You love him, you cherish him, you don't know what to get him for his birthday. Birthday gifts for men are historically difficult to shop for, and now it’s even harder with the zillion-and-one products on the market.
You know you want to find a unique birthday gift for him – something he’ll totally dig but wouldn’t think to buy for himself – but where to start?
We get it – like really, really get it. That’s why we went on a hunt for the best, coolest gifts out there for the men in your life. In this ultimate guide, you’ll find ideas for men at any age, so whether you’re shopping for birthday gifts for your dad, brother, boyfriend, husband, or your best friend we’ve got options you’ll love.
Also, shopping should be fun, so toss on your favorite cozy slippers, grab yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!) and get ready for twenty-or-so minutes of browsing bliss.
For Men in Their 20s
1. For the One Who Loves to Entertain: This Refresh Glass Recycled Wine Bottle Glasses Set
Give new meaning to “Drink straight from the bottle” with this set of four glasses made from recycled wine bottles. Repurposed to hold your choice of 12 or 16 ounces of liquid, this is an ideal gift for the eco-conscious man in his 20’s who loves a good party but wants to trade college keggers for low-key celebrations.
2. For the One Who’s All About Style: This Everlane Recycled Bomber Jacket
This jacket goes with pretty much everything – including a sustainable lifestyle. Made from recycled materials, it’s dressy enough to be worn with a shirt and tie, but casual enough to throw on with jeans and a tee. Thank goodness it’s water-resistant and wash-tested up to 50 times because this is one piece that’s going to get a lot of use.
3. For the One With the (Sort-Of) Green Thumb: One of these Low-Maintenance Plants
Liven up his place with a low-maintenance, air freshening plant from Urbanstems. Orchids, succulents, and even plants that come in a unicorn vase are up for grabs on their online store. Whatever his personal aesthetic, Urbanstems has a plant to match.
For Men in Their 30s
1. For the Trend-Setting Executive: A Sleek Shinola Watch
This is one of the best birthday gift ideas for him on his 30th. Quality craftsmanship and eye-catching design combine in these unique watches from Shinola. A watch is one of the only ways businessmen can accessorize on the daily. If your husband, brother, or boyfriend hasn’t yet started his watch collection but craves an excellent timepiece, this is a great place to start.
2. For the One Who LOVES His Beard: This Old-Fashioned Beard Oil
When a man is proud of his beard he is really proud of his beard. Show him you appreciate his #beardlove with Primally Pure’s Old Fashioned Beard Oil.
Not only does this company promote sustainable, clean body care, but the oil smells just like the citrusy, spirit-forward cocktail it’s named after. If Don Draper could be a beard oil, he would be this one – and that’s probably how he’d advertise it, too. ;)
3. For the One Who Loves a Good Night at Home: A Great Bottle of Wine and a Good Book
If he loves to spend quiet nights at home, then a nice bottle of wine (we suggest this one) and a book or two off his reading list is a great gift idea for him.
The Bill Gates Blog has some literary gems to peruse – everything from self-improvement to finance to hot-topic fiction are represented. You can even grab two copies and hold your own book-club-party-of-two as part of the gift.
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For Men in Their 40s
1. For the Apple Aficionado: A Custom Airpods Case from Cairpods
The 2020 version of a personalized money clip might just be one of these custom Airpod cases from Cairpods. Choose from silicone or leather options (vegan leather, too!) and pick a style that matches his personality. And, hey, maybe snag a matching iPhone case while you’re at it.
2. For the One Who Loves to Rep Their Hometown: A Personalized Map Poster of the City He Grew Up In
Celebrate the place that helped shape who he is today – his hometown! These detailed maps from Mapify can be customized for any location big or small. Keep it simple in a classic black and white style or add a little pop of color with a red heart right on top of his childhood address.
Finish it off with a handmade frame that matches the rest of his home’s décor for a perfectly cohesive gift he’ll cherish for the rest of his life.
3. For the One Who Deserves a Little Tender Loving (Self) Care: A Bundle of Skin-Care Products from Cowboys and Astronauts
We are obsessed with the mission and vision Cowboys and Astronauts have to curate the best products from world-class makers and artists so that we can not only live – but live well. What better place to source self-care products for the special man in your life?
Any of their products would make a great gift, but we especially love this set of 5 mini body washes from Plant Apothecary – 100% natural, vegan, made in the USA and small enough to toss in a carry-on if needed.
Ditch the regular gift bag for a Tokki Wrap complete with a Tokki band. The band doubles as an e-card and the Tokki wrap doubles as a gift in itself – it can be used by him the next time he needs to give a gift to someone special.
For Men in Their 50s
1. For the One Who Loves His Alma Mater: Tickets to His College Team’s Basketball Game
This one is a no-brainer if he’s a die-hard super fan of his college’s b-ball team. If you live in the same area as his old university, surprise him with dinner and a game.
If it requires heading out of town, keep as much of the plan a secret as possible. Maybe even track down some of his old college friends who still live in the area and put together a mini college reunion while you’re there.
2. For the One Who Appreciates the Finer Things in Life: A Bottle of Aberlour 16 Year
This. Scotch. Is. Divine. Given a staggering 97 points at 2016’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge, this aged single malt scotch from Speyside, Scotland is like drinking liquid Christmas. It’s a great 50th birthday present.
Think notes of toasted oats, cinnamon, baking spices, and roasted vanilla with a long finish. If he’s a scotch man, then this is the winner. (Just make sure you get a taste at some point, too!)
3. For the Coffee Connoisseur: A Trade Subscription
What better birthday present for him than the gift of a good morning? This company matches his palette to coffees from local roasters and sends him a bag as often as he needs.
If he drinks a cup of joe (or two or five) every morning, then he’ll love the variety and freshness found with a Trade subscription. No matter what his brew method, Trade has options and advice to match.
For Men in Their 60s+
1. For the One Who Appreciates History: NYT Puzzle on the Day He Was Born
Let him know you appreciate the day he was brought into the world with a commemorative puzzle depicting the front page of the New York Times on the day he was born. These nostalgic puzzles come in 300, 500, and 1,000-piece options.
If he’s a puzzle-lover go for the harder option. Bonus if you gather other family members to complete the puzzle together. Then glue it, frame it, and voila – you have an art piece! A cool gift for a cool guy who’s lived a long, rich, front-page-news-worthy life.
2. For the Keeper of Family Memories: Digitize His Slides, Videos, and Home Movie Reels
Preserve the most important memories of his life with media transfer services from Memories Renewed. Make an experience out of it – digitize the media, then throw a party to walk down memory lane with his closest family and friends.
For the Ultimate Patriarch: Quality Time with Family
Time spent is one of the greatest birthday gift ideas for him in his later years. Whether it’s a nice dinner out on the town, a silly night out bowling as a family, or a board game night at home, he’ll cherish the new memories long after the last candle is blown out on the birthday cake.
Birthday Gifts for Him Wrapped with Care | Tokki Eco-Friendly Giftwrap
What’s a great present without a memorable gifting experience? Celebrate him that little bit extra with a limited edition eco-friendly Tokki wrap and e-gift card. Each wrap is created to be used again and again. When you wrap your present with Tokki you give a gift to the world – 10% of our profits go toward protecting our planet and less wrap, ribbons, and tape goes into landfills. Plus, you can add a special photo or video to the e-card that can be saved and referenced for years to come. Check out our designs and, of course, don’t forget the (e)card!