The 46 Best Christmas Gifts for Brothers in 2019
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 more than 40 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 a rugged adventurer, 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 dog-themed bottle openers and Game of Thrones–adorned gems to 2019’s newest tech gadgets and launches from brands, our list will help you get the best gift for brothers this year.
Scroll through our top 46 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.
The Cocktail Box Co. 4 Piece Cocktail Kit Set
Whether he’s always traveling or he doesn’t like his evening drinks to be too complicated, these perfectly portioned cocktails will get him his happy hour fix without a mess. Each contains all the ingredients needed for a cocktail except the alcohol, so he can pick up airplane bottles or pack some minis to drink with class anytime, anywhere. Each box serves three or more, too, so there’s plenty to share.
To buy: $70; amazon.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 his spoon—freeing up a hand for the remote.
To buy: $38; uncommongoods.com.
Herschel Leather Wallet
A wallet can say a lot about a person, and it’s hard to take an adult seriously once you notice he still has the same tethered canvas card case he had in college. Upgrade your brother’s money system with a sophisticated pebbled leather wallet featuring the Herschel name tastefully embossed in the front right corner. Inside the RFID-blocking wallet, 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.
To buy: $50; nordstrom.com.
Smart Color-Changing Light Bulb
Smart light bulbs have been on the rise in recent years, with more and more companies producing their own versions so anyone can create custom lighting at home (without expensive fixtures or wiring). Sengled’s smart light bulb pairs with your smart home hub and works with voice control devices, so you can easily set the mood in whatever room it’s in. If your brother likes to host, he’ll love being able to change the light right from his phone, with over 16 million color options right at his fingertips. There’s even a candlelight option he can turn on for a romantic date night or just to wind down before bed.
To buy: From $25; amazon.com.
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. The racks are handmade in Massachusetts.
To buy: $58; uncommongoods.com.
From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg
If your brother is still living off microwavable noodles and take out, help him get interested in cooking with a cookbook by rapper (and pal of Martha Stewart) Snoop Dogg. Yes, Snoop Dogg and Martha are friends and, yes, he wrote a cookbook that Amazon shoppers love. While the book is listed in the “cooking humor” section (as the number one best-seller), the 50 recipes are not to be underestimated. Not only do reviewers find the recipes tasty and easy to follow, the book is visually pleasing and fun to read, with extra tidbits like what the recipe means to the author himself.
To buy: from $10; amazon.com.
Game of Phones
Even if you don’t understand a word of what your brother’s talking about when he recaps the entire Game of Thrones series, 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 smartphones—another good way to keep politics out of conversation over the holidays.
To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.
Under Armour Threadborne Three-Quarter Utility
Earning high marks for both functionality and versatility, the Under Armour Threadborne three-quarter length Utility T-shirt is a can’t-miss gift for athletic brothers. Available in three different colors, this form-fitting shirt is made from a moisture-wicking material with anti-odor technology (a plus for him and any who come in contact during or after his workouts).
To buy: $34 (was $45); underarmour.com.
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.
To buy: $60; amazon.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 sneakers and won’t break his stride.
To buy: $13 (was $17); thegrommet.com.
Prank Pack Gift Box
If you and your family appreciate pranks, Prank Pack makes funny gifts for brothers across a range of humor styles. The item is actually an empty box (in which you can wrap the real present) featuring ridiculous product ideas, like a joint coffee maker and soap dispenser for your shower, a creepy hood for napping anywhere, and bacon-scented dryer sheets. They’re combinations you can’t help but chuckle at, and you can keep the joke going until he actually opens up the box and sees there is, unfortunately, no Bathe & Brew inside.
To buy: $8; amazon.com.
Baboon Small Go-Bag
Relative newcomer to the luggage space, Baboon offers colorful, funky alternatives to the travel and lifestyle brands that have been dominating over the past few years, like Away and Everlane. The weekender Go-Bags are designed with ease in mind and can be worn four ways so you can carry them however is most comfortable. With adjustable shoulder straps, he can opt for a barrel, cross-body, backpack, or standard duffel style, and the durable, waterproof shell material will ensure your brother is set to take on the elements. Choose from five two-tone color combinations or go wild with one of the four featuring an astropus interior design.
To buy: $149; baboontothemoon.com.
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. The latest iteration from the brand, the portable G3 model, features two treatment speeds: one more intense and another, gentler vibration for particularly sore areas. With four attachments, your giftee can cater the treatment to any area of his body, from sore and tense muscles to long-standing aches and pains—and because he can use the TheraGun right at home, you’ll be gifting him the full pamper of a PT session without even getting up from his couch.
To buy: $399; bloomingdales.com.
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.
To buy: $250; thegrommet.com.
Anker Bluetooth Speaker
With over 12,000 perfect customer reviews, this affordable Bluetooth speaker from Anker is a no-brainer if you’re shopping for a music lover or daily podcast listener. The compact device is touted for its superb sound quality and powerful battery, and it comes in three colors—black, blue, and red—so you can choose what matches his home best. He can leave his music playing for a full 24 hours with any Bluetooth-enabled device before the speaker battery needs to be recharged.
To buy: from $28; amazon.com.
Get your video game-playing brother the gift he’s been eyeing forever: a Nintendo Switch. If he hasn’t bit the bullet and bought one for himself yet, there’s no better time than Christmas to surprise him with the pricey gaming system and a classic game to go along with it—like a deluxe version of Mario Kart. You’ll win sister of the year, and he’ll be obligated to let you play whenever you want. Hopefully you’ve both improved a little since your N64 days.
To buy: $300; amazon.com.
Victrola 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Record Player
Vinyl lover or not, your brother can appreciate the retro vibe a record player will bring to his home. This top-seller on Amazon comes in a whopping 27 colors and patterns. And, even if the Beatles record you’ve paired with the gift makes him and his friends think they’re in the 1960s, this record player is Bluetooth-enabled with built-in speakers, so he can switch over to his new playlists whenever he wants.
To buy: from $33; amazon.com.
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 the soft kicks, available in four classic and nine limited-edition colorways. The fabric, made of merino sheep’s wool, is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and soft, so being on his feet all day can be a more enjoyable experience.
To buy: $95; allbirds.com.
Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Personalized Golf Balls
Callaway Golf, a brand you likely know about even if you’ve never stepped foot on a golf course, is a surefire win if your brother is into the sport. Whether he’s a new golfer still putting together his set of clubs or the guy hitting up courses every weekend, Callaway’s Chrome Soft Balls make a great stocking stuffer for any level of player. Combining distance and performance, these golf balls will help your brother achieve faster ball speed, higher launch, and increased greenside spin. You can even customize them so they’re easy to identify on the putting green… or lost in the rough.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
‘Game of Thrones’ House Sigil Shot Glasses
The Game of Thrones TV series may have ended, but your brother’s fandom never will. Officially licensed from the HBO hit, this set of House Sigil shot glasses will help him toast to four of the most popular houses in Westeros: Targaryen, Baratheon, Lannister, and Stark. With one family’s symbol branded on each shot glass, he and his friends can also show off their loyalty while debating the successes and pitfalls of the GoT series finale.
To buy: $30; amazon.com.
Zen Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser
This has definitely been the year of essential oil diffusers. Whether your brother needs to step up the relaxing vibe in his home or is missing something that looks cool atop his coffee table, this aromatherapy diffuser will be both a modern and homey touch. With 14 LED color options, he can even pair a different lighting option with each fragrance, and the device comes in a dark or light wood finish for whichever matches his style best.
To buy: $30; amazon.com
Probably Whiskey Enamel Coffee Mug
This mug will definitely elicit a few chuckles from your brother and his coworkers (who won't be sure if he's spiked his morning coffee or not...). The enamel mug is lightweight a durable, but even better than the function is that the phrase is printed on both sides to accommodate both righties and lefties.
To buy: $15; amazon.com
Bring the Heat Sea Salt Set
The easiest way to elevate a dish is with some delicious seasoning, and this set of three salt blends will have your brother tasting smoky, chili, or BBQ notes whenever his heart desires. He can use the salts as a seasoning, cook with one as a dry-rub, or even use the Sultan Papadopoulos flavor for his next Bloody Mary.
To buy: $22; uncommongoods.com
Cuisinart Double Belgian Waffle Maker
Does your brother dabble in the fine indulgences of lazy Sunday mornings? With Cuisinart’s Double Belgian Waffle Maker, he’ll be able to whip up a tasty, decadent brunch while still in his robe and slippers with half-closed eyes. With a six-setting browning control knob, non-stick coating, LED indicator lights, and stainless steel finish, deliciously fluffy waffles will be just as quick and easy to make as to clean up.
To buy: $70; amazon.com.
Go Fetch Magic Bottle Opener
Dogs and beer—a beloved combination for Sundays spent watching football or hosting a backyard BBQ. This wood and stainless steel bottle opener is a fun way to open a drink, and the dog’s magnetic mouth will keep the cap from getting lost somewhere under the couch. It’s the perfect size for a stocking stuffer or smaller gift for your brother, and can easily fit in any small drawer he’d like to keep it.
To buy: $15; uncommongoods.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.
Jack Black Beard Oil
Whether he’s a facial hair novice or a floor-length beard grower, beard oil is a must-have to perfect and refine any look. Prevent itchy skin, brittle strands, and a frizzy appearance by gifting your brother an essential oils and botanicals blend to soothe and smooth his facial hair while moisturizing the skin underneath. The fast-absorbing liquid will be easy enough for anyone to incorporate daily, no matter how low-maintenance his current self-care routine.
To buy: $26; amazon.com.
Breville VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Machine
This top-rated espresso machine on Amazon is a great gift for brothers who need their morning dose of caffeine before they can function. Breville’s coffee and espresso maker brews five different single-serve sizes with the touch of one button and heats up in just 15 seconds. Each machine includes a Nespresso Vertuo capsule welcome kit (so you don’t have to worry about adding that on to complete your gift) as well as a milk frother to create the perfect cappuccinos and lattes.
To buy: $153 (was $230); amazon.com.
Chesapeake Bay Scented Candle, Milk & Honey
Brothers aren’t usually as adept at creating a homey atmosphere as their sisters, so help him out by gifting him a fragrant candle in a neutral design. Chesapeake Bay’s natural soy wax blend contains essential oils that will burn for up to 70 hours, and since the soft frost of the jar lets the flame shine through, he’ll get cozy mood lighting along with the warm scent. The wood-colored lid with twine handle gives the candle a bit of a rustic edge that will look great as an accent piece on his coffee or bedside table.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Cooks Standard 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
It’s time your brother cooked with a high-quality stainless steel cookware set. With an upgrade from whatever motley kitchenware set he’s been using, your brother will be equipped to take on weekly meal prep or to cook something special for family and friends. This 10-piece cookware set is a steal for the price—made from premium-grade stainless steel, it includes a 1.5-quart covered saucepan, 3-quart covered saucepan, 8-inch open skillet, 10-inch open skillet, 6-quart covered stockpot, and universal steamer insert with cover.
To buy: $135 (was $199); amazon.com.
Old Friend Loafer Moccasin Slippers
Great gifts for brothers are picking up those items you know he needs but probably won’t think to buy for himself—like slippers, for example. These cozy, 100-percent sheepskin slip-ons will be his go-tos when he’s at home doing laundry or chilling on the couch. The warm material will keep his toes toasty no matter the weather, and the roomy front of the shoe provides ample wiggle room so he won’t have any discomfort while walking around or breaking them in.
To buy: from $70; zappos.com.
Duke Cannon Men’s Solid Cologne
For a low-key guy, solid cologne could make for the perfect gift. Whether he’s always on the go from work to the gym to drinks with the guys, travels often, or prefers an understated scent, Duke Cannon’s solid cologne will become a permanent presence in his dopp kit or work bag. The balm cologne comes in four masculine scents—Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Naval Supremacy, Open Skies, and Redwood—encased in rustic tins. Happy shoppers say the balm is super convenient and comes in scents that “would make Ron Burgundy proud.”
To buy: from $22; amazon.com.
Cocktails with a Twist, by Kara Newman
Give your brother the chance to learn new takes on 21 classic drinks. If he's a margarita fan, he'll especially love the Matador recipe.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Italian-designed Persol sunglasses are timelessly cool, so gift your brother a pair this Christmas and he’ll head into the new year feeling extra confident and on his A game. Right now, you can snag the tortoise shell Pilot frames for nearly 25 percent off at Macy’s, making the luxury brand more affordable just in time for gifting season.
To buy: $320; macys.com.
Poplin Pajama Pants
Who doesn't love opening a gift to find a new pair of pajamas—especially in the winter when we can never seem to have enough comfortable loungewear? These classic PJ pants have an easy fit, thanks to a drawstring waist, and come in 13 colors and patterns like a classic red-and-navy plaid and a trendy brown-and-forest-green camo. Your brother will probably live in these crisp, cotton poplin PJ pants well beyond Christmas morning.
To buy: $40; nordstrom.com.