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30 gift ideas for men for every budget

A tie again? This year, give him something that will let him indulge in his favorite pastimes (or get better in what he likes doing).
Father and son standing by still lake
Give dad something that will speak to their lifestyle — whether they love travel, fitness, cooking or tech.Hero Images / Getty Images

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We love our dads, granddads, partners (and friends) — whether it’s the one who packed your school lunches or the one helping you pack school lunches now. Though this holiday season will look different from years past, we recognize that the father figure in your life is still deserving of a thank you. We rounded up creative options based on personality type at every price point so that you can gift them something that adequately shows just how much you care. Whether they love grilling up burgers for the family, cheering on their favorite sports team or hitting the gym (and then enjoying a cold one), these gift picks will spare them from receiving yet another tie to hang in their closet.

In this article

  1. Best outdoors gifts
  2. Best gifts for cooks
  3. Best tech gifts
  4. Best fun and relaxing gifts
  5. Best stylish gifts
  6. Best fitness gifts
  7. Best gifts for beer lovers
  8. Best gifts for the frequent flyer
  9. Best amateur home improvement gifts

Best outdoors gifts for the outdoorsman

1. Reduce Insulated Drink Cooler (budget-friendly)

If he spends long stretches of time outdoors at sporting events, doing yard-work, fishing or hiking, he will love this drink insulator from REDUCE. What makes it unique is that it’s designed to keep both canned and bottled beer (and soda) cold. Plus, the cooler doubles as a 14-ounce drinking cup, so he can fill it up with water or iced tea and stay hydrated in between brews.

2. Sawyer Water Filter and Purifier (middle-tier)

If his hobbies include hiking, camping, hunting or fishing, he might find a lot of value in a gift like this. No more making room for water bottles in his backpack to stay hydrated while hiking to his destination. This bottle, with a built in filtration system, filters water of chemicals, pesticides, bacteria and protozoa in just 10 seconds, reducing contaminate levels far below EPA standards for safe drinking water. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is also a fan favorite.

3. YETI Crossroads Backpack (splurge)

Science tells us that being outside in nature can be good for both our physical and mental health. So why not make it even easier for them to pack up their gear and hit the trail? This carry-all will give the outdoor enthusiast peace of mind that they’ll have dry, clean clothes to change into regardless of where their adventures take them.

Best gifts for cooks and home chefs

4. Meater Wireless Meat Thermometer (budget-friendly)

If hosting a barbecue means your husband or father spends the entire afternoon behind the grill, this handy tech tool could be their new best friend. The wireless meat thermometer takes all the guesswork out of cooking the perfect slab of meat — whether they’re roasting chicken, cooking steaks or grilling salmon. All they have to do is insert the thermometer into the meat, select the type of item on the grill, and the app will estimate the cook time. The convenient countdown clock shows how much time is remaining so he can crack open a cold one and enjoy the BBQ — instead of having to “man” the grill all afternoon.

5. Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill (middle-tier)

This highly-rated portable grill won't just let him grill at home but also on-the-road, at the tailgate or anywhere, really. It's designed to fold up and can be stored in compact spaces. Three adjustable burners make precision cooking much more possible in such a small device. And the grill can emit up to 20,000 BTUs of power so nothing will stand in the way of his favorite charred foods.

6. Sharper Image Essential BBQ Cooler Kit (middle-tier)

Filled with all the essentials for grilling, there will be no more scrambling to make sure they have all of the gear needed for a backyard barbecue. The heat-sealed main compartment serves as a cooler and fits 46 12-ounce cans, while the side pocket stores an 8-piece grilling set including tools like a spatula, cutting board, corkscrew, an oven mitt and salt and pepper shakers.

7. Hexclad Hybrid Nonstick Cookware Set (splurge)

Anyone who enjoys cooking likes a clean kitchen. For some, the cleaning part of that can get a bit frustrating and that's just one of the problems hybrid cookware outfit Hexclad wants to eliminate. Their patented cookware sports a unique hexagonal design that combines stainless steel and a nonstick, abrasion-resistant surface. Heat dispersion is even, cleanup is a breeze, and these pots and pans can handle the oven, the stove, and a regular beating without getting banged up.

8. Weber Spirit II E-310 Outdoor Gas Grill (splurge)

Some of our favorite summer memories were spent grilling out in the backyard with our family. But if they’re still using the same grill since your childhood, chances are it's seen better days. If the portable model above doesn't cut it, use the holiday as an excuse to set him up with this top-rated model. This grill from Weber was given top marks by both the Good Housekeeping Institute and Popular Mechanics for being user-friendly and and having all of the essential features at a surprisingly affordable price point. (Fun fact: It fits 25 four-inch burgers at once — that enough?)

Best tech gifts

9. Gamevice Mobile Controller for iPhone (budget-friendly)

For an adult gamer who is really just a big kid at heart, allowing them to indulge his love of video games on the go can actually be good for their health. Studies have suggested that hitting the sticks from time to time may improve memory, enhance cognitive function, and can help reduce pain and anxiety about medical procedures. With Gamevice, they’ll gain access to playing more than 1,000 compatible games The device connects directly to your smartphones charging port without requiring pairing or charging (forgetfulness is forgiven).

10. SimpliSafe Home Security System

More compact than previous generations and with an increased range, the new SimpliSafe system promises a more seamless and easy security system. The company promises no tools are required for setup and it can be done in "just a few minutes." There's no contract and the system is designed to withstand power and WiFi outages. He can connect appliances, lights, speakers, locks, cameras, thermostats and more — and control, automate and monitor them all from his phone using the app. The system will give him peace of mind while the family is away on vacation and also save them from those daily stressors like remembering if they locked the front door or left the air conditioning on for the dog.

11. PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger (middle-tier)

Whether they’re doing chores outside all day or they simply like to keep things clean, a machine that cleans up tech devices using ultraviolet C (UVC) rays that labs use to kill germs and keep tools clean. The PhoneSoap is, as implied, like soap for your phone, or keys, or gaming devices. It comes in myriad colors and different sizes, too.

12. Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam (splurge)

When they like outfitting their house with tech devices that make day-to-day tasks simpler, this deadbolt allows for keyless access and connects directly to your home’s Wi-Fi to easily lock and unlock your front door. They’ll be able to see who comes to the front door and let them in with a tap on the Ring app. The app also allows them to keep watch over the house when no one is home. It allows the user to see who comes to the door, use the app to verify guests identity, create up to 100 unique codes for different guests, and grant access to those that need to enter.

Best fun and relaxing gifts

13. The Blockbuster Party Game (budget-friendly)

The game's one sentence description really nails down why this is a great gift for anyone from the video rental era: "A movie game for anyone who has ever seen a movie." Slide back into the pre-Netflix '90s with a family-friendly and entertaining game that's perfect for the holidays or for a quick jog down memory lane.

14. Glerups Wool Slip-On Slippers (middle-tier)

A pair of open-heel wool slippers from Glerups are a good option for lounging around the house. The felted wool upper and lining are extra warm to keep their feet comfortable all winter long — ideally on the footrest in front of a roaring fire.

Best stylish gifts

15. Sprezzabox (budget-friendly)

Whether they’re already fashion-oriented or could use a leg up, this subscription set is a lift in that direction. Each box contains four or five stylish lifestyle accessories — socks, watches, tie clips, leather cord holders, coasters, and so on — and one grooming product.

16. WatchGang (middle-tier)

If he's particularly picky about what he wears on his wrist, this monthly wristwatch membership service sends a new, curated timepiece every month to help them build a solid watch collection. It can be gifted up to the very last minute for three, six or 12 months, and you can choose between three different price points:

  • Original tier, watches worth up to $150 for $29/month
  • Black tier, watches worth up to $500 for $99/month
  • Platinum tier, watches worth up to $1,500 for $299/month

16. Victorinox FieldForce Sport Chrono (splurge)

Victorinox has been making watches for years. Its new FieldForce collection focuses on active and functional style. Choose among various models of the watch and then between leather and stainless steel bands.

17. Alton Lane Custom Suits (splurge)

For someone who wants to look the part — or simply enjoys the suit life — give him a custom made suit that they can design to perfectly fit their frame and style.

Best fitness gifts

18. FocusGear Ultimate Gym Bag 2.0 (budget-friendly)

When it comes to buying a new gym bag, there are endless options. What makes this one stand out? Compartments. We’re talking about a compartment for literally everything: sneakers, dirty or wet clothes, shower sandals, a water bottle, phone and headphones.

19. Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls (budget-friendly)

If they golf, they probably need these. This highly-rated set includes a dozen soft-feel balls made of urethane and designed for drop-and-stop game control.

20. Tapplock Lite Smart Padlock (middle-tier)

This smart lock makes getting in and out of a locker less of a hassle (so he can get right to his workout) with three different methods for unlocking it: fingerprint, Bluetooth, and a backup Morse code. The lock also stores up to 100 fingerprints for multiple users per lock.

21. NordicTrack Commercial Series Treadmill + 1 year iFit Membership (splurge)

The incline trainer offers over 12,000 workouts (from HIIT and cardio to strength training) with interactive coaching on a 22-inch interactive touchscreen, plus workout tracking that will help them dig deep into his stats and work towards their next fitness goal.

Best gifts for beer lovers

22. Beer Chemistry Pint Glasses (budget-friendly)

For the beer geek (who actually pays attention during brewery tours), it's hard to go wrong with clever glassware to hold their favorite suds. These pint glasses come in a pair and are designed with annotated molecules that explain why the beer inside them tastes like it does. Other notably interesting glasses:

23. Craft Beer Club Subscription (middle-tier)

For those who appreciate American-brewed craft beers, this box will be exciting. Each month, they’ll receive twelve, 12-ounce hand-crafted beers from two different U.S. microbreweries. They’ll be able to try four different styles of beer every month (three of each).

24. Man Crates’s Home Brew Kit (splurge) (out of stock)

If they love trying new local beers and heading to craft breweries to see how they're made, why not give them a new weekend hobby? This kit takes the love of beer one step further for the true aficionado, letting them brew an in-house batch.

Best gifts for the Frequent Flyer

25. STM Trilogy Laptop Backpack (budget-friendly)

This is a solid carry-on for the dad on the go. The backpack has three storage compartments — two main ones, and a full-size front pocket — plus many additional pockets for a passport, keys, headphones and all the other things they need easy access to while traveling. One of the best features is the protective, suspended tech cell inside made to hold a laptop and elevate it from the bottom of the bag so it never hits the ground.

26. Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Smartwatch with Speaker (splurge)

From smart battery modes to compatibility with iPhones and Android smartwatches, this Fossil smartwatch is designed to track their fitness with built-in GPS and provide virtually all of the capabilities a smartphone allows.

27. Away Travel The Bigger Carry-On (splurge)

From smart battery modes to compatibility with iPhones and Android smartwatches, this Fossil smartwatch is designed to track their fitness with built-in GPS and provide virtually all of the capabilities a smartphone allows.

Best amateur home improvement gifts

28. Wallet Ninja 18-in-1 Pocket Tool (budget-friendly)

This 18-in-one tool allows the handyman on your list to carry their toolbox in a wallet. 18 gadgets are combined into a compact steel tool the size of a credit card. The tools range from your standard toolbox additions — like four types of screwdrivers, a ruler and a nail puller — to more unique and useful everyday tools like a fruit peeler, an eyeglass screwdriver and a cellphone stand.

29. SOG PowerAssist Multitool Pliers (middle-tier)

The perfect tool to have on hand for every and any "Mr. Fix It" situation that arises, this device keeps 16 tools in one convenient place. Who needs to lug a big toolbox around when you can have pliers, replaceable wire cutters, wire stripper, plain and serrated knives, saw, spring-action scissors, ruler, files, screwdrivers and even a bottle opener right at your fingertips?

30. Plott Cubit Smart Virtual Reality Measure (splurge)

Perfect for any DIY person who's always doing projects around the house. They might start by using the laser distance measurers to get measurements for a space, which are sent in real time via Bluetooth to his smartphone. Then they can design the space to scale virtually on the app — adding furniture, wall hangings etc. — and finally, the device will provide step-by-step directions to make the design a reality, telling them exactly where to drive a nail or place a piece of furniture.

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