17 Gift Ideas for Boyfriends Who Are Impossible to Shop For

Updated 10/27/17
Gift Ideas for Boyfriends
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It's never easy to think of a great gift idea for the person who seemingly already has everything—that's especially true if you need to get creative again year after year. Brainstorming gift ideas for boyfriends, in particular, can sometimes feel like a downward spiral of anxiety when you're trying to avoid the pitfalls of holiday gifting clichés. Sure, every guy shaves and spends money on a semi-regular basis, but does that mean your man needs a fancy shaving set or yet another new wallet?

The stress is twofold when you consider how long you've been together—A few months? A decade?—and the anticipation that you never truly know if he's going to blow it out of the park with your gift or go with a casual spa certificate. Should you spend $20, $100, $500, or more? Because this ultimately depends on you, your gifting preferences, and your mutual understanding of how you see gifting in your relationship, we handpicked 17 gifts ranging from $13 to $2000—all in order of low to high and befitting a wide range of interests. Don't delay in finding the perfect gift idea for your boyfriend any longer—you may even want to keep a few of these for yourself.

For the Game-Night Host

Timber & Bolt Werewolf
Timber & Bolt Werewolf $13
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A party game for devious people—pull this one out after a round of Cards Against Humanity and keep the party going.

For the Bookworm

David Litt Thanks, Obama $17
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In a recent New York Times bestseller, former Obama speechwriter David Litt takes us back to his White House years in this hilarious coming-of-age memoir.

For the Major Foodie

Alain Ducasse's New York
Alex Vallis Alain Ducasse's New York $23
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Neither of you will ever run out of date-night ideas with this guide to New York by one of the city's best chefs.

For the Guy on the Go

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case
Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case $99
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For the guy who always runs out of battery, this charging case is sleek and oh so practical.

For the Budding Chef

Field Company Skllet
Field Company Skillet $100
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This gift doesn't necessarily say Make me Shakshuka for breakfast, but it doesn't "not" say it either. A must-have for every budding chef.

For the Wine Enthusiast

L'Atelier du Vin Oeno Sommelier Set
L'Atelier du Vin Oeno Sommelier Set $115
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Your favorite wine connoisseur will love brushing up on the best vintage years from 1976 to 2014, all the while showing off his wine opening skills with this sturdy corkscrew.

For the Hot-Sauce Enthusiast

Fuego Box Small-Batch Quartely Hot Sauce Subscription
Fuego Box Small-Batch Quartely Hot Sauce Subscription $119
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This is not just your average hot sauce. It's a subscription service that delivers quarterly shipments of the best hot sauce you've never heard of. Spice-averse, beware.

For the iPhone Addict

Native Union Lightning Marble Dock
Native Union Lightning Marble Dock $130
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Never fight over who gets the bedside iPhone charger again. This sleek dock will charge his phone in style.

For the Late Sleeper

Hill House Home Nice 'n Naughty Mini Pillowcase Set
Hill House Home Nice 'n Naughty Mini Pillowcase Set $180
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Let him decide who gets which pillowcase—a gift that's both cheeky and practical.

For the Polished Gent

Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum $180
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This classic unisex fragrance is sure to please both of you. You might even find yourself borrowing it from time to time.

For the Home Tech Geek

Sonos Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
Sonos One Speaker $199
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The latest smart speaker to come out at Sonos is integrated with Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Apple Music and more. You'll never need another speaker.

For the Competitive Soul

Jayson Home Lucite Backgammon Set
Jayson Home Lucite Backgammon Set $275
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Stay home, light a fire, open a bottle of wine, and dive into a backgammon tournament. There's no better way to spend a winter evening.

For the Long-Haul Traveler

B&O Play H4 in Vapour
B&O Play H4 in Vapour $299
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For long haul-flights or watching Netflix through all hours of the night, these are the Rolls-Royce of headphones.

For the Frequent Flyer

Hook & Albert Melange Fabric Garment Weekender Bag
Hook & Albert Melange Fabric Garment Weekender Bag $395
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If your guy is constantly on the run, he'll love this travel bag, which includes a garment section, accessory compartments, and two shoe pockets.

For the Cozy Homebody

Zimmerli Silk Pyjama Set
Zimmerli Silk Pyjama Set $570
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Who doesn't love to lounge around entirely draped in smooth, soft silk? Bonus: You'll be able to borrow the pajama top for a dinner night out with friends.

For the Avid Gardener

Japan Best Gardening Set
Japan Best Gardening Set $995
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Gardening doesn't get chicer than with this set of pruning scissors and stickle tool handcrafted by the makers of samurai swords.

For the Netflix Aficionado

Samsung Frame TV
Samsung Frame TV $2000
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Don't let your giant-screen TV become an eyesore. The new Samsung frame disguises itself as art when not in use.

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