21 Gift Ideas for Men for When Socks Just Won't Cut It

Updated 11/16/18
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Gift Ideas for Men

Some people are simply impossible to buy for. Whether it's your dad who already has everything, your brother who doesn't know what he wants, or your partner who you've been buying gifts for for years now, it can be hard to get into their minds and come up with the perfect gift to delight and surprise them. At the same time, you know better than to revert to a pair of socks, yet another tie, or a shaving set.

Instead, we rounded up our favorite gifts that are unique, personal, and innovative to please just about any man (or let's be honest, woman too). These gifts span a wide range of personalities, from your favorite history buff to your go-to wine connoisseur. Whether the men in your life are into food, travel, music, or mixology, we have the perfect gift for them. Don't delay your holiday shopping any longer—here are our favorite gift ideas for men (that we also secretly want for ourselves).

Trntbl Wireless Record Player $499

Die-hard music fans will love this cool black-and-brass wireless turntable. Gift it with a selection of vinyl records.

Parker Brothers Clue Vintage Bookshelf Edition $35

Give your favorite game night enthusiast a collector's edition of their favorite game. It'll look great on the shelf, too.

LVE Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $85

John Legend fans and wine aficionados will rejoice to know that the singer is now making wine. To sip while listening to "All of Me."

Thom Browne Striped Merino Wool Cardigan $1090

What better way to show your love than with this cozy Thom Browne sweater?

Robert Simonson 3-Ingredient Cocktails $13

For the budding mixologist, this cocktail recipe book doesn't require a million ingredients, which, let's be honest—means he will actually use the book.

Frama 90-Degree Wall Lamp $400

In the running for coolest bedside table/lamp ever, this shelf will delight your favorite minimalist.

Anderson & Sheppard Piped Linen Robe $655

Who wouldn't want a luxe robe to Netflix and chill in?

Maapilim Travel Kit $29

Our latest favorite skincare brand stems from Israel and is produced on the Mediterranean coast. The brand's travel kit makes a great budget-friendly gift.

H4 in Charcoal Grey
B&O Play H4 in Charcoal Grey $239

From the office to the plane to the subway, these headphones are a bliss to drown out any noise and listen to your favorite podcast.

Tanker 3Way Overnighter in Black
Porter Tanker 3-Way Briefcase $365

Your favorite jet-setter will love this ultra-light travel bag that fits anything from laptops to suits.

Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens $21

A New York Times best seller, Sapiens is the book that's been on everyone's nightstand lately. Pick it up for someone who loves history.

Native Union Marble Apple Watch Charging Dock $130

Do they have an Apple watch but no chic charging dock? That's about to change.

Popsockets Dove White Marble $10

If you know someone who has a tendency to drop their phone straight on their face when lying in bed and scrolling Instagram, this is the perfect gift.

Birchwood Box Set Table Knives
Opinel Birchwood Box Set Table Knives $179

Give your favorite meat lover another reason to enjoy his rib eye—these French steak knives are the Rolls-Royce of cutlery.

W&P Design Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup $12

Old fashioned cocktails just got a little better and quicker with this small-batch syrup. This makes a great stocking stuffer.

Leica c-Lux Compact Camera $1050

Your favorite shutterbug will love this Wi-Fi compatible pro camera to capture laser-sharp photos at lightning speed.

L'Atelier du Vin Oeno Box Collector Set $440

This wine collector set will delight the most discerning wine connoisseur with practical tools and a map highlighting the best wine regions for their next trip.

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood Eau De Parfum
Tom Ford Oud Wood $148

This scent is an exotic blend of cardamom, sandalwood, and vetiver—a smell that's sure to please just about anyone.

Nude Whiskey Decanter and Black Serving Tray $99

This ultra-chic whiskey decanter will look great on any shelf or bar cart. Give it with a good bottle of Scotch.

Snowe Speak Easy Candle $30

With notes of leather, rye whiskey, bitters, and burned cedar—this candle might be one of our favorites. It'll make you feel like you've just entered a chic and cozy speakeasy.

A22 Single Case in Navy Matte
Away Bigger Carry-On $245

For the guy who wants a sturdy, sleek travel case, Away is a perfect choice. With a built-in charger, it will delight your favorite techie.

Up next: the best gifts on Amazon to buy for every special person in your life.

This story was originally published on November 26, 2017, and has since been updated.

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