Whether he’s a stepbrother, half-brother, brother-in-law, or biological brother, he’s probably special to you. (Special enough, at least, that you’re reading a story on the best gifts for brothers.) With that uniqueness comes the need for an equally exceptional present that shows how well you know him — and his very specific interests. My own brother is very particular. But after years of gifting him birthday presents and Christmas gifts — some winners, some duds — I’ve learned that the more the gift speaks to one of his specific hobbies or tastes, the better.
Maybe your brother is a fitness fanatic, like mine, or a plant enthusiast who likes to listen to records in his spare time, or someone who is always traveling. His hobbies may range from cooking and baking to hiking, or maybe he’s the type of brother who just got into pickleball. He may be a bookworm — or maybe he’s the biggest Star Wars fan that you know.
Whatever the case, finding the perfect gift for your brother (or brothers) can be tough. To help save you time, we pulled together a list of products we love and have written about before, plus a few more gift ideas any brother would appreciate.
For the brother who wants to pack a bowl with his multitool
The Geekey comes with the usual tools: a screwdriver, bottle opener, ruler, serrated edge, and more. But our favorite feature is the bowl and pipe stem built into the tool’s body. “Compared with a one-hitter — perhaps the most famous camouflaged-pipe option — the Geekey wins out with its more generous, easier-to-pack bowl,” writes Strategist contributor Aleta Burchyski.
For the brother who volunteers for spider catch-and-release duty
For the brother who wants an everyday watch he doesn’t have to worry about
This retro-looking watch is casual enough for everyday wear, and at $23 it won’t break the bank if your brother loses it. We think it’s one of the best gifts you can get for under $25.
For the outdoorsy brother who likes to show off his cool gear at camp
For the brother who adopted a cat
This cute catnip toy also comes in apple, rainbow, and lemon shapes.
For the outdoorsy brother who gets his gear soaked
For the brother who’s always on a bike
I’ve used these bike lights as my main set for three years. Despite their small size (either can fit easily on a keychain or in a pocket), they help me stay visible at night and during the day. They come in a bunch of colors and make great gifts for cyclists.
For the brother who needs to freshen up his sock game
For the brother who likes to keep his protein shakes cold
This is the superior shaker bottle. It’s made of stainless steel, so it keeps smoothies and shakes cold for hours, and its mixing ball is integrated into the lid, which shuts tight and doesn’t leak.
For the Kendall Roy of the family
For the brother who’s getting into foraging
I gave this field guide to a friend last Christmas after he got sick from making a soup with some mushrooms he foraged in Colorado — help for picking out the right ones in future foraging sessions. In general, the National Audubon Society Field Guides are great gifts for any nature lovers (I recently bought the field guide to the night sky for myself), and the flexible vinyl cover gives them a timeless feel.
For the brother with a stiff neck
This massage cane is one of the ten things that director Daniel Kwan can’t live without.
For the brother who took up cooking (and went plant-based)
Chef and Chopped winner Adriana Urbina named this vegetarian cookbook one of the best out there, noting that the recipes are “creative” and incorporate lots of seasonal fare. It also has stunning photography, so it can double as a coffee-table book.
For the brother who loves adventure photography
Featured in our roundup of the best gifts for outdoorsy types, this book showcases photos taken by director and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, who co-directed Free Solo with his wife, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. In it, he documents his journeys in Nepal, Antarctica, and Tibet, among other destinations.
For the brother who carries his own cup
For the brother who knows he should take care of his skin, but doesn’t know where to start
While moisturizing your skin is an important step in most skin-care routines, applying SPF is even more crucial. Start him off with this moisturizer, which has caffeine, vitamins C and E, and SPF 20.
For the brother who won’t stop talking about The Bear
For the rap-fanatic brother
Rap Capital explores the history of the Atlanta rap scene and how it shaped — or was shaped by — artists like Lil Baby and Migos as well as lesser-known but equally important players in the music industry.
For the brother who paddles out
For the sourdough bro
This dough-focused coffee-table book is full of bread-making secrets from one of the most famous bakeries in the world.
For the athlete brother whose feet are constantly sore
For the brother who cooks with fresh herbs
For the brother who would enjoy a new food project
For the brother with a sweet tooth
He might love candy, but if your brother wants to maintain a dazzling smile, a water pick could make all the difference. This one is Dr. Inna Chern’s (of New York General Dentistry) model of choice for those who want to see “massive improvement in stains and between-teeth plaque buildup.”
For the brother who’s a restless athlete
This stainless-steel water bottle-foam roller is the first thing I pack for track practice. It’s big enough to roll out my quads and IT band, but small enough to fit in my backpack. While it’s perfect for rolling out at the gate during a layover, it’s good as just a water bottle too.
For the brother who commutes into work
Strategist contributor Molly Dektar noticed that the art world loves this Patagonia pack, which can be used as either a backpack or a tote bag, thanks to a set of shoulder straps and two large grab handles. Dektar also likes that the Black Hole Tote Pack doesn’t look too outdoorsy, unlike other hiking packs.
For the brother who will challenge you to any lawn game
If your brother’s still in grade school, chances are they’re familiar with Spikeball, the sport that combines elements of volleyball and foursquare and is played in elementary- and middle-school P.E. classes across the country. While we featured the portable set in our roundup of the best gifts for 9-year-olds, Spikeball is also a great lawn game for brothers of all ages.
For the brother who likes to host
Hedley & Bennett aprons are beloved by chefs for their sturdy construction and lifetime guarantee. Plus, they’re available in many different (non-boring) colors and patterns, like jalapeño orange, aubergine purple, or classics like this one in midnight blue. The brand also offers custom embroidery.
For the brother who would appreciate an upgrade to his brew station
For the brother who’s always planning a trip
This pass grants admission to all national parks across the country, including public lands managed by the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. It’s valid for one year from the month of purchase.
For the kid brother who’s already dreaming of being an Eagle Scout
He may only be 5 years old, but it’s never too early to learn how to treat a bee sting. This board game made of 100 percent recycled materials comes beautifully illustrated (and requires no reading skills), so he’ll be teaching you which plants are edible and which are poisonous in no time.
For the brother who’s in a hurry
These coffee pods come in frozen pucks which you melt with hot water (for hot coffee), or thaw and then pour into cold water (for iced coffee). They come recommended by Strategist writer Emma Wartzman and writer Hua Hsu, who like how easy they are to use and how good the resulting brew is. Cometeer makes its coffee with beans sourced from independent roasters across the country.
For the brother who always borrows your gloves during ski season
For the brother who’s a Mandalorian superfan
For the brother who lives far away
For the brother who documents every social gathering
For the brother who always dresses in athleisure
These premium sweatpants are a major upgrade to the standard cotton pair that he’s been wearing since high school. Plus, they’ll last years — Kevin Kafesu, a senior menswear buyer at Norse Projects, says Reigning Champ’s products are “unbelievably durable.”
For the brother who’s had to call AAA one too many times
I recommend keeping a portable jump-starter in your car for any road trips or outdoor adventures, because you never know when your battery might crap out (or your road-trip buddy might accidentally leave a light on overnight).
For the brother who’s grown up but still loves his Legos
For the brother who loves to travel
For the brother applying for jobs
A great deal for such a nice-looking (and interview-appropriate) Japanese automatic watch.
For the brother who bought a house
This sleek gadget is capable of deterring real-life robbers. Your brother can program the Doorbell Pro to greet visitors who arrive on his doorstep; he can also program it to send alerts any time there is movement. If he subscribes to the Ring Protect Plan, he can review recordings as far back as 60 days.
For the brother who loves music
If your brother is still playing music from his ten-year-old college speakers, get him a multiroom wireless speaker like the Sonos One. Jade Baker, partner and assistant buyer at the British department store John Lewis, says, “This is the classic starter speaker for your multiroom collection. With the ability to link up to all other Sonos speakers in the range, you can kit out your whole house with room-filling sound.”
For the brother who tracks everything
When I rounded up the best fitness trackers, I picked the Whoop as the best for recovery. It uses heart, respiratory, stress, and sleep data, it paints a holistic picture of your health. It’s also a favorite of many athletes, including Sue Bird and Aryna Sabalenka.
For the brother who likes to write in the margins
Strategist tech writer Jordan McMahon prefers his Elipsa over his Kindles because it allows him to jot down notes on articles and books, which make his thoughts “a part of the text and easy to take in at a glance, rather than something hidden that I have to dig up later,” he writes.
For the brother who goes crazy for movie nights
For the brother who just started collecting vinyl
If your brother is starting a vinyl collection and needs a turntable, go with this one from Audio-Technica. We picked it as the best-overall turntable. Jake Sullivan, co-owner of Wooden Tooth Records in Tucson, Arizona, says it’s great for beginners. “Somebody who has no experience with records can look at it, figure out how to play a record, and get good sound out of it,” he says.
For the brother who loves throwing pizza parties
Ooni’s ovens make excellent gifts for aspiring chefs because they’re great at achieving temperatures above 900 degrees — that’s hot enough to cook a pizza in well under two minutes. This model can be powered by either gas, wood, or charcoal, and if your brother can operate a barbecue grill, he’ll be able to cook with the Karu easily. It was our best less-expensive pick in our roundup of the best pizza ovens.