The 9 Best Birthday Gifts to Buy for Men in 2018

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

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Buying a birthday gift for a guy can be tough, especially if he won’t get specific about what exactly he wants. Since you’re not a mind reader, we’ve rounded up some of the best birthday gifts for men that are sure to make his special day extra memorable. There’s something for every type of personality — from outdoor adventurers to fashion-focused guys. You know your guy best, so choose something that you know will make his day. Here, the best birthday gifts for him! 

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    Best for Husbands: Toyen GordVE GV1804 Quadcopter Drone

    Even if your husband 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, at less than $75, 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 (or he can use it to sneak up on unsuspecting friends).

  • 02 of 09

    Best for Style Seekers: 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 stylish guy 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.

  • 03 of 09

    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 black 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.

  • 04 of 09

    Best for Athletes: Fitbit Charge 2

    If the guy in your life is into fitness, get him the Fitbit Charge 2. It tracks his heart rate all day long to accurately measure his 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 2 can be used to track sleep quality and duration.

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  • 05 of 09

    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 has over 7,000 reviews that rave that it is leakproof, keeps beverages at the desired temperature and is dishwasher safe. Many reviewers 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? He'll also love an upgrade from his current mug. 

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best travel mugs

  • 06 of 09

    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 we don’t recommend that he wear it during his next dip in the pool.

  • 07 of 09

    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.

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    Best for Travelers: Cotopaxi Nazca Travel Bag

    This durable travel bag is a backpack, duffel bag and suitcase all in one. The water-resistant canvas shell keeps clothes dry and the suitcase-style zipper makes it easy to unpack once you reach your destination. There are also various straps that allow you to carry the bag however you feel comfortable: short handles to help you lift the bag onto an airport baggage cart, shoulder supports that allow you to wear the bag as a backpack as you trek through tough terrain and a long strap to convert the bag into a duffel. There are plenty of internal mesh compartments and even a padded sleeve for a laptop.

    Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best travel gifts can help you find what you're looking for.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best for Amateur Bartenders: Molecular Mixology Kit – Gin & Tonic

    Molecular Mixology Kit - Gin & Tonic
    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    If the guy in your life is bored of just mixing gin and tonic to create his favorite drink, he’ll get hours of fun out of this molecular mixology kit. With the included ingredients and tools, he can experiment to create the perfect party drink. The kit comes with two pipettes, a mold, four food additives, a slotted spoon, a recipe book and cinchona bark. The bark is the original source of quinine, which gives tonic water its distinctive flavor, so all he has to buy is gin. He can also put his mad-scientist hat on to make floating spheres with different flavors or colorful foam to sit on top of the drink.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best gifts for the home bartender