Your Holiday Survival Guide To Really Good Guy Gifts

We’ve shopped for a lot of hard-to-gift individuals in our lives — our picky sister; the colleague who you only see on Zoom; the “I don’t need any gifts” mother-in-law — but the greatest head-scratcher of them all has got to be The Guy. Whether it’s your S.O., fantasy football buddy, or just your impossible-to-buy-for-father, he is, without a doubt, the “cool dude” in your life — the one who seems to be on the next thing before everyone else is.

No matter who this cool guy is, his mile-high standards and sixth sense for the latest gear make him impossible to shop for. But don’t worry — if you’re determined to defy the odds and knock it out of the park this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. We observed some of the coolest guys in our own lives for inspiration for all the best Christmas gifts for men. With items that range from a silly loaf pillow to a pair of luxury loafers, everything on this list should pass muster with your hard-to-please fellow.

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Holiday Gifts For The Guy Who Loves To Cook

Omsom The Try 'Em All Set

Send him on a global culinary adventure without ever leaving his kitchen with this sampler box of Southeast and East Asian starter sauces — each one offering hard-to-get quality ingredients and complex flavors that are normally pretty tricky to conquer unless you travel to a ton of specialty stores. All are vegan and gluten-free.

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Omsom THE TRY 'EM ALL SET, $, available at Omsom

Goldilocks Utensil Set

If you've been keeping up with our kitchen recs, you know that we're all about the easy-to-use pots and pans. But, so often, a chef can't get by on stovetop wares alone — they also need the proper tools. Enter: The ultimate 12-piece utensil set from Goldilocks — all for under $100!

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Goldilocks Utensil Set, $, available at Goldilocks

The Snuk Chili Crisp Gift Box

If he already knows what he wants (chili crisp!) then indulge him with a quartet of beloved jars, including Fly by Jing, Blank Slate Sichuan Chili Oil from Brooklyn, Lao Gan Ma, and Don Chilio Habanero chili crisp from Mexico. He’ll appreciate getting a gift box from the global bazaar brand Snuk, which stocks some of the best specialty ingredients from all over the world.

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Snuk Chile Crisp Gift Box, $, available at Snuk

Koblenz 6 Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Refrigerator

Get the chillest guy you know this chill vino fridge.

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Koblenz 6 Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Refrigerator, $, available at Wayfair

Shun Premier 6-Piece Slimline Block Set

Perfect for those who are very serious about their cooking, this Shun Premier block set crafted by actual Japanese bladesmiths is the sharp move.

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Shun Premier 6-Piece Slimline Block Set 2 Reviews| SKU, $, available at Sur La Table

Fredericks & Mae Chopping Block

A stunning slab upon which your guy will be slicing, dicing, and chopping up his produce.

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Fredericks & Mae Chopping Block, $, available at Coming Soon

Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker with WiFi

If your guy is a fan of cooking but is always short on time, then a sous vide cooker is going to be the lifesaving kitchen gadget he'll obsess over.

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Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker with WiFi, $, available at Williams Sonoma

Holiday Gifts For The Fashion Guy

White Mountaineering x Uniqlo Hybrid Down Oversized Parka

The last major fashion collab of the year might have to be White Mountaineering's collection with Uniqlo. The capsule includes outerwear, fleeces, and tops — and if you had to grab just one item for gift-giving, this under-$150 parka is what we recommend.

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J.M. Weston 180 Moccasin Leather Penny Loafers

As a woman, I audibly groaned when I saw these beautiful men's loafers, and perhaps the refined guy in your life will too.

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J.M. Weston 180 Moccasin Leather Penny Loafers, $, available at Mr. Porter

Sandy Liang x Target Floral Print Sherpa Jacket

This is technically found in the "women's" section of Target but I am recommending this for men because this is so clearly genderless and it has looked fire on every guy I've seen wearing it.

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Sandy Liang x Target Floral Print Sherpa Jacket, $, available at Target

Mejuri Flat Curb Chain Necklace

When the Hulu series Normal People dropped, the internet rightfully freaked on Connell's chain — because, doye, men wearing jewelry is hot. If your stylish guy is in need of everyday bling, this chain is golden.

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Mejuri Flat Curb Chain Necklace, $, available at Mejuri

Warby Parker Winston Glasses

When it comes to specs, classic tortoiseshell is always a solid choice (though these Winstons from Warby Parker also come in an array of other colors). Consider a new pair of glasses for the guy whose eyewear could use some fine-tuning.

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Warby Parker Winston Tortoise Collage I, $, available at Warby Parker

Salomon Trail Running Shoes

In addition to HOKA, the sneaker brand of the moment is Salomon. Famous for their bungee cord laces and hard-sole traction (which are ideal for trail hikes and walks around the neighborhood alike), Salomon shoes are sure to gain some traction this holiday season.

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Salomon Speedcross 5 GTX, $, available at Zappos

Everlane The Grade-A Cashmere Crew

Everyone could use a baby-soft cashmere sweater this winter, and that includes the guy on your holiday list. This brand-new knit from Everlane is priced at a cool $140 and is offered in that crowd-pleasing neutral palette that the brand is known for.

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Everlane The Grade-A Cashmere Crew, $, available at Everlane

New York Times Logo Baseball Cap

Gift him the hat that tells the world, "Yeah, I read the news."

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New York Times Logo Baseball Cap, $, available at New York Times Store

Baggu Fanny Pack

A good size bag is essential for stashing the important stuff.

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Baggu Fanny Pack, $, available at Baggu

Holiday Gifts For The Guy Who's A Homebody

Ben Medansky Dune Coasters

This set of four terracotta coasters are great for individual hot beverages or arranged together to makeshift a trivet for dinner.

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Ben Medansky Dune Coasters, $, available at Areaware

Levenkeness 3D Simulation Bread Plush Pillow

It's a gigantic body pillow made to look like a baguette! And that's all you need to know!

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Levenkeness 3D Simulation Bread Plush Pillow, $, available at Amazon

Dyson Outsize Vacuum (Nickel)

When it comes to "luxury" vacuums, no brand does it better than Dyson. And, since its products are not cheap, it's likely that your guy hasn't thought about shelling out for such equipment — which means it's bound to be a gift that'll sweep him off his feet.

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Dyson Outsize vacuum (Nickel), $, available at Dyson

Fantastic Walls Tony Soprano & Pie-Oh-My Wall Art Canvas

Okay, this is a deep-cut Sopranos reference — but, IYKYK, it's a really good one. Considering how much the HBO series blew up during the pandemic, there's bound to be a Sopranos guy in your life who is going to be simply dee-lighted by this stunning piece of art.

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Fantastic Walls Tony Soprano & Pie-Oh-My Wall Art Canvas, $, available at Etsy

Golde Make Your Matcha Kit

This well-packaged kit is everything your guy needs to whip up a perfectly frothy cuppa matcha.

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Golde Make Your Matcha Kit, $, available at Golde

LEGO Seinfeld 21328 Building Kit

Puzzles are so 2020 winter pandemic (yeah, I said it). LEGOs, on the other hand, are very 2021 winter. And I can't think of a better way a person can while away the cold months than hunkering down on this 1,326-piece kit that assembles into the Seinfeld TV set.

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LEGO Ideas Seinfeld 21328 Building Kit, $, available at Amazon

Birkenstock Boston Genuine Shearling Lined Clog

Behold: The perfect winter house slipper. It's easy to slip on for the indoors, substantially soled for quick outdoor errands, and completely lined with shearling for toe-wiggling coziness.

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Birkenstock Boston Genuine Shearling Lined Clog, $, available at Nordstrom

Plntrs Nike Swoosh Mini Basketball Planter With Stand

For the sporty guy who also has a serious green thumb.

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plntrs Nike Swoosh Mini Basketball Planter With Stand, $, available at Etsy

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

If you aren't familiar with the hilariously poignant novels of Gary Shteyngart, just know that all of his stories are excellent. His very latest, Our Country Friends, is set at an upstate house during the pandemic (file under: relevant), and it's occupied by a pack of guests who unleash the kind of chaotic drama we love to read about. This book is certainly bound to be a literary hot ticket for the holidays.

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Random House Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart, $, available at Bookshop

Holiday Gifts For The Guy Who's Hard To Shop For

Cactus Leather Key Organizer

For those familiar with the uncomfortable pocket bulge (get your mind out of the gutter) created by a clanging mess of keys and a too-big metal ring, this sleek, earth-friendly key organizer is an upgrade. With its secure locking system, his keys will stack up neatly and twist out when needed, and stay in place quietly when they are not.

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Huckberry Cactus Leather Key Organizer, $, available at Huckberry

Airbnb Customizable Gift Card

A trip of his choosing is difficult-to-gift-guy catnip — and, thanks to Airbnb, you can provide him with just that. The home-away-from-home favorite offers easy-to-order gift cards with customizable budgets for a future Airbnb booking that you can deliver to his inbox on any given date. Boom.

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Airbnb Customizable Gift Card, $, available at Airbnb

Chrome Bullet Space Pen

As you can see, this is no ordinary pen. This is a Space Pen, which was invented in 1948 by Paul C. Fisher for astronauts. Yes, that's right — this pen works upside-down and in zero-gravity, and it also writes underwater and in both below-freezing and hellscape temperatures. Now, I don't know why anyone would need to be writing a memo in those aforementioned conditions, but the important thing to know is that this pen can do it all. And it can also be engraved.

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Space Pen CHROME BULLET SPACE PEN, $, available at Space Pen

Apple AirTag

If a guy in your life is always misplacing his things, these nifty AirTags are sure to be a savior. The mini discs help people keep track of things they might lose, like a travel backpack, bikes and scooters, or even a wandering off-leash pet.

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Apple AirTag, $, available at Apple

Gerber Lockdown Drive Pocket Knife

A sleek and compact pocket knife is always a useful gizmo to gift — and this one is equipped with eight handy tools, including a bottle opener!

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Gerber LOCKDOWN - DRIVE, $, available at Gerber

Bellroy Tech Case

This one is particularly useful for the guy who travels a lot or for the guy who is constantly commuting between his home office and the office-office. This tech case zips to fit in one hand but is roomy enough to organize all the essential tech accessories, like cords, a wireless mouse, chargers, earbuds, and more.

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Bellroy Tech Kit, $, available at Bellroy

Holiday Gifts For The Beauty & Grooming Guy

Aesop Body Cleansing Slab

You thought that you were a product junkie until you met this guy. He gives you a run for your money when it comes to knowing about — and spending money on — all the latest in natural deodorant, exfoliating scrubs, and beard oils. Aesop is his Achilles heel, so why not surprise him with a manly SLAB of soap for the holidays?

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Aesop Body Cleansing Slab, $, available at Nordstrom

Dusen Dusen Bathrobe

Bathrobes...not just for moms anymore! This vibrantly striped coverup from Dusen Dusen is going to be a tubside fave.

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Dusen Dusen Bathrobe, $, available at Coming Soon

Philips Wet & Dry Electric Shaver, Series 9000

If you're like me, I never think about how often some people have to shave. But, I can only imagine how annoying it must be! So, this holiday, consider getting your stubble guy a supremely nice electric shaver kit.

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Philips Wet & dry electric shaver, Series 9000, $, available at Philips

Merrell Hydro Mocs

You want to get him a summer-ready shoe in honor of all the adventures you’ll be embarking on in the next few months, but Crocs are a little too ubiquitous for this discerning fellow. (Pfft.) Merrell’s ghostly, vaguely Yeezy-ian foam water shoe offers the same ease and comfort as its kid-friendly competitor, but with a design that matches your man’s style.

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Merrell Hydro Moc, $, available at Merrell

“Is This Anything?” by Jerry Seinfeld

The man is a stand-up fiend, and can quote routines from all the greats, from Richard Pryor to Bill Hicks to Mitch Hedberg. Help him add to his encyclopedic knowledge of the comedy canon with the gift of Jerry Seinfeld’s career-spanning retrospective of jokes and anecdotes.

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Jerry Seinfeld Is This Anything?, $, available at Bookshop

Rechargeable Hands-Free LED Book Light

If he’s an avid reader or a night runner, this rechargeable, adjustable LED neck light is the affordable, functional gadget he never knew he needed.

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Ledgle Rechargeable Hands-Free LED Book Light, $, available at Amazon

Tetra Portal Lighter

This Japanese-made flame lighter looks like it arrived directly from a Frank Stella fever dream. Lighters start at $22, but if you want to add these to an aesthetically pleasing toker’s bundle, the Pantone-ready motif mimics high-end smoking-accessories brand Tetra’s colorfully cased hemp rolling papers.

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Tetra Portal Lighter, $, available at Tetra

Bullstrap Calfskin Leather iPhone Case

No cracked screen for this fastidious fellow — he keeps his precious iPhone 12 safely shrouded 24-7. Of course, only a minimal leather case will do for his minimal tastes — it will break in beautifully with age and doesn’t detract from the phone’s slim profile.

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Bullstrap Calfskin Leather iPhone Case, $, available at Bullstrap

Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler

This man WILL be grilling with his usual crew this summer, pandemic be damned. Prepare him for safe and socially distant outdoor gatherings with Yeti’s top-of-the-line, highly-rated cooler, for stashing whatever beverages he prefers to knock back while preparing steaks the size of his head.

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YETI Roadie 24 Cooler, $, available at REI

Carhartt 100% Cotton Henley

Yes, dudes love a T-shirt gift. And yes, dudes love Carhartt. (Actually, ladies love it too.) The heritage workwear brand has been in the throes of a “moment” for several years now, but there’s a reason why — they really do make sturdy, heavy-duty, well-designed basics for guys who abuse their clothing. We love a henley-style long-sleeve shirt as a stylish alternative to the classic tee.

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Carhartt Workwear Pocket Henley Shirt, $, available at Amazon

SmartWool Larimer Sock

Merino wool is seriously a miracle fiber, and its moisture-wicking properties make it the perfect material for socks. SmartWool’s rugged hiker-style has just the right combination of aesthetics and function for someone who is picky about everything he puts on his body — even socks.

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Smartwool Larimer Socks, $, available at REI

“Nonbinary” by Genesis P-Orridge

Pioneering industrial musician Genesis P-Orridge passed away in 2020, but they left behind a memoir describing their singular and highly influential journey through a variety of creative worlds. The music nerd in your life will really appreciate the deep dive into the artist’s life.

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Abrams Press “Nonbinary” by Genesis P-Orridge, $, available at Amazon

Buffy Eucalyptus Sheet Set

Make sure he’s literally a cool guy with this luxe, sustainable set of 100% eucalyptus fiber sheets. These cool-to-the-touch, breathable sheets help keep sweaty nights at bay. He can also rest easy knowing he’s not breathing in anything toxic — even the dye is plant-based and all-natural.

Buffy Eucalyptus Sheets Set - Queen Size, $, available at Buffy

Heston Blumenthal for Everdure Charcoal Grill

The guy loves to cook, and has seared some amazing steaks on his 3-foot square apartment patio with the help of a miniature Smokey Joe. This year, he deserves an upgrade that matches his skill set  — something like this sleek, porcelain-enamel charcoal grill co-designed by knighted British chef Heston Blumenthal; complete with an interior food tray, bamboo chopping board, stay-cool handles, and safety latches for easy transport.

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Everdure Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Portable Charcoal Grill, $, available at Amazon

Kinka Konro Charcoal Grill

A pricier, slightly less portable, but infinitely more awesome small-space searing companion is a Japanese konro grill — a rectangularly-oriented box that’s open at the top and typical used to grill yakitori skewers. They’re best used with a clean-burning wood charcoal like sumi or binchotan, and are a must-have for any enthusiast of al fresco cooking.

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Kinka Konro Charcoal Grill, $, available at Amazon

Jean Dubost Laguiole Steak Knives (Set of 6)

If the grillmaster in your life is already equipped with enough smoking apparati to start a restaurant, he might appreciate the addition of some new cutlery that will help him enjoy the fruits — er, meats — of his labor. Laguiole’s sturdy stainless-steel steak knives are made in France and come in a foncy wooden storage box.

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Dubost Laguiole Steak Knives, Set of 6, $, available at Williams-Sonoma

Hedley & Bennett Crossback Apron

He’ll appreciate feeling comfortable while enjoying his craft. This durable 100% cotton canvas apron has been road-tested and approved by many a chef. It can also be customized for an additional cost. Aprons at Hedley & Bennett start at $85, and we also suggest checking out the cook’s bundle for a sharp gift.

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Hedley & Bennett The All Day Crossback Apron, $, available at Hedley & Bennett

“Home Style Cookery” by Matty Matheson

Last food thing, we promise! But this is a really good one. Beloved Canadian home chef Matty Matheson’s (long-awaited) second cookbook is written in his trademark intimate and funny tone and filled with recipes that are just plain good. Whether your dude is a devoted home cook or just starting to tinker with pickling his own vegetables, this book will be a welcome addition to his arsenal.

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Matty Matheson “Home Style Cookery”, $, available at Amazon

MasterClass Subscription

These engaging and beautifully produced online courses taught by a wealth of luminaries and experts (David Sedaris, Bob Iger, Stephen Curry, Timbaland, Aaron Franklin, to name just a few) are well worth the $180 annual subscription fee — there’s a class for every one of your man’s varied interests.

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Masterclass Masterclass Subscription, $, available at MasterClass

Nike Air Max 270 Sneaker

Sneaker nerds are very, very, very hard to shop for — especially since the goods they covet the most are usually only available via raffles or hyper-inflated secondary market pricing. If you do decide to go this perilous gift-giving route, it’s best to choose a classic, perennially available style that can go into the giftee’s backup rotation, like the forever-cool Nike Air Max.

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Nike Air Max 270, $, available at Nike

TC Electronic Ditto Looper Guitar Effects Pedal

This top-reviewed pedal is a solid gift for the guitar player in your life who may not be crazy advanced yet but starting to experiment. What's so great about this gadget is that it makes repeat beats easy by stripping away all the complicated non-essential tech and leaves you with a 24-bit uncompressed high-quality audio and 5 minutes of pure looping.

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TC Electronic Ditto Looper Guitar Effects Pedal, $, available at Guitar Center

Apple AirPod Pro

This devoted headphone user deserves an upgrade this year, and he’ll really appreciate the sleek designer and supreme sound quality of the “Pro” AirPods.

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Apple AirPods Pro, $, available at Amazon

Wishlistland Angelwing Begona

With his unrivaled green thumb, he’s able to keep even the most high maintenance sprouts thriving, and his apartment is filled with unusual specimens that he’s collected from cuttings over the years. He’ll appreciate a rarer plant baby like this spotted begonia.

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wishlistland Angelwing Begonia, $, available at Etsy

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey

Recently, he and his boozehound spirit-nerd friends have all been freaking out about Japanese whiskey. A more delicately-flavored alternative to the bolder, sweeter American varieties, these grain-based spirits are selling out everywhere, with prices of available bottles skyrocketing into the thousands. This expertly crafted blend from Hibiki is a delicious and much more reasonably-priced option.

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Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky, $, available at Drizly

Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco

If his whiskey bar is fully stocked and he’s looking to try something new, he’ll appreciate the gift of a top-rated tequila. While Casa Dragones’ premium Joven “sipping” variety can run you a few hundred dollars, the brand’s Blanco blend is a delicious option that’s ideal for mixing or drinking on the rocks — and it usually clocks in under $100.

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Casa Dragones Tequila Blanco, $, available at Drizly

Dorset Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

If trying to guess his taste in spirits is a fruitless endeavor, just get him some nice drinking equipment instead. It doesn’t get more classic than a cut-crystal Old Fashioned glasses, and a set of two will only set you back about $40.

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Dorset Crystal Double Old-Fashioned Glasses, $, available at Williams-Sonoma

Helinox Chair Zero

This top-rated camp chair is nothing short of miraculous; measuring no larger than a water bottle when packed up and weighing a single pound — but still supports up to 265 of human when unfurled into sitting formation. If the man in question is a fan of the outdoors, he’s definitely got his eye on this chair.

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Helinox Chair Zero, $, available at REI


We will never stop hyping Cameo. It is an unforgettable, totally personalized, and — if you know where to look — affordable gifting option for the guy who has everything. (If you’re unfamiliar with the app, it contains a database of celebrities who will record personalized videos for the recipient of your choice. Fees and lead times vary depending on the celeb — a video from boxer Floyd Mayweather will run you a cool $2,000, while numerous 90 Day Fiancé participants will record a message starting around $30.) Only you know the talent that will please the man in question, but right now we’re considering personalized vids from iconic supporting characters on The Sopranos or Tiger King’s John Reinke.

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Cameo by James Garretson of “Tiger King”, $, available at Cameo

Driftaway Coffee Customizable Coffee

Subscriptions to this sustainable, farmer-supporting coffee bean company start at $60 for two months, and you can customize the deliveries to fit your giftee’s preferences and your budget. For caffiene-lovers who want to dive even deeper, the brand also offers expert-guided virtual coffee tastings.

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Driftaway Coffee Customizable Coffee Subscription, $, available at Driftaway Coffee

Haden Dorset 1.7 Qt. Stainless Steel Electric Tea Kettle

If he’s more of a tea drinker, he’ll feel honored to receive this top of the line stainless steel electric kettle. It offers a temperature scale, convenient water gauge window, light indicator during boiling, auto shut-off (safety first!), and a spare filter. He’ll also definitely approve of the high-end design.

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Haden US Dorset 1.7 Qt. Stainless Steel Electric Tea Kettle, $, available at Wayfair

Baboon Mini Go Bag

We are kinda evangelical about Baboon’s colorful, super-sturdy luggage and handbags. The company’s website — which is a trip of its own, resembling an acid-tinged graphic-design funhouse — carries durable products that will brighten up any trip with an eye-catching palette of every shade from fluorescent orange to a subtle eggplant. Their signature Go-Bag is a roomy, double-stitched duffle with convertible straps so it can be worn as a backpack.

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Baboon Mini Go Bag, $, available at Baboon

The North Face Unisex Down Mid Layer

We love the throwback vibes of this color-blocked North Face down shirt. Not only will it remind the cool dude in your life of his grade-school style — we’re sure he was on the verge back then, too — it will keep him seriously warm.

The North Face Unisex Down Mid-Layer, $, available at The North Face

Art Of Tea Wood Box + Sampler

Add in this handsome pine wood box of Art of Tea's pyramid teabags filled with its most popular sampling of teas.

Art Of Tea Wood Box Tea Sampler, $, available at Art Of Tea

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