70 Cool Gifts for Men (Stuff Any Guy Will Appreciate)

By Andrew Peloquin  |  November 29, 2023

70 Cool Gifts for Men (Stuff Any Guy Will Appreciate)

Gifts for men are 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.

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.

We've also built many helpful "best of" guides that introduce you to additional ideas. Browse our Gear Buying Guides and Menswear Buying Guides.

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Smithey Makes Excellent Cast Iron Skillets – and this Bottle Opener

Smithey Cast Iron Bottle Opener


Toss this bad boy into your tacklebox, backpack cooler, or camping containers, and you’ll always have an easy, quick way to crack open a cold beer at the end of a long day.

The bottle opener is built from cast iron (the same as your favorite skillet), so you know it’ll be tough enough to withstand the sort of rough handling it’ll see around the campsite, out on the boat, or around your backyard BBQs.

It’s even built to look like Smithey’s cookware, down to the shape of the handle and the iconic three-hole handle helper. Now that’s a blend of form and function that makes it a truly great choice if you need another cool bottle opener in your life.

18,000 Lumens of Bright Light Emanate from NEBO’s Latest Davinci Torch

NEBO Davinci Flashlight


There will never again be a night too dark to see with this insanely bright flashlight in hand. The Davinci 18000 from NEBO is capable of generating a whopping 18,000 lumens, enough to illuminate your campsite, warehouse, or cluttered garage with ease.

With five light settings (strobe, low, medium, high, and TURBO) and up to 2x zoom, you can adjust the output and beam distance to ensure you’ve always got the best light for your specific surroundings.

The shell is built from aircraft-grade aluminum, and is insanely tough, with a IP67 waterproof rating that’ll make it the perfect flashlight to have on your fishing boat, kayak, or in the heaviest downpour.

Add to that a 5,000 mAh battery with USB-C recharging, a power indicator and charging indicator light, and both Smart Power Control and Smart Temperature Control, and you can see why it’s such a highly recommended workhorse flashlight.

The James Brand Makes Beautiful Knives and the Little Abbey Fixed-blade is a Prime Example

The James Brand Little Abbey Knife


Attach the Rheem HotWave Sprayer to your Garden Hose for Unlimited Warm Water

Rheem HotWave Sprayer


The James Brand Cambro Tray Set Gives Your Daily Gear Kit Somewhere to Rest

The James Brand Cambro Tray Set


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1900s

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

BLACK+DECKER’s Snake Light has a Flexible Gooseneck for Optimal Positioning

BLACK+DECKER’s Snake Light


WESN Snazzed Up Their Best Selling Microblade with the Help of Glidr

WESN Microblade


WESN is a brand well-known around the world for its high-quality knives, but they’re adding a pop of color and style thanks to their collaboration with Glidr. Now, you’ve got an EDC tool that not only delivers quality, but adds a touch of design to your daily loadout.

The 1.5” knife blade is made from premium D2 steel, and is thick enough that it can be used for cutting small bits of wood, shaving kindling, or carving drywall. The handle comes in four bright, eye-catching colorways, all limited edition, and made using aluminum and titanium that can handle even wet or muddy work environments.

The thumb flipper makes it easy to deploy the blade one-handed, and the lanyard hole set into the handle allows you to secure it to your pack, vest, or work belt.

Thermacell’s EL55 Lantern Provides a Comfy Warm Glow while Destroying Mosquitos

Thermacell Lighted Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller


Prepare for the inevitable mosquito season. This handy little Thermacell rechargeable-battery-powered repeller is just the thing you need, to not only keep the bugs away, but add a pop of lighting to your backyard or campground.

The Thermacell EL55 creates a 20-foot “mosquito-free zone” using butane-powered repellant, working in just 15 minutes and providing up to 9 hours of protection from bugs.

Unlike competitors, the EL55 runs the light off the same lithium ion battery pack (rather than using AA batteries) to deliver a longer-lasting light source (up to 5.5 hours).

It’s a true two-in-one appliance that you will be very happy for this summer when the “skeeters” are out and you want to enjoy a relaxing evening on your deck or sitting around a campfire.

Arcade Introduces A2, a Next Generation Belt that Features an All-new Buckle Design

Arcade A2 Belt


The SKOTTI Gas Grill Packs Down Completely Flat

SKOTTI Collapsible Gas Grill


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1910s

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.

The Tokyo Work Bag from Bellroy is a Minimalist, Professional Commuter

The Tokyo Work Bag from Bellroy


Bellroy brings a truly convenient and durable design to your daily commute with the Tokyo Work Bag – a briefcase style daily hauler. You’ve got all the carrying options you could ask for, thanks to the padded shoulder strap, rolled-edge webbing handles, and luggage pass-through, and it’s sized just right to fit a 16-inch laptop and all your daily essentials.

Thanks to the ultra-wide zip opening, you have easy access to everything you’ve got stored in the spacious main compartment. Organizing everything is an absolute breeze thanks to the internal slip pockets, divided front pocket, hidden rear document pocket, and mesh sunglasses pocket. You can even carry your water bottle around with you in the side pocket, sized large enough for most “standard” 1L bottles. The bag is backed by a 3-year warranty.

The All-weather Card Pocket from Bellroy Combines a Wallet with an EDC Pouch

All-weather Card Pocket from Bellroy


Thrudark’s Mountain Socks use Cordura for Durability and Merino Wool for Warmth

Thrudark Cordura Mountain Socks


Weber’s Lumin Electric Grill is a Perfect Solution when Open Flames Aren’t Allowed

Weber Lumin Electric Grill


Grill up your food with the great taste of a wood-fired grill, but with the convenience of electric power. The Weber Lumin is an electric grill designed specifically for grillmasters who need that hit of smoke, complete with a smokebox where you can fire wood chips and infuse your food with all the complexity of flavor it brings.

Capable of reaching 600 F, it’s hot enough to get that perfect sear on your steaks every time, but offers precise temperature controls so your meat is always cooked to perfection.

It’s also got other settings and add-ons that lets you not only steam and boil your food, but also keep it warm so people can come back for seconds and thirds. Though it’s designed for tabletop use, you can purchase a stand to use on its own. It’s insanely versatile and a truly excellent addition to your balcony or urban porch grilling setup.

Gerber Slims Down Their Popular Lockdown Pry Multi-tool

Gerber Lockdown Pry Multi-tool


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1920s

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

Makita’s Outdoor Adventure Lantern Doubles as a Bluetooth Audio Device

Makita Outdoor Adventure Lantern


Makita is one of the best-known and most-loved manufacturers of power tools, renowned for their high quality, durability, and affordability. Now, with their “Outdoor Adventure” line of cordless products, you can take Makita with you to any job site and camp site.

Their latest offering, the Outdoor Adventure 18V LXT Bluetooth Radio and L.E.D. Lantern, is a working and camping man’s best friend. With it, you’ve got access to FM radio stations (thanks to the antenna built into the lantern guard) as well as a Bluetooth connection to your mobile devices so you can play your music or podcast while working, hiking, or camping.

The LED lantern has four lighting modes (flashlight, 360-degree lantern, three-side lantern, and strobe flashlight), two brightness settings (310 and 130 lumens), and three color modes (warm, neutral white, and daylight white), so you can customize your illumination however you want it. Once you slide in the Makita 18V LXT 5.0Ah battery (sold separately), you’ve got up to 44 hours of music playback and 16 hours of illumination.

JOURNEY’S Rapid TRIO Wirelessly Charges your Apple Devices and Saves Space

Journey Rapid TRIO 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station


Nomad’s Horween Leather Card Wallet is for the Minimalists

Nomad Horween Leather Card Wallet


Ring’s Car Cam Offers Dual-facing Camera Surveillance for Your Vehicle

Ring Car Cam


The Ring Car Cam was launched in 2020, but didn’t really make much of a splash (perhaps because most of us were staying indoors and working from home at the time). Now, it’s back and ready to upgrade your vehicle’s security.

The cam doesn’t feature a built-in screen, meaning it’s compact enough so as to be almost invisible from outside the car, but the dual-facing screens offer you a clear view of both the interior and exterior of your car.

All the footage is accessible via the Ring app, and you’ll also receive alerts straight to your phone if movement is detected inside or too-near your car or if your vehicle is being broken into.

The camera has its own integrated storage so the video clips will be saved straight to the device, and you can easily connect via 4G LTE network (with a Ring Protect Go subscription).

HORL is the Original Rolling Knife Sharpener

HORL Original Rolling Knife Sharpener


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1940s

Electric Shaver
Most of the shaver brands we have come to know first began mass production in the 1940s. By the end of the decade, battery-powered versions entered the market, further increasing their desirability among men. (source)

Ooni Makes Stellar Outdoor Pizza Ovens, but this Steel is for the Oven in Your Kitchen

Ooni Pizza Steel


Keep Cords & Lines Lashed with CamJam XT

Nite Ize CamJam XT Rope Tightener


Designed to simplify the task of tightening cordage, the CamJam XT is the ultimate tool for getting lines tight.

Combining a carabiner with a locking cam mechanism, it makes securing, tensioning, and lashing down loads easier. Clip the carabiner to a fixed anchor point, then use the cam mechanism to safely connect, tension, and easily release your cord.

This Minimal Leather Wallet Snaps to Your MagSafe-compatible iPhone

Mujjo Full Leather MagSafe Wallet for iPhone


Say goodbye to clunky wallets; instead, keep it simple, minimalist and stylish with this magnetic wallet that sticks to the phone you already carry.

Integrated into the wallet are magnets that snap onto any MagSafe-compatible iPhone (12, 13, and 14), as well as any MagSafe/MagBak case. It’ll stay securely magnetized to your phone/phone case for easy, safe carrying anywhere you go.

The wallet is made using vegetable-tanned Ecco leather (rated “Gold” for environmental standards) and lined with Japanese microfiber that will prevent friction from wearing down your cards and IDs.

Capable of holding up to 3 cards (plus a bill or two), you’ll find it’s the easiest, safest way to carry all your most important cards/IDs while trimming down your EDC loadout.

VSSL Combines a Stainless Insulated Flask with a Bluetooth Speaker

VSSL Insulated Flask with Bluetooth Speaker


This Sleek Tool Set from Hoto is Designed to be Stored in Small Spaces

HOTO Home Tool Set


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1950s

Grooming Products
The decade following WWII brought about changing attitudes towards masculinity. Popular gifts lending to the perception of being "manly" would include smoking products, man-specific grooming products and iconic male clothing such as the necktie and leisure jacket.

Grilling Can Get Messy. Protect Your Clothing with this Waxed Apron

Flint and Tinder Waxed Apron


MAGWARE Magnetic Camping Utensils Stick Together for Portability

MAGWARE Magnetic Camping Utensils


Don’t Call it a Candle, it’s a Portable Campfire

Portable Campfire


The Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill Can Also Smoke and Air Fry

Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill


The Waxed Canvas Neelum Dopp Kit Wants to Head Outdoors

Waxed Canvas Neelum Dopp Kit


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1960s

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

The Palmer is a Classic Utility Knife with a Killer Design

The Palmer Utility Knife


Here’s a beautifully designed and ultra-portable box cutter. The Palmer is designed to fit comfortably into even small pockets, or you can attach it to your key ring or a lanyard for more convenient carry.

It nestles in the palm of your hand for easier wielding and allows you to extend/retract the blade quickly using just your thumb. The anodized aluminum handle is insanely tough, capable of shrugging off water damage and scuffs.

When the time comes to swap out the blade, you’ll find it’s a no-hassle, tool-free job that takes just a few seconds thanks to the Palmer’s patent-pending mechanism. Best of all, you can swap out the blade for the standard utility blades you can find in any hardware store, so you can travel with the Palmer in your pocket (sans blade) and replace the blade at your destination. Now that’s everyday carry convenience and comfort you can love.

The Torch Flask Doesn’t Need a Funnel to Fill with Liquor

The Torch Flask


Evergreen 57 is a Waterproof Dry Box Protective Case for the Important Things

Evergreen 57 Waterproof Dry Box


GIVE’R Four Season Glove Can Handle Both Hot & Cold Situations

GIVE’R Four Season Glove


OluKai’s Mua ‘Ili are Outdoor Slippers with Sneaker-like Support

OluKai's Mua 'Ili Outdoor Slippers


What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1970s

Digital Watch
The Casio company pioneered the production of digital quartz watches with the introduction of the Casiotron in 1974. They were considered highly futuristic at the time as they allowed the user to have a tiny computer screen on their wrist with added functionality beyond simple time-telling.

Organize Your EDC with the VIPERADE VE6 Utility Pouch

VIPERADE VE6 Utility Pouch


Whether you’re on the job site or on vacation, you’ll be glad you had this pocket organizer on you. Wear it around your neck (courtesy of the lanyard), clip it to your belt, or keep it in your backpack—however you wear it, it’ll ensure you’ve got everything well-organized and within easy reach.

The pouch features 3 slot pockets for various tools: knives, pens, screwdrivers, bottle openers, or anything else you need to carry. There’s also an extra-large pocket sized just right for your passport, travel documents, or your work notebook. Built from tough 500-denier polyester, it’s both wear- and scratch-resistant, and reinforced with nylon stitching and an abrasion-resistant fleece lining that will keep both the pouch and your EDC gear protected.

The WESN Forsta Minimalist Leather Wallet

WESN Forsta Minimalist Leather Wallet


The HOTO Tire Inflator is Battery Powered and Quite Handy

HOTO Tire Inflator


Acebeam’s X75 is an 80k Lumen Beast of a Flashlight

Acebeam X75 Flashlight


The Lightweight and Durable Shinola 10,000 Mile Duffle is Made with Dyneema

Shinola 10,000 Mile Duffle


Get ready for an ultra-tough, long-lasting duffle bag that’s designed to travel with you anywhere and everywhere. The 10,000 Mile Duffle is built from Dyneema, a composite fabric that claims to be “15x stronger than steel at the molecular level”.

It’s a beautifully lightweight bag with a natural water-resistance that makes it perfect for camping, hiking, and trekking, and features details (like the bolt-patterned exterior webbing and leather-padded handles) that keep it firmly in the “adventure-ready gear” category. Organization is a breeze thanks to its large main compartment, two interior slide pockets, and the spacious exterior zip pocket.

What was popular?
Gift for Men in the 1980s

CD Player
Although expensive at first, CD players became hugely popular throughout the 80s. Starting with the Sony CDP-101 for your home stereo in 1982, then later followed by portable players and in-dash players for your car.

Ryker Bag Tool Organizers Roll Up for Carry Convenience

Ryker Bag Tool Organizer


Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0 Now has a Removable Base Plate and Ash Pan

Solo Stove Fire Pit 2.0


Solo Stove’s Fire Pit is a true masterpiece of design, making it insanely easy to start a campfire and reducing smoke output to a spectacular degree. But there was always one major quibble: the only way to empty the ashes was to turn over the fire pit (which had no handles to facilitate the task) and dump them out.

Enter the Fire Pit 2.0. and the solution to that particular problem. Now, the base is removable, allowing you to disconnect the base plate and take out the ash pan for quick, easy emptying. This addition does nothing to compromise the 360° Signature Airflow Technology that sucks air in through the base to keep the fire blazing merrily and reduce smoke. It just makes the Fire Pit a more convenient, user-friendly addition to your camping gear.

The Cooler Caddy from Bellroy is Sized for your Sixer

Bellroy Cooler Caddy


AOHI Magcube 40W Foldable Charger Optimizes Charging for Two Devices

AOHI Magcube 40W Foldable Charger for Two Devices


YETI Adds Wheels to their Roadie 48 and 60 Hardshell Coolers

YETI Wheeled Roadie 48 and 60 Hardshell Coolers


Carter Upgrades their Move Mug with a Clever Sliding Lid

Carter Move Mug + Slide-Lock Lid


The WUBEN G2 is a Bright Little EDC Keychain Light

WUBEN G2 EDC Keychain Light


The Maker’s Mark Spice Blend Flight Variety Pack

Maker’s Mark Spice Blend Flight Variety Pack


The Venture Billfold from Trayvax is a Low Profile Bi-fold with an Aluminum Frame

Venture Billfold from Trayvax


Be Ready for Any Outdoors Situation with the MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit

MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit


The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots

The Best Grilling Cookbook Ever Written By Two Idiots


Ember’s Heated Espresso Cup is Compact Coffee-Warming Magic

Ember Heated Cappuccino Mug


Gerber Savvy is an EDC Superstar

Gerber Savvy


überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Makes Fire-Starting a Snap

überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Fire Starter


Ditch the Bristles: KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper

KUNIFU BBQ Grill Scraper


This Hydro Flask Keeps Tallboy Cans Chilled

This Hydro Flask Keeps Tallboy Cans Chilled


Marshall Introduces the Willen Ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker

Marshall Willen Ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker


Slice is a Finger-Friendly Folding Cutter That Never Dulls

Slice Ceramic Folding Knife


Clean Carry: Bellroy Key Case

Bellroy Key Case


Offering sleek, bundled storage for 3-5, Bellroy’s Key Case features a unique flipper mechanism that ejects keys one-handed while keeping them secure on a detachable cord loop for a car key or fob. The exterior is smooth, eco-tanned leather finish & the hardware is stainless steel. Choose from 5 colors.

The James Brand Added Scissors to its Revamped Ellis Multi-tool

The James Brand the Ellis


The Ellis multi-tool from The James Brand features a ½ serrated Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade, a small scraper/flathead driver, and integrated scissors for impressive utility in a small, slim tool. A wire pocket clip keeps it at your fingertips.

Pop ’Em Like a Pro with The Catcher Bottle Opener from Tooletries

The Catcher Bottle Opener


Bottle-tops won’t go flying when you’re popping cold ones open with The Catcher. It’s a magnetic-bottle opener with a soft silicone-grip that allows you to stick it almost anywhere & get crackin’! A strong magnet inside catches the caps before they fall. Ideal for home, RV, boat, garage or man cave.

No Dead Car Battery: Hulkman Sigma 5 Amp Battery Charger

Hulkman Sigma 5 Amp Car Battery Charger


Being shut down by a dead battery won’t happen with Hulkman’s Sigma 5 Amp Battery Charger and Maintainer. This powerful little device offers Universal Adaptive charging to power up all 6V & 12V battery types, including 12-volt Li-Ion batteries.

It features a 3.4-inch LED display with easy-to-see icons for operation and uses AI to optimize the charge for each battery as well as diagnose, repair and maintain your battery to help avoid dead batteries in the future.

The Klymit Horizon is a Blanket for Warmth in the Wilderness

Klymit Horizon Camp Blanket


For the backpacker who’d prefer a comfy blanket to a standard sleeping bag, the lightweight Horizon Backpacking blanket from Klymit offers high-loft insulation and a 20D water-resistant exterior to keep you warm as well as dry. Measuring 58 in. x 80 in., it packs into its included compression stuff sack & weighs 1.8lbs.

Pegboard Up & Organize the Workshop

Torack Pegboard Wall Organizer


Torack’s Pegboard Wall organizer is a great way to get your garage straightened out & tidied up. Made of metal with a silver-coated finish, the 48″ X 40″ board mounts to the wall with slots to fit all standard 1/4in & 1/8in pegboard hooks, bins, and accessories. It offers a 48″-wide overhead shelf, a paper towel holder, and a 12″ utility shelf.

Your Watches Go First Class in this Recycled Leather Case

Watch Roll Travel Case


The Watch Roll Travel Case is a great example of how your watches would like to travel. Safe & protected within the soft, micro-suede walls of a rigid cylinder that holds up to 3 watches. The roll’s exterior is made of recycled leather—supple, sustainable & built to travel.

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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.
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