The 12 Best Birthday Gifts for Men in 2021

Surprise the man in your life with one of these clever presents

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"Chess lovers, as well as those who adore architecture, will appreciate this unique 32-piece acrylic set. "
"This slipper doesn’t just have the classic loafer style, but also tons of comfort."
"This is the perfect robe to snuggle up in on a lazy weekend or after a long day. "
"For anyone into fitness, this Fitbit is the perfect present and tracks all of the essentials."
"These classic sunglasses protect his eyes and make him look ultra-cool."
"This box, which is a great one-time or subscription gift, is full of flavors from the Caribbean."
"If someone you know isn’t into high-tech smart watches, he'll love this classic style."
"This GoPro is great for everything from traveling to a quick bike ride to the park."
"Ditch the charcoal and grill your food to perfection with this appliance that works both indoors or outside. "
"Thermos is a reliable brand and this mug is no different."

Shopping for anyone can be tough, but finding a gift for the man in your life can sometimes feel impossible. Of course you want to forego the totally predictable presents but you still want to be sure you're purchasing something he'll actually get some use out of.

To get you started, here are the best gifts for him.

Ian Flood & Chris Prosser NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Chess Board

Combine a classic board game with the recognizable skyline of New York City and you’ve got this gorgeous chess set. Architects Ian Flood and Chris Prosser are responsible for designing these chess pieces that look like works of art. The usual game pieces are replaced with acrylic brownstones, the Guggenheim, the Empire State Building, and more. There’s also a London version featuring Big Ben and the London Eye. 

He’ll without a doubt appreciate the comfy, cozy Ugg Ascot slippers and he’ll most likely have them for years to come thanks to the superior quality. The exterior is 100 percent leather and in true Ugg fashion, the lining is unbelievably soft. The soft wool feels like pillowy clouds and the rubber lining is sturdy enough that he can safely walk on all surfaces, from the kitchen to quick trips outside, without slipping. 

Coyuchi Unisex Air Weight® Organic Robe

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You just might be tempted to keep this for yourself, but try not to. Coyuchi’s robe has his name written all over it if he’s the king of relaxation or just needs something to slip into after work, besides a pair of sweats. Though the organic cotton robe is lightweight, it’s warm and measures up to 52 inches long.

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

If the guy in your life is into fitness, get him the Fitbit Charge 4. It tracks his heart rate all day long to accurately measure daily caloric burn. He can also use the heart rate monitor feature to maximize his workouts with options like Fat Burn, Cardio, and Peak. This activity monitor will tell him how many steps he’s taken, floors he’s climbed, and active minutes he’s had throughout the day.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses RB4175 Square

Ray-Ban Clubmaster RB4175

Instead of buying the typical Ray-Ban Aviators or Wayfarers, go with this timeless Clubmaster style. The style draws attention to your guy’s browline with tortoise shell material along only the top of the metal frames. It works for just about any face shape and can be paired with casual or dressed-up outfits. If your guy likes to spend a lot of time in the sun, these glasses will protect his eyes and make him look ultra-cool without a lot of effort.

Callaloo Box Subscription Box

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Some people hate spice, while others love it. Some people like eating the same 'ol food, and others want a bit of variety. For the guy who falls into the latter categories, he'll absolutely love the Callaloo Box. The offerings vary, but the usuals include a few spices, pepper seasonings, and six to eight food items that offer a taste of the Caribbean. This is a tasty one time gift or you can even set the recipient up with a monthly subscription.

Timex Men's TW2R80300 Southview 41mm Leather Strap Watch

 Timex Men's TW2R80300 Southview

A sharp watch can really elevate a guy’s look. If someone you know isn’t into high-tech smart watches, then go analog. This Timex watch has a blue dial with gold-tone Roman numerals and markers around the edge. It comes with a brown leather band and a silver display case (if he only wants to wear the watch on special occasions). The watch is water resistant up to 100 feet, but with a piece this stylish, he probably won't wear it during his next dip in the pool.

GoPro HERO6 Black 4K Action Camera

GoPro HERO6 Black 4K Action Camera

Your guy doesn’t have to be into extreme sports to get a lot of use out of a GoPro. The GoPro HERO6 Black automatically sends footage of his adventure straight to an app on his phone where it turns into an edited video. He can feel confident when he wades through a river or gets caught in the rain because the camera is waterproof up to 33 feet. It also has advanced video stabilization — for those bumpy rides — to create a smooth final video.

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill

George Foreman

George Foreman grills have been around for quite some time and for good reason. They’re quality, sturdy, and the tons of versions work for cooks of all skill levels. This indoor/outdoor electric grill cooks up to 15 servings at a time so it’s perfect for families. Controlling the temperature is as easy as the twist of a knob and the removable stand makes it perfect for the backyard or the kitchen countertop.

Thermos Stainless King Travel Mug

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Travel Mug with Handle, Midnight Blue

If he is serious about his coffee why not get him a travel tumbler that will keep his brew nice and hot for seven hours and anything cold for up to 18 hours! Made by the popular Thermos brand this model is leakproof, keeps beverages at the desired temperature, and is dishwasher safe. Available in seven colors you're bound to find something that suits his style or perhaps matches his car. This will be a pleasant upgrade from his current mug. 

Uncommon Goods Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

For the guy who loves a good drink, he's probably tried the usual mixers and classic cocktail recipes. But if you want to truly give him something fun, try this Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit. The bottle contains spices and dehydrated fruit picked straight from a farm. There's the option of navel gazer spiced orange, blue Sunday blueberry lavender, parrot head strawberry jalapeno, and island time spicy pineapple. Then all he has to do is mix his favorite spirit in the infusion bottle and wait for about a week to enjoy a flavor packed cocktail.

Uncommon Goods Mindful Breathing Necklace

Mindful Breathing Necklace

For your guy who works in a stressful environment or who needs to practice mindfulness, this accessory is the perfect way to keep him focused. The flute-like pendant is attached to a thin rose gold, gold, silver, or matte slate chain. Anytime the wearer is felling stressed or overwhelmed, they're supposed to exhale into the pendant, which slows down breathing. This small act can make a major difference in someone's day to day.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.

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