Whether you’ve been together for six months or six years, choosing a birthday gift for a boyfriend can be a tall order. And even if he claims he “doesn’t need anything” or “wants for nothing,” it’s probably best not to show up to dinner empty-handed. To help you find the right gift, we’ve gathered up some festive options for boyfriends of all kinds that can be used at his birthday party (and many which can be used during the rest of the year, too), including a portable karaoke machine and a hearty steel pizza oven. And, just in case the big day is perilously close, we made sure they’re all available on Amazon.
For the boyfriend who’s only in it for the cake
Give him the tools to get that perfect slice. This elegant stainless-steel set is dishwasher-safe, yet has something of a family heirloom vibe about it.
For the boyfriend who hates cake
For the boyfriend who loves sports … and cake
It will take a little bit of work, but you can use this pan to bake a truly impressive cake that looks like a volleyball, basketball, baseball (one Strategist writer has even used this to bake a cake shaped like the planet Earth).
For the boyfriend who prefers birthday dinner in
A handsome bottle of olive oil that you can use to cook together.
For the boyfriend who likes hosting (even on his own birthday)
If he’s the kind of host who greets his guests with a cocktail, give him these coasters to protect the surfaces of his (likely stylish) home.
For the boyfriend who gets nostalgic on his birthday
Instead of just texting him the Spotify playlist link, give this retro-inspired USB drive that has all the charm of an old mixtape, but will work with a laptop.
For the boyfriend who plans on arriving fashionably late to his own party
A sleek, handsome, under-$100 watch with a mesh band that will help him arrive approximately 20 minutes after the party start time.
For the boyfriend who prefers a pizza party
If he doesn’t have ready access to a brick oven, this steel sheet will help him make pizzas approaching Speedy Romeo–level crispness in his apartment.
For the boyfriend who’s stressed about turning 30
Some Roman number candles can turn the big 3-0 into a much lighter-impact “XXX.”
For the boyfriend who wants to capture the party on film
A disposable camera for the boyfriend who wants the party pics to last longer than an Instagram story.
For the boyfriend who likes coffee with his cake
For the boyfriend who prefers tea
For the boyfriend who prefers that his guests wear slippers in the house
An especially cozy pair with a hard sole, should he have to venture to the bodega to pick up ice.
For the boyfriend who’s planning a trip instead of a party
It’s probably something he wouldn’t buy himself, and according to one luggage-tag-obsessed Strategist contributor, this tag, which is handmade in Italy, has “a heftiness to it that feels nice, and somehow stands out among all the other black tags on the luggage conveyor.”
For the boyfriend who doesn’t want to wake up with a hangover
When we talked to experts about the best items for stocking a nonalcoholic bar, the U.K.-based spirit company Seedlip’s nonalcoholic options came recommended by all. According to one, the brand’s spirits “add flavor and viscosity” to alcohol-free mixed drinks, and this flavor, Garden 108, has lovely notes of hay, spearmint, rosemary, and thyme.
For the boyfriend who likes an elaborate cheese spread
A lovely cherry cutting board worthy of only the finest prosciutto.
For the boyfriend who plans to celebrate all night
A portable charger that will ensure he has enough battery left to call a Lyft at the end of the night.
For the karaoke-obsessed boyfriend
For the boyfriend who counts down to game night
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