12 ideas to inspire your holiday shopping
Giveaway season is upon us, and with family, friends, colleagues and partners, you might be shopping for a guy or two. The best gifts for men are those that offer a practical function or purpose, but are made with style or a level of quality that the recipient of the gift cannot consider on their own. However, steer clear of the over-designed (and overpriced) items that some retailers put on their men’s gift guides. Most men are not dying to buy an expensive candle or cashmere sweatpants that are too delicate for everyday life.
Instead, think about items that can easily fit into (and upgrade) their existing routines or fill a gap for what is currently lacking. For the guy who likes to exercise, this could be a hand-held massage gun to relieve sore spots, or a self-cleaning water bottle to stay hydrated on the go. A stylish man might like a pointy flannel shirt that he can wear to work and also on weekends, as well as a styling cream for his hair. For the nights, he can mix bartender-style drinks with scoops of ice cream and munch on the best salted crisps and salted crisps imported from abroad. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 gifts that strike the right balance between function and festive fun.
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Lightweight dress-up or dress-up shirt
Made with a hint of stretch and lighter than traditional weight flannel, this button up can be worn on its own or layered down during transition temperatures. Depending on its style, you can opt for solid colors or prints, including this light navy blue plaid.
High performance wireless headphones
Perfect for workouts and active living, these adjustable, snug-fitting ear hooks stay in place and are designed to resist sweat and water. Each earbud has full volume and track controls and up to 9 hours of listening time.
Perfect white t-shirt
From a limited edition collaboration between menswear designer Todd Snyder and LL Bean, this textured waffle-knit thermal crew comes in five colors, including a crisp white that goes with everything and is perfect for layering in cold weather. .
Bartender ice cream spheres at home
Of course, you can just put regular ice in your drinks. But unlike standard cubes, the large spheres of ice slowly melt to cool your drink evenly, making them a favorite with bartenders. These silicone molds make the perfect two inch diameter sphere every time.
High-tech massage gun (but cheaper)
This popular cordless percussion massage gun helps relax stiff muscles and improve mobility. Sync it with the app and you can go through predefined or customized recovery programs using different attachments to target painful areas. It is powered by three speed settings and is less expensive than other massagers like Theragun.
Hassle-Free Skin Care Essentials He’ll Actually Use
This hugely popular skin care set from La Roche-Posay has all the basics a man needs, and at a reasonable price, so he can replenish himself. There’s a gentle cleansing cream, a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 that won’t leave it greasy, and a moisturizing serum that he can apply after shaving to calm any irritation.
Cool furry slippers that can also be worn outside
Teva’s slippers are an internet sensation that’s already sold out in a few styles. This newly released fleece-covered option is made from recycled materials, including a 100% recycled ribbed knit collar and 50% recycled foldable heel for easy on and off. The rubber outsole keeps you comfortable inside and outside the campsite (bonus: a non-toxic antimicrobial treatment added to the shoe eliminates odors).
Tasty snacks for days
Founded by a husband and wife who loved to travel and bring back unusual snacks in their suitcases, Universal Yums recreates this experience without the flights. Each box contains treats from just one country – think chocolate covered waffles from Belgium, tangy fried seaweed, and salted pineapple candy from Thailand – and can be ordered as a subscription or as a one-off gift.
Premium grooming products
Vaughn’s V76 is the go-to grooming brand for stylish men. Medium Hold Styling Cream is a bestseller for adding moisture and parting with just enough shine. Add in the moisturizing shampoo and lip balm and you’ve got the perfect gift trio.
Self-cleaning water bottle
LARQ uses UV-C LED light to remove up to 99.9% of biocontaminants from your water and bottle. Double-walled vacuum insulation keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours, making it the water bottle of choice among well hydrated.
Tech charger worthy of a screen
Make the mundane task of charging accessories a design moment with this wireless charger wrapped in Italian saddle leather and can hold multiple gadgets (phones, headphones) to quickly bring them back to 100% with five Qi certified coils. For an added benefit, you can also monogram this choice, free of charge.
Sharp knife set
The Victoria and Albert Museum named the Opinel knife one of the 100 best-designed objects in the world. The French brand has been making quality blades since 1890 and this five-piece set contains all the essentials including their chef’s, bread, santoku, carving and pairing knives.