Hi everyone! Are you all feeling ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season? I’m working on a few gift guides for all of you with the hope that it will make your holiday shopping just a little easier and faster. I thought it would be helpful to start this gift guide series with some Christmas gift ideas for men. Because let’s be honest – men can be notoriously difficult to shop for! Would you agree? Within the guide, I’ve shared gifts that have been hits with my husband Josh, my brothers and brother in law over the last few years. Additionally, I’ve included some of my husband’s favorites that he’s bought himself this year.
Also, you’ve probably heard the same but shipping is likely going to take longer than usual this Christmas season. I recall even last Christmas delivery companies working overtime and packages getting lost or held up. With a surge in even more people taking their holiday shopping online due to the pandemic, shipping will become challenging. So don’t delay too long on purchasing gifts for your loved ones.
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Men
For the BBQ & Meat Lover
If I know one thing to be true, men love food – especially anything centered around BBQ or steaks. My husband loves throwing a get-together in our backyard with friends to smoke meats or grill. It’s been something that they’ve done more often due to the pandemic since they can remain socially distanced outside.
In addition to a couple of the meat smokers, I included a sous vide. It’s one of my husband’s favorite kitchen gadgets and it cooks steak to perfection! He now always cooks our steaks using the sous vide and then finishes them in a cast iron pan to get a good final sear. However, you’ve been warned that the sous vide has slightly ruined our love for celebrating special occasions out at a fancy steakhouse. The steaks we cook at home now are just that good! To not mention, we get an amazing steak at a fraction of the cost!
Also, since most meats need a good salting and a layer of fresh ground pepper, I included the salt and pepper grinders that I bought my husband last year after he tested them in Williams Sonoma. The grinding mechanism is incredibly smooth and you can adjust the grind size which is really nice. My husband mentions at least once per month when preparing dinner how much he loves them.
For the Whiskey Lover
Whiskey has also sky-rocketed in popularity over the last few years (just as craft beer has). If the man you’re shopping for has an interest in whiskey, a whiskey-themed gift basket would be a really fun gift! I’ve included some of my husband’s favorites that he uses to make old fashioned cocktails including bitters, honey, Luxardo cherries and an ice ball tray.
I also included some other items to add to a gift basket including whiskey glasses, bourbon dark chocolate caramels, a bourbon cocktail recipe book as well as the engravable whiskey barrel that I gifted my husband for our five year wedding anniversary (the traditional gift for 5 years is wood so it was perfect for him). Add a good bottle of whiskey (Blanton’s, Elijah Craig, Whistle Pig or Woodford Reserve are a few great choices), and you’ll have one happy man!
For the Fitness Enthusiast
If the guy you’re shopping for is into fitness, I’ve included some of the items my husband and I use the most in our small home gym. We thankfully set up our gym prior to the pandemic and it’s gotten so much use these last nine months! In fact it’s worked so well for us that neither my husband or I are likely to ever return to our local gym! I also included one of my husband’s favorite moisture-wicking tops and ultra cozy sherpa-lined hoodie. When it comes to wireless earbuds, I swear by Bose for both durability and sound quality. These ones that I’ve included are also noise cancelling which is must-have feature for me when working or flying.
For the Coffee Lover
While this one is more of a splurge or group gift, I also can’t say enough good things about our Breville espresso machine – and the almost 9K reviews definitely don’t lie! My husband actually surprised me with it a couple of years ago and I can count on one hand how many times we’ve bought coffee out since buying it. So while it does come with a price tag, it’s more than paid for itself at this point given how much we used to spend on coffee on a weekly basis. Plus it’s always fun to play barista, especially when we have guests over! 🙂
If cold-brew coffee is more of his thing, we love our cold brew coffee maker which is under $25. It couldn’t be easier to use either – you add your grounds to the infuser, add cold water to the pitcher, insert the infuser into the pitcher and let it sit overnight. Makes a nice strong cup of cold brew coffee!
For the Man in Need of a Better Skincare Routine
Last, if the men in your life could stand to upgrade their skincare routine, take a look at the wet shave set and the Kiehl’s products I included. My husband is not a product guy whatsoever. However, I introduced him to Kiehl’s facial fuel moisturizer and their razor burn relief product a couple of years ago. He’s been hooked ever since! I also included the old school wet shave set that he bought himself this year which he raves about.
Weekend Holiday Sales
Additionally, these weekend sales and promos are also worth checking out for teens and men:
- Nordstrom: Up to 50% off on items (prices as marked). Get a $15 promo card when you buy online and pick up in store. Always free shipping at Nordstrom.
- American Eagle: 40% off and free shipping.
- J.Crew: 50% off your purchase (use code FRIDAY). Free shipping with J.Crew Rewards (sign up here for free).
- J.Crew Factory: 60%-70% off of everything (prices as marked).
- Abercrombie & Fitch: 40% off the entire store. Must order by 12/4 to guarantee delivery by 12/25.
- Hollister: 40% off the entire store.
- Old Navy: 50% off everything.
- Banana Republic: 50% off everything, plus an extra 10% off when you use your GAP Inc. credit card (use code BRC10).
- Backcountry: Up to 50% off. Prices as marked.
- Eddie Bauer: 50% off your purchase (no code required). Free shipping on orders over $49.
- GAP: 50% off everything, plus an extra 10% off everything with code GAPFRIDAY.
- Macy’s: Tons of highly discounted Black Friday specials throughout the site (prices as marked). Free shipping on orders $25+.
- The North Face: 30% off select styles (prices as marked). Free standard shipping on all orders within the United States.
- Lucky Brand: 50% off everything. Free shipping on all orders over $75.
I hope you found these Christmas gift ideas for men helpful! Please also feel free to forward this gift guide on to anyone else who could use a hand with shopping ideas.
In case you missed it and are looking for some gift ideas for women, check out my women’s gift guide. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for my stocking stuffer gift guide to be published shortly which will have a good mix of practical and fun ideas. As always, if you’re on the hunt for a specific type of item this holiday season let me know and I’d be happy to help with options!
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