From your dudes to your dad, shopping for the men in your life can feel a lot trickier than it actually is. Women get a lot of flack for being “high maintenance,” but the very gendered tradition of gift-giving at least presents us with some guidance for “what a girl wants,” even if that knowledge is heavily based on stereotypes. This may be why couples, men included, struggle with finding great groomsmen gifts and why once a year many of us fall back on a critically acclaimed (albeit boring) best-selling book to bestow on the men in our lives. You know you’ve done it. That’s okay, though. This year is going to be different.
An important holiday hack: finding thoughtful, exciting gifts for men isn’t a question of gender but a question of personality. Duh. We all secretly knew that. Still, so many holiday shopping lists are organized by “Gifts for Him” and “Gifts for Her” — which isn’t terribly helpful if you ask us. Hence, why we’ve compiled a round up of our favorite gifts for him, by personality. So you can find something for your brother, bros, and best man. Better yet, everything here is under $80 (we weren’t even trying, we swear!), so a lot of these can work for multiple occasions/budgets such as groomsmen gifts, stocking stuffers, and bigger-ticket bff presents.
Peruse the categories below to grab the goods (or even just a winning gift idea). Don’t straggle, some of these finds just went on sale and won’t stick around for long!
These treat-yo-self gifts will be appreciated by both the most well-groomed grown-up and the somewhat struggling man-child who still exists the bathroom with toilet paper patches all over his mug after morning shaves. A definite crowd pleaser. He really doesn’t need to be a metro-sexual or even lumber-sexual to appreciate the luxury of feel-good, look-good grooming potions and accessories. These gifts go over especially well in the DIY friendly form of a kit. And a major bonus: doling these out as pre-wedding groomsmen gifts will give you a slight sense of relief that even your most grizzly (or hey, just really busy) groomsmen will be taking care of themselves.
And yeah, we think candles have a totally unwarranted bad rap for being a “mom gift.” Everyone appreciates a masterfully mixed scent, but most men won’t buy a candle for themselves. So go ahead and make each of their EODs just that much more satisfying with a warm scent.
The To-Go Guy
AKA, the mile-a-minute man. You hardly ever see this person because he’s constantly on the go, and when you do he’s usually squeezed your QT in between a bootcamp class and board-meeting. It’s okay though, because he’s always there when it matters most, usually in under 20 min. He definitely deserves something to complement his mobile lifestyle, and hopefully make is a bit less hectic.
Plus, travel-friendly packable duffels stocked with compact trip guides and portable gadgets make for highly appropriate and affordable groomsmen gifts for a destination wedding.
The Big Kid
AKA “The Player,” in the most harmless sense of the word. This pal is just as much dapper as he is dude. He appreciates the aesthetics of a thoughtfully furnished abode, but also just might poor his copper ice bucket over your head if his team takes a huge win. He likes to get hands on with his material possessions, so think grown-up toys pairing high-design with a some fun function. Any gear that’ll help him play baller, builder, or barkeep will be greatly appreciated.
The Desk Jockey
This guy has a home office. Or is his office his home? Either way, whether he’s a writer or workaholic (or both), he deserves an adult desk stocked with stylish supplies. Remember the thrill of back-to-school shopping? Well this is that, but for the grown-up who still writes letters and swoons over the smell of ink.
Don’t forget to scribe a thoughtful note to accompany his holiday or groomsmen gifts. He’s always done the same for you.
The Culture Curator
Your popcorn partner-in-crime and vinyl record adversary. You may not always agree on points of pop-culture but you both take your avid consumption very seriously. So Pac doesn’t do it for you quite like Plath, let him know you respect his favorite poetry with a rap anthology. We know we bashed on the book gift in the intro of this post, but this is different. This is personal. Gifting someone the intellectualized form of their tastes, hobbies, or passions show appreciation and consideration for who they are.
Oh yeah, and we all need to stare at screens less and read more.