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Interesting men require interesting gifts.
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As you may know by now, shopping for the men in your life isn’t always such a simple task, especially the ones who have more eclectic, off-the-beaten-path tastes. (Looking specifically for dad-centric gifts? Check out these recommendations.)
For these types of guys, whether they’re your brother, best friend, or boyfriend, you’ll need to do some creative thinking and get something they would have never thought of buying for themselves. If you can pull that off, you may very well surprise them and take home the title of the greatest gift-giver to ever live.
We’re here to help you win that title — that’s why we set out to gather up the coolest, weirdest, most unique gift ideas that you’ve probably never even thought to type into a Google search bar. Genderless fragrances, Breaking–Bad-inspired spirits, music-playing sleep masks, and the laziest grilled-cheese-making method known to humankind are just some of the products held within, and we can guarantee that he’ll never forget them once he’s the lucky recipient.
Here are 45+ unique gift ideas for that eccentric dude (or dudes) in your life:
BEST FOR THE COLOGNE COLLECTOR
Henry Rose genderless fragrances
This line of genderless fine fragrances range from floral, to earthy, to smokey, and other intoxicating scents — plus, all of Henry Rose’s packaging is sourced ethically and made from 90% recycled glass (and they have soy-based caps). Grab one scent, the whole line, or maybe even a few of their newly released roller balls.
BEST FOR THE GARDEN-LESS PLANT PARENT
Spigo indoor garden light
Love plants but don’t have the real estate to build a legitimate garden? The Spigo indoor garden light lets you become a plant parent wherever you live, even if it’s a tiny studio apartment. Grow herbs (perfect for at-home chefs who enjoy cooking with fresh produce), plants, and make use of the handy, built-in water reservoir meter to bring your green thumb to new heights.
BEST FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST
Ascend® 5-in-1 jacket
Yes, you read that correctly: This one jacket is actually like getting five jackets built into one. If the guy in your life is into the great outdoors (or simply likes to rock a more rugged aesthetic), then this is a great option. It’s an outer jacket and a liner jacket that can be worn together or separately, plus the liner jacket has zip-off sleeves that quickly turn it into a vest.
BEST FOR THE HEALTH-NUT
Few of us have the time or willpower to whip up nutritious meals (let alone get all the groceries to make them), but that all changes when you can get it delivered right to your doorstep. Daily Harvest is a subscription service that sends you pre-portioned superfood eats on either a weekly or monthly basis. Pick from smoothies, soups, or even skip a shipment when you need — Daily Harvest adapts to your schedule.
BEST FOR THE MINIMALIST TECHIE
iPhones look great without a phone case, but keeping yours bare opens you up to a pretty disastrous risk — unless you have Peel. The ultra-thin phone case wraps snugly around your smartphone, protecting it from the outside world all while maintaining the integrity and sleek look of your device. Throw in a screen protector to boot and stay worry-free (and super minimalist).
BEST FOR SPIFFY DUDES
A suit from Indochino
If the man in your life hasn’t bought a new suit since the ’80s, or is still rocking the same beat up look from college, then help him upgrade to something that’s modern — and actually fits him. Each Indochino suit is made to measure (so it’ll fit him like a glove) and you can select from hundreds of fabrics, linings, and all that other good stuff. Custom suits start at just $299.
BEST FOR THE AIRPOD OWNER
elago AirPods case
Anyone who owns AirPods knows that their protective case is… Well, lacking in some areas (the dust buildup is just no good). With elago’s silicone protective case, you’ll be able to ward off excess dust, scratches, and unfortunate water spills. It also has a convenient carabiner so you can attach it to your bag, and its functional design allows you to charge your AirPods without ever having to remove the outer shell.
BEST FOR GUYS WHO LOSE STUFF A LOT
Can’t find your phone? Your keys? Tile is here to make sure that never happens again — attach it to the items you misplace the most, and track their location right from your smartphone. It’s as easy as that.
BEST FOR ‘BREAKING BAD’ FANS
Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal
A brand new sprit from Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, Dos Hombres mezcal is paired best with a night that’s free of obligations and a Netflix queue full of “BrBa” re-runs (and perhaps another viewing of El Camino).
BEST FOR PLAYING IT SAFE
A new wallet from Alpine Swiss
Get the best of both worlds with this leather wallet from Alpine Swiss. Designed in the classic, bi-fold style, the wallet also features a wraparound zipper to keep contents secure. Safety features get an even bigger boost thanks to the RFID-blocking technology built right into this handsome accessory. It features two full-sized bill compartments, nine credit card slots, three vertical receipt/card pockets, and one center flip ID window, so there’s plenty of room for all the essentials (and then some.)
BEST FOR LIGHT SLEEPERS
Dodow sleep aid
If you know he tosses and turns throughout the night, a natural sleep aid should help him drift off to dreamland (and no, we aren’t talking about chewable Melatonin pills). The Dodow metronome device teaches you how to fall asleep faster and more peacefully — and the more you use it, the more your body will adjust, gaining you hundreds of more hours of sleep per year.
THE WAND COMPANY
BEST FOR ASPIRING WIZARDS
Kymera magic wand remote
Ever wish you went to Hogwarts? Although the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is fictional, you can do your best Harry Potter impersonation with the Kymera Magic Wand Remote Control from The Wand Company. This remote control doesn’t have buttons, but can be used to control your TV with the flick of the wrist thanks to 13 easy-to-learn gestures that play, pause, rewind, turn the TV on (or off), and more.
BEST FOR BASEBALL FANS
Stadium whiskey glasses
If the guy in your life likes to root root root for the home team, then this set of snazzy baseball park glasses are sure to be a hit. Each glass features the team logo on the inside, plus a detailed map of the home stadium. (Orders will ship in sets of two.) Pro tip: These also come in a pint glass version.
BEST FOR LAZY PET OWNERS
iFetch ball launchers
If the man you’re gifting to is a pet owner who’s just too tired to play fetch with his dog, the iFetch Interactive Ball Launcher is great. It comes with mini tennis balls and a launcher that can throw the balls as far as 30 feet away. All he has to do is place the mini-balls inside of the launcher and his dog will do everything in their power to retrieve the ball and bring it back.
BEST FOR TACO TUESDAYS
Taco serving kit
This taco serving kit is perfect for any gathering with friends and family. It features six glass bowls of various sizes for fillings, condiments, and shredded cheese, while it also comes with four taco holders for hard and soft shell tacos. The kit comes in a beautiful storage box made of pine and birch, so your gift recipient will always be prepared for their next Taco Tuesday.
BEST FOR STYLISH FITNESS GURUS
Withings smartwatch gift box
Truly the gift that will make him go the extra mile for his health, this gift set from acclaimed watchmaker Withings features the Steel HR Sport hybrid smartwatch plus two premium bands, all presented in a stunning collector’s box. As a special bonus, get 10% off with the code MASH10.
BEST FOR FUN PIZZA PARTIES
Electric pizza oven
Who doesn’t love pizza, right? The NutriChef Upgraded Electric Pizza Oven is a great way to make a lot of pizzas quickly and efficiently in minutes while also having fun at the same time. The pizza oven, which looks like a traditional Italian pizza oven, comes with a Terracotta oven dome, a pizza stone, three pizza peels, and pie cutout. Be careful though: This oven heats up to 464°F with 1100 watts of power behind it.
BEST FOR KEEPING HIS GEAR SAFE
This anti-theft backpack from XD Design features a number of cleverly hidden pockets for quick access, while its hidden zippers will keep potential bad guys away from the backpack. It’s made from slash-proof and water-resistant materials with plenty of space for laptops, books, pens, and computer peripherals and accessories neatly organized and easy to find. The backpack even has a handy USB port for mobile device charging on the go.
BEST FOR GRILL KINGS
The Machete Spatula is exactly what it sounds like. It combines the slicing ability of a machete with the useful functions of a spatula, especially while grilling and barbecuing. Why have a number of different tools while grilling when you can just use one? The Machete Spatula from Dunk can also be used as a bottle opener, so the guy who gets this will always be the center of attention at any BBQ.
STRONG LIKE BULL MAGNETS
BEST FOR GUYS LOW ON SPACE
The BottleLoft from Strong Like Bull Magnets is a clever magnet system that places beer bottles (or soda bottles) on the very top of a refrigerator’s ceiling instead of on the shelf. Now that the bottles are hanging from the ceiling, more space can be devoted for food. Don’t worry about the bottles falling either. The magnet system is made with 3M very high and tough bond adhesive for a tight grip.
BEST FOR BEER LOVERS
Mini flip cup game
If the man you’re buying for loves playing flip cup but wants more of a challenge, this game from SCIENZ miniaturizes the experience with tiny red cups on a wooden plank. Instead of using his hands to flip the cups, he’ll have to use his fingers and the plank’s flippers. This is a fun game for anyone who is a beer lover or anyone who wants to relive college on a smaller scale.
BEST FOR RETRO GAMERS
Super Nintendo coasters
If you’re getting a gift for a gamer, these Super Nintendo coasters will surely please him. The set features four cork-backed coasters for bars and coffee tables. They also feature the covers of four classic SNES games from the early ‘90s, including Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. Honor gaming history and enjoy a drink without staining a table at the same time.
PACIFIC SHAVING COMPANY
BEST FOR WAKING UP
Caffeinated shaving set
If the man you’re buying for needs another source of morning caffeine instead of a cup of coffee, this caffeinated shaving cream and aftershave from the Pacific Shaving Company is something to consider. The set is fortified with antioxidants that are naturally derived from caffeine with aloe and spearmint to put a little pep in his step. It might be a strange way to start a day, but it will keep his skin feeling healthy and bright.
BEST FOR COMIC BOOK NERDS
Rainbow Batman collectibles
Who doesn’t love Batman? DC Collectibles now offers a limited edition pack featuring six action figures of the Caped Crusader in all the colors of the rainbow. Detective Comics #241 inspired the set with its storyline involving Batman wearing a different Batsuit every time he showed up in the comic book. “Rainbow Batman” wanted to distract people from Robin and his alter ego Dick Grayson’s broken arm, which would link the two together.
BEST FOR OUT OF THE WORLD SLEEP
A night mask made by NASA
Want to sleep like an astronaut? The Illumy GTS-3000 is a specialized sleeping mask that uses the same technology as NASA, so astronauts can have the same sleep cycle on the international space station as on the planet Earth. The sleeping mask features a gradual dimming setting to nudge its wearer to sleep, while it also gently wakes with a gradual wake up call instead of an annoying alarm clock.
BEST FOR UPTIGHT WRITERS
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is a fast and efficient way to automatically convert handwritten notes and sketches to digital copies in an app, such as Google Docs, DropBox, iCloud, Evernote, Slack, and more. The notebook works best with Frixion Pilot pens that erase under heat, which means the entire notebook is reusable if placed in a microwave for a few minutes. Science!
BEST FOR HIPSTER DUDES
A fannypack with speakers
This outrageous fannypack from Super RB will not only carry belongings with ease, it also cranks out the tunes as a Bluetooth speaker with subwoofer. It’s the perfect accessory for any beach outing, picnic at a park, campsite retreat, or fun summer music festival. It works with Android and iPhone devices via Bluetooth with a rechargeable battery life of four hours.
BEST FOR THE SPICY CHEF
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit
If he’s is a hot sauce connoisseur, consider making his day with this DIY hot sauce kit. It comes with all the ingredients needed to make the spicy substances, as well as simple step-by-step instructions on how to get to the delicious final product. Add a little more than the recommended amount for an extra kick (but beware, this stuff can get hot).
BEST FOR HIS PEARLY WHITES
If you’re at all up to date with trendy subscription brands, you probably already know about quip. Pick up a subscription, and you’ll receive one of their aesthetically pleasing toothbrushes (which include a handy two-minute timer for brushing time, sonic vibration features, and a brush holder/travel case combo), as well as a brush head and toothpaste refill every three months. It’s dental care at its most enjoyable.
BEST FOR THE LAZY COOK
Toaster Grilled Cheese Bags
Now here’s something truly ingenious. If he isn’t much a of cook, but is a big grilled cheese fan, you need to get him these toaster bags. They’re a no-fuss way to cheesy heaven — just pop the assembled sandwich into one of the three included bags (which can be used up to 50 times) and put it in the toaster. That’s it. No pre-heating the pan, waiting to flip the sandwich, or messy cleanup afterwards — just pure enjoyment.
BEST FOR THE DISORGANIZED DUDE
Tooletries Shower Organizer
Is he the kind of guy who leaves his bath products all over? If so, put an end to that and help him get his self-care life together with this shower organizer from Tooletries. It’s antibacterial (so it will never produce mold), and perfectly fits a toothbrush, razor, and all the little fixings that come along with them. Stick it anywhere in the shower and it’s ready to go — you can even pick up the shower mirror from Tooletries and complete the set.
BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
Stainless Steel Straw Set
It’s time to get with the program: Plastic straws are a no-no. If he’s interested in reducing plastic waste, stainless steel straws are a great place to start. This set of four is perfect for travel as well as everyday use, and the included cleaner is handy for when he’s not near a sink.
BEST FOR THE GYM-GOER
Tangram Smart Rope
Yup, there’s even a “smart” version of jump rope now, and it’s the perfect gift for the cardio-obsessed guy in your life. With the downloadable Smart Gym companion app, the Tangram Smart Rope will keep track of his jump count, calories burned, and workout session times. Complete with an adjustable rope length, this is a must-have for the tech-savvy gym-goer.
BEST FOR THE RED EYE FLYER
Tune Out Musical Sleep Mask
We couldn’t think of a better device to have for a long-distance flight that’s crowded with noisy passengers. The Tune Out Musical Sleep Mask is a light-blocking eye mask that also happens to have integrated headphones. He’ll be able to pick his favorite lullaby and slip into a relaxing slumber with no outside distractions.
BEST FOR THE FORMAL MAN
Personalized Collar Stays
Anyone who wears a collared shirt regularly knows how infuriating it can be to spot a surprise crease. They’re impossible to erase completely and you end up looking like a dunce. That’s where collar stays come in, and these stainless steel options are another step up from the plastic ones that come with most dress shirts. What’s even more is that these are customizable with an engraving of your choice — personalized just for him.
BEST FOR THE STRESS BALL
If he’s constantly suffering from intense stress, the Muse meditation device will surely help him find his center. All he has to do is pop the headband on and start the Muse companion app. The device translates his brain activity during meditation and guides him with weather sounds, all to help him decompress.
BEST FOR THE TEA SIPPER
Here’s the tea: The Ember Mug is a truly next-level product for any and all hot-beverage-drinking guys. (Or anyone, really.) Through Ember’s app, he’ll have the ability to control his preferred temperature, which the mug will adjust to on command. Just one charge will give the mug over an hour of juice, and he can even save temperature presets for different types of drinks.
BEST FOR THE TRAVELER
ili Instant Translator
Not all avid travelers are fluent in all the world’s languages. Maybe he knows a little bit of high school French, but struggles when it comes to languages like Japanese and Russian — that’s where the ili Instant Translator comes in. Just utter any English phrase into the receiver, and ili will translate it into Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, or Korean. Oh, and it’s compact, so traveling with it is a breeze.
BEST FOR THE MAN WITH A GREEN THUMB
Gardener’s Tool Seat
If gardening happens to be one of his favorite pastimes, consider this portable seat and tool holder to help keep him comfortable and organized while he’s putting in the work to grow all that fresh produce. The water-resistant seat and bag are easily detachable from one another and provide an effortless experience for all the green-thumbed guys out there.
BEST FOR THE SCENT-CONSCIOUS
Maison Margiela ‘Replica’
Buying someone a fragrance doesn’t always mean you think they smell bad. On the contrary, a fragrance that has some sort of deeper meaning behind it can be one of the most thoughtful gifts you could get, and Maison Margiela’s Replica line is a perfect mix of nostalgia and personality in a bottle. Our personal favorite is “By the Fireplace,” which sparks memories of calm winter evenings spent with loved ones.
BEST FOR THE PRIVATE MAN
Tumi Delta ID Lock Billfold
This one is for the man who truly values his privacy, which this ID Lock wallet from Tumi accomplishes flawlessly. The brand’s ID Lock technology keeps others from scanning encrypted personal information on your credit cards and other valuables. Plus, it’s Tumi — their stuff is nice.
BEST FOR THE WINE-LOVER
Tapology Wine Aerator and Dispenser
Listen, not all guys fall into the beer drinking stereotype — sometimes they just want to crack open a nice cabernet and kick back. This wine aerator and dispenser was made for those guys. Just insert the bottle of choice, let it breathe a little, and press the button for that delicious vino. Bonus points for throwing in a charcuterie board.
BEST FOR THE RESPONSIBLE MAN
The Zero Waste Cookbook
Another gift for the eco-friendly fella, The Zero Waste Cookbook is not only an informative and interesting read, but it’s also an amazing guide to living a more waste-free life through cooking. From using corn husks to make a vegetable stock to using lemon zest for infusing vodka, this cookbook teaches you how to make your food supply stretch longer than you ever thought it could.
CRATE AND BARREL
BEST FOR THE COFFEE CONNOISSEUR
Stelton Collar Espresso Maker
Rich, full-bodied espresso isn’t only attainable in coffee shops. Treat him to his favorite beverage without ever leaving the house. This Italian cooktop espresso maker is simple to use and perfect for modern kitchens. Simply fill the lower chamber with boiling water, the upper with espresso-grind coffee, and place on a medium flame until pressure causes the water to filter through the coffee grounds. Then, enjoy.
BEST FOR THE HYDRATED DUDE
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
One of the most popular insulated water bottles on the market, a Hydro Flask is one of the best ways to ensure that he stays hydrated (and reduces his carbon footprint). The Hydro Flask’s unrivaled insulation capabilities keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold for an entire day. The wide-mouth straw allows for easy beverage access, the coating provides just the right amount of grip, and they look great.
BEST FOR THE FUN-GUY (GET IT?)
Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit
The texture and earthy flavor of shiitake mushrooms have made them one of the most highly prized edible fungi around, and if you know that he has a taste for them, giving him the gift of his own supply will simply make his day. This mushroom growing log has organic shiitake spores planted inside — all you need to do is place it in a dark, cool, and damp place. He’ll be able to harvest every six weeks for up to three years.
BEST FOR THE NAVIGATOR
If he’s still using MapQuest print-outs or the debatably worse fold-out roadmaps, we say it’s time to push him towards an upgrade. Complete with Alexa-powered voice controls, the compact Garmin Speak works in tandem with its companion app to give him turn-by-turn directions, weather forecasts, and more all in one place. Just stick it on his windshield and he’ll be able to get just about wherever he’s going.
BEST FOR THE ULTRA-CLEANLY
PhoneSoap Cell Phone Sanitizer
Have you ever thought about the number of germs that are probably on your phone at the end of the day? Gross. The PhoneSoap sanitizer was made for anyone concerned about hygiene, and if he happens to fit that picture, consider getting him one of these. Using two germicidal UV-C bulbs, PhoneSoap kills 99.99% of all bacteria and germs on your mobile device — all while charging it in the meantime.
BEST FOR THE MATHMETICIAN
Do you often hear him reciting math equations just for fun? Does he also happen to need a nice piece of wrist bling? Well, this strange but awesome timepiece is just the thing he needs. With the Equation Watch, he’ll be able to unleash his inner genius whenever he checks the time — each hour on the watch’s face features the equivalent notation of each number. It’s smart and stylish.
BEST FOR THE SAFETY-CONCERNED
Say hello to the most fashionable air quality meter around. If he’s constantly concerned with the air he’s breathing within his home, the Awair can help quell his anxieties by measuring and tracking fine dust particles and chemicals that are present. The Awair will even give personalized recommendations to help him stay safe and healthy via its companion app, possibly aiding in improvement related to allergies, sleep quality, focus, and more.
BEST FOR THE MULTITASKER
Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical
If you’ve ever heard him complain that he simply doesn’t have enough time to go to the gym due to his busy schedule, give him this creative way to multitask. The Cubii Pro Under Desk Elliptical will afford him the ability to complete all of his work tasks and even break a sweat while doing them. Just place under your desk, get peddling, and shed those calories. Who needs an Equinox membership anyway?
BEST FOR THE FORGETFUL GUY
Does he constantly lose stuff? This smart tag kit may just be the answer to his woes. The Smart Tag turns pretty much any bag into smart luggage — just stick it on any bag and connect to the companion app to get real-time tracking, create proactive reminders, and more. In addition, the included Smart Taglets can be placed on specific items, which the smart tag hub will then track as well, ensuring he always has stuff.