If you’re reading this article, we imagine you’re one of a few different people: A mother or sister looking for the perfect gift for your husband, son or brother; an employee looking for the perfect gift for the boss man; a son looking for something for dad (or vice versa); a buddy looking for another buddy; a significant other looking for a significant other; or anyone else in need of a great last-minute gift for a noteworthy man in your life.
No matter who you are, if you’re here, you have at least one thing in common: You’re cutting things down to the wire, you don’t know what to get him and you could use some help.
Well, that’s exactly what we’re here for.
(Editor’s Note: While we mention a lot of specific brands and items below, a lot of variations for these gifts can be had locally, just in case you’re really in a pinch and need to go out for a good old-fashioned round of Department Store Digging. We also went ahead and linked directly to the Amazon links where possible to make your shopping experience easy. Enjoy!)
Espresso is one of those things people either really love or really care less about. While a state of the art machine can cost hundreds, a simple, beautiful stovetop maker like this Bonvivo Intenca is high quality, simple to use and inexpensive.
If he’s already an espresso person, he’ll obviously love this classic café concoctor, and even if it ends up being a kitchen ornament, it’s still a damn beautiful piece.
The quality of Bose’s sound speaks for itself, and whether you’re hearing your favorite music through their home theater systems, their famous headphones or even their awesome wireless Bluetooth products, you know you’re listening through Bose.
The Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker offers the same Bose sound you know and love through a device that can go anywhere and not let you down. It’s built to take a beating and go everywhere from the desert to the mountains, to the pool. And at 99 bucks, it won’t break the bank.
Sous vide cooking is one of those things that sounds weird, but will totally change the way you think about food. You basically seal your food in a plastic bag, and then boil it in water until it’s cooked through. It might sound crazy, but we guarantee you’ve never had a steak perfect as one cooked sous vide.
The Sous Vide Precision Cooker by Anova Culinary is one of the most popular sous vide tools on the market, and it’s time-tested tough. Plus, for the price, you’re getting the culinary wizard in your life something he’ll cherish for years to come.
Every man should have a good array of coffee table books, yet it’s one of the most underrated décor items in our apartments/houses/condos/whatever.
The Art of Rock is an incredible book to own even if you aren’t a fan of the history of concert poster art, but if the guy you’re buying it for is any kind of fan of rock and roll music, this book will blow his mind.
The Art of Rock is a compilation of some of history’s most iconic rock and roll concert posters and includes interviews with musicians, concert promoters and the poster artists themselves, including artists like Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, and Stanley Mouse. It covers everything and is considered the definitive book out there on concert poster art.
We don’t want to be the bearers of bad news, but a good, high-quality safety razor will beat any Super Duper High-Grade Fancy Five-Blade Holy Crap Deluxe Razor setup any day of the week. And if you don’t believe us, just ask your grandpappy. He kicked Nazi ass all over Europe, survived polio and built your grandmother’s house with his bare hands, and ‘til his last breath, he probably preferred his trusty safety razor over anything Gillette has ever done.
This kit from Gentleman Jon features everything—literally everything—he’ll need to start shaving the way nature intended. It comes with a beautiful stainless safety razor, badger hair brush (badger hair is important!), a canvas and leather dopp kit, a shave stand, a stainless steel shave bowl, soap and five Astra high-grade aluminum replacement blades.
On the list of cookbooks every good man should own, Alton Brown’s EveryDayCook is definitely in our top three.
This New York Times Bestseller includes 101 recipes, photos, tips, tricks and ingredients, written down by one of the world’s foremost food educators and literal tastemakers. Brown’s recipes run the gamut—martinis, greek yogurt dip, fried chicken, meatloaf, pancakes, ultimate chocolate cookies and just about everything else you can think of. It’s more of a field guide than a cookbook, and whether he’s a seasoned sous chef or a college freshman, he’ll find it indispensable.
Speaking of indispensable, of all the things he should have in his kitchen but probably doesn’t, a cast iron skillet is most likely at the top of that list.
Lodge is the cast iron skillet brand, and their products are second to none. Their classic 12-inch Cast Iron Skillet is perfect for everything from breakfast scrambles on the go, to skillet-seared steaks, perfect pan pizzas, mouthwatering roasts and seriously so, so much more.
A perfectly seasoned skillet is the kind of cookware that gets passed down from generation to generation, and it can be used to cook damn near anything. If you’re going to go this route, we’d also recommend picking up one of Lodge’s tempered glass lids. It’s not a necessity, but if you’re looking to really knock this gift out of the park, that’s how it’s done.
Best Made is one of our favorite brands, and their line of handmade jackets are built to withstand anything that comes their way while keeping those wearing them looking handsome and content.
Their Blanket-Lined Ranch Jacket is one of their classic best sellers, and features high-quality Faribault wool blanket lining, Thinsulate body fill, moleskin and mélange brushed polyester lined pockets and a heavy Duck Canvas shell. If the name of his game is warm, simple and rugged, this will be a home run.
A good weekend bag is an absolute essential, and the Novel Duffel from Herschel Supply Co. is one of the most popular and affordable options out there.
It comes in a multitude of color combinations to fit every man’s personal style preferences, and features top handles with wrap-around bands, a removable padded webbing shoulder strap, two-way waterproof zippers and their signature shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag. It’s the perfect example of what happens when form melds perfectly with function, and he’ll love it.
Shopping for a men’s wristwatch is tricky because they’re usually very, very personal purchases. Then again, if you’re really looking to up the ante and impress him this holiday season, a good watch is definitely one way to do it.
We love the Shinola Runwell series because, put simply, they’re just impeccably well made timepieces. They come in a multitude of different shapes, sizes, and colors for every man, and all of Shinola’s watches are made right here in the U.S.A. The price tag might sound like a lot (and if it is, there are plenty of alternatives out there!), but you’re not just paying for a timepiece; you’re paying for quality, beautiful American-made engineering and design that’ll last a lifetime.
We know there are only a couple of days left to pull this gift-giving thing off. But 1-day shipping and Amazon Prime are beautiful things. Also, at this point in the game don't be shy about doing the old-fashioned thing and hitting the department stores.
Whatever you do, keep your composure. You've got this.