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Best Gifts for Men
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It's that time of year where you scour shops for the perfect gift for the guy in your life. You want something that will make him "ooh" and "ahh," or smile and chuckle. We know coming up with gift ideas for men can be tough. Lots of guys aren't willing (or able) to tell you what they really want. And thinking of holiday or birthday gifts for men that are really unique can feel overwhelming.

We've taken out a lot of the work and rounded up the coolest gifts for men from around the web! From tools to gourmet food kits to wooden cuff links, there's something for every man on your list. Here are our favorite gifts for men, in varying price points (and from a variety of shops). We've also included a bunch of DIY gifts - cool ideas you can make yourself!

If you scroll down this page, you'll find we've done hours of research looking for the best holiday gifts, birthday gifts, and DIY ideas.                 

Birthday Gifts for Men

Franklin Barbecue recipe and meat smoking book
Amazon

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay: $30

A complete meat and brisket-cooking education from the country's most celebrated pit-master and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue.

A glossy cookbook like this one is one of my favorite birthday gifts for men to give. Why? Because it's informative, useful, and it makes for a great addition to the coffee table.

 

Moscow mule cups
West Elm

Moscow Mule Cups from West Elm: $24.

Perfect for celebrating with his friends. Cheers to great gifts!

 

Cedar sage candle
GH Bass & Co.

Whiskey Glass Candle - Cedar Sage from GH Bass & Co.: $28

This gift is simple and restrained - could be just right for a co-worker, cousin, or even a father-in-law!

 

Buffalo check blanket
Kaufmann Meracntile

Rob Roy Buffalo Check Throw from Kaufmann Mercantile: $85 

Simple accessories like this are always a safe bet. Plus, what person doesn't need more blankets in their life?

 

Timex watch
Cool Material

Timex Weekender Oversized Chrono from Cool Material: $80

Watches make great gifts for your boyfriend, husband, or any other special boy in your life, and this weekender watch is fashionably flexible. It's perfect for office dress, going out on the town, or anywhere in between.

 

Oak night stand
Etsy

Oak Wood Charging Station and Nightstand from Paybacks A Beach: $40

So organized, so suave.

 

Wood handled french press
World Market

Wood-handled French press from World Market: $25

Tall, dark, and handsome - just like your man.

 

Bath and body kit
Birchbox

Off the Clock Bath and Body Kit from Birchbox: $55

Birchbox has a lot of great gift ideas for men, including a few bath and body kits, like this one.

 

Stainless steel straws
Food 52

 Stainless Steel Straws - Set of 10 from Food 52: $32

Not only do they save the sea turtles, but they look so classy doing it.

 

Bike pack growler holder
Food 52

Bicycle-Mounted Growler Holder and Stainless Steel Growler from Food 52: $90

Guys love their gear. This one is definitely an attention grabber.

 


Cool Christmas Gifts for Men

Liquid plastic welder
Amazon

Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder from Amazon: $24

This little tool is a must for any fixer upper. Repair toys, glasses, jewelry, and more! It can even fill in 3D sections and be sanded down!

 

Baseball Bat Bottle Opener from Uncommon Goods: $115

For the guy who loves baseball, this little opener is handy enough to keep in a pocket, and looks great on any bar cart.

 

Set of Beer Jelly from Uncommon Goods: $30

If you know a guy who's into gourmet food, this set of beer jellies make perfect gifts for him. Comes with an oatmeal stout, pale ale, IPA, and porter! $30

 

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Guitar Pick Punch from Amazon: $25

A great gift for a musician or guitarist. Turn old cards, hotel keys, and more into guitar picks.

 

Man Crates: $55

Forget gift baskets... it's all about gift crates now. These curated crates come chock full of small gifts for guys, based on his interest. From meats and Bloody Marys, to DIY kits and grilling gear, there's a crate for everyone.

 

Solid cologne
The Mod Cabin

Solid cologne by The Mod Cabin: $24

If he could live outdoors, but is stuck in the office all day, these scents are perfect gifts for him to help him smell the mountain air indoors.

 

OrbitKey
Amazon

OrbitKey Leather Key Ring from Amazon: $39

This gift is pretty cool - keep keys in a neat, tight bunch and pull them out one at a time, pocket-knife style!

 

Rib-O-Lator
Amazon 

Rib-O-Lator BBQ Rotisserie Attachment from Amazon: $99

He can rotisserie all his favorite foods at the same time, without any of them burning or drying out. Fits most gas grills and smokers.

 

Amazon

The John Lennon Letters from Amazon: $20

For the ultimate Beatles fan, a book compiled of letters written by John Lennon throughout his life.

 

Amazon

Beard Grooming Kit from Amazon: $65

A kit is one of the best gifts for men, and this one is ideal for your bearded beau. Complete with oil, soap, a comb, beard balm, and shampoo! It's the ultimate in beard-grooming.

 

Slim Wallet from Supr Good Co.: $25

For the card-carrying minimalist, these wallets are super thin and lightweight, and will help him carry only the necessities.

 

Amazon

Ticket Stub Organizer from Amazon: $16

This is one of those unique gifts for men. If he's nostalgic and has a collection of tickets from every concert and show he's ever been to, help him keep them safe and organized.

 

Amazon

SteakChamp Steak Thermometer from Amazon: $50

He can cook it right every time with the ultimate steak thermometer. Goes right into the steak and cooks with it. A light goes off when it has reached the desired temperature.

 

Amazon

BlueFire Pro Heat Resistant Gloves from Amazon: $30

If you have a fire-pit in your backyard, or you just camp a lot, these heat resistant gloves will keep you out of the emergency room!

 

Taco Tee from Xenotees via Etsy: $25

Gift ideas for men who love tacos! Not just for Tuesdays.

 

Dollar Shave Club Membership: $100 for 12 months

Looking for gift ideas for men that just keep on giving? Have new razors and skincare products sent right to his door each month! The first month comes in a super stylish and sturdy wooden box.

 

Drink Rocks from Areaware: $35

Keep beverages undiluted and chilled in style. Bonus: these rocks double as office art!

 

Concrete desk set
Areaware

Concrete Desk Set from Areaware: $40

Organize odds & ends in the office with these sleek concrete desk accessories. Comes with a pencil cup, tray, and tape dispenser.

 

Laptop Table & Mobile Workstation from LapPad: $110

He'll be able to work anywhere in the house with this mobile workstation. We recommend the couch.

 

Amazon

Defrosting Tray from Amazon: $24

Gifts for men don't have to be impractical - thaw meat FAST with this super magic tray! Takes only 30-60 minutes depending on thickness!

 

Hot sauce kit
Williams Sonoma 

Hot sauce kit from Williams Sonoma: $50

Here are some unique gifts for men: How about gifting creative kits? With this kit, he can create his ideal hot sauce at home, and transform the way food tastes.

 

Touchscreen watch
Target

Touchscreen Brown Leather Watch from Target: $255

This would look good on any wrist. The touchscreen gives it that "Apple watch" feel, but in a more stylish way.

 

Wooden Cufflinks from The Shameless via Etsy: $23

If he's an outdoorsman, add these to your hubby's sleeves.

 

Amazon

Portable Golf Net from Amazon: $130

Hit anywhere with this portable net to perfect your drive and your game.

 

Amazon

Headphone Organizer from Amazon: $7

Now he'll be able to keep his headphones tangle-free!

 


The Best DIY Gift Ideas for Guys (With Buyable Options!)

So, you've been through all the store-bought gifts for men, but you want something more personal. Not a problem! Here are some really thoughtful DIY gift ideas for men in your life. While guys always seem a little bit more tricky to make gifts for, these cool gifts are too cool not to try. Here are some awesome gifts for him you can make yourself.  

I love making gifts for them whenever I can, but it can be difficult to come up with a super awesome DIY idea that men will actually like/want to use. So, here are some awesome gift ideas for men, each paired with buyable alternatives if you run out of time and just want to buy something similar.

Knitted cowl
Mama In A Stitch

Manly Man Beginner Knit Cowl from Mama in a Stitch

A warm, handmade cowl is a great gift to give the special guys in your life. Don't know how to knit? There are some great options for purchase on Etsy.

 

Electric camp lamp DIY
ManMadeDIY

DIY Electric Camp Lantern from ManMadeDIY

This vintage lamp that's been brought into the 21st century belongs in your dude's life. Make one yourself, or purchase a version from Etsy.

 

DIY shaving cream
The Chic Site

DIY Shaving Cream from The Chic Site

This gift is easy to create, and he'll appreciate the effort. If you're looking for a quick but organic shaving cream, try TICO* shave oil.

 

Leather-wrapped flask
I Spy DIY

DIY Leather Wrapped Flask from I Spy DIY

Want one monogrammed? For $15 you can!

 

Personalized tie clip
Lovely Indeed

Personalized Leather Tie Clip from Lovely Indeed

Also, there are tons of styles on Etsy for around $20 apiece.

 

DIY leather wallet
The Merrythought

DIY Leather Wallet from The Merrythought

For the minimal man in your life. Or, get one monogrammed for around $20.

 

DIY pomade
Momtastic

DIY Hair Pomade from Momtastic

It's incredible how few ingredients actually are needed to make hair pomade. You can also find some cute handmade hair products over on Etsy.

 

DIY geo cufflinks
Almost Makes Perfect

DIY Geo Cufflinks from Almost Makes Perfect

Little gifts for men that are handsome and on-trend! There are plenty of other precious stones on cufflinks to be found online.

 

DIY necktie
We Can Make Anything

DIY Neck Tie from We Can Make Anything

Why do ties cost so much? They're so easy to make on your own - and the man in your life will appreciate the custom attention you've given this gift (fortunately the handmade variety are also affordable for purchase). 

 

Swiss Army key ring
Make:

DIY Key Ring from a Swiss Army Knife from Make:

This is such a cool idea. Instead of blades, it's keys! You'll have to be sneaky about getting ahold of his keyring though... we talked about a leather version of this type of keychain earlier - buy it here!

 

DIY beard balm
DIY Network

DIY Beard Balm from DIY Network

Know a father with facial hair? A beau with a beard? A guy with a grizzly mug? Make him a batch of beard balm to tame his facial tresses (or spring to purchase a complete beard care kit).

 

Travel pouch
We All Sew

DIY Zippered Travel Pouch from We All Sew

If you are looking for cool gifts for a jet-setting man in your life, you could make him this cute travel bag. Or, opt to buy a personalized toiletry bag.

 

Wooden triangle shelves
The Merrythought

DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves from The Merrythought

Gift ideas for men don't have to be restrained to personal style or entertainment. Men appreciate good home decor, too. Find a premade version of this shelf style on Etsy

 

DIY leather luggage tag
Almost Makes Perfect

DIY Leather Travel Tag from Almost Makes Perfect

DIY gifts for men who travel. There are tons of monogrammed and embossed options on Etsy as well.

 

Studs and Buttonholes
Studs and Buttonholes

Men's hat makeover from Studs and Buttonholes

Old hat laying around that he never wears? Surprise him by giving it a makeover. There are also lots of various styles on Etsy.

 

Gifts for men - Leather key cover
The Merrythought

DIY Leather Key Cover from The Merrythought

One of the smaller, yet unique gift ideas for men on this list. You can also purchase a personalized leather key sleeve for around $6.

 

Hand-painted tie
Momtastic

Hand-painted DIY tie from Momtastic

A handmade look and a thoughtful touch to this typical guy's gift. Looking to buy? Check out these hand-painted silk options.

 

Edison lamp
Curbly

Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp from Curbly

Show off your woodworking skills to your man. Don't have any? Don't worry -  you can buy a version of this lamp here.

 

Leather iPhone wallet
Melissa Esplin

DIY iPhone Wallet from Melissa Esplin

A useful and cool gift idea for the organized guy. Buy lots of great versions on Etsy.

 

Tripod camping stool
Design Sponge

DIY Tripod Camping Stool from Design Sponge

This is more of an expert level DIY, so if you'd like to buy one, you can grab a 3-leg stool for around $37.

 

Wood slice serving board
ManMadeDIY

DIY Wood Slice Serving Board from MadeMadeDIY

You can make this wood serving board for around $15. Pay a little extra to get a pre-made one.

 

Leather notebook
Paper & Stitch

DIY Leather Bound Notepad from Paper & Stitch

Create these cool gifts for guys in just 10 minutes, or check out this cute leather-bound notebook for $30.

 

DIY Camera Strap
The Crafty Gentleman

DIY Camera Strap from The Crafty Gentleman

Know a guy who shoots (pictures)? Make him a unique camera strap, or buy a handmade one here.

 

DIY Leather Tool Grips
The Merrythought

DIY Leather Tool Grips from The Merrythought

Even if he might work hard, he can keep his hands soft with some leather tool grips. We can't seem to find a buyable version for this project, but a revolving leather hole punch will come in handy when making your DIY leather gifts.

 

Oh Happy Day

DIY Shrinky Dink Tie Tack from Oh Happy Day

These make silly and cool gifts for dad. Personalized tie clips are also inexpensive to order on Etsy.

 

Instructables

DIY Woven Paracord Bracelet Watch from Instructables

The kind of gift a military man might enjoy. Buy a similar version here.

 

Monogrammed leather cufflinks
Almost Makes Perfect

DIY Leather Monogrammed Leather Cufflinks from Almost Makes Perfect

A perfectly personal gift for him. No time? Buy monogrammed leather cufflinks online.

 


Gift Ideas for Men
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20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life

by Faith Provencher
20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Photo: Sonos

It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again, isn't it? Time to scour the stores and internet for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Well if you need a present for a lover of tech gadgets, we've got you covered. Click through to check out our picks ranging in price from $20 to $200.   

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

1. Belkin Wireless Charging Station - Charge your devices with this handy wireless charger - it's great for the guest room! $40

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

2. Tile Key Finder / Phone Finder - Find your keys, phone, or anything else you often lose with these helpful little gadgets. $70

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

3. WeMo Mini Smart Plug - Control lights and appliances right from your phone. $35

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

4. Roku Streaming Stick - A more cost effective way to stream TV. $50

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

5. Portable Ultra Compact Portable Charger - Charge your phone up twice... and super quickly with this tiny portable charger. $26

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

6. Prynt Pocket Instant Photo Printer - Print out all those images you have on your phone with the touch of a button. $150

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

7. Bose Soundlink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Bring your tunes anywhere with this handy waterproof speaker from Bose. $100

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

8. Instant Pot Slow Cooker - Take "set it and forget it" to a whole new level with everyone's favorite digital slow cooker. $100

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

9. Chamberlain My-Q Garage - Monitor and control your garage door opener from your phone with this clever device. $70

 

Nest Smoke Detector
Amazon

10. Nest Smoke Detector - Get emergency updates from your phone when you install a Nest Smoke Detector in your home. $118

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

11. Force1 Foldable Drone - Have a little fun with this foldable drone that takes live video. $100

 

Digital water sensor
Amazon

12. Sense Smart Water Sensor - Make sure your basement isn't flooding with this clever water sensor which you can connect to your phone. $74

  

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Staples

13. Google Home - Control all of your smart devices, check your Google calendar, find out the weather and more using this tech powerhouse. $99

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

14. Symphonized Wraith Bluetooth Wireless Headphones - These stylish headphones have real wooden accents and get great reviews on Amazon. $75

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Sonos

15. Sonos Play:1 Speaker - Sonos speakers connect to each other as a system, and this compact one has surprisingly rich sound for its size. $149

 

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Staples

16. Ezmino Wi-Fi Indoor Camera - Keep track of your home while you're away right from your phone with this handy little camera. $72

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

17. Philips Hue Light Bulb Starter Kit - Control your lights from your phone with these amazing bulbs from Philips. $100

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Ecobee

18.Ecobee Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat - This thermostat is similar to the Nest, but it has a sensor that you can place elsewhere which is handy if the thermostat you're replacing is located in a different room than you're heating. $250

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Lowes

19. iGrill Mini Grill Thermometer - Control the temperature of the food you're grilling right from your phone with this handy gadget. $40

20 Gifts For The Tech Lover In Your Life
Amazon

20. Amazon Echo - Connect all of your smart devices, then just ask Alexa to control them... what will they think of next?! $70


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How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

 

I'm a big collector of costume jewelry, so I'm always trying to find great ways to store it. A while back, I did this project so I have plenty of space for my necklaces and most of my dangly earrings. But I was still left wondering where to put all of my stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories. Until now. Keep reading to check out my incredibly easy, functional solution.    

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Make This! Big Impact Geometric Mirror DIY

by Faith Provencher
Make This! DIY Vanity Mirror Frame
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Have you ever tried to shop for a decorative bathroom mirror? The process can be frustrating... it's tough to find something that works well with your decor, while also staying within your budget. That was my experience when I tried to find the perfect bathroom mirror. So, of course, I made one! Keep reading to find out how to make this DIY vanity mirror using wooden dowel rods.       

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How to: Easy Ideas To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa-Like Retreat

by Faith Provencher

Spa bathroom ideas

A trip to the spa is the ultimate way to de-stress, but we don't all have the time or money to head to the spa every month. So why not create your own calming sanctuary right at home that you can enjoy every single day? Here are a few simple tips for creating a spa bathroom retreat.     

 

Tips for Creating a Spa Bathroom on a Budget 

Neutral tones for a spa bathroom

1. Stick with neutral, earthy tones

Spas tend to use light colors for a calming effect, giving the space an organic feel. My Design Chic shows us that pale blue lends a soothing sense; head here for more pale blue inspiration. As shown in the second photo above, white is a great base color; then add accents of pale blue, beige and brown to keep the space from feeling too sterile. Check out Apartment Therapy for more tips on creating spa-like elegant bathroom decor. 

 

Greenery in the bathroom

2. Greenery adds life to the room

A cluster of houseplants give this room an inviting feel, while Martha Stewart's crabapple blossoms lend a romantic vibe. Place an orchid on your vanity for more of a zen look, as they've done over at Decor Pad.

 

Aromatherapy in the restroom

3. Aromatherapy is an important consideration 

Scent plays a large role in mood, so don't forget to add relaxing aromas to your space. Hang eucalyptus over your shower head for a refreshing scent as recommended by Uphaa, or place reed diffusers on your countertop. Head over to Elizabeth Danon Interiors for more tips on adding organic scents to your home. Complete your candlelit bath with rose petals for a warm, romantic break.   

 

Candles and champagne

4. Encourage prolonged relaxation

Check out the full DIY tutorial for this handy wooden bathtub tray over at Snippets of Design. It's the little things in life! And don't forget to add a glass of champagne as The Online Stylist has done. 

 

Details to create a spa-like bathroom

5. It's all in the details 

Eliminating labels will reduce visual clutter in the room... try transferring cotton balls and q-tips to apothecary jars as they've done over at Design Indulgences. A curved shower curtain will add space to your shower area for a more luxurious experience. Check out this and other easy spa bathroom refreshers over at Modern Furniture Design. Last, an easy way to make your bathroom feel spa-like is to roll up your towels as Timothy Whealon has done. 

 

Upgraded showerhead
Photo: Ben Finch

6. Upgrade your shower head

Sure, your basic shower head from the 90's probably still functions just fine. But wouldn't a rain system be so much more luxurious? And a handheld attachment would be oh-so-handy when you come home from the park all muddy. They don't necessarily cost an arm and a leg either... Amazon has a wide range of options. Be sure to pick something that will fit with your existing plumbing and finishes.

 

Upgraded towels
Photo: Kate Lester

7. Splurge on towels

There's nothing more luxurious than a thick, soft towel to wrap up in after a long bath. Indulge in a set of high quality towels for those days when you're looking for that spa bathroom feel. Go for oversized, soft and absorbent... and be sure to look at the reviews online if you can't check them out in person. Don't forget to choose a set of stylish hand towels too - it's a decorative touch that will make your space feel like a relaxing personal bathroom retreat. Check out some of our favorite towels below.

 

Spa like bathrooms on a budget
Photo: Nechstar

8. Add your own soundtrack 

We listen to music in the office, in the car and elsewhere, so why not get some tunes going to help us relax in the shower as well? Music can have a wonderful mood-altering effect, so it's a must for getting ready in the morning. Here are the best waterproof bluetooth speakers according to Neckstar. Quite a few ring in at under $50, believe it or not!

 


Shop Our Favorite Spa Bathroom Products & Accessories

Bath tray caddy
Urban Outfitters

Give yourself the perfect unwind time setup with a bath caddy. We love this one because of its versatility and handy wine glass holder! Me Time Bamboo Bath Tray Caddy from Urban Outfitters, $49 

 

Turkish towels
Amazon

These large, plush towels from Amazon have a lovely spa-like color and they get good reviews too. Oversized Turkish Bathroom Towels 3 Piece Set from Amazon, $60

 

Wood bath mat
Urban Outfitters

There's something about bamboo that just feels spa-like, isn't there? Bamboo Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters, $35

 

Rainfall shower head
Amazon

Upgrade your shower with this combination rainfall and handheld head. AquaDance 3 Way Rainfall Shower Head from Amazon, $35

 

Plush towels
Cost Plus World Market

Add one of these unique hand towels to your spa bathroom: Black and Ivory Sculpted Bath Towel from Cost Plus World Market, $16

 

Waterproof speaker
Amazon

Get some tunes in your spa bathroom! iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker from Amazon, $30

 

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Chill Out: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

by Faith Provencher
Just Relax: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of forgetting to take the time to chill out every now and then... I'm constantly trying to chip away at my to-do list, which doesn't leave much time for self-care. But lately I've been taking a few minutes every day to heat up and put on my new aromatherapy eye pillow, and it's been working wonders for my stress levels. Other eye pillow benefits? It's fantastic for headaches, and it's also a great solution for insomnia sufferers. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!   

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