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It can be tricky to find the perfect gift for your boyfriend, especially if you haven’t been dating for very long. Ideally, you’ll want to get him something that caters to his interests and will be useful to him, but it’s also nice if the gift is something the two of you can use together, helping to strengthen your relationship.
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We’ve tested hundreds of products over the course of the year, and using our expert insights, we’ve assembled this list of awesome gift ideas for that special guy in your life. No matter what your boyfriend is into—gaming, cooking, exercise, fishing, or something else entirely—we’ve got the 411 on top-rated products he’s sure to love.
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1. For the at-home beer maker: Home Brew Journal
There comes a time in every beer lover's life when they decide to try their hand at brewing, and if your boyfriend has fallen in love with the hoppy art form, this Home Brew Journal is the perfect gift. (If he’s just getting started, you can alternatively get him one of our favorite home-brew beer kits.) The journal has a carefully structured template where your boyfriend can record all his brew notes, allowing him to easily recreate your favorite recipes down the road.
2. For the boyfriend who needs pampering: Parachute Classic Robe
Picture this: Your boyfriend gets out of the shower on a chilly day, wraps up in his new Parachute Classic Robe, then comes and plants a kiss on your forehead to thank you for such a thoughtful gift. We tested the Classic Robe, which has a near cult-following, this year and can confirm it would make a great present. The unisex robe is plush, soft, and warm, and it’s perfect for anyone who likes walking around in a towel for an extended period of time after the shower, or those who love lounging around in comfort when they get up in the morning.
3. For the manscaping enthusiast: Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0
There’s no better way for men to trim up their, ahem, downstairs area than with the Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0. This specialty razor got its start on Shark Tank, and we’ve actually tested it and can confirm it’s a genuinely useful tool for trimming all manner of body hair. The Lawn Mower 3.0 is cordless and waterproof, and it even has a built-in LED light to help your man navigate more sensitive areas of his physique.
4. For the boyfriend who loves comfort: Saxx Underwear
If your boyfriend is used to buying multi-packs of underwear, Saxx makes the case for shelling out more cash for single pieces. It's clear the company prioritizes comfort, which helps ease the hefty $25 starting price. Don't let that scare you, though: the Saxx boxer briefs are some of the most comfortable undergarments we've ever tested.
5. For the eco-conscious: Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle
Is your boyfriend big on recycling and reducing his carbon footprint? If so, you can’t go wrong getting him our favorite reusable water bottle, the Brita Premium. This water bottle offers a generous 20-ounce capacity and a wide-mouth opening for easy filling, and it has a built-in filter that will help remove impurities from the water as he drinks. Plus, this reusable bottle comes in a variety of colors to suit your boyfriend’s tastes.
6. For the board-game lover: Catan
No board game collection is complete with Catan, a cult-favorite game boasting more than 10k reviews and a near-perfect rating on Amazon. To play the game, you need three or four people, and the goal is to collect resources and build a flourishing settlement on the “island,” which has a different layout every time you play. Seriously, once your boyfriend experiences Catan for the first time, he’s going to want to host board game nights all the time.
7. For the runner: Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
Whether your boyfriend has multiple marathons under his belt or is just a casual runner, he’s sure to appreciate the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music Running Smartwatch. The watch is comfortable and easy to use, and it tracks important metrics like distance, time, and pace—it even includes free race training plans.
Plus, your beau will be able to download playlists from Spotify and Apple Music onto the watch, saving him from having to carry his phone while running. With all these features, it’s no wonder this model took home our award for the best running watch.
8. For the one with street style: A pair of New Balance sneakers
Did you know that New Balance sneakers aren't just for dads who like to grill? The athleisure brand has experienced a style renaissance over the past few years, particularly with its footwear, which has emerged as a favorite for sneakerheads everywhere. While there's plenty of high fashion styles such as New Balance's Aime Leon Dore collab, you can't go wrong with gifting him a classic pair of New Balance 574s.
9. For the meat lover: Crowd Cow subscription
Enthusiastic carnivores will love Crowd Cow, our favorite meal delivery service. We found their various cuts to be deliciously juicy and super high-quality, plus, we loved the brand's mission to work exclusively with farms that raise their livestock in a sustainable and ethical manner, without added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics.
10. For the avid gamer: SteelSeries Apex Pro Gaming Keyword
A high-end gaming keyboard will help to elevate your boyfriend’s video game skills, and we recommend the SteelSeries Apex Pro as the best gaming keyboard you can buy. This sleek keyboard can be adjusted to his preferred sensitivity level, and it has fully configurable RGB lighting, as well. There’s even a small OLED screen on the keyboard where he can display his gamer tag—cool, right?
11. For the commuter: Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones
If your boyfriend takes the bus, train, or subway to work, he’d probably welcome a set of active noise-canceling headphones. We’ve tested many of the most popular active noise-canceling headphones over the years, and the Sony WH-1000XM4 is our reigning favorite. While they’re on the expensive side, the active noise cancellation is strong enough to take the edge off a noisy commute—without blocking out announcements made over the PA system.
12. For the boyfriend on-the-go: HP Spectre x360 14t
If your boyfriend is as likely to get his work done from a coffee shop or the couch as he is on his work desk, the HP Spectre x360 can follow him along on all his journeys. With a super-fast processor, excellent battery life, and attractive design, this is one of our favorite premium laptops on the market. Its 3:2 display makes it easier to read web pages than a typical 16:9 laptop, and its nine-hour battery life is plenty to get through a day's worth of use.
13. For the one who cherishes his after-work drink: Libbey Mixologist 7-Piece Cocktail Set
If your boyfriend looks forward to a glass of his favorite drink after a long day of work, a bartender's kit may be just what he needs to take his drinks to the next level. This seven-piece set includes a cocktail shaker base, a mixing glass, a shot glass, metal tongs, a metal strainer, and a wooden muddler. That'll be everything he needs to start experimenting with his own drinks and maybe find a new house favorite.
14. For the murder-mystery fan: Hunt A Killer
You can spice up monthly date nights with the help of Hunt A Killer, an interactive murder mystery subscription box. We tested out Hunt A Killer ourselves, and we quickly became obsessed with solving the (fictional) cold case murder. Each month, you’ll get a collection of evidence to sort through, as well as an objective, and as the “season” progresses, you’ll be able to put together the clues, unraveling what happened and bringing a killer to justice. It’s a great couple’s activity and sure to be a hit if your boyfriend is a fan of True Crime.
15. For the grillmaster: ThermoWorks ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer
If your boyfriend can regularly be found cooking over a hot grill, he’ll definitely appreciate the ChefAlarm Cooking Thermometer, which is the best probe thermometer we’ve tested. Not only is this thermometer incredibly accurate and able to be calibrated, but you can also use it as a timer and it can withstand temperatures up to 700°F, making it perfect for any grilling enthusiast. Plus, you’ll get to reap the benefits of this gift, as well, enjoying perfectly cooked steaks and burgers. Win-win!
16. For the fisherman: YETI Tundra 45 Cooler
YETI coolers are one of the most highly coveted products for outdoorsmen, and your boyfriend will be over the moon if you gift him the YETI Tundra 45 Cooler. It can fit up to 28 cans in its 33-liter interior, and it boasts an impressive 3 inches of insulation to keep its contents cool for days. The durable cooler is even certified as bear-resistant when used with padlocks on its corners, so it can truly stand up to anything your boyfriend will throw at it.
17. For the boyfriend who loves to learn: MasterClass
If your boyfriend is always buying “how-to” books or watching skill-building videos on YouTube, he’ll love getting a membership to MasterClass. The e-learning platform offers an impressive roster of courses on every subject imaginable—from photography to cooking to singing—and they’re all taught by big-name celebrities in the field. We tried out MasterClass for ourselves, and we found the courses to be extremely motivational with many useful lessons.
18. For the minimalist: Always Pan
The Always Pan is the perfect gift for anyone who can’t stand clutter in the kitchen. This unique pan is designed to replace eight common pieces of cookware, including a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, spoon rest, and more. We tested the Always Pan to see if it’s worth the hype, and we were truly impressed with its versatility and cooking performance. Not to mention, every piece of this pan (including the accessories) is stackable, so it will barely take up any space in his kitchen.
19. For the boyfriend who works long hours: Ivation Foot Spa Massager
After a long day at work, there’s nothing that feels better than soaking your achy feet, and you can treat your beau to this simple pleasure with the Ivation Foot Spa. This model is one of the best foot spas we’ve ever used thanks to its superior heat control, deep basin, and massage rollers, and it will save you from having to rub your boyfriend’s feet yourself. Win-win!
20. For the cold brew lover: Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
For the boyfriend who stops at Starbucks every day for a cold brew, the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker is an unbeatable gift—not only will it help him make delicious coffee at home, but he might even save some money! The Takeya beat out the competition in our testing thanks to its user-friendly design and flavorful brew, and the coffee maker fits perfectly in the fridge, allowing your boyfriend to keep freshly made cold brew on hand for days at a time.
21. For the one always running low on battery: Mophie Powerstation PD
If his go-to excuse for texting you back hours later is "my phone was low on battery" a portable battery pack is the perfect gift. Our favorite battery pack is the Mophie Powerstation PD, which is powerful enough to juice up two phones at once.
22. For the city dweller: Urban Map Glass
The Urban Map Glass would be the perfect addition to any city dweller’s bar cart. These 11-ounce glasses are covered with a realistic depiction of a specific city’s grid, and they’re available for most major U.S. cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago, and dozens more. These affordable glasses get top marks from thousands of reviewers, and they’d make a great gift for the boyfriend who loves his metropolitan home.
23. For the aspiring photographer: Nikon D3500
Is your boyfriend always snapping artsy pictures with his phone? Then it might be time to upgrade him to our favorite beginner camera, the Nikon D3500. This affordable DSLR is incredibly user-friendly and compact enough to take anywhere, yet it still delivers crisp, high-definition images, as well as smooth video clips. It’s ideal for anyone who’s looking to take their photography skills to the next level.
24. For the anxious boyfriend: Gravity Blanket
A weighted blanket is a great tool for decompressing after a hard day, and the cult-favorite Gravity Blanket is the best weighted blanket we’ve ever tested. It comes in three color options and four different weights, and the plush exterior is super cozy and welcoming to curl up under when you’re feeling stressed. Who knows, maybe your boyfriend will even share it with you!
25. For the boyfriend who works on cars: DeWalt Mechanics Tool Set
Does your boyfriend spend hours tinkering with his car on the weekend? If so, no mechanic’s workshop is complete without a comprehensive tool set like this one from DeWalt. The kit comes with 108 pieces, including both ⅜- and ¼-inch ratchets and sockets, nut driver and bits, and hex keys. The heavy-duty tools have a polished chrome finish, and they come in a convenient storage case to help your boyfriend stay organized as he works.
26. For subscription-box lovers: Bespoke Post
Who doesn’t love getting a package in the mail every month? Bespoke Post is one of our favorite subscription boxes for men, as it offers several different themed boxes every month. Your boyfriend will be able to choose from boxes revolving around travel, cooking, grooming, mixology, and more, and during our testing, we were impressed with the high-quality products that came in each Bespoke Post delivery.
27. For the coffee addict: Angels' Cup Coffee Subscription
If coffee is an essential part of your boyfriend’s daily routine, he’ll definitely appreciate a subscription to Angels' Cup, which is one of the best coffee subscription services we’ve tested. Angels' Cup will let him take blind taste tests to determine the coffee best suited to his needs. Plus, he can speak to master roasters on the company's app. The prices are surprisingly affordable, starting as low as $15.75 per month for one 12-ounce bag.
28. For the bookworm: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
If your boyfriend never leaves the house without his latest book in tow, it’s time to upgrade him to an e-reader. We particularly like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, which stood out in our testing thanks to its sleek, lightweight design, 8GB storage capacity, and matte screen, which makes reading easy, even in the sun. Plus, this version of the Kindle is waterproof—ideal for days by the pool or at the beach—and your boyfriend can also use it to download Audible audio content to listen to via Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
29. For the tailgater: Weber Q 1200
If football season is your boyfriend’s favorite time of the year, chances are he partakes in the age-old tradition of pre-game tailgating. One of the best portable grills we’ve ever used is the Weber Q 1200, a propane-powered model, and it’s a great gift for the boyfriend who always wants to grill before the big game. The beauty of this Weber grill is that it’s incredibly portable, so no matter whether he’s watching the game at home or at the stadium, he’ll be able to use it to cook up his favorite gameday foods.
30. For the boyfriend who loves his car: ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum
As someone who’s currently dating a “car guy,” I know firsthand just how particular they can be about their precious vehicles. The ThisWorx Portable Car Vacuum is designed specifically for cars, as it features a 16-foot power cord that plugs into a 12V lighter port, saving your boyfriend the hassle of dragging out an extension cord. This car vacuum comes with three nozzles, as well as a variety of other tools that will help your boyfriend keep every nook and cranny of his ride spotless.
31. For the world traveler: Osprey Ozone Duplex 65
If you and your boyfriend travel a lot, he could definitely use the Osprey Ozone Duplex 65, our favorite travel backpack for men. While a bit pricey, this backpack is worth the splurge for serious travelers, as it offers the perfect combination of durability, comfort, and intelligent design. We loved its detachable daypack and lockable zippers, and its thoughtful design makes it comfortable to wear, even for long treks.
32. For the bearded boyfriend: Viking Revolution Beard Care Kit
Whether your boyfriend is growing a beard for the first time or has sported facial hair for as long as you can remember, he’ll be able to keep his beard under control with the Viking Revolution Beard Care Kit. This top-rated kit includes a wooden boar's hairbrush, a double-sided picket comb, unscented beard oil, citrus beard-styling balm, and a pair of beard scissors, all of which come in a convenient metal tin.
33. For the boyfriend who likes to binge-watch: Roku Ultra
If your date nights regularly consist of binge-watching Ozark or Schitt’s Creek, you can’t go wrong gifting your boyfriend the Roku Ultra, which is the best streaming device we’ve tested. This easy-to-use device supports 4K/HDR content and Dolby Atmos sound, and it offers an impressive selection of streaming services, including Apple's own TV app. Plus, the Roku remote offers voice control and even has dedicated buttons for four major streaming services for quick access.
34. For the golfer: Daphne's Tiger Golf Headcover
If this tiger-shaped golf club cover looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen Tiger Woods using it when your boyfriend is watching golf on TV. Yup, it’s the exact same one that the golf legend owns, which is why we’re sure it would make a great gift for any golf-loving boyfriend. The cover fits on drivers up to 460cc, and the company offers a lifetime guarantee on the tiger-shaped accessory.
35. For the Marvel fan: Disney+
Does your boyfriend insist on attending midnight premieres for every new Marvel movie that comes out? Then get that man a Disney+ subscription! This new streaming service features all the Marvel movies, from Black Panther to Avengers: Endgame, so he’ll be able to rewatch his favorite flicks any time he wants. Plus, it also has hit original shows like The Mandalorian, making it a worthwhile addition to any streaming lineup.
36. For the boyfriend who likes to cuddle: The Big Blanket
If your boyfriend loves to cuddle up on the couch with you, the Big Blanket is a must-have for his house. We’re obsessed with this super-cozy oversized throw blanket, which comes in a variety of styles, including stretchy, plush, and woven options in numerous colors. Because it’s so big—10 by 10 feet, to be exact—the Big Blanket is perfect for snuggling on movie night, using on the bed, or even building epic forts. In fact, we’re betting you’ll want one for yourself after you experience its greatness.
37. For the fitness enthusiast: Hyperice Hypervolt
Massage guns are the latest craze in the fitness world, and if your beau regularly foam rolls after rough gym sessions, he’ll appreciate the Hyperice Hypervolt more than you know. This massage gun offers three-speed settings and includes five attachments for different parts of the body, and during testing, we loved its quiet operation and long battery life, which made it stand out from other popular options.
38. For the baseball fan: Baseball Stadium Blueprints
Die-hard baseball fans often know every inch of their team’s stadium by heart, which is what makes the Baseball Stadium Blueprint the perfect gift for your baseball-obsessed boyfriend. These detailed stadium maps, which are available for dozens of major parks, include both design specs and highlights of major events, and they’re printed on museum-grade archival paper and mounted in a wooden frame.
39. For the boyfriend who’s always on the go: Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
One of the best presents I ever gave my boyfriend was a sturdy to-go mug—he uses it multiple times a week to bring his coffee to work or on early-morning golf outings, and he always tells me how much he loves it. If you want to follow suit, our top-recommended travel mug is this model from Zojirushi, which has a sleek, easy-to-carry design and is nearly unbeatable when it comes to temperature retention.
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