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
This coffee snob-approved travel mug marries coffee obsession with phone-controlled tech enthusiasm.
For the boyfriend who always loses his keys
For the boyfriend who goes to bed at 8:45 p.m.
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)
We’re not pointing fingers, just saying: this anti-snoring device is a relationship saver.
For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern
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
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’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
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
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
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
For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips
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
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
This luggage is virtually indestructible, totally expandable, and affordable to boot.
For the boyfriend who loves ordering Seamless
For the boyfriend with holes in his socks
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
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
Try perhaps the world’s prettiest space heater, one of Amazon’s favorites.
For the boyfriend who’s also a plant dad
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
For the boyfriend who used to be a caddy, and will one day be a golf dad
For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods
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
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
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
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
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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