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Neckties, whiskey stones, another Amazon gift card—while "traditional" Christmas gifts for men are always a safe bet, take your gift-giving up a notch by giving the guys in your life something they'll love (and actually use).
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Based on our experts' knowledge and testing along with shoppers' ratings and reviews, these are the best Christmas gifts for men of 2021. Whether it's for your dad, your husband, your boyfriend, or your brother, Reviewed has you covered. Some of our top holiday gift picks for 2021 so far? The best noise-canceling headphones and the Gravity weighted blanket that people love.
1. For the gamer: Oculus Quest 2
The Oculus is one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, and if your giftee has been looking for ways to explore new worlds or get out of their own head, the Oculus Quest 2 might be the move. The console comes with 128 GB of storage and the VR headset is equipped with an optimized display, capturing 50% more pixels than the original Quest model.
2. For the sporty yet stylish man: Allbirds or Adidas Sneakers
Sneakers are having a major moment right now—so get him in on the trend with a sleek pair that all the influencers are wearing. Maybe that's Allbirds, washable wool sneakers that you see on every third person walking down the street (and that our editors are obsessed with!). Or maybe it's a pair of classic Adidas sneakers like the Stan Smiths which have hundreds of five-star reviews and that are giving us all the nostalgic feels.
3. For the student of life: MasterClass
A subscription to MasterClass is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to learn (or someone who just doesn't need any more stuff in their house). MasterClass is an e-learning platform in which extremely famous people present a series of video lectures about their working methods. "David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film" and "Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography" are just a few. There's a staggering level of talent to be found within these virtual ivy walls. MasterClass's roster contains over 65 of the most high-achieving people in their respective industries.
4. For the podcast addict: Apple Airpods Pro
Maybe he's an audiophile or maybe he likes not dealing with a pesky wire when he's out for a run. No matter his reason, every guy appreciates a good pair of wireless earbuds—and according to our experts, it doesn't get any better than Apple AirPods Pro. Not only do the recognizable white earbuds have a more comfortable fit, but the upgraded AirPods Pro also use active noise cancellation technology so he can listen to his tunes in peace.
5. For those who always put off cleaning: Eufy Robovac 11S
Robot vacuums aren’t enough to keep your whole place clean, but they do a good job of keeping it looking neat on days where you just don’t have the time. He'll appreciate this one from Eufy, which is our favorite affordable robot vacuum this year. It picked up the most dirt per run in our testing and is incredibly quiet while it cleans.
6. For the one who has everything: AncestryDNA Kit
Is he really Prince William's long-lost second cousin? Probably not—but he can find out who he is related to, along with other fascinating genetic and family info, with a home DNA kit. AncestryDNA is one of the most well-known (and most popular) ones available because it's very detailed and all he'll need to get started is a simple saliva sample.
7. For the meat-eater: Crowd Cow box
Steak, burgers, bacon, oh my! He can get all of the above—and plenty more—with a subscription to Crowd Cow. The trendy meat delivery service offers a vast selection of high-quality meat and seafood (it's all sustainably sourced from independent farmers) that he can pick and choose from each month. When we put this meat delivery service to the test, our tester found each cut to be great quality and deliciously juicy.
8. For the audiophile: Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
While Bose’s excellent Quiet Comfort headphones have owned the noise cancelling space for years, Sony is the new champ in town, topping our ratings. Now widely regarded as the best all-around noise canceling headphones you can get, the Sony 1000XM4s offer superb sound quality, cancel out ambient noise beautifully, and are supremely comfy for long flights, train rides, or just working at your desk.
9. For the avid reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon has finally updated its best all-around Kindle with more storage, a more even backlight, a lighter and thinner design, and waterproofing. The Kindle Paperwhite was already the no-brainer choice for anyone who wants the best e-reader you can buy, and the newest updates just cement that reputation.
10. For the Netflix binge-watcher: Roku Ultra
If you own a TV, you need a streaming box. The Roku Ultra, our top-rated streaming device, costs a lot less than an Apple TV device, but it’s easier to use and works with all the major streaming services. The best trick? The 2019 version of the Ultra has added the Apple TV app, so you'll have access to all your iTunes purchases.
11. For the coffee drinker: Yeti Rambler Mug
While Yeti makes our all-time favorite cooler, you might not want to shell out nearly $1,000 (!!) for his gift. Fortunately, you can get him the Yeti he loves at a more affordable price point (i.e. less than $30) with the popular Rambler mug. Made of double vacuum-insulated stainless steel, it has nearly 12,000 reviews on Amazon and over 6,000 reviews on Yeti's website for keeping coffee steaming hot (or their water ice cold) for hours.
12. For the guy who likes to keep it luxe: TAG HEUER Chronograph Blue Dial Men's Watch
If he loves splashy gifts, you can't go wrong with the ultra-luxe TAG HEUER Formula-1 Chronograph Watch. It comes in size 43mm and features a blue dial with a classic watch face. This watch is backed by eBay's Authenticity Guarantee program, so you can buy with confidence for Christmas.
13. For the guy who wants to relax: Gravity Weighted Blanket
Cozy blankets have always been a great gift but this year, it's all about the weighted blanket. They're very popular right now because they're said to be super comfortable, reduce stress, and even help you fall asleep faster. We tried some of the top-rated weighted blankets and found that the Gravity Blanket provided just the right amount of pressure and feels extremely luxurious.
14. For the homebody: Ugg Slippers
If they're good enough for Tom Brady, they're good enough for the guy in your life. With over 3,000 rave reviews at Nordstrom, these suede slippers are lined with the plush shearling that Ugg boots are so famous for and that will keep his feet warm and comfortable all day long.
15. For the guy who wants a drone: Potensic T25
Most high-quality drones will cost you $500 and up, which can be pricey if you aren’t sure you are going to get a lot of use out of it. The Potensic T25 is our favorite drone under $200, making it an awesome way to practice flying (and crashing), without spending a ton of money. Despite the price, you’re still getting an included 1080p camera and smart features like hovering, decent battery life, and a “Follow Me” mode.
16. For the one who needs a massage: Theragun
He doesn't have to leave the house to get a spa-worthy massage—all he needs is the very trendy Theragun. One of our staff members put the handheld massager to the test and liked that it was powerful (perfect for kneading out knots) and could get to even the hardest-to-reach spots.
17. For the student: HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop
If you’re buying a laptop for a student (or anyone who needs a great laptop), the HP Spectre x360 is just about the best Windows all-around option for the money. Its performance is good enough for everyday tasks like surfing the web and checking email, and its long eight-hour battery life means your giftee can use it all day long. But perhaps what we like best is its convertible function, which allows you to use it as a tablet, too.
18. For the one who prefers Android to Apple: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
If the man in your life insists that Android is better than Apple, treat him with the best Android smartwatch you can buy, the Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4. We loved this watch for its bright, vibrant display, solid fitness tracking, useful tile interface, and relatively long battery life. It also won't set you back as much as an Apple Watch.
19. For the one who likes to relax: Parachute Classic Bathrobe
He might not be at a five-star resort in the middle of the Caribbean but he can feel like he is with this luxe robe that everyone's buying right now. Made of super soft Turkish cotton, it's so cozy that some reviewers even compare it to being wrapped up in a cloud.
20. For the fashionable but cold: Canada Goose Jacket
Yes, it's possible to look good even when the temperatures drop below freezing. Canada Goose continues to be a favorite with our readers. While many Canada Goose coats are selling out, the top-rated 'MacMillan' is still available. The jacket has 625-fill-power duck down and is temperature rated down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit, so it will easily contend with blustery winter winds.
21. For the tech-savvy: Amazon Echo Dot
At Reviewed, we love voice-controlled smart speakers like the Amazon Echo, but the diminutive (and affordable) Echo Dot is a perfect way to bring that functionality to other rooms in your house. It's our top pick if you're a beginner looking for an entry-level Echo. I use mine in the kitchen, where it’s perfect for streaming music while I cook, setting timers, or entertaining my kids.
22. For the always prepared: Leatherman Wave Multitool
Even if he doesn’t need a multitool, most every guy wants one—or at least to have one when the moment calls for it. The Leatherman Wave easily won our roundup of the best multitools. It looks great, offers impressive performance, has excellent user reviews, and comes with a 25-year warranty.
23. For the outdoorsy man: Carhartt Beanie
Experts are predicting it's going to be colder than usual this winter. Help him stay warm with a knit beanie from Carhartt. According to its nearly 24,000 (!!) reviews on Amazon, this stretchy one-size-fits-all hat is equal parts comfy and cozy and has the durable quality that Carhartt is so famous for. Some of the colors will still arrive before Christmas, so browse around before buying.
24. For the beer connoisseur: GrowlerWerks uKeg
Fact: Beer tastes better poured out of a tap. If he agrees, get him the uKeg from GrowlerWerks. Made of vacuum-insulated stainless steel, the growler/keg combo has gotten a thumbs up from over 1,000 reviewers who say it keeps their beer ice cold and carbonated (you can even customize the carbonation level) all day long. And whenever he's ready for happy hour, Dad can use the tap dispenser to pour the perfect pint.
25. For the sports fiend: lululemon gear
Maybe he loves playing sports or maybe he loves watching them. Regardless, the athlete in him will appreciate some lululemon gear this holiday. While there's plenty of apparel, shoes, and accessories to shop from the beloved brand, you can't go wrong with a pair of top-rated fleece joggers and hoodie.
26. For the movie aficionado: TCL 55-inch 6-Series QLED TV
Named the best value TV of 2021 by our TV experts, you can't go wrong with the TCL 6-Series. It has built-in Roku for easy streaming and offers quantum dot performance at an affordable price. If you have more money to spend, our top TV is the LG CX.
27. For the perpetually late: Apple Watch Series 7
28. For beards of all shapes and sizes: Hatteker RF-692 Beard Trimmer
The Hatteker RF-692 Beard Trimmer won Best Value in our roundup of the best beard trimmers because it's sharp, offers a well-balanced cut and is waterproof. It comes with comes with six guide combs, along with an adjustable comb guard to help your guy achieve the perfect trim.
29. For the man who's obsessed with his yard: Sunday Lawn Care Subscription
Help him get his lawn ready for next spring with a subscription to Sunday Lawn Care. The popular new service will deliver shipments of custom nutrients for his yard based on the soil, climate, location, etc. to help his grass thrive. Happy customers say they've seen amazing results and they love that the subscription comes with all the tools they need.
30. For the guy who loves Marvel: Loki Campaign Button Pullover Sweatshirt
These days, it seems like loungewear is most people's everyday uniform. If he loves being comfortable yet stylish and all things Marvel, give him this cheeky Loki-themed sweatshirt. The sweatshirt is made from a soft jersey knit and is the perfect gift for the geeky guy in your life.
31. For the gym rat: Herschel Supply Co. Outfitter Convertible Duffle Bag
Duffel bags are definitely the black sheep of the bag family—that’ll happen when you mostly stuff dirty, smelly things in them—but they don’t have to look bad. This Herschel Supply Co. duffel looks good enough you could bring it to the office, but it’s functional enough to work as a daily gym bag or on as a day trip carry-on.
32. For the coffee lover: SterlingPro Double Wall French Press
If you’re buying for someone who really loves coffee, the Sterling Double Wall French Press is perfect. It is double insulated so it keeps coffee nice and hot, it looks fantastic, it works for everything from frothed milk to hot chocolate, it's dishwasher safe, and it's the best French press we've ever tested. Best of all, it’s about a third the price of many other stainless steel French presses, meaning it’ll feel like your gift cost way more than it actually does.
33. For the one who loves his backyard: The Solo Stove Bonfire
Know a man who loves spending his time in his own backyard? Our readers—and our testers—recommend the Solo Stove Bonfire, a fire pit he can easily assemble and enjoy at home. This product has more than 10,000 glowing reviews and a devoted following who praise its ease of use and quick-start capabilities. Since the pit is smokeless, your giftee won’t have to worry about cleaning up a bunch of ash once the night is over.
34. For the music lover: Sonos One SL Wireless Speaker
People adore their Sonos systems, and the Sonos One SL is the best way to get in on the act. Just a single One SL can fill a room with beautiful music that is so, so much nicer than what you get from basic smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. The One SL can stream from all the most popular music services, works with Alexa, and can even be paired with a second One SL for wireless stereo sound.
35. For athletes and fitness addicts: Fitbit Charge 5
Whether you’re buying for a hardcore athlete or someone just trying to get up off the couch more, the Fitbit Charge 5 is the way to go in our opinion. It has an easy-to-navigate menu, activity tracking, a heart-rate monitor, and sleep tracking, as well as one of the better apps of any other smart fitness tracking watch.
Buying for someone truly hardcore? The Garmin Forerunner 235 offers much better activity and heart rate tracking as well as GPS for tracking your runs.
36. For the guy-on-the-go: Brita Water Bottle
Whether he's heading to work, the gym, or the store, he needs to stay hydrated when he's out and about. Of all the reusable water bottles out there, we recommend this one from Brita. Not only will it keep his water cold for hours on end but it also filters his water while he drinks.
37. For the home cook: Philips Air fryer
Whether it’s game day or just a busy Wednesday, sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and delicious. Air fryers aren’t the most health-conscious products in the world, but they do a good job of providing crispy food without the mess or hassle of frying in oil. This Philips model won our roundup of the best air fryers, excelling in most of our testing.
Want something a little more adventurous? You could set this person up with a gift card to Home Chef, which won our roundup of the best meal kit delivery services, giving them tasty ready-to-make meals a few times a week.
38. For the sweatshirt collector: Patagonia Better Sweater
Name a sweatshirt that's more recognizable than the Patagonia pullover... we'll wait. The knit fleece is so popular for a lot of reasons besides the fact that it looks good—it's also cozy yet breathable, high-quality (so he can wear it for years to come), and made with recycled materials.
39. For the one who hates shopping: MeUndies Subscription
He might not like going to the mall but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have nice things—specifically, nice underwear. Give him the gift of MeUndies, which will deliver comfortable, high-quality underwear right to his doorstep. One of our writers has used the service and says it's the softest underwear he's ever worn.
40. For the pit master: Cuisinart Grill Set
There's something about the bond between a man and his grill that can't be matched. So you can't go wrong with a barbecue-themed gift like this highly-rated 20-piece set of grilling tools, which has over 2,000 positive reviews. People like that it has everything you could ever need for a backyard BBQ (from spatulas to tongs to skewers to even corn cob holders) and that the tools are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel.
41. For the guy who loses everything: Tile Mate (2022)
If his favorite phrase is "Has anyone seen my keys?!" he will benefit from a Tile Mate. The number one item finder on Amazon, the Bluetooth tracker clips right onto his key ring and can locate things over 250 feet away. Users praise its long battery life and the loud volume of the ringer (no way those keys are going to get away from him next time!).
42. For guys who love a hot sauce kick: The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauce Sampler Pack
With seven different flavors of hot sauce and a clever packaging design, this sampler pack from Thoughtfully is a standout gift idea for any guy. It has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with over 93 reviews. The spices range from mild to very hot, including even the fabled Ghost Pepper. Note: the price has gone up from $34 to $39 recently.
43. For the guy who values comfort: Bombas Socks
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of socks. He—and his feet—will be more than happy with these ones from Bombas, the highly talked-about brand that's known for its comfortable (and colorful) socks. The best part? For every pair purchased, another pair is donated to someone in need.
44. For the wannabe bartender: Decanter Set
Whiskey just hits different when it's poured from a 1920s-style decanter instead of the bottle—and he knows that, so he'll be excited to break out this gift the next time he has his colleagues over for a glass of scotch. According to hundreds of reviewers (who give the set a 4.7-star rating), the handcrafted glass is as sturdy and durable as it is luxe and distinguished.
45. For the yogi: Lululemon Yoga Mat
Maybe he's a regular at hot yoga or maybe he wants to start stretching more next year. No matter his level of down dog, he'll love our experts' number one yoga mat from lululemon. It provides just the right amount of cushioning and has a non-slip surface that is perfect for even the sweatiest of workouts.
46. For the one who appreciates the finer things: Mark & Graham Personalized Leather Wallet
Upgrade his old worn-in wallet with this luxe one from popular leather brand Mark & Graham. The wallet has tons of rave reviews for being incredible quality and the perfect size for holding all his cards and cash without being too bulky. Bonus: You can even get it personalized with his monogram.
47. For the practical man: Davek Umbrella
An umbrella may not seem like the most exciting gift but the Davek Solo isn't your average umbrella. It's the fanciest one we've ever tested but it's well worth the splurge. It will keep him dry in a downpour (and will hold up well on windy days, too) and is made with quick-drying, durable fabric that will last for years to come.
48. For the new homeowner: Arlo Pro 3
As someone who just got the keys to my first home, there’s one thing I wish I had at all times: a wireless camera to keep an eye on things. The Arlo Pro 3 security camera is a great home security camera. It’s easy to use, comes with local storage, works indoors and out, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
49. For the one who's always on his phone: Morphie Powerstation PD
Let's be real: No man has time for a dead phone. Keep his device fully charged with our experts' top portable charger, the Morphie Powerstation PD. Not only does its slim design make it easy to tote around on the go, but it can also charge two devices at once so he can power up his iPhone and his tablet at the same time.
50. For the aspiring chef: Henckels Zwilling Pro 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Ask any chef or serious cook: an 8-inch Chef’s Knife is a must-have. This Henckels model is almost universally praised by online shoppers and won our roundup of the best chef’s knives, easily slicing through the competition in our testing. If you want something to go with it, I personally love the $50 Epicurean Gourmet Series cutting board, which is beautiful, functional, excelled in our testing, and is even dishwasher-safe.
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