a set of Fuego Spice bottles, including Hot Hive spicy honey, Zana white garlic and habanero sauce, and Riza ghost pepper and jalapeno blend sauce.
Roll Up Bar Tool Set
Whether he's outfitting his first apartment or just desperately in need of some cocktail tools to make his favorite negroni recipe from home, a monogrammed bar tool set is the way to go. This one comes with a corkscrew, strainer, cocktail spoon, muddler, double-sided jigger, and cocktail sticks all neatly fitted in a soft, roll-up canvas case—which means it's great for camping and picnicking, too.
Huron Big 3 Starter Kit
It's the end of an era—the one where your brother uses one generic drugstore shampoo to wash his hair, face, and body in the shower. Introduce him to Huron, the men's care brand designed for busy, no-fuss guys who deserve quality grooming products without a ridiculous price tag. Gift him the Big 3 set (a full-size face lotion, face wash, and body wash) or let him test the waters with a Starter Kit for $20 (same products, smaller sizes).
Bonobos The Boulevard Bomber Jacket
Hi, hello, is that your brother who looks so cool? There's nothing he owns that a bomber jacket can't instantly elevate to movie-star status. It's the perfect piece of outerwear for transition months, weekend strolls, and casual nights out.
Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet
Not that your brother doesn't deserve a floral bouquet, but it's possible he won't appreciate fresh stems as much as he'll appreciate a bundle of, yes, that's right, artisan salami. The packaging is just the start of this fun, edible gift that keeps on giving. His next charcuterie board (or late night snack, we don't judge) is looking promising.
Garden in a Can Herb Grow Kit
Even if your bro lives in a city or has no green thumb to speak of, he can still grow organic cilantro, basil, and mint with these herb-in-a-can kits. Each set of three comes with soil, seeds, and biochar soil conditioner, so all he needs to do is place them in a sunlit spot and wait for his fresh, fragrant greens to grow.
Royal Houndstooth Olive Tie
According to The Tie Bar, olive green is the new neutral of the moment. The gift of a quality neck tie never goes out of style, so add to your brother's lineup of neckwear with this classy houndstooth number (he can wear it to Christmas dinner!).
Barbour Amble Leather RFID Wallet
A wallet can say a lot about a person, and it’s hard to take an adult seriously once you notice he's been carrying around the same tethered canvas card case since his college days. Upgrade your brother’s money system with a sophisticated leather wallet. Inside he’ll find more than enough slots to keep his credit cards and license organized and handy—and now when he needs to take one of those things out, he can do so proudly from a classy, high-quality wallet.
WiFi Smart Table Lamp
Smart light bulbs and lamps have been on the rise in recent years, with more companies producing their own versions so anyone can create custom lighting at home (without expensive fixtures or wiring). This smart table lamp pairs with Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, so he can easily set the mood by voice command, phone app, or touch sensor. It emits over 16 million color settings, including several warm and cool white light options to suit the atmosphere (working, reading, date night, you name it).
If the guy you’re shopping for is a bit of a fitness fanatic, he’ll definitely appreciate a TheraGun. The handheld percussive therapy device gives muscles the deep-tissue attention they most likely need whenever you want it. This model features five different speeds, ranging from gentle to intense, and four attachments. Your brother or brother-in-law can cater the treatment to any area of his body, from sore and tense muscles to long-standing aches and pains. You’ll basically be gifting him the full pamper of a PT session right at home.
Azurite Tumbler with Lid
This triple-layered, vacuum-sealed roaming tumbler will keep an ice cold beer cold 12 hours (in theory, of course) and his favorite coffee hot for four hours. So whether he's having drinks on the beach with pals, hiking in the mountains, or commuting to the office, this is the durable tumbler to bring.
100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways To Make The True Essentials
If your brother is still living off frozen pizza and take out, help boost his proficiency in the kitchen with this fundamental cookbook from the pros at America's Test Kitchen. This trusted guide, featuring 100 must-know recipes (plus tons of tips and techniques), will teach him absolute best way to cook the essentials, from simple, weeknight pan-seared chicken to cacio e pepe to chocolate pot de creme.
Under Armour Half-Zip Fleece
Earning high marks for both functionality and versatility, the Under Armour half-zip Armour Fleece is a can’t-miss gift for athletic brothers. Available in twelve different colors, this warm yet lightweigh pullover is made for cold-weather workouts (and, let's be real, lounging around the living room).
Couch Bowls 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 his spoon—freeing up a hand for the remote.
Snow Ski Wine Rack
When après ski is as important to your brother 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.
Men’s Wool Runners
Allbirds disrupted the comfy shoe industry when it launched its wool runners, also making athleisure looks more accessible to people who didn’t necessarily want to wear gym shoes to brunch. Kick your brother’s shoe game to the next level by giving him a pair of these soft kicks, available in four classic and five limited-edition color combos. The fabric, made of merino sheep’s wool, is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and super-soft, so being on his feet all day can be a more enjoyable experience.
Game of Phones
The whole family can partake in some friendly competition with this clever game. A series of 100 cards sends everyone on a digital scavenger hunt using their smartphones.
Cooking Gift Set for Smoking and Grilling
Help your brother step up his grilling game with this smoking and grilling box set. In the box, he’ll get a stainless steel grill smoker box—so he can turn any gas or charcoal grill into a smoker—along with a specialty grilling thermometer, three flavors of smoking wood chips (hickory, apple, and cherry), easy instructions, and hickory-smoked sea salt. These accessories will have him smoking and grilling meals infused with tasty flavors in no time, taking his BBQ dinners from amateur to pro.
3D Stadium Wall Art
These 3D replicas of some of the most famous stadiums across the country are made from white birch and poplar wood. If your brother is a die-hard fan and appreciates a vintage aesthetic, this is the perfect Christmas gift for him.