Buying a gift for a boyfriend might seem easy, but depending on how long you’ve been dating, your budget, and (of course) his interests, a lot can go wrong. So we compiled two-dozen-plus of our favorite gifts at a variety of price points for every kind of boyfriend out there. Looking for further inspiration? You might want to consult our gift guide for dads, too. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
For the boyfriend who’s looking to upgrade his watch
Whether he has an upcoming job interview or just got a promotion, this dress watch will give him a boost of CEO confidence — for less than $200. James Stacey, watch expert and senior writer at Hodinkee, opened our eyes to this Japanese watch brand with a cult following. “In the same vein as Seiko, Orient has made a name for themselves with the Bambino because it’s a bit dressier.”
For the boyfriend who prefers drinking coffee at exactly 135 degrees Fahrenheit
For the boyfriend who always loses his keys
Great for keys, loose change, and various smoking or vaping accessories, this valet tray from Jonathan Adler will encourage him to organize his desk — or at least keep the mess contained.
For the boyfriend who goes to bed at 8:45 p.m.
For the boyfriend who snores (or endures your snoring)
For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern
Give the gift of better bedroom lighting this year and watch as he (and you) enjoy reading by the warm glow of this spherical lamp.
For the boyfriend who’s always asking for a massage
This back-massager doesn’t just vibrate — it features nodes that knead and engage sore muscles, simulating Shiatsu massage. He can choose between the rotating Shiatsu-style mode or relaxing rolling movements and turn the cushion’s heat up for even more intense relief.
For the boyfriend who just heard about mixology
For the vegetarian boyfriend
For the boyfriend who already has a Switch
For the day-tripping boyfriend
For the well-groomed boyfriend
For the boyfriend who’s getting into grooming
If you’re dating a man who doesn’t currently own a moisturizer, this is a good one to start him on. It’s lightweight, vegan, not too perfume-y, and doesn’t leave a heavy residue.
For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips
For the sneaker-head boyfriend who refuses to wait in line
For the boyfriend whose carry-on is an old gym bag
For the boyfriend who loves ordering Seamless
Wouldn’t he — and you — much prefer some flattering tapered sweatpants for lounging around the house?
For the boyfriend with holes in his socks
For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet
For the boyfriend with a drafty apartment
For the boyfriend who’s also a plant dad
For the boyfriend who works with his hands
These waterproof leather gloves are great for serious outdoor work and are warm enough for playing in the snow, thanks to the fleece lining.
For the boyfriend who used to be a caddy, and will one day be a golf dad
A collapsible net that makes chip shots a fun Skee-Ball-like game.
For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods
For the boyfriend who’s always hosting
For the boyfriend who’s dopp kit does not exist
For the boyfriend who’s looking to start cooking
For the boyfriend who likes looking more than actually cooking
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