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A Gift (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Boyfriend

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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

Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino Version III’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress 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

Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug

This coffee snob-approved travel mug marries coffee obsession with phone-controlled tech enthusiasm.

For the boyfriend who always loses his keys

Now House by Jonathan Adler Chroma Decorative Tray, Blue

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.

Lewis N. Clark Luggage Comfort Eye Mask, Black — 2-Pack

Sharing a bedroom can be tough if your sleep schedules aren’t aligned. Treat him to our favorite black-out eye mask so he won’t be disturbed by your late-night scrolling.

For the boyfriend who snores (or endures your snoring)

Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator for Snoring Reduction

We’re not pointing fingers, just saying: this anti-snoring device is a relationship saver.

For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern

Light Accents Iris Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Round Glass Shade

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

Zyllion Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager Cushion with Soothing Heat Functioning Full Back Massage Pillow

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

Meehan’s Bartender Manual

The favorite cocktail resource of booze connoisseurs is also a great beginner’s guide to all things shaken and stirred.

For the vegetarian boyfriend

Areaware Little Puzzle Thing Broccoli

Areaware’s single-item food puzzles are like mini works of art and fun for all ages. And for vegetable lovers who are also sexy emoji fans, there’s an eggplant version.

For the boyfriend who already has a Switch

Nintendo Switch Dock Set

So he has a Nintendo Switch, but does he have a nice charging dock for his set? This official Nintendo-licensed dock will keep it charged and displayed.

For the day-tripping boyfriend

Osprey Escapist 18 Daypacks

We spoke to a chiropractor to find out what to look for in a backpack, and his recommendations (belt straps and thick shoulder straps) are all found in this outdoorsy day pack.

For the well-groomed boyfriend

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm Tube, 4 Ounce

Clothing designer Todd Snyder never leaves home without a tube of this. Snyder uses it to keep his hands from drying out, but it’ll also work wonders on elbows, knees and feet.

For the boyfriend who’s getting into grooming

Ursa Major Natural Face Moisturizer | Fortifying Face Balm | Calms, Hydrates, and Nourishes Skin

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

Jack Black Balm Squad Set

He could probably use some of these SPF 25, highly moisturizing lip balms in flavors like Basil, Mint or Cucumber Lime.

For the sneaker-head boyfriend who refuses to wait in line

NIKE Air Max 270

We asked a menswear trend forecaster to let us in his 2018 predictions for the hottest gifts for guys. These sneakers were his pick for men who want the latest kicks but can’t be bothered to fight it out with sneaker-flipping teens.

For the boyfriend whose carry-on is an old gym bag

Samsonite Omni Pc Hardside Spinner Carry On

This luggage is virtually indestructible, totally expandable, and affordable to boot.

For the boyfriend who loves ordering Seamless

Champion Men’s Powerblend Retro Fleece Jogger Pant

Wouldn’t he — and you — much prefer some flattering tapered sweatpants for lounging around the house?

For the boyfriend with holes in his socks

SmartWool Mens Hiking Medium Crew Sock

If talking to cis, straight men has taught us anything, it’s that men are not great about buying themselves socks. He’ll appreciate the widely beloved SmartWool socks more than you know.

For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet

Minnetonka Men’s Sheepskin Ankle Boot Slippers

Slippers might seem a little obvious, but any man would be happy to receive this sheepskin-lined pair that will double as picking-up-the-mail or walking-the-dog shoes in a pinch.

For the boyfriend with a drafty apartment

Honeywell HCE200B Uberheat Ceramic Heater

Try perhaps the world’s prettiest space heater, one of Amazon’s favorites.

For the boyfriend who’s also a plant dad

Costa Farms Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig

He doesn’t have to be a certified plant-fluencer to appreciate the gift of a fiddle-leaf fig tree. And since it’s under $10, you can pick him up a nice watering can, too.

For the boyfriend who works with his hands

Black Diamond Dirt Bag Climbing Gloves

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

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery 23 in. Collapsible Chipping Net

A collapsible net that makes chip shots a fun Skee-Ball-like game.

For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Black

These wireless bluetooth headphones are a lot harder to lose than AirPods and they come highly recommended for working out.

For the boyfriend who’s always hosting

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone

For dinner parties, podcasts in the kitchen, or days at the beach, this bluetooth speaker is an audiophile’s dream come true.

For the boyfriend who’s dopp kit does not exist

Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit

We actually love how this Dopp kit is on the tinier side — it will force him to edit.

For the boyfriend who’s looking to start cooking

Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan

Strategist writer Liza Corsillo calls this skillet the best thing she bought on Cyber Monday.

For the boyfriend who likes looking more than actually cooking

All About Cake by Christina Tosi

He’d be hard-pressed to find anything more eye-pleasing than Christina Tosi’s book about cakes — one of our favorite coffee-table books of the year.

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Gifts You Can Buy on Amazon for Every Type of Boyfriend