Men can be notoriously difficult to shop for. Husbands, boyfriends, college friends, and colleagues all deserve the perfect gifts for Christmas and beyond, but what will they actually use and enjoy? It's too easy to fall into the trap of purchasing random grilling equipment for the BBQ enthusiast or cufflinks and a timepiece for a man who enjoys fashion without considering whether or not they'd really use these products.
Take the guesswork out of shopping for the men in your life this holiday season with this gift guide of items that will surely satisfy and get plenty of use for years to come.
1. Dash Cam Mini
It’s a wild world out there, and things can get especially crazy on the road. If someone in your life drives for a living or just spends a lot of time in the car, this gadget will give them invaluable peace of mind when driving around.
This key-sized camera can capture footage in 1080p HD, with a big-picture view of 140 degrees at a time. If and when an incident takes place, the camera will remember every detail, and the evidence will be on your side.
Prepare to be thanked over and over again as this dash cam saves your friends and family members from sticky situations in the future, which makes it a perfect stocking stuffer.
2. Pull Up Bar
Many men are focused on building big chests and bulky biceps but forget to workout their backs, which can cause serious harm in the future. An at-home stainless steel pull-up bar offers a fantastic back exercise session at any time of day and makes an excellent gift for the fitness enthusiast.
Not only is this bar super easy to install, but it also stays firmly in place on almost any door frame with smart hook technology. With zero DIY assembly required, it’s ready to go right out of the box, so your guy can start getting results immediately.
3. Beer Subscription
There’s bound to be at least one beer lover in your life, so give them the gift of variety and novelty by subscribing them to Craft Beer Club. They’ll enjoy curated beers from craft brewers throughout the world, and they’ll never run out of new brews to try. Pair it with a stylish keychain bottle opener, and they'll be ready for a good time.
Select what types of beers you think they might enjoy best, and set up a delivery schedule, so they get a steady supply in their subscription box. Better yet, these services usually come with descriptions and tasting notes, so you're basically getting a masterclass in brews.
Is there such a thing as too much beer? Nope. This is one gift that will definitely not be ignored.
4. Nintendo NES Classic Edition
Who doesn’t love old-school video games? They’re simple, classic, and a ton of fun to play. The NES was one of the first at-home consoles and made a lasting impact on a generation of men, so bring back the nostalgia with this mini machine.
The old-fashioned system comes pre-loaded with all the 8-bit classics you know and love and is a great way to bond with family members that span generations. Gamers young and old will get hours of enjoyment from this thoughtful gift.
5. Fluid Bike Trainer Stand
The winter weather always tends to put a damper on outdoor workouts, especially cycling. Snow-covered roads mean biking is a no-go, and the cold winds can prevent even the most intrepid cyclists from hitting the pavement.
That’s why a bike trainer stand is an awesome gift for anyone who loves to ride but can’t make it outdoors. It works with every bike out there and lets you get your heart rate up anywhere in your home. When springtime comes, it’s back to the streets!
6. Temperature Control Smart Mug Or An Insulated Water Bottle
Let’s face it—normal mugs just don’t keep your beverages warm for very long, and you end up sipping lukewarm coffee or tea throughout the morning. Ember has the solution with their smart mug, which lets you control temperatures with perfect precision.
If there’s a man in your life who loves his morning coffee, put this gift at the top of your list. Choose between a 10oz or 14oz mug, and throw in a coaster for good measure. They’ll never go back to regular mug life!
Along the same lines, an insulated bottle like a Yeti will let your special guy tote his bottle around without ever having to worry if his water has gone warm.
7. The Ultimate Shower Organizer
Everyone knows at least one guy who prioritizes efficiency over everything. It’s all about streamlining the routine and squeezing maximum value out of every minute. This shower organization kit is the best gift for men who want to speed up their grooming sessions (minus using the electric trimmer).
It includes a fog and water-resistant mirror for in-shower shaving, a kit that holds a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a body scrubber that attaches to the shower wall for easy access. There’s no doubt this kit will shave some precious seconds off the morning routine.
8. Theragun Mini
We all carry a bit of tension now and then, and it’s not always possible to go get a full-on massage at the spa. This mini massager from Theragun uses percussive treatment to help work out those tight muscles throughout the body and offer real relief.
Men who work out regularly or perform rigorous physical jobs will love the easy and intuitive process of an at-home massage with this holiday gift. It's even helpful for tight back muscles after an intense weekend camping trip. It’s the ultimate de-stressor and can even speed up recovery after a tough day.
9. Omni PC Hardside Luggage
Luggage is always a tricky gift to give, with so many sizes and styles to choose from. Samsonite makes things easy by offering versatile, tough luggage that any man will instantly love.
The 100% polycarbonate exterior is just the start of this Omni PC luggage collection. It has more than enough space for extended journeys and features four spinning wheels to navigate the airport with ease. It’s almost as valuable as an actual passport!
10. Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Is there a coffee enthusiast you know who just can’t get enough of those caffeine beans? It’s time to give your favorite foodie the great gift of quality with an authentic Chambord French Press.
Bodum makes some of the most durable and authentic presses out there, and once you get the hang of the process, you can’t go back to the normal old drip coffee maker. Pair this gift with a pound or two of killer coffee, and you’ve officially won the holidays.
11. Wood Phone Docking Station
No matter how smart a man may be, his bachelor pad is almost always a mess. This docking station is an excellent gift idea that keeps everything in one place and prevents absent-minded misplacements from ruining the morning routine. It acts as a charger to restore the battery life of his iPhone while also giving him a convenient place to store his smartwatch and AirPods or BlueTooth earbuds.
This is a practical gift that will surely get some serious use for many years, whether he's an Apple fan or favors other brands for his tech.
12. Parliament Wallet with Tracking Card From Ekster
We’ve saved the best for last. The trend of the 21st century is the everyday carry, and it’s a never-ending competition between guys to see who can optimize their daily loadout. A minimal front-pocket wallet is the centerpiece of any EDC, and Ekster does it the best, bar none.
The flagship Parliament wallet is slim, sleek, and comes with tons of smart features that set it apart from the rest. It has a patented trigger card-access mechanism, RFID blocking technology, and the option of adding a universal tracking card that locates a lost wallet anywhere.
Plus, this best-selling wallet is made of environmentally certified high-quality leather and comes in several classy colors. This is definitely the no-brainer men’s gift of the 2020 holiday season.