Struggling to find the best gift for your boyfriend? We've got some ideas.
We know how it goes: You know him so well, but you’re still having trouble finding just the right gift for your boyfriend. Whether everything you think would really wow him is way too expensive or it really just seems like he already has everything he could ever want, we know that the struggle is real when it comes to presents for boyfriends. So, as if you wished it and we appeared (but really you probably just Googled it and we appeared), here you’ll find a list of carefully curated gift ideas our editors think your boyfriend will find both cool and practical. We might not know him, but we do know that these handpicked gifts cover every type of guy—from the life of the party to the tech-obsessed.
Best Gift for the Tailgater: Stoneware Growler
For the guy who loves a good tailgate and a even better brew, this sleek, game day-approved growler is the perfect space to stash his drink of choice. Each 64-oz. stoneware growler is glazed by hand, and its flip-top ceramic lid allows you to pour and party with ease.
To buy: $88; shopterrain.com.
Best Gift for the Techie: Dotti Smart Pixel Light
If your boyfriend can’t keep his smartphone close enough and lives in FOMN (fear of missing a notification), this smart-light is for him. Reminiscent of the old Lite-Brite, Dotti syncs with his phone via Bluetooth technology and lights up to alert him of incoming calls, texts, emails, events, and social media notifications.
To buy: $70; ahalife.com.
Best Gift for the Cocktail Connoisseur: The Craft Your Own Bitters Kit
If he’s a fan of Manhattans and Old Fashioneds, he can learn to make his own bitters at home with this crafting kit. User-friendly instructions will guide your partner-in-crime through the creation of his own great extracts. The set has everything needed to start out: four glass apothecary bottles, one funnel, one strainer, two infusing jars, a citrus blend, and an aromatic blend. Just add alcohol and you’ll be shaking up signature cocktails in no time.
To buy: $60; ahalife.com.
Best Gift for the Craftsman: Stitched Leather Coasters
Give his bar cart a major upgrade with the addition of these stitched leather coasters. The 4-piece pack is the perfect blend of practical and rugged, plus you can pair the gift with whiskey stones or a set of rocks glasses.
To buy: $48; shopterrain.com.
Best Gift for the Music Lover: Heavy Duty Jobsite Earbuds
Whether he’s trying to concentrate in a noisy open office, is hammering away on a construction site all day, or simply wants to drown out the rest of the commuters on his train, these rugged earbuds will help your boyfriend get more enjoyment out of his favorite songs or podcasts. Noise isolation tips (includes four pairs in different sizes for maximum comfort) reduce ambient noise by up to 30 percent, while ear hook and a five-foot cord help him move around with less restriction.
To buy: $60; sharperimage.com.
Best Gift for the Sports Fanatic: Wool Stadium Cushion
He’s adamant about not missing any of his favorite team’s ball games—even on a snowy, sub-zero Sunday night. But those plastic stadium seats seem to absorb the cold, and nobody wants to stand for hours on end. Though we can’t promise a win to help make the whole experience worth it, we can suggest giving him this sheep’s wool cushion for a present. The soft, fluffy seat–which fits snugly in bleacher seat–provides another layer of protection from the bitter cold.
To buy: $38; shopterrain.com.
Best Gift for the Golf Obsessed: Set of Fore! Golf Glasses
Both an attractive addition to his bar and a practical gift for tournament viewing parties, this set of tumblers is just right for the golf lover. Each 16-ounce glass in the set of four features a colorful illustration of four kinds of clubs (putter, iron, wedge, and wood), complete with graphic typography. The finishing touch is a beautifully crafted dimple impression of a golf ball on the bottom of each tumbler.
To buy: $42 for four; uncommongoods.com.
Best Gift for the Student: Masterclass
Gain insight into the minds of the world’s greatest industry leaders with Masterclass—an all-access roster of online classes taught by the likes of Judd Apatow, Stephen Curry, and Martin Scorsese. Over 35 renowned innovators offer up tips and tricks that pertain to their specific expertise, whether its jazz pointers from Herbie Hancock or screenwriting hints from Aaron Sorkin. Purchase an all-access pass and both you and your partner will learn a thing or two.
To buy: From $90; masterclass.com.
Best Gift 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 BonanzaWood. All you've got to add to this gift idea is the bow!
To buy: $185; uncommongoods.com.
Best Gift for or the Professional: Titan Multi-Tool Collar Stays
Does a pair of collar stays feel a little, well, boring? We hear you, but check out this hardworking version. These lightweight titanium collar stays are sturdy enough to keep his shirt looking sharp for years, plus they serve a multitude of functions, like fixing broken gadgets, opening bottles, snipping off loose threads, measuring small items, and tightening screws.
To buy: $45 for four (two pairs); amazon.com.
Best Gift for the Bookworm: Audible Membership
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, so he can listen to ad-free bestsellers from his favorite authors on the go.To buy: $15 per month; audible.com.
Best Gift for the Bartender: Perfect Drink App-Controlled
For the guy who loves a good backyard bash and a cabinet full of spirits but has a serious lack of bartending skills, this clever gadget takes the guesswork out of the art of craft cocktails. The digital scale is compatible with an accompanying free app for iOS or Android phones, so he can choose from hundreds of vetted drink recipes—and get detailed, real-time pouring instructions.To buy: For a similar product: $15; amazon.com.
Best Gift for the Gamer: Super Mario Bros. Checker and Tic-Tac-Toe Collector’s Edition Game
He may have had to say goodbye to his classic Nintendo console years ago, but this coffee table game will take your boyfriend down memory lane. The fold-up, double-sided game board and custom game pieces (checkers and Mario and Luigi kinging pieces) mimic Mario and Luigi’s 8-bit world. He can play checkers on one side, or flip the board and try his luck at a quick game of tic-tac-toe on the other.To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Best Gift for the Craftsman: Desk Caddy Organizer
If he spends much of the weekend tinkering in his “shop” or in the garage out back, this handsome wood desk caddy will help him corral all of his smaller tools (think hammers, scissors, stamps, pens, paint brushes, and more). Each caddy is made of reclaimed wood from the 1800s and comes in four sizes, from the “small,” which has four holes, to the “epic,” which has 24 holes.
To buy: From $36; pegandawl.etsy.com.
Best Gift for the Beer Snob: Brew Candle
Offering a sophisticated fragrance in a quirky form, this craft beer-inspired candle has all of the aromatic benefits of beer (without the hangover). The all-natural soy wax is hand-poured into a recycled 22-oz. beer bottle and comes in scents whiskey drinkers and wine aficionados will love, too.
To buy: $24 each; swagbrewery.com.
Best Gift for the Star Wars Fan: Pangea Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster
Make breakfast for the special guy in your life in a toaster that’s shaped just like Darth Vader’s helmet. The kitchen gadget brands the breakfast item with the logo of his favorite film series, while additional settings, like reheat and defrost, make quick work of toasting bagels or waffles, too. Plus, a removable crumb tray means even easier cleanup.
To buy: $40; amazon.com.
Best Gift for the Whiskey Drinker: Maps Rocks Glasses
Bringing new meaning to the local watering hole, this barware (including rocks glasses, mason jars, mugs and wine glasses) is carefully etched with neighborhood maps to turn his home or apartment into his favorite local spot. There are hundreds of locations, from towns and cities to mountains and even islands, so you can choose an array of barware and glasses that feature all of the most important locales, including where he grew up, went to college, got married, and more.
To buy: $16; theuncommongreen.etsy.com.
Best Gift for the Podcast Listener: BOOM Swimmer Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
He listens to his favorite music at the gym, in the car, and while he’s on his way to work… why not in the shower, too? Help make it possible to rock out while suds-ing up with this waterproof Bluetooth speaker from Boom. Thanks to a flexible silicone “tail,” this present will easily attach to any surface and let him stream music from his iTunes library or favorite streaming service anywhere in the house. It will even work submerged in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes, and the eight-hour battery life means you should prepare for marathon playlists.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Best Gift for History Buffs: 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 2016 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.
To buy: $25, amazon.com.
Best Gift for the Traveler: Waxed Canvas Travel Pouch
Even if you can’t always accompany him on the road, you can give your boyfriend a gift that will help see him through just about any trip in style. A must-have travel companion for any jetsetter, the roomy toiletry case is big enough to contain all of his grooming essentials. Plus, the simple and durable waxed canvas exterior can stand up to nearly anything.
To buy: $40; markandgraham.com.
Best Gift for the College Grad: Hillflint Sweater
Luxe fabric in an array of styles make this collegiate apparel brand an heirloom-quality essential, whether you’re watching the game court side, in the stadium, or from your sofa. Select a sweater from over 100 available schools, or choose a style that will shows his pride for his favorite MLB or NBA team.
To buy: From $65; hillflint.com.
Best Gift for the Beach Goer: Dipsea Polarized Sunglasses
Give his go-to shades a stylish upgrade with a colorful pair of sunnies. Polarized lenses offer protection from harmful UV rays, and the shades are available in a slew of hues, including turquoise and aqua.
To buy: $55; nordstrom.com.
Best for the Griller: 14-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 14-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.
To buy: $40; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Best Gift for the Handyman: Compact Tool Box
For the Mr. Fix-It with limited shelf space, this compact metal tool box is a no-brainer. The top handle makes this box of essentials easy to access when things go awry, and the punchy blue and white hue ensures your guy will be able to spot it in a pinch.
To buy: $100; store.moma.org.