People like to say that shopping for men is harder than shopping for women. Whether there is any truth behind that is up for argument; but to make your hunt for the perfect gifts for him a little bit easier, we’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide for men. Here are a few fun gift options for the son, brother, husband, father or friend (aka gifts for the men in your life).
For the techie:
Can never go wrong with an iPad as a gift. They’re a great work tool, can be used as your primary device for entertainment and you can still play Candy Crush on them!
The PS4 is an amazing and multi-dimensional product. Obviously it’s a great video game console but it also takes entertainment to the next level. With apps like Netflix, HBOgo, Spotify, YouTube or Amazon; you barely need a cable a provider to have the full package.
The Chromebook is one of the cheapest laptops you’ll find on the market. Nevertheless, it has the power and features that any average college student would need. (Except for maybe those computer science or video editing majors!)
In this new era of wearable technology, Microsoft is innovating with the Band 2. It’s the perfect product for anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle, with features like a heart rate monitor or tracking systems for golf, for example. It’ll even monitor your sleeping habits!
Reading books is outdated, even reading ebooks is getting old! The new trend is to listen to your books. With Audible, you can listen to anything from fiction novels to your textbooks (but you’re not going to do that last part) and you can do so anywhere! Whether you’re commuting, working out, or going to sleep; you can be “reading” too.
Move over iPhones. This holiday season get your guy a smartphone that stands out from the pack. Opt for a more unique variety, many of which offer some pretty awesome functions! If you purchase from Verizon you will receive $50 off (new device payment required) AND $65 cashback from Studentrate!
For the booze enthusiast:
A leather flask is already a thoughtful gift, but add a customized engraving to it and you’ve got a winner!
People generally don’t want to know how the sausage gets made. But beer? Sure! Give someone the tools to start brewing their own craft ale…or stout…or whatever beer related word that makes you sound knowledgeable.
Football Sundays, Saint Patrick’s Day, 4th of July…The opportunities to bust out sturdy beer mugs are endless! Use them as frozen glasses during the summer and pair them with your home-brewed beer from above!
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who serves you bad drinks straight out of Bar Rescue when you’re at their place, this is the perfect gift to save them (as well as you and all your friends) from this serious issue.
Wine accessories have a snobby reputation, but some of them really do enhance the taste you get. This aerator will not only make you look fancier than you actually are, but it’ll make your cheap wine taste like not-as-cheap wine!
For the foodie
Pretty straightforward gift idea: a wooden crate filled with bacon goodies. Can’t go wrong with this one, low risk but high reward move.
Get your Tony Soprano style on by letting everyone know who’s running the cookout, with class.
Not sure what spices to use but understand the value of seasoning? Get these premade rubs and mix and match them with different ingredients to take your grilling skills to a whole other level.
This high-powered product has become a staple over the past couple of years. It can be used for a wide range of drinks such as shakes, smoothies and cocktails, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
Same idea as the spice rubs from above: elevate your meals – specifically your meat dishes. You have no idea how much better that steak will taste after you’re marinated AND tenderized it!
For the sports addict:
Whether he’s into surfing, diving, swimming or any other water-related sport, a wet suit is always a safe bet for seafaring guys.
On the opposite spectrum, if the guy in your life prefers activities that require snow and extreme cold, what could be better than the gift of warmth? A good jacket is a great investment for snow bunnies!
Try to jumpstart your guy’s exercising habits by getting him the latest Nike running shoes. This pair is light but has a strong contour, and since they’re Nike you should automatically feel a surge of energy coming from motivational slogans and commercials.
At this point, everyone knows at least one person obsessed with fantasy football. Even though that person probably has a weird trophy from his league, a simple shirt will show support whether you actually care or not.
Golf is fun. The whole process behind actually playing on the course is not (for everyone). No matter one’s level of interest or skill in the sport, this mat will provide endless fun or practice. Whether you put it in your house or office, it’ll definitely get use.
For the fashion savvy:
A classic pair of well-fit slacks are a necessity in any man’s closet. Banana Republic offers high quality products that are always on trend.
Perfect for cold winter nights, a ribbed sweater will never go out of style. Due to its simplicity and durability, this sweater could make a great gift for pretty much anyone.
Maybe not the most original idea, the fact of the matter is; guys need socks.
If the guy in your life has been contemplating buying a suit, but keeps holding off due to the high price tag, the holiday season could be the perfect excuse for you to make a solid contribution to his wardrobe.
Checkered and flannel button downs are a must for the season. Whether your guy is into fashion or not, he’s not going to complain if he receives this shirt as a gift.
What other ideas do you have for gifts for the men in your life? Share in the comments below!
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David is a senior studying Political Science and American Studies at Brandeis University. On campus, he's involved in Greek Life and works as a movie translator. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball or catching up on his favorite TV shows.