Buying a gift for a boyfriend is seemingly easy, but depending on his age, how long you’ve been dating, and (of course) his interests, a lot can go wrong. So we compiled two-dozen-plus of our
favorite gifts, in 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.
For the lumbersexual boyfriend
MCMC Fragrances — 100% Natural Dude No. 1 Beard Oil
beard oil for softening and conditioning scraggly hairs. It not only moisturizes with jojoba and hemp-seed oils but scents with the fragrance of cedarwood, green coriander and pink peppercorn.
For the boyfriend who is still looking for a chiropractor
Gideon Shiatsu 3D Deep Kneading Full Back Massage Pillow
This back-massaging pillow doesn’t just vibrate — it features 14 balls that knead and engage sore muscles like an automated Shiatsu massage. He can even get the balls to change direction and turn on a heating function.
For the boyfriend with a fondness for minis
Iwako Japanese Eraser Set — Fast Food Assortment
For the day-tripping boyfriend
Osprey Escapist 18 Daypacks
For the smudgy-glassed boyfriend
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 6 Pack
Perhaps the most annoying thing about wearing glasses (besides when they’re sliding off of your nose) is that you never have the proper cloth to clean the smudges. Get him a six-pack of these supereffective but nonabrasive microfiber cloths. They’re good for phones, tablets, and laptop screens, too.
For the boyfriend who already has a Switch
BD&A Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock
So he has a
Nintendo Switch, but does he have a nice charging dock for his controller? This official Nintendo-licensed dock features handy red and green lights to let him know when the thing’s charged.
For the well-groomed boyfriend
Clarisonic Mia 1, Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System
$99 (23 percent off)
A status facial brush that cleans and exfoliates his face six times better than his own fingers can — it uses sonic waves
just like a Sonicare.
For the boyfriend with a drafty apartment
Honeywell HCE200B Uberheat Ceramic Heater
For the boyfriend who doesn’t want a Zojirushi
Issiki Japan Travel Mug, Compact Stainless Mug Bottle
What about a nice alternative that’s just a little bit sleeker?
For the boyfriend who DVRs ‘The Late Show’
Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions
A book of Colbert’s funny “confessions,” in illustrated form.
For the boyfriend who entertains
Renee Redesigns Round Hand Painted Gold Slate Drink Coasters, Holiday Gift Set of 4
Gift him a set of shiny gold coasters with the coolest shaggy edges.
For the boyfriend who’s using a ratty New Yorker tote at Whole Foods
Abbot Fjord Canvas Market Large Travel Bag With Outer Zipper Pocket
He’d love a much more civilized and vaguely nautical
tote bag that could double as a beach bag.
For the boyfriend who’s still wearing his JV basketball shorts
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 who doesn’t have a decent carry-on
Brookstone Dash 4-Wheeled Expandable Carry-on Luggage
For the hippie boyfriend
Backpacker’s Cologne Sample Kit 3 Pieces by Juniper Ridge
He may not wear deodorant or spritz on the Diptyque, but he’ll appreciate Juniper Ridge’s colognes made with essential oils.
For the ‘Star Wars’ fanboy boyfriend
Star Wars Mug — Stormtrooper Helmet 3D Ceramic Coffee Mug With Removable Lid
A kitschy, cute conversation starter of a beverage holder.
For the boyfriend with holes in his socks
SmartWool Men’s Hike Medium Crew
If talking to
cis, straight men 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 prankster boyfriend
Nat and Jules Plush Toy, Hedgehog, Small
Nat and Jules makes lots of plush toy animals (including
foxes and raccoons), but none is so eerily realistic as the hedgehog. He can tell everyone, “Wait, is my hedgehog frozen?”
For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips
Jack Black Balm Squad Set
Well, first off, he should probably get that checked out. But he could probably also use some of these SPF 25,
highly moisturizing lip balms in flavors like Vanilla Mint or Mango.
For the boyfriend with a fully packed calendar
Rhodia Orange Meeting Notebook 16 x 21 cm
If keeping track of everything on his Google Cal is too much, the meeting
notebook from cult French brand Rhodia would be a nice touch.
For the boyfriend who worships Cassius Clay
Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
Give him the widely acclaimed biography of the world’s greatest — that cover is just dynamite.
For the boyfriend who 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 into AirPods
Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Sport Headphones
Bose SoundSports with a wire looping around the back of the head, this version is “truly” wireless.
For the boyfriend who’s given into AirPods
PodSkinz AirPods Case Protective Silicone Cover and Skin for Apple Airpods Charging Case
Here’s a fun way to spiff up his carrying case: this handsome gray silicone cover.
For the boyfriend who’s keeping his toiletries in a Ziploc
Herschel Supply Co. Chapter Travel Kit
We actually love how this
Dopp kit is on the tinier side — it forces him to edit.
For the boyfriend who likes looking at (not cooking) food
Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography
For the boyfriend who hates Coinstar
Royal Sovereign FS-44P 4 Row Coin Sorter with Auto Row Advancement
He’ll get lots of satisfaction out of a coin sorter with a digital-read money counter. (If he’s on the lazier side, there’s also the option of
a fun digital coin bank that counts all the money he puts in a jar).
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