Believe it or not, the holidays are once again upon us, which means that it’s time to rack your brain for the best gift ideas for each of your loved ones. On the top of your gift-buying to-do list probably sits your impossible-to-buy-for husband or boyfriend. If he’s like most men, he basically buys everything he could possibly want for himself throughout the year, leaving little-to-nothing left for you to give him.
His fault, definitely, but you still want to be able to offer him something to unwrap this holiday season. Rest assured, we have your back. Here are some of the most popular gifts for 2021 for the man who obnoxiously buys himself whatever he wants. Trust us, he won’t have all of these goodies.
Gifts for the man who has everything:
Can a man ever have too many pairs of sneakers? You might think yes, but most men will answer “no.” In other words, you can’t really go wrong with purchasing him a sick pair of kicks, especially when the same brand has been worn by the likes of Alexis Ohanian, Malala, Brad Pitt, Amy Schumer, E-40 and more. They’re super comfortable, with an insole that cushions every move and an antimicrobial and odor-fighting copper thread lining that naturally kills bacteria and viruses.
For the man who already has an Apple Watch and is obsessed with it, get him the companion piece: the first and only camera for the Apple Watch, and the first smart band to receive Apple’s “Made for Apple Watch” designation. When your man is out and about and happens to forget his phone, he’ll never be without a camera. With the Wristcam, he can take 4K images and 1080p video and send and receive live video messages to other Wristcam users or anyone with an iPhone.
Whether your man’s back to the office or still taking work calls over Zoom, he can always use another nice dress shirt—the high-quality kind that doesn’t get wrinkled in two seconds. Cut individually by hand and sewn in New York City, this shirt is made from a blend of sustainably grown linen and cotton. Another perk is that you can machine was this button-up and don’t have to rely on the dry cleaner.
If you don’t currently own a cornhole set, chances are, this is something that’s been on your man’s wishlist for a while. Not only is the game fun, but it’s a great way to bring the family together. The personalized touch never hurts either—you can have it completely customized to showcase your last name, which is another touch he’ll appreciate.
TB12 Black Camo Anorak ($75; tb12sports.com)
Tom Brady’s athleisure line is sure to be a top contender for a favorite gift of the season for your man. This camo is inspired by Tom’s personal style and is back just in time for the holidays. It’s waterproof, has a hidden front zipper, kangaroo pockets and cinch-cord at the hem to ensure the perfect fit.
For the man who loves a good glass of scotch, this is a great gift. This single malt whiskey hails from a distillery that was established more than 200 years ago, making it one of the oldest in the Lowlands. Handcrafted using high-quality, local ingredients, including water from the River Bladnoch and Scottish barley, it ages in ex-Bourbon casks for 11 years and has unique and refreshing notes of citrus, honey and gut grass.
Cathy’s Concepts Set of 4 Personalized Heavy Base Whiskey Glasses ($67; jcpenney.com)
If you’re going to gift whiskey this holiday season, you’re going to need some whiskey glasses—and the most crowd-pleasing kind are the ones with some personalization attached to them. With a heavy base for added stability, these glasses can be engraved with a single-block initial of your choosing (i.e. your family last name or maybe just the letter of your man’s first name). They’re dishwasher safe and come in a set of four.
The best kind of gift for your husband is really one that you can enjoy too, like this big box filled to the brim with craft chocolate made by none other than famed chocolatier Jacques Torres. There are tons of gift box options, but the name of this one says it all—it’s really for the chocolate lover. It includes 25 pieces of bon bons, classic hot chocolate, 10 pieces of champagne truffles, chocolate-covered malt balls, chocolate bark and more.
If you’re really stumped on what to get your man, but you know he’s an avid tea drinker, consider this to be the ultimate holiday gift. This beautifully packaged gift set includes 5 tea bags of each of 24 of their most flavorful blends—certainly enough to get him through early 2022 without needing refills!
If there’s one thing your man can’t seem to get enough of, it’s probably sleep. Whether he’s staying up late playing video games until the early morning hours, or waking up early to get his workout on before his first Zoom meeting of the day, sleep is invaluable. Even if he thinks he doesn’t need anything, he can definitely use this pillow that’s designed for men or people with broader shoulders. It’s made of 100 percent natural latex and is overstuffed with 7 pounds of ComforFill to provide just the right amount of support, especially for back and side sleepers.
For the guy who has a green thumb (or a black thumb in training!), this is a unique gift that keeps on giving. It’s essentially a farmstand for your home that you can keep indoors or outdoors to cultivate nutritious produce. Sure, it’s a decent amount of money upfront, but just think about all that you’ll be saving on weekly grocery bills! They sell various sizing, from a farmstand that can hold 12 plants to one that can hold 36!
Alaskan Salmon Company Chef’s Selection Box ($189; aksalmonco.com)
If your husband who has everything appreciates fresh fish at its finest, consider giving them the epic Alaskan fishing experience he wishes he could go on delivered straight to his door. With the Chef’s Selection Box from Alaskan Salmon Company, he’ll receive Michelin-starred approved seafood in a monthly subscription box that includes 12 fillets of wild-caught species like Copper River sockeye and coho salmon, as well as rockfish, black cod and halibut from small fisheries from Kodiak and Cordova.