The 13 Best Birthday Gifts for Men in 2021

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

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Best Sentimental: 10 Reasons Why I Love You at Etsy

"This personalized wooden gift box is proof you don't have to spend a ton to make a major, sentimental impact."

Best for Adventurers: Toyen GordVE GV1804 Quadcopter Drone at Amazon

"Make his dreams come true with this grown-up toy that's sure to provide hours of fun."

Best Game: Soapstone Chess Set at Ten Thousand Villages

"Chess players will adore this hand carved set that looks amazing even when not in play."

Best for Athletes: Fitbit Charge 4 at Amazon

"For anyone into fitness, this Fitbit is the perfect present and tracks all of the essentials."

Best for Outdoors Enthusiasts: Ray-Ban Clubmaster at Amazon

"These classic sunglasses protect his eyes and make him look ultra-cool."

Best for Foodies: Callaloo Box at Callaloo Box

"This box, which is a great one-time or subscription gift, is full of flavors from the Caribbean."

Best for Cocktails: Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit at Uncommon Goods

"Give the mixologist in your life a kit to create the most flavorful drinks."

Best for Professionals: Timex Men’s Southview 41mm at Amazon

"If someone you know isn’t into high-tech smart watches, he'll love this classic style."

Best for Tech Lovers: GoPro HERO6 at Amazon

"This GoPro is great for traveling or a quick bike ride to the park."

Best for Coffee Addicts: Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Travel Tumbler at Amazon

"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.

Best Sentimental: 10 Reasons Why I Love You

10 Reasons I Love You

Courtesy of Etsy 

Your sweetheart will probably let out an audible "ahh" or at least a wide smile when he opens this gift. The 10 Reasons Why I Love You wooden set from Etsy is extremely wallet-friendly, but high on sentimentality. The gift box can be personalized with his name and there are 10 hearts that fit inside. While you could go with hearts that have generic phrases (you respect me, you give the best cuddles, etc.), you can also customize each heart with a different phrase or reason why you adore them. Each heart can be engraved with up to 30 characters. This is such a sweet, keepsake gift they're sure to cherish for years, even decades, to come.

Best for Adventurers: Toyen GordVE GV1804 Quadcopter Drone

Even if your guy is serious around all his friends and coworkers, you’re probably the only one who knows he’s really a big kid at heart. Make his dreams come true with this grown-up toy: a remote-controlled drone. It’s the perfect model for beginner flyers and we promise your bank account won’t be destroyed if your husband crashes it. There’s a camera mounted on the body that connects to an app on his phone — which fits right into the remote controller — so he can see all the action as it flies. A single battery charge will get him 20 minutes of flying time. Plus, this model has a “stealth” mode to make sure there is minimal noise for his video.

Best Game: Soapstone Chess Set

Soapstone Chess Set Ten Thousand Villages
 Courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages 

Maybe your guy isn't the typical gamer (video game) type, but if he prefers another type of game, then this will win him over. The Ten Thousand Villages Soapstone Chess Set is a playable work of art. The green and black hand carved soapstone pieces sit atop a game board that has storage underneath. The vintage feel is gorgeous and would look great displayed on a coffee table or in an office nook.

Best for Athletes: Fitbit Charge 4

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. He can get call, text, and calendar alerts to stay on top of his day as he works out and the Fitbit Charge 4 can be used to track sleep quality and duration.

Best for Outdoors Enthusiasts: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Oversized Sunglasses

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.

Best for Foodies: Callaloo Box

Callaloo Box subscription

 Courtesy of Callaloo Box 

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.

Best for Cocktails: Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit

Infuse and Pour Alcohol Kit

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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. Each bottle flavor is sold separately and before buying, you can see which one pairs best with bourbon, tequila, rum, or vodka.

Best for Professionals: Timex Men’s Southview 41mm Leather Strap Watch

A sharp watch can really elevate a guy’s look at the office. 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 outer 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.

Best for Tech Lovers: GoPro HERO6 Black

Your guy doesn’t have to be into extreme sports, like heli-skiing or base-jumping, to get a lot of use out of a GoPro. This small model is great for traveling or a quick bike ride to the park. 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. The two-inch display makes it easy for guys to change the settings, ​playback their video or frame a scene.

Best for Coffee Addicts: Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Travel Tumbler


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. Many people have had this mug for many years and often find themselves getting a new model when the old one wears out. 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. 

Mindful Breathing Necklace

Mindful Breathing Necklace

 Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

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 necklace isn't just an accessory, but it's meant as a mini meditation. 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.

Adidas Gazelle Original Men’s Gazelle Lace-Up Sneaker

The Adidas Gazelle is one of the most iconic sneakers ever made. Anyone who grew up in the 70s, 80s, ​or 90s either knew someone who had a pair or owned their own. Adidas recently re-launched their design from 1991 and these shoes have been experiencing a resurgence ever since. Gift your friend or significant other a pair to give him a dose of nostalgia and an accessory that can go with just about anything in his wardrobe. He can pair them with jeans during a casual day out or wear them to work to dress down his slacks.

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