The special man in your life deserves a special gift, but it’s only natural that finding that gift can be a little challenging. With so many options out there, the search for the perfect birthday or Christmas present can quickly become overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for something Dad will love or the perfect surprise for your techie husband, picking out a gift takes thought and consideration — but it’s okay to get a little help.
From comfy slippers to high tech gadgets, here are our... favorite gifts, no matter the occasion.
What do you get for the man who has everything? An Amazon Echo Dot is the perfect gift for that guy who has enough ties and sweaters to last a lifetime. The ideal compact smart home device, the Amazon Echo Dot is a voice-activated gadget that uses Alexa to do everything from make calls to your mother-in-law to play your favorite Tom Petty song. Though the device itself is only 1.3" x 3.3" x 3.3" and weighs just under 6 oz, it can help control your home’s entire smart network, like dimming lights and turning on the AC.
Reviewers love Amazon Echo—in fact, it’s one of the highest-rated smart home devices you can buy. Owners love how easily customizable it is (tired of the black? Try a leather sweater for your Echo Dot and rave about its seamless voice recognition. The Amazon Echo Dot is a great gift for the guy who loves gadgets, but never splurges on them himself.
Going to work doesn’t have to be a drag. We love this Komal genuine leather briefcase because it’s trendy, fashionable and comfortable. Unlike hard briefcases, the Komal Passion case is soft leather, which makes it easy to take anywhere, whether it’s on a plane or to a board meeting. It’s 18" wide, 13" tall and 6" deep, with multiple compartments inside for iPads, laptops and notebooks. This is the perfect gift for that always-stylish man in your life—the medium leather goes with everything, and looks even more expensive than in is.
Reviewers love the feel of the leather and rave about how well it holds up. It also has a vintage feel that will give your loved one that “laid-back hipster” look his coworkers will envy.
Another gift for the guy who has everything, this DIY Gift Hot Sauce Kit is the perfect choice for the foodie in your life. Each kit makes seven bottles of hot sauce, and comes with glass bottles, plastic squeeze bottles, a funnel, gloves and even pH strips—so your man can get become a hot sauce chef overnight. The kit uses heirloom peppers, and includes a ghost pepper booster packet for those who need an epically spicy kick. We love gifts that become memories, and this DIY kit is the perfect activity gift that your man will love.
Owners say their loved ones adored the chance to become a “hot sauce chemist” and agree that the hot sauces taste authentically artisanal. Each one can be customized to the chef’s taste, from mild to super fiery.
The music lover in your life needs a great bluetooth speaker, and the JBL Xtreme is one of the best you can buy. Built to take a beating, it can withstand heavy water splashes (just don’t submerge it) so it’s great for a boat or the beach. The built-in rechargeable battery supports up to 15 hours of playtime and charges with a USB cable. If your loved one adores bass, the JBL satisfies the desire for a strong low-end without sacrificing dynamic range. It comes in red, blue and black, is 8” long and weighs just under 5 pounds.
The JBL is the perfect portable speaker for the sporty guy in your life. Owners say the sound is as good as any high-end, full-size speaker, and rave about the durability of the product.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
A great beard takes time to grow and maintain. If your loved one is of the bearded persuasion, this Dapperganger Beard Kit gift set is a great choice to help him groom. Each kit comes with a high-end canvas toiletry bag containing beard oil, conditioner and beard wash. It also contains a metal comb and stainless steel trimming scissors to help him tame and maintain. The organic products help relieve dry skin and dandruff, and soften coarse hairs.
Owners say the products don’t irritate sensitive skin, and the scissors are sharp enough for close cutting. If your favorite man prides himself on his lumberjack-worthy beard, the Dapperganger kit is the perfect gift for any occasion.
The beer lover in your life will adore this this H&R wooden carrier, crafted to hold up to six bottles of brew. Handcrafted with a vintage-inspired beer opener on the side, this rustic carrier is great for the craft beer lover. Men who enjoy a quality beer will love this well-made carrier, perfect for football games or dinner parties. There’s also a removable inner partition that allows you to hold different sized bottles and cans.
Owners love the high-quality workmanship; fill this with a handful of new, fun beers and you’ll have a gift he definitely won’t want to return.
The next Food Network star in your life deserves a set of knives worth gushing over, and this Cangshan N1 Series set is one he’ll want to show off. The all-metal knife features an ergonomic handle that’s a piece of art in itself. It comes with six knives, including an 8-inch chef's knife and bread knife, 7-inch Santoku, 5-inch serrated utility and a 3.5-inch paring knife. Each knife is made from German steel, and while they’re incredibly durable and hard, we recommend hand-washing to keep them sharp. The set comes in a gorgeous Acacia wood block that will look stunning on any countertop.
Novice and expert chefs alike will adore these knives, and owners say they have a great weight and balance, making food prep easy and fun. If your loved one is a pro in the kitchen (or a wannabe pro), the Cangshan N1 set is a wonderful choice.
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Keep the man in your life warm with these Sorel Moc slippers. Made with real leather and faux fur lining, these luxurious slippers have a rubber outsole that allows them to be worn both inside and out. They’re perfect for those snowy morning coffee runs or for curling up next to a fire. They come in black, gray and brown, and while they’re soft enough to wear around the house, they’re stylish enough that he can wear them to the grocery story or gas station. Remind your husband that it’s okay to take a load off with these incredibly well-made slippers.
Owners note that they run a little big, so buy a half size smaller to ensure a great fit.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
Everyone loves to eat out, but what if you could bring restaurant-quality steak to your loved one’s home? The Anova Culinary sous vide cooker is the perfect gift for the chef (or the non-chef who just loves great food) in your life. This precision circulator device allows anyone to cook a Michelin-level steak by ensuring perfectly controlled cooking conditions. It turns any pot into a sous cooker; simply fill the pot with water, attach the Anova Culinary and let the magic happen. It allows you to cook at any temperature from 77°F-210°F, and has a timer that works up to 100 hours. Whether or not your loved one is familiar with sous vide cooking, he’ll love how easy it is to impress every dinner guest with a perfectly cooked meal.
Reviewers state that it easily turns any novice cook into a world-class chef, raving about how easy it is to use. A sous vide cooker is a great gift for any guy in your life, whether or not he’s an expert in the kitchen.
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