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A Gift for Every Type of Boyfriend

From the laid-back dude who prefers takeout, to the coffee snob, to the guy who’s always looking to discover a new hiking trail.

Assorted gifts
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Buying a gift for a boyfriend might seem easy, but depending on how long you’ve been dating, your budget, and (of course) his interests, a lot can go wrong. To help you with your search, we compiled three-dozen-plus options at a variety of price points for every kind of boyfriend out there, from the laid-back dude who prefers takeout to the coffee snob to the guy who’s always looking to discover a new hiking trail.

For the boyfriend whose beard needs a little love

Kent Boar Bristle Beard and Mustache Brush
Kent

Kent Boar Bristle Beard and Mustache Brush

Grooming experts call this U.K.-made boar bristle brush by Kent as the best beard brush out there.

For the boyfriend who’s always getting razor bumps

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser
Anthony

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser

An exfoliating cleanser, like this one that contains glycolic acid, should be his first line of defense, according to those who know.

For the boyfriend who’s serious about his olive oil

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Frescobaldi

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

James Beard Award–winning chef Jonathan Waxman recommends this oil from Tuscany for salads with seafood and vegetables.

For the boyfriend who’s trying to eat more greens

Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl
Lipper International

Lipper International Acacia Wave Serving Bowl

This good-looking acacia serving bowl has a pleasing wavy rim.

For the boyfriend who needs his protein

John Boos Block BBQBD Cutting Board
John Boos

John Boos Block BBQBD Reversible Maple Wood Edge Grain BBQ Cutting Board With Juice Groove

This trusty block cutting board comes with a “juice groove” to catch any meat drippings, and is recommended by DJ, podcaster, strategist, and known home-cooking enthusiast Jason Stewart, a.k.a. Them Jeans (and friend of contributor Chris Black).

For the boyfriend who’s a coffee snob

Breville Smart Grinder Pro
Breville

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

According to Brad Leone (a.k.a. #BABrad), the host of Bon Appétit’s “It’s Alive” series, this coffee grinder is a “game changer.” “You can customize the grind of the beans, and it has this giant airtight hopper on top that you can dump a whole bag into,” he says.

… and then insists on drinking coffee at exactly 137 degrees Fahrenheit

Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug
Ember

Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug

This coffee snob-approved travel mug marries coffee obsession with phone-controlled tech enthusiasm.

For the boyfriend who likes his coffee more straightforward

Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler
Yeti

Yeti Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Outdoor Voices founder and CEO Ty Haney never leaves home without her Yeti.

For the boyfriend who hates sunscreen

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun
Purito

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++

Beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton raves about this centella-infused, “actively soothing,” and “ultra hydrating” sunscreen, that now comes scent-free, so your boyfriend doesn’t have to worry about smelling like he’s wearing any product at all.

For the boyfriend who wants give his scalp a refresh

Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo
Verb

Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo (which came highly recommended by a hairstylist) removes product buildup and resets your scalp’s natural oils, no matter your hair type.

For the boyfriend who needs to organize his tools

DeWalt TSTAK Tool Box
Dewalt

DeWalt TSTAK Tool Box

This deep tool box is made to last and can hold up to 44 pounds. It can also stack on top of his existing DeWalt units.

… and the boyfriend who likes to keep his tools on him at all times

Klein Tools Utility Bag
Klein Tools

Klein Tools Utility Bag, Zipper Tool Bags in Olive, Orange, Blue, Yellow, 12.5-Inch Canvas

If he only wants to carry a few essentials around. (This utility bag is actually writer Liza Corsillo’s dopp kit of choice.)

For the boyfriend whose dopp kit does not exist

Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Toiletry Kit
Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Toiletry Kit

Briggs and Riley make some of our favorite luggage, and you can tell this understated toiletry bag is built to last. It expands, has a water-resistant interior lining, and comes with rubber feet to keep it from getting wet.

For the boyfriend who’s just learning about wine

Menu Winebreather Carafe
Menu

Menu Winebreather Carafe

This highly rated wine carafe aerates an entire bottle in one step.

For the boyfriend who’s passionate about craft beers

BrüMate HOPSULATOR TRíO 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler
BrüMate

BrüMate HOPSULATOR TRíO 3-in-1 Stainless Steel Insulated Can Cooler

This is the ultimate koozie, which writer Dominique Pariso uses to keep her White Claws ice cold (in the slim version).

For the boyfriend who prefers an actual notebook

Zhi Jin Classic Thick Cloth Linen Notebook
Zhi Jin

Zhi Jin Classic Thick Cloth Linen Notebook

This classy cloth linen notebook came in at No. 4 on our list of the 100 best notebooks.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t like just any old pen

OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock
OHTO

OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock

Our runner-up best pen is this super fine ball point from Ohto, which senior editor Simone Kitchens says “yields the thinnest, smoothest line. You’ll be amazed at how small you can write with this thing.”

For the boyfriend who could always go for Italian food

American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta
Chronicle Books

American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta

Now he can learn to make his own pasta, courtesy of the “pasta master” Evan Funke, the chef behind Los Angeles restaurant Felix.

For the boyfriend who’s looking to upgrade his watch

Orient Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress Watch
Orient

Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino Version III’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress Watch

Whether he has an upcoming job interview or just got a promotion, this dress watch will give him a boost of CEO confidence — for less than $200. James Stacey, watch expert and senior writer at Hodinkee, opened our eyes to this Japanese watch brand with a cult following. “In the same vein as Seiko, Orient has made a name for themselves with the Bambino because it’s a bit dressier.”

For the boyfriend who always loses his keys

Now House by Jonathan Adler Chroma Decorative Tray, Blue
Jonathan Adler

Now House by Jonathan Adler Chroma Decorative Tray, Blue

Great for keys, loose change, and various smoking or vaping accessories, this valet tray from Jonathan Adler will encourage him to organize his desk — or at least keep the mess contained.

For the boyfriend who goes to bed at 8:45 p.m.

Lewis N. Clark Luggage Comfort Eye Mask
Lewis N. Clark

Lewis N. Clark Luggage Comfort Eye Mask

Sharing a bedroom can be tough if your sleep schedules aren’t aligned. Treat him to our favorite black-out eye mask so he won’t be disturbed by your late-night scrolling.

For the boyfriend who snores (or endures your snoring)

Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator for Snoring Reduction
Rhinomed Limited

Rhinomed Mute Nasal Dilator for Snoring Reduction

We’re not pointing fingers, just saying: this anti-snoring device is a relationship saver.

For the boyfriend who’s kind of modern

Light Accents Iris Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Round Glass Shade
Lightaccents

Light Accents Iris Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Round Glass Shade

Give the gift of better bedroom lighting this year and watch as he (and you) enjoy reading by the warm glow of this spherical lamp.

For the boyfriend who’s always asking for a massage

Zyllion Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager
Zyllion

Zyllion Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager

This back-massager doesn’t just vibrate — it features nodes that knead and engage sore muscles, simulating Shiatsu massage. He can choose between the rotating Shiatsu-style mode or relaxing rolling movements and turn the cushion’s heat up for even more intense relief.

For the day-tripping boyfriend

Kelty Redwing 32 Backpack
Kelty

Kelty Redwing 32 Backpack

Contributor Steven John names this the best hiking backpack for day trips.

For the well-groomed boyfriend

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm Tube
Aesop

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm Tube, 4 Ounce

Clothing designer Todd Snyder never leaves home without a tube of this. Snyder uses it to keep his hands from drying out, but it’ll also work wonders on elbows, knees and feet.

For the boyfriend who’s getting into grooming

Ursa Major Natural Face Moisturizer
Ursa Major

Ursa Major Natural Face Moisturizer

If you’re dating a man who doesn’t currently own a moisturizer, this is a good one to start him on. It’s lightweight, vegan, not too perfume-y, and doesn’t leave a heavy residue.

For the boyfriend with chronically chapped lips

Jack Black Balm Squad Set
Jack Black

Jack Black Balm Squad Set

He could probably use some of these SPF 25, highly moisturizing lip balms in flavors like Basil, Mint or Cucumber Lime.

For the boyfriend who loves ordering Seamless

Champion Men’s Powerblend Retro Fleece Jogger Pant
Champion

Champion Men’s Powerblend Retro Fleece Jogger Pant

Wouldn’t he — and you — much prefer some flattering tapered sweatpants for lounging around the house?

For the boyfriend with holes in his socks

SmartWool Mens Hiking Medium Crew Sock
SmartWool

SmartWool Mens Hiking Medium Crew Sock

If talking to cis, straight men has taught us anything, it’s that men are not great about buying themselves socks. He’ll appreciate the widely beloved SmartWool socks more than you know.

For the boyfriend with (literal) cold feet

Minnetonka Men's Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper
Minnetonka

Minnetonka Men’s Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

Slippers might seem a little obvious, but any man would be happy to receive this sheepskin-lined pair that will double as picking-up-the-mail or walking-the-dog shoes in a pinch.

For the boyfriend with a drafty apartment

Honeywell HCE200B Uberheat Ceramic Heater
Honeywell

Honeywell HCE200B Uberheat Ceramic Heater

Try perhaps the world’s prettiest space heater, one of Amazon’s favorites.

For the boyfriend who’s also a plant dad

Costa Farms Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig
Costa Farms

Costa Farms Ficus Lyrata, Fiddle-Leaf Fig

He doesn’t have to be a certified plant-fluencer to appreciate the gift of a fiddle-leaf fig tree.

For the boyfriend who used to be a caddy, and will one day be a golf dad

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery 23 in. Collapsible Chipping Net
JEF World of Golf

JEF Golf Gifts and Gallery 23 in. Collapsible Chipping Net

A collapsible net that makes chip shots a fun Skee-Ball-like game.

For the boyfriend who refuses to give in to AirPods

Bose SoundSport Free
Bose

Bose SoundSport Free

These wireless bluetooth headphones are a lot harder to lose than AirPods and they come highly recommended for working out.

For the boyfriend who’s always hosting

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone

For dinner parties, podcasts in the kitchen, or days at the beach, this bluetooth speaker is an audiophile’s dream come true.

For the boyfriend who’s looking to start cooking

Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Lodge

Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan

Strategist writer Liza Corsillo calls this skillet the best thing she bought on Cyber Monday.