Struggling to find the best gift for your boyfriend? We’ve got great present ideas for every type of guy for Christmas, his birthday, your anniversary, and more.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated February 19, 2021
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We know how it goes: You know him so well—his favorite band, his go-to drink order, even his iPhone passcode—but you're still having trouble finding that just-right gift your boyfriend will actually use and enjoy. And we get it—boyfriends are surprisingly hard to shop for!

Whether every gift idea you think would wow him is too expensive or it just seems like he already has everything he could ever want, we know that the struggle is real when it comes to picking out gifts for boyfriends for any and all occasions, from Christmas gifts to birthday presents. (Finding a good Valentine's Day gift for your boyfriend is so hard, we made a whole list just for that occasion.) So, as if you wished it and we appeared (but really you probably just Googled "great gifts for boyfriend"), here you'll find a list of carefully curated gift ideas for boyfriends our editors think the guys in your life will find both cool, practical, and original.

Our list of editor-approved gifts covers all types of guys—from football tailgaters and cocktail connoisseurs to music lovers and golf geeks. Stumped on the perfect present for the sports fanatic in your life? Gift him a blueprint of his home team's stadium or a set of golf-inspired whiskey chillers. There's even a gift for wine snobs—a monthly subscription that will have wine delivered to his door on a regular basis—and a men's beard grooming kit made for the dude who's in desperate need of a little self-care.

We might not know him personally, but we do know that these handpicked gifts for boyfriends are bound to impress every type of guy—from the life of the party to the tech-obsessed. Browse through our favorite gifts for boyfriends below, and who knows—you may just find the perfect birthday presents for your father or Christmas gifts for your brother, too.

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1 For the Casual Hanger: Kubb


For outdoor hangouts and beach trips alike, this laid-back game is about to be his new go-to. With the same casual vibe as cornhole but a little extra strategy, he'll love tossing around these sticks with his buddies (beers in hand, of course).

Best gifts for boyfriends - For the Guy With Achy Feet: HoMedics Shiatsu Select Foot Massager With Heat

2 For the Guy With Achy Feet: HoMedics Shiatsu Select Foot Massager With Heat


Soothe his aching feet without having to touch them yourself with this clever massager, which boasts four rotational heads and 12 massage nodes for a full rub-down. It even has a built-in heater to provide low-grade, relaxing heat to help increase the relaxation factor.

Best gifts for boyfriends - Three Skiers, Aspen by Gray Malin

3 For the Snow Bunny: Three Skiers, Aspen by Gray Malin

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If he'd happily hit the slopes every weekend if he could, give your boyfriend a gorgeous snapshot of his favorite pastime with this high-quality print from Gray Malin. Subtle enough to hang in his office but nice enough to dress up his living room, this photograph will hang in a place of pride in his space—and remind him of something he loves (other than you) with every glance.

Best gifts for boyfriends - For the Early Riser: Brooks Running Carbonite Jacket

4 For the Early Riser: Brooks Running Carbonite Jacket


Send him out into the morning (or evening) for his daily jog safely with the help of this weather-resistant, reflective running jacket, which helps make him more visible while he's on the road while offering some weather protection and warmth.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the All-Weather Guy: Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella

5 For the All-Weather Guy: Weatherman Collapsible Umbrella


Give your boyfriend an umbrella that's tougher than he is: This rain protection resists winds of up to 55 miles per hour, so it won't bend and crack at the worst moment. The Teflon-coated material repels water, and though this umbrella folds down into a portable size, it expands to 40 inches, more than large enough to keep him covered—or protect both of you if you get close. This boyfriend gift may not be glamorous, but it's practical and effective, and he's sure to use it (and think of you) often.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Eco-Conscious Guy: Allbirds Men’s Wool Jumper

6 For the Eco-Conscious Guy: Allbirds Men's Wool Jumper


Made of sustainable merino wool—and impossibly soft and cozy—this structured sweater will be his go-to this fall and winter. It's made to keep its shape, even if he leaves it slung over a closet door or crumpled in a suitcase, and he'll love that it's sustainably made, too.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Lounger: Long Jambys

7 For the Lounger: Long Jambys


Made exclusively for couch potatoing, these pants are lighter than sweatpants and softer than joggers. They have a drawstring waist and a tapered leg so he looks somewhat stylish, but he'll never feel restricted in these pants.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Active Listener: Jaybird Vista Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

8 For the Active Listener: Jaybird Vista Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds


Whether he's jogging, shooting hoops, biking, or just listening to his go-to podcast, your boyfriend is going to love this gift. The earbuds won't budge, no matter how active he is, and they come with three size options, so he can get the just-right fit. The sound quality is excellent and the battery lasts six hours—with a bonus 10 hours from the portable charging case—so he'll never be caught with nothing to listen to.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Mario Fan: Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch

9 For the Mario Fan: Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch


Chances are, he's spent the long months of social distancing getting very into video games: Does Animal Crossing: New Horizons ring a bell? Help him relive some of his favorite childhood video games with this Nintendo Switch game (also playable on Nintendo Switch Lite). It includes three of the most memorable Mario games, including Super Mario Sunshine and the classic Super Mario 64, all in one updated pack that he'll happily play for hours.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Board Gamer: Scythe Board Game

10 For the Board Gamer: Scythe Board Game


If he's a fan of Settlers of Catan, Terraforming Mars, Ticket to Ride, or any other beloved board games, it's time to add this one to his collection. A blend between Risk and Catan, this strategy-driven, involved game is all about exploring new land and defending your territory. There's a steep learning curve, but once he masters this game, he'll be asking you to play it with him for weeks to come.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Shower Singer: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

11 For the Shower Singer: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker


Give this gift to your boyfriend and tell him it's his new shower pal. The powerful waterproof speaker is surprisingly small—perfect for perching on the shower shelf—with excellent quality music and a 10-hour battery life, so he's set no matter how long his shower and grooming routine takes. Best of all, he'll want to take this versatile speaker with him everywhere he goes, so it's the gift that keeps giving back, in and out of the shower.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Photographer: Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera

12 For the Photographer: Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera


Let his photography creativity run wild with this versatile camera. He can instantly print photos from the camera itself, or take pictures on his phone and send them to the portable printer over Bluetooth. Beyond being able to instantly print his photos, he can choose a variety of frames and filters to further customize his work and even use his phone as a shutter button for the camera, so group photos are easier than ever.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Techie: Google Nest Audio

13 For the Techie: Google Nest Audio


For audiophiles and smart home junkies alike, try this great gift. The latest speaker from Google has a sleek shape and great-looking finish, plus super-powered speakers that sound like they came from a much larger device. Best of all, this speaker comes with the Google Assistant, so he can control his favorite songs (and do endless other things) with just his voice.

Gifts for boyfriend, gift ideas for boyfriends - For the Home Chef: Five Two by Food52 Set of 3 Essential Knives

14 For the Home Chef: Five Two by Food52 Set of 3 Essential Knives


Whether he's always been a home chef or his interest in cooking excellent meals at home is new, he could probably use some new knives. This set has exactly what he needs—no more, no less—with blades made of Japanese steel, which is carbon-infused to stay sharp and resist rust. The handles are available in three colors, too, so you can get the set that best fits into his cookspace.

Best Gift for Book Lovers: Amazon Kindle
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15 For the Book Lover: Amazon Kindle


If he spends his mornings commuting to work on the train or likes to unwind in the evening with a good book, he'll love how many of his favorite stories the Kindle can hold. The display is entirely glare-free and will work for weeks after just one charge. Plus, it offers millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks to choose from.

20-Piece Grilling Tool Set gifts for boyfriend
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16 For the Griller: Cuisinart 20-Piece Grilling Tool Set


Every good grill master knows that the key to making the juiciest burgers, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and not-too-charred hot dogs is the appropriate tools. This 20-piece set includes everything he needs for pulling off a successful barbecue, from stainless steel tongs and a spatula to a basting brush and four corn holders—all tucked inside a sturdy aluminum carry case.

Boyfriend Gift Ideas: Stoneware Growler
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17 For the Tailgater: Stoneware Growler


For the guy who loves a good tailgate and an even better brew, this sleek, game day-approved growler is the perfect space to stash his drink of choice. Each 64-ounce stoneware growler is glazed by hand, and its flip-top ceramic lid allows you to pour and party with ease.

Best Christmas Gifts for Boyfriends: Snoop Dogg Cookbook

18 For the Rap-Loving Chef: From Crook to Cook Book


Snoop Dogg, the rapper who bonded with Martha Stewart over a shared love of cooking, has his very own cookbook, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen. This is a good gift for boyfriends who haven't yet mastered their kitchen skills because it will definitely have him poppin' the oven like it's hot.

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19 For the Golf Geek: Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers, Set of 2


The golfer in your life will be thrilled to unwrap this set of golf ball-shaped chillers. Unlike ice cubes, they won't water down his favorite drink. He'll look forward to using them after every round he plays.

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20 For the Cocktail Connoisseur: The Old Fashioned Carry on Cocktail Kit


If he's a fan of Old Fashioneds, he can learn to make his own no matter where he is with this portable cocktail kit. A simple recipe card will guide your partner-in-crime through the creation of his own craft cocktail. The set has everything needed to start out: a spoon, muddler, aromatic bitter, cane sugar, and a portable tin. Just add alcohol and he'll be shaking up signature cocktails in no time.

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21 For the Outdoor Lover: Scuddles Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket


If your S.O. would rather be outside most of the time, consider gifting him this large, durable blanket. It's constructed with a waterproof backing that's perfect for picnics in the park, beach days, or even camping trips. Plus, it comes with a handle so it's easy to take along on any adventure.

Greenline Goods Whiskey Glasses

22 For the Whiskey Drinker: Greenline Goods Whiskey Glasses

$13 each,

Bringing new meaning to the local watering hole, this barware is carefully etched with city maps to turn your boyfriend's home or apartment into his favorite local spot. There are a variety of locations, from Los Angeles to New Orleans, so you can choose an array of glasses that feature all of the most important locales in his life, including where he grew up, went to college, and more.

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23 For the Baseball Fan: Baseball Stadium Blueprints


Commemorate his favorite stadium with a custom baseball blueprint. Printed on museum-grade paper, the detailed illustration of his choice honors America's favorite pastime with a look at a single stadium's design specs and major historic highlights. An antique finish gives the blueprint its vintage vibe, and there's no need to hunt down an appropriate frame since the art arrives encased in black Bonanza Wood. All you've got to add to this gift idea is the bow!

Audible Membership gifts for boyfriend
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24 For the Commuter: Audible Premium Plus

$15 per month,

If your boyfriend is an avid reader, he can listen to any book, anywhere, with Audible—the all-the-rage audiobook membership from Amazon. The first month of membership is entirely free, and he'll receive a book of his choice to get started. After your first trial month, the paid membership will grant him access to one book credit a month (plus a discount on other books), so he can listen to ad-free best-sellers from his favorite authors on the go.

Baseball Park Map Pint Glasses

25 For the Sports Fanatic: Baseball Park Map Pint Glasses


For the baseball fan, a set of pint glasses emblazoned with his favorite ballpark makes a terrific gift. Choose from places like Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium depending on your boyfriend's favorite team. He'll love drinking out of the glasses whenever his team is playing.

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26 For the Frugal Shopper: Tommy John Second Skin Trunks


It's pretty rare for a guy to take it upon himself to splurge on nice underwear, so that's an easy gap to fill. Tommy John's underwear makes a great gift for boyfriends because they're super soft thanks to breathable fabric and have a new take on the front opening. He'll probably wonder how he ever wore anything else.

The I Don't Know How To Cook Book: 300 Great Recipes You Can't Mess Up!

27 For the New Skill Seeker: The I Don't Know How To Cook Book


If your guy is into trying new things, especially in the kitchen, he'll love this simple cookbook. With a little practice, he'll be on his way to tossing out his usual frozen dinners and cooking up tasty meals for himself (and for you!).

Best Gifts for Boyfriend: Viking Revolution Beard Care Kit
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28 For the Self-Pamperer: Viking Revolution Beard Care Kit


So your boyfriend truly enjoys his self-care rituals and morning coif routine. Shaving will feel even less like a chore with this luxurious kit. It comes with a beard brush, comb, unscented beard oil, a styling balm, and scissors all stored in a neat metal tin.

Uncanny Brands Darth Vader Waffle Maker
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29 For the Star Wars Fan: Uncanny Brands Darth Vader Waffle Maker


Make breakfast for the special guy in your life in a waffle maker with a special iron that's shaped just like Darth Vader's helmet. The kitchen gadget molds the breakfast item into the shape of the infamous film villain, while additional features, like a regulating thermostat and a weighted lid, perfectly brown the batter.

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker

30 For the Breakfast Enthusiast: Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker


Any breakfast lover would enjoy unwrapping this genius breakfast sandwich maker. Designed to make two customizable breakfast sandwiches at a time in just five minutes, the appliance allows you to layer bread, meat, cheese, and eggs for a delicious morning treat that you can make right at home.

The Contender Game of Presidential Debate gifts for boyfriend
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31 For the History Buff: The Contender: The Game of Presidential Debate


This game is similar to the party-favorite Cards Against Humanity, but you can feel comfortable playing this one with family—though we can't promise his uncle won't go on some tirade! If you aren't too scarred from the election, this hilarious card game has players gathering cards with famous (and real!) one-liners from various political figures throughout history. No political knowledge required to enjoy this gift—just a healthy sense of humor.

Compact Tool Box gifts for boyfriend
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32 For the Fixer: Workpro 100-Piece Kitchen Drawer Home Tool Kit


For the Mr. Fix-It with limited shelf space, this compact tool kit is a no-brainer. The top handle makes this box of essentials easy to access when things go awry, and the punchy blue and red tools are easy to spot it in a pinch once they're out of the simple, black case.

Takeya 10310 Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

33 For the Coffee Drinker: Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker


Amazon's best-selling cold brew coffee maker is perfect for the coffee lover in your life. It makes batches of cold brew or iced coffee with any coffee grounds thanks to its simple infuser design. Gift it to your boyfriend so he can have an endless supply of smooth cold brew on tap at all times.

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34 For the Adventurer: Cariuma Off White Knit Ibi Sneakers


Shoes from this sustainable footwear brand are always selling out, so if your boyfriend loves to be on the move and appreciates scoring a product that's hard to get, these sneakers are for him. They're super comfortable and will go with just about anything in his closet. You can even grab a pair for yourself to match!

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35 For the Cook: Sardel 10" Skillet


If your man loves to cook, upgrade his essentials with a new pan from Italian cookware brand Sardel. This 10-inch skillet is ideal for stir-frying, sauteing, and searing. It's so good, even Bobby Flay is a fan.

Winc Wine Delivery

36 For the Wine Connoisseur: Winc Wine Subscription

$100 for a two-month gift subscription,

Winc offers personalized wine subscriptions that make a thoughtful and tasty gift. After taking a flavor profile quiz, Winc will recommend a few bottles that you can have delivered right to his door on a regular basis. And don't worry, he can skip deliveries or cancel at any time.

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37 For the Classic Dresser: Everlane Organic Cotton Crew


Upgrade your man's wardrobe with a classic T-shirt he'll want to wear every day. It's available in several stylish colors, and right now you can stock up on three tees for $45.