Searching ‘gifts for him’ online can return all manner of obscure results, many of which are either totally obvious or completely oblivious. We understand you want to get him something thoughtful, something unique, or maybe even something creative (sock puppets are still a big no) but it can be almost impossible to know exactly what to get.
Of course, there is much to consider when buying a gift for a man: go too flashy and he doesn’t like it, you risk wasting a lot of money. Lowball it, however, and you could low-key sour the relationship.
To help you avoid either scenario, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts the man you’re buying for will ever lay eyes on. Whether it’s something seriously practical or cool, something new to stock the drinks trolley, or a pair of headphones to help him through some gruelling workouts, these gifts for him are sure to be met with applause.
How To Choose A Gift For Him
Start by thinking about what he’s interested in. If you’re buying for a man you’re dating, you should either know his interests by now or, if you haven’t been dating long, you can subtly check for things he likes. For instance, before splurging on a vintage bottle of Australian red wine, make sure he likes red wine.
If you’re buying for your dad, brother, friend, or colleague, and you’re not sure of his interests already, you can ask others (such as your mum, your mate’s other half, etc.) if they know his interests. If not, again, subtly check. Once you’ve got a solid idea of what he’s interested in, you can find an awesome gift.
For The Whisky Drinker
For the whisky drinker, there’s no better gift than a bottle of ultra-premium whisky which he can curl up with and enjoy whenever he wants a taste of palatable joy. The Macallan’s A Night On Earth In Scotland is a limited edition single malt whisky crafted by Master Whisky Maker Sarah Burgess which is simply delectable with notes of shortbread, butterscotch, and vanilla.
Exquisitely packaged, unboxing A Night On Earth In Scotland will be just as delightful as drinking it, thanks to the beautiful imagery created by acclaimed illustrator Erica Dorn, which features on both the bottle and gift box. Trust us, any man will be simply thrilled with The Macallan’s rich whisky as a gift. Price: $165.
Get your man something he's definitely will love. DMARGE has released a series of limited edition framed prints from history's unseen moments. From Steve Mqueen to James Bond, this limited series is a great choice for men everywhere.
If you’re buying for a man who is obsessed with coffee, why keep it to just a morning ritual? Mr Black allows him to enjoy it at night, too. The locally-made coffee liqueur has taken the world) by storm, and uses 100% Specialty-Grade Arabica Coffee to create a complex liqueur that is bold, balanced and unapologetically coffee-tasting.
Enjoy it simply over ice, or try a Cold Brew Old Fashioned by mixing equal parts Mr Black and your favourite whiskey.
The AncestryDNA Kit is a meaningful gift that will allow the man you’re buying for to discover where they come from and learn more about their ancestors’ journeys that paved the way to who they are now.
If the man you’re buying for has (or thinks he has) impeccable music taste, allow him to be the DJ for every party from now on with this gift. The first eco-friendly product to come from JBL, the audio masters have an incredible track record when it comes to producing superb-sounding speakers.
The Flip 5, easily one of the best portable Bluetooth wireless speakers available right now, has been made even better with the use of 90% recycled plastic in its build. Waterproof and with a PartyBoost function that allows it to pair with other compatible JBL speakers, you'll upgrade his pool parties forever.
If you’re buying a gift for a bit of gym junkie then you can’t go wrong with Modex. Modex is for those looking to improve performance and aid recovery, so they can train harder whilst enjoying a better sense of wellbeing.
It contains the potent ingredient, Pycnogenol, clinically proven to boost the production of Nitric Oxide (NO), increasing blood flow while reducing both inflammation and oxidative stress. Ideal for professional & recreational athletes alike, this is a seriously practical gift.
Whether he's a seasoned barbecue professional or an occasional burner of brisket, the Everdure Cube is the perfect gift for men. Completely portable, so he can take it to the beach, to the park, or just about anywhere he wants to grill, this mini barbeque is available in multiple uber-cool colours. Any man will love this gift for allowing him to play chef wherever he goes.
A chronograph watch is an invaluable tool for a man who needs to time various events and none do quite as good a job while remaining perfectly wearable each and every day as the TAG Heuer Carrera. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest model, the Carrera Chronograph Sport, can be had with a fetching blue dial and matching ceramic bezel.
It will make a refreshing change to his black or white-dialled watch and blue is often seen as a colour that is becoming increasingly popular. Add to that precise timekeeping thanks to TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 calibre with 80-hour power reserve and he’ll be out timing laps and speeds for days on end with this practical gift.
If your man likes to dabble in cognac or whiskey, or perhaps both, then he will love Martell Blue Swift. The Maison's most recent bottle is completely unique, taking cognac VSOP and finishing it in bourbon casks. Easy to drink neat or an absolute joy in cocktails, Blue Swift makes an excellent gift for men.
If he's the workout type who loves to listen to some tunes whilst tearing up the gym floor, he'll love Jaybird Vista wireless earbuds. Dustproof, shockproof, waterproof, and sweatproof, they're quite literally life-proof. They may be small in size but they deliver huge sound for hours on end (16 in total) and the only time they'll come out of his ears is when he physically removes them. Perfect gift alert!
While it's easy to snap up a pair of stylish swim shorts to look good at the beach, taking your everyday backpack isn't always so great. This Utility Tote bag from up-and-coming Sydney-based brand, Hershan couldn't be more perfect for those summer beach days; making it an awesome gift.
Available in three sizes and with a large, non-fastening opening, it’s tough and durable organic cotton and handcrafted construction will more than hold its own on the sand, while providing plenty of space for your towel, water bottle, speaker, book, slides and more. It's also quite possibly the best-looking tote bag we've ever seen.
If you're buying a gift for a man who loves surfing or just appreciates a good read, they will love this gift from the king of trash prose, Chas Smith. Charting the course of surfing history from the wild 70s and 80s through to the present day, and its shift in image to be all about clean living, this book will be the gift he can’t put down.
Eco-friendly men will be enamoured by the cutting edge, stylish water bottles S’well has to offer. All bottles stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, and with reusable water bottles pretty much becoming a necessity, any man will appreciate this functional gift.
If the man you’re shopping for likes scoop necks, Jack Sparrow, or Gucci (or all of the above) you can't go wrong with a bit of Gucci jewellery. It's cool and will get noticed for the right reasons. Plus, he’ll feel really special knowing you spoilt him a little with this gift.
If the man you’re buying for is a bit of couch potato or a cinephile, he’ll love this gift as it’ll allow him to have the best at-home movie set-up. This JBL bar with a wireless subwoofer will provide a serious upgrade to his TV's rather thin-sounding speakers, making this an awesome yet practical gift.
If he can't yet afford that dream supercar, gift him the next best thing, with this Lego Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. Only putting together 3696 lego pieces (which he’ll find fun anyway) separate him from owning a piece of automotive heaven and a 1:8 scale model of one of the fastest cars on the planet.
Moving parts galore, he can even pretend to drive it with a paddle-shift gearbox, setting the moving V-12 engine into motion. He'll literally be like a kid at Christmas with this cool gift.
Any global traveller will tell you that you can only really be called a 'traveller' if you have a passport cover, and this one from Harber London is one of the most luxurious out there. Handcrafted from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, it will not only hold his passport in supreme comfort but banknotes, loose change, and a few cards as well. The leather will naturally patina over time until the point it looks as well-travelled as him.
If you’re buying a gift for a man who’s still rocking a tri-fold wallet for his cards and cash, then you really need to do something about it. All he really needs nowadays is a card wallet (who carries cash, really?) and something like a Saint Laurent cardholder makes a fine choice for a gift.
Made from real leather and rocking a slimline silhouette that won't make a dent in his jeans, it will hold his most essential cards securely, while the branding will let his friends know he's better than them.
If you want to get a thoughtful gift for him, then you can't get much more personal than a pen. While we may have switched to smartphones and electronic data entry, a pen creates permanent memories and is something he'll keep in his pocket, in his bag, or on his desk.
This Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania Special Edition ballpoint pen is the true sign of a solid relationship. He'll be writing you thank you letters for days, simply because this pen is so cool.
For The Man With Lots In His Pockets At The End Of The Day
A novel gift, but one that is thoughtful and will be much appreciated. A valet tray is an invaluable tool, being somewhere for him to put his watch, keys, spare change, and any other paraphernalia that comes out of his pockets at the end of the day.
A perfect gift for the man who has everything, this valet tray could be the one thing he hadn't thought of.
A simple gift still makes a good one. And any pair of Ermenegildo Zegna’s pyjamas will definitely make a good gift. Extremely comfortable and soft, any man will love being able to lounge around and sleep in these pj’s.
Every man needs a pair of minimal leather sneakers in his collection. The first colour he'll need is white, and after that, he can venture into black, grey, and blue territory. If he has none or some of the above, then you can help to fill out his collection by scoring him a pair of Oliver Cabell's.
One of the more affordable minimal sneaker options out there, yet still just as well made and just as stylish, he'll be wanting to flaunt his new sneakers as soon as he's opened them.
If your man likes to experience rushes of adrenaline or just wants an easy and convenient way to record life's precious memories, the GoPro Hero9 Black is the perfect gift. Up to 5K video, a front-facing display and 20-megapixel photos all in one tiny device.
If he's into his wine, and we mean, really into his wine, don't waste time with mainstream brands, instead, opt for a bottle of one of the best tasting Australian red wines from St Hugo as a gift. He'll appreciate the excellent taste afforded by St Hugo’s delectable drops.
Forget Old Spice, Le Labo is where it's at. Each fragrance is made by hand, so will differ ever so slightly from the next, meaning you can give the gift of a unique, masculine woody scent that he’ll really appreciate.
If it’s good enough for George Clooney, it’s good enough for the man you’re buying a gift for. Casamigos Reposado Tequila, aged for 7 months in premium American white oak barrels, is soft, slightly oaky with hints of caramel and cocoa and has a silky texture with a medium to long finish.
If you know someone who loves Porsches or just appreciates cool artwork then any one of these Porsche-related artworks by Chris Labrooy will make a perfect gift. His artworks feature awesome colour schemes and stunning imagery.
If the man you’re buying for lives in an area subject to regular rainfall, he'll appreciate an umbrella. Auckland-based brand, Blunt makes some of the best in the business, with a patented blunt tip design that allows them to withstand strong winds, all while keeping him totally dry. Various colours and sizes can be tuned to his personality, for a thoughtful twist on this practical gift.
Looking for a gift for a man with a solid collection of wine? Well, even the cheapest of wines will taste better and look cooler being poured out of this Simone Crestani Gajna Bird decanter. Fashioned from Borosilicate glass and handmade in Italy, it will make an impressive gift; especially if the man in question loves entertaining.
Carved from FSC-certified Rosewood, The Art Of Ping Pong set of 2 ping pong bats have been inspired by old-school sweet wrappers. The bright colours and cool pattern, paired with the fact that these bats are incredibly well-made, is what makes this set an excellent gift.