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Whether it’s your dad, distant uncle who you haven’t seen in a decade, or a new S.O. you’ve only been seeing for a couple of months, I personally believe that males are far trickier to shop for compared to their female counterparts. Sure, you can opt for one of the guy-gifting gold standards like a pricey bottle of hard alcohol, a warm pair of socks, or the latest Apple accessory, but these options are a bit generic. Plus, there’s a good chance someone else will have already gifted him with the same exact thing.
Of course, you don’t always want to get too particular either—trying to do the guesswork to figure out what type of video game he’s into at the moment or what size slacks he’s currently wearing is also a bit of a gamble. And while most retailers offer generous return windows and discreet gift receipts these days, the goal is to avoid that scenario in the first place, right? Gift cards and gifts you can send online are a safe bet but, come on, they’re boring and can often times read as unthoughtful—which is never the goal with gift-giving in my humble opinion. Fortunately, if you’re at a loss this year as to what to buy that certain male in your life—even if it’s your socially awkward boss—we’ve rounded up a few solid options that will surely earn his seal of approval this holiday season.
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Opove Deep Massage Gun
If he’s been coveting a Thera Gun massager this year, this is the perfect (top-rated) dupe—and it’s a fraction of the cost.
ESPN+ Subscription Gift Card
Perfect the sports fanatic on your list this year (or anyone who likes to watch live games), ESPN+ is now offering gift cards to send online for subscriptions.
The Adventure Set
This gift set includes Alder New York’s Everyday Face Serum inside The Mini by Away – a miniature version of the brand’s iconic suitcase – along with a few additional travel must-haves that he’ll love when it’s safe to fly again.
Meridian The Maintenance Package
Shaving kits are a dime a dozen — unless it’s this one from Meridian, featuring all the necessary grooming tools for keeping things tidy below the belt. That includes a waterproof trimmer, two backup blades and an anti-chafing spray for an unexpected gift that’ll benefit not only him but also his romantic partner (i.e. you).
Oculus Quest 2
The newest Oculus features redesigned controllers and next-level hardware to take his VR gaming to the next level.
Sans Air Purifier
Give the gift of clean air (and fewer allergies) with Sans’ ultra-potent air purifier. Not only does this luxury HEPA air purifier captures both extremely small and large particle air pollutants and chemicals (including formaldehyde), but it also covers a whopping 780 sq. ft. of coverage, is equipped with a UV-C light sterilizer for targeting viruses and bacteria, and it purifies your air twice each hour. I mean, I can’t think of a better gift than being able to breathe better, am I right?
Allbirds Wool Loungers
Apparently, Allbirds are the coveted footwear brand of 2020. From my friend who’s a men’s lifestyle editor to my uncle, everyone seems to have invested in a pair of these cozy slip-ons for themselves, so if the male on your list hasn’t gotten on board, help him out with this foolproof holiday gift.
Geekey Multi-Purpose Tool
This compact multifunctional fits on a keychain tool includes a wrench, screwdriver, bottle opener, and 13 additional functions without taking up space.
MasterClass Online Courses
Masterclass’s impressive roster of online classes taught by industry pros—think: cooking lessons with Gordon Ramsey and film 101 with David Lynch—provides the wishy-washy giftee with plenty of unique options.
Fossil Carlyle Stainless Steel Touchscreen Smartwatch
Forget the AppleWatch, this one by Fossil is fully functional, chock full of smart features, and actually looks sleek.
If the dude on your list has a thing for baseball, this inspired board game is a pretty cool novelty gift.
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Soap
They may not buy it for themselves, but there are a lot of men out there that absolutely adore Aesop’s soaps (hey, men have a taste for luxury too).
Shave Well Anti-Fog Shower Mirror
Okay, I know this seems random, but a lot of men shave in the shower and it’s hard to see with a regular mirror. I’ve given this exact model to my stepdad, dad, grandfather, and ex-boyfriend, and all of them have reported back that it’s been a game-changer for their morning routine.
Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket
I honestly love this blanket, and every guy that’s ever come over does too. Why not give the gift of coziness? It also doesn’t hurt that these are super handsome either.
Kitchellence 2-in-1 Knife Sharpner
Your dad will probably fall in love with this affordable kitchen gadget.
“Rick & Morty” x Wrangler Denim Jacket
Every guy I know is obsessed with cartoon show, and Wrangler’s collab with the hit series is super cool.