Best Gifts for Men – The Ultimate Idea Guide for 2022

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated May 2, 2022

Gifts for men are ultra-important—but, sadly, often under-given.

Guys are expected to lavish everyone (girlfriends, wives, partners, kids, parents, in-laws, etc.) with gifts, but how often do they get gifts in return? On their birthday, sure, and Christmas, maybe even on Father’s Day.

But let’s be honest: we could all use more gifts to brighten a hard day or just make sure we know how much those special people in our lives love and care for us.

That’s exactly what we set out to do here!

Our goal at WERD is to be your go-to source for finding the best gift ideas for any man you know. As the definitive resource for the latest and greatest when it comes to guy-focused gear and gadgets, we’re in a unique position to help you get your hands on exactly the right thing to give that special man in your life.

Whether they’re your husband, boyfriend, father, father-in-law, dinner party host, graduating student, or even just a coworker you like, we’ve got gift ideas that will bring a smile to their face and lift their spirits.

With this guide you will:

  • Find your guy the perfect gift for any occasion
  • Read expert reviews on products guaranteed to put a smile on his face
  • Learn insights about the gadgets and gear he loves (so you can talk with him about them, even if you’re not an expert like him)
  • Steer clear of the usual "boring” gifts and truly blow him away

Ready to find the perfect gift for him?

Let’s dive right into the gift guides and find exactly what you need!

Our gift guide is broken up into various sections, based on your relationship with the guy you’re buying for. (You wouldn’t get your father and husband the same gift, or your coworker and the father of a newborn baby.) We’re here to help you find the right gift for every unique and specific situation.

Select the type of guy you are buying for:

Why should you listen to us?

Since 2009, we’ve curated an extensive list of guy stuff. We pore over countless press releases, check out ideas and pitches sent to our email, study the latest trends, follow launches of revolutionary and innovative new ideas in every industry, and spend every waking moment striving to be at the bleeding edge of what’s new.

Everything we focus on is geared to men.

What would be a good gift for a man?

When it comes to gifts for men, there really is no "one size fits all" answer. What’s a "home run" one guy may be a total "swing and a miss" for another.

The only way to figure out what kind of gifts to give a guy is to figure out what kind of guy he is.

Is he:

  • A techie?
  • A geek/nerd?
  • A gamer?
  • An outdoorsman?
  • An artist?
  • A musician?
  • A die hard sports fan?
  • A sportsman/athlete?
  • A woodworker, mechanic, tinkerer?

Figure out what kind of guy he is, then start doing research into the sort of gifts he’ll love/use/want/need.

I guarantee it’ll make the entire gift-buying process exponentially less stressful for you!

What do I gift a man who wants nothing?

All guys are going to answer with that generic "I don’t need anything, but thanks for the thought" if you ask them what they want for a gift. Even if he says that, rest assured that he will absolutely still enjoy receiving something from you. You don’t want to get carried away; a modest, thoughtful gift will be more than enough.

Because it’s not the gift itself that will really matter to him, but the fact that you put time, effort, thought, and your hard-earned money into demonstrating in a physical way just how much you care about him. That’s worth a lot more than you realize.

What do I gift a man who has everything?

Even though a wealthy man can buy anything he desires, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate a surprise.

Gifts have a wonderful ability to tell him "You are special" and "I care about you" in a way that words simply can’t. Plus, the gift shows that you spent time focused on him, and that’s what truly makes the gift work, no matter what it is or how inexpensive it is.

And remember, this "man who has everything" may possess physical objects in abundance, but there are lots of experiences he hasn’t yet had. That could be one direction to focus on, giving him some new, exhilarating, interesting, or personal experience that will be worth far more than any object.

What milestones & holidays should you buy a gift for a man?

There are lots of opportunities to give the man in your life a gift. Don’t feel obligated or under pressure to give a gift on all these occasions, but here are a few events that could serve as the perfect chance to show him how much you care.

Dad Boyfriend Husband Grandpa Coworker Friend Father-in-law
Birthday X X X X X
Holidays X X X X X X X
Father's Day X X X X
Valentine's Day X X X
Graduation X X
Retirement X X X X X X
New Job X X
Promotion X X
Anniversary X X X
Graduation X
Engagement X
New Baby X X

Will guys actually like the stuff you recommend?

As we mentioned above, there’s no "one size fits all" approach to gift-giving. So the lists we curate aren’t going to work for every man on the planet.

That being said, we invest a lot of time and effort into collecting only the best gifts possible. We use our own internal metrics to identify what our audience (of mostly guys) finds the best.

By studying what products users add most often to their wishlists, we can narrow down what is compelling.

We also keep a close eye on what products are viewed the most, what product videos are being watched, and which products are clicked in our weekly emails.

There are many ways to understand what users like and by putting them all together, we can narrow products down into lists of the best.

How is this different from the hundreds of "best XX gifts for guys” articles I see when searching Google?

Do a quick search for "best gifts for men" on Google, and you’ll quickly see that most of the results are cookie-cutter articles by typically large, well-known publishers or magazines. When you browse through the lists, you’ll notice that the recommendations are quite random and typically not very interesting. Not to mention, many of the products are old, outdated, or no longer available.

Worse, many of the publishers of these lists don’t really take into account what men truly want. They’re likely just rushing an article together to take advantage of a buying situation (i.e. Father’s Day, Black Friday or Christmas).

On WERD, we do things differently. We’re all about cutting edge, up-to-date, and relevant, carefully curating lists that will give you exactly what you want with the least amount of time spent browsing long lists of unrelated “fluff”.

We hope you see the value in getting your recommendations from a team of guys (and dads) who have been solely focused for years on understanding what guys really want.

14 Gift Giving Etiquette Tips

  • Don’t ask someone what gift they would like. Instead, do the work to figure it out by talking to them, listening to them, and considering what sort of person they are.
  • Don’t just hand someone a gift card. A gift card is already fairly impersonal. If you’re going that route, always slip it in an envelope with a personal note.
  • Never show up to a person’s home for a party without a gift. It’s just good manners to have something, even a small token.
  • Always send a thank you note within a week of receiving a gift. Again, it’s just good manners.
  • Consider the presentation. It doesn’t need to be wrapped to the extreme, but even just a gift bag or a ribbon-and-bow is a nice touch.
  • Give cash gifts in an envelope with a personal note. Cash is always welcome, but so is a thoughtful message.
  • Always strive for the proper gift value. Whether gift exchange, host gift, wedding gift, or baby shower gift, there’s an accepted "price range" to stick within. Don’t use gifts to show off!
  • You aren’t obliged to reciprocate a gift, but don’t forget to show gratitude with a call or note. It’s just the classy thing to do!
  • Don’t play the hero. The gift doesn’t need to be perfect or the most expensive.
  • Give gifts to coworkers outside the office. Even if they’re your best “work buds” or “work wives/husbands”, give it to them in private.
  • Be careful with gag gifts. Know your recipient, and be mindful about the time, place, and personality.
  • If the invite says "please don’t bring a gift", respect their wishes and don’t. Just don’t.
  • Don’t give the gift too early. (Or too late, for that matter.) There’s a socially acceptable "gift-giving window" for every occasion.
  • If someone gives you a gift and you have nothing in return, don’t make a big deal out of it. Be grateful and make it a point to reciprocate their generosity in the future.

Popular Gifts for Men from the Last Century

Pocket Watch
Pocket watches were quite popular with men until World War 1 when pilots and soldiers in the trenches strapped on wristwatches.

Vest Pocket Kodak Camera
Also known as the "Soldier's camera", this compact folding camera fit nicely into a user's pocket allowing for portablility.

Always a popular gift with men of every age in the early part of the 20th century.

Canned Beer
The Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered the first cans of beer to drinkers in 1935.

High-fidelity Turntable
High-fidelity sound reproduction was a big innovation and enticed many men to add a record player to their home.

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